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All Things Food / Re: Avocados
« on: April 08, 2013, 08:34:41 AM »
I have one avocado pit I've been able to sprout.  It looks sad on my window sill.  Now that it's warming up, I will pot it and put it on the porch.  It will never bear fruit, but what the heck.

My pineapple is still going strong in a pot.  That, too, will move outside once it's warm.

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The Pub / Re: I'm honored
« on: April 08, 2013, 08:23:38 AM »
I thought that label said "certified goats."
Congrats, Denny.  I'm planning to brew your quadruple again this summer.  I think I have one bottle left from last year since most of it got drained at my 40th.

Much good advice and many great recipes have come from you.
So did I!

Congrats Denny. I lift my blue cooler above my head and salute you. ouch. my back... I'm okay. give me a minute...

Like this?



Yes, I have too much time on my hands this morning.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't clean fermenter
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:34:27 AM »
Roger - I use oxyclean and cascade (unscented) on my better bottles.  I've never really measured the amount, but I dump some in, fill it with warm/hot water and let it soak.

I've yet to encounter a crust that can withstand the soak.

Sometimes I will put an old sock on a bottle brush and give the interior a scrub, too.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Interesting Split-Batch Belgian
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:16:25 AM »
Yep, 3 day crash in the fermenters, and they've been kegged (and fined) for three weeks. It just won't drop.

I've had trouble getting 3522 to clear on re-pitches.  Gelatin and time seem to work.  Of course, I've had the same problem with the Chimay strain and 3787 on repitches.

Which one do you prefer?  I've recently kegged a blonde using 3522, but haven't had a chance to really try it out.

I've not been too happy with the blondes I've made with 3787 so I'm hopeful for the recent batch.

I'm also thinking I need to buy a bunch of blondes and do a tasting.  To calibrate my palate, of course.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Attire
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:11:53 AM »
Usually sweats.  I've got an awesome pair of orange sweat pants.  They even have pockets.

I usually use bleach as a sanitizer (I work for the country's largest bleach marketer). So I need a shirt that'll take being splashed w/bleach solutions. 

I have a couple lab coats I used to wear when I used bleach.  Felt like a total nerd.  Don't use bleach anymore, but sometimes I throw the lab coat on when I'm using the table saw.  Keeps me from being covered in saw dust.

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:01:01 AM »
Thanks!  The shoulder spent 10 hours on the smoker.

The kids all woke up early and helped me get it going.  Couldn't get my son to come inside, so he hung out in the yard flinging dirt everywhere with a shovel.

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The Pub / Re: I'm honored
« on: April 08, 2013, 06:58:56 AM »
I thought that label said "certified goats."

Congrats, Denny.  I'm planning to brew your quadruple again this summer.  I think I have one bottle left from last year since most of it got drained at my 40th.

Much good advice and many great recipes have come from you.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Something to help with lifting
« on: April 08, 2013, 06:53:53 AM »
If you're using carboys, BrewHaulers are great. The make a carboy much easier to carry alone and also let you share the load with someone else. 
 
I have a hoist and plumbing so that I don't have to lift liquid until the fermenter is full.
https://plus.google.com/photos/104891953223854271066/albums?banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwrd1#photos/104891953223854271066/albums/5675788879184625729

Looks sweet.  At first glance, I thought you were hoisting with a bungee cord, which could be interesting...

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: April 08, 2013, 06:33:31 AM »
Great looking stuff Joe!

Thanks!  It felt great to get the smoker back out.  Of course, the temp dropped 20 degrees on Sunday, so I made the most of the best weather we've had in ages.  Even took the Christmas lights down.

Here's the ribs on the table.  Everything came out awesome.  The shoulder simply fell apart.  Easiest pull I've ever had, short of using a crock pot.


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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: April 07, 2013, 08:12:53 AM »
Some of yesterday's bounty.  Just had leftover fatty for breakfast.








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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: April 06, 2013, 11:22:17 AM »
In honor of your birthdays or perhaps because it's finally spring I've got four racks of ribs and two shoulders on the smoker.

Hard boiled egg stuffed fatty going on later.

And a beer in hand.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 05, 2013, 02:48:07 PM »
Does anyone polish their kegs for a more tricked out, sexy, look?

I have actually thought about cleaning them up with some BKF so they don't look so beat up.  But ain't nobody got time for that.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 04, 2013, 04:12:05 PM »
And I'm not crouched on the floor with a leaky bottle wand spraying beer all over the place.

I heard that can happen as you get older, but you might want to get it checked out.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Stuck Post
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:43:23 AM »
The o-rings have always been my issue when the QD sticks.  I bought a bag of 100 so replacing them is no big deal.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 04, 2013, 07:01:54 AM »
I like having the variety of bottles. I can have 5 or 6 kinds of beer in my beer fridge to choose from and I don't feel bad if I don't drink on a particular beer for a week. But with my kegerator, which is 2 taps, I feel like I have to drink those more regularly and I'm not always in the mood for the same beer night after night.

I find myself bottling more these days for exactly these reasons.

I prefer kegging, however, as it's just easier to get it done.  I can clean the kegs at my convenience and keep them sealed under pressure so they're ready to go.  Filling a keg is simple and does not require the hands-on attention that bottling does, which is important for me as I have usually at least two children interrupting at any one time.  Serving and clean-up are nice and easy, too.

I find that bottles create a ton of clutter. I have empties everywhere.  The bottle tree takes up space.  Etc.

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