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The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 06, 2017, 02:23:02 PM »
Many years ago, when I was in college, my friends and roommates were sitting around the living room smoking bong hits (it was 1980) on a weekday afternoon after classes.  By then, our sophomore year in college, everyone had acquired a nickname for some reason or other but me.  That became a topic of discussion, that I needed a nickname.  As I am a rather large human being, and the TV was on with Tennessee Tuxedo reruns, you can guess the rest.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 04, 2017, 05:27:08 PM »
I bought my Czech Saaz hops from Hops Direct.  They are leaf, not pellets.  Pleasantly surprised that they were rated 4.0% alpha acid - the last couple of pounds I bought have been around 3%.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 04, 2017, 11:52:17 AM »
Brewing for the first time today since November!  One of my longest dry spells in 27 years of brewing, mostly caused by the severe winter we had starting December 1, which buried my garden hoses under 2 feet of snow.  Finally spring is in the air.

Brewing 10 gallons of Bohemian pilsner.  Opened up a fresh pound of Saaz hops, they smell really, really good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:29:17 AM »
Like others, my biggest brewing disasters happen not on a brew day, but somewhere along the line.  To wit:

A couple of years ago we had a small group (8-10) friends over for a summer barbecue.  Everyone was sitting out on our deck.  Underneath the deck and out is my brewing/ meat smoking area, with my brew room in the basement.

I went down to pull some meat out of the smoker, and took it inside to carve in my brewing room.  I accidentally dropped my by heavy set of tongs during the process. Ordinarily no big deal, except they landed and karoomed off a 5 gallon glass carboy that currently was serving as a secondary fermentor for a 10% abv Russian Imperial Stout.

The tongs hit the edge of the carboy where the vertical sides start curving up to the neck.  This broke a very small hole at the spot of impact, causing a small stream of RIS to squirt out of it.  I though that if I lifted it onto the table and started a siphon into a keg or bucket, I could capture and save most of the RIS.

Unfortunately, the small hole marked the end of the structural stability of the carboy.  When I attempted to pick it up, it failed, and RIS poured all over the basement floor.  Fortunately, the carboy fell apart into large shards, which I easily picked up and placed into a trash can.  I then quickly mopped up and hosed down the RIS mess (my basement floor has a floor drain, which greatly helps when such disasters occur), and I had every thing cleaned up and done in 10 minutes, before a guest could come downstairs to fill a beer out of my kegerator and see what I have done.

I carved the brisket, and headed up to the deck for dinner.  No one knew of my disaster.  I told my wife what had happened after the guests went home.  8)

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: February 23, 2017, 10:41:59 AM »
The Eagles are meh.  I can take or leave them.

If you want good long-haired country music from that era, a far better choice is "The Gilded Palace of Sin" by the Flying Burrito Brothers. Heck, "Workingman's Dead" or "American Beauty" are better country than the Eagles.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Discontinuing Some Strains
« on: February 20, 2017, 12:31:27 PM »
I am really disappointed by the decision to drop 2000 and 2001.  2001 is better than 2278, at least for me to get that little hint of diacetyl.

My wish list for the new governing committee members is that they find someone who can Make Homebrewing Great Again......and can see past the FAKE HOMEBREWING NEWS like oxygen is bad for wort. Sad.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Diacetyl
« on: February 02, 2017, 10:28:52 AM »
I LOVE a little diacetyl in my beers, which is why I am a huge fan of Ringwood yeast.   :D  Not only bo pils, but dark ales.  A Russian Imperial Stout with a little diacetyl is a good thing.

I have struggled for years to get more diacetyl in my brews and have generally failed miserably.  Under pitching, fermenting too cold, you name it.

In my opinion, a 1.035ish OG mild is much better with a little diaceytl, as I find the mouthfeel is fuller and less thin. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Message to the forum. from me.
« on: January 30, 2017, 11:50:01 AM »
Everybody had a hard year
Everybody had a good time
Everybody had a wet dream
Everybody saw the sunshine
Oh yeah
Everybody had a good year
Everybody let their hair down
Everybody pulled their socks up
Everybody put their foot down
Oh yeah

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 21, 2017, 09:31:23 PM »
Mr. Roboto is a good choice for worst song ever.

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 20, 2017, 11:48:21 AM »
Any 80s hair band. 

I concur with the Journey/Styx/REO hate.  I would add Foreigner to that grouping.

70s progressive bands, like Yes/ELP/Genesis gets a quick whack of the radio scan button. Much as I like Todd Rundgren, I hate Utopia.

The number of Springsteen songs I like can generally be counted on one hand.  His songs are best covered by other bands, like the Band's version of "Atlantic City".

These days I listen to a lot of alt country.  And I hate just about all of today's hot young country, or whatever they call it these days.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Glass Disaster
« on: January 09, 2017, 10:35:04 AM »
I broke a glass carboy about 25 years ago when I still brewed extract batches on the stove, by pouring in too warm of wort.  Since then, I have never drained wort into a carboy unless it is under 75°F.  25 years later, I am still using the same 6 or so glass carboys, with the exception of one that I dropped (empty) 4 years ago.  Knock on wood.

About 10 years ago on a different forum, a thread like this was pretty fun and popular, we just gotta stick to one rule, no arguing or trying to change opinions. Just state your opinion or belief about brewing that doesn't seem popular..

Mine is.... I don't like Citra hops, they taste like soap and bell peppers to me.

I don't like CTZ hops, except in very small doses in combination with other hops.  I pass on the dank.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: December 29, 2016, 02:54:48 PM »
Nice work on the split immersion chiller.  I wish my immersion chiller would split so I would have a reason to buy an expensive stainless steel immersion chiller.  But alas, I am too cheap, so I am doomed to brew and drink my nasty oxidized beer for the rest of my life.  ;)

All Things Food / Re: Philippine adobo
« on: December 27, 2016, 08:38:34 PM »
Yep, that's pretty much the recipe the late great Cruz Campo, who lived in the Philippines, gave me 10 years ago. Good stuff. Try it with a good Asian vinegar, like filipino palm or Chinese black, sometime.

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