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The Pub / Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« on: October 07, 2011, 03:32:46 AM »
I've had that happen twice.   One old biddy constantly complains.  The Chief of Police used to live around the corner. Everytime I see him he asks "What's in the fermenter?"

Other Fermentables / Re: Cider Source in MA
« on: September 27, 2011, 02:02:24 AM »
Head over to Colrain.  Cider Day is the first weekend in Nov.  You can get all the fresh press you can handle.

The Pub / Re: Life is Good
« on: September 24, 2011, 12:49:44 AM »
Homemade Cincinnati chili,

1/2 L 2010 hard cider,

Surfin' the Forum,

Life is good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/9 Edition
« on: September 13, 2011, 04:46:59 PM »
10 gal Rye IPA on Saturday, and FINALLY did the Ballentine XXX clone on Sunday with the East Coast Yeast,

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Using Corks In Bottling Mead
« on: August 13, 2011, 04:12:16 PM »
I found a small potpourri warmer (looks like a mini crock pot) at the thrift store to heat the wax.  Worked great when I waxed the bottles for my daughter's wedding.

One of the things that's gone really well for our club meetings is the occasional "Tech Trivia" night.  Formatted like the old GE College Bowl (c'mon, somebody besides me has got to be old enough to remember that!).  Start with a tossup question.  Each team buzzes in (I bring and old synthesizer with sound FX) and whoever buzzes first gets a chance to answer the question.  If they get it right, they get to try to answer 3 more questions.  If they're wrong, the other team gets a shot.   

OK Oregon State for 10 points, who was the host of the College Bowl?

SWMBO is back in San Diego for the birth of our first grandchild ;D.  So.........Bachelor Grandpa is doing a Berliner Weisse and smokin' a bunch on the Brinkman.

Was confronted with the Chloramine issue when I first moved down here from NJ.  I filter slow thru a charcoal filter, restricting flow with a 1/4" tube outlet on the water filter.  Filter is hooked up to a white RV hose that is just used for brewing.  And as Drew said, 1 campden tablet to 20 gal has knocked it out of my brewing water.

10 gal batch of Saison, split with SouthernBrews.  I'll use some Agave in mine.  Had the Agave Saison at Mother Earth when at the NHC.  Would like to recreate.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 06, 2011, 06:03:11 PM »
I'll be serving my Daughter's Wedding Mead on Friday in Ken Schram's talk.

The Pub / Re: Another Lost Buddy
« on: May 12, 2011, 01:25:52 AM »
Raising a glass of American Stout in tribute.

From looking into this more around the net I've seen some systems where guys are using the "white HD or Lowes" RV & Boat medical grade potable water hose ($12.00) and slapping a Whirlpool House filter on it.  I like this idea.  Think what I'll do is this; when I get to the brewery I'll hook up the RV & Boat hose that I bought (still in the packaging) and fill a nice frosty glass full and take a taste.  If it tastes fine, no worries; proceed as planned.  If it's just a little bit funky, I'll invest in the filter.

I've had this dedicated brewing set up for over 6 years.  Replace filter once a year.

Saturday will be helping my neighbor break in his mash tun for his first all-grain.

Sunday will be planting my 40 HOP RHYZOMES at my friend's organic farm ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: 20 min mash
« on: April 13, 2011, 02:27:19 PM »
Sometimes I brew early in the morning and the 60 minute mash gives me time to drink coffee and wake up.


Not to mention that I usually start by 9 AM and I just don't want to drink beer that early.

Remember, you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning, ;D

I'll have one during tte boil, one during chill, many more after cleanup.

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