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The black IPA I was supposed to brew last weekend...

The Pub / Re: Something about Tijuana, my city
« on: July 08, 2011, 11:28:05 AM »
Mexico looks like a beautiful country, I'd love to backpack through it someday (there's a small chance I might make a quick trip there in September).

Jai Alai is awesome.  I don't know how it works in Mexico, but it's a betting game here.  I used to go a lot when I lived in Fort Lauderdale (I still try to make it everytime I go down there to visit my folks).

If I owned a commercial brewery, or my own house, I'd install a nice RO or other filtration system (it would be nice for cooking and drinking as well). 

However, as a renter and a brewer of 5 gallon batches, I'm happy with the campden tablets.  They are cheap ($2.99 for 100 tablets, which is enough to treat 2000 gallons of water), extremely effective, and easy to use - just crush up a tablet and add the appropriate amount to the brewinq liquour while it's coming up to temperature. 

Our water is treated with chloramine; campden tablets work very well.

The Pub / Re: Pint of Law | A Legal Blog For The Brewing Community
« on: July 01, 2011, 06:07:30 PM »
From one homebrewing lawyer to another - I say nice work, man.

You might just blog your way into a new job.

The pint gavel is awesome. Did you come up with that yourself?

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Quadrupel ideas
« on: July 01, 2011, 02:12:27 PM »
Cool, I'm really looking forward to trying out all of their syrups.

I've been promising my boss a Belgian Strong Dark for months...

I'm brewing a black IPA after work tonight and am going to try adding the dark grains during the sparge rather than mashing them.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from keg
« on: June 23, 2011, 08:27:36 PM »
I'm a big fan of filling bottles from the faucet: turn off gas to keg, bleed most of the pressure through the release valve, purge bottle with CO2 from extra outlet on manifold, fill at an angle straight from tap, and cap on foam.

I fill all my competition bottles this way, and it works very well.  I usually don't lose more than an ounce or two of beer throughout the whole process.

I have perlick faucets with removable spouts, and I remove and sanitize them before bottling.

All Grain Brewing / Re: direct fire mash tun
« on: June 11, 2011, 04:54:24 PM »
Has anyone had success doing step mashes using a direct fire mash tun WITHOUT using a pump for recirculation.

I've done it a couple of times; it worked fine, but I stirred constantly (I don't utilize a false bottom).

I'm brewing a tripel with wheat and oats, also have some packaging to do.

I, too, am starting to regret not going to the NHC, especially since I'll be in San Diego Tuesday and Wednesdy for work next week anyway, and it will probably never be closer to where I live.

Beer Recipes / Re: Candi syrup recipes
« on: June 09, 2011, 12:42:36 PM »
Cool, thanks for posting the link.  I've got a dark strong on deck for later this month, and have been searching for a good base recipe.  Think I'll give one of those a shot...

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 06, 2011, 01:46:29 PM »

We have Beatrix, a 4 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Pitbull mix (I think), and Salvatore - they are both rescues.  Salvatore is a strange, strange creature.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Metal Growlers?
« on: May 27, 2011, 09:24:37 AM »
Stone has 40oz metal growlers on their site:

Those are Kleen Kanteens.  KK makes a 64 oz canteen as well:

I have a couple of their 27 ouncers for hiking, road trips, etc. I like them quite a bit - haven't tried putting beer in them yet though...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Metal Growlers?
« on: May 24, 2011, 05:58:51 PM »
Yeah, I definitely want one of those.

The Pub / Re: Austin, TX
« on: May 23, 2011, 01:46:38 PM »
Thanks for the responses so far, I hope to be able to check out a few of these places.

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