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The Pub / Re: CD to mp3
« on: October 28, 2011, 08:47:42 AM »
What Joe said about USB turntables. The ones I've looked at all came with Audacity. The pain for me is editing the metadata, not the sound input.

This is great, I found a shop fairly close by that I didn't know existed. Good thing I get paid next week ;D

The Pub / Re: CD to mp3
« on: October 27, 2011, 11:11:02 AM »
Vinyl to MP3 is a PITA. I haven't found a way to automate it. I use Audacity to record from the line-in jack, but I have to add all the metadata myself. It's a pretty powerful editor, though. My wife found an old cassette of her grandmother playing piano that I ripped. It was pretty noisy, but Audacity smoothed it out really well.

I like Media Player better than iTunes for CDs. iTunes has crappy metadata, IMHO.

I have most of next week off. I'm making a big starter for a barleywine this weekend. I think. I may brew a bitter as well or instead of. Decisions, decisions.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2011 Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere
« on: October 26, 2011, 01:48:12 PM »

I like Celebration. :)

Shouldn't you withhold comment until you taste the new recipe  :D

Ain't no Citra.  Can't believe they'd be out of it already...I have 4oz of it that I got from NB last week.  I'll try doing a single hop APA with it to check them out.
Three Floyds Zombie Dust is all Citra and it's a great beer. Hard to come by outside of the brewery, though.

Hopsdirect has released some of their 2011 crop in pellets on their website today. Among those listed... Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Citra. Get 'em while you can.

Amarillo and Chinook ordered!! 

Looks like the Citra is gone now. Got me some Amarillo and Centennial.

Shoot, I was trying to be good and not order while I was still at work. That was fast!

Equipment and Software / Re: Calibration brew for BeerSmith 2.0
« on: October 24, 2011, 09:29:31 AM »

One "feature" I will write them about is that in tweaking recipe values the size of the batch sometimes reverts to 5.0 gallons. I brew in a variety of smaller batches, from 2.5 up to 4 gallons. For example, I went into a recipe set to 3.5 gallons, changed the equipment setup, and the recipe was suddenly 5.0 gallons. Also, even when that doesn't happen, and even with my own equipment profile, the calculations for pre- and post-boil seem not quite right.

Not giving up on it yet... just finding 2.0 not as reliable as 1.4.
I've found 2.0 is a lot stickier with your equipment settings. I made a copy of my equipment for smaller batches, which has made things easier.

Equipment and Software / Re: Calibration brew for BeerSmith 2.0
« on: October 24, 2011, 04:50:25 AM »
Your volumes are part of your equipment profile. If you know what you generally get for mash and boiloff, edit it there. I've found it best to create a new profile rather than using one of the out of the box ones. Some of the settings stick, it seems. I think the key setting is to calculate the boil off yourself rather than letting BeerSmith do it automatically. It does some weird math.

No brewing for me, but I'll be spending the weekend in Madison, WI. I imagine I drink a pint or 3. Or more. There's a lot of good local beer to be had in Wisconsin these days.

Hops Direct's site says they're starting to release pellets on Monday, Oct. 24, 2010. I hope that's a typo ;D

The Pub / Re: Farewell to my pal...
« on: October 14, 2011, 11:20:18 AM »
My condolences Ron, I'll raise a pint of something black tonight.

The Pub / Re: Back in the USA
« on: October 12, 2011, 05:19:48 AM »
Yes and yes to hop leaf AND map room. Can't wait. We're going to Milwaukkee as well if anyone wants to meet up at Northern Brewer. Sad that there's not much in the way of fresh beer to be found in Saline or Faulkner counties.
Before/after the Map Room, head to Revolution. They are brewing some seriously good beers and have a lot of guest taps. If you're lucky they'll have their porter on cask.

I'm waiting on placing my big order until HD puts their pellets on sale. 


I bought several pounds from FH but want to get several more from HD. Anyone know when they will have their 2011 pellets ready?

They say late October, early November.  I plan on checking the site pretty much daily:)
Me too, I didn't want to have to cram leaf hops into my freezer. I hope some of the Citra made it to the pelletizer.

The Pub / Re: Simon's Cat
« on: October 08, 2011, 03:39:24 PM »
Reminds me of this:

I've always thought that was a joke, but you can spend $19.99 to protect yourself.

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