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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: My last negra modello
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:45:47 PM »
Someone remove it from bjcp then

I would imagine it will be removed when the new guidelines come out. I know they are working on the new guidelines as we speak, but it is certainly a slow process.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:44:32 PM »
70 quart Coleman XTREME!!!

This. It will be my next Mash Tun, so I can do both 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches.

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:01:50 PM »
Thanks for the shout out, although the Bluebird beers are not for everyone.  They run on the sweet side and are mostly designed to be drank with ice cream.  If you like that kind of thing, great.

I would add to Marc's list:
Elysian (various), Big Time (U District), Stoup (Ballard), NW Peaks (Ballard), and as long as you're right there Hilliard's (Ballard).  Also on the east side, Geaux (Bellevue) and HiFi (Redmond).

But to Marc's point, beer bars are a great way to get a taste from a lot of different breweries without running all over the place.  I'll add Uber and the Duck Island Ale House to his list, they always have lots of great beer although it is not always local.

Forgot about Duck Island. They have good beer, and are attached to the best 24 hour diner in Seattle, Beth's Cafe. Make sure you come hungry if you order food.

Beer Travel / Re: Portland and Seattle
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:51:12 AM »
I'm also making this trip with my wife in early April. Apparently this is quite a popular route. I think our plan with Seattle is to take a break from drinking and see the city but we are drinking our way through Portland and driving down to Bend to take down the ale trail.

You can't take a break from drinking in Seattle. It isn't allowed  >:(

See the city, and drink our beer!

All Things Food / Re: Corned Beef
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:11:16 AM »
Herschel's slices theirs warm.  Best damn pastrami I ever had.  (Reading Terminal Market)  It seems to hold its shape just fine.  I wonder if it's the quality of the brisket maybe?

Best corned beef on the planet.

Love Herschel's

I had 3 reubens in the week I was there for NHC. Liked those more than the cheesesteaks...

All Things Food / Re: Corned Beef
« on: March 13, 2014, 02:36:46 PM »

That's pastrami alright! I don't care if it isn't from the navel. Have to restrain myself from gobbling it up before chilling during my quality check! Just like a lot of what we do, it's a process; the chilling makes a huge difference in the finished product.

If you try to slice corned beef or pastrami warm it will just crumble. I always make it ahead of time.

Herschel's slices theirs warm.  Best damn pastrami I ever had.  (Reading Terminal Market)  It seems to hold its shape just fine.  I wonder if it's the quality of the brisket maybe?

Man, why are you taunting me with that. Now I want one of their reubens...

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: March 13, 2014, 10:46:14 AM »
All of them.  8)

But more seriously, give us some idea of what you are out here for/what area you plan on being in.

Seattle has about 60 breweries just inside off the city limits, and probably another 100 within easy driving distance, with each suburb having at least on brewery. You can get just about every single type of beer you want, though we are a little soft on German Lagers and Sours.

My favorite breweries in the area are:
Ruben's Brews - Ballard, Seattle
Black Raven - Redmond
Fremont Brewing - Fremont, Seattle
Schooner Exact - SODO, Seattle

If you really want a taste of the Seattle beer scene, I really recommend a beer bar, as you can get a wide variety of local beer without hitting each brewery on its own.

Favorite Beer Bars:

Pine Box - Capitol Hill, Seattle
Brouwers - Fremont, Seattle
Beveredge Place Pub - West Seattle

Favorite Bottle Shops - They also serve beer:
Beer Authority - Lake City, Seattle
Malt and Vine - Redmond
Special Brews - Lynnwood

I really think you can't go wrong with almost any brewery in the area. If you want to meet up for a beer, feel free to send me a PM.

The Pub / Re: Twitter Chat
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:07:29 PM »
I'd never had a reason to use it either, but if it helps sell books, I'm there!
Or beer . . . it's on my list of things to figure out. :)

I use it as a news source. As far as I can see, most of the local breweries (I follow almost all of them) use it to announce new brews in the tasting room, beer events, and retweet people who are talking about enjoying their beer. Seems reasonably simple to me.

All Things Food / Re: Mustard?
« on: March 12, 2014, 10:03:40 AM »
Mustard is so ridiculously cheap and easy to make there is no need to buy it. I made a stoneground (coarse) with some homebrew dubbel that was rockin.

The seeds are readily available from most of your whole foods type bulk aisles. And cheaper than buying a can of Coleman's powdered mustard.

You'll have more control over the process and tailor to your tastes.

You have a recipe for a starting point?  I have a bunch of mustard seeds, and have been planning to make some mustard, but have not found the round tuit and recipe yet.

There is a thread in here somewhere...

I have found that a lot of the mustard seeds I find in the grocery store are old, and don't provide the fresh sharp mustard flavor I like. I have gotten better results when I buy them from penzeys, and use them quickly thereafter.

Events / Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
« on: March 07, 2014, 10:07:40 AM »
Email just came through.  We are at the Amway!!!!!!

Can't wait.  And driving from MPLS, so we'll have to stop in New Glarus, WI.  LOL

Hard day. I might have to ask you to bring me back a couple bottles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What in the tun this weekend?
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:29:28 AM »
No brewing for me this weekend, but I am going to use the downtime I have next week to brew 2 more batches of beer. Thinking some sort of APA, and maybe another run of my Dark Mild.

The Pub / Re: I'm back, I hope
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:12:23 AM »
Welcome back! Surprised to see you back so soon!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Late Water Adjustment
« on: March 06, 2014, 03:12:19 PM »
Pretty sure unless it is dissolved, it doesn't affect pH.

The Pub / Re:
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:05:28 PM »
I'll be in there for the next 2-3 hours. Come by and have a chat.

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