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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 31, 2016, 03:55:50 PM »
Jonathan,
That has to be a wild crazy change from the left coast.
we are still gripped with winter in BFE whyo.

yeah, different critter entirely. weather still not stable enough to put anything out. finishing up boiling sap.

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The Pub / Re: Drew's Weight Loss
« on: March 26, 2016, 07:39:43 AM »
+2.  There's a whole industry based on diet fads, but it all boils down to 'eat less, exercise more'. I'm sure Drew would agree. I salute the great job he did.

Yup..

Eat a little less
Eat a little better
Move a little more

I think the 'little better' part is key. if you eat crap packaged 'diet' foods you will 1- always be hungry and 2 - not enjoy eating, which leads to an unhealthy relationship with food.


I will add a note of nuance here though. You do have to pay attention to what you are eating. all too often in these kind of discussions someone says it boils down to calories in - calories out. and while that is superficially true, if you take in calories from the wrong sources you will mess up your metabolism and not get the results you are expecting. Similarly if you rely too heavily on shrinking the 'calories in' side of the equation you once again FUBAR your metabolism and set yourself up for failure.
True.  It reminds me of the 80's when "low fat" was considered healthy. The food industry had just fallen in love with ultra cheap high fructose corn syrup and engineered "food" that replaced fat with sugar. The result was unsatisfying as far as satiating the appetite but highly addictive.
I like Michael Pollan's advice: Eat food not food products. If you get raw whole foods and cook for yourself most meals you can't go wrong. If you eat packaged "food" or at restaurants as a norm chances are you are getting sugar, sodium, and saturated fats in scary amounts that will literally eventually be the cause of your death  and even worse make the last ten years of your life miserable. But you'll be well regarded by the pharmaceutical industry.
There's a big snowball effect. When I eat healthy and am active I have the energy to do  more of that, when I eat crap and am sedentary I don't have the energy to make hood choices and also tend to drink more than one or two.

As a German co-worker said while I was working there - "Jeff, you have all the low fat food in America, how you have so many Fat people?"
Yup. The low fat thing is Bs. The metabolic pathways from dietary fat to body fat are super inefficient. Most of the time your body will just flush excess dietary fat rather than waste energy storing it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: FERMENTING THE IPA
« on: March 25, 2016, 04:17:41 PM »
is 1.054 and 104 IBU correct? that's gonna be bitter. I'd generally want to see a 1.070 or so with that IBU load.

as others have said, have patience, bump the temp but don't lower it again until the beer is done. yeast like getting warmer but they don't like getting colder. makes them sleepy

THIS^^^^  where the hell did that recipe come from?

Sorry IBU's are 98.1 not 104

I have it at 20 Celcius dry hopped it this morning and am going to let that go another three days, then cold crash it.
Still pretty bigger. But to each their own

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: FERMENTING THE IPA
« on: March 25, 2016, 06:19:36 AM »
is 1.054 and 104 IBU correct? that's gonna be bitter. I'd generally want to see a 1.070 or so with that IBU load.

as others have said, have patience, bump the temp but don't lower it again until the beer is done. yeast like getting warmer but they don't like getting colder. makes them sleepy

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The Pub / Re: Drew's Weight Loss
« on: March 25, 2016, 06:16:31 AM »
+2.  There's a whole industry based on diet fads, but it all boils down to 'eat less, exercise more'. I'm sure Drew would agree. I salute the great job he did.

Yup..

Eat a little less
Eat a little better
Move a little more

I think the 'little better' part is key. if you eat crap packaged 'diet' foods you will 1- always be hungry and 2 - not enjoy eating, which leads to an unhealthy relationship with food.


I will add a note of nuance here though. You do have to pay attention to what you are eating. all too often in these kind of discussions someone says it boils down to calories in - calories out. and while that is superficially true, if you take in calories from the wrong sources you will mess up your metabolism and not get the results you are expecting. Similarly if you rely too heavily on shrinking the 'calories in' side of the equation you once again FUBAR your metabolism and set yourself up for failure.

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Beer Recipes / Re: All wheat beer
« on: March 23, 2016, 04:13:25 PM »
I did a 100% wheat wine once. 25+ lbs of wheat malt. it was a sticky mess.

