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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 09/21/2015
« on: September 17, 2015, 01:43:47 PM »
I'm brewing something on Sunday, but I haven't figured out what yet, other than 1272 for the yeast. Maybe a Citra APA.  I love buying grain and hops in bulk.

The Pub / Lagunitas sells 50% stake to Heineken
« on: September 08, 2015, 10:06:52 AM »

"A profound victory for American craft", according to Tony Magee. I'd heard rumors something was in the offing for them.

Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Stout Recipe
« on: September 06, 2015, 07:42:05 AM »
I don't get much chocolate out of Carafa. Have you tried chocolate malts from an English maltser? I think Thomas Fawcett chocolate malt adds a very nice amount of chocolatey flavor. I also find their black malt doesn't have the acrid notes some US maltsters have. I use a bunch of both in my RIS, in addition to their roasted barley.

Ingredients / Re: Brewer's caramel
« on: September 03, 2015, 04:41:30 AM »
As I understand it, this is primarily used to adjust color post boil. I've heard that Fullers use it to get the colo(u)r right on London Pride

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: September 01, 2015, 04:55:48 AM »
I like the challenge of RHD manuals. Just Saying that I do, others will not.

I've enjoyed it too. IME, automatics are rare in Europe so you may not be able to get one, no matter how persistent you are.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Corny Beers
« on: September 01, 2015, 04:50:50 AM »
Busch is brewed with corn, but I haven't had one in years.

Beer Travel / Re: Wisconsin - Madison & probably anywhere
« on: August 30, 2015, 08:10:35 PM »
Sounds like you hit the Old Fashioned, one of my favorite beer bars anywhere.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All Grain Brewing Instruction
« on: August 17, 2015, 04:54:31 AM »
This is for fly sparging. This guy (or gal, the article isn't signed) is making things a lot harder than they need to be.

Check out Denny's site for a more pragmatic approach.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Viable yeast in Vegemite?
« on: August 13, 2015, 02:55:21 PM »
My wife keeps Marmite around. I may toss some in my last runnings some time and see what happens. I imagine it will be nasty if it's autolyzed.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: July 30, 2015, 02:24:44 PM »

Just watch out for those twigs because right behind them are a lot of stone walls, as my brother-in-law found out...bye bye mirror.  I joked that the rental car place must have a storeroom in the back stocked with hundreds of mirrors.

And on several occasions during the week, I had to remind him to go left in the roundabout, not right.  I think my next trip will have to be to Germany...they drive on the correct side of the road. :)

I thought for sure I'd be on the hook for a few hundred pounds after my drive through the Lake District, but apparently a few scratches are expected on rentals over there. I think I about destroyed the wheel covers scraping against the stone walls.

Beer Travel / Re: A Tasting Tour of Yorkshire’s Beers and Ales
« on: July 30, 2015, 02:21:02 PM »
I've been to York several times, but I've wanted to get out in the countryside in Yorkshire. There are so many places to go in England, though. York is well worth a visit, but I really want to go to Masham now.

Beer Travel / Re: Washington DC / Shenandoah Area
« on: July 27, 2015, 02:03:53 PM »
I really like the Churchkey in DC. 50 or so beers on tap and all available in 4 oz. pours. It's not all local stuff, though.

Why do restaurants persist with such horrible web sites? You can see their hours on a desktop, but I'll bet it's impossible on a phone.

Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill Drill Question
« on: July 19, 2015, 02:39:35 PM »
I am using a Ryobi cordless that is only 12 volt, I believe. One battery is plenty for 20 pounds of grain. My 14.4 volt Black & Decker couldn't turn the shaft at all. I use a MM2.

I would recommend an electric drill, though. The drill gets hot and will most likely ruin the battery packs faster than normal use. I'll probably buy a cheap electric drill soon with variable speed.

I have a cheap electric drill and it can't turn the rollers on my MM2. I bought a Bosch 6.3 amp corded that does okay.

I bought pickled hop shoots from Hops Direct one spring. We didn't finish the jar, it was like chewing pickled grass.

I also do this all the time. I have a couple of 3 gallon carboys I use for long term aging.

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