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The Pub / Re: GABF - Ticketmaster hosed again
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:09:50 PM »
Maybe it is time to replace the GABF with a craft beer drinking friendly crowd and begin a few regional beer fests that are more accessible to the people that deserve to be there? Get rid of the tiny plastic cups and replace them with full size glasses so you can drink what you want. As a Yank over here in the UK, beer fests are much more user friendly where you can find something or several beers you like and drink a pint or two of them. Find your way to the Cambridge (May), GBBF (August), Peterborough (August) or Norwich (October) and find anywhere between 200-400 brewers doing good beer.

Pearl Jam got it right when they went against ticket master and craft beer is no different. As a voting member of the home brewing association, I am tired of the same big market answer. Yeah, I have heard of Savor but that is an even smaller event which is much harder to attend. If craft beer wants to grow, well it needs to include the people that got it there and not the $150+ ticket prices people are finding on Ebay.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: clarification methods
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:23:01 PM »
Irish moss, cold temp and time.

« on: May 23, 2013, 07:30:44 PM »
Roll on with your bad self. If you make good beer then screw it!

Beer Recipes / Re: ESB suggestion - Victory or no?
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:44:55 PM »
Keep it simple!

+1 to the previous posts.

The Pub / Re: NTSB Recommends 0.05% BAC Limit
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:23:06 PM »
As a firefighter who has responded to many people who have gotten in a vehicle accident and injured others because they thought they knew better; as a military person who has been preached too about the dangers of BAC's (beyond my desire to hear it any more) and as someone who is living in England and home of the walk to the pub culture; if you think you are ever capable of driving after drinking then you need to stop drinking or move closer to the pub so that you can walk there and back. Our system in the states sucks that everything is designed towards the need of a car to get around but it doesn't mean we need to drive after drinking. If you feel the need to drink and drive then you need to either brew more beer at home, move closer to friends who you drink with or live next to a pub like I do.

The idea of drinking and driving is one that may have worked years ago but it does not now. If you have not had to cut someone out of a car because they were too stupid to not drink and drive or those that were injured because of your actions, then you are obviously part of the problem.

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: May 05, 2013, 03:15:01 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Rye pale ale
« on: April 24, 2013, 07:46:38 PM »
Up the rye.

I used Maris Otter, a few other malts, flaked rye, Fermentis-04 English ale yeast along with some columbus, simcoe and willamette. It came out at 4.7% and it was my favorite beer I have done.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Angry Beer?
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:16:12 AM »
Could it be protein?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 23, 2013, 08:03:41 AM »
My rye pale ale that is almost gone. It was also my first beer that was kegged or dry-hoped and the first beer of mine that I kept for myself and didn't share with very many people.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whatcha all drinkin on St Pat's day?
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:02:22 PM »
Meantime Pale Ale and now my Rye Pale Ale.

Ingredients / Re: What's the strangest ingredient you've ever used?
« on: March 16, 2013, 09:45:20 AM »
I used rye bread last week. 1.25 pounds in the mash and another 1.25 pounds as a sort of decoction with 8 cups of wort, reduced down to two cups.

The Pub / The Grizzled Mighty
« on: March 14, 2013, 06:33:36 PM »
So I was randomly searching the internet music bins and came across this band, The Grizzled Mighty. Has anyone seen this band play and are they good live? I assume if you have, that you may live Pac NW or maybe Austin.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing with Rye
« on: March 09, 2013, 09:32:17 PM »
I use flaked rye quite often and have never have a problem.

I also did a rye bread ipa today. Along with flaked rye, I used 1.25 pounds of rye bread as an experiment in the mash. To further that experiment, I took off 8 cups of first runnings and decocted (down to 2 cups) it along with another 1.25 pounds of rye bread. It was a stick mess but appears to have worked out.

I did this based on the flavor of the local bakeries rye bread and wanting to see how it worked in a beer.

If it doesn't work out, lesson learned but if it does work out, I might have made a winner.

Ingredients / Re: dry hopping
« on: March 04, 2013, 08:46:13 PM »
You can skip several steps. You have way to many things are touching your beer in my opinion. I transfer from primary to keg where it gets dry hopped. It is a bit hazy but that is not something I am worried about because I am mainly worried about good beer.

Ingredients / Rye Bread IPA
« on: February 26, 2013, 07:47:27 PM »
So I am going to be using rye bread in my next brew. I am doing so for a couple of reasons; 1. to recreate how pub/brewers in old world England did so (used bread in the mashing process on occasion) and; 2. I love the taste of the rye bread from my local baker. I plan to not use any rye malt.

Here is the question. Has anyone else done a beer with bread in the mash? Also, did you get your desired results and is there anything I need to watch out for with bread and the extra ingredients it brings to the table?

I will be using Maris Otter, big hops such as Summit/Simcoe and some Safale-05.


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