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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing This Weekend - 1/22
« on: January 20, 2010, 07:03:54 PM »
Yes, its time.

No brewing here. we'll still be manning the buckets.

Ingredients / Re: Newport Hops
« on: January 16, 2010, 10:53:24 PM »
I think it came out of Drew's book?  I'll have to check to make sure though.

Ha! I had to go check too. Fortunately, I actually have a copy on my shelf. :)

And yes, traditional brutal bitter has only used Crystal, an imperial ass load as a matter of fact, but a few years back when we were having problems getting enough one of our members asked John about bittering and he said newport would be fine. Thus our recipe got changed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pressure Canning Wort For Starters
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:29:48 PM »
no reason to boil b/c it will boil when you can it?  or because you plan on boiling it when you go to make a starter?

When you pull the can from the canner it will still be boiling inside, so absolute no worries about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Prize Giveaway Contest
« on: January 14, 2010, 03:59:04 PM »
I just found out the other day that as a member of the GC I'm not eligible for that or other stuff like the Lallemand scholarship.....such is the price of service!   :(

Really? Well, f'me. Oh well... :)

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?

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