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The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: July 01, 2011, 09:14:21 AM »
I am currently reading The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara

I love Shaara'a books!  Can't miss reading for the history buff.  I'm about to finish No Less Than Victory. 

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 16, 2011, 08:04:09 PM »
They are so easy to love.   

I assume you're talking about the pretty girl. :D

Is there something else in that picture? ;D

I usually seem to get through 20 batches or so before they break on me.  Got sick of them breaking (usually right in the middle of using it) and bought a stainless steel one last year.  Should last a bit longer.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing class
« on: June 10, 2011, 09:42:23 AM »
I would definitley agree with keeping it simple.  Maybe start with showing and explaining all of the equipment and discuss the basic process for an extract batch. Then actually brew a batch and pass out a few homebrews.  After the batch is brewed I would then discuss fermentation and bottling procedures, and end with a very basic discussion of the next levels (steeping grains, then all grain) to let them know where they can progress to as a homebrewer.  I would strongly suggest having handouts for everyone:  a list of online resources for brewing supplies and information; a list of some books they should consider purchasing; and a printed guide for beginners such as this
Having some references to take home has always been a big hit with the people I have taught. 
Good luck!!

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, 11:52:57 AM »
premium brands such as Budweiser   ???

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

The Pub / Re: D Day
« on: June 06, 2011, 12:08:56 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, 02:16:17 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, 11:46:32 AM »

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, 11:05:13 AM »
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, 01:08:32 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 28, 2011, 05:41:28 PM »
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!

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