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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 09, 2011, 05:51:14 PM »
I missed a week brewing and things are falling apart.  Only 1/3 of a keg left in the freezer.  5 gals of wit, 10 gals of APA, 6 gals of California Common, 5 gals of Kolsch, 5 gals of cream ale and 5 gals of Saison all working right now and almost nothing to drink.  Gonna keg the Kolsch tomorrow for a party at the end of the summer and brew another tomorrow and pitch the slurry but that may be the last brew day for the month. 

Headed to Alberta fly fishing next week and then family vacation so I just hope I'll be able to keep ahead with what's working right now..

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home brewing in Canada
« on: August 08, 2011, 08:26:31 PM »
If you go, I want to hear what you think of the beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When to Use Fresh Hops
« on: August 08, 2011, 08:22:05 PM »
Not trying to be funny... Can you "Dry" hop with them? 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Brew Tomorrow!
« on: August 08, 2011, 08:21:06 PM »
You'll do great, don't worry.  Just have fun, learn lots and enjoy the process.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home brewing in Canada
« on: August 07, 2011, 07:01:35 AM »
I've got a business trip coming up in a couple of weeks that will bring me to London, ON.  If I have the opportunity, where would you recommend we dine if we want to experience some good local beer?  I'll be staying down around Richmond and Oxford streets.

Since you asked, I decided to go to Gambrinus last night to see what they have on tap.  I had 5 excellent beers

Smashbomb Atomic IPA was very good.  7% AIPA style with assertive hop bitterness and very evident dry hopping.  Very nice AIPA you should try if you get there.  Too assertive for my wife but I liked it.  I should mention that this was cask conditioned as well.

We both also had the Mill Street IPA, not nearly as hoppy and more English in style.  Good beer but I should have had it first before the Smashbomb.  The bitterness was evident but it wasn't as hoppy and I'd say relied more on EKG and Fuggles for flavour and aroma.

My wife had the Summer Weisse from Muskoka Brewery.  Very good weisse with strong clove overtones and nice colour.  Not a style I'm that familiar with so who knows what a weisse purist would think but she liked it. 

I also had Mill Gap Bitter at 3.8%.  Very nicely balanced for a mild style beer.  Obvious English malt character and probably some biscuit malt.  This was the beer that my wife actually liked best for the evening.  It would be a fantastic session beer. 

My friend had some of the same as I did but he got a Tilburg's Dutch Brown from the Netherland and I didn't try it but he commented that it was very smooth and drinkable.

Nice patio and good food (I had braised lamb shanks, my wife had the strip loin, our friends had the grilled salmon and mussels and butter chicken).  Hope you make it to London and if you do, give this place a try. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home brewing in Canada
« on: August 06, 2011, 02:23:23 PM »
I'm heading to Richmond and Oxford area tonight.  I'll let you know what the bars in the area have available.

Edit:  I thought of this place after I put on my first reply.  It's probably at most a 5 minute cab ride from where you're staying and if you have a nice evening, it would be an easy walk from the area you're in.
Check out this beer menu and then you can decide if there's no good beer options in Canada.  2nd page is all Canadian beers and I've had about 1/3 of them so I have some living to do...  May stop in there tonight and try some.  If you ask for an IPA here and they don't know what you mean, I'll be amazed.

www.GambrinusBistro.com/storage/menus/beer_list.pdf

There's also 17 taps that they keep in rotation with other craft beer and imports. 

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Ingredients / Re: Priming sugar for 1 gal.
« on: August 06, 2011, 02:21:28 PM »
Thanks.  I know the 1/5 thing seems pretty intuitive.  Forgot to mention that I don't prime with sugar, only keg with CO2 which is why I tried to find How to Brew to see how much sugar for 5 gals and then divide by 5 but I couldn't find it.  20-30 grams is what I was needing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home brewing in Canada
« on: August 06, 2011, 10:01:21 AM »
There are a lot of good craft breweries and craft beer in Canada but I will admit, they are harder to find.  A lot of it has to do with the taxation rates as some have mentioned already as well as distribution access in some provinces (I can only speak for Ontario but here you have to get beer through the LCBO or Brewer's Retail.  One is a government run monopoly, the other is a brewery run monopoly and craft brewers have to pay stocking fees to get their beer on the shelves).  Also, Canadian beer in general (and I may be out of line here but this has been my experience) falls into either German influenced beers like the light lagers we all know so well (note I said "influenced" not similar), and English influenced beers such as pale ales and bitters.  Canadian beer in general has not developed the level of hop assertiveness that you find in the US. 