Do you batch or fly sparge? if you fly sparge I would include a lot of rice hulls if you hope to lauter at all.

If you batch sparge I would still include a lot of rice hulls (I didn't) because otherwise you'll be restirring and vorlaufing many times during the runoff.

it was delicious. went way too fast. 

I batch and will remember the hulls.
How did it turn out?
I have a wheat wine on my to brew list, maybe I'll go all wheat with that.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Red Plum Ale
« on: March 22, 2016, 04:39:41 PM »
I would back off on some of the crystal you've got in there. If you want a big raisiny plumy beer try the 1lb of special B but leave the carafoam and carared out. I'm not totally sure what the raw wheat is in there for either.

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Beer Recipes / Re: All wheat beer
« on: March 22, 2016, 04:36:03 PM »
I did a 100% wheat wine once. 25+ lbs of wheat malt. it was a sticky mess.

Do you batch or fly sparge? if you fly sparge I would include a lot of rice hulls if you hope to lauter at all.

If you batch sparge I would still include a lot of rice hulls (I didn't) because otherwise you'll be restirring and vorlaufing many times during the runoff.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Favorite Bottles?
« on: March 22, 2016, 01:20:17 PM »
For shape, I like the Anchor bottles. They have a classic feel. Sierra Nevada stubbies are nice but they don't fit well in normal cases and 6 holders.

For a while, when I needed a bunch of bottles, my buying decisions on beer were heavily influenced on ease of label removal. Sierra Nevada is good for that as well.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewing with quassia bark (Picrasma excelsa)
« on: March 21, 2016, 12:41:53 PM »
I still think it would be worth while to boil say 1 gram of the quassia and 1 gram of high alpha bittering hop each in a cup of water and taste side by side at least to get an idea of where to start.

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The Pub / Re: Drew's Weight Loss
« on: March 20, 2016, 02:14:46 PM »
I've done the same.  I've run some 5Ks hungover too.  I don't do that anymore. :)

I did squat day once hungover. Baaaaad idea.

I find the first 15-20 minutes of cardio hungover are the worst but then it mostly burns off and I can push harder the rest of the way through.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewing with quassia bark (Picrasma excelsa)
« on: March 20, 2016, 11:08:10 AM »
there was a presentation involving this ingredient at the 2013 NHC I think. It might have been in the alternative wood ageing presentation but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure that he went over dosages.

You could do a side by side tea tasting with a known AA% hop to develop a rough equivalency and go from there though.
Yeah I was at that talk.  I think he just mentioned it and how bitter it was.  Nothing about dosing.  Yeah making an extract test beer is what I wanted to avoid.  I think so far what I'm going to do is puts some in a bag and try and sheep it to taste day of. I'll just pull the bag when I think it's bitter enough
I was thinking to do a tea side by side with hops.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewing with quassia bark (Picrasma excelsa)
« on: March 20, 2016, 07:08:52 AM »
there was a presentation involving this ingredient at the 2013 NHC I think. It might have been in the alternative wood ageing presentation but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure that he went over dosages.

You could do a side by side tea tasting with a known AA% hop to develop a rough equivalency and go from there though.

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The Pub / Re: Happy St Pat's!
« on: March 17, 2016, 04:39:52 PM »
You are far too cool for school Mr. Sr.

I'm not half that.  But we had some fun back in the day.  Life is still fun, just more domesticated.

yeah. I threw some Operation Ivy and NoMeansNo on the radio the other day and while I still got amped listening I can't imagine I'd actually still enjoy being in the pit.

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The Pub / Re: Happy St Pat's!
« on: March 17, 2016, 04:32:32 PM »
How you leave the Pogues off of your list, I don't know.

Without them, there is no Flogging Molly.  No Dropkick Murphy's.

In my youth, I was in the pit at the Metro and at the Vic.  Front row for the Pogues, but you had to fight to get there.

Home from downtown.  Corn beef is simmering.  Guinness in a glass.  Didn't do like the guy passed out at 3:30 on Chicago Ave.  He looked like a wreck.

EDIT:  Forgot to say Happy St. Pat's back atcha.

You are far too cool for school Mr. Sr.

Also, as for 'saint' Paddy Eff that pagan bashing, Roman empire spying for old fart. but here's to Irish pride.

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