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All Things Food / Foie Gras in California
« on: June 29, 2012, 06:52:18 PM »
I'm paying $98.43 per pound foie gras at the local upscale market. Limited availability, but at least I will still be able to buy it here.

Sorry to say this but there must be some heads up some asses out in California to make this illegal. It should be up to the consumer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Le Mort Vivant
« on: May 12, 2012, 01:36:23 AM »
I broke my beer buying fast with this Biere de Garde in the can. Very impressed with the flavor. Nice soft malty low hop belgian pale ale. Med body.

Anyone experience this beer?

All Things Food / Biscuits
« on: May 09, 2012, 06:12:57 PM »
I've been craving me some biscuits and gravy. But with my self imposed austerity measures I don't have the Bisquick that I'd normally use. But I do have the ingredients.:)

Anyway I made drop biscuits that came out beautifully golden with a perfect texture. Taste? Flat. Lifeless. Bland. ???

You guys got any tips on a biscuit recipe?

Equipment and Software / My badass wortchiller
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:33:00 PM »
I found out how badass my wort chiller was yesterday.

A six gallon batch. A coil of 50' 1/2" copper. Only half in the wort. I turn on the water. It doesn't seem to be chilling. I turn up the water. Stir. Now the dial starts dropping. I get it down to 120F in a couple minutes with some vigorous stirring.

I let the water run and stir it every 5 minutes. It refuses to budge from 120F after 20 minutes. WTF? ???

I look down and both of the burners the kettle is straddling are on full blast... ;D

And to think I only had two beers at that point!

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer Suprise
« on: May 04, 2012, 07:19:21 AM »
I was looking in my old cellar, and found a mystery stubbie (SNPA bottle). Popped it in the fridge before work and later that night...

Wow! This has to be one of the bottles of Braggot that I made. And this one is great! Every dang bottle of this has been different but they all have been better with age. This is excellent. Malty. Effervescent with excellent head formation and a nice lace down the glass. A bit of the honey funk. Somehow this one beer is displaying the qualities that I want in several of my styles- a particular mouthfeel and malt flavor. No. Hop. Bitterness.

Another look and I have two more in the fridge with a possible two 24oz'ers behind them. At 4 years this beer is at it's prime. I'm drinking them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop Topics
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:38:57 AM »
Why are hops listed under ingredients? Shouldn't they merit a category of their own? Yeast have their own. Grain and extract each have their own...

Hops merit a category of their own IMO and probably Water as well. ;) Anyway not trying to start trouble but this suddenly struck me as out of whack with the forum, and it might make it easier for forum users to post topics and find answers about hops.

Respect the hops.

Ingredients / Hopshot and Hop extract
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:26:06 AM »
I looked up the Hopshot on NB. The price seems ok  but I'd like to buy more than a syringe-full.

Ideas and experiences with hop-extract?

General Homebrew Discussion / Chill haze
« on: April 13, 2012, 06:26:16 AM »
I brewed up a hefeweizen that ended up not really being much of a "Hefe". Wasn't crystal clear but I did notice the significant difference between a bottle that had been in the fridge less than 24 hours vs one that had been in longer.

My experience is that chill haze appears once the beer is cold. Why is my haze taking over 24 hours to develop?

General Homebrew Discussion / Election results?
« on: April 01, 2012, 11:47:29 PM »
Are the results in? Are the votes tallied?

Who won....?

All Things Food / Bagels
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:00:30 AM »
I've found myself eating a lot of bagels. The dense but soft store-bought kind. :-\

Wanted to do a NY-style bagel. I got a crispy chewy exterior and a light interior. Pretty damn good. Instead of malt syrup I used Dark Candi syrup in the mix. None for the boiling water. And I did a 24 hour ferment.

The schmeeer: ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Buying Beer
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:08:12 AM »
I haven't bought any beer in a couple weeks but have been working on a selection of what I have brewed up.

Aaah... Freedom from the $8.99 sixpack! How sweet it is... ;D

A great place to be is when you'd rather drink your own and not get bored.

If you guys and gals aren't already aware, but the American Homebrewers Association 2012 Governing Committee Election is coming up quick and will be on April 1, 2012.

Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite candidate!

May I suggest Ron Price? ;)

Ingredients / Coconut water?
« on: March 02, 2012, 03:38:00 AM »
I've been seeing this in the water section. Expensive but wondering who's tried it and if the CW has a brewing application such as a coconut porter.

The Pub / Retirement?
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:40:57 AM »
Always said I'd never retire: a young man's hubris. Been working for thirty years and now feeling it. ;D Wondering what it'd be like to retire early before 50!

Before someone goes on about "advice on a forum" I know many of ya'll to be professionals- perhaps a few saavy and retired homebrewers. I'm looking for strategies and pointers in various scenarios.

Is it possible?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Bravely Done
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:08:22 AM »
That was under the cap of the Deschutes Brewery Hop Henge Experimental IPA. OMG. This beer is sweet but you could hardly tell it. Malt profile is a mystery to me. Each sip and I taste the hops strongly for a good minute. Have to swish my mouth out with Bud Light to clear the lingering hop taste. Just kidding- I'm drinking water. So buy this one with glee but share it with 10 of your closest friends as I calculate 2 oz is plenty for each.

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