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Events / Re: NHC Beers
« on: April 30, 2012, 05:22:34 AM »
Denny and I are in the same club  :)  My wife and I will be bringing a Wild Rice Lager, Hoppy Strong Ale aged on Mesquite (recipe was in Zymurgy a few years ago), a Rogue Charlie clone using Zythos, a Belgian Quad, and possibly the batch we just brewed last week.  That was our 300th batch.  That one was patterned after Rogue's batch 10,000.

I'll be busy putting up the breakables in preparation of the Grand-kids coming for a week.  Hoping to keg up a Brown Ale that is ready before they come.

Events / Re: NHC - Pre-conference events
« on: April 04, 2012, 01:44:07 AM »
My wife and I got tickets for the Pike Dinner.  I see that it is now sold out.

Brewing Lee's Mild from The Craft of Stone Brewing book today.  It's a 1.040, 14 IBU Mild.  It will be a nice beer to build up the WLP007 for other, bigger beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Big Brew 2012 - Saturday, May 5
« on: March 29, 2012, 03:38:52 AM »
I'll be brewing at Denny's.  That will be our (my wife and I) 301st batch.

We got snowed in today and I could not go to work.  My wife and I on the spur of the moment decided to brew a Triple.  We will be taking it to the NHC.  Look for Snow Bound Triple at the Cascade Brewers Society booth.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On This Day in 1989...
« on: March 19, 2012, 03:39:33 AM »
To the best of my recollection, it was late 1981 with some of my college room mates.  When we graduated and moved our separate ways, I kept the gear and carried on the tradition. Just brewed batch 297 yesterday.

All Things Food / Re: Made my own Bacon
« on: February 10, 2011, 03:59:02 AM »
No more store bought bacon for us either.  There is a meat processing place just a few miles from us that has fresh pork bellies every Wednesday. We have done some Pancetta also as well as curing fresh hams that we acquired from the same place.

No pictures of the bacon, but here is one of the Pancetta and a few of the ham we did for Christmas.


Pre-cured pig leg

Cured and Smoked

Mmmm meat :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rocket Rod Romanak
« on: February 09, 2011, 02:03:43 AM »
Wow, that is sad.  Rod and his wife invited us to their home for a homebrew party back in December of 2004 when we were visiting the island.  They were both very gracious hosts.  I am thankful to have been able to have shared a homebrew with him.

I'll lift a homebrew in his honor tonight.

Ingredients / Re: Galaxy hops
« on: January 10, 2011, 01:19:03 AM »
I have used Galaxy twice before.  Once in a Pale Ale as a finishing hop with Northern Brewer for bittering.  It was OK.  In a local competition, one judge said it smelled like cat pee :(   The other brew was an Amber where Northern Brewer was again used for bittering, but for finishing, Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin were used.  That beer did better in competition, getting a first and second place awards.

Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy are quite similar and both are very potent.  It only takes a small amount in the finish for them to be come noticeable.  I have not yet tried using them earlier in the boil to see how they do there.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2010 SNCA
« on: November 16, 2010, 04:31:03 AM »
I'm looking for it around here....

Winco has it for $5.84 a sixer.  Teri pick up some today.

Brewing up two English beers today for our clubs Real Ale Competition we are having next month.  Making an Oakham JHB and a Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Bigfoot - Cloudy as it Ages?
« on: March 14, 2010, 05:39:17 PM »
We had 5 people who participated in the tasting. After the tasting, we each ranked the beers first through third.  There was no clear winner, although, the 99 vintage got two first place votes. After that, it was scattered with 05, 04 and 02 each getting a first place vote.  In general, the range of 02-04 got the most votes.

Here are some of the comments.

98 - Dark fruit, raisiny, molasses flavor.  Slight tartness.  No hop flavor, good bitterness.
99 - More sweetness than 98. Bitterness and Sherry notes not as intense as 98. Very smooth mouthfeel.
00 - More fruit and bitterness than 99. Smooth and balanced.  Not as tart as the others.
01 - Tobacco and chocolate  notes in both aroma and flavor, lower hops. Earthy, coffee like. Vegital aroma.
02 - Smooth integrated caramel. Faint sherry notes.  Dry hopping noticeable. Lighter in color than others.
03 - Sweet on palate.  Not as bitter. Hops in the aroma.  Darker than others. Sharp bitterness lingers on back of palate.
04 - Malty marshmallow aroma.  Very malty.
05 - Vegital aroma.  Sharper, caramel more prevalent.  Good bitterness.  More carbonated than others
06 - Big ethanol aroma.  Ethanol/airplane glue in flavor.  Astringent bitterness. Harsh aftertaste.
07 - Rounded fruit balanced toward sweetness. Low aroma.  Slight oxidation.
08 - Balanced more toward sweetness than 07. Very little aroma.  More carbonation.  Pronounced bitterness. Not twist off.
09 - Sweetest yet, good carbonation, good foam, lower body. Sweeter aroma with some floral hops.  Lots of hop flavor and taste.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop Pics
« on: March 02, 2010, 05:36:31 AM »
No new growth yet.  Should be soon though.

To hold you over, here was last years Cascade harvest from my neighbors bines.  He does not want the hops, so I get to keep what we pick.

We were not going to brew this weekend given the fact that we have brewed 8 batches in the last 6 weeks, but looking at our schedule we decided to squeeze in 2 more batches today.  My wife is brewing a Blonde Ale that we are using as a starter beer for a Pacman pitch and I am doing the Green Flash West Coast IPA recipe from the Can You Brew It show.

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