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Yeast and Fermentation / Côte des Blancs / Épernay
« on: November 02, 2011, 03:28:44 PM »
What is the coldest anyone has successfully fermented the Red Star Côte des Blancs / Épernay yeast?

The Pub / Happy Halloween
« on: November 01, 2011, 05:41:48 AM »
Anyone see any good costumes?

We had a group of 5 teenage girls come by as Christmas Carolers.  They started singing "Carol of the Bells" as soon as my wife opened the door, and they were really good too.  Very clever :)

The Pub / animals being
« on: October 28, 2011, 05:43:53 AM »
Somebody sent me this and I couldn't stop laughing . . .

The Pub / did you know . . . .
« on: October 26, 2011, 06:32:55 AM »
Did you know that when a truck takes out a telephone pole, the wires vibrate over a pretty big distance?  I was a block or so away when this happened, walking underneath the wires.  I heard an odd noise, like a ping, and then the wires started flapping and clapping together.  I looked up and saw smoke coming from the top of one of the poles, and then ran across the street to get out from under them.  There was a couple more pings, I think it was some transformers blowing.  No wires came down though, and they had power restored in 3 hours.

Shortly after - the pole is hanging above the truck by the wires

About 90 minutes later:

The Pub / I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« on: October 06, 2011, 12:18:11 AM »
I've heard a bunch of stories about people who are brewing and have the police show up.  It seemed unlikely to happen here nowadays, since a lot of people brew and it has to be a familiar sight.  When I saw the officer drive by I didn't pay much attention, but I knew he'd be back because there's no other easy way out of the neighborhood.  I was kind of surprised when he stopped at the end of my driveway and got out.

The first thing he said was "what kind of beer are you making?"  As it turns out, he's a homebrewer and wanted to stop in and check out my system and talk a bit about beer.  We talked brewing, gadgets, etc for a while, then I gave him a sample to take home and he gave me his email address so I can let him know when various local homebrew clubs meet.  Nice guy. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / missed gravity
« on: October 05, 2011, 11:51:08 PM »
I brewed a RIS today, and badly missed my OG.  1.077 instead of 1.096.  The source of the problem seems to be that my mill gap drifted.  An easy enough fix for future batches.  But for this batch . . .

I'm thinking of boiling up some DME and adding it to the wort, otherwise the finished beer will be too bitter.  Anyone have any other ideas?

All Things Food / The Stall Explained
« on: October 04, 2011, 07:21:52 AM »

The Pub / Anvil
« on: September 15, 2011, 07:47:12 AM »
I just finished watching the Anvil movie.  Has anyone else seen it?  I thought it was really good, strangely inspirational for a movie about a band that has seen so little success.  The lead singer (my buddy's uncle, for the record) is so optimistic with no real reason to be, he just believes in himself and the band and doesn't give up.  Good story.

Kegging and Bottling / drill press bottle capper
« on: September 13, 2011, 03:39:01 PM »
Interesting bit of gear someone from my club forwarded:

The Pub / Kindle books
« on: September 11, 2011, 05:02:04 PM »
I'm looking for scifi/fantasy book recommendations.  I want to buy a couple for my kindle, but I haven't been paying attention to newly published books for years so I have no idea what new authors are good and which books are "must reads".  I wandered through a book store the other day and many of the books appeared to be crappy series where the authors churned out books.  At least half of them were about vampires, I'm sure of it.

Help!  Any suggestions?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Red Oak Brewery?
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:21:07 PM »
Does anyone know if there beer is any good?  Mike?

My brother is thinking about getting me some, and of course the answer is yes.  But should it be a mixed six pack?  Or is it worth getting more?

All Things Food / smoking wood
« on: August 27, 2011, 07:26:11 PM »
Where do you guys usually source your wood, and what do you pay?  I went to a new butcher yesterday looking for some pink salt, and they were selling a bunch of different wood varieties.  I picked up 2 cuft of pecan wood for $25, it seemed like a reasonable price to me but I'm not sure.  The local wood (apple, cherry, etc) was a lot cheaper, $15 for 2 cuft.  It's not chunk, it's more like logs.  I'll just hack it up with a chop saw to use in the UDS.

General Homebrew Discussion / brewing an English pale
« on: August 24, 2011, 11:23:50 PM »
I'm going to brew a bitter/esb tomorrow and can't decide what to do . . .

I only have 10.75 lbs of maris otter.  It's a bit much for a 5 gallon batch of ESB, and a bit shorter than I'd like for a 10 gallon batch of ordinary bitter.  I have a bunch of other grains I can supplement with if need be, but I am trying to keep it simple to let the flavor and aroma of the hops (Sonnet Goldings) come through.   I could just make an ESB with less of the MO, but I don't want to. :)

Any suggestions?  On hand I have:
crystal 40
special b
pale chocolate
chocolate wheat
carafa special
black barley

The Pub / science of beer
« on: August 07, 2011, 07:54:07 PM »
Hi everyone, I'm giving another talk on the science of beer and I'm looking for more stuff to include.  It's not really about beer, it is more about beer's contributions to science.  I've got the Pasteur stuff, and a bunch of things from Carlsberg Labs, plus the Student T-Test from Guinness.  But I want to add any more stuff I can come up with.

So - can anyone think of any other scientific advancements that came from the study of beer?  Or that were funded by a brewery?


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