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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 23, 2011, 05:24:25 AM »
It has been absolutely gorgeous here for the past week.  Highs in the mid 70sF and lows at night in the upper 50s.  It makes it hard to imagine that people are still snowed in up north.

Events / Re: Good luck Mike!
« on: February 21, 2011, 04:42:45 PM »
Go, Phil!  Maybe the third time will be a charm for the rubber chicken man!
It wasn't.  This will be his 4th.  :-\
He's going for a new world record! 
You have to admire his persistence.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Bottle Submission in to a competion
« on: February 21, 2011, 03:20:01 PM »
Sock it to me stout
Foot funk Flanders Red
Ok Toe Ber Fest
Dirty laundry lambic
Tenactin Red Ale
Solefull 70/-
Beet Feet Bitter

Events / Re: Good luck Mike!
« on: February 21, 2011, 03:03:50 PM »
Go, Phil!  Maybe the third time will be a charm for the rubber chicken man!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer Books?
« on: February 21, 2011, 11:15:26 AM »
I have quite a beer library, collected over the past 20 years.  The one I reach for most for reference is Brewing Lager Beer by the late Greg Noonan.
For recipe formulation help I like Brewing Classic Styles.
For general recreational reading I like Radical Brewing.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Rules question
« on: February 21, 2011, 05:35:16 AM »
Just stirring the pot a little, how about the folks who use bourbon to soak chips and such. They certainly were not able to make that bourbon at home ;)
Or the Chambourde Stout that used to win competitions in Florida years ago.  Should we rescind the medals?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Question for you keggers
« on: February 20, 2011, 03:36:06 PM »
I've got both.  I prefer the pin-lock for ease of identification and the secure feeling that you've got the connection on right, but most people look at me funny when I want to use them out in public.  Ball locks are more acceptable (as a general rule) in the real world, meaning that almost every brewer has ball locks, but not so much with pin locks.
It's pretty easy to have a T off the CO2 bottle with one of each on a hose to carb up your kegs and a mix of picnic taps with both to serve the beer.

Beer Travel / Re: Albany, NY
« on: February 20, 2011, 12:14:00 PM »
Albany Pump Station is very nice and right downtown.  Great beer and food when I was there a few years ago.  It's in a historic building that used to (and may still) have the machinery that pumped water from the river to the reservoir on the hill.  Beers are brewed by an award winning brewer who used to post on HBD.  Here's the web site:

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Matt - NOLA
« on: February 18, 2011, 05:38:11 AM »
Aloha Matt!  There is a great homebrew club there in NOLA.  You should check them out:

Crescent City Homebrewers
They are the same guys as Kings of Tasteless Music and Flatulence?  I remember their doing a water ballet at a pool in Pensacola at one of the first round NHC judging sessions.  My eyes still burn.

Being that I'm going camping this weekend, I've decided to "brew" tonight under the full moon.  Quite appropriate!  Should be finished around sunrise.

It's good to be the boss.  (Please don't tell SWMBO I said that).  I asked myself for Friday off - and I said OK. 

A 4-day weekend... yeah baby!
I asked myself for Friday off and I said, "I can't afford it" so here I am at work.
'Judging homebrew tomorrow for Best Florida Beer Championships, no brewing this weekend.  By the time I get to brew again I will have forgotten how.

Equipment and Software / Re: Help Building Keggle Mash Tun
« on: February 18, 2011, 05:14:52 AM »
I have a Sabco system, which is designed with keggles.  Here's a link to their site showing the false bottom.
I don't think that you need to worry so much about the weight of the grain, because it will be floating in water.  You do, however, want to worry about pumping too much suction from under the false bottom, which is the reason that a false bottom will bend or collapse.

Nope..... lefty loosy, righty tighty.

I'm familiar with how things unscrew. This one has different connections than any other cooler I've seen before, that is what I was looking to clarify. Although I just figured it out so I'm good to go.
So how did it work?

The Pub / Re: You know you're a homebrewer when....
« on: February 17, 2011, 03:24:37 PM »
How about when you realise you have 18 kegs to clean and sanitize and it actually makes you feel happy and satisfied? :)

You are welcome to come over any time and clean kegs at my house.  Glad to help improve your well-being.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Summertime Lagers
« on: February 17, 2011, 03:22:22 PM »
In addition to Kai's comment, the CAP articles both use Cluster in the recipes.  Cluster used to be 80% of the US hop crop, and has a distinct old time taste. 
Go easy on the Clusters, especially if you've never tasted them.  I personally do not savor their flavor.
Just as an aside Yuengling uses Clusters and Cascades in their beers.  Who'd a thunk it?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chilling Wort
« on: February 17, 2011, 08:12:35 AM »
Sounds like this would work well when you have show on the ground. Get a big tub and keep shoveling snow into it and keep stirring the slush.


There are people here who have actually never seen snow.  I saw enough when I lived in the rust belt.

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