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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 17, 2015, 07:42:53 AM »
Just be sure that you never put wood mulch where you might want to expand your garden later. It takes years to break down and uses a lot of nitrogen to do so.

+1

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 30, 2015, 06:48:06 AM »
We grow okra every year.  Had a bumper crop last year.  They like it hot and usually come on like gangbusters late in the growing season.  We pickle most of it and freeze a bunch for soups.  This year I'm thinking about growing a bunch of different cabbages for sauerkraut, now that I have that process down.  Kohlrabi is also great pickled.  Tomatoes, greens, cukes and peppers will round out the garden this year.  Asparagus should start soon too.

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Going Pro / Re: Congrats Tom. You have made e-malt news.
« on: March 19, 2015, 11:39:40 AM »
Awesome, Tom!  Yet another brewery on my list!  :)

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The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:54:21 PM »
I'm not calling anyone a rube or implying that people aren't capable of making decisions for themselves. I also am not saying other companies don't use marketing.

Are you saying that marketing has no affect? because that seems just as specious to me.

the idea that consumer desire is the only driver of change in any industry is also specious. particularly in an industry that is more or less saturated with beer.

Regardless, I think this is an argument of philosophy and unlikely to be resolved. I'm going to bow out of the discussion. Time will tell if the ABI acquisitions maintain the level of quality and flavor that their fans have come to expect or not.

That's better  8)

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The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:33:59 AM »
As of next Saturday I will stop drinking alcohol for a month. My liver and myself have reached this compromise after a lot of debate. This is the second year I'm doing that. I remember from last year that one day I had to really force myself not to drink the yeast starter :-(

Anyone else doing something similar? I wouldn't mind if you lied.

I am off drinking until April.  I miss being in awesome shape, now I'm just shaped.  :o  I've always worked out, so I'm just stepping that up a notch.  Maybe learning how to make fresh mozzarella wasn't such a good idea. ;)

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The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 06, 2015, 12:42:11 PM »
His whole problem, though, seems to be that he's stuck in the past.  If he's as good a businessman as his degrees would lead you to believe, he would have seen the market shift and moved with it.  But he seems to only want to do what he's always done.

This happens in many businesses.  The founders vision does not account for future market changes.  The business gets too big to maneuver through quickly changing markets.  I've seen this personally in the electronics industry.  Another example is the decreasing use of Itunes as a media player.  Is Apple quick/smart enough to change with the market direction?

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: December 15, 2014, 01:58:13 PM »
Glad they're bringing back the social package.  We've had a family membership for a number of years and my wife and I are looking forward to a trip to the left coast.

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The Pub / Re: Friendship
« on: December 04, 2014, 05:44:30 AM »
If that's the definition of friendship, I am truly blessed.  :o

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All Things Food / Re: My German mustard has arrived
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:46:19 AM »
+2.  German food rocks.

Yep made some Jaeger gravy and spaetzle for dinner last week.  Homemade sauerkraut is ready to eat.  Canned blaukraut is disappearing fast. 

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:43:34 AM »
Whooee vert1, Winter did come, and quickly.  I just managed to get some garlic in ::)
I am way behind, but hey I actually made a starter this morning!

Yesterday I got a seed catalog in the mail.  good grief....but I guess bama and centralcal are planting right now?


I have a couple monster kohlrabi....anybody try to make kohlrabi kimchi?

No but I do slice it and pickle it.  Three ways, dill, spicy dill and sweet/hot.  It holds up to pickling quite well and is yummy as well.

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I certainly would not toss any beer without giving it a taste first.  If that's a brett pelicle it may turn into something wonderful.

I agree.  It may turn out a bit drier than anticipated, but the flavors may be awesome!

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All Things Food / Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:51:14 PM »
Turkey, mushroom stuffing, mashed taters, sweet taters, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, a couple of green veggies TBD, pie, pie , pie and perhaps some pie.  Eiswein, sauterne, cappuccino, beer, wine, beer, did I say beer?  Oh and bourbon.

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The Pub / Re: Irritated at NFL scheduling
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:40:29 PM »
I'm lucky enough to live in three markets.  I get Philly, B-more, and DC.  Maybe I'm not so lucky after all.   ;)

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The Pub / Re: Reminiscing
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:36:42 PM »

Even for us old pharts, it's a splendid time to be a homebrewer. I don't think a day goes by when I don't learn something new about beer and brewing.

Indeed.   This has been an interesting beer year.  Some guy I know in Delaware is opening a brewery, so a group of us threw in.  Here's to success!   8)

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For me, Mosaic= :P

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