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The Pub / Re: Wolverines!
« on: November 19, 2009, 08:56:01 PM »
Well, given what week it is...BUCKEYES!!!

Sorry for the hijack, and good luck to the critter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Bottle Labels
« on: November 19, 2009, 07:46:13 PM »
When I was bottling, I used 3/4" round Avery labels and stuck them on the caps.  Not as spiffy as full labels on the bottle, but nicer than marking the caps with a Sharpie, and a lot easier to deal with than regular labels.  They come off with the cap, so there is no scraping or cleaning them off.  There is an Avery MS-Word template available online - just search for the label's product number.

+1 to Oxyclean or PBW.  Since the vessel held an acid-based sanitizer, you might want to follow a thorough water rinse with a wash of mild alkaline cleaner like PBW, then rinse again.  Other than that, I think your primary concern should be whether the interior of the vessel is smooth and free of cracks or scratches that could harbor unwanted bacteria.  Avoid using a carboy brush or anything that would scratch the plastic when cleaning.  A good PBW or OxyClean soak and vigorous agitation usually works fine.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: German Ale Yeast 1007
« on: November 18, 2009, 11:30:05 AM »
+1 on another week in the primary, then lagering for a month or so.  Even if you're not able to lager in the secondary, and have to bottle it up, cold aging/conditioning in the bottles after carbonating will make a difference.  Bottle it up, let it carbonate, then put the bottles in the fridge and try to forget about them for a month.  Or, better yet, try one each week to see how the cold aging affects the beer over time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Traveling from OH to OK with kegged beer...
« on: November 18, 2009, 11:21:25 AM »
I'm going to visit family in Oklahoma for Thanksgiving, and they've asked whether I'll be bringing some beer.  When they visited me this summer, we (16 of us) wiped out a corny keg of cream ale in one afternoon - so I don't think taking a couple sixers of bottles is going to get it done, and I'm thinking about taking a keg.  We'll be driving through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Is anyone aware of specific legal issues with transporting this quantity of 5.5% ABV beer packaged in this way across State lines?  I'm not selling it or distributing it - just taking it to my uncle's house for Thanksgiving.  I know it's likely that I'd "fly under the radar" anyway, but I'd like to know whether it's worth the bother.  I suppose I could bottle some beer off of my kegs, but I can move more beer in less space if it's in a keg.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chillin' with the Weazle.....
« on: November 15, 2009, 08:08:00 PM »
If you have a pump, maybe a whirlpool IC ala JZ would be the way to go...

The Pub / Re: Brew Dawgs!
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:09:22 PM »
I don't have a dog - just a cat who thinks he's a dog.  He weighs 22 lbs., and likes popcorn and potato chips. 

Here's Mason:

The Pub / Re: Forum Members Pics
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:00:08 PM »
Here's a picture of the family at this year's OktoBEERfest!  I'm the guy in the hat.

Here's a pic of a sampler of the beers we brewed and served.  L to R - Schwarzbier, Altbier, Märzen and Hefeweizen.

The Pub / Re: NASA finds 'significant' water on moon
« on: November 13, 2009, 01:40:49 PM »
I grew up watching the Apollo missions and have always had a fascination with space exploration.  There is a NASA research facility here in the Cleveland area where they developed the heat-resistant tiles for the space shuttles.  And, a guy I grew up with ended up becoming an astronaut and did a space walk to repair the Hubbel Space Telescope on a recent shuttle mission.  And I though making my own beer was cool... :-[ ::)   

The Pub / Re: Lets get to know each other!
« on: November 13, 2009, 01:32:54 PM »
My name is Jim.  I'm 46, and live in Parma, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland) with my wife of 25 years.  I'm  a senior project manager for an environmental construction and remediation contracting company  I mainly deal with project safety and environmental compliance and inside project management.  Our son (23) is my assistant brewer, recently graduated from college, lives at home, and works for the same company I do as a field project assistant/technician.  Our daughter (21) will finish her undergraduate degree this coming May, then continue to graduate school. 

I've been brewing just over two years. I did a few extract batches, then switched to all grain.  I am now set up for 10-gallon batches, have a temperature controlled fridge for fermenting and lagering, and have four faucets on a separate serving fridge.  I'm a member of our local brewing club, the Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers ("SNOBs")  I brew all sorts of styles, but especially enjoy brewing German styles for the "OktoBEERfest!" I hold at my house each year.  My latest brewing milestone is that I've begun buying base malt by the sack.

And, despite my best efforts to be a fairly rational person, I remain a Browns fan.... ??? 

I'm brewing 10-gallons of imperial porter to split into two batches.  One will be Denny's BVIP, and the other will be the "base" porter without the vanilla or bourbon.  I did this last year and both beers turned out great.  If you haven't tried the BVIP recipe, you're missing a good one.  Thanks Denny! 

Questions about the forum? / Re: bigger images
« on: November 10, 2009, 10:37:10 AM »
Ok, we'll try 640x480 for a while and see how it works for people.

Man, I'm getting old cause I remember when having a screen that ws 640x480 was badddd assss

You and me both, man, and I'm old enough to be your father!  OK, maybe older brother!   ;)
You forgot that you would NEVER in your lifetime need more storage than a 10MB hrad drive could provide!!!

Do they even make those anymore?

You get more storage than that on a USB memory stick!  I had one of the first computer based recording studios in the US.  I looked all over for the biggest HD I could find.  I ended up with a 212 MB drive that I paid $1500 for!

Yeah... I used to work for an audio-visual company, and recall when we moved from CPM-based machines to PCs.  I remember when we bought our first computer for my Dad's family business back in the mid-80s.  The "big decision" was whether to get the 10MB or 20MB hard drive - a price difference of about $500 at the time.  We decided on the 20MB, figuring we'd never fill that up.  I still often refer to file structure as "directories" rather than "folders,"  and occasionally get nostalgic for the old "C:\>" prompt...

Questions about the forum? / Re: Weekly "whose brewing" thread.
« on: November 10, 2009, 10:28:42 AM »
Cool by me - especially letting the old ones die.  If not a sticky, the subject of the OP should at least include a date - maybe the date of the Saturday of the appropriate weekend.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: November 10, 2009, 10:12:49 AM »
I have:

Two 6-gallon glass carboys
One 5-gallon glass carboy
Two 7.9-gallon buckets
One converted Sanke keg fermenter
Eight corny kegs

I seldom use the carboys anymore.  I've started skipping the secondary for most ales, and just cold crash, and keg after a longer primary.  For lagers, I rack to a corny for secondary and lagering.

The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: November 10, 2009, 08:12:18 AM »
- BSA volunteer at District and Council levels
- Hiking, backpacking, cycling
- Playing & recording music (guitar, bass, keyboards, ukulele, dulcimer)
- Cooking
- Gardening (includes hops)
- Reading

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