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The Pub / Re: More craft breweries now than in 1890
« on: August 08, 2012, 07:29:16 AM »
I agree about Magic Hat being supremely disappointing. Their "Not quite pale ale" was so fantastically disappointing. It was like a bad imitation of Pyramid's apricot ale. I believe any beer with fruit extract added to it should clearly state so on the bottle.

I used to be a fan of Magic Hat a long time ago, but it seems like their quality has gone down. I know they were bought not that long ago, but IMO the quality wasn't that good before they were bought.   Didn't they buy Pyramid or are owned by the same owner? They did brew a colaboration beer, a Gose, for the Vermont Beer fest with Trapps lodge that was really good.

The Pub / Re: How to introduce a girl to brewing...
« on: August 08, 2012, 07:05:42 AM »
And then give her a vacuum for her birthday...
Right after I read this, I was in the breakroom and one of my coworkers was saying that her husband bought her a vacuum for her birthday.  I almost laughed out loud...she was really each his/her own.

I think the important thing here, and what I suspect will make the biggest impression on her is that you are sharing something important about yourself. Not saying you should brew something crazy that she will almost certainly not like, just that what you choose to brew with her is not as important as asking her to brew with you. opening up and allowing her to see a real aspect of who you are is going to win her over way more than what style beer you choose.

and +1 to euge, feed her, feed her with wonderful beautiful food that you crafted with the same care and love that you craft your beer with and she will be impressed.

Nicely put and totally agree.  I think its great if there is interest in brewing together.  My wife loves that I brew and loves my beer, but we kind of clash while cooking and brewing. Branching out into different beers may take a while.  For a while my wife only drank hoppy beers, then she started liking other beers and is only recently liking unusual ones.  She still isnt liking my no pants thing, but it is something she has become used to by now.  An English Brown is a good choice. Thats one of the non hoppy ones I made that she tried and liked.   I brewed a Southern Englsih Brown because I wanted to focus more on the malt/fruit than the malt/nut flavors.

Or you could just have kids and then you end up with dozens of the things  ;)
This actually made me laugh out loud. After over 6 months of ear infections with our daughter, we had a small drawer full of these. They do work great for measuring small amounts of liquids.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brett and phenols?
« on: August 01, 2012, 12:04:54 PM »
I thought the band-aid taste was from chlorinated water combining with hop and yeast phenols. Where did you get this information? I haven't heard it before.

Chlorine is what caused my band-aid problem in two batches. I have heard that oversparging and/ or too hot water sparge water can cause them too.  I also have heard contamination could also be the cause.

Dont recall what books I've read this in but here are some quick links I found.

Edited to add links.

Ingredients / Re: Hop Hoarder
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:54:50 AM »
I just made an IPA with Cascade hops that I grew two or three years ago and they were still good and the beer came out great. I vacuum sealed them and stored them in the freezer.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 12/16oz Bottle Taste Difference
« on: July 27, 2012, 07:44:52 AM »
I pour my sugar solution into the beer after draining about 2 quarts into the bottling bucket. The solution is still quite hot and it will mix more readily.
I do this too. I also use my autosiphon I used to rack into the bottling bucket to stir the beer periodically while bottling. I had carbonation inconsistencies until I started stirring too.

I also use 12oz and 16oz bottles for the same batch and dont notice any difference.

Edited to add last sentence(and this one).

Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: July 27, 2012, 06:43:32 AM »
Just got mine yesterday. Haven't brewed with it yet. It's orange. Does that impact efficiency?
I hope not. I just got an orange one too. I was waiting for the open box sale and ordered it as soon as I got the email.   Unfortunately I havent even had the chance to open the box yet but I will be using it tonight while grilling and then to calibrate my other thermometers and then to measure the temperature of whatever else I want in 3 seconds.

BTW I would love to see myself above a 10bbl mash too but the thermapen is more affordable.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Your Top 4 Hefeweizens?
« on: July 27, 2012, 06:31:54 AM »
The commercial beer selection in Missouri is really bad outside of St. Louis and KC. Like, really awful. Sam Adams awful.
I'm pretty lucky in that there are plenty of liquor stores with a great craft beer selection around me. My only problem is that the freshness level is dubious at most of them. I've pretty much given up on IPA's from a lot of them. It's nice to find 3-year old barleywines on the shelf. It's not so nice to find 3-year old hefe's or DIPA's. I happened upon a bottle of Avery Maharaja the other day that I really wanted to grab, but my spidey sense went off and told me it would be a big waste of money. Went home with some gueuze instead.
A 3 year hefe stored too warm.  There are a few stores by me with this problem too. The selection in some have been incredible, but the freshness terrible.  Most of these places must store their beers at too warm a temp.  Nothing worse than buying a hard to find beer and finding out its bad when you go to drink it. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Headache City
« on: July 26, 2012, 07:34:31 AM »
I agree completely.  The worst headaches I've ever gotten are from drinking a couple cups of Miller at a Blackhawk's game (yes, I've done this repeatedly). .

That's funny. The worst headaches I've ever gotten were from drinking beers at a Rangers game and realizing that I paid at least $60 for crappy beer. (and I've done this repeatedly too.)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Your Top 4 Hefeweizens?
« on: July 26, 2012, 07:19:50 AM »
The best Hefes I've had were fresh Germans.  My favorites:


When checking beer in the glass temp I whip out the trusty superfast thermapen, and have an accurate reading in seconds. This device I use for everything.
..and is finally on open box sale again!  I've been waiting a while for this and I just ordered mine.  I will be using this for everything too.  Woohooo!

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: July 13, 2012, 09:25:50 AM »
Good to know.   This is pretty similar to what I do in my regular oven too.  My forearm barely grazed the pizza stone and I got a really nasty burn.   I’ll have to try this soon.  Did it taste very different than pizza from a regular oven?

I would love to have brick oven.  Probably prefer it inside since I'd be making pizza every for every meal and becoming morbidly obese.  Pizza is defintely one of my weaknesses.

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: July 13, 2012, 06:32:21 AM »
Looks tasty! My efforts at pizza on the grill were a dismal failure. How hot and how long?

tried to keep it up around 500, or as hot as 2 burners out of three couild get it. took about 5-8 minutes per pie. I put a pie on, went and stretched and topped another, put that one on, stretch, top and then pull the first one off. got to get the dough really thin so it cooks quickly enough.
They look good.  I've been meaning to try this for a while.  I would think that the crust would burn before the cheese melted too.  Does the direct heat change anything with the way you use the pizza stone?

Edited for my lack of communication skills.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Does it matter?
« on: July 12, 2012, 06:10:28 AM »
I've done both without problems. If you do water to grain make sure the mash tun is heated.   I started off mashing in a cooler(blue of course) and I did water to grain.  The first few times I did it without warming the cooler and I had to play catchup to get it to mash temp. Warming the cooler first made a big difference.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 10, 2012, 10:47:12 AM »
Iron Lion Zion - Bob Marley

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