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The Pub / Re: AHA joke thread
« on: March 14, 2012, 02:38:54 PM »
That rapist picture is hilarious and I'm guessing it's real.

Pretty sure it belongs in the Meaningless Thread.




.....again, I got nothin. ;D

The problem with that picture is that they don't look that much alike beyond both being black and both having mustaches.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 14, 2012, 02:36:21 PM »
8).  Wow, I am impressed most of you folks start your seeds.

I am a bit lame in that arena still.  Other than stuff that sprouts in place, I buy plants at the local greenhouse.  Maybe because my garden tends on the small side, and I cannot use a whole packet of certain seeds.  Like, I might plant one sungold cherry tomato, a couple of brandywine, 4 poblano and 4 jalapeno, etc.  I guess the greenhouse has a good selection, but probably more $pendy. ::)

I have been screening and packing compost.  Trimmed back the raspberries, planted some spinach, lettuce and cilantro.  Garlic just came up this week.


So onions.  I want to get onions right this year, and be able to stick a bunch away for use all winter.
My success with them in the past has been spotty, which seems odd to me because they seem simple enough.
I start with the little bulbs; is that what most of you do?  Most come up, but a lot went to flower right off the bat last year, which looks cool but does not make a large, storable onion.  Any thoughts on that?

for storage purposes it's a good idea to start onions from seed. They store better than way and are less likely to bolt on you.

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...you spend your entire lunch hour and breaks on the AHA forum.  8)

You spent your entire lunch hour and breaks doing something other than the AHA forum...because you are on it the rest of the time you are at work  :o

I don't know what you are tal... oh crap the boss.

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If the rain lets up long enough friday night I will brew 10 gallons of rye stout.

This is NOT a celebration of the christians driving all the pagan kings out of ireland, I just like stout.

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Welcome to the obsession

first things first, get your next batch started ASAP. This one will disappear all to quickly.

your procedure looks good for the most part. a couple notes

the instructions to pitch at 80* should... if you will excuse the pun... be pitched. Try to chill down to the low to mid 60s before pitching. and try to keep the temp there throughout fermentation. There are a lot of ways to control the ferm temp which you can explore at length here on the forum.

don't automatically expect fermentation to be done in a particular number of days. I think your fine on this one 1.011 sounds like a reasonable FG given the recipe.

The bitterness will fade given time however the flavour and aroma will also fade and with a beer of this stature it may not really be at it's best by the time the bitterness is where you want it. However as the carbonation gets up to a higher level some of the bitterness will... fade is the wrong word but mellow might work. This is a perception thing more than anything else.

It is possible that the bitterness is exactly where the designer of the kit intended it and your tastes don't match with their tastes. No worries just try some other styles. pale ale is a good starting point because as you see it's pretty simple. But if you don't like the level of bitterness you could try an amber or brown ale which tend to be less hoppy. You can try adding less hops at the begining of the boil and more at the end to get more aroma and less bitterness.

generally hops added in the first 30 minutes of the boil will lend almost entirely bitterness with little or no flavour or aroma, hops added around 30 minutes will add some bitterness and some flavour but little or no aroma, and hops added in the last 15 minutes will add flavour and aroma but little bitterness. That being said many people perceive hop flavour as bitter because they 'know' that hops are bitter.

well a long answer to a long question. let us know if there are more!!

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You notice that the AHA website is down faster than your own website.

+1

I was just about to post

... when you discover the AHA forum is down and it makes you a little uneasy.

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Ingredients / Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« on: March 14, 2012, 08:47:34 AM »
Rye are you so worried about this?  :D


Don't forget to tip the wait staff.

My my Bo, aren't don't we have a rye sense of humor

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The more I think about it, the less adding nutrients to beer fermentation makes sense to me. I haven't found many hard numbers for yeast available nitrogen content in wort, but one study found a typical range to be 1-2g/L, or 1000mg/L - 2000mg/L.

Brewers' yeasts' nitrogen requirements aren't published, but wine yeasts' are. The "standard" winemaking yeast available nitrogen recommendation at 28 Brix (1.120) would be 375-425mg/L. Wine yeast nitrogen requirements vary pretty widely, with some needing nearly twice as much as others. I assume beer yeasts are similar in that regard. Even if the yeast needed twice the nutrients, that'd only be 850mg/L, well below the minimum reported amount of yeast available nitrogen in wort.

