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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Checking Back In.
« on: September 13, 2012, 03:30:21 AM »
;D, heh.  Hey Blatz.  Nice to have you resurface.  I miss my fake friends. ;)

They are invisible friends. Not fake.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 03:42:50 PM »
Coming from a guy who has been lifting weights somewhat religiously since I was 18 (and younger if you count school athletics), I can tell you it can be done. But it is difficult to stay lean and drink regularly. The only success I ever had was when I abstained from drinking for the entire week-days and then drank moderately (usually) on the weekends. The type of beer we like is so full of calories that two beers a night even pushes close to or over 500 calories. Have a few more on the weekend and you are up over a thousand. The entire week can climb over 5000 calories for the entire week in carbs, which is not a recipe for maintaining a low body fat count. And it gets worse the older you get.

Don't want to be a downer but just thought I'd share my experience. And when I did have a six pack back in my twenties I didn't ever even give it a thought. Was just the way my body was. There is no way I could work hard enough (or cut my beer drinking back enough) to ever have a sixer again. But that's just me - good on you Ryan. Very impressive.

General Homebrew Discussion / Checking Back In.
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:12:55 AM »

Major - I guess I still owe you beer?  I thought the Jags/Titans split last year, but I don't mind - I'm bottling  a six pack this weekend of some IPA for my brother, so I'll put a few together.

Good to know you still don't know when I'm messing with ya. ;) I think we decided last year to exchange some beer but just never got around to it.

The Pub / I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:43:05 AM »
i haven't had a six-pack since my late 20s but I got pretty close in my late 30's up until my forties with running 24-30 miles/week and lifting weights 4 - 5 days. I had cut back drinking to weekends only. Since I opened the brewery, though, my mid section has continued to spread.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oh no! All grain!?!?
« on: September 12, 2012, 03:43:25 AM »
Thanks!  My goal is to buy now but plan for the future.  I know I want to get to brewing 10 gal batches.  Currently I am doing a lot of reading to understand the use of a cooler for mashing.  Still don't get why its better than a pot. 


I mash in a kettle and will never go back.  That way I'm sure I can maintain the temperature and can do step mashes (you need it for Hefe's and German styles).  Otherwise, I have to hit the mash temp exactly and watch the temp free-fall in a cooler. ) I had little success with adding boiling water.  The more you add, the worse it gets to raise.)  The transfer to the Igloo cooler for the lauter/sparge can be messy if I'm not careful.  Don't worry about hot side aeration.  It's an old homebrewer's myth

Never had an issue with hitting my temps and maintaining my temps in a cooler. Maybe you have the wrong color. ;) I have had problems trying to dial in my temps by adding bottom heat. It always climbs higher than I mean for it too.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oh no! All grain!?!?
« on: September 11, 2012, 07:04:43 PM »
A lot of people have different thoughts on this but I recommend an immersion chiller. Much easier to clean and sanitize than a plate chiller. Simply hose it off and add it to your BK 20 minutes before flame out. Then hose off after use. SImple!

I like the recirculate with a pump method (Ala JZ whirlpool - se here: )

Also, because of the ease and speed of the process I recommend using Denny's batch sparge method:

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 11, 2012, 06:50:35 PM »
Welcome back, ryan! Congrats on the six pack, assuming it is yours. Of course, once you start drinking again it will be gone, ya know.  ;)

OTOH maybe your hair will grow back!  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Checking Back In.
« on: September 11, 2012, 06:38:13 PM »
Hey, don't you owe me beer?  ;)

The Pub / Anyone Know a Garbage Truck Chaser?
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:48:57 AM »
Damn! Good thing you weren't seriously hurt. I smell a few new fermenters coming your way. ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning lines
« on: September 11, 2012, 04:09:28 AM »
Replace them. NOt even a question. When you go to clean your own lines be sure to use an caustoc line cleaner. You don't want to just sanitize them, the point isn't sanitation, it's removing the build up in the line that changes the beer flavor.

If you have taps, maybe sure you completely disassemble them. If they have never been cleaned you will be amazed at how disgusting they are. Plastic picnic taps probably should be replaced.

Last I recall, Denny does not care for wheat beers.

The Pub / Football Season!!!
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:51:29 AM »
just like the fact Tebow will never make a great QB, Luck (assuming he stays healthy) will. Time will play it out and I will come back to remind you all. :)

The Pub / Football Season!!!
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:29:53 AM »
meh .... the Colts had the opportunity to win the lottery 2 times. They made the right choice letting Peyton go. Luck is going to become a phenomenal QB.

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:38:55 PM »
I run a professional brewery, and I do this on 10 bbl batches all the time. You will be absolutely fine.

Ingredients / Dry hop-cigaring?
« on: September 08, 2012, 12:31:32 PM »
Okay, I'm convinced.  It was just a passing thought.  Actually, it was something I dreamt last night. Maybe it was a nightmare. ???

I once had a dream about a beer.  When I woke up I formulated a recipe for it and brewed it a week later.  Turned out to be one of the worst beers I've ever brewed.......

Ah, but it was still the beer of your dreams...

Literally LOLed.

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