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The Pub / Re: Home Distillation
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:26:29 AM »
I think there are some NEW nice Toys to be found here....

I see all kinds of stuff...malt...flaked maize...fermenters... :-\

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What temp to use Orval Dregs?
« on: March 05, 2010, 08:58:38 AM »
I left my beer around 65 to 70 for a couple months after adding my dregs. Just check your beer until you get your taste that you want and then cool.

+1  left my Saison at room temps for a couple months after innoculation with orval...worked nicely

I am battling a horrendous cold...dont feel much like brewing  :'(
Watch some dvd's and get feelin betta

The Pub / Re: Forum Members Pics
« on: March 04, 2010, 11:11:34 PM »
On the boards I am a Professor.
In some circles, I am a Doctor.
Here's a shot from around 20 years ago... I'm giving a facelift to one of my more famous patients.

What was that theme song?

Equipment and Software / Re: Possible Source for 55 gal SS barrel
« on: March 03, 2010, 10:58:31 AM »
My effin g, I try to do my fellow homebrewers a favor
and find a source for a possible large ss vessel
I would want to know what cancer causing, radioactive, poison, toxic gunk was in these first. I know it says they are very clean, but...

And then WE consume ETOH willingly!   ???

Quote from: Wikipedia=Drug effects
Pure ethanol will irritate the skin and eyes. Nausea, vomiting and intoxication are symptoms of ingestion. Long term use can result in serious liver damage.[81
Atmospheric concentrations above one in a thousand are above the European Union Occupational exposure limits.[81]

[edit] Short-term
Main article: Short-term effects of alcohol
BAC (mg/dL) BAC
(% v/v) Symptoms[82]
50 0.05% Euphoria, talkativeness, relaxation
100 0.1 % Central nervous system depression, nausea, possible vomiting, impaired motor and sensory function, impaired cognition
>140 >0.14% Decreased blood flow to brain
300 0.3% Stupefaction, possible unconsciousness
400 0.4% Possible death
>550 >0.55% Death
[edit] Effects on the central nervous system
Ethanol is a central nervous system depressant and has significant psychoactive effects in sublethal doses; for specifics, see effects of alcohol on the body by dose. Based on its abilities to change the human consciousness, ethanol is considered a psychoactive drug.[83] Death from ethyl alcohol consumption is possible when blood alcohol level reaches 0.4%. A blood level of 0.5% or more is commonly fatal. Levels of even less than 0.1% can cause intoxication, with unconsciousness often occurring at 0.3–0.4%.[84]

The amount of ethanol in the body is typically quantified by blood alcohol content (BAC), the milligrams of ethanol per 100 milliliters of blood. The table at right summarizes the symptoms of ethanol consumption. Small doses of ethanol generally produce euphoria and relaxation; people experiencing these symptoms tend to become talkative and less inhibited, and may exhibit poor judgment. At higher dosages (BAC > 100 mg/dl), ethanol acts as a central nervous system depressant, producing at progressively higher dosages, impaired sensory and motor function, slowed cognition, stupefaction, unconsciousness, and possible death.

More specifically, ethanol acts in the central nervous system by binding to the GABA-A receptor, increasing the effects of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA (ie. it is a positive allosteric modulator)[85].

Prolonged heavy consumption of alcohol can cause significant permanent damage to the brain and other organs. See Alcohol consumption and health.

In America, about half of the deaths in car accidents occur in alcohol-related crashes.[86] The risk of a fatal car accident increases exponentially with the level of alcohol in the driver's blood.[87] Most drunk driving laws governing the acceptable levels in the blood while driving or operating heavy machinery set typical upper limits of blood alcohol content (BAC) between 0.05% and 0.08%.

Discontinuing consumption of alcohol after several years of heavy drinking can also be fatal. Alcohol withdrawal can cause anxiety, autonomic dysfunction, seizures and hallucinations. Delirium tremens is a condition that requires people with a long history of heavy drinking to undertake an alcohol detoxification regimen.

[edit] Effects on metabolism
Main articles: Ethanol metabolism and Alcohol dehydrogenase
Ethanol within the human body is converted into acetaldehyde by alcohol dehydrogenase and then into acetic acid by acetaldehyde dehydrogenase. The product of the first step of this breakdown, acetaldehyde,[88] is more toxic than ethanol. Acetaldehyde is linked to most of the clinical effects of alcohol. It has been shown to increase the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver,[76] multiple forms of cancer, and alcoholism.

Beer Travel / Avery Brewery Sourfest pics
« on: March 01, 2010, 09:17:21 AM »
Hey, I traveled 4 hours for I guess it counts.

What a gig! Well worth the drive. Met MikeyPedersen a co-member here.
So many beers, not enough time to sample even a good portion of them.
You got 20 beer tickets good for a 2 oz pour each ticket....I did not even
get through all 20 of mine...let alone the handful someone that was leaving
gave me....

Anyhow here is Avery's new beer engine / bar back you see it when you walk in the door

Here is the cooler where they store brewery release only beers etc.

Part of one of their barrel rooms

Blow off from a fermenter outdoors. Smelled like Hog Heaven to me

Shot of the crowd in the tasting lineup

Couple guys I was drinking beer with

My 2 Favorites were Saison De Lente from "The Bruery" and Duck Duck Gooze from "The Lost Abbey"
followed closely by Cerise Casse from "Cambridge Brewing" and last but NOT least
Saison Brett by "Boulevard Brewing"....LOL I already lost count so many good brews!

Wood/Casks / Food Grade Bladder
« on: February 25, 2010, 11:06:41 PM »
Anyone know of a food grade bladder that you could put into
a 55 gallon Oak Barrel bung hole and then intflate to fill half or
more of the space inside the barrel?  This would allow a person
to utilize a larger barrel which are more readily available....
just wondering..... ???

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:37:23 PM »
Beautiful lip licking photos Cap.  Thanks for the plantain destructions.  :D

The Pub / Re: Home Distillation
« on: February 25, 2010, 11:54:30 AM »
Sweet....then figger out how to attach a reflux colum to your keg boiler kettle...
you are set for a 5 gallon run off....  ;)

Of course, you will want to keep it up at 100% realm so you can put it in
the GAS TANK of the family stationwagon.

Diluting it with water.....makes bad things happen to the engine.

The Pub / Re: Petsmart now offering 3 Guinea Pigs for the Price of ONE!
« on: February 25, 2010, 11:33:24 AM »

Does that mean PET smart .....   (Now I know you are a female of the species!)


PETS in you have a few extra you would like to part

The Pub / Re: Home Distillation
« on: February 25, 2010, 11:25:09 AM »
simple math....5 gal X  .05  = .25 gallon           

Beer Travel / Re: Trip to Texas
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:47:05 AM »
Even if it's not in Carrollton, you may see it over by 6 flags...

Like Seafood?  You just hit the jackpot!
The beer line up is pretty much standard fare....

The Pub / Re: Avery Sour Fest
« on: February 25, 2010, 09:17:37 AM »
Sent you another email... ::)

The Pub / Re: Avery Sour Fest
« on: February 25, 2010, 08:34:43 AM »
Kewl How will I know it's you...? Put on a  Green St. Pattys Derby...

I have visited the barrel room on my tour.  I am bringing about 176 oz
of my sour beers to share with Adam and the Crew... (8- 22 oz bombers)
4 bottles of my flanders red and 4 of a sour saison.

Sent you an email

The Pub / Re: Home Distillation
« on: February 25, 2010, 08:30:08 AM »
I read on that forum turbo yeilds an inferior result....

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