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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bohemian Pilsner Hop Schedule
« on: September 02, 2015, 05:19:59 AM »
I use all saaz in mine, but they are really low alpha, so it takes a lot.  I use first wort hopping and a lot of late (ten minutes or less) hopping.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Corny Beers
« on: September 01, 2015, 02:18:20 PM »
Coors Batch 51 bills itself as a pre prohibition lager, which is a style usually made with corn or rice adjuncts.  I can't see from the web site whether is has either, but it should be readily available for you to purchase and taste.  It does not say anything about being all malt, so I'm thinking it is not.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What qualifies as "Real Ale"?
« on: September 01, 2015, 07:24:24 AM »
To the OP's question:  Ask CAMRA.  Most of the rest of us honestly couldn't care less.    :o  ;D
It took 8 replies, but I knew it was coming. Honestly, I was surprised when this didn't come from Denny ;D

TBT, it's not an overly important set of "rules" to me, but I wanted to have a decent understanding - particularly when it comes to not "violating" a regionally produced product (like lambic, or champagne). Fortunately though, "Ask CAMRA" is not a requirement of "Real Ale" :P

It is if you want to be in The Good Beer Guide.  CAMRA sets up rules that their pubs must follow.  We, on the other hand, can use common sense.  Letting a keg breath with air is not a good idea unless it's consumed in a couple days.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 31, 2015, 02:34:37 PM »
Dingle peninsula was the highlight when we went there.   When my wife and I go back, we may spend a few days in Dingle and around the peninsula. 

+1.. Guinness is a tourist trap now more than a tour.  You no longer get to tour a working brewery... and it has been turned into a  neat tour but.... it is only informative for a person that is new to beer brewing... the memorable part was being able to taste some different types of  Guinness on the top floor, but overall it was not as memorable as you would think.

I did not do the distillery, but that is where I would go.  ALso, I think Smithwick had a tour as well that we did not hit (lost the coin flip with my wife that day on what we would see lol)

Driving is an absolute experience.  If your rent an automatic... be persistant about it.  When we went to pick our rental up... they said they did not have anymore automatics and we would have to take a manual.... after 20 or so minutes of not accepting that solution, they did "find one".

I loved driving in Ireland, and I think it is the only way to go.  However, it was also the most stressful!  The roads are truely narrow and where we in the US have a nice white line to mark the edge of the road... in Ireland they have stone walls that have been in place since 1200 AD...  with plant and twigs growing out of them... making the narrow lane even more narrow.  LOL   Good news is, if your driving... no worries, your spouse will let you know EXACTLY how close you are to the wall at all times,  (just know you are not really close until they start to use four letter words... your mileage may vary)  ;D

I am looking at my screen background on my computer right now (it has been there ever since we went on our trip three years ago...and I am so enviouse of you right now!!!) 

I found that just about any town you go in has a pub... and they all have pretty good beer if you look for it.  Most lead with lagers now, but there are still some very nice ales everywhere.   If you are lucky, you can get a Guinness and Murphys side by side and have some real fun!  We ate at pubs for dinner at night and enjoyed the music whenvever possible.  Lunch at the pubs was pretty good to, but sometimes we would grab a take and carry from the gas stations while we drove.


This sounds a lot like driving in Wales.  It's true about your spouse letting you know how close to the stone wall you are.  My reply was always, "heck, we haven't even hit the mirror yet."
Shifting was never a problem for me, but I'm in all sorts of different cars every day anyway.  What I found more difficult to remember was where the blinker was.  You can tell a U.S. tourist because they have the wipers on before a turn.

Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: August 28, 2015, 04:35:51 PM »
I'm in, too.

Beer Travel / Re: Boulder CO and Sedona AZ
« on: August 27, 2015, 03:22:24 AM »
Those two places are chains as far as I know.  We went to Joe's Kansas City and waited in line for ribs and burnt ends.  Although an hour wait probably wasn't worth it, the food was very good.

For me, most pumpkin ales without spices that I've had tasted a bit like squash.  The ones with more identified pumpkin flavor used pumpkins that were oven roasted.

