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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Scoresheet Comment
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:41:44 PM »
I don't enter that many competitions, but I like to judge, especially the weird beer categories (shocker!) . I think one of the best one's I gave was for a "Viking Yule Ale as translated from Rune such and such of the such and such laws".

It was an interesting beer, but wasn't balanced right for my taste, so being in mid morning smart ass mode I wrote something along the lines of "This tastes to me like you mistranslated one part of the law." And then proceed to give real feedback. So to the brewer who entered that beer, I'm sorry, there are just times I can't resist the call of the smartass.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from Kegs.
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:37:26 PM »
What is Flare (screw on) QD


What Denny means is the type of quick disconnect that screws into the hose instead of the variety with a barb fitting.

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: March 09, 2010, 04:39:35 PM »
What's happened to Sierra Madre since 1985 that's made it strange?

Nothing much.. part of what's strange! Still feels like a mix of Norman Rockwell with rich hippies up in the canyons.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: March 08, 2010, 12:33:44 PM »
It took me years (ok, actually a few months of living in Boston) to get over my fear of pizza after that stuff in high school! :)

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: March 08, 2010, 12:01:05 PM »
Oh god, they had that stuff at my highschool.. crap.. in '89.

Oh so, so terrible..

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: March 08, 2010, 01:53:44 AM »
Both very strange towns. Of course, I never realized Pasadena had a gang problem until I lived in a part of town that had a Taco Bell / KFC with a drive through airlock so robust, I'm sure you could fire a tank round at it and all would be well.

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: March 07, 2010, 11:14:06 PM »
Do you think mixing 50% domestic 2-row with 50% marris otter would add any noticeable complexity to an APA or AIPA? 

My default grain bill for most of my IPAs/APAs, etc are exactly that 50/50 2-Row / M.O.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 01:31:43 PM »
I currently use an auto-siphon which works well but with Drew's system I like the idea of not moving the carboy and minimizing the beer's exposure to O2.

The not moving it part is definitely the main reason I do it. I started doing it because I just didn't have anywhere high enough to set the carboys for settling and I really hated a) the danger of moving a full carboy - again b) stirring up sediment that had settled.. So, on with the CO2. It also helped that until 2 months ago I got free CO2!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:41:52 AM »
I never did the full keg hookup for a few reasons
  • Back pressure - it's a helluva lot easier for that little poppet space to get clogged with random material (think hop bits) and that could cause the pressure to build up
  • More fiddly bits to ensure are completely sanitized - actually the biggest reason.

Of course nowadays, I brew in a garage and most of my beer ferments in a couple of 10g cornies, so... pressure racking all the way.

And Kai, regarding the pressure - I swapped out my standard regulator gauges with a more accurate low pressure gauge. At ~3.5 psi, those carboy caps will pop off the bottle, so it hasn't been that much of a worry so far.

Ingredients / Re: Flaked Oats
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:37:23 AM »
If you want to be absolutely spot on with the correct way to handle things, yes you need to mash the oats with a little pale malt to ensure they'll convert.

Basically think of it as a controlled steep at 15-something Fahrenheit (aka 155F) with some crushed 2-row and a few quarts of water.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 12:55:23 AM »

The Pub / Re: House cat jumps claim to zymurgy collection
« on: March 04, 2010, 12:03:33 PM »

go and load the file onto an img sharing site like flickr,, etc. and then use that url to fill in between the img tags you get from pressing the img button above.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast choice for wheat beers
« on: March 04, 2010, 10:47:02 AM »
Depends upon what you're wanting out of the yeast.

It will make beer, but it won't make a Hefeweizen for instance - to get those clovey, banana, bubblegum things you'd expect from a German wheat beer, you'll need a Hefe yeast.

But if you're wanting to make a neutral-esque British smelling wheat ale, sure thing

The Pub / Re: Forum Members Pics
« on: March 04, 2010, 10:25:34 AM »
Ya know, 35 years ago I was HOT!  :)

That's just cause you kept catching your hair on fire. :)

And just cause it's funny and I laugh that my "friends" would post such a picture.

The Pub / Re: Beer Explained
« on: March 04, 2010, 10:23:56 AM »
I love the oatmeal. That dude works hard and brings the funny.

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