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Equipment and Software / Re: Really cheap tetra pond pump
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:00:19 AM »
Its not so much the cost. I wanted to make ice blocks in Chinese food containers and then refreeze the water afterwards.  It might take up a lot of space and I've already taken up a lot of real estate in our spare freezer with hops. 

Events / Re: NHC Awards Dinner
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:58:35 AM »
I thought the pickled veggies and salad were good and I loved the dessert. I also enjoyed the beer pairings with everything. Our entres arrived later than everyone else’s. I think they had a problem with the vegetarian count or something like that.   A psuedostromboli was not what I was hoping for, but I thought it was pretty good…but maybe because it didn’t sit...or I was really hungry...or I'm not a foodie. I appreciated the thought that was put into the meal by trying to tie into the local area.  I also don’t think the Marriot did the meal justice either, but the hotel itself was not very impressive either.  It might have been too much for them to prepare that many meals.

As far as the cost, I didn’t think it was bad.  I’ve certainly paid more for a lot worse. The day before, I went to El Vez and payed about $40 for some good guac, a subpar entre, and a few beers. I would take the banquet dinner and much more Rogue beer over what I had there. I also had a great time at the dinner, which made it worth it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Really cheap tetra pond pump
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:25:16 AM »
I just bought one of these little pumps from lowes with the intent of doing the same thing.  Glad to hear it worked. I was kind of hoping it would take less ice. Did you stir at all?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:02:02 PM »
Anyone have any thoughts if I can bring a keg on SEPTA? Trying to figure out best way to get it down there.
These guys did
not that I would recommend it.
I would at least put it in a brown paper bag.

Equipment and Software / Re: carboy handle
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:17:30 AM »
I have the two different size carboy handles for my different sized carboys and there is really no play with either. As others have said, you shouldnt be using them with full carboys so a little play shouldnt matter. The only thing I use the handle for is as something to hold the wet empty carboy in place during my cleaning. As far as carrying full carboys, my wife bought me a brew hauler for Christmas this year and it's one of those things I wish I had sooner.

Beer Travel / Re: New York City
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:12:36 AM »
There are some good recomendations above. I dont think you can go wrong with any of them.  I would aslo add the burp castle to the list.  We went to the Alewife in Long Island city, a quick subway ride from times square, this weekend for the first time.  They have a good selection and decent prices and is more low key. We went to an event with unlimited tastings so we didnt eat their food, but it looked good. We stopped at Rattle and Hum on the way home. They have a good beer selection but the wife wasnt too happy about the $17 burger i had, but I was pretty drunk hungry.

All Things Food / Re: Pizza stones
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:40:19 AM »
We got a round stone for a wedding present and didn’t use it for probably a year or two.  Once I started using I realized how great it was.  Now I use it all the time.  I just made biscuits on it the other day. I do think a square one would be nice because I could fit more of my non-pizza things on it. and especially my Naan pizzas, which are smaller and I never seem to have enough room to fit them all on.  The stones get hotter than hot and a millisecond of touching it will hurt for quite a while.

All Things Food / Re: Hot tip
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:07:00 AM »
and a sprinkling of Poppy Seeds!
and sesame seeds.
We also will add in toasted almonds...or toasted brown sugar almonds.

Ingredients / Re: Blackberry Wheat. How many pounds
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:10:58 AM »
I've never brewed with blackberries, but have made other stuff with them. You may want to freeze the berries to break the skins to allow the juice to come out easier. You may also want to bag them to help keep the seeds out of the beer.

by more flavor using 1010 im assuming you mean more pronounced blackberry? It depends on whether you(she) want a plain blackberry wheat or a beer with a hefewiezen's banana and/or clove qualities. I'm not too into fruit beers but I know Long trails balckberry wheat is a big hit with a lot of people.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hibiscus Gose
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:36:51 AM »
Thanks for posting this. If I brew this it will be in a month or so although it may be scaled down and I may or may not be adding lactic acid in the end of the mash instead of the acidulated malt..depending on if I have it on hand for my cheesemaking endeavor.

The Pub / Re: automatic tip
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:11:56 AM »
To me 6 people for automatic gratuity is a really low number. Since the automatic gratuity was included in the total price of the bill in the transaction, maybe the servers get screwed by the owner on the bills with automatic gratuity.   There was a restaurant that a group of us had gone to a few times and one time we had extra drinks on the bill.  When it was brought to the server’s attention, she looked pissed off at first and then nicely corrected the bill.  We later found out from someone that used to go there regularly(the place went out of business) that the owner would pick groups that were drinking and would double the number of random drinks on the bill without the wait staff knowing.  Owner seemed nice but obviously he was an a-hole.  At least your credit card number wasn’t stolen.

The Pub / Re: Beer-Candied Bacon
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:30:17 AM »
I made this the other day.  When I showed it to my wife, I swear she teared up.  I tried to figure out if the tears were from the sheer beauty of candied bacon or from the feeling of jealousy caused by me declaring it the most beautiful thing I have ever seen…but then it really didn’t matter….I had candied bacon to eat.

Seriously, I used Schlenkerla marzen on thick cut bacon and we both loved it.  Thanks for posting! Crappy image from my phone:

All Things Food / Re: Hot tip
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:22:43 AM »
Spinach salad and strawberries are great together.  We make a spinach and strawberry salad with an apple cider dressing for our summer parties. Everyone loves it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Labels
« on: April 11, 2013, 08:32:08 AM »
My beer labeling:
My everyday Ghetto - Sharpie pen on cap.
Fancy - laser printed labels on work grade paper* glued with glue stick
Extra fancy – laser printed labels on work grade paper* with a clear coat spray for more protection to keep the labels from running.

*whatever paper we have in the laser printer at work.

I've used the pregummed labels but I switched to using the printer and glue stick method and I've been happy with the results. It's easier and cheaper. For what its worth, they will not run if the beer drips over them after a pour but Ive never put any labeled beers in an ice bath mostly because I don’t know how long they will last submerged in water.   They are all easy to remove if I soak them.

Hop Growing / Re: Rhizomes planted on 3/9/13
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:57:35 AM »
Spent grains are considered green material because they are a source of nitrogen.  If you add them to the pile, you have to add a lot of brown material to keep the compost from going anaerobic. This can happen pretty easily since spent grain is very wet and will compact down when dumped out.

To the OP, those rhizomes are nice.  Much better than the ones I got years ago. 

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