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Beer Travel / Re: L.A. Area breweries
« on: January 14, 2010, 12:56:36 PM »
As much as I would love to claim Stone and Lost Abbey as "LA Area" breweries, they are over 100 miles away and in San Diego County. :)

Ingredients / Re: Raspberry beer flavoring extract
« on: January 14, 2010, 10:45:03 AM »
MY other suggestion for raspberry flavoring, particularly if you want a little sweetness to go with it is good ole raspberry liqueur. Right in to the keg it works like a charm.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pressure Canning Wort For Starters
« on: January 13, 2010, 10:00:49 AM »
so why not boil it up fresh?

The PITA factor for me. By spending a couple of hours canning about 3-6 gallons worth of wort (and as noted, I make mine from DME), I can save myself from my self and in particular my lazy self. It makes it really hard to sell myself on avoiding a starter when all I have to do is sanitize a growler, sanitize a jar lid, pop the jar, pour and pitch. It takes 10 minutes - all but a minute of it waiting.

Plus the wort in the jars has one huge advantage over freshly boiled wort - its perfectly sterile.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pressure Canning Wort For Starters
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:23:03 PM »
Let's see.. standard recipe is: 15 minutes at 15 p.s.i.

I usually go up to the shoulder

I actually normally make mine from DME/yeast nutrient and water

1+ year

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Microscope and yeast counting
« on: January 09, 2010, 05:08:03 PM »
I'm noticing cynmar's having a sale on some simple stereo micros.. may have to break down and get one.

The Pub / Re: Dog Town
« on: January 09, 2010, 05:05:16 PM »
Never heard of it.....what's it about?

Its a show about the Best Friends Animal Society ( and their efforts to rehabilitate animals including a lot of animals considered unadoptable by other groups. They do a ton of work and it's pretty cool to watch.

Of course I just have a giant soft spot for animals. I think I like animals better than about 99% of the people I meet. :)

The Pub / Dog Town
« on: January 08, 2010, 11:44:54 PM »
I can't help but say that I've only watched this show a couple times, but I have to say they do some good work.

The Pub / Re: Bama vs the Longhorns-What are y'all drinking?
« on: January 08, 2010, 05:18:40 PM »
I didn't think it was physically possible to suck down enough light beer to get drunk. Maybe that's why so many people complain of feeling bloated when they drink beer. They've got to drink a metric assload of it to feel anything.

The Pub / Re: Bama vs the Longhorns-What are y'all drinking?
« on: January 08, 2010, 03:34:38 PM »
He and his wife were getting drunk on Michelobe Ultra and going, frankly, insane.

Something doesn't track here... How does someone get drunk on Michelob Ultra? Or is that why they were going insane?

A friend is holding a 12 year Bigfoot vertical tasting later this month.  Fortunately, he lives real close by!

I don't know if I've ever done a full 12 years, but I've come close. I particularly remember about four years ago a tasting with a '96 that was just drop dead fantastic.

By far the oldest of that ilk I've had was a bottle of ~1982-84 era Old Foghorn in the wee little nippy bottle.

Yes, I still want to get my hands on a Ballatine's Burton just to see what everyone (including you Denny) are talking about.

Actually Drew, I'm taking your "Heart of Darkness" recipe and brewing it with "Cry Havoc" at around 60-62 degrees.
By the way, I really dig your style articles in Zymurgy.  Loved the American stout and Saison articles you did as well.

Sweet! Let me know how the recipe works for you.

And I have great fun writing those articles.

Beer Travel / Re: L.A. Area breweries
« on: January 08, 2010, 03:10:04 AM »
Interesting time here in LA. We're still not covered with breweries, but we're awash in places to have great beer.

For instance down in Redondo you've got Naja's.

In Pasadena - Lucky Baldwin's

In Glassel Park - Verdugo Bar

As for breweries, we have a new one that just opened by a friend - Eagle Rock Brewing.

Need more time to think.. there are several spots out east like Hanger 24 Brewing. While you're in the area you need to try Craftsman Brewing, but the brewery itself is not open

The Pub / Re: Bama vs the Longhorns-What are y'all drinking?
« on: January 07, 2010, 06:19:03 PM »
I'm having some Ruination and Wipeout IPA and as a Gator, I can't believe I'm saying this, but... ugh

Roll Tide.

Nothing for me this week, but I'm leading a tasting for the Falcons covering the following beers:

Fuller's 1845
Victory Old Horizontal
Green Flash Barleywine
Bigfoot 2001 (draft)
Bigfoot 2003 (draft)
Pizza Port San Clemente - Killer Dana DIPA (to contrast DIPA from BW)

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