Beer Travel / Re: Boulder CO and Sedona AZ
« on: August 24, 2015, 12:57:49 PM »
Sedona seemed way too touristy for us when we were there several years ago.  The drive to Taos is nice though, as well as Taos itself.  If you are driving this trip, can I recommend going through the high plains of central Colorado to N.M.?  We stayed overnight at Great Sand Dunes National Monument, which is far enough away from most civilization to see a whole lot of stars.
Along the drive from Taos in Chumaya is one of those old missions where you can spoon up some healing dirt.

The Pub / Re: Fire season
« on: August 23, 2015, 02:14:03 PM »
And here in Florida we've been getting abnormal amounts of rain.  I wish we could send some out west for you guys.

Ingredients / Re: Unmalted wheat, cereal mash or no?
« on: August 18, 2015, 05:58:28 PM »
Here's another, more recent thread on the same subject:

The Pub / Re: Dog knows how to party
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:05:49 PM »
I could go for Pringles, Yuengling and a pool right now, too

yeah its been no exception.

nice read on the Yuengling.....many don't know that beer yet alone pick it out from a few centimeters of can showing!

Interesting story about the Yuengling brewery in Tampa and cans.  I had stopped in for something, mostly because the brewmaster there is very homebrew and craft brew friendly and an awesome nice guy and he was explaining that the entire plant was shut down due to a broken belt.  The belt was going to cost some absurd amount of money to repair (over a million dollars?) and wouldn't let the production line open for several days.  It turned out that this was the conveyer belt that ran through the bottling and packaging line and it was designed for cans.  It wore out prematurely because bottles are heavier. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick turn around on BJCP Tasting Exam
« on: August 14, 2015, 06:23:37 PM »
I graded my first exam in 2004, you kids were still wearing diapers so play nice. ;)

On a more serious note, I once had a full legacy type exam which took me 6 months to grade. It was a really large set from OZ and so all the units were funky in the recipe question and with it being a large set finding a chunk of time to sit down and do it all was difficult. At that time the lead grader duties took about 5 hours per examinee. I'm not proud that it took so long, but I do understand what it takes and can also understand when life happens.

Back to the OP - congrats on the get to judging. ;)
I haven't worn a diaper since 2002. Know your audience!

If I was smart, talented, and retired, I would jump in the deep end with you guys and help out. It must get a bit overwhelming at times. I feel for you guys that are way up there. Its volunteer, and this new "instant gratification" culture is quick to forget that.

I sometimes feel guilty for not grading, but then I remember I have a small business, a wife and a hobby, not necessarily in that order.

The Pub / Re: Vacation stop Suggestions
« on: August 10, 2015, 05:52:14 PM »
Crazy hot and humid, are you being Captain Obvious?

No, I was told that weekend by the locals that it was especially unbearable, even for NOLA. I've been there since a couple times and nothing held a candle to that weekend. Awesome city, though.
The first time we were there was the middle of August, we were rained on with no clouds in the local area. Damn that was humid!

It has been humid there most every time we have been there.

My first experience in New Orleans was in 1970 when I hitch-hiked in from Florida and at 6:30 AM the bank sign read 88F.  It didn't show the humidity, but I'm sure it was over 90%.  I hung out in Jackson Square until the mosquitos drove me away and I thumbed out to Baton Rogue.
Subsequent visits have been much more pleasant.

The Pub / Re: Vacation stop Suggestions
« on: August 10, 2015, 03:47:01 PM »
In New Orleans there's a deli on Decatur near Jackson Square that has a very nice beer selection.  Grab a "go cup" and enjoy a good beer while you walk the neighborhood.
Just realized that you're probably referring to Central Grocery.  It's in that area, but Stein's whips its ass, IMO.
Yes, but thanks for the reference.  I will check out Stein's next time I'm in NOLA.

Ingredients / Re: Smoking Malt on a Grill?
« on: August 09, 2015, 12:19:16 PM »
You reallly need a smoker to do it right, and a cold smoker to do it really, really right. I built a cold smoker once that worked fairly well until it caught on fire.

Then I guess it wasn't very cold, eh?

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