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The Pub / Re: Give it up for Michael Jackson....
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:15:46 PM »
I think this was it:

I'll have to see if I can find it anywhere.

Sounds cool!

Found my disk.  It's The Beer Hunter Field Guide.  The complete interactive guide to the beer renaissance.  Copyright 1995.

It requires a 486SX CPU with a minimum of 4MB RAM and Windows 3.1.

I feel old.

Found my Field Guide as well! 1995 was about the time I went all grain. What's MSCDEX version 2.2 or later?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Irish Moss Question
« on: April 03, 2014, 01:33:57 AM »
I've noticed several posts on the H talking about B forum that seem to have the following: "Man, I forgot my Whirfloc. Am I boned?" Well, I have one tab I've been saving for the last ten or so beers. I haven't noticed a difference, so maybe I'll save it a little longer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: March 24, 2014, 02:19:38 PM »
Just got my number. I don't expect a grade for another three months.

Hop Growing / Re: Indoor Hops?
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:24:58 PM »
I grew Cascade at 7200'. They did very well even when they would get a frequent pruning from hail storms. I  think they need a chill period and die back to produce well. They also have a large root structure if you are thinking of pots. Those pots will need winter watering to keep from drying out that those in the ground won't need.

Beer Recipes / Re: Adjusting bitterness post-fermentation
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:25:57 PM »
I bought some isomerized hop extract at least six years ago to correct just this problem. Almost simultaneously started better hop storage and using first ProMash then BeerSmith to adjust AA due to age and storage conditions. Never had to use the Hop stuff since. I still have it and I wonder what the "half life" of that stuff is. A LITTLE bit goes a long way.

Pimp My System / Re: Peltier Cooled Conical
« on: March 04, 2014, 02:15:35 AM »
Where did you get the aluminum block?

Pale stouts! Next thing they will think of is black IPAs!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:36:20 PM »
Have you tried different browsers?  I know I have an issue with some browsers printing my labels tiny - while other is just fine.
That did the trick. I used IE versus Firefox and the eye test went away.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Another band-aid off flavor post
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:41:11 AM »
Well, it sounds like your process is good, but there is a remote chance an infection could cause some issues. What about the gas lines? No one ever cleans those and if you had a back up sometime in the past, it could just now be manifesting itself.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 25, 2014, 01:49:04 AM »
I guess I need to rephrase. The only printout I can coax my printer to do has a barcode from a mediocre inkjet printer that is 7/16 of an inch in length. I really don't think there is a reader capable of capturing the fuzzy data, let alone me trying to write a recipe (if the time comes) in a 1/16' high space. I read the FAQ before posting, so I'm interested in a work around to make the images larger in print. I tried scaling my printer without any results.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 24, 2014, 09:59:30 PM »
Anyone try to print their labels/recipe forms yet? No matter what I try, the bottle label is only 2" by 1.5" and spacing between lines on the recipe form is just over 1/16".

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:37:38 PM »
The spring festival is kind of scaled down, but again the Cannstatter Wasen is a great place to go. Located near Stuttgart in Bad Cannstatt, it is less touristy than the Munich fests and is the largest of the spring fests.

Where I lived in the Rheingau Wine region, the normally closed to the public wineries would open their doors to the public and serve special wine dinners. The goal was to travel to all the ones listed in a passport, get a stamp from each, and submit them for a raffle to win prizes.

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:30:18 PM »
Oktoberfest is fun, but I've had more fun at the local beer halls. The locals stay away from the Theresienweise with good reason. Lots of Italian young men running around trying to pinch women's butts, drunk English soccer hooligans trying to dance on the tables and Japanese tourist taking pictures of it all. Due to the crowds, you must have a seat to get a beer. It's best to tag team a table for your group so you can get food and drink and still get up to see the sights and most importantly, use the bathroom.

If you have the time, visit the Cannstatter Volksfest just outside of Stuttgart. They consider themselves to be the worlds second largest beer fest and it has a much more local flair.

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:29:48 PM »
I used Larry Hawthorne's "The Beer Drinkers Guide to Munich" when I was stationed in Germany. Great resource for beer tourists in and around the city with good directions for mass transit and walking. I still have my first edition copy.

Try the Forschungsbrauerei (Experimental Brewery) in Perlach. Let me know if it is as good as I remember. It is a short walk from the S1 station.

Equipment and Software / Re: auto siphon
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:45:05 AM »
I leave the hose filled with Starsan just like you had sucked fluid into it. Keep one end down plugged with a finger and snake the other end into your beer. The siphon starts easy, but you need an extra vessel to drain out the sanitizer until you get beer. Years ago when I transferred and bottled, I would do it over an open dishwasher. I never cared if I made a mess, I just closed the door and walked away.

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