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Old 12-03-2007, 06:30 PM   #11
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I love AB and his show. His mistakes in this episode aren't reason for me to change my opinion. Quite honestly, I don't know anyone who brewed stellar beer on their first try. This beer would've probably turned out drinkable. I'm sure people would've done other research on the topic before investing in the equipment. The important part is him exposing the hobby to so many people...

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Old 12-03-2007, 08:04 PM   #12
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I'm not advocating burning him at the stake. However, what he is making on the show is not going to turn out to be good. And if someone does follow his show recipe (7# can of LME, 1/2# Crystal left in the boil, 1.75 oz for 20 minutes and 'dry hopping' for 10), they are going to make beer that will suck and be unhappy with the results.

I've been wrong from time to time. I understand that it happens. However, I'm just a dude posting on a forum, not one with script writers, editors, and the like. At least they could have had some sort of 'technical expert' in the recipe before going nuts and boiling up grains.

He even puts on that he's a homebrewer and says "This is how *I* do it" when you know darn well he hasn't brewed a batch a beer in his life if he's making this recipe.

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Old 12-03-2007, 08:59 PM   #13
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Kinda funny story.

LOL. Well, at least one good thing came out of the show for me. I finally figured out what that stick was for. LOL. Since, buying my brew kit few months ago, could not figure out what that thing was for. At one point, maybe I thought it was some kind of weird stirr. LOL. When the bottling wand thingy melted, I was like " WTF what kind of crap is this?" LOL

Now I can bottle beer with bit more ease. Thax AB. hehehehehe

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Old 12-03-2007, 09:19 PM   #14
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even as a noob with a few brews under my belt i could see him doing stuff wrong, but as a few people have said he provided them with inspiration to get started!

the quite bad thing he did was tell people not to bother with the hydrometer. i also wasn't sure about his no-siphon move to the bottling bucket. surely that's not as effective as it could be.

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Old 12-03-2007, 10:23 PM   #15
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He and his staff obviously didn't know about this forum or he would have avoided all the mistakes. I think even experts have to take some liberties when trying to convey the process to the masses. I mean look at Jim Koch's homebrewing video. You KNOW he doesn't ladel his hot wort over ice in real life. You can't do a half hour show (with commercials) and even tell half the homebrew story. Maybe I'm just a biased fan, but I think people are being a bit too hard on the guy.

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Old 12-03-2007, 10:36 PM   #16
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It was also 5 years ago.
Can you look at your brewing self 5 years ago and say, "You've got it all down, no point in learining anymore brewing stuff."

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Old 12-03-2007, 11:02 PM   #17
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I cringed when he jammed the bucket lid into the primary with all his might.

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Old 12-03-2007, 11:05 PM   #18
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I cringed when he jammed the bucket lid into the primary with all his might.
I just found this:
http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/Season6/EA1F10.htm

I bet the boys at Marietta Homebrew Supply wince everytime it airs.
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OK, the steeping grains left in the boil bugged me, the hops schedule bugged me, but who knows, plenty of styles I don't know very well.

The one that bugged me was not _wearing_ gloves while he was bottling. (I don't). What I heard him say was "wearing gloves prevents cross-contamination."

Unless he has some special gloves with UV radiating force fields that remark is, ummm, false.

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When I saw him dump the grain right in I thought, that's odd, no bag, maybe he'll strain them out before boiling...ugh.

The hop schedule isn't all that odd. I've done blondes with only a single 60 minute addition and nothing else (same for Belgian Wit).

You could say that gloves are a whole lot easier to sanitize than hands but I agree, you could only prevent cross contamination if you change them between activities (which medical people do for that very reason).

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