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Old 09-05-2014, 07:14 PM   #51
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Training runs are not hobbies. They are punishment.

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Old 09-05-2014, 07:35 PM   #52
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Haha. By the logic in this thread, I must hate it because I try to finish every race faster than the last

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Old 09-05-2014, 07:40 PM   #53
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Training runs are not hobbies. They are punishment.
I would tend to agree with you ........because I am NOT a runner, though there was a time many years ago when actually enjoyed running 5-10 miles, and could have done 20 without a great deal of discomfort. Would you consider putting a pack on your back and hiking as much as 250 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail a pleasure or pure torture? In my late teens, I spent countless days on those trails, and enjoyed planning and executing outrageous trips like that. My body at 59, would find that brutal today, but really only because I'm heavier, and out of shape. 50 pounds makes a lot of difference. I carry more without a pack at 180, than I did with a pack back then at 130. Knees, feet, hips, ankles, all absorb far more abuse now.


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Old 09-05-2014, 07:41 PM   #54
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Haha. By the logic in this thread, I must hate it because I try to finish every race faster than the last
I'm sure some posters in this thread are employing this logic, but lets not paint everyone with the same brush eh? I never once accused OP of not liking his hobby, though I do find the pursuit of extreme brewing speed to run counter to the attitude I've learned to embrace about brewing: good beer takes good time.
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I didn't intend to paint with a broad brush. I apologize if it came across that way.

I'm not necessarily brewing for speed, but do appreciate gadgets and tricks that simplify things or save me time. There are so many methods and techniques for every step on this forum, and I find them all interesting.

My brother had a gas grill. I prefer to put meat in a smoker full of hardwood and drink all day. Neither is wrong. It's just preference.

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I didn't intend to paint with a broad brush. I apologize if it came across that way.

I'm not necessarily brewing for speed, but do appreciate gadgets and tricks that simplify things or save me time. There are so many methods and techniques for every step on this forum, and I find them all interesting.

My brother had a gas grill. I prefer to put meat in a smoker full of hardwood and drink all day. Neither is wrong. It's just preference.
That's totally fair. I was probably being overly sensitive. I guess beer just makes me feel relaxed and hurrying doesn't so the pursuit of speed is not something I can relate too. But I recognize we all should seek to get whatever we want to get out of the hobby, and if someone wants something different then me, then it's no place to say they're wrong.

I btw, liked the hiking analogy given above...since I approach thru- hiking the same way. No matter how much time I give myself in the backcountry I always get home and think about the things I didn't get to do or see.
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This AM is brew day...........I started a bit late, and was all excited to try my suck start pumping system on a real brew the first time. Everything worked flawlessly.......that is until the bag sucked up to the pump inlet and I lost my prime..... several times. Clearly, I'm going to have to do something to keep the bag off the bottom of the pot. It wasn't a problem when I had just an empty bag, but with the grain in it, I couldn't keep the pump working.
I had to resort to stirring.................. Clearly I need some sort of false bottom to keep the bag off the bottom of the pot.

I still ended up doing my brew in 1 hour and 40 minutes start to finish, including cleanup and put away. I lengthened the mash slightly... spent about 20 min in the mash range, and cut the boil time back to 30 minutes. My mash efficiency was at about 90%, but time will tell with regard to attenuation.

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