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  • Michelle Obama will give the White House´s weekly radio address to demand justice for Boko Haram

    05/09/2014 4:29:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/9/14 | David Martosko
    President Barack Obama is punting his administration´s outrage over Nigerian terror group Boko Haram´s violence to his wife Michelle, giving her the duty of delivering the White House´s weekly radio address on Saturday. The move is an unusual one but not unprecedented: Laura Bush gave a similar address in 2001 when she was first lady, denouncing the treatment of women in Afghanistan. Mrs. Obama has also joined the president in a few radio addresses, but Saturday will mark her first solo appearance. She will also reportedly include a Mother´s Day message. Boko Haram, whose name is a native translation of...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #39 June 07, 2013

    06/07/2013 3:30:27 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 10 replies
    Free Republic | 6/7/2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Let us know what y’all are brewing up and making. Any interesting brews or wines you have discovered?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #39 May 31, 2013

    05/31/2013 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 33 replies
    Free Republic | 5-31-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Let us know what y’all are brewing up and making. Any interesting brews or wines you have discovered?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #38 May 17, 2013

    05/17/2013 3:29:27 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 16 replies
    Free Republic | 5-17-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Let us know what y’all are brewing up and making. Any interesting brews or wines you have discovered?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #37 May 3, 2013

    05/03/2013 3:29:56 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 14 replies
    Free Republic | 5-3-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Or In This Case A Mint JulepDerby Day Tomorrow Or Make Your Own With Your Favorite Bourbon Mint Julep Recipe 2 cups sugar 2 cups water Sprigs of fresh mint Crushed ice Bourbon Whisky Silver/Gold/Glass Julep Cups Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #36 April 26, 2013

    04/26/2013 3:48:52 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 4-26-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I missed posting last Friday and I apologize. I just got caught up in all the news coming out of Boston last Friday and missed posting the thread. I did get to brew up another Irish Stout last week and it needs to be racked into a secondary tomorrow. My last Irish Stout turned out to be so good I needed more! Yum!
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #35 April 12, 2013

    04/12/2013 3:29:58 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 35 replies
    Free Republic | 4-12-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Well, it has been a little more than a month since the last thread was posted. The Oatmeal Stout I bottled around the middle of Feb. has bottle aged and carbonated very nicely and is mighty, mighty tasty. My next Homebrew will be another Oatmeal Stout because this one turned out so well. I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing...
  • Unemployment-aid applications jump to 385,000

    04/04/2013 8:25:13 AM PDT · by xzins · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 4, 2013 | Christopher S. Rugaber
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose to a four-month high last week, although the increase partly reflects seasonal distortions around the spring holidays. The Labor Department says weekly applications increased 28,000 to a seasonally adjusted 385,000. That is the highest level since late November. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 354,250.
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #34 March 8, 2013

    03/08/2013 3:30:34 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 45 replies
    Free Republic | 3-8-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing or let us know what your favorite brew, wine or spirit is.A little Beer News:  Samuel Adams beers captured nine medals at the International Brewing Awards 2013 in England.The bi-annual competition attracted more than 1,000 entries from 45 countries. Forty judges, all professional brewers, assessed the beers over the course of three days....
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #33 March 1, 2013

    03/01/2013 3:31:20 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 3-1-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Here is a thread on FR that I ran across earlier today that some of you might enjoy What Would John Adams Drink? Hard cider comes in so many varieties—it might be fruity, sweet, or dry, sometimes a bit like beer and other times akin to sparkling wine—it’s the rare drink that people won’t necessarily get tired of. And it is so easy to make it at home! Not much going on at the...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #32 February 22, 2013

    02/22/2013 3:33:05 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 34 replies
    Free Republic | 2-22-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I bottled my oatmeal stout yesterday and will let it bottle condition for a few weeks before trying. Hope it carbs up nicely. I do not have any plans on brewing up another brew until the weather warms up a little. It is a little cool out side for me. My last try at making an acceptable Apple Cider is coming along well I popped a top on one and it was quite tasty...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #31 February 8, 2013

    02/08/2013 3:34:06 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 12 replies
    Free Republic | 2-8-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! This past week I racked an oatmeal stout to a secondary and added some oak cubes that had been soaking in Maker’s Mark for a little over a month. I think I will let them flavor the beer for a few days and then remove them. Has anyone used oak cubes or chips to flavor their beer? How long should they be in the secondary?
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #30 February 1, 2013

