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All Things Food / Thanksgiving is Coming!
« on: November 13, 2014, 07:03:24 PM »
Hey guys,

Thanksgiving is almost here, and my wife and I are hosting for the first time. We are gonna have 14 people in our house, and its gonna be fun. I am making the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and some brussels sprouts. I might end up making an apple pie. My wife is making the stuffing. What crazy concoctions are you planning for your holiday?

The Pub / ABInBev acquires 10 Barrel Brewing
« on: November 05, 2014, 07:01:00 PM »
I just thought I would share this and see what everyone else's thoughts are.

Here is the Article

I wonder how the beer is going to change, and I certainly don't like the idea of more craft breweries being bought up by the big guys. However, I hope the beer stays good and I hope it works out the best for them.

The Pub / Duvel-Moortgat to buy Boulevard
« on: October 17, 2013, 06:43:45 PM »
Saw this pop across my twitter feed and figured I would share it.

I think it will be interesting to see how the purchase changes the Boulevard brand. I know Duvel did a huge renovation of the Ommegang brewery when they bought them. I think this could be a good thing (I trust Duvel a whole lot more than AB-InBev or MillerCoors), but I am not a huge fan of consolidation.

Beer Travel / Colorado Springs
« on: August 20, 2013, 04:28:23 PM »
Hello All,

I am in Colorado springs for the next 4 weeks or so for work. Is there any cant-miss places I should hit (breweries or beer bars)? I think I might take a Saturday and run up to Denver to hit Falling Rock again.

Also, if anyone wants to meet up for a beer (I know there are quite a few of you out here), I am up, give me time, date and place, and I can be there (I schedule my own work, so I can schedule around beer).

Beer Travel / Yakima, WA
« on: April 22, 2013, 11:05:54 PM »
I will be in Yakima for this entire week for work. I was wondering if anyone on the forums wanted to meet up, or if anyone could give me recommendations for places I should eat/drink.

I do intend on hitting the Keg and Cork, because it had pretty good reviews, and looks like it has a quality selection.

Events / Beer tasting and Judging 101 class, Seattle
« on: April 18, 2013, 04:07:35 PM »
I thought I would post this over here, in case anyone is in Seattle, and interested. My wife and I are going to the Afternoon class.

It is $30 (plus a $3 convenience fee), but that includes the beer.

Two sessions:  Session 1: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Session 2: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Learn to taste, describe and judge beer styles with Ian McLaughlin, the Data Analyst for Sensory and Quality Control at Craft Brew Alliance. Ian has a Master’s Degree in Food Science from Oregon State University and has been an active member of the Master Brewer’s Association of Americas and the American Society of Brewing Chemists for many years. Includes all beer and materials.

About the Instructor:

Ian McLaughlin is the Data Analyst for Sensory and Quality Control at Craft Brew Alliance (Redhook/Widmer/Kona).  He has a Master’s Degree in Food Science from Oregon State University and has been an active member of the Master Brewer’s Association of Americas and the American Society of Brewing Chemists for years, and is published in the Journal of the ASBC.   Ian’s specialty is not so much beer styles and brewing history but rather is focused on the technical aspects of beer flavor and its origins, and he loves talking about it.

Seminar Overview:

The flavors that can arise in beer are numerous and varied, and can have intensities ranging from effectively non-existent to overpowering.  Because of these and other reasons, a person who assesses beer flavor for production, for research, or for fun can have a rather difficult task ahead of them without extensive training.    Therefore, this course will seek to make technical beer flavor assessment better understood by presenting the fundamentals of sensory science and how they apply to food in general and beer specifically.  “Proper” tasting methodologies and the reasons for using them will be described, as well as the challenges and biases that are inherent in assessing beer flavor.  Since beer is a food product with a shelf life, understanding the evolution of beer flavor as it ages is critically important and this will also have significant discussion time in the class.  Many beer flavors, common and uncommon, will be presented along with their origins and methods of control.   This will involve tasting beer samples which contain flavors that some will find either pleasant or offensive, or indeed anywhere in between.  Various quizzes and exercises will be employed to enlighten the tasters and gauge their abilities, and to perhaps generate usable data for the presenter.  The types of people who would benefit the most from this type of class are beer drinkers who want a better idea of how to differentiate a high quality beer from a beer that should be sent back to the bartender, and homebrewers or microbrewers who are looking to improve the quality of their products.

