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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:23:50 PM »
It causes their body temp to rise crazy fast. Hyperthermia?

I have read cats are the same. Anytime I'm in the kitchen messing with hops, my butthead of a cat is clawing at me thinking I am messing with cheese or treats.
I asked my vet about this and she consulted some of her professional sources. She told me cats are not at risk from hops and most dogs will just get sick. Greyhounds have the greatest risk and almost all reported fatalities have been greyhounds.

The Pub / Re: Computer - XP
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:04:54 PM »
I played around with Wubi on an old XP laptop. It worked okay, but I didn't really have enough RAM.

I may put this on my netbook. I used Mint4Win to install Mint Linux, but it's no longer supported, so I'm guessing my setup isn't ideal.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fuller's Vintage Ale
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:03:50 PM »
I'm enjoying a bottle of the 2004 vintage, in honor of ten years in Illinois .......

No offense, but such an anniversary would turn me towards 100 proof and Steel Reserve.  ;)

That snarky remark aside, I agree that the Vintage Ale is an incredible beverage.

Hey, I like my job, and corrupt politicians and harsh winters aside, Chicago is a great place to live  ;)

Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:47:03 AM »
Looking for kid friendly now. Just found out SWMBO kids will be with us( not our week, caught me by surprise) so any new thoughts? Brewpubs that serve kids will work, but no bars

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There is a Rock Bottom on the red line at the Grand stop.

BrewingRover might have more, as he is local.

Rock Bottom is okay, but it's the only brewpub downtown. Miller's Pub is more restaurant than bar and is kid friendly.

Goose Island's Clybourn brewpub is kid friendly and reachable from the El. The Brown Line to Armitage is a ride that your kids might enjoy. The walk from there is a lot more interesting than the walk from the Red Line.

Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 07, 2014, 07:01:50 PM »
My favorite place closest to the South Loop is Miller's Pub. It's a classic old school place with a surprisingly good beer list. Wabash & Adams

Clark Street Ale House is very close to the Red Line and is my favorite bar downtown. No food, but good selection. Clark & Chicago

Monk's Pub is a funky place, but their hours may not match yours. Lake & Wells

And there's always the Binny's taproom. Giant bottle shop with taps. It's not the greatest walk, depending on which side of the river you're on

Commercial Beer Reviews / Fuller's Vintage Ale
« on: April 04, 2014, 07:06:03 PM »
I'm enjoying a bottle of the 2004 vintage, in honor of ten years in Illinois and my current job. There's still some hop presence and it's got nice carbonation. It's got a dry finish, with some honey and sherry notes and lots of malt character. I'm having it at cellar temp, on the advice of the tour guide at the brewery. I think colder would mask some flavor.

I'm going to have to buy this every year moving forward. I bought this at the brewery and they had a lot of different years available. Sad to say, it will be a while before I can visit there again.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Go To IPA
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:51:20 AM »
I haven't tried Go To yet, but will look for it soon, at least to give it a try.

I really don't understand the craze with the "session IPA"  - for me, the APA is my 'go to" when i want hoppy but lower ABV.

+1 - I don't like any of them I have tried including "All Day IPA" and "Zombie Dust" everyone seems so crazy about. They are horribly unbalanced beers. I can drink one, then I don't want to go back for another. I find regular a standard pale ale much more sessionable. Hell, IPA is more sessionable to me. I can drink IPA "all day" no problem. ;)
Zombie Dust is 6.4% ABV and 60 IBU, hardly in the same category. But if you don't like Citra, you'll hate it.

The Pub / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 26, 2014, 07:44:34 PM »
My pet peeve is people complaining on the Internet ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast Remains or Worse?
« on: March 23, 2014, 12:36:32 PM »
Snotty bubbles? That sounds .... interesting ....
Aren't those two of the Powerpuff Girls?
It was actually the working title of Don Ho's big hit, Tiny Bubbles.

I had something that looked like that on some yeast slurry, but it tasted sour right away.

The Pub / Re: Where have I been?
« on: March 23, 2014, 09:12:06 AM »
Yeah I just bought a new computer at Costco and was happy to see it was loaded with Windows 7.  I thought I would be stuck with 8.

Problem with 7 that I see, is the end of support (that we are soon to see with xp) in 2015.
vs windows 8 which is way further down the pike 2018-2020.

Given that many enterprises are just finishing moving to 7, I'd take that 2015 with a huge grain of salt.

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: March 13, 2014, 01:02:26 PM »
I hear blue bird micro creamery has a heck of a brewer  ;D although rumor is he's moving on to bigger things soon so get it while you can! plus, come on, ICE CREAM!!!!
And there's a great beer bar across the street, 74th Street Ale House.

The Pub / Re: Tablet For Dummies
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:41:25 AM »
Do all tablets work off 3G if you pay for service?
You pay extra for a tablet that's got 3G. The basic models are wifi only.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What in the tun this weekend?
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:57:44 PM »
No brewing, but perhaps the Blackhawks/Penguins game at Soldier Field in the 20 degree temp plus wind.  Doesn't sound wise, though, as I type it out.

I'll be curious what will be visible once the snow starts. Watching on TV in my living room, that is!

I'm brewing a bitter on Sunday while the wife watches the Oscars.

Beer Travel / Re: trip to europe
« on: February 27, 2014, 10:56:24 AM »
IME, there aren't a huge number of choices for bottled beers in England. Most breweries emphasize cask ale delivered fresh to the pubs. Most of what they can find in a store will be what gets imported here, like Fullers, or cheap lagers.

That said, I would love to get my hands on some of this again, and it is bottled.

It's a brown ale of sorts, with loads of interesting flavor. I had a pint of this in a country pub in the Lake District and still get misty eyed thinking about it.

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