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Events / Screw City Beer Festival - Rockford Illinois
« on: August 31, 2011, 03:11:35 AM »
If you are in the Rockford Illinois area September 10th, buy a ticket for the first annual Screw City Beer Festival.

Beer Recipes / Re: Diabetic and Beer
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:32:31 PM »
My wife has been Type 1 Diabetic for 33 years and she is a homebrewer herself. Diabetics need to remember that when they drink Alcohol, this will cause their blood sugar to briefly drop before it starts to rise.

But, as stated above, To make a beer as easy as possible, brew a beer with little residual sugars. Also, use Beersmith or Promash as these programs will estimate that carbs in the beer you are brewing. 

Beer Recipes / Porter vs. Stout
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:24:54 PM »
I'm trying to get an understanding of Stouts vs. Robust Porter. At what point does a Robust Porter Recipe become a Stout? Is it the amount of Roasted Barley used?

Events / Re: AHA Rallies this weekend!
« on: June 06, 2010, 02:45:14 AM »
A question to anyone who got wort from the Lakefront Ralley. Does anyone know what the Starting Gravity was? I forgot to take a measurement.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 14, 2009, 07:40:31 PM »
I use the club discounts all the time. My membership pays for itself that way. I havnt been able to go to any rallies though. None have been in my area in a few years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starter's OG
« on: November 14, 2009, 01:55:57 AM »
That is high for a starter but you don't need to toss it. Just give your starter enouph time to do its thing.

Ingredients / Re: Inspired by Oyster Stout...
« on: November 14, 2009, 01:50:28 AM »
This all sounds veeeery disgusting. Shellfish in beer? I'll pass.

Ingredients / Re: Corriander
« on: November 14, 2009, 01:42:48 AM »
That is a interesting idea to put it in the mash.

The Pub / Re: favorite bourbons
« on: November 14, 2009, 01:38:00 AM »
I can't say i've ever tried that bourbon.

The Pub / Re: favorite bourbons
« on: November 13, 2009, 07:39:55 PM »
You can't go wrong with Makers Mark.

Anyone try Red Stag yet? It's made my Jim Beam. A cherry infused bourbon. Add a little ice and you have a Manhattan.

I like manhattans but you forgot the vermuth and bitters

I was out of vermuth one day but I had some Red Stag. I added ice and it worked till I could get to the store.

The Pub / Re: favorite bourbons
« on: November 13, 2009, 05:31:06 PM »
You can't go wrong with Makers Mark.

Anyone try Red Stag yet? It's made my Jim Beam. A cherry infused bourbon. Add a little ice and you have a Manhattan.

Ingredients / Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« on: November 13, 2009, 04:29:58 PM »
One word......YES

MO malt is a great malt for all beer styles except Pilsner type styles. I use this for english style ales and american pale ales. MO gives a nice malty background to compliment the hops. After finding out how nice MO works for American Ales I stop using dimestic pale malt completely.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg, bottle or both?
« on: November 13, 2009, 04:25:50 PM »
I almost always keg. Some styles like Hefes I prefer to bottle.

The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: November 13, 2009, 03:21:02 PM »
Oil painting (although it's been a while since I last painted), reading, bowling, golf.

Other Fermentables / Re: Storing bottles on their side
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:51:53 PM »
For natural corks you should store them on their sides, you don't want the bottom of the cork to dry out.

For artificial corks (the rubbery type) you should store them upright. These corks I find have a tendancy to leak if stored on their sides.

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