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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle conditioned lager
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:11:14 AM »
Bummer. That hurts. I would've went with the better-safe-than-sorry solution. Adding a bit of yeast at bottling won't hurt anything. Now, either drink it flat, cook with it or re-bottle with yeast (oxidation pretty much guaranteed). Maybe if you really want to save it, dump the bottles into a fermenter, cook up some DME or make a little mash, include some sugar, add yeast, mix it all up, hope that the yeast will take care of the oxygen and rebottle as an imperial pils.

The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:58:01 AM »
Funny, but I'm surprised they didn't include the bathtub comment. "So do you just mix it up in your bathtub?"

The Pub / Re: Computer - XP
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:49:05 AM »
I have no problem recommending Windows 7.

If I were trying to keep an old machine going, I'd opt for one of the light Linuxes.

If I were to get a new laptop, I'd seriously consider a Chromebook.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Step up times
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:59:23 AM »
What's the consensus on lager yeast?

Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:24:07 AM »
I might have to try the buy-two solution. I went years without breaking one, and suddenly I'm going through them like candy. It usually happens during clean-up. The last one I was trying to be extra careful. I cleaned it and let it dry, then when I was going to put it away, I bumped it and it fell to the floor. Sigh... I do wonder if the ones I've been buying are particularly fragile.

I could just skip the hydrometer reading, but then I wouldn't be able to drink the sample.

Equipment and Software / Re: Recipe designer software
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:17:43 AM »
I use Beer Tools Pro for Mac and have always been fairly happy with it. I just signed up for a trial of Brewer's Friend and I'm diggin' it. I might have to give in to the subscription fee, which I'm not really diggin'.

Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 06:25:40 AM »
I've gone through 3 in the last year. I'd pay good money for something more durable.

Equipment and Software / Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:55:31 AM »
Does it exist? I need one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:58:43 PM »
This thread serves as a reminder of why I don't enter competitions.

If I like it, it's good. If my wife likes it, it's awesome.

Going Pro / Re: Congrats Pawtucket Partiot
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:33:25 PM »
Very cool! Congrats! This might be the first time I've said this in the nearly 14 years since I left: I'm starting to miss Minnesota.

The Pub / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:09:23 AM »
I find the misuse of the descriptor "Belgium" irritating, as in Belgium Dark Strong Ale or Belgium Blonde. 
But I guess it's no worse than Indian Pale Ale. ;)

I'm a naturalized Belgium with a Belgium wife, who's now going to hit himself in the head with a hammer.

The Pub / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:02:11 AM »
My pet peeves are my biggest pet peeve. I'm annoyed by stupid bs and it annoys me that I'm annoyed by stupid bs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew vs Commercial Brew
« on: March 24, 2014, 12:17:11 AM »
I've never done a side-by-side of anything, but I do occasionally have commercial beers that remind me of beers I brewed 15 years ago.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Twice, but never again
« on: March 21, 2014, 07:32:48 AM »
I use Beersmith's alarms to remind me.  Now that you have a tablet Jim, it may be worth a look. 

Having said that, the one thing I have not been able to get Beersmith to do is have an alarm 15 minutes from the end of the mash to relight the HLT for the sparge water.  So I tell Siri to remind me at a specific time.

I use Beer Timer for Android. It looks like there's an iPhone version as well. I LOVE that app.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Rodenbach Grand Cru
« on: March 20, 2014, 03:30:44 AM »
I love the stuff, or at least I used to. I haven't had one in quite a while. I had a nirvana moment when I drank one with shrimp pad thai.

If anyone comes to Belgium, I'll share the 2007 Vintage I have in my cellar.

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