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Kurt Weiser
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Username: Kurtweiser

Post Number: 48
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 05:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Any one hanging out in Southern California tonight will be able to collect enough by just putting fermentation buckets outside.

It is insane out there right now.
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 2138
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

acid rain lager....right on
Bellybuster Bob
www.bellybuster.netfirms.com
 

Joe DiBenedetti
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Username: Docwino

Post Number: 28
Registered: 01-2005
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 02:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Don't laugh, but I've heard of a guy that used melted filtered snow. Calims it was the best lager he ever brewed.-------Hope it wasn't the yellow snow.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 2350
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 03:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Depending on where you live, you might need to add calcium carbonate to raise the mash pH. But it would likely be very good water for brewing a Czech pils.
 

Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 2139
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 03:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't know...rain is the sky's filter. What goes up comes down in the rain
Bellybuster Bob
www.bellybuster.netfirms.com
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 2352
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 03:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I can think of numerous places (islands, for example) where rainwater is the main source for household use, even drinking.
 

Jeffery Swearengin
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Username: Beertracker

Post Number: 657
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 04:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I rather like Rainman Lager myself!
CHEERS! Beertracker

"From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." ~ Saint Arnold of Metz (580-640) - Patron Saint of Brewers

 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 1206
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 05:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think the point is that many people live near big cities, and the rain that falls would not be a great choice to drink due to the pollution content. Of course, after a couple of daze of straight rain, one would think the rain would be 'cleaner'... Phoenix is sharing the same rain as far as looking out my window goes...
 

Tom
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Username: Benchbrew

Post Number: 70
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 06:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What a waste of a good weekend. Its an absolute deluge out there right now! This has been the most rain I seen since Ive been in so cal.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 2353
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 09:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It beats five years of prolonged drought in the Southwest.
 

J. Steinhauer
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Username: Jstein6870

Post Number: 491
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 05:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Problem is, when it comes down like that, it doesn't have time to soak in. Doesn't help with the drought much, when it sweeps homes down the mountain and mud into the ocean.
 

Richard Nye
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Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 571
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 11:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I lived in So CA for 10 years, and it's the only place in the US where rain makes the national news.
 

John Jacox
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Username: Johnj

Post Number: 84
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 02:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I moved from Southern California to Florida in May of 01. Every day the local news was all fired up about the ongoing drought, yet every afternoon it rained like gangbusters! We had more rain in June of 01 (in Florida) than we had in a whole year during the drought in California that went on in the early nineties. I guess it's all relative.
 

Chris Bodley
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Username: Cincichris

Post Number: 95
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 06:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If untreated - I'd be more inclined to drink rainwater than any water coming from the ground here in the Midwest.

I thought they piped drinking water in to California since it rains so infrequently...
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 2383
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 07:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Southern California provides about 20 percent of its water from local reservoirs in the nearby mountains. The remainder is brought by aqueducts from the Sierras and the Colorado River. The first project was built in the 1920s, with major additions to the system in the 1940s and 1960s. Water is what allowed the tremendous population growth that occurred in the region.
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 4259
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 07:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"It beats five years of prolonged drought in the Southwest."...or the northwest. We're so far behind it's scary.
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Bob L.
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Username: Bobcaat

Post Number: 94
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 07:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Rainwater is polluted in the country as the big cities. When the rust belt was being hit by the EPA for smokestack pollution, one solution was to build a taller smokestack sending the pollution and acid rain from the Ohio valley to the mid-atlantic states. Air pollution travel vary far from the source.