    02/01/2013 3:39:01 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 13 replies
    Free Republic | 2-1-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Super Bowl weekend. Here are a few statistics to ponder. I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing or let us know what your favorite brew, wine or spirit is.
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #29 January 25, 2013

    01/25/2013 3:36:40 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 21 replies
    Free Republic | 01-25-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. It was a nice day here in Northeast Texas today – mid 60s and just right to brew up a batch of brew. Made an Oatmeal Irish Stout. I used a kit from Midwest supplies. 6 lbs. Dark Liquid Malt Extract Speciality Grains 4 oz Chocolate Malt 4 oz Caramel 10º L 4 oz Roasted Barley 4 oz Flaked Barley 8 oz Rolled Oats Hops - 0.5 oz Nugget and 1 oz Willamette 4...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #28 January 18, 2013

    01/18/2013 3:39:04 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 10 replies
    Free Republic | 01-18-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I will be brewing an Oatmeal Stout next week after I get back from a trip to Mississippi. I have some dark roasted oak cubes that have been soaking in some Maker’s Mark Whiskey for the last two weeks that I will add to the secondary. Hope this turns out good! I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing or let...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #27 January 11, 2013

    01/11/2013 4:06:10 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 1-11-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I had my very first commercially brewed Double IPA yesterday evening. It was brewed by Samuel Adams as a limited release of their brews and is called “Third Voyage”. It is 8% ABV in a 22 oz. bottle and is very tasty and hoppy with a big citrus after taste. They used Cascade Hops from the regions that that Capt. James Cook sailed to on his third voyage - New Zealand and the Pacific...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #26 December 28, 2012

    12/28/2012 3:43:55 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 21 replies
    Free Republic | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Happy New Year to all! No partying planned for me. It will be an early night drinking a few of my Irish Stouts here. I am trying a Guinness Black Larger for the first time. I am not all that impressed at all. It has a thin/light mouth feel with a quick disappearing head. It has a slightly bitter after taste. Might be good ice cold on a warm summer day. Expensive $ 10.00...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #25 December 21, 2012

    12/21/2012 3:33:40 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 40 replies
    Free Republic | 12-21-12 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. There was too much going on last Friday for me to post the thread. I wish every Freeper a Merry Christmas. I will be popping the swing top on a bottle of my Cranberry Mead this Christmas. Now that we have survived this Mayan Doomsday 12-21-12 nonsense we can all get back to planning and making our favorite Homebrews and Wines and go off the cliff in style. I hope all of you and...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #24 December 7, 2012

    12/07/2012 3:36:44 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 43 replies
    Free Republic | 12-7-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! HOPS - Cure for the common cold? Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I saw a news item on FNC this morning about beer fighting against cold-causing virus. I thought y’all might find the article from the Fox News Web site interesting. It seems there is a compound found in hops called humulone that can fight against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Problem is (which I don’t see as a problem) you have to drink 30 12oz beers to get the...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #23 November 30, 2012

    11/30/2012 3:35:54 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 24 replies
    Free Republic | 11-30-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I bottled the Irish Stout that I started about 4 weeks ago this week. I would like to try a Blueberry Wine soon. I think I will make just one gallon to start. What will I need? I will be using frozen whole Blueberries. A recipe for one gallon of must would be nice. Any help out there with what additives I will need and how much? I have a dry Champagne yeast to...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #22 November 23, 2012

    11/23/2012 4:16:14 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 30 replies
    Free Republic | 11/23/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER My Cranberry Mead I started a year ago this month Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Wife and I popped the top on another swing top bottle of my Cranberry Mead to have with our Turkey dinner and all the fixings. It is really a very nice and tasty honey wine. This has surprised my wife; she could not believe I really made it and that it...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #21 November 16, 2012

    11/16/2012 3:33:37 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 27 replies
    Free Republic | 11/16/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I did not get to start my 5 gallons of Hard Apple Cider until Tuesday of this week. I used 5.5 Gallons of Musselman’s cider and added 2 lbs of corn sugar along with two cups of raisins that were boiled in 2 cups of water, to soften. The raisins along with the water were then processed in a blender until it was a very fine mush. This mush was added to the 5 gal....
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #20 November 9, 2012

    11/09/2012 3:34:30 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 47 replies
    Free Republic | 11/09/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER Well, the Local Homebrew Store in Shriveport, La had their opening day yesterday. I drove the 35 miles to their location and was not disappointed. They had quite a collection of craft beers. They also have a nice selection of grains, hops and other supplies. I talked to the owner for a little bit, nice people. I bought a vile of White Labs Champagne Yeast (WLP715) and a pack of Nottingham Ale Yeast and a couple of other items I...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #19 November 2, 2012

