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Yet another PNW taster! 
Yeah, but mic says he likes it, and he's a PNWer too.  Are you moving mic, or retracting your statement?  ;D

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The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:13:59 AM »
Cool, glad to know it will work :)  I might have to start leaving the dog out during the day to keep an eye on them, but I don't think she'd like it much.  She's a people dog.

I'm considering adding a duck, I've heard they're good with slugs.  I don't know what they'd do with this guy though . . .


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I'm with Jim on the Ranger...maybe it's because that we're both from the PNW that we expect a bit more assertiveness in an IPA.  The best thing I can say about Ranger is that it's OK.
I'm with you guys, Ranger is just ok.

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The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:05:40 AM »
Right, I'm talking about a movable enclosure that is not the same as their coop.  I can put it in a different spot every day and let them work over the bugs there.  That way they won't kill the grass in any one spot, and I have a smaller are to look for the manure, and I know where they are when it's time to put them in at night.   :)

I'm thinking about a bunch of 1x3s to make a lightweight frame, and some chicken wire to keep them enclosed.  That one won't keep anything out that is really trying to get in, but it's for the daytime so hopefully it will be ok.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you take your AIPA, sir?
« on: October 27, 2010, 10:56:14 AM »
IPAs are mostly what I drink.  I prefer more of a balance between malt and hops, with no over the top bitterness.  I like them dry also as long as they're not just bitter, but have a great hop flavor/aroma.  Most of the IPAs I brew come out dry because I use US-05 a lot and that yeast tends to attenuate like a fox.  But I don't hop the hell out of my bittering addition either; most of the hops I add to the boil are near the end.  So dry (or malty), not too bitter, and a bombshell of hop flavor and aroma.  I guess you could call that "other"...
But how do you like your Cascadian Dark Ale?   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DC's Rye IPA fermentation schedule
« on: October 27, 2010, 10:55:02 AM »
How long does a keg last around your place?  Weeks?  Months?  Hours?  Seconds?

2-3 months on average.
Interesting, that's good to know.  I typically only dry hop for 2 weeks at most, then rack.  Maybe I'll try it in the keg next time. :)

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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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