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The Pub / Re: Black friday
« on: November 12, 2011, 12:53:25 AM »
Man, I was working at Wal-Mart the year they started opening at 5 AM, and I thought *that* was absurd.

The Pub / Re: CD to mp3
« on: November 12, 2011, 12:51:14 AM »
the easiest route is to use a DAC

Not being an audiophile, maybe this is a stupid question. What's the advantage of a DAC over just using a 3.5 mm to RCA adapter cable?

« on: November 12, 2011, 12:46:02 AM »
For fly sparging, 60 min is typical.

The Pub / Re: Hops spill brews a 10-car pileup
« on: November 11, 2011, 06:54:58 PM »
who's != whose

Speaking of bad reporting. I mean, it's a 117-word article. How long would it have taken someone to proofread it?

The Pub / Re: Happy Nigel Tufnel Day!
« on: November 11, 2011, 06:49:06 PM »
"You know, several, you know, dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It's just not really widely reported."

Beer Recipes / Re: I need something for the masses
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:28:33 PM »
Maybe both, actually. At 5% AA the bittering addition would be ~30 IBU, so I'd probably drop it to 1 oz at 5% AA. I'd get rid of the flameout addition, and maybe even the 15 min addition, depending on what you're going for.

Beer Recipes / Re: I need something for the masses
« on: November 11, 2011, 04:07:41 PM »
I think that'll be too hoppy for the BMC crowd.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching 2 Smack Packs vs Creating a Starter
« on: November 11, 2011, 04:04:10 PM »
With the Wyeast smack packs, it's essentially the same thing. If the packs swell, you know you have viable yeast, so the starter is just there to increase the cell count.

With White Labs vials, you really have no way to test viability other than to make a starter.

Two packs/vials is about right for an average-gravity (1.050-1.060) ale, BTW. For higher-gravity ales or any lager, you'd need more.

Equipment and Software / Re: Is Beersmith a good tool?
« on: November 11, 2011, 03:43:54 PM »
but can it keep batches and recipe multiple versions etc separate?

You can log as many batches/versions of a recipe as you like. All you have to do is enter the date, and then in the recipe list you can sort by date to go through your past brews in chronological order. You can even enter the time of day, if you do multiple batches per day.

Equipment and Software / Re: Is Beersmith a good tool?
« on: November 10, 2011, 11:57:45 PM »
I haven't tried BeerSmith, but I use BeerTools Pro and I'd imagine that functionally they're almost identical. For me, the big advantage in using software isn't recipe formulation, since those calculations are pretty simple, but having it log my brew sessions and deduct from inventory automatically. Not having to break out the scale to figure out whether or not I can brew the next batch is a big plus for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Temp question: How exact?
« on: November 10, 2011, 04:40:05 PM »
An LCD strip thermometer on the outside of the fermenter is a cheap (~$3) option, and will let you monitor the actual beer temperature.

Equipment and Software / Re: BRAND NEW march 809 pump - wrong voltage.
« on: November 10, 2011, 04:35:24 PM »
The manual says that they're all 115/230V.
It might be worth calling March to verify.

Even if you did need a transformer, in the power range you're looking at it wouldn't exactly break the bank. Just an example:

The Pub / Re: help!i
« on: November 10, 2011, 04:19:05 PM »
If Adobe can't adapt they'll be the one's who'll fall by the wayside.

That was pretty much inevitable once HTML5 was finalized.

Going Pro / Re: Steam vs Electric vs Gas?
« on: November 10, 2011, 12:51:23 AM »
Not sure if it is applicable much over 7bbl but for anything that size or smaller I highly recommend it.

I'd say electric brewing becomes unpleasant (though not impossible) once you have to climb into the kettle to clean the element(s). That was by far the least pleasant and most dangerous part of my day.

The Pub / Re: Major announcement
« on: November 09, 2011, 04:13:06 AM »
Count me in!

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