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Yeast and Fermentation / Lager turbidity
« on: January 12, 2014, 03:17:15 AM »
It seems to me that lager yeast tends towards a higher turbidity and stays in suspension for quite some time if disturbed during racking.

Am I correct in my assumption based on my observations?

The Pub / Chromecast
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:35:44 AM »

This sucker even works with my lubuntu chrome . Flawless with my chromebook. Even my android phone.

Revolutionary. Content shows on my widescreen HD or whatever the browser has in it. There's some lag that way but for youtube and netflix which are prime services the experience is amazing. I think the introduction has been as influential as my first experience with MTV. But on steroids. Or crack...

The Pub / Whiskey
« on: December 12, 2013, 04:22:10 AM »
I goes into the closest SPEC's and ask for an entry-level whiskey. Walked out with some G. Dickle 8 classic recipe...

Is sour mash really an entry level whiskey? I was thinking of Canadian Club. Hell I could have picked Crown Royal.

Anyway I'm trying it straight. And indeed it is whiskey. I'm liking it. What should I buy next? For under $20.

Ingredients / Spices for a Witbier
« on: July 23, 2013, 11:41:11 PM »
I'm going to brew a Belgian style Witbier tomorrow and have a question about the various spices and their appropriate concentrations.

At the moment I have 1oz of Bitter orange peel (dried) and 2g of Paradise seed. That sound about right for 5 gallons? Also, while I am absolutely not a fan of coriander in a beer- about half an oz looks good.

Considering an addition of one or two dried chile de arbol towards the end of the boil.

How about you guys?

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing hiatus
« on: June 29, 2013, 01:49:58 PM »
I brewed a batch of Hefeweizen a couple days ago... But hadn't brewed since my mother passed last October whereupon I brewed a bbl in her honor. Half was a Pale ale that turned out phenomenal and the other was a CAP. Unfortunately, the CAP turned out terrible (in my opinion). I was reminded with every glass- kinda broke my spirit I guess. :(

Anyway, even Dave sent me some Belma hops to brew with. I didn't. No gumption. And over half a year's time slipped away...

But I'm off my lazy ass and back in the saddle again! Tired of paying for expensive yet average beer I need to fill my two chest freezers with fermenters. So it is a Pale ale on Sunday! I'm gonna fill some kegs up and get ahead of the curve. ;D I really enjoyed brewing that Hefe- brought me back to the early 90's when I brewed my first.

Anyone else with similar experiences? How did you deal with them?

General Homebrew Discussion / Goose Island beer
« on: May 12, 2013, 09:56:13 PM »
I'd only heard of the far off brewery Goose Island and never in my life thought it would ever be on the shelves here but lo and behold... ;D

I've had a 750 of "Sofie" farmhouse ale and am sipping on some "Summertime" which is a Kolsch evidently.

So far all have been excellent. Could it be that the recent appearance has anything to do with InBev?

The Pub / Forum attendance
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:46:40 PM »
Wow Guys! We've seen a couple records broken:

Most Online Today: 229. Most Online Ever: 406 (February 20, 2013, 13:43:17)

Significantly up from last year and the year before! Way to go fellow brewers!

Going Pro / New Texas law?
« on: March 08, 2013, 12:39:54 AM »
Today a person I met in New Braunfels claimed that a law allowing self distribution by breweries was passed recently. A google search reveals nothing.

Might affect my choice of retirement career options. :D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L.
« on: February 07, 2013, 05:54:39 PM »
Yes folks Schlitz High Gravity V.S.L. enters the ring at 8.5% by volume...! Knocking aside its competitors with the low price and cheap buzz.

I've become rather partial to this strong-lager in its black can. It's a little sweet and could use a bit more of hop character but a fine golden beverage nevertheless. I mix 1-2oz limeade with a 16oz can to make a refreshing but sneakily potent shandy. Been drinking a lot of this lately as the homebrew is running low.

Beer Travel / Ouachita Brewhouse Little Rock Airport
« on: January 10, 2013, 02:02:35 PM »
I might be spending several hours in this airport and don't want them to be long... Anybody with knowledge of this establishment: Ouachita Brewhouse? I certainly can see myself spending a few hours drinking some beer.

