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American Pale Ale on Friday. I don't like shopping but I like brewing!

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When you add beer to a sauce depends on the kind of sauce. If you are making a roux based sauce then you can really add it any time as long as you remember the cold liquid added to hot roux or cold roux added to hot liquid rule. otherwise the roux will get clumpy. If you are using heavy cream then I recomend sauteing the aromatics (onion, garlic etc.) then adding the beer and cooking it down to nearly nothing (au sec?) then adding the cream. This will concentrate the flavours without watering down the cream. so for mac-n-cheese you can add it anytime before or after the milk as long as you whisk it in quickly to avoid clumps. Beer and cheese sauce are amazing together. beer and cheddar soup rocks!

That's what I was looking for. I should have known but I did not even think about the roux rule of adding cold to hot will clump. I will be making a roux based cheese sauce for the mac and cheese and I think it'll get a little shot of Porter this year. Thanks!

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Macaroni and IPA cheese sauce - though whether mac and cheese is thanksgiving fair depends on what part of the country you're from.

I'm not so sure about IPA sauce. I love IPAs but not for cooking. This does bring up an interesting idea though. Has anyone ever used a little beer in the sauce instead of milk just to add that flavor? I would think you'd want to add just a little at the very end to avoid any clumping. I have some porter in the basement that might go pretty well in the cheese sauce.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Camping
« on: November 08, 2011, 02:41:23 PM »
Can you just pay to go? If so, how much?

Sorry Bo, this is one of those things you can't buy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Camping
« on: November 08, 2011, 11:21:43 AM »

We did ours at Arbor Brewing, which as a brewpub can have guest taps in MI.  They got a half barrel and a 1/4 barrel.  Both kegs were gone in 2 hours.  The place was packed, and they also sold a lot of food to the folks that came to try the SN beer.
It was a fun night, as we could swan about pub, as the "brewers".

Hey Denny or Mike - what was the Beer Camp number?  13 was ours, they have had many since.


We were 64, Jeff.

They do one every 2 weeks!!! That's crazy. Terrence must never rest.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fining then dry hopping?
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:55:38 AM »
I would say not worth the effort but try both ways and let us know how it turns out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Camping
« on: November 07, 2011, 08:49:45 PM »
Here is the set of my pics. I got them all in order now.

http://s251.photobucket.com/albums/gg304/miguel622/Beer%20Camp%202011/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fining then dry hopping?
« on: November 07, 2011, 06:52:57 PM »
I have not used a fining agent before dry hopping before but I have let the krausen drop before dry hopping. Just got back from Sierra Nevada and the scientists there say they would dry hop with 1-1.5 degrees plato of fermentable sugars left so you wouldn't oxidize your beer.

I have had good success with dry hopping right after fermentation without the use of fining agents.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Camping
« on: November 07, 2011, 06:49:43 PM »
nice stuff denny.  when you're ready to talk about the pics more - anything to say about the hop torpedoes or the kellerweiss open fermentation?  both look pretty cool

 I can comment about the torpedos a little. They are pretty cool pieces of equipment. The end of each fermenter had to be specially designed to accommodate the hook up to the torpedo.  They would hook up the torpedo and let it run for 4-6 days continuously pumping wort through the torpedo. I can't remember what they said about the stage of fermentation they were in during this phase. I can tell you a fresh Torpedo IPA tastes amazing. Also, and I have a pic of this, when hooked up and running, they are subjected to 25-30 psi of pressure inside the torpedo. They really are hop bombs!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Camping
« on: November 07, 2011, 10:49:16 AM »
Same as Denny. I had the pleasure of working with him on developing our recipe.

Hey, I didn't know this was you!  ;)  Mike, please post your impressions, too.

I'm still at work but I will later. I'm still trying to process the experience into the right words. I will get my photos up too.

I also detected somewhat of a spicy character in the X-366 hop. I also picked up a few ounces of X-369 from Bells so I might be able to bridge the gap and give some insight into the differences.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Camping
« on: November 07, 2011, 07:27:16 AM »
I will sort and organize my pics as well. I also have some videos that I will post on you tube sometime later this week.

To reiterate what Denny already said... this place is awesome and the beer camp experience is something that I will never forget.

Mike, were you in another group, or the same as Denny?

Same as Denny. I had the pleasure of working with him on developing our recipe.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Camping
« on: November 07, 2011, 06:28:59 AM »
I will sort and organize my pics as well. I also have some videos that I will post on you tube sometime later this week.

To reiterate what Denny already said... this place is awesome and the beer camp experience is something that I will never forget.

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Hopsdirect has released some of their 2011 crop in pellets on their website today. Among those listed... Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Citra. Get 'em while you can.

Amarillo and Chinook ordered!! 

Looks like the Citra is gone now. Got me some Amarillo and Centennial.

Shoot, I was trying to be good and not order while I was still at work. That was fast!

I was trying to do the same but when I saw citra was already gone I had to pull the trigger just in case my centennial was lost! My wife wasn't quite as excited.

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Hopsdirect has released some of their 2011 crop in pellets on their website today. Among those listed... Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Citra. Get 'em while you can.

Amarillo and Chinook ordered!! 

Looks like the Citra is gone now. Got me some Amarillo and Centennial.

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