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Ingredients / Quality of Canadian Malt
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:57:53 PM »
Our homebrew club is working on a bulk grain purchase through one of the malting groups and a LHBS.  I got the prices on the malt--and the Canadian malts are considerably less, say 15 cents plus per pound, than the comparable malts from others, like Briess.  I don't want to switch from MO and German Pilsner for certain beers, but the prices sure are tempting.  I mean, the grain has to go through stringent QC, just like the others.  So it has to be good, right?

Ingredients / Re: The "Truth" About Commercial Beer.
« on: July 27, 2013, 11:30:04 AM »
Yawn.  Life is gonna kill you.  Might as  well end it all now while you're ahead.

Ingredients / Re: Spices for a Witbier
« on: July 23, 2013, 06:59:07 PM »
Just made a wonderful Wit Bier.  Some Indian coriander, chamomile tea, and the zest from about a dozen oranges.  Heaven.

I would also expect that the second presentation would be a little smoother due to practice for some of the speakers.


My Saturday presentation features (at least) 5% less stammering.

The Saturday show was good.

Pimp My System / Re: Gravity Fed Strut stand
« on: July 22, 2013, 07:48:23 AM »
How did you attach the burners?

My thoughts, exactly.  Looks like a Blichmann burner for the boil. I'm trying to work mine into the stand the same way.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 22, 2013, 07:06:00 AM »
We remodeled our kitchen last summer.  It took my wife 10 years to have it done because she was afraid that she was going to make a bad choice.  You should be able to see CG images of what the finished product will look like.  One thing we did do is to have separate a "hers" and "his" kitchen sink (I use mine for brewing, of course) to preserve domestic tranquility.

Pimp My System / Re: Thinking about automation. Where to start...?
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:41:46 AM »
Google Brutus 10

I have the "Build the Brutus 10" article from BYO at my bedside.  Good idea, Denny.

Pimp My System / Re: Thinking about automation. Where to start...?
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:44:04 PM »
Great thread G ! I'll be watching this. I'm enjoying the Isaac Newton method still but I am RIMS/HERMS curious

I'm some gravity/some pump.  I found a bit of info at  My big problem is figuring out what parts are needed and what they do.

Pimp My System / Thinking about automation. Where to start...?
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:15:31 PM »
I think it's time to add some automation to my brew day I still want some hands-on), but I don't have a clue where to start.  I look at pictures of other homebrewers' systems, and people just assume everyone knows how these things work.  Are there any good websites, etc... to get me pointed in the right direction to learn about things like RIMS vs HERMS, temp controllers, Love switches, PIDS, low vs high pressure propane, and so forth?

Thanks in advance.

Pimp My System / Re: Gravity Fed Strut stand
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:02:17 PM »
What's covering the 2nd and floor levels?  Looks like some kind of perforated metal.

The Pub / Re: Pronunciation of "Saison"
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:44:26 PM »
Saying Saison correctly is no problem, but I'll go to my grave wondering if I'm supposed to say "May-bock" or "My-bock."

The Pub / Re: A Good Day to Die Hard movie review
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:41:50 PM »
"Die Hard" was the ultimate no-brainer-guy movie.  No plot.  Cardboard characters, stereotyped good vs. evil.  But lots of stuff got blown up real good.  It delivered what it was supposed to.

The Pub / Re: I am really disappointed in Sam Adams
« on: July 06, 2013, 01:10:10 PM »
This thread is a teasing squirrel to my inner political chihuahua.

I know, but I promised Denny I'd be good.

The Pub / Re: I am really disappointed in Sam Adams
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:09:38 PM »
They're talking about beer.  You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger conservative than I.  Whatever, dude.  It's beer.  It's a commercial.  Who  takes commercials seriously, anyway?  Many more bigger fish to get upset about.

Events / Re: NHC Awards Dinner
« on: July 01, 2013, 03:27:05 PM »
Kudo's to the Philadelphia crew for an excellent conference.  After the recipe and ingredient commentary by Sean Paxton I was prepared for an outstanding meal.  To my and my foodie groups disappointment the Stromboli could have been better described as a pretzel with the pork inside grossly overcooked.  It was a shame that the chef's ideas were so poorly executed, not typical of a Marrriot .  Anybody have a great meal?  I hope so.

My wife and I liked the food, much better than the banquet fare at my last conference in Minnesota. (Technically, as you said, it wasn't a Stromboli.) We're very picky, actually.  Lots of times we avoid restaurants because the cooking is so much better at home.

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