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Plan to brew my favorite Strong Scotch Ale on Sunday. Will also be kegging an IPA. 

The Pub / Re: Scotland Beer Stampede
« on: June 08, 2011, 06:52:57 PM »
premium brands such as Budweiser   ???

Possibly the original Budweiser Budvar, not our yellow-snow version?

The Pub / Re: D Day
« on: June 06, 2011, 07:08:56 PM »
A toast to the brave men who assaulted the beaches at Normandy 67 years ago today.


The "greatest generation" for sure!

Beer Recipes / Re: Oatmeal stout to commemerate my kitty
« on: June 02, 2011, 09:16:17 PM »
Sorry to hear about your kitty :'(  I'll hoist a pint to her memory while I brew this weekend.

Here is my oatmeal stout.  My GF and my kitty both love this one!

Oatmeal Stout

Size: 5.0 gal
Efficiency: 80.0%
Attenuation: 73.0%

Original Gravity: 1.066 (1.048 - 1.065)
Terminal Gravity: 1.018 (1.010 - 1.018)
Color: 38.09 (22.0 - 40.0)
Alcohol: 6.33% (4.2% - 5.9%)
Bitterness: 39.4 (25.0 - 40.0)

8.0 lb Maris Otter
1.0 lb Crystal Malt 60°L
1.0 lb Oats Flaked
0.75 lb Chocolate Malt
0.5 lb Roasted Barley
0.5 lb Black Roasted Barley
0.25 lb Carafa Special® TYPE III
.75 oz Columbus (14.4%) - added during boil, boiled 50 min
1.0 oz East Kent Goldings (5.0%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
1.0 oz East Kent Goldings (5.0%) - steeped after boil
1.0 ea WYeast 1084 Irish Ale™

Mash @ 155 F
75 minute boil

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 01, 2011, 06:46:32 PM »

Two cats.  Sassafrass (Sassy) is the fuzzy Himalayan, and Sofia is the tigerstripe.  Both are 6 years old.  Sofia is mostly afraid of everything except birds (which she catches and eats), and other cats (which she beats up if they stray into our yard).  Sassy on the other hand is very social and most importantly, loves my homebrew.  If I set my pint down she will jump up and start lapping it up!!  I think my Strong Scotch Ale is her favorite. ;D 

The Pub / Re: Universal Studios Orlando - Beer Hell!!!
« on: June 01, 2011, 06:05:13 PM »
Sorry DarkSide, this here is Bud country...sad to say.  Whenever I visit some places out west I am amazed (and pleased) that there really ARE a lot of people who drink craft beer.  Here we got a ton of rednecks, old-as-dirt-retirees, and tourists...and I imagine the profit isn't as high with craft beers so the tourists kind of get screwed.

Redlight, Redlight had 'Sour Day' on Sunday which was fun but it would have been a trip for you and not a place for kids.  Every tap in the place (and that's a lot) was a sour of some sort.

It's great how popular craft brews are becoming.  My company had a picnic last week and provided a bunch of kegs. It was all local micro-brew.  Imagine my suprise (and delight) when I found a Belgian Double and a Kolsch, among others. In fact, the Belgian Double was the first keg finished, even before the basic pale ale. People are finally realizing that beer can taste good!

On a side note, I went to Seattle two weeks ago and found a place called the "Tap House Grill", an ultimate beer heaven with 160 beers on tap.   :o  Made it through samples of 12....  Only 148 to go!!!! ;D

Brewing a California Common for an upcoming local competion, and a Porter.  Also have to finish cleaning up my fermentation closet after the airlock clogged up Monday on a 1.116 OG Russian Imperial Stout.  ;D  Blow-off hose now installed.

The Pub / Re: Bucket List
« on: May 29, 2011, 08:08:32 PM »
I'll be hiking the Wonderland Trail this September. Can't wait!!  Just have to stop drinking so much homebrew...  ;) 
Tom, any pointers/lessons learned from your trip?
Sorry this is so long, feel free to ask questions.  I might not have the answers, but I can try. ;)

Thanks Tom!! I'm pretty experienced, but have never done anything this long (mostly up to 7-8 days), or in that rainy of an environment.  Your tips and suggestions are all greatly appreciated!!

