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Kegging and Bottling / Cleaning and rinsing bottles
« on: February 19, 2014, 05:16:04 AM »
I have chlorine\chloramine in my tap water and I bottle. I normally clean with bbrite, rinse with tap water, and then sanitize with star san. Could the rinse water be affecting my beer? Should I be rinsing ro or spring water?

Kegging and Bottling / Printed bottle caps
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:12:53 PM »
I used to get these from my lhbs but they are out. Does anyone know of an online source?

The Pub / beer bike
« on: December 21, 2010, 03:39:24 PM »
has a stereo, two kegs, two taps, counter, with a pizza rack on the back:

Commercial Beer Reviews / Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
« on: November 15, 2010, 05:19:47 PM »
Got a 4 pack of this on Friday. Apparently, this beer has not been available in the American market for 80 years. Reminds me of an RIS, nice roasted characters at 7.5% abv.

Commercial Beer Reviews / DFH Squall IPA
« on: June 17, 2010, 03:29:12 PM »
Bottle conditioned 90 minute IPA dry hopped with 6 different hops.

This had a nice hop flavor for such a big beer (9% abv). It was bitter without being harsh but overall it was a little too sweet for me so I probably won't buy again. The 60 minute is enough for me but extreme hops heads will probably love this.

Beer Recipes / Westmalle Dubbel recipe wanted
« on: April 28, 2010, 03:53:09 PM »
Anyone have a good Westmalle Dubbel recipe?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Pine Belt Pale Ale
« on: March 15, 2010, 08:27:28 PM »
Comes in a 16oz can, has a nice grain+malt flavor up front and finishes with pine hops. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite commercial beers. I think they just started distributing it outside of Texas so it may be coming your way.

The Pub / Why is Dead Guy Ale so expensive?
« on: February 23, 2010, 04:45:20 PM »
I like the beer but at $15 a six pack here in Texas, I rarely ever buy it. Is there some reason it is so expensive?

All Things Food / Bread
« on: January 15, 2010, 07:59:53 PM »
This is a beginners recipe. Very quick and tasty. Makes one loaf

1/4 cup milk
5 teaspoons sugar (1 1/2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoons salt
5 teaspoons butter (1 1/2 tablespoons)
1 package active dry yeast
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups flour
nonstick cooking spray
1 loaf pan

Prepare yeast in 1 cup of warm water
Melt butter in microwave
Combine yeast slurry, butter, salt and sugar in a large bowl
Add 2 cups flower and mix well
Add remaining 1 cup of flower in increments of 1/4, mixing well
Knead on a floured surface for 8-10 minutes by flattening and folding
Form into a ball and place into an oiled bowl for 1 hour to rise. Cover with towel
Punch down after 1 hour
Flatten into a rectangle with one side measuring the length of the loaf pan
Roll rectangle up and tuck ends under
Place into oiled loaf pan, seam side down
Let rise for 1 hour again. Cover with towel
Bake for 30 minutes at 400f
Remove from loaf pan immediately after baking
Wait until cool to slice

All Grain Brewing / General mash tun advice
« on: November 20, 2009, 10:47:02 PM »
I have a burner and a kettle. Now all I need is a mash tun and I will ready for all grain.  :)

I've read denny's instructions and it seems dead simple. Are there any tricks or tips you wished you had known before building one?

Questions about the forum? / bigger images
« on: November 07, 2009, 05:06:56 PM »
Is there anyway to make pictures bigger than 300*225? I think limits are good to prevent massive photos but that is a pretty small default.

Beer Travel / Westvleteren 12 and other belgian beers
« on: November 07, 2009, 04:57:41 PM »
hop fields on the way to the abbey

The blonde and the 12, both were excellent

12's with the hop tart

Poperinge bar

Poperinge bar

Poperinge bar

Brugge bar

Ghent bar

We had a lot of fun. Going to the abbey to get the Westvleteren 12 was probably the highlight of our 10 day trip. The weather was perfect in august, 60-70f. We woke up early in the morning and walked to a bicycle rental shop in Poperinge. It is a nice 15-20 minute bike ride through the Belgian countryside. There is nothing but farms and hop fields on the way to the abbey and you can pull over on the side of the road and get walk up and smell the hops growing on the vines. We had about 7 or 8 rounds and left there feeling really good. It was awesome.

I would recommend this trip to any beer lover. I was worried my wife would not enjoy herself because she wanted to see museums and churches and other artsy stuff and she is not a big drinker. The town near the abbey, Poperinge, is very small and only has a few "tourist" type attractions. She kept asking me, "Are we really staying there for two days!". She liked it so much that she suggested we do a "proper" trappist tour and visit all 7! That part of our trip was very relaxing.

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