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All Things Food / Re: Pickles and other fermented foods
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:31:44 PM »
I should try this. I have a bunch of scotch bonnets in my freezer. Have you ever tried it with smoked peppers or roasted peppers?  Would that work?

The Pub / Re: Good old days
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:19:02 PM »
In college, we mostly drank beer before going out to the bar. Mostly to save money. I guess the amount we drank at home was determined by how broke we were.  It was usually whatever cheap light beer was on sale, although very early on a lot of prebuzz bar times were provided by Mogen David or Gordon.

Ingredients / Re: Spices for a Witbier
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:24:16 AM »
I really like grains of paradise. Havent brewed with them yet but had some good beers with it in it.  I also like the peppers idea. I had a few beers with pepper at the NHC and really enjoyed them. A pepper beer may be coming up.  I used lemon zest, coriander and chamomile in a wit a few years ago and it came out great. Can't remember the amounts. I also used 1oz of coriander in my summer ale last year and it was too much and .5oz in my summer ale this year and it wasnt noticable. I think .75oz next time will be good, but if you dont like coriander in your beer I wouldnt add it.

Ingredients / Re: maris otter flavor?
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:10:17 AM »
Beta acids provide some bitterness but are not as soluble as alpha acids. The bitterness from the beta-acids are from oxidation, which produces bitter tasting compounds. These compounds tend to be more of a harsh bitter than the isomerized alpha acids.  While alpha acids degrade and the bitterness fades, beta-acids oxidize keeping the bitterness over a longer period of time.   I also could be wrong but thats what I remember from somewhere.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermopens on sale
« on: July 09, 2013, 09:34:43 AM »
...provided you don't dip too deep again...
This is the key. It started moving ok after rinsing and opening and closing the first time I did it. Hopefully the third time will not be when I discover the difference between splashproof and waterproof.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 09, 2013, 09:28:06 AM »
My wife bought me a refractometer for Christmas a few years ago. I dont know where she bought it, but I'm  pretty sure its this exact one. It looks pretty much the same as the photo. It works well, but I never really checked the gravity scale. Reading the reviews, it does looks like there may have been some bogus ones sold from somewhere. It looks like several places sell this one.  and for ones that are not exactly whats listed, maybe amazon's listing didnt match what was actually being sold, which has happened to me twice in the past year from amazon.  Both times the listings were wrong for what I ordered, Amazon was good at exchanging/refunding.  As far as refractometers, I still use my hydrometer for most measuring.  Maybe thats why I havent found it to be off.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermopens on sale
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:51:19 AM »
I figured instead of starting a new thread. For all those interested.

I bought mine open box sale maybe about 2 years ago. its working great and still on same batteries.  I use it for everything.  A little sticky in the hinge because i dipped it in the mash but that was me not paying attention.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Beers You Ever Brewed?
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:31:16 AM »
My first beer because that's what started it all. It turned out pretty good and got me hooked on homebrewing immediately. If it didnt, who knows what I would be doing with any extra time I have and spare space in our basement, garage, and spare bedroom.

Maybe not my best but memorable beers:
My baby belgian ale brewed for the birth of our daughter
Stout and Hefe I brewed for my friend's wedding.
Dark side of the moon American Dark Ale BlackIPA IDA whatever.

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.

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