Here in Ontario, you can get great lagers like Steamwhistle, Creemore Springs etc or great craft ales like Cameron's Auburn Ale, Muskoka Cream Ale etc but you aren't as likely to find the dominant hop flavours not the alcohol content.  The one that may be close would be Hoptical Illusion from Flying Monkey's craft brewery.  But, you're not likely to find something like Stone Ruination brewed here in Canada today.  If you do find someone serving an IPA, chances are it will be a British style IPA, not an AIPA.

I always feel bad when comments like this come up because there are awesome craft beers and fantastic bars that serve them but not all of them do.  I can assure you, it's the same in parts of the US.  I really doubt I'd find Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or similar beers in a lot of the little dive bars that I go to when I'm in South Dakota.  Just not popular enough with the masses in the area to warrant carrying them.  It's no different here.  The Mrs and I are going for supper tonight and we will be going to a bar that carries a great selection of craft beer, not one that just serves BMC.  It's here but unfortunately, you gotta look a bit to find it.

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Ingredients / Priming sugar for 1 gal.
« on: August 06, 2011, 09:42:42 AM »
Sorry, I can't find my copy of How to Brew anywhere so I'm asking here.
I have a 1 gallon jug of wheat beer that I put on pureed apricots.  The secondary fermentation has now subsided and I'm going to bottle it but I have no idea how much sugar to use for slightly less than 1 gallon.  I'm going to put it in the fridge for a couple days to help it clear and settle and then siphon off the beer, leaving the apricot sludge behind which is why I'll be shy of a gallon.  Any suggestions how much table sugar to use for this amount of beer?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Summer Beer
« on: August 05, 2011, 03:16:20 PM »
Wow, based on your avatar photo, I would have thought you were a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

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The Pub / Re: Aren't some of you guys drummers?
« on: August 05, 2011, 02:36:49 PM »
If this doesn't make ya get up and dance, there's something wrong with you...

http://youtu.be/j9J5Zt2Obko
Back in University, they made the science students take two "Arts" credits.  One of mine was "History of Jazz".  Possibly the best class I ever took.   Loved it and this was part of the curriculum.  Loved the fact that in a song called "Sing, Sing, Sing" there was no singing.  But, I'm not sure that this is labelled correctly.  This is what I remember as Benny Goodman's version (with Gene Krupa on drums)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2S1I_ien6A&feature=related

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The Pub / Re: Aren't some of you guys drummers?
« on: August 04, 2011, 06:42:13 PM »

Blecchh...

I like your first word better.  Not sure it's in the dictionary but it was very descriptive.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 04, 2011, 06:34:44 PM »
Thanks guys, I knew it was US.  I'm not worried about a limit and I fully intend to take it out of my house.  I tried googling it for Canada before when the 100 gallon thing was first mentioned and couldn't find anything.  I'm gonna assume I can do 100L which translates to about 1000 gallons.  By the way, my math is terrible...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 04, 2011, 03:31:21 PM »
Are there rules about how much beer you can brew in a year?  I really don't know. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Lemon Juice as Acidifier
« on: August 04, 2011, 03:30:08 PM »
I've used citric acid for the last 15 brews.  I have never noticed any flavour that I could attribute to the acid.  I only use a couple grams for my water but I'm more than happy using citric if I have to.  I did buy phosphoric acid because that's what all the cool kids were doing but I would use citric if I couldn't find anything else.  I think it would depend on the beer.  For a light CAP or wheat beer, I think the presence of lemon could be very complimentary.  In a porter...not so much.

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