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Hoping to sneak in a brew day on Sunday: Saison inspired by HoosierBrew:

75% Avangard Pilsner
20% Munich II
5% Wheat

1.050, Bittered with Magnum, late Nelson for 35.2IBUs, 5.2SRM, mash for 90 @148, 90 min boil, 3711
Will be my second Saison, first with 3711. I liked last year's with 3724, but the missus did not and the Saison is really for her, so trying a new strain for me.

Have a great weekend all!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Trippin' about my dry hopped IPA
« on: July 09, 2015, 03:02:14 PM »
Oh, and to respond to the employee at the LHBS, yes you can make better wort than the brewers that make the malt extracts.

This.  Not just matched to the color you're after, but the right fermentability and exact water chemistry for the beer you're making as well.
+1

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Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: July 09, 2015, 04:04:20 AM »
Exactly Jim. I have told him almost exactly the same thing: do what you will but disrespect your mother and I will jump in and you will only have yourself to blame

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Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: July 08, 2015, 05:08:59 PM »
Thanks Jon, a little tough to maneuver since they are not my children and the 17 year old pretty much resents my presence in his life and his mother's. He was on the phone with his father and soon as I separated them. I remember how great it was to be 17 and know everything

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Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: July 08, 2015, 04:47:59 PM »
The plan for next year is the same pickup but going further north and west through Oregon and Washington with a final drop off point of San Francisco

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Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: July 08, 2015, 04:47:08 PM »
It was one helluva trip, with 3 kids (12,14, &17) getting on each others nerves for 2 weeks straight. We all survived even though the oldest 2 started exchanging punches in our Vegas Hotel room (brothers will be brothers I guess, but 17 on 14 is more than a little unfair and I had to step in and stop it). We are already planning next year's trip and plan o  leaving the then 18 year old behind

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Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: July 08, 2015, 04:30:23 PM »
All of the sights were wonderful. Thanks for all the tips. We did wind up taking the 16 rather than the 14 and skipped Sheridan. Thus took us through a ron of construction traffic through the Big Horns so I don't think we gained anything.
     My first time driving an RV, we would up with a shorty 22 footer after trading away the 31' they had assigned to us. The switch was based on prebooking campsites for a 25' RV. After driving the 22' through all the twisty, winding hills all over S. Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona,  and so on, I'm quite glad we switched. For a rookie, there were quite a few pissed off drivers behind my slow a@$ through a lot of ot, but we made it unscathed and saw some wonderful sights.
     Cody Wyoming was a blast, we all agreed we would skip Deadwood if w went again, Mt Rushmore, the Black Hills  and the Badlands were all great. Yellowstone was packed as I'm sure it always is. We saw a ton of Bison and Elk but we're all disappointed that we saw no moose, and no adult bears. The Teton were beautiful and the view from atop Signal Mountain was incredible,  if a little tough to get to.  We checked out Bryce  Canyon which was also incredible, bring on the HooDoos. We took a drive through Zion, but missed the shuttle parking lot and then we were out of the park: poor signage did not help, but what we saw was gorgeous.
     Our last night in the RV was a lake view/front spot on Lake Mead. The view was incredible but it is July, so it was hotter than any of us would have liked. We woke up and went to the Hoover Dam. We first checked out the Pat Tillman/ Mike O'Callahan (?) Memorial bridge across the river. We walked across the Colorado river! From the Memorial bridge, we decided we had a great view of the Dam, the damn traffic,  and the damn tourists, and decided to pack it in and not fight the crowd and headed off the Vegas!
     Our trip was through Apollo and Star RV rentals. They replace their entire fleet with new vehicles every year and always need new vehicles relocated from place to place. We paid $1 per day for the RV for 2500 miles and 12 nights.  Generator use, liability insurance, gasoline, and all matter of assorted fees were extra,  ut I think in all, we spent less than $1500 for the RV itself, and another $1000 for gas
Over the 2824 miles we drove in it. All in all, it was a 700 mile drive to pick up the RV in Forest City, Iowa then 2824 miles I  the rv, totalling over 3500 miles driven in 15 days, can anyone drive me to work tomorrow?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Blondie's Ale
« on: July 08, 2015, 04:11:30 PM »
2 cases did not quite make it to all 10 states we were in, but it was great while it lasted. Had some in Indiana, Illinois, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, with none left for Nevada and I never had any chilled for Iowa and we did not spend a night in Minnesota. Thanks again for the recipe!

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Welcome aboard, you have gotten a lot more creative than I did in my first year of brewing

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stir Plates
« on: June 28, 2015, 09:57:30 AM »
+1, unfortunately I had just purchased a stir plate before I really tried Mark's method.  I can tell you that I have not used my stir plate since and have been having great results with his method. For my American ales with WLP001, I have been getting 78-80% attenuation his way. I have played around with it enough to be convinced it works. But when I really want to dry out an IPA, I have been getting 80-82% with US 05 both dry and re-hydrated and have loved the results. Good luck and great brewing either way to the OP

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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing and Children
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:29:07 PM »
Congrats! Here are my thoughts:

http://brulosophy.com/2014/07/17/on-brewing-with-a-family-or-where-do-you-find-the-time/
Marshall, this was a great post. My father grew up in the family winery (really just a tavern, did not produce wine, but that's what they called it.) While I was growing up, my grandparents in his side always had a tiny wine glass for me and my sister for Sunday dinner every week as far back as I can remember. That's how my father was brought up and that's how he brought up my 4 siblings and myself. I had my wild college days, but those are long gone.  As Keith noted, I probably qualify as a problem drinker medically speaking, but I usually only drink once or twice a week. I hate hangovers more than just about anything in life after those crazy college days, so I keep it responsible at all times. I did not know my father in his college days, but I can say that he is the most responsible adult drinker I have ever been around in my life. That helped shape me and I try to put that into work in my life now that I am helping raise my girlfriend's 3 children. They all got bored with helping on brew day or bottling day after about the first 3 batches I made. The important thing I see is that they see me work hard (with brewing magic) to create something I love, and I don't think they have ever seen my drinking as a potential problem in the 4 plus years that I have been around them. As a footnote, I think that it was either Alewyfe (?) Or Amanda K that said on here that SWMBO really stands for She Who. Must Brew Often. My significant other almost never helps me with brewing, but was a huge inspiration to get started in the hobby.  I don't think she has ever given me any grief over brewing as long as I keep life in perspective (and our calendar!) Thanks again, great post

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The Pub / Re: Choose your obsession
« on: June 27, 2015, 06:29:17 AM »
Fun read, good early morning laughs or realizations...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:37:54 AM »
Nice work Jim! Enjoy the glory and the brew.

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The Pub / Re: A Weird Kind of Anniversary
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:48:06 PM »
That's awesome Sean!  So glad you're still with us, you have so much knowledge to share/spread. Treasure every minute and let the Dr's know just how far off their predictions were

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The Pub / Re: In the immortal words of Ken Kesey....
« on: June 22, 2015, 01:15:56 PM »
I was told to keep my head and arms inside the bus until it came to a complete stop

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