    11/02/2012 3:34:08 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 67 replies
    Free Republic | 11/2/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER  Small glass of my sparkling Cranberry Mead - Tasty Too I missed posting the weekly thread last week because I had to make a trip back to Mississippi to check on the house and property I own there. When I returned to Tx on Saturday I racked the Irish Stout I had brewed into a secondary and also made another Hard Apple Cider. I used some raisins as a super food for the yeasties. And those raisins seem to be...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #18 October 19, 2012

    10/19/2012 4:47:42 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 27 replies
    10/19/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I brewed up an Irish Stout this past week using a extract kit I had ordered a few weeks ago. It has an Original Gravity (O.G.) of 1.065 and is bubbling the airlock nicely. Yep, I am back to brewing an Ale after a side trip into making a couple of Hard Apple Ciders. I will continue my Hard Cider Brewing as long as I can get the fresh squeezed Mussleman’s Cider I have been...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #17

    10/13/2012 4:04:06 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 54 replies
    Free Republic | 10-13-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I missed posting the thread yesterday at Beer Thirty. Things just happen. So while we are watching some good College Football lets talk Beer and Wine making. I started my third gallon of of hard Apple cider today. I used some amber Agave Nectar as an added sugar to bump the O.G. This stuff seems to be much sweeter than honey and very tasty! So I thought about posting a link to a Web Page...
  • First Time Claims for Unemployment 10/11/2012

    10/12/2012 7:30:36 AM PDT · by Positive · 7 replies
    So first time claims for Unemployment Insurance dropped by 30,000 last week, as reported yesterday??? Oh, the numbers for "one large State" were omitted??? Oh, the Wall Street Journal reported that State was Kalifornia??? Well if you go to the URL above, you will be taken to the California Employment Development Department "Quick Statistics" chart, scroll down to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Statistics section. Then click on the "Initial Claims Filed" link. (Im sorry to say I've forgotten how to get the PDF into the body of this thread) I went back 13 years (1999) and added the claims filed...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #16 October 5, 2012

    10/05/2012 3:32:35 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 23 replies
    Free Republic | 10-5-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Well FReepers I had a couple of unexpected strokes of good fortune this past week. If you have been visiting this thread the past few weeks you know I have been wanting to make a Hard Apple Cider and could not find fresh squeezed Apple Cider that did not contain potassium sorbate (a yeast growth inhibitor) and other additives. I resorted to frozen Apple Juice concentrate and made a one-gallon batch. Yesterday I needed some...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #15 September 28, 2012

    09/28/2012 3:32:43 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 36 replies
    9-28-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Last week I started a Hard Cider and I thought I would give y’all some details. I used three containers of 12 oz frozen concentrated Apple juice and spring water to make one gallon. Original Gravity (O.G.) was 1.060. I also made a yeast starter using some of the Apple juice and a couple tsps of sugar and Safale 05 yeast. I aerated the jug of apple juice and added a tsp of yeast nutrient....
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #14 September 21, 2012

    09/21/2012 4:46:28 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 32 replies
    Free Republic | 9-21-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I am sipping on a small glass of Cranberry Mead I made at the end of last November. I bottled it using 32 oz Grolsch-style swing cap bottles around the middle of May. Tastes pretty darn good. I will wait until the end of Nov. for the grand uncorking. ABV is at 13% . Have ordered an Irish Stout kit for my next brewing project. I decided to make a gallon of Hard Cider using...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #13 September 14, 2012

    09/14/2012 3:31:54 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 34 replies
    Free Republic | 9-14-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Clod Brew  BEER Last week we discussed making Hard Apple Cider. I don't live in an apple growing area and can't get local fresh pressed Apple Cider. I made the rounds of all the grocery stores in search of 100% unfiltered Apple Cider from fresh pressed apples. All I could find was a fresh pressed that had all the preservatives that are warned against when making a Hard Cider. In my wanderings I did find a commercial Hard Cider at a Krogers, Hornby's...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #7 Sept 7, 2012

    09/07/2012 4:35:46 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 70 replies
    Free Republic | 9-7-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Home Brew  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. My wife and I are heading back to Mississippi from our new digs in Texas mid week next week to check on the house and property we own there. There will not be a beer/wine thread next week and possibly the next week. I do have another Honey Ale kit to brew up when I get back to Texas. I have decided not to brew it yet because I want to be here to...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #11 August 17, 2012

