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they can't get great lakes, but then again, neither can i  :'(

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Torpedo
« on: January 27, 2010, 04:49:29 PM »
I want to try this beer in all of it's West Coast glory.  ;D

In the IPA Superbowl of Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference, I don't think Torpedo would even be in the playoffs, Bluesman - they have a talented team, but just can't represent.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing....and music
« on: January 27, 2010, 04:13:57 PM »
okay, what is "the session" .  granted, I don't know 90% of what has been listed here either.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Filling Corney Keg @ Microbrewery
« on: January 27, 2010, 01:45:46 PM »
I know some of you purge with CO2 to prevent oxidation when filling - could that be it?

My bet is on it just being able to 'hold pressure' though.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: January 27, 2010, 09:21:54 AM »
Hey what's wrong about ketchup on pasta man  ???

I think my wife would beat you and then throw you out of the house if you uttered such a phrase in our kitchen.

that is what I have heard. 

to confuse matters though, MFB makes a Special Aromatic malt which is altogether different and can be used up to 100% of the grist.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing this weekend 1/29
« on: January 26, 2010, 02:22:10 PM »
no brewing this weekend - Jupiter Beer Festival on Saturday - I think over 50 breweries will be in attendance - my club will have a booth as well, we'll be serving 20 gal each of Smoked Porter, IPA and ESB - all my recipes (though not brewed on my system) - should be cool.

Next week, Vienna...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Hops vs. FWH
« on: January 26, 2010, 12:45:35 PM »
I see your West Coast tendencies at work.  ;D


All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Hops vs. FWH
« on: January 26, 2010, 12:26:57 PM »
FWIW, I wouldn't use any recipe for PTE but the one Vinnie gives out himself (

No Randall, no MASH hops and no stinking FWH either!!!    :D ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: malt crushing and wort polyphenols
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:59:02 AM »
It is a well known fact that longer mashes release more polyphenols and that the move to shorter mashing by German brewers

how short?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pacman Yeast
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:59:28 AM »
Pacman is very different than 05 IMO.  Doesn't leave the beer as thin and seems cleaner.

doesn't it floc a lot better, too?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No good deed goes unpunished....
« on: January 26, 2010, 07:47:48 AM »
Any input on the tasting only test is appreciated!

if its anything like my exam, unfortunately, the 'tasting only' part of the test spans the length of the exam. 

Ron Bach was our administrator (great guy if you ever met him - one of the only GM2s I think) - he gave us 1 tasting at set intervals throughout the exam to give us some separation in between the styles.

This is kinda good though as you get the entire time to write out your answers for the tasting and really analyze it, rather than being rushed.

That said, I would probably think about retaking both parts - you can probably increase your written score and can definitely increase the tasting - who knows, you may be able to hit National.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No good deed goes unpunished....
« on: January 26, 2010, 06:56:55 AM »
yeah, the written is no joke - a lot of essay questions with a lot of points to be made for full credit with very little time.

I want to retake mine, but we can't seem to get any local exams, and I'm not up for driving 4-6 hours each way, hotel room, and a blown weekend just to get a few more points - maybe when I get closer with experience points I'll get the itch.

Den - is there any other exams given in the area?  Portland, etc.?  Maybe you can just tag on to that, have the wife go with you and you could make a day trip of it?

I can't understand how you guys can't get a simple tool to work.

I've helped 2 other guys in my club acquire a refracto, set them up with the correction formulae and they are fine.

There is a thing called 'user error'  ;) ;D

see, its odd, my refracto is always spot on (after correction) with the hydro sample (I still take the hydro on occasion cause I like to taste how things are coming along  ;D )

Don't know what to tell you  :(

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