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Messages - Joe Sr.

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The Pub / Re: Spelling and Grammar
« on: October 25, 2016, 03:56:00 PM »
I get it, but sometimes it just not worth it.  People in my office can't compose a proper English sentence in business communication so perhaps my expectations have been lowered.

That said, I do my best.  And I restructure my sentences to avoid the dreaded apostrophe.

If you want to get heated, let's argue about how to pronounce "Pliny."

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to get proper hazy wheat beer?!
« on: October 25, 2016, 03:38:50 PM »
Join the club.  If I want haze, I need to rock the keg occasionally.  With time, they drop bright.

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2016
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:33:32 AM »
Baseball players should bat for themselves. There's a whole ton of strategy out the window once you bring in a DH.


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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2016
« on: October 25, 2016, 09:59:04 AM »
Yup.  Looking forward to a fun weekend.

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2016
« on: October 25, 2016, 09:39:15 AM »
As it stands, my Cubs could sweep and win at home.  Which would be niiiiiiiiice.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian stout with raspberries
« on: October 22, 2016, 12:55:47 PM »
I made one once, but only because I pitched the yeasts into the wrong fermenters...

I agree that roastiness needs tto be controlled.  I'd also go for Westmalle or Rochefort yeasts as those are the ones I prefer in darker Belgians.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 22, 2016, 12:40:27 PM »
Yawn.

I'll second Jeff's comment about AiH.  They're my go to on line these days.  And Williams.

But I'd rather shop local.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old brewing magazines
« on: October 22, 2016, 12:22:10 PM »
I've kept them all as a library of sorts in my wine cellar.  I've referred to them intermittently over the years for recipes.  I stopped BYO about 10 years ago or so, so I don't have quite the collection that Denny has.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mt. Rainier hops discontinued?
« on: October 21, 2016, 12:42:15 PM »
I got a bunch of free Mt. Rainer hops some years ago.  I made good beer with them, but I don't recall any licorice flavors.  I don't like licorice so I think I would have noticed.  Other than getting them free, I've never seen them and frankly I haven't missed them as I've simply used other hops.

The odd thing is, I got them from the Goose Island brewery so at least they were using them 10 or so years ago.  Dunno what they used them in or what they replaced them with.  GI alone isn't likely a big enough customer to keep someone growing them if no one else wants them.

Denny sounds cranky today.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
« on: October 19, 2016, 03:15:49 PM »
I have stuff everywhere in my basement. It's a bit out of control. Kegs and fermenters are scattered about. Most smaller things are in boxes and on shelves. I keep bottle caps and other items of that size are in old cigar boxes with labels. Washers or kegs and other spare parts are in a tool box.


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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: October 13, 2016, 06:11:12 PM »
I agree. That would be a great experiment. And for what it's worth I think it's beneficial for all of us to hear from you since we know you were initially skeptical.


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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: October 13, 2016, 01:49:40 PM »
You say that with utter certainty.  If both methods are producing beer with a greater depth of fresh malt flavor (IT?) and improved shelf-life/stability, they seem to be two means to the same end.  Is that not accurate?

I've neither used Brewtan nor gone to low-oxygen brewing, but it sounds to me like people are getting similar results. No?

Thanks, Joe.

Sure.  But to be completely fair, I don't know that the results really are the same.  I guess that's one of the reasons why you're running your experiment.  It may be that the combination of the two is really where it's at.  Or not.  These days, most of my batches get consumed quickly at parties, so shelf stability is not an issue for me.  Brewing better beer is always good, but I also don't need to be the best, which I guess puts me in the camp of if Brewtan does something to help and it's super easy, that might be enough for me.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: October 13, 2016, 01:31:49 PM »
Brewtan has benefits outside of the Low O2 but is not in any way a substitute.

Which may not be a bad thing. It just isn't a bridge to, or replacement for Low O2.

You say that with utter certainty.  If both methods are producing beer with a greater depth of fresh malt flavor (IT?) and improved shelf-life/stability, they seem to be two means to the same end.  Is that not accurate?

I've neither used Brewtan nor gone to low-oxygen brewing, but it sounds to me like people are getting similar results. No?

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: October 13, 2016, 12:27:31 PM »
Do you use a cooler? Why not just pre-boil in your BK, then pump through the outlet valve to underlet your mash?

Couldn't you just run a hose to the bottom of the cooler?  It would be easier than pumping in through the outlet. And no pump required.

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All Things Food / Re: Bbq Ribs
« on: October 13, 2016, 12:11:40 PM »
I'm sure they'll turn out good.  I'd get those pans down by the heat, but that's me.

And I'd put some shoes on...

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