    08/17/2012 3:32:43 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 8/17/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew!  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. My wife and I are heading back to Mississippi from our new digs in Texas next week to check on the house and property we own there. There will not be a beer/wine thread next week and possibly the next week. We will not have Internet access while there. I do have another Stout ready to brew up when I get back to Texas. I do love a good strong Stout! I decided not to...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #11 August 10, 2012

    08/10/2012 3:31:12 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 20 replies
    Free Republic | 8/10/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock!  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Last week one of our members mentioned an article by Steve Bader “Boil the hops, not the malt extract”. This method is known as Late Extract Addition. In this method you add 75-85% malt extract at the end of the boil. There are several reasons to use the late extract brewing method. One is reducing over-caramelization. The beer will turn out lighter, which can be difficult to do otherwise with extract beers. It can also reduce scorched malt flavors...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #10 August 3, 2012

    08/03/2012 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 46 replies
    Free Republic | 8/03/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock!  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I have had to donate my funds used to buy my ingredients to brew a beer this week to repair the AC in my wife’s car. Got to keep her happy in this 100-degree weather in NW Texas. So no brewing this week for me. She does not like beer at all but likes a nice wine every now and then. She also is a very big fan of Black Cherries. I was thinking about making a Cherry wine...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #9 July 27, 2012

    07/27/2012 3:33:57 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 51 replies
    7-27-2010 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock!  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I have a couple of different secondary 5 gallon Carboys - Glass, PET, and Buckets. I prefer to use the glass carboy but I do use the others from time to time and all have been used successfully. The glass carboy is heavy and difficult to move but the others are easier to use because they are lighter and have spigots for racking to the bottling bucket. I am beginning to wonder why I use the glass one. I...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #8 July 20, 2012

    07/20/2012 5:15:28 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 52 replies
    Free Republic | 7-20-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock!  BEER Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Nothing brewed at the Red Devil Brew house this week. Just enjoying a few home brews.Tip: If you have ever been disappointed with your homebrews not developing a nice long lasting head or they seem to be over carbonated and really heady when you pour a glass of your homebrew you might want to try cleaning your glass or mug. Use a mixture of equal parts of Baking Soda and salt then add a little water to make a...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #7 July 13, 2012

    07/13/2012 3:28:18 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 20 replies
    Free Republic | 7/13/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! Airlock Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. Since the outside air temperatures have moderated somewhat I brewed up an Irish Red Ale this morning. It has an original gravity of 1.045 and is sitting in the primary. I am just waiting for the airlock to start bubbling. I am also waiting for the Copper Ale I bottled last week to carbonate and will try one next week. I still have a few of my Cream Ales to drink now and then. I hope all of you and...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #6 July 6, 2012

    07/06/2012 3:29:43 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 42 replies
    Free Republic | 7-6-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock And a Cold Homebrew! Airlock I trust y’all had a great 4th of July. This morning I bottled the Copper Ale that I brewed on June 7th. It was bottled after two weeks in the primary and two weeks plus a few days in the secondary. I am still enjoying the Honey Ale I bottled on June 20th. This ale has matured nicely over time and has a wonderful aroma and taste. The carbonation has come along nicely and develops a beautiful white long lasting head...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #5 June 29, 2012

    06/29/2012 4:01:07 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 48 replies
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    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! Airlock Good evening/afternoon. This past week I rested and did not have a brew day. It has been just to darn hot to stand over a boiling brew kettle. My bottled Honey Ale is coming along just fine. I have tasted a couple and it is carbonating nicely and should be good to go by July 4th. I am having one now and it is mighty tasty. The liberty Cream Ale I brewed up last week will be racked into a secondary next week. My Copper...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing/Wine Making Thread #4 June 22, 2012

    06/22/2012 3:29:49 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 30 replies
    June 22, 2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! " OG Hydrometer Reading of my Liberty Cream Ale Good evening/afternoon. I brewed up a Liberty Cream Ale this afternoon, a kit from Midwest Supply. I did a Late Extract addition at 30 min. for this brew. It was a busy afternoon. I made a yeast starter using Safale 05 dry yeast yesterday afternoon. And pitched it in an 80° F wort. The OG was at 1.052 out of the primary fermenter before the yeast starter was pitched. This beer has a beautiful color and should...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #3 June 15,2012

    06/15/2012 3:30:28 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 80 replies
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    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! GLASS OF MY CRANBERRY MEAD – MELOMEL – HONEY WINE While we all enjoy a mug or glass of our favorite beer or wine I thought we could discuss the most important ingredient we all need to make our homemade beers or wines. Yeast I have used both Wyeast and White Labs liquid yeasts and also dry yeasts mostly Safale 05 and 04 for fermenting my homebrews. I always keep at least one or two of the Safale yeast packs in the fridge as a backup, just incase....
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 24, June 15, 2012

