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I use the Acid 5 Rinse for about 10 minutes of soaking time and beerstone peels right off with no work.

Love it!

Other Fermentables / Re: What's that in my mead?
« on: March 02, 2010, 10:59:16 AM »
Hmm, not sure how I feel about the campden addition. Doesn't really seem necessary (of course, I'm also asthmatic so I tend to try and keep sulfites away.

Otherwise, It's possible your white is wax that's survived into the bottle. Of course the other possiblity is a wild yeast or worse an acetobactor (which wouldn't produce any co2). Watch how the taste goes.

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: March 01, 2010, 10:52:38 PM »
Radar Gun

This is a song I've got to be very careful listening to while driving. Popped up on the iPod the other night and next thing I knew.. I was pushing 90.

Ingredients / Re: Other than bourbon chips.....
« on: March 01, 2010, 05:19:19 PM »
Hey, so thinking about things. Use beans not chips, much better.

1) The barrels used by brewers are typically sold "wet" so there's still a ton of spirit in the barrel and in the wood itself, so drying the chips/beans wouldn't be a fair replication of what's going on in the brewery.

2) Scotch, Rum and on hte non-spiritous side port, chardonnay and pinot noir. The spirits have all been aging for about 3 years. The wines are about 2.

3) Sure, but as with anything where you're going softer and subtler on your style, you'll need a much finer hand with your oak. I've done plenty of lower gravity beers with the oak and where you can usually pull a strong beer after a few weeks, you need to stay on it and check every few days since it's not a thick line between "interestingly oaky" and "I'm chewing on a 2x4"

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bleach in bottles
« on: February 28, 2010, 12:44:12 PM »
What's your water's mineral levels like.

A rough guess would be the bleach changed you pH enough to precipitate out a bunch of material.

Ingredients / Re: Vanilla Beans
« on: February 28, 2010, 11:40:20 AM »
Also on the topic of finding great beans, I've used these guys in the past and been very happy

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: February 28, 2010, 11:37:44 AM »
I watched Julie and Julia last night.  I really liked it.

I watched it a few weeks back and enjoyed it too with similiar thoughts.

Now, did anyone else feel that poor Amy Adams was out acted by Meryl. Of course I think she also got the less fascinating story too.

What page is 7.3 on?

Page 9 of the second link. It's still in progress and I'm always willing to take feedback

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2010 Mayfaire Homebrew Competition!
« on: February 27, 2010, 12:14:09 PM »
Here are this year's style guidelines. A couple of new things this year:

We've added:
  Black IPA
  Belgian IPA
  Wild Ales (for those who love making Brett beers)
  Wood-Aged Beers

We've also consolidated the two stout categories into one.

Saisons and Biere de Garde have been merged into a new Farmhouse Category (that also includes the Wild Ales)

You guys are such rebels!  ;)

YEs and apparently one who can't point to the right file.. Seriously, I have a college degree!

maybe Gordon will run with it when they re-do the BJCP

May I introduce to class 7.3 Black IPA? :)

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: February 26, 2010, 02:55:41 PM »
Pan fry it and it sure looks like gyoza to me.

I love the whole world wide category of "savory stuff stuffed into dough and then steamed, baked or fried." It's just so fundamentally universal and has the side effect of making it so that nothing goes to waste.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Imperial Mild? Really...
« on: February 26, 2010, 10:47:29 AM »
In a lot of ways it sounds like a throwback mild to me, like the Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild from England that comes in at 6%

The Pub / Re: Sea World; Killer Whale
« on: February 26, 2010, 10:32:53 AM »
Seems that Bud (Budweiser?) has definitely made a load of money on this whale and wants to keep the cash rolling in...

A-B Inbev divested itself of Busch Entertainment last year and has no interest/stake in the running of any of the Sea World / Busch Garden parks anymore - aside from the beer concession that they negotiated into the sale.

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