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Ingredients / Re: Coffee Addition into Secondary
« on: February 18, 2012, 12:28:09 PM »
I made an espresso porter once by adding a shot (1oz) of fresh espresso at bottling to each pint of beer. It turned out really nice, with a distinct coffee flavor, but it was not overpowering and nice.

Making a APA with 35% Munich and only 5% crystal. Racking my Altbier to secondary, mostly to clear out fermenter space...

All Things Food / Re: Espresso Machines
« on: February 16, 2012, 07:50:43 AM »
for actual Brands, I own a Rancilio Silvia. I got it with the grinder and some other stuff (it was a gift set) for $1000, but the machine itself was about $600. I have had it for about 2 1/2 years, and it is still going very strong. It pulls a great standard shot or double, and I haven't had any issues with the boiler or pump malfunctioning. We did have 1 small problem with the boiler not heating up, but it was an emergency switch that occasionally flips if you leave the boiler on too long, and the fix was simply pushing a button with a screwdriver.

I bought it from, which has a lot of good information and useful reviews.

Beer Travel / Re: Things to do After the NHC.
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:39:25 PM »
I agree with all of the above comments. However, seriously look into Bellingham.

I went to college there, and thats where I learned about beer, so it will always have some sentimental bias, but it is a great town. If you only go downtown, there are 2 brewpubs, and one about a 20 minute drive outside.

Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro.
seriously, My wife and I take day trips to Bellingham for this place alone. It is in my mind exactly what a brewpub should be about. They have great beer, great local food, and they are awesome people. Their IPA is the most famous beer on their menu, and I believe it is worth it, its got a great balance. They are known for mostly American/British style ales. I also recommend the great northwest pizza, Salmon, Tomatoes and goat cheese on pesto sauce, you won't find that many places.

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen
Will Kemper (of Thomas Kemper fame) is the head brewer/owner here, and built this to be a brewery that is the epitome of state of the art. They focus mostly on German Style lagers, but do pull an ale out here and there, and their malt profiles are some of the best I have tasted. They won Small Brewery of the Year at GABF in 2011, taking 2 golds (Kolsch and Helles) a silver and a bronze. I didn't find their food all that amazing, but it is solid fare.

The North Fork Brewery and Pizzeria, beer shrine and wedding chapel
Really, need I say more?

Also, Both downtown and Fairhaven are extremely walker friendly, and there is lots to do outside the city for outdoorsy types.

Playing Army, so no brewing, but quite a bit of drinking!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your favorite glass
« on: February 05, 2012, 08:56:53 AM »

This is where my wife and I got our tulip glasses and we were really happy with them, and prompt delivery as well. They were the best prices on tulips we could find, but I don't know about stanges.

The Pub / Re: Mashing out a little early
« on: February 03, 2012, 01:59:18 PM »
Congrats! Get your relaxation in while you can! Your wife has like 3 days before she has to stop drinking again, right? Better get here a beer too!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew shed advice
« on: February 01, 2012, 04:44:03 PM »
I don't have much information regarding the actual build, because I have to wait until I get a new house to build my brewery/man cave. However, regarding PBW and starsan, they are both safe to simply dump. The owner of 5-star has stated that starsan is not dangerous once the pH is raised. I use some of my remaining starsan on my indoor plants, because the phosphorus and other stuff in starsan is supposed to be beneficial to plants, the rest just gets dumped out on the lawn.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo Hoo.... CYA all in June
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:51:22 AM »
hmmm... lots to thing about. Good thing my Homebrew club meeting is next tuesday, right?

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewpots
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:43:42 AM »
I have a 7.5 gallon Brewpot that I got with my turkey fryer. If I go over 6 gallons into it, I am almost guaranteed a boilover. One of my next purchases is going to be a 15g pot so I can do either 10g batches or long boils for some of my 5 gallon batches.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo Hoo.... CYA all in June
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:37:50 AM »
well, maybe I will get a hotel room... but I can't pay 140 a night... If I end up needing one, I can walk over to one of the cheap hotels near by.

and mic, probably 20-45 minutes to Bellevue depending on traffic. Just make sure to take I-90 instead of 520, 520 is tolled now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo Hoo.... CYA all in June
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:14:23 AM »
I got my tickets. Good thing its only a 15 minute drive from my house. Probably taking the bus in, and having my wife give me a ride back :D

Ingredients / Re: Malt percentages
« on: January 31, 2012, 11:36:06 AM »
Agreed to all. I have a copy of Designing great beers on my coffee table, and I refer to it every time I am looking to make a style of beer that I haven't made before. I usually use that to formulate my first recipe, and then I adjust different ingredients to push the flavor I want in my personal beer. The really nice part about it is that when you are looking at specialty grains, it will tell you how people arrived at certain flavors. For example, with roast barley vs Black (Patent) Malt in porters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your favorite glass
« on: January 31, 2012, 11:27:51 AM »
I have a bunch of different beer glasses that I use as they are clean, and for different beers. I have some Shaker Pints, some tall 23oz glasses that are kind of like a wide pilsner glass, a couple of the 30cl glasses like the one pictured below, and 4 brand new 14oz stemmed tulips. But my go-to glass for all normal (British/Continental ales) beers is my AHA/Wynkoop Brewery shaker pint that I got when I visited Denver.

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