Tickets are here

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrewing in Mississippi
« on: January 31, 2013, 04:37:36 PM »
Per Raise Your Pints, the Homebrew Legalization bill has passed the house ways and means committee, and is going to the floor for a vote soon. Good Luck MS, join the rest of the Homebrewing world. We are all rooting for you.

Kegging and Bottling / 1 step closer!
« on: December 01, 2012, 06:00:39 PM »
I finally got 1 step closer to kegging. I have 3 ball lock kegs that I bought over the summer when I found some available. Today, Morebeer is selling a complete kegging system with used keg for 176 and free shipping, so I pulled the trigger on the system. Next paycheck will be the 14cf chest freezer for kegging and lager ferments. Then I will be (mostly) done with bottling forever!!!

All Things Food / Thanksgiving!
« on: November 16, 2012, 04:36:50 PM »
I figured as the most "food-centric" holiday of the year, we should talk about it on the forums.

This year, I plan on inventing my side dish based on what comes out of my CSA box that comes thanksgiving morning. I also plan on trying to convince my mother in law to let me spatchcock her turkey this year. Also probably make homemade cranberry sauce (my in-laws don't know what they are missing).

Beer-wise, I haven't had much time to brew, so I will be bringing my Scotch ale and Dubbel to drink with dinner.

What are your plans for thanksgiving?

Beer Travel / Loveland, CO Area
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:27:46 AM »
So, I am going to be spending 3 weeks in Loveland, CO for some job training. I will hopefully get a rental car (they are assigning 1 per 3 people), and I am going to try to travel on the weekends and get to some of the nearby towns. But I was hoping one of you guys could recommend me a nice neighborhood pub where I could get good food and a solid pint.

The Pub / NHC Beer made it on Serious Eats
« on: July 02, 2012, 06:36:10 PM »
Serious Eats released a list of the best drinks they have tried in June, and the Flanders Red from Boeing Employees home wine and beer makers club that was served at club night was on the list. Good to see a shout out to the home brewing crowd!

Also, Here is a list of the best beers the author had at NHC.

Ingredients / Fixing a bitter scottish ale
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:17:40 PM »
So, I brewed a scotch ale the weekend before last, and had a bit of issues with efficiency, so I ended up at about 1.068, rather than 1.075. I used Skotrat's Traquair house ale clone recipe, but subbed EKG for hops.

I pulled a sample today to test my gravity, and it dropped all the way to 1.013. I tasted the sample, and while it is reasonably tasty, its overly bitter, and doesn't have that caramelly sweetness I expect out of a scotch ale.

I was reading Radical brewing, and I thought that maybe to give this a bit more body and flavor, I could take about a pound of light dme, and a half pound of sugar and cook it down until it caramelizes and gets a bit darker. I would hope to add some more maillard products and unfermentable sugars to add some more of that flavor. Any thoughts?

Events / NHC Beers
« on: April 17, 2012, 08:04:45 PM »
So, I was reading in the single malt beer thread about people making beers for NHC, and I thought, "We should have a thread where people can say what kind of beer they are making"

I am considering doing a Mocha Mild with about 1quart of cold-brewed coffee, and Cacao nibs. I am not sold on it, but I do need to get brewing here pretty soon.

Also, the homebrew club I am in is going to 12 bar brews on Saturday to brew an Imperial Rye IPA called Slow Rye'd. It will be on tap on pro-night.

Events / NHC - Pre-conference events
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:23:37 PM »
So, I just saw the pre-conference events, and I am pretty excited. I don't think I will be going on any of the brewery tours, but I might do the eastside brewery tour (Tour E) just for grins. My wife and I will assuredly be attending the Pike Brewing company Beer & Food Pairing extravaganza. It gets me out of the doghouse for going to NHC, because that dinner happens to be on our anniversary. What events are you planning on attending?

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