In order to need nutrients for a wort fermentation, you'd need to have a very nutrient-deficient wort, and a yeast with exceptionally high nutrient needs.

this is an interesting idea. However you are only looking at 1 nutrient. Perhaps it would be worthwhile to find a yeast nutrient with low or no N but I have noticed (in a very unscientific way) better results when using nutrients then when not, at least with big beers.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Munich malt question
« on: March 14, 2012, 08:10:53 AM »
Yeah it's great as a single malt beer. my barley wine is all munich (SMaSH in fact) as is my ordinary bitter.

with 9 lbs you could do a nice ESB or similar. gives a great malty flavour.

Now, one caveat is that I used the 10Lish version of munich, I do not know if the darker stuff will self convert well or not. but the lighter stuff is just fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 14, 2012, 07:37:05 AM »


nice, how long did you kiln for the munich? I assume you started with plain old 2 row? or pils?

it was plain old breiss 2-row.  i used the table out of homebrewer's garden.  i will look and make sure what i did when i get home but i think it was 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  i used my rival roaster.  stunk up the garage ( i liked it wife not so much) the rival roaster was a failed attempt at using as an electric kettle but it worked great for this.  let grain mature post roast for about 3 weeks in paper bag.  i made bread out of the spent grain and was pretty good.

cool. I have that book. Guess it's time to dig it out again. I forgot it had time/temp tables.

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The Pub / Re: So i have this "friend"...
« on: March 13, 2012, 10:04:01 PM »
I was under the impression the DT was still a work in progress.

really? maybe I need to read it again. The impression I got from the 'last' book Dark Tower was a clear message that it was an iterative reality and everything was going to happen again and, in fact had happened many times before. I didn't think that he would actually keep telling the story. But hey, if it's good King it's a good thing (hey that rhymes, I'm a poet and I didn't even know it (hey that rhymes...))

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The Pub / Re: So i have this "friend"...
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:45:17 PM »
Here's a link to the Dark Tower movie page, with info.  It sounds like they're planning to do 3 movies, with a miniseries in between each movie, to develop the characters further and cover the material in between.  But yeah, I agree that the sheer scope and size of the saga will make it very difficult to cover adequately. 

SK should translate to the screen fairly well, but a lot of what I've seen is hit-and-miss.  Dreamcatcher was pretty darn good, and it sounds like Bag of Bones is getting a shot.  Of course Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption were great too.  Pet Sematery was pretty creepy as well, and The Shining freaked me right out back in the day... 

Anyway, getting off-track here, but it's cool to know I'm not the only DT junkie on here.   ;)  Book 8 is coming out very soon now... The Wind Through the Keyhole.

Well, I will await that. I am a little skeptical honestly. The Dark tower was so much of a finish. I feel like to bring out another one 8 years later smacks of needing the money which is hard to believe. I'm gonna read it, I'm just saying.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:54:40 PM »



have you malted your own grain yet? what about growing it? there is no last big step. it just keeps going. up and I don't know where it's going to stop!!!!

not grown or malted yet but i did just make my first munich and brewed with it (my new dark beer)

nice, how long did you kiln for the munich? I assume you started with plain old 2 row? or pils?

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:52:26 PM »
I'm trying some Mucho Nacho jalapenos this year. It's a hybrid monster perfect for stuffed peppers. I also saved seeds from some good sized peppers I bought at the supermarket, but I don't know if they are hybrids or not. They germinated just fine.

they are probably hybrids but hey, what's the worst case scenerio? you end up with unappatizeing peppers (well I guess the WORST case is that monsanto sends a PI to your garden and sues you for theft of intellectual property but that's not likely). best case scenerio you find some amazing stabile variety and get famous selling it!

After reading about what Monsanto does to farmers and others, I'll do my best to never buy their products again and I happen to like Roundup.

If they are hybrids, I think I'll just end up getting a small jalapeno, but I may get nothing at all. They'll be well marked in the garden. It's cheap fun. I bought Mucho Nacho seeds, so that's my back-up.

Yup monsanto is the devil.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:58:41 PM »
I'm trying some Mucho Nacho jalapenos this year. It's a hybrid monster perfect for stuffed peppers. I also saved seeds from some good sized peppers I bought at the supermarket, but I don't know if they are hybrids or not. They germinated just fine.

they are probably hybrids but hey, what's the worst case scenerio? you end up with unappatizeing peppers (well I guess the WORST case is that monsanto sends a PI to your garden and sues you for theft of intellectual property but that's not likely). best case scenerio you find some amazing stabile variety and get famous selling it!

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