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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Great little lost oddity
« on: April 25, 2016, 04:17:58 AM »
Going to have to get Google to translate that for me when I get in my laptop

The Pub / Re: Home sound system
« on: April 24, 2016, 11:05:45 AM »
Keith, not sure if they are still around, but 25 years ago or so I dropped around $3k on Adcom separate components. Receiver, pre-amp, amp, and cd player. For a 20 something, it was incredible, both in sound quality and level. Had to sell it all a short while back when I was unemployed and got almost all my money back out if it all those years later. I'm no audiophile, but it was a great system from a high end store that also sold McIntosh separates (another great name but way out of my price range then.) If they are still around, I'm sure they are up to speed with Bluetooth and all that jazz. Again, not a pro, just what I had

Ingredients / Re: Cargill Saltzgitter German Pils malt
« on: April 23, 2016, 11:36:09 AM »
Never heard of it either

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Great little lost oddity
« on: April 23, 2016, 07:20:05 AM »
It's a song. You sing: " isn't this a shooting gun? Yes it is a shooting gun. " then you go to the next: " isn't this a piggy bank? Yes it is a piggy bank. A piggy bank and a shooting gun". Onto the next, and you keep repeating the previous ones.
Thanks Frank. Good to know. I happen to be wearing my "I got schutzenfaced at schutzenfest" t shirt this morning

General Homebrew Discussion / Great little lost oddity
« on: April 22, 2016, 07:51:23 PM »
Here's a pic of a poster advertisement for a German restaurant in Milwaukee  called Mader's. No idea when it's from but it's hanging in the basement of my boss's father's house, now our office. Just thought it was kind of neat and that some might like to see it in case it brings back any memories

Enjoy, anyone ever there?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Newbie hooked on real brew
« on: April 22, 2016, 12:18:32 PM »
Thankfully, those newer than us newbies show up every day, keeping the hobby alive! Brew on

Realistically, I think they were mislabeled. I did not detect any common flaws such as diacetyl, infection, or oxidation, they just were not Kentucky Bourbon Barrel ale. They make several different varieties and thats what I think happened. They did now send us the tour tickets and the glassware, so again, it pays to let them know. I know that there was a thread in the near past about whether or not to let a brewery know when you have an issue with their beer and the general consensus was to tell them to help with QC, so I did. We may even put the tour tickets to use this weekend now that the kids will be with their father for the weekend and we have the weekend to ourselves

Equipment and Software / Re: fridge door gasket not sealing
« on: April 22, 2016, 11:48:18 AM »
The simple solution is usually the right one.  We over complicate many things.

But the BFH is always good to have handy.  When things are too complicated it can help simplify them.  Either fixed or irretrievably broken, but resolved either way.

The Pub / Re: Cool gift from my brother
« on: April 21, 2016, 04:22:17 PM »
Is it odd that after watching almost 2 seasons of "Forged in Fire" that I now want to become a blacksmith apprentice?  Just for the fun, sweat, and satisfaction of making something. Oh wait, I already do that, and that's why I'm here

Equipment and Software / Re: fridge door gasket not sealing
« on: April 21, 2016, 04:16:52 PM »
BFH for a little persuasion, I like it Joe!

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« on: April 21, 2016, 09:14:53 AM »
I'll throw my vote in for beersmith 2. I have played around with the trial version of Promash, but for the most part, I am too new to the hobby to really notice the difference. I know Derek has updated a lot of info in promash, so If I wanted to start again, I might go that route with all the recommendations it gets. The teacher at my beginning and advanced brewing classes at my LHBS (siamesemoose) said that promash is better but not actively changing/updating anymore, so he suggested beersmith and it does everything a newbie like me wants. I know some have issues with the calculations, but my brews mostly end up right where it predicts they will, so I have no complaints with the program. I do also use Bru'nWater for water and some of the free calculators at for bottling, priming, and color conversions. In the end though, I am happy with my purchsae of Beersmith

Equipment and Software / Re: My kegerator
« on: April 20, 2016, 06:06:15 PM »
Very nice set up!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 4 Englishman walk into a bar....
« on: April 20, 2016, 12:14:16 PM »
Derek, just another note. Munton's Gold (2 packs) took my challenge beer, a smoked porter, from 1.071 down right to my projected target of 1.018. These were beersmith projections as well as the extract kit instructions from my LHBS. I have not used many liquid strains, so I really cannot compare it for you, but its what came with the kit and performed as expected. The final tasting notes will come from PeteB after I ship for Spring swap next week.

"And if I shiver, please give me a blanket. Keep me warm, let me wear your coat" and yes I feel the Daltrey here,  not Jim

Ingredients / Re: (R) Hops
« on: April 17, 2016, 08:50:44 PM »
I want to brew all of my beers with only my own hops.  And I do.  Hop independent!  Take that Hop Union!

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