The Pub / Another timewaster
« on: January 04, 2013, 01:34:03 PM »
I stumbled upon this interesting little game called "Progress Quest". Only thing required is picking your name, race and class and roll up your stats. Then it does the rest.

The browser version seems to eat up a lot of cpu and pauses when the window isn't on top so the client performs so much better- leave it running for an hour or two in the background and see how fast you level!

The Pub / Absente
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:07:29 AM »
I know this isn't a new product since Absinthe actually has been legal in the States for quite some time now. This stuff is as probably as close to the classic absinthe one can get with 10mg thujone per serving. According to my research this is most likely more ppm than the original product. Regardless, I'm fairly sure that thujone isn't the main effector in this drink but is part of a synergistic medley of herbs.

I've had a pastis everyday between the classic 5-6 pm to celebrate the drink and to stimulate the appetite.

It's fairly nice with just ice but thought I'd demonstrate the "louche" without the wasteful flaming of the sugar-cubes. Dilute about 3-1 and serve well chilled. Sip and enjoy the delicate flavors.

I get some indefinable stimulation but where it really shows up is the effect on my dreaming. Very vivid and complex. Ever see Inception...?

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer serving temp
« on: November 23, 2012, 05:31:13 AM »
I got back from visiting the family and placed a 3 gallon keg of bitter into a bucket and chilled with frozen bottles for a couple hours. The water is 48F and the first couple glasses were exactly that temp. Tastes great. Now the beer is serving 10 degrees over the ambient water temp. Still awesome. maybe better. ;)

The water is to the top of the keg and over the level of the beer but I'm assuming there's some sort of convection? Why else would the beer warm up while the chilling water has remained the same temp?

And what temp do you guys serve beer at. mine usually is in the low 40's? I was raised with cold beer here in the South. Can't help it.

The Pub / A changed euge (sorta)
« on: November 21, 2012, 02:40:54 AM »
I just wanted to let you guys know about some things that have transpired in my life in the last several months.

You know about the death of my dear old Dad- an old Marine, a member of the Greatest Generation and my ultimate Hero.
What you don't know is:

Four days after his death I was laid off from my decently lucrative job of 6 years. Three weeks after that an Aunt passed away suddenly. A month after that an Uncle. The family pulls together. In the meantime there are slim pickings in my particular field of expertise. Basically no real jobs to be found in my area for a person of my qualifications. Mentally it got ugly. Thank god for xbox, beer and other things. A fellow laid-off is colleague calling me mirroring my mental state. We support each other. Meanwhile all is chaos and confusion. No responses to my carefully crafted resume and letters of recommendation. I begin to despair. Am I just another statistic of today's Economy?

A slew of part-time jobs appears. I apply for every single one of them. No responses.

Then my Mother passes away three months exactly shy of one hour of my Dad's death. I miss saying goodbye by 10 minutes. The family is devastated yet in no small way relieved since she suffered so. I am trying not to sink into a world of self-pity.

Two days later as we are making arrangements for a funeral a call is received and an Interview is scheduled! The day after the funeral another call comes in from my old organization. They want to interview me. After two interviews with the Director and my soon to be peers I am made an offer- albeit at a diminished compensation rate and part time hours. I quickly and gratefully accept. Will start in December.

Yesterday another recruiter calls me for a part time job and I set up an interview for this afternoon. Surprise! It's a peer interview with Supervisor/Manager present! Goes OK I think... Another one with the Director afterwards. Am told "We will be in touch by middle of next week one way or another..."

By the time I get home the recruiter is calling me with an offer. I take it. Now I have two part time jobs with competing organizations....

All is clear to me now. It has been tough, scary and uncertain. I still have no benefits. I am humbled and chastened. Probably not over yet. And I miss my parents.

The Pub / Latest Colorado and Washington State laws
« on: November 11, 2012, 03:17:27 AM »
So as everybody must have heard by now possession of weed up to 1 oz is legal by State law in two States now. As far as I understand it anyway.

Two States that feature a significant brewing and foodie culture I might add!

I don't think it violates forum rules so it intrigues me as to the opinions of others. Will there be an exodus to these two States? How does this impact the workforce? How about traffic stops? On and on (don't get political keep it somewhat objective)...

Enjoy. 8)

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