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The Pub / Re: Are some beers better than others?
« on: November 12, 2009, 05:22:35 AM »
I went through a beer snob period.
Really, the best beer is the one in your hand, that you enjoy.

And for whatever it's worth, inasmuch as I have been a booster for the micro movement since it began, it must be noted with objectivity that  "big brewing" prejudices aside, A/B-InBev is making some pretty decent specialty beers these days. 
They may yet get it right.

The Pub / Re: Who is a famous person that you've had a beer with?
« on: November 12, 2009, 05:17:44 AM »
I guess for me it would be Ringo Starr. 
I worked with him in a TV series on PBS 20 years ago. 
In my wrap party photo with him, I had a beer ...but his drink of choice (at the time) was CocaCola and VVVSOP brandy (in a styrofoam cup!).
On a more serious note, the month after we wrapped production he went into rehab (I wasn't responsible) and he has managed to stay clean and sober ever since. Kudos to him for that.

By the way, he was a really great, sweet guy, great to be with...and just about what you would expect given his general WTF image and attitude.   A really nice guy.

It was, to say the least, quite a rush to have the opportunity to work  with him.  A high point in my career, to be sure.

The Pub / Re: Sounding great after all these years
« on: November 11, 2009, 04:39:22 AM »
They certainly took EMI quite a few years to finally get it right, but yes..."they done good". 
Best part is, the music itself  is as compelling as ever.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: PItch from smack pack or slurry?
« on: November 07, 2009, 03:33:13 PM »
I'd use the slurry, no question about it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Old Ale
« on: November 05, 2009, 06:57:56 PM »
Looks great.  I like the relative simplicity of it  (the better beers I've tasted proved to have very simple grainbills).  Your hop rate seems a bit high though probably only for my tastes (for this type of beer) ...although as previously pointed out some of the bitterness will smooth out with the aging time that this beer will definitely want.

I'll be doing another batch of my own Old Ale next week (I make it 2 or 3 times a year, each batch designed for a full year of aging).

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question about yeast storage
« on: November 05, 2009, 01:47:21 AM »
I've kept saved yeast in a foil covered flask in the fridge (under its own beer)  for more than a month with no performance issues whatsoever.  I manage to get a brew in every 4-6 weeks, but sometimes it will stretch to 8 weeks, but still it presents no problem.

 No issues with autolysis either, though this would likely vary according to yeast strain.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Insulation For Mash Tun
« on: November 03, 2009, 11:01:51 PM »
While the bubble wrap insulation from Home Depot won't go up in flames, it does melt.

Right.  You definitely wouldn't want to use this stuff where a burner is involved.    My home made keggle uses a high wattage, 220V  element inside the vessel.  That also allowed me to put some insulating material on the bottom as well (another afterthought that made a measurable difference).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Insulation For Mash Tun
« on: November 03, 2009, 08:19:33 PM »
I've insulated one of my mash vessels as well as my electric keggle with foam insulation wrap from Home's relatively thin and covered with a heavy duty foil material.  A couple of layers does the trick like a champ.

using it on the mash vessel was a no-brainer, but I put it around the keggle as an afterthought and saw immediate improvement in both the time it took to come to a boil, and the intensity of the boil.

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