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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Exit strategy
« on: July 01, 2013, 02:28:15 PM »
You started it, I'll ramp it up a bit. Put a flake of my ashes in the brew and pass it out, in bottles, at my funeral.

I've talked about doing this same thing for years. I would have my sister tell all the guests what they had been drinking after the toast.

Beer Recipes / Re: Honey Lager
« on: June 26, 2013, 02:03:12 PM »
Your recipe looks good and I think Northern brewer hops will work well for this brew. I do a Honey pils where I use Czech Saaz as my flavoring hops, I use 1 lb Chrystal malt and the same amount of honey and find the honey comes through very well.

The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 03:09:58 PM »
My condolences on your loss Denny.

The Pub / Re: Sam Adams Cans
« on: May 03, 2013, 10:38:02 PM »
I used to frown on cans, mostly because of the Budweiser connection. I have since found that damn good breweries have been canning for years (Oscar Blues, Santan, ect.). I try to have an open mind these days and have been pleasantly surprised by the amazing beers now available in cans, I'm having a Santan Devil's ale now as a matter of fact.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Raisins in a Dubbel
« on: March 16, 2013, 09:22:12 PM »
Just keep stirring!  I like to use raisins later in the process.  After the beer is fermented, toss some raisins in a red hot wok and caramelize them.  Deglaze with some of the beer, then toss it all in a secondary and rack the beer on top.
Damn Denny, you have me sold. Think this might be my next brew.

The Pub / Re: My "missionary" work!
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:43:49 PM »
I like your style! I too have a following of beer tasters but for the most part the bug gets them and they are soon on their own brewing and experimenting. I especially enjoy how creative some of my converts have become.

The Pub / My "missionary" work!
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:59:46 PM »
Since brewing my first home brew (a little over 14 months ago) I have converted many of my friends and family into home brewers. I even have my mom and stepfather doing it now. I am always happy to hear of someone enjoying my beer or mead and being encouraged to try it on their own. I am also the "go to guy" for questions and concerns about the brewing process. I also have the awesome job of trying the brews of everyone whom I have converted. It's a rough life. Does anyone have similar stories they wish to share?

The Pub / Re: truth serum
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:46:42 PM »
Kid definitely looks creepy, I think you could probably attribute it to him being off his med's too long. I feel sorry for kids like this that are obviously troubled and misguided and can't find the help they need. At that age I was trying to get laid and drink as much fizzy yellow water as I could. Apparently that kept me on the right track! Who knew?!?

The Pub / Re: Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 18, 2013, 12:04:11 AM »
Sounds like a cool glass, still I would definitely buy it at $5 as is. I think the average person would part with $5 bucks easy for a cool logo emblazoned tulip glass.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Super Bowl brews
« on: January 09, 2013, 02:02:27 PM »
There's nothing mild about Manning.
HAH!!! ;D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Unibroue la Terrible
« on: January 03, 2013, 02:15:55 PM »
Unibroue makes some awesome beers. Their tripel (La Fin Du Monde) is one of the best commercially made tripels out there IMO.

I vacationed in Vancouver B.C. recently and was blown away by the quality and quantity of the local beers and breweries. Phillips and Driftwood were among my favorites. Great beers.

The best beer I ever made was a honey pilsner. It was a total PITA since it was my first time lagering. (Not an easy feat in AZ) But, it turned out great! I will try again this January. I am celebrating my first year of home brewing this Christmas, so hopefully many more great beers in my future.

Good luck with this next go around! What type of yeast did you use this go around?

I've tried a couple 'medical' soda products here in CA and they were not so much. and man, you think hops are expensive? even with the new laws I suspect prices will stay more or less the same so 1.50/oz v. 300/oz?

I've been talking about this for a long time with my brother in-law and the only thing holding it up is money. I would like to hear if it is even worthwhile before I invest in my own experiments. 

The Pub / Re: Have a great Movember!
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:30:06 AM »
I'm participating for the first time this year. Having a blast with it so far. Much better than sitting around being pissed off.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Red Hoptober
« on: October 11, 2012, 02:21:25 PM »
I thought it was a great session brew. Good for Arizona "Fall" nights.

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