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The Pub / Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« on: May 21, 2011, 08:52:22 AM »
Bacon comes from the belly regardless of where you live.
Bacon in Ireland and the UK is back bacon, but not quite the same as in Canada.  It's pork loin but with an extra bit on it.  If you want belly bacon in Ireland/UK, you need to ask for streaky bacon.
I stand corrected.  I wasn't thinking off-continent. 

The Pub / Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« on: May 20, 2011, 10:25:08 PM »
I feel I need to take this opportunity to explain "Canadian" bacon.  
Here in Canada, we don't call it Canadian bacon, but rather "Back" bacon.  It is the pork loin that has been brined and smoked as you would with regular bacon which of course, comes from the belly of the pig rather than the back.  
If you watch Strange Brew (and you should) you'll hear Bob say the following during the court scene..."I'll have a toasted back bacon...hold the toast".  
So, "Canadian" bacon is back bacon (not ham which is from the leg rather than the strip loin).
Bacon comes from the belly regardless of where you live.
Turkey bacon is an abomination before God which should be outlawed.
That concludes today's Bacon class.

The Pub / Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« on: May 20, 2011, 10:12:14 AM »
Here we just call it bacon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition letdown
« on: May 20, 2011, 10:11:38 AM »
Having never entered a competition, can you enter the same beer (different bottles) in multiple categories?  Seems like one that wouldn't do well in one could do well in another.  I would expect that marginal beers wouldn't do well in either since they may not be clearly adhering to the style guidelines but can it be done?

The Pub / Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« on: May 20, 2011, 10:08:34 AM »
They taste Canadian too. :)

And just how many Canadians have you tasted Tom in order to make that comparison? 

Canada Geese but more commonly called Sky Rats here.  Stupid things are everywhere.  Green tootsie rolls on every golf course, park and lawn near water.

Had the robin problem last year too.  Not that sentimental so I ended it quickly and with extreme prejudice.  We are not hurting for robins here either. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Call to Action - Speed Brewing
« on: May 18, 2011, 08:22:26 PM »
My last beer was my best so far and received a lot of positive comments (some of which I even believe).
12 days and could probably have been done in 10 if I'd been home for part of it to monitor the temperatures.  There's another batch going right now.  Maybe I'll name it Dozen Day Cream Ale...

The Pub / Re: How annoying are you?
« on: May 18, 2011, 08:17:06 PM »
I'm noticing a lot of us are "average" or above.  I wonder if homebrewers are generally more picky and because we are the only ones who know good beer and are arrogant about it and get irritating telling everyone what's wrong with their crappy beer.
I bet we, as a whole, average higher than the general public...

The Pub / Re: How annoying are you?
« on: May 18, 2011, 02:53:40 PM »
Apparently, I'm picky and irritable but not that arrogant.  Not surprising as Canadians are quiet, humble people who hold our opinions inside and let them simmer and bubble until they explode in a torrent of rage.  Or maybe that's just me.

The Pub / Re: i love cartoons!!
« on: May 18, 2011, 09:05:24 AM »
Andy - not Futurama?  With a Bender avatar I'd have expected that to be on the list.  That's one of my favourites.  Watched all the new episodes when I was in the States.  Glad it's back.

Any Bugs is good as others have said.  Still watch Classic Scooby-Doo with the kids.  Penguins of Madagascar is pretty darn good for a new one, sometimes watch that with the boys too.

The Pub / Re: How long has it been?
« on: May 17, 2011, 08:34:01 PM »
I brewed fairly frequently although only extract brews with steeped grains starting in 1989 through to about 1993.  Then I quit and started up again a few months ago.  So, about 18 years off. 

Ingredients / Re: First Wort Hopping
« on: May 17, 2011, 02:48:13 PM »
So dumb question # 2.  What would happen if I put leaf hops in a bag and put them into the mash for the duration.  Then, took them out and added the bag to the boil. 
Just wondering.

I ended up doing 1/2 oz of FWH Cascade leaf as I mentioned above as well as adding 3/4 oz of Northern Brewer for 60 mins, 1/4 oz of Cascade for 15 mins and 1/4 oz at flameout.  I'm not looking for huge hop presence, just a slight increase over what I got last time that I really liked. 

Ingredients / Re: First Wort Hopping
« on: May 17, 2011, 09:32:29 AM »
OK, thanks.  Part of the problem is my inability to explain myself clearly and the lack of information about my set up.  I only have one pot.  So, I batch sparge into a pail while the sparge water is getting to final temp.  Then, after I've collected all the first runnings, I put the sparge water in and dump any excess I have.  I then add the warm first running to the brew pot and begin heating while I sparge the 2nd runnings.  These then get added to the pot.  I don't have the flexibility to add all the wort at once. 
So, I am going to add my FWH to the plastic pail that I use to gather my first runnings and then move them to the boil kettle while I get my 2nd and go from there.  Originally, I was thinking I'd add them when I started to heat the first runnings.

The other problem is that I brew while I work so if I get a phone call or something, timing can be disrupted.  Not ideal but it works.

I just wanted to be sure I understood that these were a flavour addition.  It's just a little counter-intuitive based on what I learned 20 years ago about flavour and boiling.  I'm gonna give it a go.

Beer Recipes / Re: How to classify a Black IPA for AHA competition?
« on: May 17, 2011, 07:35:23 AM »
I'm doing a Pale American Black IPA today.  Considering going really radical and putting a British twist on it...

Ingredients / Re: First Wort Hopping
« on: May 17, 2011, 07:08:51 AM »
Does the quantity of hops added as FWH compare to what I would have added at 15 mins? 
For example, today I'm making an ale and I intended to use 20 grams of Northern Brewer at 60, 1/2 oz of Cascade at 30, 1/4 oz of Cascade at 15 and 1/4 oz at flameout.  The Cascade is leaf. 
If I switched up the Cascade to 1/2 oz FWH, added the NB as planned and put in 1/4 oz at 15 and 1/4 at flameout, how would it differ?  I really liked this last brew but want just a touch more hop presence.

Ingredients / First Wort Hopping
« on: May 17, 2011, 06:45:50 AM »
I've been reading Gordon's book as well as other items and I want to be 100% sure I understand this concept.

As I read it, you add hops to the wort as it is coming to a boil (right after collecting) and then leave them in during the boil.  This is supposed to give an enhanced hop flavour.  Is this right?

What I can't follow is why hop flavour would still be present in the wort.  If I add hops at full boil for 60 mins, I get bitter but not flavour.  How come adding them earlier doesn't drive off the flavour compounds from the hops?  I'm gonna give it a try but I wanted to be sure I was thinking of the right procedure and that I am thinking of the right outcome.  I assume you want to add the same hops (or similar type) than I would add at 15 mins?  Not adding additional bittering hops unless you wanted that flavour (add Amarillo as FWH instead of Magnum or Northern Brewer for example).  Then add your standard bittering hop at 60 min as usual.

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