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The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 09:40:30 AM »
I walk around barefoot too, but since they're my chickens (as opposed to my grandparents) I can keep them confined to a small area rather than give them the run of the yard.  I'll probably build a movable enclosure that I can put them in every day to confine the manure to a small area as opposed to the entire back yard, which is probably about 1/2 acre fenced.  It will make it easier to scoop and compost the manure.  That will make my garden happy :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DC's Rye IPA fermentation schedule
« on: October 27, 2010, 09:08:15 AM »
Do you put the dry hops in something Denny, or do you just toss them in?  Do you rack after a time or do you just drink it until it's gone?

I dry hop in the carboy, then rack to the keg after a time.  Just curious how your process differs.

I put the hops in a bag.  I tie the bag to the diptube with monofilament in case I want to remove it, although that's never happened!  I leave them in there until the keg is gone.  Sometimes, depending on nothing more than my mood, I'll rack to a secondary, dry hop that, then add more dry hops to the keg, too.
How long does a keg last around your place?  Weeks?  Months?  Hours?  Seconds?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you take your AIPA, sir?
« on: October 27, 2010, 09:07:04 AM »
I had to go with "other".

I like balanced AIPAs, I also like them dry.  I also like them when they're on the sweeter side.  It all depends on my mood, what I'm eating, time of day, phase of the moon, I don't know.  There was no "all of the above" option, so I picked other.  Maybe I should have chosen no pants.

Just as long as your pants are on when you leave the house to go to work.   :-\ ;)  :D 
They usually are. :)

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The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 09:04:20 AM »
That sounds like a cool place Denny.  I'll probably get ours from this place.

http://www.grangesupplyinc.com/chicks.htm

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The Pub / Re: Any beekeepers?
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:59:06 AM »
I've thought about it too, but didn't want to deal with them stinging the neighbors kids or my kids even.  Plus there is a guy who does it for a living walking distance from my place, I can get a gallon for $40 any time of day/night - he has a shelf with honey and a money box on the side of a barn, take what you want and leave the cash :)  I'll let him deal with the hassles, I'll just take the good stuff.

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The Pub / Re: Best Apps for iPod?
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:54:53 AM »
Anyone editing video on the ipod?
There's a few programs out there, but everybody's is "the best" so it's hard to choose
Do you think anyone would advertise that they have "the third best video editing program for your iPod!"?

"Our product is second rate!  Less intuitive, more expensive, and it sucks power like Monica Lewinsky"   ;D

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The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:51:57 AM »
I haven't done it yet, but my plan is to build a coop this winter so we can get a few in the spring too.  My coop will be in the backyard though, and hidden from the neighbors.  I just hope to keep the coyotes and raccoons away from them.  :-\

I've got a pile of scrap wood and some vague ideas of what to do - I visited a couple of friends who have chickens and checked out their coops to have an idea of the important elements of design.  A place to roost, some nests to lay in, and doors to make it easier to clean and get eggs.  A door that can be shut and latched at night to keep the predators out, a larger enclosure so the chickens can get out a bit during the day.  A water and food source.

If I'm missing something someone please tell me!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: ProAm for the National Homebrew Competition
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:44:54 AM »
I haven't heard that either.  The pro-am is at the GABF, why have a second one?  Would it be the reverse - a pro recipe brewed on a home system?  Actually, that could be kind of cool . . .  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DC's Rye IPA fermentation schedule
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:39:32 AM »
With 05, I usually go 2-3 weeks primary, then keg with the dry hops.  But I really don't decide by the calendar...I decide by how the beer is doing. I decide whether or not to use a secondary on a case by case basis.
Do you put the dry hops in something Denny, or do you just toss them in?  Do you rack after a time or do you just drink it until it's gone?

I dry hop in the carboy, then rack to the keg after a time.  Just curious how your process differs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you take your AIPA, sir?
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:36:46 AM »
I had to go with "other".

I like balanced AIPAs, I also like them dry.  I also like them when they're on the sweeter side.  It all depends on my mood, what I'm eating, time of day, phase of the moon, I don't know.  There was no "all of the above" option, so I picked other.  Maybe I should have chosen no pants.

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The Pub / Re: Where are you?
« on: October 26, 2010, 11:01:35 PM »
... we were staying in Kailua (walking distance to Kona BC) and leaving the next day...  

