« 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.
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To the OP's question: Ask CAMRA. Most of the rest of us honestly couldn't care less.It took 8 replies, but I knew it was coming. Honestly, I was surprised when this didn't come from Denny
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"
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)
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.
I could go for Pringles, Yuengling and a pool right now, too
yeah its been hot...today 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!
I graded my first exam in 2004, you kids were still wearing diapers so play nice.I haven't worn a diaper since 2002. Know your audience!
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 score...now get to judging.
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.
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!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.
It has been humid there most every time we have been there.
Yes, but thanks for the reference. I will check out Stein's next time I'm in NOLA.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.
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.