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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Importance Of Being Same
« on: October 07, 2015, 11:56:33 PM »
Jim,

Have you been drinking?

For a minute, imagine you're trying to repeat a beer. Make it the same as the last one. Is that possible? The person who would require absolute evidence would say No. Its impossible to rebrew a pefectly identical beer. I would say Yes. As far as it is only going to be tested in my mouth and compared to my memory, yes, I can rebrew beers that are the same according to my level of proof.

I was actually thinking about this this morning.  Complete consistency in a repeat is not possible at the homebrew level.  For a 5 gallon batch, the margin of error in our measurements must be unbelieveable compared to someone brewing a 700bbl batch.  However, I've been brewing several of the same recipes for years, and they are as consistent from year to year as I need them to be.

So the answer is still "it depends."  As it usually is.

Now, on to the NL Wild Card.  Pirates suck.  Go Cubs!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 07, 2015, 11:23:27 PM »
Yeah.  I'm feeling more and more like a piker...

Perhaps I need to ship mine before I try his so I'm all in.  Otherwise, I'll be second guessing myself...

Just cracked a Bell's Old Ale, which mine is based off of.  It's soooo good.  Of course, it's also been aging in my cellar getting better.  Mine?  I'll reserve my critical analysis.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 07, 2015, 10:30:14 PM »
Just got home to find a box on my porch.  I was like "what the hell did I order this time?"

But, no, I did not order anything late one night from Amazon.  At least not this box.

I've got 5 bombers to check out.  I'm going to pick one and chill it and sample it while the Cubs battle the Pirates.  Perhaps the Way Heavy.

I'll be filling that box up and sending it back to Louisiana.

Thanks, Toby!

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The Pub / Re: New wireless router...
« on: October 07, 2015, 09:23:25 PM »
The best router I ever had was pre-wireless.  An SMS Barracuda.  Totally ancient.  I was sad when it died on me.

As far as the Genie app, I don't even know what that is.  I've always logged in directly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Importance Of Being Same
« on: October 07, 2015, 08:46:04 PM »
I think it depends on what you're trying to test.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:47:33 PM »
I'll get on this tonight, if the kids go to bed on time.

I even snatched up a good box from Binny's last week.

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The Pub / Re: German immigrants
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:46:02 PM »
Coming back to the topic, I have no idea from where in Germany my ancestors originate.

They wound up in Northern Wisconsin, though.

And, if I had a duchy I'd pass it on the left hand side.

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The Pub / Re: German immigrants
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:38:09 PM »
Kind of like saying you brew British beers, might imply you brew English, Irish and Scottish

If you told me you brewed British beers, I would not assume Irish or Scottish beers were included.
An old gent in a pub explained it as:
There is England, Great Britain = England, Scotland, and Wales, the U.K. = GB + N. Ireland.

Yeah, we talk of  Scottish and British beers.

I'm guessing that pub was in England.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mashing & Calculating Rest Times
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:33:33 PM »
I'm sure the HBT forum would love to have you. Your posting style reflects the general attitude and candor of that crowd.
Spoken like a true EAC.  :-X

I have nothing to add about decoctions, but I will say that the OP was pretty much upfront about what he was looking for in his first post.  He believes decoctions work and doesn't wish to debate it.

I'm willing to leave it at that.

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The Pub / Re: German immigrants
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:22:43 PM »
Kind of like saying you brew British beers, might imply you brew English, Irish and Scottish

If you told me you brewed British beers, I would not assume Irish or Scottish beers were included.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 07, 2015, 05:33:44 PM »
Awesome.

I need to box my selections up.  I'm a lazy man.

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The Pub / Re: New wireless router...
« on: October 07, 2015, 03:06:18 PM »
Apple iPhones are pathetic when it comes to WiFi signal strength.

In my experience, Ipads are even worse.  And don't get me started on the Apple TV.  That thing makes me angry.

Also, if you're needing to reset your router on a regular basis, and that need is increasing, it's time to look for a new router.  Something inside is dying.

As far as owning a modem, I should probably look into that.  Used to own ours, but when we added phone service, they gave us a different modem.  I have to assume that you can buy a modem that handles internet and phone, but I've never looked into it.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 07, 2015, 01:40:31 AM »
Don't mix Old Forrester Signature with Knob Creek... 

I think the Old Forrester is going to get relegated to a mixer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 07, 2015, 01:38:34 AM »
The difference between what I did and what thousands of over brewers have done is that I noticed the improvement and went about attempting to repeat and quantify it.

Plus strong advocacy for taking the pragmatic approach to building starters.

My wife will be glad if I ditch the stir plates.  They're noisy little buggers.

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The Pub / Re: New wireless router...
« on: October 06, 2015, 09:37:43 PM »
I'm running a Netgear router that's a couple years old, but was one of the top recommendation back then.

No dead spots, but I need an extender to get a good signal to all areas of the house.

I've had issues lately with one of my extenders.  It's only about a year old and it crapped out.  I gave it an hour or so of trying to restart and reconfigure, and then I chucked it and ordered a new one.

I've also found that signal reception is device dependent.  Apple products seem to need a better signal than all other devices.

Anyway, if you get more than a couple years out of a router I think you've gotten your money's worth.

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