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Commercial Beer Reviews / Shiner Oktoberfest
« on: August 19, 2010, 10:48:23 PM »
Shiner Marzen-style Oktoberfest. Just came out and I picked up a sixpack this AM.

Cracked a bottle and poured into a pilsner glass. Nice bright copper color. Effervescent and long lasting head. Malty, but not as much as the real German item. Slight initial metallic taste which could be the hops?

Not as sweet like I feared it would be. Nice. Not earth-shattering but the whole six will be consumed. Unlike the Commemorator that I still have a couple bottles left after several years.

The Pub / Favorite mixed drinks
« on: August 15, 2010, 11:30:29 PM »
Martini's. Ok a little strong but how about mixed drinks?

Me it's the Negroni. Actually a modified Negroni.

Two completely different drinks:

2-3oz Gin or Vodka
1/4 oz Campari
squeeze of lime

Plenty of ice in a Rocks glass. Stir. Enjoy.

Tastes like Ruby Red grapefruit juice from two unique perspectives. Irresistible. :D

Equipment and Software / Another March pump question
« on: August 12, 2010, 03:55:31 PM »
I'm looking at my pump and the screws holding the head on. I'm pretty sure I can replace this if broken, however can the head be removed for cleaning? Any special thing to consider when removing the head of the pump?

Beer Recipes / Newcastle Brown Ale
« on: August 11, 2010, 10:39:58 PM »
Anyone have a recipe? Recently rekindled a fondness for Newcastle.


The Pub / Droid phones? iPhones? Wifi?
« on: August 05, 2010, 12:04:02 AM »
I'm interested in the mobile access point feature of some devices running Android or Windows Mobile. I could ditch my cable broadband. And my iPhone is just a plain PITA with ubuntu 10.04. However I could jailbreak the iPhone and do the same thing evidently. But I'd rather just get a new linux phone and sell the 3GS.

Any ideas about this? Plus what is this going to do to the cable broadband and DSL providers when it really takes off in a year or so?

Yeast and Fermentation / Weird citrus smell
« on: August 04, 2010, 11:34:02 PM »
I'm sure this is an infection.

Got the usual wonderful "yeasty beery" fermentation which then after 48 hours abruptly switched over to a gassy "fresh squeezed lemony citrus". There's faint tang of corruption in there too. Krueusen has dropped but brew is still bubbling. Normally, any infection that I see, which is rarely, it shows up weeks after the attenuative phase and has a totally different smell and a scum layer.

What could it be?

All Things Food / Kitchen Knives
« on: July 25, 2010, 08:47:12 PM »
My stable:

Henckels 8" Fine Edge Pro Santoku

Henckles 8" Fine Edge Pro bread knife

Cheap razor sharp Asian market special

Solid 3" hollow-ground-paring

The thin Santoku works well as a Chef's knife for dicing but can butcher too. Good all purpose knife. Amazingly the $7 Asian knife is by far my sharpest and de-bones and fillets well. Doubles as cheese-knife. A real work-horse.

I keep them all sharp with an Aluminum oxide stone

What do you have? How about an ideal knife/brand? One that you'd leave to your kids in the will... ;)

All Things Food / Frying Equipment
« on: July 25, 2010, 10:26:33 AM »
Never raised with fried food. Odd considering I'm from the South ;).

However, I want to do some deep frying, like making sweet-potato fries or potato chips, fried shrimp and maybe Vietnamese Spring-rolls. Stuff like that.

I was looking at deep "Fryers" like Waring Pro and wondering if I need this much bulky expensive unitasking equipment.

I have stock-pots and sauce-pans. Would a frying thermometer be a better buy?

Ideas? Experiences? Advice?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Tank #7
« on: July 20, 2010, 03:11:12 PM »
I don't see it on the website. Boulevard's Tank #7 Farmhouse Ale is: Grape-fruity. Peppery. Fruitfully sweet and hoppy. Golden pale with a long-lasting head. Dry finish. Saison? Much hoppier however me like.

I've sort of sworn off Belgian styles but this is one of the best Amer-Belgian brews consumed lately by myself. It's paired well with the sliced sausage and 100% rye bread. Kinda rustic. Despite this it's a heady intoxicant @ 8% ABV.

So share with a loved one over a simple meal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Favorite hopping methods
« on: July 18, 2010, 01:09:08 AM »
Curious about this. Usually- 95% of the time I just hop at 60 or 45 and leave it at that. At 30-40 IBU's it's plenty bitter. Sometimes I throw some hops in at 20-15 minutes along with the Whirlfloc tabs... I've done it all-which-aways but how have you done it? Any consistent method for your favorite beer?

There's three votes per person. Please feel free to express yourself...

Ingredients / Figs... Figs and beer
« on: July 09, 2010, 11:31:09 AM »
Just picked about 2# of fresh ripe figs off my neighbor's tree. There's hundreds more that'll be ripe in a few days...

Anyway, I plan to slice them length-ways and put them in the dehydrator.

Anyone ever brew with figs? Any ideas, experiences?

The Pub / Martini's
« on: July 04, 2010, 01:10:16 PM »
Lately I've been on a Vodka Martini kick. There's some really nice vodkas made here in Texas: Tito's, Dripping Springs and DeLos. These vodkas are so smooth and free of impurities that hangovers are virtually a thing of the past.

After much experimentation my conclusion is: I like mine wet with the full 3/4oz vermouth and 2-3oz vodka. Lately discovering stirred not shaken is the way to go. Olives and hot pickles make a nice garnish.

One of the things I like about Martinis' is the vinous character of the vermouth. Reminds me of Belgian beer of all things! ;D

Equipment and Software / Let's talk hop-bags!
« on: July 01, 2010, 11:03:44 AM »
I've used them before but they were fine-mesh. Always floating... I tried weighing them down but still they floated. Wondered if there was any sort of decent extraction? The brew didn't seem very hoppy to me. :-\

Considering coarse mesh or might even make some out of surgical sponges. Also have some "Leggs" knee-high stockings but they float too.

Is there a method and approach that is more successful that others?

Yeast and Fermentation / Windsor yeast
« on: June 28, 2010, 11:50:50 PM »
I picked up a handful of Windsor yeast packs from Danstar. Never used it before and the LHBS' price was half that of the S-05 they were out of. My web search reveals that it finishes high.

The stuff takes off voraciously. But then the krausen drops early leaving it a high finisher as for-told. On my second go with it the krausen rose and dropped within 30 hours of re-pitching.

Carbed- the 10 day old PA tastes great. ;D There's some medium bodied fruitiness there but no harsh solventy or estery flavors. I was really worried about it being too sweet but it's all good! We'll see about this Brown ale after a few days...


General Homebrew Discussion / Brew house temps
« on: June 27, 2010, 12:12:20 PM »
Hot as hell. Reminds me why I don't like brewing during the summer. Not as bad as last year but bad enough.

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