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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 19, 2012, 08:43:55 PM »
dawned on me, wilco

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Consensus on racking out of primary?
« on: May 15, 2012, 01:55:11 AM »
i started out doing secondary but after a bunch of reading here and other places i stopped.  sometimes i'll add an extra week.  besides finding it wasn't really necessary, it also took another step out of the process that was sometimes a hassle for me and my work schedule.



Yeast and Fermentation / yeast bummer
« on: May 15, 2012, 01:46:23 AM »
my LHBS raised prices on liquid yeast.

now $8 a pack/tube.

not cool man.

i love drinking my home brew, but some beers i still just want to buy and enjoy.  it's just easier to buy one-six beers than try to brew 5 gallons of it.  just my opinion though.

Equipment and Software / Re: Black Beer bottles and caps
« on: May 12, 2012, 05:34:38 AM »
i've used black bottle caps.  got them at a not so local home brew store.  they exist.  never seen a black bottle though. 

General Homebrew Discussion / bottleworks 13 anniversary ale
« on: May 11, 2012, 12:07:46 AM »
anyone else try this beer?

it's brewed by stone.  it has 13 grains and 13 hops.  it tastes okay.  i sorta feel like it's got too many things making a flavor that is just meh.  it's bitter but without definition.  at least to my palate.  it's an imperial porter and i have to say i'm just not crazy about it.  stone is one of my favorite commercial brewers but i feel like 26 ingredients plus yeast may be just too much not going on.

at what point does too many ingredients become just because we could? 

"keep it simple, stupid."  right?  it's worked for me.

also i am certainly not calling mitch steele or the fellas stupid.  just a saying i know. 



Beer Travel / Re: Orlando??
« on: May 01, 2012, 01:50:23 PM »
try and

world of beers is pretty good.  they don't serve food but you can get take out and have it there.

haven't been to redlight yet but plan on it when i visit my folks in june.  I've heard very good things though.

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: April 28, 2012, 02:40:31 AM »
i am about to grill chicken that has been marinating in a homemade, on-the-fly habanero honey lime sauce with roasted balsamic brussels sprouts.

goddamned glad i bought a great grill. 


All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:57:12 PM »
this is my plan of attack. 

hope to put together the mash tun next week.


Ingredients / ahtanum hops
« on: April 25, 2012, 10:27:49 PM »
who has used them?  how/style?  thoughts?

cheers and thanks!

finally getting around to brewing an amarillo & centennial ipa.  gonna try using some whole leaf amarillo for a fwh.  never done this before so I'm looking forward to it. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Burn(er)ing Question
« on: April 25, 2012, 02:06:43 PM »
i have the second burner you are asking about and also got it from amazon.  i've had it for two years and it has worked fine, though it is completely rusted over.  i just recently got the blichmann.  mainly because the burner is twice as big as the bayou classic and it completely covers the bottom of my newer, larger kettle.  i could have saved about $75 bucks but had the disposable income to spend so i thought i'd go with the stainless american burner because i could.  i haven't had time to use it yet but will be tomorrow or friday as weather and work allow.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Boiling in an erlenmeyer flask
« on: April 22, 2012, 03:26:19 AM »
i boil in a 2000ml flask and have never boiled over.  you just gotta watch for a little bit; maybe ride the burner dial.  it's not rocket science.  i grill dinner while i boil in my flask. 

The Pub / Re: Running - What have I gotten myself into?
« on: April 16, 2012, 08:18:22 PM »
it took me a month and a half of running 2.2 miles every other day to get my stride/form into a better impact absorption stride.  it wasn't hard, but it took time.  it is very possible to not hurt your body while running.

The Pub / Re: Running - What have I gotten myself into?
« on: April 16, 2012, 08:09:51 PM »
you should read born to run by christopher mcdougall. 

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