    06/15/2012 5:33:15 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 64 replies
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    Weekly Gardening Thread Good morning gardeners. JustaDumbBlonde has been very busy lately and asked me to post this weeks thread for her. She felt bad about not being able to respond to posts on last weeks thread. I hope all of your gardens are doing well. My little 6 x 6 raised bed tomato patch is coming along fine. It has benefited from a couple of good rain showers in the last couple of weeks. "> This picture was taken at about 3:30 pm yesterday. The shade starts moving on to the tomato patch at about 3 pm and...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #2 June 8,2012

    06/08/2012 3:28:55 PM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 74 replies
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    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep it is Beer Thirty Time!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! PORTER ALEAfter last weeks positive acceptance of the Homebrewing Thread a few of you decided we needed to go weekly with this thread and I agree. Thanks to all who participated in last weeks thread. So lets get talking about beer and wine. Last week I bottled a 9.3% Porter and decided to try one yesterday just to see how it was doing. As you might suspect it was nowhere near the carbonation level I was looking for, it needs another week or two or more. But I...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Harvesting Wheat) Vol. 20, May 18, 2012

    05/18/2012 5:59:55 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 102 replies
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    Good morning gardeners. JustaDumbBlonde asked me to post the thread this morning because she and her Husband are out in the fields harvesting their wheat. Looks like they will have good weather. I hope all of your gardens are doing well. My gardening efforts have been scaled back this year to a 6x6 raised bed planted with eight of my three favorite tomato varieties. I am also continuing to pursue my Homebrewing hobby and will be brewing up a Honey Bee Ale later this afternoon and also bottling a Cranberry Mead that I started last November with a cork popping...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation?) Vol. 6, February 17, 2012

    02/17/2012 12:49:07 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 90 replies
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    Good afternoon gardeners. I have been debating all day if I should post this week’s thread. And can’t help myself at this point. I do not like stepping on JADB’s ownership of the thread and I hope y’all and she understands. As many of you know my wife and I are moving from Meridian, Ms to Marshall, Tx and I was not sure I would be able to keep on gardening at the house we are leasing. Peggy has received a written approval letter from the owner for us to put in a small garden. So I will be trying...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 6, February 10, 2012

    02/10/2012 2:56:54 PM PST · by Ellendra · 89 replies
    2-10-12 | Ellendra
    Good morning Gardeners!!!! I know I'm not part of your usual cast of gardening threadmasters, but it's afternoon here and the thread hasn't arrived yet! So I'm going to start one, and if it turns out later that I shouldn't have, then I'll appologize really nicely. *Ahem*: The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political,...
  • Vanity: Garden Tillers: Advice & Opinions Needed

    02/09/2012 7:47:29 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 41 replies
    2-09-12 | Jed Eckert
    Good morning fellow gardening Freepers. I'm in need of a good affordable garden tiller and was wondering what you folks think. I used to simply rent one but that option is pretty much out now since nearly all the rental places quit carrying tillers. The one place left that does rent tillers is prohibitively expensive. So, I'm considering just buying a smaller one. The Mantis XP fits my budget and they make a convincing sales pitch (good warranty, free shipping, Honda Engine) but I don't have a clue if they're any good. I'm open to any and all suggestions. I'm...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 5, February 03, 2012

    02/03/2012 6:59:49 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 132 replies
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    Good morning gardeners! Red Devil here. JustaDumbBlonde and her husband are on their way up to Montana for a well deserved vacation. She should be able to post the thread from her remote Montana location next week.  I am sure she will continue with her plans for a soil structure thread next week. Her Thread subjects are so informative and interesting. Although I have not been real active on the thread, I read each and every post. Y'all have been doing a great job!I should be able to get some sort of a  garden going this year, at our...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 49) December 16

    12/16/2011 5:47:03 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 92 replies · 1+ views
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    Good morning gardeners. I hope all of you are doing well and wish you a Merry Christmas. Today’s thread will be the last one I post as the host of the gardening thread. Thankfully the thread will continue to be posted by Freeper JustaDumbBlonde. Not only is she is a very experienced gardener, she and her husband run a large acreage family farm growing corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans and various other crops. Her large kitchen garden is so successful she has set up a roadside stand to sell her produce. I am confident the Gardening Thread will be in very...