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The Pub / Re: Hiking around Seattle
« on: June 14, 2012, 03:37:36 PM »
On Sunday, you could "Hike" around the Washington Brewers fest, Marymoor park is about 10 minutes from the hotel.

The Pub / Re: Hiking around Seattle
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:35:41 AM »
Mount Si is a pretty nice hike, about a 20 or so minute drive east of Bellevue. If you need a beer to quench your thirst at the end, the Snoqualmie brewery is reasonably close.

This is a link to the Washington Trails Association, which maintains a large list of trails, and maintains quite a few of them. The link I selected is for the area called "Issaquah Alps." All of those trails are within a 20 minute drive east of Seattle. They have driving directions on the trail page as well.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxygen absorbing caps...
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:07:09 AM »
They're always silver, otherwise, I'm not sure how you tell.

Get about 2000 of them and close yourself in a small room then wet them.  If you can't breathe, then they are the right ones.   ;D

Are people putting these caps on without sanitizing?  I'm not crazy about that idea but there's talk if you sanitize them, then by the time you put them on the bottle, they have lost their O2 absorbing ability.

Somewhere around 2-3 years ago, James from Basic Brewing Radio asked the producer of the O2 absorbing caps about that, and he said that the reaction is very slow, and after they get wet, it takes about 24 hours before they start the O2 absorption. So as long as you only sanitize the caps you are going to use, you will not have a problem with the caps losing their ability.

and ccfoo, they work fine for bottle conditioning.

No brewing for me until after NHC, but I will be pouring for a local brewery at the Washington Brewers Fest on Sunday, along with another club member.

The Pub / Re:
« on: June 13, 2012, 07:01:56 PM »

The Pub / Re: Need an iTunes expert
« on: June 13, 2012, 02:28:33 PM »
If you bring up the Info on each individual song, there is a place, maybe the second tab, where you can "check" part of a compilation. Then the song will be listed by artist and down at the bottom of the lis as an album.

Thank me in Bellevue.

awesome thanks.

I only use the "Compilation" box when the album really is a compilation (like a movie soundtrack). The other way to do this is to go to the fourth tab on the Info box and just put Leo Kottke in the Album Artist field.

+1, beat my by like 30 seconds.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dregs harvesting
« on: June 12, 2012, 09:48:06 AM »
What I would do is just take the yeast from primary, wash it, and put it in the back of the fridge. You should have 2 pint jars or so, and those will last quite a while in your fridge, and then step those up (which would be significantly easier than stepping up dregs or a slant) if its been a couple weeks. You will get some drift, but it shouldn't be too bad over 4-5 generations.

All Things Food / Re: Kimchi stew
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:19:33 PM »
Kimchi can be pretty stinky. It is similar to a spicy sauerkraut, but there is some other stuff (fish sauce) in there that is a bit funky.

Just as a heads up, if you throw some kimchi with (Asian Style) grilled meat, you get some real tastiness. Slightly charred kimchi is awesome, one of the only ways I enjoy cabbage.

Also, Kochukaru (Korean chili Powder) and Kochujang (Korean Chili paste) Have a lot more flavor than heat, and I like to use it in many of my dishes that need a bit more chili flavor, whether they are Asian or not.

Here is my standard Korean style barbecue recipe. I use Kalbi-style short ribs or thin cut top round steak.

Soy Sauce
Rice Vinegar
Toasted Sesame Oil
Sugar, Honey, or Brown Sugar
Minced Garlic
Grated Ginger

I mix all of that in a mixing bowl until it tastes like I want it, and then marinate the ribs or steak for 2-6 hours. Grill the meat 2-3 minutes on each side, along with some slices of onion (I just slice the whole onion about 1/4-1/8 inch thick and throw the whole slice on the grill) Kimchi goes great on the grill too, 1/2 - 1 minutes depending on the grill heat.

I know that was all kind of off topic, but I figured it was a good place to throw some more info on kimchi.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 08, 2012, 11:05:09 PM »
It's Time - Imagine Dragons

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:40:19 PM »
Hello Again - Lostprophets

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 07, 2012, 07:44:38 PM »
Closing Time - Semisonic

The Pub / Re:
« on: June 07, 2012, 06:59:07 PM »
I have beer! and I may be chatting... ::)

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 07, 2012, 04:44:32 PM »
Temporary Remedy - Ben Harper

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 07, 2012, 02:31:05 PM »
Rain King - Counting Crows

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Widow suggestions?
« on: June 07, 2012, 09:28:54 AM »
Bellevue Square.
All the shopping a wife could manage, and if she is anything like my wife, she could probably spend the entire weekend in there. I am pretty sure that is where my wife will be most of the day on Saturday, because she doesn't have tickets (and doesn't want to go) to the seminars. Its also right across the street from the main conference.

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