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All Things Food / Re: Tabasco Chipotle
« on: November 03, 2010, 10:42:54 PM »
A normal sized bottle probably wouldn't last a day at work. And chipotle is the miracle flavoring IMO. It really brings something to the party.

Also Tabasco does a Habanero Pepper Sauce. I'm leery of it.


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The Pub / Re: Possible Fermenting Buckets?
« on: November 03, 2010, 10:37:00 PM »
Dude, snap up the 10 gallon buckets if they are labeled "food grade". If you do 5-6 gallon batches you'll never have to worry about a blowout or need a blow off tube.

Testing? Well, a start would be to split a batch in glass and one of the mystery buckets and send both samples in for analysis.  I guess you'd be looking for something "extra" in the plastic fermented.

Does foodgrade plastic mean made fresh or recycled from plastic that hasn't previously held anything toxic? This would be my main concern.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:58:40 AM »
And it depends why and who your audience is. A crowd of beer drinkers might not realize that it isn't perfection (if it falls short of our expectations), but then again it might be just right for the situation.

If I'm not happy with it, I have a hard time giving it to someone else.

Those are words to live by for sure!

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All Things Food / Re: Noodles & Pasta
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:48:50 AM »
Thread resurrection!

It's getting cooler here so I'll be slurping more noodle soup. Made a quick hot and sour noodles with grilled shrimp and smoked bacon.

I used the Caravelle Hot and Sour soup paste. It's a tom yum base. Added a little soy and fish sauce to punch it up a bit. The noodles were new to me from the local grocer- King Soba noodle culture organic Thai Rice Noodles. I really like these noodles. They retained their toothiness and didn't get soggy like rice noodles tend to do.

Spicy!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:35:04 AM »
And it depends why and who your audience is. A crowd of beer drinkers might not realize that it isn't perfection (if it falls short of our expectations), but then again it might be just right for the situation.

We're grimacing and sipping and they're chugging it down...  ;)

I find that "fixing" something after the fact causes more problems when the gambit goes awry.

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:19:34 AM »
Ok, isn't it about time for a Babalu update?  :)

Yes.

Check out "The Brewer of the Week" on the AHA website. Very nice profile written by Frank White.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/brewer-of-the-week/show?title=brewer-of-the-week-jeff-fuller

We're pulling for you Jeff!

Wow. I'm humbled. Still praying and raising pints...



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« on: November 03, 2010, 10:19:34 AM »
It doesn't have to be extract. But it's quick and easy. ;)


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Beer Travel / Re: San Antonio beer tips?
« on: November 03, 2010, 10:06:07 AM »
They carry better than Shiner on the Riverwalk. There's a County Line BBQ on the Riverwalk which is decent. Woohoo we have a Morton's. But I think they got one in Chicago LOL. I recommend Jim Cullum at the Landing for some jazz. Durty Nelly's Irish pub is always good for a bit of fun too.

Gordon- your PM must have been waylaid. Let me know when you'll be in town and maybe we can get together.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:46:47 AM »
Tom's right I forgot to mention you'd be in the 4-5% alcohol range. Honestly, I think you could pull it off in 5 days but convention pushes me to go longer...

Try it. ;D

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The Pub / Re: Election Day in the USA!!!
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:32:35 AM »
I feel for you guys. I don't even live in the country and I'm sick of it.

The toy commercials for Sinterklaas have begun here. Yep, Sinterklaas - almost as weird as an American election. Did anyone campaign in blackface?

The interesting times are still in progress.  :-\

As always.

I'm surprised at what I perceive as a low turn out. Really? Am I wrong? Apathy. At most about a quarter of my colleagues voted.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Removing spent grain from MT, has anyone.....
« on: November 03, 2010, 12:47:30 AM »
...If I did try it I'd put the vac head on top of the wheelbarrow with a false top of wood for the vac head to sit on.


Will that work? Interesting. Might be useful for those that have the 120qt tuns.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watch out for short-cuts!
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:45:34 PM »
I was cutting my brew time down to just a few hours by doing concentrated boils and chilling the kettle in the bath tub. I lost two consecutive batches when the kettles floated and capsized wasting a potential 10 gallons of beer. Expensive beer.

And I was distracted both times.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:37:19 PM »
Yes.

I'll probably be ding'd for it but if you want a kegged beer to drink in 8 days this WORKS:

Use extract and cane sugar 60/40 and steep if you want to. Hop around 40 IBU. Or more. The trick is to use yeast with high flocculation characteristics like Nottingham. On the 8th day keg, chill and force carb.

This doesn't do so well if you let it sit in primary for longer than 8 days. To do that you need to use 100% extract. Seems to me that with the cane sugar it tastes a little cleaner at that young age. However, let it sit too long it's like Schlitz. Gotta halt that fermentation and retain a little sweetness and mouthfeel by chilling.




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I just sent this to Pabst Brewing Co
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:24:38 PM »
I hope they take your letter seriously but I dont think they will. Pabst beer is s***ty and they get away with selling swill because they market it to hipster kids. Pabst "brewing" company doesnt even make their own beer. Its all contract brewed for them

Yup. They brew it here too. Drank loads of the cheap lager in the past. Shiver.

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The Pub / Re: Election Day in the USA!!!
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:21:38 PM »
...a brewer just got elected Governor in CO...I've had his beer, pretty good.
What I always liked about his brewpub is, after suffering major beer fatigue at the GABF, I could wander down to Wykoop and have a mead.

That being said, this forum is not the progressive echo chamber; political opinions should be taken somewhere else.

I agree. I've seen it rip asunder another forum. This is not the venue at all.

And I'd vote for a man that could brew decent beer. Yup. Sure would.

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