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Agreed...a little QC can go a long, long way sometimes. ;)

From you Ron, I would expect nothing less. ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: filtering beer
« on: October 02, 2010, 05:28:15 AM »
I hate using it, because my girlfriend is a vegetarian and won't consume it, but gelatin works GREAT if you keg. That and a week at 32F before kegging and your beer will be clearer than 90% of commercial craft beer.

oh wow. i have never tried either. thanks!

I use gelatin.  Works great 99% of the time.

All Grain Brewing / Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« on: October 02, 2010, 05:22:03 AM »
I compost in a barrel composter.  It helps make short work of the other crap I put in there.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker
« on: October 02, 2010, 05:13:38 AM »
I took a piece of PVC pipe, drilled holes in it for some rubar, and use a worm clamp to hold the bag in place.  I just let it sit on top of the kettle, the rubar holds it up, and the bag drops into the wort.

I was _this close_ to building one of those, but I couldn't figure out how it would work with an immersion chiller.  To be perfectly honest, like Jim said, I don't have an issue with pellet hops just going in to the fermenter.  I use a hop bag for whole hops.

This is what I do as well.  Most of the pellet hops stay in my kettle anyway, so it's not much of an issue with my setup.

Equipment and Software / Re: lost siphon
« on: October 02, 2010, 05:08:34 AM »
I use an autosiphon.  Works great, easy to clean, and cheap. ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: How do you chill your wort?
« on: October 02, 2010, 05:06:30 AM »
I use a plate chiller, and haven't had any issues.  I backflush with hot water immediately after use and flush and sanitize before each use.  YMMV

The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: October 02, 2010, 04:41:27 AM »
I don't think it is blogspot disallowing ... I've used pictures from them on other forums.

That is what's happening. Your URLs and formatting are correct, but they won't serve a hotlink.
Won't serve a hotlink?  But I love hotlinks . . .


Everybody's a comedian ;D

The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: October 01, 2010, 09:14:29 AM »
My kid is in his mid 30s and is a foot taller than me....he wouldn't fit!

Mine is 20 and she wouldn't either. :D

The Pub / Re: Gawd I need a Promotion
« on: October 01, 2010, 09:12:45 AM »
Ron, sometimes I think you are a PW. ;)

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: October 01, 2010, 09:11:01 AM »
This is fantastic news!  Throwing more hope bullets your way, Jeff!

All Things Food / Re: some family italian recipes.....
« on: September 30, 2010, 10:13:19 AM »
Good job Cap!  They look deeeeeliscioso!  My daughter is the expert crepe maker at our house.  Hmmmmm.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 10/1
« on: September 30, 2010, 10:05:38 AM »
Congrats Drew!  Good Luck!  No brewing this weekend.  Will probably work some on Saturday and do fall yard chores(aerate and overseed) on Sunday before football.  Have a Helles and amber fermenting still, they'll probably go into kegs for aging in a week or two.  Then another IPA, I suppose.  Time to bottle the wee heavy and put the year old oak-aged RIS into the serving fridge.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: September 29, 2010, 10:17:52 AM »
I'll eat most seafood, if it's done right.  We have a house bouillabaisse recipe that is out of this world.  My wife makes the stock and I'm not sure what all goes into it except clams, mussels, rockfish or some other firm white fleshed fish, scallops, andouille, tomatoes, garlic, onion.  The broth is very rich.  I don't know what herbs and spices she uses, but I must say I can eat the crap out of that stuff.  Especially with some crispy homemade bread.

Sorry to here about Scarlet.  I have three geriatric pups myself.  One's deaf, one's blind, the other seems to be OK for now.  I know how it goes, always sad,  Had to go through this a few times myself.  I would follow Paul's advice on the recipe.  I usually go with C60, C80 and Carared for my red beers.  They are a style that I enjoy, in case you couldn't tell. ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Magic Hat HiPA
« on: September 25, 2010, 03:11:56 PM »
I've never had a Magic Hat beer that I liked.  I really don't know how they stay in business.

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