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Other Fermentables / Re: Lactose
« on: September 22, 2010, 07:24:43 AM »
I turned a crappy batch of pale ale into 4 gallons of excellent malt vinegar.  Then I made a batch of cider just for vinegar-crabmeat salad with homemade cider vinegar was amazing.  Right now I've got another batch of malt vinegar fermenting from a very lightly hopped pale ale.
On a side note being completely ignorant about the dangers of acetobacter I made the cider vinegar in one of my corny kegs.  That was 10 years ago, there's no telling how many batches of beer I've run through that particular keg over the years, and I've never had an infected keg of beer.

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The Pub / Good deed by an oil company
« on: September 15, 2010, 02:02:19 PM »
I have an employee whose wife is on the priority list for a liver transplant to be done in Phoenix, about a 10 hour drive from here.  She just got moved to the top of the list and has to be in Phoenix within 4 hours of a donor liver being available.  "Bob" was distraught because we have no real air service in this small town, but I suggested he call a family owned oil company  in a nearby town.  I know they have a plane and it rarely gets used(the owner travels by private helicopter mostly)  So he calls and they tell him no problem, free of charge they'll fly her to Phoenix.  They have 2 planes and 3 pilots, all he has to do is call 24/7 and they will get his wife to the hospital on time.  That's the beauty of small town living, even the rich folks (and they are mighty rich) help out strangers/neighbors.
Just wanted to rant about something positive for a change.

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The Pub / Re: You know you're a homebrewer if............
« on: September 13, 2010, 09:12:51 AM »
If your wife uses White Labs vials to take salad dressing for her work lunch.

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All Things Food / Re: Poppers
« on: September 07, 2010, 02:34:34 PM »
Those would be better if they were wrapped in bacon!   ;)

Then battered and fried.

Didn't somebody already call these "artery poppers"?  Battered and fried takes that to a whole new level!
Last year I made some stuffed with homemade sausage leftover from making 100 pounds of bratwurst.  We made about 50 from very fresh jalapenos, wrapped in bacon and smoked over mesquite for about 2 hours.  Probably wasn't very healthy, but then our Oktoberfest isn't a very healthy weekend to begin with.

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All Things Food / Re: homemade shrimp alfredo
« on: July 25, 2010, 06:44:18 AM »
I'm from Mobile but have lived in New Mexico since 1975.  I don't miss the humidity but I do miss floundering and soft shelling all night long with a case of PBR cans,  a washtub with a rope tied to the handle and a coleman flounder light.  We got about 250 softshells one night so we cleaned and breaded them. and froze them.  I'd come home on my lunch hour, heat up the deep-fryer and have about 5 softshells.
I wonder if those days are over forever(at least our lifetimes).

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun vs. CP Filler
« on: July 22, 2010, 09:10:00 AM »
I have a CPF and the last 2 times I used it I got beer everywhere but in the bottles so I bought a Beergun and I love it.  Last weekend I found a bottle of pale ale I bottled with it 2 years ago.  It was still perfectly carbonated and not the least oxidized.  It was actually pretty damn good.
I don't use it unless I'm bottling more than a dozen bottles but it's no more hassle to clean or sanitize than my CPF was, and I can fill a dozen bottles in 10-15 minutes by myself once the bottles are sanitized.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Filtration Systems
« on: July 22, 2010, 08:57:28 AM »
The only time I felt filtering beer was almost worth the hassle was so I could take a couple of uncarbonated kegs to a party.  I filtered them to get the chunks out so that when  I pressured up to 30 psi and shook them the beer wouldn't be totally cloudy.  Otherwise I let time, temp and gravity do all the work.

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Being completely unable to actually follow a recipe I have only brewed my own recipes for the past 15 years.  I did kits for a year but I still added stuff not included with the kits.  Recipe development is probably 50% of my enjoyment.  When I first started creating recipes I would read a lot of other people's recipes looking for common elements but then I'd write my own.

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The Pub / Re: What does “craft beer” mean to you?
« on: July 02, 2010, 08:29:19 AM »
A craft beer is a beer created for the love of the product, not for the love of the profit it might make.
Any brewery who doesn't intend to make a profit will not be around for very long, whether they make each barrel of beer by hand or with a fully automated brew-factory.

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The Pub / Re: What does “craft beer” mean to you?
« on: June 30, 2010, 07:17:25 PM »
I agree with babalu on this one.  Not so much with bluesman.  A lot of yellow fizzy beers are brewed with quality as a prime consideration, but I would not consider them craft beers.  To me a craft beer has to stretch or change the paradigm of what is considered the norm.  I think I may use the word consider too much. ;D ;D ;D
So you wouldn't consider a Prima Pils craft?  There are lots of excellent "yellow fizzy" pilsners brewed by craft brewers here and in Germany, why does a beer have to be outside the norm to be craft?

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Ingredients / Re: Prickly pear substitute?
« on: June 29, 2010, 12:00:25 PM »
I guess you'll have to wait.  My cactus fruits are at least a month from being ripe, maybe even 2 months.  Can you get cactus fruit in Michigan?

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in France
« on: June 28, 2010, 02:06:18 PM »
Try this link.  Apparently a lot of breweries have closed, but if you weed through you'll find the ones still open.
http://beerme.com/region.php?176

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ball Lock or Pin Lock
« on: May 24, 2010, 06:38:51 PM »
I started out with 18 pinlocks, then I was given 10 ball lock kegs(2 more today).  Using flare fittings I can easily change my hose connectors to use either type keg in my system.

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I hate to go against the grain here but I'd leave it as is and fix your problem on the next batch.  If it's drinkable drink it.  I have a policy of forcing myself to drink my bad beers, every drop, all by myself.  It's made me pay more attention to my next batch. :o
Also every time I've tried to fix a batch it just hasn't worked.

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It's got to be a typo.  Pellets allegedly give a little more stuff(flavor/bitterness) than whole hops per weight but I've read that it's 10% more at best.

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