The Pub / Re: Bucket List
« on: May 29, 2011, 12:41:28 AM »
Would like to spend more time hiking, and some friends have been talking up the Wonderland trail, Tom. 
It's amazing.  I can't recommend it highly enough, it's absolutely gorgeous.

I'll be hiking the Wonderland Trail this September. Can't wait!!  Just have to stop drinking so much homebrew...  ;) 
Tom, any pointers/lessons learned from your trip?

For me... touring Scotland to see where my family originally came from, African safari (would be my 7th continent), and Machu Picchu. I'd also have to agree with punatic about seeing the earth from space. That would be stunning.

Based on the OP's scenario, he has every right to do as he pleases IMO.  Just don't hold a baby/small child in your lap while drinking and mowing. I can't believe how many idiots I've seen doing that! 

Hmm.. a beer hat or hydration backpack would allow for hands-free sipping!

Hosting brewclub's May meeting Friday night.
Brewing a Northern English Brown Ale on Saturday.
Also kegging an Black IPA/Cascadian Dark/American Style Dark Ale, and moving my Octoberfest from primary fermenter to the lager keg.

It will be a beertiful weekend!

Events / Re: Hard lesson learned
« on: April 15, 2011, 10:37:25 PM »
Hmmm, sorry about that Robert.  Keep tracking it and see what happens, it sure doesn't sound like they broke or anything.  I hope no one helped themselves, there should have been a lot of packages coming in so for yours to be singled out . . . or maybe all 20 missing entries went through Redmond. :-\  For the record, I don't work at UPS! ;D

I do know a UPS driver who is a homebrewer though, and met another driver friend of his who is into good beer.

So what does UPS say, just wait and see?

Yeah, they are "looking into the situation" and will let me know if they find my package.  I'm not exactly holding my breath here.  I guess I would rather someone have stolen them than have had them break.  At least that way none would have gone to waste! ;D

Events / Re: Hard lesson learned
« on: April 15, 2011, 09:54:41 PM »
OK, so dumb question:  how do we know if our entries made it or not? I got a positive delivery notification from UPS.  Would I have gotton some feedback from my judging center if something was wrong?



No they won't notify anyone if they don't receive your shipment.  I imagine the organizers already have too much to do.   The Seattle region had 20 entries that didn't make it.  The organizers told me they did a full second search of the facilities the day of the judging to make sure they hadn't overlooked any of the missing entries.

Events / Re: Hard lesson learned
« on: April 15, 2011, 09:53:09 PM »
Bummer, sorry to hear that.  Find out what happened, if you broke a bottle and it started leaking they generally aren't going to deliver it.
Either that, or some lucky package handler just got a couple of nice beers...  "Score!"

So I checked with UPS and all they can tell me is that the package was scaned in at Redmond, WA on 3/23 and cannot be found. If something had broken and caused a mess, I imagine they would have a record of that.  They have no record of the package leaving Redmond or of it being anywhere in their facility.  Funny thing is that it is still considered "in transit". Really!!??  Hmmmmm..... I tend to agree with you antipunk, that someone saw the destination and decided to help themselves.

As for packaging, I used two layers of those air filled "pillows" on the bottom, one layer on the sides and top, plus another row around each bottle. It was all contained in a heavy duty garbage bag that was sealed shut.  They box was well stuffed, so the bottles couldn't knock around inside.  I'm sure there is always the possibility something broke, but I don't think I could have done much better without getting rediculous. 

Anyway, I appreciate the condolences, but it was my fault in the end for not following the tracking all the way to Seattle. I saw it had reached Redmond, and then got sidetracked with work and didn't check it again.  I assumed it could make it the last 30 miles or so.  Yeah, yeah, I know all about assuming.   ::)Anyway, the organizers have been really nice and even offered to find someone to judge them if the package ever makes it.  That way could at least get some feedback on my beer (not as part of the competiton). Pretty nice of them IMO.

Events / Hard lesson learned
« on: April 14, 2011, 11:12:37 PM »
Well, I just found out that UPS lost my entries for the NHC and they never arrived to the Seattle location for judging!!!  What a monumental bummer.  Apparently the region had 20 entries that never made it, including my three.  I guess the lesson here is to keep an eye on the tracking or use a return receipt to make sure your box arrives.  Hope this didn't happen to anyone else.  :'( :'( :'(

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