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Ingredients / Re: Weirdest thing: Sulfur Removal tip
« on: October 10, 2011, 02:47:17 PM »
Yes, Jeff, that is essentially what the post said - that the copper reacts with the hydrogen sulfide. I'm just amazed at how well it works. It really is like magic.

Ingredients / Weirdest thing: Sulfur Removal tip
« on: October 10, 2011, 12:51:59 PM »
I have a beer that I racked too early and it was just full of sulfur. Smelled absolutely fetid. I looked up some solutions and found a tip on a wine making forum that suggested pouring a small glass and stirring the wine with copper. And that if it works to try racking the wine through copper tubing.

Tried the stirring thing and side by side the difference is simply friggin' amazing! The beer stirred with copper tastes and smells exactly as it should. The other smells a little like ass.

I'm blown away, had never heard of this technique. The beer stirred with copper is delicious and completely drinkable, the other I couldn't finish an entire glass. Has anyone else heard of this?

Ingredients / Re: Why Does Carapils Get a Bad Rap?
« on: October 10, 2011, 04:33:10 AM »
I think throwing in CaraPils indiscriminately "for body" gets a bad rap, especially when many inexperienced brewers end up with under-attenuated beers to begin with.  But it has its place like any other malt.

^ Narvin nailed it!

« on: October 09, 2011, 03:02:39 PM »
Uuuuhg. Steelers clobbered my Titans. Now I have to hear that crap from my BiL. And to think I hurried back from a canoe trip for that! Damn.

OTOH at least Houston lost.

Ingredients / Re: Why Does Carapils Get a Bad Rap?
« on: October 08, 2011, 07:52:07 AM »
Cara Pils is just a tool. Often times it is not needed in a recipe. For instance, a lot of IPA recipes have a lb of crystal and then a  lb of cara pils - in that case it may not be needed. But if you are trying to increase the mouthfeel of a beer and for whatever reason and don't want to mash higher it can work. I also think that in the case of lighter lagers you can taste the cara pils. In an IPA, not so much.

The Pub / Re: Steve Jobs Dead at 56
« on: October 07, 2011, 04:06:19 PM »
Steve Jobs had little impact on any kind of invention--Apple isn't particularly innovative and just sells crap that other people invented.

I had a longer  response written, but it's just not worth arguing, because you're certainly entitled to your opinion.   Like people passionate about beer, it seems that some are just as passionate about their computers and operating systems.
And when we're dead, neither will matter.

No sense in feeding the trolls.

The Pub / Re: Back in the USA
« on: October 07, 2011, 04:04:42 PM »
Welcome back, brotha! Have a fun vacation.

Ingredients / Re: Ever used a base malt like a specialty grain?
« on: October 07, 2011, 01:49:15 PM »
Cara Munich is a caramel malt though. Not going to be anything like Munich.

Beer Recipes / Re: Need Stout Ideas
« on: October 07, 2011, 12:21:59 PM »
How about a pale stout?  All pils malt!   ;D

No one else gets it I guess!  :D

Ingredients / Re: Looking bad for barley...
« on: October 07, 2011, 07:42:34 AM »
FWIW prices for corn and rice are going up as well.

I have a friend who freezes his light lagers, but they are much clearer after freezing than before.

He freezes them solid??? WTF for???

The Pub / Re: Steve Jobs Dead at 56
« on: October 06, 2011, 04:33:39 PM »
I just watched a short CNN storyline. A huge loss for the tech world. He was certainly a tech prodigy and will be sadly missed. Apple will suffer from this loss...

I have an iPhone and a couple iPods. Fabulous products IMHO.

Steve Jobs had little impact on any kind of invention--Apple isn't particularly innovative and just sells crap that other people invented.

That happens to be a big thing.

