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The Pub / Re: beer bike
« on: December 21, 2010, 09:05:33 AM »
It's better to bring friends...

Beer Recipes / Re: Paulaner Salvator
« on: December 21, 2010, 09:02:23 AM »
Aha...Controlled by counter-productive, government retards.
OK...I get it...The powers that be just don't know what they're talking about.
That makes sense, because the label on my Guinness Foreign Export I was drinking last night said "MALT LIQUOR".

Another case of SNAFU.

Beer Recipes / Paulaner Salvator
« on: December 21, 2010, 08:40:57 AM »
OK...This isn't a recipe for Salvator, nor is it a request for one...
I just wasn't sure where this topic actually belongs.

I recently bought a sixer of Salvator (yummmmmm) & decided it had been a few years since I actually read the label.
Looks pretty much like I remember, aside from one small, almost forgetable item.

On the back label, in fairly large, bold lettering...
It states "ALE".

Can anyone explain this?
I had never noticed it, before this particular six-pack.
Has it always said that?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: December 15, 2010, 01:02:18 PM »
Way up...I just wish they'd settle on a reliable schedule.
First episode was on a Sunday...
They moved to Mondays...
Now, it looks like they're currently airing on Thursdays...

Hard to be a devoted viewer, when they keep changing.
That's been known to get shows cancelled, in the past.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: beer label...stuck!
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:28:36 AM »

R.I.P. Billy Mayes. I miss you.


All Things Food / Re: Help me clone Hillshire Farms
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:16:19 AM »
Geez...I can't see quite how you'd make that particular mistake, but I can see that he almost coulda been from Mill-Waaaauhkee.

Beer Recipes / Re: Please don't hate me: Heileman's Old Style clone recipe?
« on: December 07, 2010, 02:31:15 PM »
You're a brave, brave soul, for posting that.
I don't have a recipe for you, but I respect the balls you have just exhibited.

I hope someone has a serious recipe, rather than the usual answer...
"Drink a 12-er of ____ & pee in a bottle."

I'm an Old Style fan, if for no other reason than my gramps used to deliver it.
I discovered a taste for it at an early age.

Oh...And, Rolling Rock isn't even close.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bung hole plug. Which would you choose?
« on: December 06, 2010, 03:18:35 PM »
I though everyone knew about super balls.

Hours of fun, made from the simplicity of a solid rubber sphere.

The Pub / Re: Getting a dog
« on: December 06, 2010, 02:49:30 PM »
A couple years ago, I rescued a 1 year old pointer mix from a shelter.
She had severe behavior problems due to a life of roaming the Kentucky countryside, but my wife & I were against giving her back to the shelter.
We went to several obedience classes & found that she just couldn't be around most other dogs, without a total meltdown.
I don't know what it is, but she just dislikes most other dogs.
Since we were having such a hard time with her, I decided to get a DNA test done by a reputable lab.
Well...My pointer mix turned out to be an American Foxhound/Neopolitan Mastiff/Shar Pei mix.
Now, I see that her listening problems come from being an independent foxhound, her aggression comes from the shar pei & her sleep habits/laziness come from the mastiff.
This is the long way around to answering, but my dog has turned out great.
She's now over 3 years old & has matured, drastically.
I have a 8 month-old son & she loves him, dearly...I couldn't ask for a better buddy, for him.
If you have children, a shelter dog may not be the right fit...Just choose wisely & think very, very hard on it, before you decide what dog to get & where to adopt from.

I'll be brewing a batch of my Centennial IPA...

5 gallons:
9# Pale malt
1# Vienna
1# Caramel 60L
1oz Centennial (60 min)
1oz Centennial (30 min)
1oz Centennial (10 min)
1oz Centennial (5 min)
1oz Centennial (@ flame out)

California ale - WLP001 yeast

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Arm Ideas?
« on: November 24, 2010, 01:03:44 PM »
So after 40 some AG batches I have decided to give fly sparging a shot.  I've always been a batch sparger (Thanks Denny) and get around 65-68% eff.  I'm on a "Big-ger Beer" kick so I want to get as much as I can out of my grainbed the next go 'round.  I hoping to get into that 75-80% range.  I use a 10 gal Gott mashtun and wondering what some of you guys are using for sparging.  I like the cool "whirly" gig thing but I don't know how hard that would be to build.  I've also thought about just going with some simple coiled copper tubing.  Any thoughts are appreciated.

Why do you want to take a step backwards in the evolution of your brewing?
Try malt conditioning, coupled with a double batch sparge...
You might not hit 80%, but some guys regularly do it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: batch sparge water, how much will fit
« on: November 24, 2010, 01:00:05 PM »
I'd recommend a double batch sparge, regardless of your tun-size situation.

But...What size is your tun?
I use a 10 gallon Rubbermaid & have found large grain bills are not a problem with the DBS.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st AG Effieency
« on: November 24, 2010, 12:57:06 PM »
Regardless, looking back on it 158F is pretty high by convention. I'm surprised you've hit 1.018 at all. So probably you really weren't that high due to the imbalances in a direct fired mashing process. Convection and mixing etc...

Try batch sparging at a single infusion temp- say 153F...?

Agreed...158* is high.
Shoot for low 150s, if you can't get precise control of your burner.
That will make all the difference in the world.

Equipment and Software / Re: Plate Chillers and Gravity Feeds
« on: November 16, 2010, 03:22:39 PM »
Install a weldless fitting & ball valve to your kettle.
It's easy & cost effective.
There are several videos & articles out there, to help you with the process...
But, it's basically...
Buy or make a weldless fitting that incorporates hi-temp o-rings.
Drill a small starter hole near the bottom of your kettle.
Use a step bit or other good quality drill bit to drill your outlet hole.
Attach your weldless fitting & valve...

I currently have 2 kettles that use them & like them so much, I'll be adding a 3rd to a keggle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I just sent this to Pabst Brewing Co
« on: November 12, 2010, 08:25:07 AM »
So you don't know any Germans?   Schmidt is the German equivalent of Smith.  Someone who makes something, usually in metal working.  You know what a blacksmith is, I am sure.
In German, knife is messer and smith is schmidt.  So in German someone who makes knives and swords was a Messerschmidt...

Yes...Thank you...A close friend is a guy named Schmitz & I'm married to a Swedish/German goddess, so I was well aware.
Maybe I need to be less sutble & more funny with my humorous outbursts...Sorry.

Or...Maybe you guys aren't aware of "The brew that grew in the great Northwest"...

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