When staying in Kailua it is best to stay within staggering distance of Kona Brewing Co.  I'm glad you got there.  Goooood beer and food.  Castaway IPA!
Great beer and food, it was awesome.  We went three times, once the first night we were there, another day for a tour, and then for a quick beer on our way to the airport.  We really wanted to hang out there for the tsunami since they seemed to be just out of the evacuation zone, but they closed so their staff could go home and evacuate their families.  Which I totally understand, but man it would have been nice to just sit there for several hours sampling beers and watching the waves on TV.

... Plus by the time we got to the turnoff to go to Kalapana there was a torrential downpour that made driving less fun...

Ah yes, welcome to the windward side.  Love those tradewinds!  We get 180" of rain a year at my house.  No rain - no rain forest.  Up on the windward slope of Mauna Kea they get 260" rain per year.
It was really an insane downpour to be driving in, we could barely see with the wipers full blast.  We have our rainforests too, but they average more like 150" per year and they're a few hours away, I don't live there :)  We would have stopped in Hilo and we even drove by Mehana Brewing but since it was Sunday it was closed.  Everything was closed.  Next time.

I'm not sure when next time will be for being back on the Big Island, but we're talking about burning some frequent flyer miles and going to Maui in April . . . I'm sure it will be awesome, there's breweries there.   ;D

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The Pub / Re: Where are you?
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:46:00 PM »
Hmmm . . . too far for Hilo, are you talking by road or by compass?  Keaau maybe?

We were on the Big Island in Feb. for the tsunami.  It was an memorable day, but not what we were hoping for on our vacation. :)  We did a loop around the island the next day, must have passed pretty close by your place.

I live half way between Kea`au and Pahoa.  Highway 130 goes by here, but it has become a very long dead end since Kilauea covered the road with lava in Kalapana.  Only one way in and out now. If you went out to the lava ocean entry viewing area in Kalapana you passed by my neighborhood.

Yeah, tsunami Saturday was a weird one. Not our usual weekend fare!  I stayed home, worked in my hives and let it happen without me. My house is not in the tsunami evacuation area.   

No giant "harbor waves" here, but we did get some serious surging.  A local TV station set up a camera on the balcony of a bayfront hotel in Hilo.  It was pointed at Coconut Island.  We got to watch live video of the ocean surging in and out.  That was very cool.  All in all it was a good test of the Pacfic Tsunami Warning System and Hawaii County Civil Defense.  I felt for the people in Chile where the monster earthquake hit.  Nothing good ever happens when the earth moves that much.

We didn't make it to the viewing area.  We really wanted to, but we were staying in Kailua (walking distance to Kona BC) and leaving the next day.  The original plan had been to do the loop and maybe stay in Hilo Satuday night, but that didn't happen because of the waves.  So we basically had to do the loop in one day and skipped some stuff we had planned.  Plus by the time we got to the turnoff to go to Kalapana there was a torrential downpour that made driving less fun.

We were in the evac zone, but apparently high enough (third floor) that we didn't have to evacuate.  We did, and spent most of the day camped on the side of the road with a lot of other refugees watching the surge come in and out at Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort.  You could see the alcove totally emptying and then filling up more than it had been previously.

Funny coincidence - we met one of the organizers for the Kona Brewers Festival, she as standing near us sharing some shade.  We had a nice talk about beer. :)

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All Things Food / Re: Fruit... pathetic
« on: October 26, 2010, 09:22:01 AM »

Raison d'Extra,

I've had d'Etre.  :)
That's a fine beer.  I prefer the d'Extra though.  :)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Building a beer cooling shed
« on: October 26, 2010, 09:13:18 AM »
That looks pretty cool, I'll be interested to hear if anyone has one and how well it works.  I think I'll add a walk-in to my projects list :)
How did your grain mill project go?
Uhh . . . it didn't.  I forgot I was proctoring a BJCP exam Saturday, so between the exam and the samples after I didn't think I should be running my saw.  Sunday I had to do some stuff for my wife, plus watch football :)  I managed to decided what cuts I should make, but didn't make them.  I should be able to get to it tonight and at least get the hopper built.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: repitching high og to lower og
« on: October 26, 2010, 09:02:43 AM »
Yeah, 1.060 isn't that high, you can generally repitch from there with no problems.  If the beer was really hoppy though, you might want to make a starter or wash the yeast a couple of times to help remove some of the hop residue from the yeast cake.

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