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Beer Travel / Krakow
« on: March 19, 2018, 01:34:04 PM »
Don't think anyone has listed this one before. Spending a couple of nights there in May in the Kazimierez area. Looking for any suggestions in that area or the central part of Krakow. We will not have a car, but I believe Uber is plentiful. No desire to do brewery tours on this trip. TIA

Homebrew Con 2018 / Pre-Conference Events
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:32:06 PM »
Not much on the calendar yet. Any events of note in planning?

Homebrew Con 2018 / App
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:31:23 PM »
The app doesn't appear to be ready yet. After downloading it still shows 2017 and would not allow me to log in.

Any word on the ETA?

Questions about the forum? / Homebrew Con
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:05:10 PM »
As much as I hate the name, how come there is no dedicated board in events for discussion of it?

All Things Food / Cornbread
« on: February 05, 2018, 02:04:20 PM »
My mother and grandmother made two types of cornbread. One was in a cast iron corn stick pan and the other in a cast iron skillet. The corn sticks seemed to have a finer texture than the one in the cast iron skillet. She would save the skin from pork and fry it into cracklins and add that to the cornbread. It was dry, but delicious and we seemed to have it every Saturday.

For the Superbowl we have made a tradition of chili and cornbread and the cornbread has little resemblance to that of my childhood. It is however easy, moist, and delicious. I thought someone might enjoy the recipe.

2 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
3 eggs beaten
1 cup Sour Cream
1 Stick Butter Melted
1 can cream-style corn
1 teaspoon salt

Mix all together and place into a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake at 375F for 35 minutes until golden brown.

All Things Food / Grilled BBQ Chicken
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:06:31 PM »
My standard for over 20 years has been to grill thighs with George's Hot and George's Mild mixed 50/50. I typically marinade the thighs in a little sauce and then grill turning frequently and saucing every time. They get beautifully coated in the sauce and it permeates.

Anyway, I had been wanting grilled barbecue chicken the way my mother grilled it. My dad did not cook nor grill and my mother used of of those shallow three legged charcoal grills which felt as if it was going to fall apart at any moment. The sauce was a Kraft and it was always leg quarters. So I snagged some quarters and a bottle of Kraft Original and set about making some yesterday. I made it the way I remembered. 15 min on the grill skin side up then sauce. Another 15 min then flip and sauce. Sauce again after 15 and again before flipping at the 1 hour mark. Sauce after turning back skin side up and allow to cook for another 15 or 20. Came out beautifully and reminded me of my childhood. When I told my wife I wanted to make BBQ chicken like my mom did she asked if it was Kraft sauce. I asked her how she knew and she reminded me it was all we had back then. ;)

The Pub / Budweiser Big Pack
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:51:43 PM »
Saw this posted on FB. Anyone else who saw it notice the price is out of whack?

The Pub / Shrubs
« on: July 26, 2017, 05:37:27 PM »
My wife has been on a shrub kick lately and has tried to get me on board. She bought a ginger shrub anticipating I would mix it with Bourbon, but vinegar and Bourbon just do not mix. If you are not familiar with shrubs they are basically a fruit and vinegar infusion. What I have found is they make a fantastic vinaigrette, but in a drink I don't find them very tasty. Anyone else have any experience with shrubs?

The Pub / My DBF
« on: June 20, 2017, 12:08:36 PM »
When we moved into the house in 1998 I was just starting to homebrew and I had my dorm fridge, purchased in 1985, as my DBF. As the hobby progressed I either purchased or was given a fridge from a friend and I used it for beer and fermentation. It died not long after and I purchased a fridge and an upright chest freezer which was for fermentation, and beer. Eventually I got an 8' long bottle cooler. We purchased a side-by-side and I think I gave away the garage fridge moving the house fridge out there. It was much more energy efficient having been bought in 1994. Well over time things have died. The bottle cooler died and I was sad for days. Loved that thing although it was an energy hog. The upright freezer crapped out and it had to go. I was left with my single fridge from 1994 and my wife started taking over space to where I no longer had a DBF.

Fast forward to last year when my wife wanted to ferment some kraut so I setup the old dorm fridge on a temp controller. So now at least I had something which wasn't ambient temps to store beer. Recently my wife reminded me we had never purchased a fridge for the kitchen which we remodeled in 2011. I broke down and purchased a fridge which was delivered yesterday and we moved our side-by-side to the garage. The beauty of it all is I now have my DBF back and of course if I needed to I could load up the side-by-side. My wife had been mentioning how much beer I had in the garage fridge so I made it a point to move here beers, wines, and ciders to the side-by-side. As it turns out she had almost as many beverages as I did in the DBF.

Anyway, I am celebrating the return of a DBF to the house. Sure I have some water and Gatorade in there as well as sausage casings, dry yeast, etc. But just having the fridge back is a wonderful feeling! :)

The Pub / RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« on: June 05, 2017, 10:48:47 PM »
In case you were not aware, RateBeer sold a minority stake to ZX Ventures which is an arm of AB Inbev.

Dogfish Head put out a press release today:

Beer Travel / Barcelona and Rome
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:50:47 PM »
I have three nights in Barcelona followed by four in Rome coming up in September. Any suggestions for beer/breweries in either or both cities?

The Pub / 2018 GABF Judging
« on: May 09, 2017, 01:28:44 PM »
Received the email last night I was selected as one of the new judges at GABF for 2018. Very excited at this opportunity. I know several people who have judged for many years and last year decided to apply. Before work just did not allow me to take enough time off to judge so I had not tried to get on the panel. My current position allows me to take off when needed so this will work out wonderfully!

Of course now I get to wait until September 2018...  8)

The Pub / Congratulations...You're Old
« on: April 10, 2017, 02:14:05 PM »
Just saw a brewery post on Facebook about their Trivia Night featuring Harry Potter.

As I know next to nothing about it I think I'll pass. ;)

All Things Food / Brussels Sprouts & Bacon
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:25:30 AM »
So my wife took a bag of fresh brussels sprouts and added salt and some pressed garlic and then topped with pieces of bacon and baked at 350F for 25 minutes. The house smelled divine and the dish was divine.

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