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Equipment and Software / Re: RIMS plans.
« on: February 04, 2010, 05:44:15 PM »
I made mine from a weld cart with wheels, had a friend weld up the side folding burner stands (they fold up for storage). A lot of fun. Its made to take the lower shelf, stuff that could break if frozen, into the basement when not in use.


The Pub / Re: Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: January 07, 2010, 01:16:31 AM »
Thanks all !!!

Gail, your words are salve my friend !!!  Commencing to laugh.....

Denny, a happy one to you sir!! We had an exceptional brew day in the single digit temps. Best time of year to brew IMHO. Fred, I brought home some of your brews after you left. Sorry pal. I'll make it up to you on the trip to HopCat this weekend. For all, one of the students in our class is now a head brewer at a brewery in Grand Rapids, Mi. Fred and I are visiting him this saturday to see how all is going and deliver some Roselaire yeast packets for a 'project'.

Dean, I sincerely hope your wife has no issues during this time. I can ampathise with you. If it can be done, have her checked every year. If I had followed the governments warning, then I could have waited til next year. It may have spread and been more than a stage 1 if we had waited.


I'll be brewing with Mr Bonjour tomorrow. I have ten pounds of various hops to choose from and 22 lb of brewers two one of the guys has a few pounds of wheat malt.

Sounds like this for 10Gal:

22Lb of two row pale ale
2Lb wheat malt
2.8 Oz of Horizon to bitter
2.4Oz of Cascade to finish

Not much in the way of sweetness, maybe some body and head, pretty light in color....I'll mash high and boil longer and maybe just hopblast the Horizons with a few minutes left and dry hop with the cascades. Should be right around 15P. Sounds like fun.

Cheers and beers !!!!!!!!


The Pub / Re: Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: January 01, 2010, 04:40:04 AM »
Still been sparse, but I'll brew with Fred Bonjour tomorrow for a Brew Years Brew with some friends.

An update:

Chemo starts Jan 14th and goes til some time in April. Then Radiation, then reconstructive surgery. Seems that the baseline for positive cancer in the lymph nodes is four before they consider radiation. She had six of twenty four removed test positive. Not going to be fun. We have great friends supporting us and helping my daughter to get thru it as well.

We're getting by with humor. Buying funky scarves she can wrap overt her head to look ridiculous, looking at buying funny colored wigs, best way to handle it....light hearted.


The Pub / Re: Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: December 09, 2009, 12:36:17 AM »
Yeah, this really digs into the beer culture as well. Instead of going to the club meeting to see Fred and Bill and others last night, I ended up taking my wife to her pre-surgery checkup. So, I missed another meeting.....there will be more.

Bill, I'll let you know. Fred, got your message about the legislation, will submit a gripe on all our behalf.

Would like to do a brew before the end of the year with a couple of you guys.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Shorts Soft Parade
« on: December 06, 2009, 01:01:59 AM »
Bought this as I have a bunch of hens over at the house helping the wife through the cancer stuff. Well, this is going over very well indeed. It is not overly sweet, no hop presence at all and am just loving it. Even though its 9% its very drinkable indeed. Going to keep this one as a choice for taking to parties.

Its a rye ale fermented with strawberries, blueberries, black berries and raspberries. Very well done Joe Short !!!!!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: December 06, 2009, 12:43:25 AM »
Member here.

The Pub / Re: Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: December 03, 2009, 01:32:22 AM »
Tim, Hokerer and all the others whose lives have been forever affected by breast cancer,
Your wives and partners are incredibly lucky to have your love and support as they struggle through this disease, surgery and treatment.  They, along with you and your families, are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tim:  U of M is a great hospital for your wife's treatment.  Your Michigan brew family is hoping for good news; keep us posted.
Keep wearing those pink ties, guys.

