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Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13130
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 07:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

After my vacation of a few weeks ago, I'm finally getting caught up on some of the other homebrewing boards I read. I happened across this news item: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/europe/swedish-man-arrested-for-trying -to-split-atoms-in-home-kitchen/article2118309/

Some of the old-timers here will remember our Swedish correspondent Fredrik, who had a somewhat unusual fascination with brewing on an extremely technical level. I recall the last time he posted here he said he was more interested in an alternative to the search for the unified field theory of particle physics.

The individual named in the article is Richard, but I wouldn't put it past Fredrik to use an alias in his quest to brew larger batches in his kitchen.

(Message edited by BillPierce on August 17, 2011)
 

davidwaite
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Username: Davidw

Post Number: 2187
Registered: 03-2001
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 08:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That is funny, Bill, when I read that article a few days ago I thought the very same thing!
 

Ken Anderson
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Username: Ken75

Post Number: 1909
Registered: 11-2002
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 02:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill I remember Fredrik. We got into email discussions about CO2 monitoring. I had always gotten a kick out of that concept. I see someone suggested bubble counting to Graham for his paper's topic. I have a hunch it was tongue in cheek though.

I finally landed a decent job and turns out a young co-worker is new to homebrewing and really stoked. I'm taking some of my gear in to work today to show him. Now to just get myself stoked. I have literally three year old yeast in a pint jar in the fridge which would be a hoot to attempt to propagate on agar. I've still got all the goodies and toys. Hope I plunge back in. Scary though, to think of what I've forgotten. Or maybe it's like riding a bike?
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13143
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 03:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ken, great to hear you're getting back in the saddle. Yes, it's probably as easy as climbing back on your motorcycle. I don't know that I'd expect success at reviving three-year-old yeast sediment, but I doubt it would hurt to try. After all, they have successfully propagated yeast from shipwrecked beer that lay at the bottom for more than 150 years.

(Message edited by BillPierce on August 23, 2011)
 

The Jolly Brewer
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Username: Matfink

Post Number: 2467
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Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 08:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Didn't he have a pet rabbit?
 

Ken Anderson
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Username: Ken75

Post Number: 1910
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Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 06:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, Bill. I'm in the process of unearthing my equipment and reviewing my notes. Definitely going with a fresh purchase of yeast at this point though. I've noticed new selections have become available over the past couple of years. Is that the biggest change in home brewing?
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13153
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Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 06:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'd say the biggest change in the last two or three years is the number of new hop varieties available.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Post Number: 2915
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Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 07:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would have said that the biggest change in the last few years was that the hobby has gotten bigger. Two new LHBSs opened in CT and another is about to. And they all report bang-up business. Two new local clubs formed and already quite active. Three new (to be) annual competitions announced. My club has a dozen new members so far this year. All in a rather small state. The hobby seems to have had a major surge in popularity.
 

Luckywin
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 08-2011
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Posted on Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 06:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I recall this fred person coming up in the posts