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The Pub / Re: Guinness Ad
« on: March 16, 2012, 12:50:39 PM »
Haha!  I don't like St. Patrick's day, but that was funny!

Blasphemy!!!

I suppose there are many things not to like about it, but a St. Paddy's Day celebration does not require drunken stooges vomiting in the street.

If I still have energy after the parade tomorrow, we will take the family to the Heritage Center for traditional music and Irish step dancing.  And draft Guinness at $5 a pop.

I avoid the bar scene as that's just full of tools.  Not that I go to bars much anymore anyway...
I'm upset about it because it's the weekend my girlfriend and I decided to go to Madison, WI to visit some friends.  My main plan for the trip was to go out, drink good beer and eat good food.  Then I realized it was St. Pat's weekend and I thought, "Damn it all! Every bar will be swarming with "Kiss me I'm Irish" tshirt wearing idiots who probably aren't even Irish in the least!"  Oh well, I'll make do and it'll still be a fun weekend.  No Irish in me hence the not celebrating St. Patrick's Day thing I got going on.  Don't really celebrate holidays that don't apply to me or my heritage. 

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The Pub / Re: Guinness Ad
« on: March 16, 2012, 11:27:23 AM »
Haha!  I don't like St. Patrick's day, but that was funny!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 16, 2012, 08:01:23 AM »
It's still lame we've become so disposable as a society.  Very wasteful and unnecessary.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:44:42 AM »
It's silly to replace the whole damn thing though if a small piece can be replaced.  I was going to come up with an example relating to something breaking down on your car and just getting a new car instead, but I couldn't think of an analogous...analogy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is homebrew craft beer?
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:42:00 AM »
I've never been wild about the phrase "craft beer". (Though that didn't stop me from using it about seven hundred times in a 27-page business plan.)

It just seems to me that all beer is "crafted". Why not just drop the pretense and call it "good beer"? "Artisanal beer" has a nice ring to it too.

But to answer the question, hell yes. ;)


I agree completely. Brewing consistent, mass produced beer is every bit as much of a craft as brewing 5 gallons.
Also agree.  It takes a lot of skill to brew the same exact beer OVER AND OVER regardless of it being light lager or whatever other color or hopped up beer it is.  I like Sean's suggestion of Artisanal beer better, or why couldn't we stick with Microbrewed beer?  Craft beer sounds too pretentious, like it's trying too hard to say it's absolutely superior, when in fact there is just as much bad microbrewed beer as there is good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:30:02 AM »
I've heard about glass top stoves cracking with too much heat, so a huge boil on those might not be advised.  I only boil about 4.5 gallons so I'm not too worried about it.  Coil stoves suck because the coils aren't too stable when too much weight is on them.

I've heard people concerned about cracking, but never heard of it actually happening to someone. Those burners themselves are much hotter than the pot of 220F wort on top.
 
One downfall though is it is much harder to regulate temperature since, especially with ceramic top stoves, the glass stays hot for a long time after the burner is turned off. Boilovers made easy!

But somewhat easier to clean up than coil top or gas burner top stoves.
This is true.  I've had only one boil over on my current set up, easy to clean up.  I've been happy with my setup, not too worried about cracking.  I'm sure the top can be replaced if it does crack, yeah?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Coffee Stout - no carbonation
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:32:35 AM »
I had several batches with carbonation consistency problems - until I started stiring the beerwort/priming sugar in the bottling bucket.
It's wort until the yeast is pitched!

I don't feel comfortable with the idea of stirring it pre-bottling unless I had a stainless steel spoon that is easily sanitized.  My plastic spoons I used to stir the mash and for boiling currently have scratches and whatnot all over them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:59:07 AM »

Make sure, if you are using extract, you take the pot off the burner when you add it.  Electric stoves are notorious for darkening wort and scortching extract (at least in my experience and when i've talked with some people at my LHBS). 

I helped a friend brew last night using extract and we didn't take the pot off the burner (we did a full boil) and we noticed black stuff floating around every once in a while.  We came to the conclusion that it was extract that had scorched on the bottom, even though he stirred the whole time while he added the LME.  Damn...
I didn't think it'd add any adverse flavors, we got all the black floaties that we could out of there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:19:42 AM »
morti - know you said you have that book, but for those of you who don't it was 350 (that's treefitty for the loch ness monster) for 20 minutes. it is not really a table though, more of a listing with instructions.
I need about tree fitty...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 14, 2012, 11:11:52 AM »
What's the point?  Why not use wheat LME?  Now that Nateo has mentioned it, it makes a lot of sense...

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I can't brew, I'm going to Madison with the girlfriend to visit some friends and drink beer up there.  Think I'll have to pick up some New Glarus.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 14, 2012, 09:52:06 AM »
I really love wheat beers, but I hate brewing with wheat. Milling it is a PITA, and stuck sparges are a PITA. I'm thinking about going back to extract for my wheats just so I don't have to deal with it. Before I switched to AG, though, I made some great wheats with wheat LME.
That's a good call.  I've been wanting to brew with wheat, but have had issues with stuck sparges using rye, so I've been reluctant to brew with much wheat.  I think I'll use wheat LME when I want to brew one.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 14, 2012, 09:48:58 AM »
I've heard about glass top stoves cracking with too much heat, so a huge boil on those might not be advised.  I only boil about 4.5 gallons so I'm not too worried about it.  Coil stoves suck because the coils aren't too stable when too much weight is on them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:44:09 AM »

It's just too bad the bridge dweller could not resist the compulsion to critisize your friend's acomplishment.

The bridge dweller...haha.  Let's not name-call, now...

But I agree, it is neat to hear about people who find that place and are happy with it.  I've often thought about going back and doing some extract batches, just for kicks. 

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You brew beer.

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