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Equipment and Software / New score on fermenter equipment.
« on: March 23, 2016, 06:36:20 PM »
Good price on an 80mm variable speed usb fan by Thermaltake. That's for convection in the #2 fermenteezer.

Second is 100 count of individually wrapped sterile transfer-pipettes. Cheapest sterile and smallest volume I could find on Amazon at the time; I won't need a 3ml sample for the refractometer, however. ;D

All Things Food / St Patrick's day Boiled Dinner
« on: March 17, 2016, 03:54:40 PM »
In honor of my Irish-American ancestry:

I had some lean beef country-style chuck ribs (think no bone...), about half a pound left over from the preparation of some other meal. So they were "corned" for 3-4 days and then sous-vide with some butter for 48 hours @140*F. This resulted in an extremely interesting and desirable texture to the chuck.

The meat and juice went into a quart of beef stock and simmered for a few minutes then were removed.

Added a quartered cabbage, quartered onion, 5 carrots in 1" pieces and two peeled russets also cut into 2" chunks.

Shred a little of the corned beef and sprinkle on top. Cover and braise for a couple hours.

Near the end, I'll add the rest of the beef and a couple of fresh sausages to finish it off.

Serve with coarse house mustard. And beer.

I can't wait for the meal! Dinner... lunch... this will be the main meal for today.

Kegging and Bottling / CarbaCap
« on: July 02, 2015, 08:08:01 PM »
Recently I purchased another "Carbonator-valve coupling" on Amazon for a very reasonable price. It was listed as such but when the item arrived it was a "CarbaCap-carbonation system".

I was expecting the Liquid Bread product. It is nearly identical except for the absence of a phone number and patent pending number.

Ownership change?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Power & Light
« on: June 09, 2015, 05:14:23 PM »
Austin Power & Light Pale Ale.

Nice crisp citrus, faintly tropical, effervescent and crisp mouthfeel. Imminently drinkable- I can see myself knocking back way too many of these as it tastes and feels and drinks like a lawnmower beer. At a not inconsiderable 5.5% abv, this is a brew that can cause drunkenness and misbehavior.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Old standards in cheap beer?
« on: April 13, 2015, 09:30:20 PM »
I'm drinking a tallboy of Old Milwaukee right now and I have to say it is pretty damn good. And so is the Schlitz. Michelob lager? Wow.

What's happened? These guys have gone to old recipes? The cans look like they're from the 60's. I'm getting more hop character and definitely a maltier and fuller body out the cheap lager names that I remember from high-school.

Tastes like homebrew...

Equipment and Software / Meld Kickstarter
« on: April 07, 2015, 05:12:59 PM »
Came across this interesting device on another but non-beer forum: Meld

Looks like it would work for some small-scale stovetop step mashing?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Twisted Pretzel
« on: April 07, 2015, 12:40:40 AM »
Yes Shocktop Twisted Pretzel Wheat tastes like one initially but it's altogether:




The Pub / Last night I dreamt
« on: March 24, 2015, 02:56:48 PM »
That I had ants. :(

I think the rain puts them on the move and brings them inside.

Sure enough there were ants in my sink area right where I expected to find them. Swift action without prevarication is required in situations like this. The only thing that gets them for sure is Terro ant killer.

You gotta check if they are protein/fat seeky or sugar seeky. This group went after the straight solution but have really gone gangbusters on the peanut-butter Terro mix.

Usually, after the Terro I'll see them once or twice until the season is cool again; but they'd be omnipresent if I didn't use it. Sprays, wiping the counter with bleach etc, are futile and this is what I've resorted to.

General Homebrew Discussion / Blending. Again.
« on: May 29, 2014, 06:30:19 PM »
I have a bunch of Double-Bock that is far too sweet and not nearly bitter enough. It's not really drinkable if only one glass is enough, right? :( I've been blending this cloying nightmare with Miller Lite at 8:1 or 1/4 cup per 16oz can. I can't think of a blanker canvas...

Great taste. And less filling.

A nice passable amber lager with a light feel. Actually quite good.

Roughly estimating at the above ratio, I'll need a little over five hundred 16oz cans of Lite to get rid of the Double-Bock. Any ideas? I'm considering raising the bitterness somehow...

Commercial Beer Reviews / My latest experience with Sam Adams
« on: April 26, 2014, 06:17:19 PM »
I should have bought the Shiner.

I'm extremely disappointed with my recent purchase of SABL. Instead of one metalicky beer I got six. Flavor was very muted and the beer seems weak in strength as well, cause I drank 5 with no problem on an empty stomach. Maybe the beer doesn't travel well to Texas but it used to be one of my faves even back to the early 90's. Over the last couple years I haven't been very happy with my purchases of SA products.

Anyone else experience this?

All Things Food / Beer Bread revisited
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:19:19 PM »
I'm back to making bread consistently. Once or twice a week. But I'm also quite lazy so making a poolish is by far too much trouble. All I'm doing now is substituting homebrew for the liquid component.

Voila! Real bread without the hassle.

Been using JC's french bread recipe but doing it loaf-style:

This evening it'll be french butter, cheddar and chorizo. In the am peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Tomorrow evening grilled cheese. The next day bruschetta for dunking in soup. Croutons the next etc...

I don't leave anything for the birds.

The Pub / !@#$ weather!
« on: March 03, 2014, 06:09:57 PM »
As I was landing in Houston and turned on my phone a message popped up that my connection to DC had been cancelled. Scared of a little snow are we? Anyway II'm flying back home to try again tomorrow.  And this terminal has a crap beer selection. Sam Adams cold- snap? I don't care for it at all!

General Homebrew Discussion / I was surprised...
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:13:31 PM »
the other day at the LHBS.

The book rack had about 4 times as many copies of Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing as Palmer's How to Brew!

I asked the LHBS dude if they sold more of Papazian's book- and he told me they sold far more copies than HTB. This surprised me as my assumption was that it went the other way.

Almost bought a 3rd edition; wish my old dog-eared copy from 1993 hadn't been sold back in 2002. Think I might have got 20 cents at Half-Price Books for it. Some interesting recipes in the 1st edition that I'd like to try that don't appear to be in the third.

General Homebrew Discussion / Cold Keg
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:47:37 PM »
It has been bitterly cold by our reckoning. Yesterday it hung around 31* most of the day got colder and it never got over 36*. Breezy too. I had a fresh keg of ale all carbed up that needed chilling and crashing perhaps.

So I put it on the back step around noon yesterday...

And I just put a very cold but not frozen keg of beer in the kegorator this evening after work...

Commercial Beer Reviews / The Sixth Glass Quadrupel ale
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:26:54 PM »
One of the best strong beers I've had. Ever. Not syrupy, alcoholic, overly sweet or ridiculously hopped. An amber hazy beer in perfect balance and harmony despite it being over 10% abv. The body is light and effervescent, the malt tones honeyed with notes of dark cocoa. Bitter without much aroma. Alcohol bitterness present but cloying alcoholic character is absent. Some phenols- hints of bandaid but not offensively so.

Been eying it for years but was afraid it would be a waste of my money.

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