Gail and all....thank you to the bottom of the heart. Hokerer, my compatriot in this battle, lets fight it out, my thoughts are also with you sire and hope your wife does as well as we all expect mine will. I always used to make fun of all the different colored bracelets because I didn't know or hadn't been affected. I've been schooled and humbled. I now have the pink bracelet and wear it proudly.

Fred, I plan to do some brewing during the holidays to get the spirits up and the brewing juices flowing. Maybe we can brew together? Bill Shadowens, you too. I didn't know you had gone thru this Billy. I will have to pick your brains either at the next club meeting or a brew day for cancer survivor stuff.

So far family and friends will be here to help change dressings, clean the house, bring meals, etc.

More news to follow.


The Pub / Re: Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: December 01, 2009, 04:56:31 AM »
Thanks guys. Rep, you look familiar. You from the NB forum?

mtbrewer, thanks. Keeping the faith. I know many go thru this all the time but I really couldn't appreciate it until its my turn to deal with it.

15th is the surgery, University of Michigan hospital has been the epicenter of our life lately. What an awesome place....words can't explain. Its like a city within a city.....with a hotel and everything !!!!

I'll keep you all posted.


The Pub / Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: December 01, 2009, 04:11:48 AM »
I fully planned on spending time here but am now dogged by this thing called breast cancer. My wife has been sick and has a pretty serious issue with it so I have not been able to get in here and post and share. Have been spending days off work at doctors and such. She will have full mastectomy and reconstructive after chemo is over. Funny, we just don't feel that old yet. Both of us are 44 and thought this was for older people.....until now.

A little advice for my friends, have your wife go in every year for a mamogram, no matter what anyone else says.


The Pub / Re: Who is a famous person that you've had a beer with?
« on: November 13, 2009, 03:40:49 AM »
Shirly Manson from the band Garbage.  I received back stage passes for one of their concerts and was able to hang out and chat with them after their show.  I had beers with the entire band but didn't talk to the dudes that much. ;D

Mmmm...Shirley Manson :-*. My brush with greatness: TimO!  :D

Gee, thanks maxie....I guess.....

Had dinner with Alex Karas years ago. Had dinner with Eric Hipple, ex QB for Lions, but he is Mormon so he didn't imbibe.
Had a beer with my Dad and Jack Roush a few years back.

The Pub / Re: Banned!
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:16:37 PM »
I will push only this site to the classes we teach, with all due respect to the other sites of course.

That's probably best, because TB has really become, for the most part, a site for experienced brewers. Cheers.

This is why I'm not there anymore. Nice...

The Pub / Re: Banned!
« on: November 12, 2009, 06:06:49 PM »
The only reason I pop in there anymore is its still in my favorites section on the browser....I may have gotten bored and clicked on it. Nobody ever dissed me there but I didn't like the tone and the blathering still going on daily so, like others, I pretty much leave it alone. Here the blathering should happen here in the Pub section istead of the beer section. I can come in and leave and go talk beer in the other sections.

I'll concentrate my attention here as much as possible going forward. Support my AHA brothers and sisters and promote brewing. I will push only this site to the classes we teach, with all due respect to the other sites of course.


The Pub / Re: Banned!
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:02:22 AM »
Agreed Woody. I've seen too much crap happen to a couple of sites lately to want to have it happen here. Now we have a site where its the face of organized home brewing and there ain't no place else left to go but down. I monitored this a while before I signed in and am happy they have put on their game face and seem determined from the start to keep the riff raff down and the quality up, its up to us to play by the rules and make this a great place to come.

But then there is always gonna be that guy who wants to push the limits. Those are the guys that bring the whole house down eventually because the next numb nut follows suit and so on. I've seen it way too often on NB BN and TB over the years.


The Pub / Re: Hey Guys
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:18:33 AM »
Chris, their 'Stepchild' is a recipe they got from me. Quite a privilege for Jeff Williams to have brewed it and made it commercial. Its a top seller there. Stop in and see Jeff at the Hopcat booth at the next Guild Beerfest.



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