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All Grain Brewing / Re: Oatmeal Stout mouthfeel
« on: November 15, 2011, 11:43:15 AM »
You could also mash a little shorter too.  Try mashing for 45 minutes instead of 60, although I'm not for sure that will make the difference you're looking for.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What makes a beer "Imperial"
« on: November 14, 2011, 12:40:25 PM »

Sorry about the rant but I just had this same discussion with a new employee who thinks Old Rasputin is a bland old school beer with no real flavor.

That's just ridonkulous. 

I'm registered to BeerAdvocate also and I get pretty annoyed at all the hype around oak aged or barrel aged beers over there and this thing called "WHALES".  It's like these dudes can't appreciate a 6% IPA or 5% pale ale, it's the more extreme the better.  And no one talks about lagers.  At all.  The rating websites, "ticking", and reviews those dudes get way into is a bunch of sh*t in my opinion. 
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I feel like a lot of these beer advocates don't actually like beer, they just like the idea of beer.

The Pub / Re: The McRib is back!!!
« on: November 05, 2011, 07:27:44 PM »

I haven't eaten at a McDonalds or any other true fast food joint in years. Actually, I take that back. I had a McDonalds quarter pounder a few years ago and felt awful for the rest of the day. I swear, your skin starts to smell like McDonalds after eating there. And it doesn't smell good.

Yeah dude, because that sh*t ain't food.  It's f*cking processed synthetic BS.  Have y'all seen "Super-size me"? It's insane.

The Pub / Re: The McRib is back!!!
« on: November 04, 2011, 02:41:43 PM »
Not a big fan of krinkle cut fries either.

My order of fries, from best to worst (that I've had) are

1 Five Guys (best burgers too)
2 McDonalds (when hot and fresh out the grease)
3 Wendy's (2nd best burgers)
4 Taco Hell
5 Burger King

Man, I went to a Five Guys up in Minneapolis.  Whoa do they give you A LOT of food...holy sh*tballs.  Ya like fries?  Here's 2 pounds of fries!  Want a large order?  Here's 4 pounds of fries.  jeeesus.  They were pretty damn good fries, but I wouldn't consider that place fast food as much as Wendy's or BK.  It's a step or 3 up.
Awesome burgers. 

The Pub / Re: The McRib is back!!!
« on: November 04, 2011, 08:17:51 AM »
I can't say anything about "whataburger" as I have never had one. But McDonald's fries are the best fast food fries when they are hot out the basket. If they wait under a heat lamp for a few minutes they turn to garbage. Wendy's hamburgers arre usually better than McDonald's though. Agree they don't seem as good as they once did.
I don't get the fascination with McDonald's fries.  They're too skinny.  I don't like many fast food fries anyway, there's no crinkle cuts!  Although if I had to choose, I'd say Wendy's fries are my favorite.  But then again, I almost never eat fast food and if I do, it's Wendy's.  Spicy chicken sammich, fries, and a frosty.  Nummers!

No brewing.  Kegging my Green Flash West Coast IPA clone, then headed off to LA for work on Sunday...for a whole gad damn week...ugh.  Good news is, I'll be able to get some good CA beers that I can't get here in Iowa.  It'll be like a working vacation........right?  I just don't like flying.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 04, 2011, 07:18:51 AM »
I ran out of beer last winter, so I had to do a partial boil on the stove and top off with ice to chill/dilute. I don't think there are any major benefits to a full boil for an average-gravity beer.
I'm surprised that you said that, being the experienced brewer that you are.

Another suggestion would be that you could do smaller batches.  I do 3.5 gallon all grain batches stove top, still keg in 5 gallon kegs.  It's pretty awesome.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 03, 2011, 11:31:55 AM »
Bring your kettle inside and chill at the kitchen sink.  I've done that before.  That or do partial mash stovetop brews and chill in an ice bath.  You can still make top notch beers using that method.

The Pub / Re: Why hide behind a Alias?
« on: November 03, 2011, 08:15:37 AM »
Well, I just think that an alias is as good as a real name.  A name is just a label.  What matters most is who the person is, the information they bring to the table, the personality they present.  I act the same way on this forum as I do in real life.  It's very easy to say things on the internet that you wouldn't in reality, but I try to think of these forums as if I'm friends with all of you guys and act as if I would if we were all in a room or bar hanging out.  Sometimes I'm crude, sometimes I'm loud, sometimes I'm goofy, sometimes I don't say anything at all.  That wouldn't change if I knew your name or not.  If I met you in person, I'd still connect you with your alias, whether it is your real name or a made up name.  It's just a label.

The Pub / Re: Why hide behind a Alias?
« on: November 02, 2011, 01:36:35 PM »
Are you mad about something man?  Did someone bully you?  I'm Jesse F*cking Stika, okay?  Big deal.  What's in a name?  More importantly, it's what's in a person.  Not a name.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: November 02, 2011, 09:07:44 AM »
In the 60's and sunny yesterday. Should come close to 60 again today, but with rain moving in. It is November, right? I'm going to have to mow the lawn again this weekend. Usually by now I've put the lawnmower away for the year.
This has been quite a nice Autumn for the Midwest.  It's November and there are still colorful leaves on a lot of the trees.  Usually there's some stupid wind or rain storm that brings all the leaves down right around now or before...

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: November 01, 2011, 07:47:40 PM »
It was 73F here in Iowa today.  Very nice.  But tomorrow is supposed to be 51 and rainy.  Yuck.  It's only going downhill from here.

The Pub / Re: The McRib is back!!!
« on: November 01, 2011, 07:34:30 PM »
Man, it's hard to believe people look forward to this sh!t.  Yuck.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recommended Reading for Intermediates?
« on: November 01, 2011, 01:25:17 PM »
I just picked up Brewing Classic Styles recently, it's a good book.  Not sure if it's intermediate or what it is.  I guess I'd say it's for those who are starting to experiment with different styles and wanting a good guideline from a proven recipe.  So I guess I'd say that's intermediate as beginner is mostly just brewing kits, in my opinion.

The Pub / Re: Happy Halloween
« on: November 01, 2011, 01:19:06 PM »

Gawd, that's gonna be me someday, I swear...

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