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The Pub / Lunar Perigee
« on: March 17, 2011, 11:47:29 AM »
"On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset.
It's a super "perigee moon"--the biggest in almost 20 years".

Check this LINK from NASA.


I love me a fat full moon just rising.  Sounds like a good reason to hoist one. 8)

Cheers to clear weather.

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General Homebrew Discussion / How do YOU keg hop?
« on: March 15, 2011, 04:43:58 AM »
The ability to drink beer that is actively soaking in hops
is probably the real reason why I finally got some kegs.

So, if you do this sort of thing at your house, could you share your technique for keg hopping?
Materials and methods would be great.

Thanks in advance.

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The Pub / Driving a Dyson Ball
« on: March 07, 2011, 10:14:56 AM »
Anybody drive one?

So, the wife brings home a DC25 Animal for Christmas, and I am all sorts of wigged out that she spent that kind of coin on a vacuum! But hey...she "got it on sale"  ::)

And yea, we do a lot of vacuuming, with five household pets.  We don't have a lot of carpet, but many rugs and hardwood, and vacuuming was a real chore and took at least a hour and a half.

But, I now admit, this thing is so freaking cool, I really don't mind the task anymore.
I kid you not, you can steer this sucker with your wrist and can get really good at it.
It fits right up against stuff, makes 90 degree turns, and sucks like a tornado.

I hope it lasts.

Mine is purple
but they look like this:




And ya'll are thinking I coulda had a conical instead? :D




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The Pub / N-Pee-OK
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:09:15 AM »
So I was reading the Mother Earth News this morning,
and they had an article on homemade liquid fertilizers.

Human urine came up,
and they advocated putting a bucket of sawdust on the deck
to aim at
with the goal of producing a nutrient-rich mulch for use in your garden.

Hmmmm, what say you fellow gardeners?

I am thinking I waste a lot of valuable resources off the front porch every morning! :-[



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Kegging and Bottling / Recommendations for buying a keg setup
« on: February 07, 2011, 11:52:31 AM »
OK, I am ready.  I have held out a ridiculously long time,
but am super sick of the bottles, and the wait.

So I thought I would ask here for advise on where to buy.

I was looking at Midwest, they have a bunch of options and seem reasonable,
but there are likely other places you might direct me to?

I am thinking that new kegs are $hiney but not worth the coin,
is that true?  Or are used kegs just not reliable?

Right now, I really don't care about a fancy setup.
I do have a spare fridge in the shop, but won't mind opening the door and using picnic taps...

I would probably get three kegs to start if that matters.

Thanks for the advise.




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Ingredients / Crystal hops
« on: February 05, 2011, 09:37:16 AM »
I was wondering how folks used these hops.

Might they be an acceptable alternative to Mt Hood or maybe Hallertauer?
Anyone FWH with them?  Use only late?
Really good when combined with  ______ and ______?

Thanks in advance for the knowledge.

Cheers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Hopstand Flame out hops - IBU contributions
« on: January 19, 2011, 08:20:33 PM »
Those of you that have experimented with hopstand - adding flame out hops and NOT chilling for a while....
any words of wisdom or experiences on how to roughly calculate IBU contributions?

I suppose time and temp are big variables, but what does it taste like to YOU?

Thanks.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Denver Folks
« on: January 17, 2011, 09:17:33 AM »
Can you hook me up with your favorite beer store?

I am looking to haul some stash back over the hill,
and was pretty disappointed with the selection at the Applejack.

Close to Lakewood is a bonus.

Thanks in advance. 8)

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The Pub / Its 4/22
« on: April 22, 2010, 06:37:23 AM »
Happy Birthday Earth Day.

Does that mean anything to you?



Its a paid holiday for me ;D and I was going to plant plum trees,
but it snowed last night
so I am brewing 8)

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The Pub / Brass
« on: April 19, 2010, 10:10:56 AM »

I frequent public lands near my place,
and am often amazed by the amount of brass piled up
amid slaughtered tv's and fridgerators, broken glass and neon clays.

I picked up a handful this morning.
Wondered if anyone could name off all the sizes here. 
4 or 5 types.

The bigger brass ones have me stumped.






These boys drink natty light BTW.

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All Things Food / Hard boiled eggs...what is your secret?
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:44:53 AM »
I love the hard boiled egg, but hate a hard to peel, messy egg.

Are there any proven cooking methods that make the shell easy and clean to remove?

What do you know?  Thanks.

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The Pub / Snowpeople
« on: February 24, 2010, 03:30:49 PM »
It used to be that when it snowed,
the kids went out and tracked up the yard,
and the snowmen went up all around town.

We got a good foot of wet sticky snow the other day,
perfect for making balls.

I saw one snowman yesterday,
and it dawned on me that it was the only one I had seen.

Is this a dying tradition?  Do kids still do this where you live?

I thought Calvin and Hobbs could keep it alive,
but perhaps kids are too fat and lazy to go outside anymore. ::)


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Yeast and Fermentation / English Yeast and Hop Aroma
« on: November 18, 2009, 09:09:21 AM »
Another brewer here, whom I trust mind you ;)

mentioned to me that some english strains can supress hop aroma.

So for example, an IPA with english yeast may not have equal aroma potency
as say the same beer fermented with a clean "American" yeast.

I am interested in others thoughts and experiences on this issue.

Any?

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The Pub / Wolverines!
« on: November 18, 2009, 06:47:13 AM »
So, for the first time in 90 years,
a wolverine is going to spend the winter in Colorado.

News report here.

"State wildlife biologists say they think M56, the solo male wolverine that migrated more than 500 miles to Colorado from Wyoming last spring, appears to have settled in at the snowy edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, raising hopes for the survival of the species and other threatened carnivores."

Me, I think big Mustelids are amazing.
I will be raising a pint to M56 tonight.

Anybody ever seen one?




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