Drinking lots of water is a good point. Whenever I walk by one of the water dispensers I fill up my glass and hydrate and rinse my glass at the same time.
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This makes much more sense. But, for the love of God, peppermint in beer?
I recall reading that methylene blue was unreliable for viability below 80%
I've heard that as well, though I'm not sure I believe it. The viabilities I get are both repeatable and correlate well with the rules of thumb out there for viability reduction over time.
I've pitched yeast with (methylene blue) viabilities as low as 71% and as high as 98%, and can't tell any difference in the beers as long as I adjust the pitching rate accordingly. I brew each recipe, on average, every 10 days or so, so I'd like to think I'd pick up on those minor variations, but of course it could just be that I can't taste whatever it is that would differentiate them. FWIW, this is all with US-05 and Wyeast 1318.
yep, if you want them to float, bag them with a ping pong ball.
If you are bringing it to a party with craft beer/ home brew drinkers it's a blonde.
If you are bringing it to a party with Light Lager drinkers it's s a cream ale.
On the OT, I found that following the #NHC2011 hashtag on twitter was helpful in seeing what was going on.
I did this and it only made me kick myself harder for not going to the conference
Seriously, it was great information being posted and I WILL use it next year in Seattle!!
You might get more timely info in Seattle if you use the #NHC2012 tag instead... See you there!
If you liked that one, I think you would really like "Patriots" by James Rawles. It's pretty much a doomsday book, about the economy crash. There's been a group of survivalist in northern Idaho, preparingfor it for years, and when crap hits the fan, the guys are ready. It's a VERY good read. What I really like about it, you can easily see it happening tomorrow.
Also, Critical Mass was very good, if you like end of the world type stuff.
Been a while since we had a book thread. Just thought I would check in and see if anyone has come accross some must reads.
I literally just finished Vince Flynn's "Extreme Measures" like five minutes ago. Very good read. If you haven't read Vince Flyn, do. It was my first by him, and I have two more waiting. Recently, I read "Impact" by Douglas Preston. It was ok. Been powering my way through A bunch of James Patterson. "I Alex Cross" was my last, and "Cross Fire". Both were great. I'm about halfway through Alex Cross's Trial. It's not to bad. And, waiting for me my next trip to Ohio in July, I have "One Second After".
What's everyone else up to?
Along with my Maverick wireless thermometer (http://amzn.to/jmjqXX) I've been really happy. The first couple of overnight smokes I did I would wake up to the alarm from the maverick because my temp was too low or high, but the last 5 or 6 that I've done I haven't been woken up and the temp is just nailed. It's probably the same for any cooker, it takes a little while to get the feel of it.
I might just get one of those. Looks handy.
We are cooking for 2 but I like the control. Roasting/smoking turkey are considerations, smoking alot might be the deal breaker. If I can fine a BGE for less I will go that way. Kicking my self for passing for a large one for 650 on Craigs list.