I've seen tons of technology come and go in my time.  In fact, a lot of Apple's products are technology that failed.  Smart phones?  the iPhone sucks; i had an iPaq PDA with Microsoft PocketPC 6, phenomenal handwriting recognition ... you could open PocketWord, sit down, and just write, and write... write 50 page reports, write novels, whatever ... on a 3 inch screen.  One day they shoved a cell phone chip into it and called it a "Smart Phone."

It flopped.

There was no 3G.

Palm's stuff flopped.  Blackberry would be the pathetic state of the art FOREVER if Apple didn't break into the market with the iPhone.  Google Android wouldn't have come about as a response.  I'm still confused about the industry's vocal and obvious attempt to get rid of the stylus (the first statement directly of this I saw was Samsung's), as I find it both immediately useful for high-accuracy applications (stylus typing is faster than finger typing on 3.5 inch screen keyboards) and important for handwriting recognition input (which PocketPC 6 did phenomenally circa 1998).

Tablets ... remember in 2001, Windows Tablet Edition... laptops with swivel screens ... a complete flop.  Again, with phenomenal handwriting recognition.  The iPad did it 10 years later ... again, with 3G connectivity; wifi wasn't big back then, much less 3G.  Laptops are still worthless in college, although every college student "needs a laptop" (it has to go with them to class, somehow ... something I haven't figured out yet).

The iPod showed up when MP3 players looked popular, but were really crappy.  The technology would have peaked, then died off.  Apple figured out how to leverage that perfectly.

And that's what Apple does.

That's what Steve Jobs was good at.

The tech industry tends to lock up a lot.  There is so much technology that never makes it because businesses simply don't know how to leverage it.  a lot of Apple's products are a step up, and a lot are a step down; but in pretty much all cases, Steve Jobs was pulling tech that was going nowhere and putting it in a shiny box in a form that was actually useful.

Steve Jobs drove the industry.

That's what he was good at.

Now we need a new one, and it's hard.  It's hard because it's hard; and it's hard because whoever gets that job will be too busy trying to be Steve Jobs instead of trying to do what Steve Jobs did.  If you are trying to emulate a person, you have no idea what you're doing; if you actually get it, you only have to be yourself.

Technology may stagnate for a while....

The thing that Steve Jobs and Apple did was to take other's innovations and make them accessible and artful. As the old art school saying goes, good artists innovate - great artists steal.  ;)

Ingredients / Re: Looking bad for barley...
« on: October 06, 2011, 09:06:25 AM »
Speaking from an ag supplier side, the higher prices are required to stay in business. Diesel, fertilizer, chemicals, equipment, labor, and other imputs are up. The growers don't set the price, it's supply and demand (except when Big Brother steps in).

By the way, I believe that a little less than half the total barley ends up in malt products

But if brewers go out of business because they can't afford to brew beer then the growers lose money too.

Ingredients / Re: Looking bad for barley...
« on: October 06, 2011, 08:16:03 AM »
From the American Malting Barley Assoc. production report..

Production is estimated at 155 million bushels, down 8 percent from the August forecast and 14 percent below 2010, and the lowest since 1936. Average yield per acre, at 69.2 bushels, is down 3.9 bushels from the previous year. Producers seeded 2.56 million acres in 2011, down 11 percent from last year. This is the lowest planted acreage on record. Harvested area, at 2.24 million acres, is down 9 percent from 2010, and the lowest level since 1881. Seeded area in North Dakota establishes a record low for the State, while harvested area is the lowest since 1901. In addition, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Utah producers set new record lows for seeded acreage, while producers in New York seeded a record-tying low. Record lows for harvested area were set in Michigan and Wisconsin. A record high yield was set in North Carolina, while producers in Arizona reported a record-tying yield.

Sounds like a determined effort to jack up prices. Similar to hops a few years ago. Only on hops the prices needed to come up. Barley is already super expensive and has been rising steadily for years.

I can drink Boston Lager, I have been thankful as well when the choice was Bud Light or Boston Lager. Boston Lager isn't really anything like a Czech Pils though. Way to much caramel. The hops might be what you are tasting.

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