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The Pub / Re: I would never wish for...
« on: June 19, 2017, 06:03:41 PM »
Looks delicious! I'm currently grilling a beef tenderloin. I'm also baking some sweet potatoes and onions.

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Nice!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lallemand Abbaye dry yeast
« on: June 05, 2017, 06:06:39 AM »
I'll be looking forward to your assessment. I don't brew a lot of Belgian styles. But, I do use a lot of dry yeast.

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The Pub / Re: Decided not to ask my brewing question on AHA
« on: June 04, 2017, 04:34:28 PM »

You it's funny that you mention that thread because it's an interesting case: a guy asks advice about step mashing, people assume that because it's his 1st all grain brew that he needs to be "talked off the ledge" and nonsense ensued.

Do you know what was funny about that one? The guy posted again stating that it was his 1st AG brew by HIMSELF, and that he had dozens of co-brews, observations, etc. under his belt. He PM'd both me and Bryan thanking us for answering his question and not trying to talk him out of it.

I guess it was my impression how that thread came across. That particular topic was getting rather heated considering it was a new member. For that I worry how it can come across. I understand why many replies were trying to steer him away from doing a step mash for his first AG.  I am glad to hear, for that particular case, that he was able to be reassured of what he was planning. I still have a few things to learn about teaching others how to brew as well.

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The Pub / Re: Decided not to ask my brewing question on AHA
« on: June 04, 2017, 03:55:00 PM »
I'm unsure why BrewBama decided not to post his question. I, so far, have not been discouraged from posting any of my own questions. I understand heated debates. I guess for me it seems they sometimes go too far. In those cases, I guess I need to stop reading those particular threads.

The biggest concern I have is when a new / first time poster posts a question and it gets severely derailed. I don't remember the exact post. If I remember correctly it had to do with step mashing for the member's first all-grain brew. The way the thread went could definitely scare people away. When BrewBama posted this thread I felt compelled to speak up. I want to see this forum grow. This includes with new / different methods as well as new members.
edit: existing members shouldn't feel apprehensive about posting a question, either. We are here to help all levels of homebrewers.

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The Pub / Re: Decided not to ask my brewing question on AHA
« on: June 04, 2017, 09:18:50 AM »
I do agree there are plenty of threads that are constructive and stay on topic. However, for awhile it seemed that many topics were going down the toilet. The most important thing for everyone to remember is, it's relatively difficult to communicate effectively on the Internet. Just like text messaging, emotion & intent can be lost in translation. Suggesting methods / opinions vs implying your method is the only correct way can help prevent heated bickering. Also, making derogatory comments doesn't help anyone. It only continues to make a situation worse. Before you post a reply, especially when the thread is already getting heated, reread your post a couple of times. If your reply doesn't add anything constructive to the thread (ie answer the OPs question) then perhaps it shouldn't be posted.
FWIW this is the only homebrewing forum I read & participate in. There are a lot of great people and information here.

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The Pub / Re: Decided not to ask my brewing question on AHA
« on: June 04, 2017, 07:15:24 AM »
I don't post often but I do read many posts. I understand why you wouldn't post your question. I've been frustrated with the frequent jabs as well. I was really disappointed that a recent first post quickly derailed into the type of back & forth you are referring to. I appreciate the constant drive to improve, or do things the way that works for you. However, when it gets to the point of beating others down then it defeats the purpose of the forum and homebrewing camaraderie.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Don't laugh because it's so small
« on: May 28, 2017, 04:38:17 PM »
Yeah, looks like they're almost out

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Equipment and Software / Re: Don't laugh because it's so small
« on: May 28, 2017, 04:06:56 PM »
Excellent, thanks!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Don't laugh because it's so small
« on: May 28, 2017, 01:21:49 PM »
What is the part number for that pump? That sure would be a great, cheap method of pumping!

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Education
« on: May 22, 2017, 08:06:37 PM »
For my own personal sanity I've always used food grade co2. Finding out what the difference is between grades has helped me understand why I should use it. It will also help me to explain to other homebrewers why they should use food grade co2.

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Education
« on: May 18, 2017, 12:49:04 PM »
Thanks for the info! This definitely helps clarify the difference. I sometimes wondered why some homebrewers would use paintball gun cartridges or welding gas for their beer. In a general sense does it really matter, outside of cost?

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Education
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:41:24 AM »
You mentioned there is a difference between food grade CO2 and other grades. I have heard this before but never heard an explanation. What is the difference?

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The price
That's for sure. However, is there an actual difference in the product? Purity, etc?

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Education
« on: May 18, 2017, 10:19:01 AM »
You mentioned there is a difference between food grade CO2 and other grades. I have heard this before but never heard an explanation. What is the difference?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Input on corking a Belgian
« on: May 09, 2017, 04:14:34 PM »
I've bottled a few Belgian styles with a cork and cage. I have a floor wine corker that I use to also bottle Belgians. I put a rubber stopper on the post that pushes in the cork. This helps limit how far the cork gets inserted into the bottle. If you make wine then this can be a great way to get more use out of a floor corker. I use Belgian corks, aka mushroom corks. The cages help prevent the corks from popping out due to the high pressure in the bottle. I use 750mL Belgian style bottles. I like the look and finish of the Belgian style bottles and they also prevent bottle bombs due to the higher carbonation.

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