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Beer Travel / Re: Colorado and Utah Trip?
« on: October 23, 2012, 02:15:19 AM »
Moab Brewing is OK, for Utah 4% beer, considering the alernatives.

Desert Bistro if you can.

Elevation in Poncha Spings on the way back.

Had some Elevation beers @ the GABF and I was very, very impressed!  Definitely keeping an eye on these guys.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re:
« on: October 17, 2012, 01:26:20 PM »
Awesome find, thanks for sharing!

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 16, 2012, 05:46:51 PM »
The oil rigs out on the horizon are the only thing that sucks about the gulf, at least where we stay. Further east they are not as visible. We stay at Ft. Morgan because there's almost no one down there so we have the beach pretty much to ourselves.

Those oil rigs, especially the ones off the coast of Louisiana, make for some great fishing!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry-Hopping Citra DIPA
« on: October 16, 2012, 03:51:17 AM »
I've been dry hopping in my primary fermenter and skipping racking to a secondary to dry hop.  I just throw the pellets in and let sit for 7 - 10 days.  I would recommend just leaving it in the primary carboy and throw in the hops as scheduled.

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 15, 2012, 05:50:41 PM »
I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks in Michigan w/ a friend's family when I was in college and I must say that I was totally surprised at how beautiful it was up there (went in July and not January!).  Although, I've seen my friend's photos of them ice sailing and that looks like a lot of fun!

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 15, 2012, 05:47:08 PM »
Where the wife and I got married, Kapalua Beach, Maui

Where we live part time.  Kamaole II Beach across from our condo in Kihei, Maui.

Amazing nightly sunsets from Kam II Beach (wife and daughter)

The Pub / Re: Stratos (highest parachute jump attempt)
« on: October 15, 2012, 03:32:09 AM »
It was crazy how fast he disappeared ones he stepped off that capsule platform.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Baby Boy - New Brew!
« on: October 15, 2012, 01:21:56 AM »
Congrats and welcome to parenthood! 

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 14, 2012, 10:38:24 PM »
We usually get our Denver to Maui flights for $500-$600 and either direct or one stop.  Our last trip to HI this past May was less than $500 w/ one stop.

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 14, 2012, 02:22:48 PM »
Jeez, you guys are getting me jealous. We just had our first frost up here in RI yesterday. Hawai'i is definitely on my bucket list, but the Keys are a perfectly acceptable substitute until I can get there (even if I can't hunt the deer on Big Pine). Southwest gets me to Ft Lauderdale cheap, and once you get past Miami the car ride is fantastic. Nothing beats being able to wade out hundreds of feet from shore on Bahia Honda, still be in knee-deep water, and sight cast to fish cruising the flats.

The Keys are great!  I had friends live down there for years and I went to visit them at least twice a year, sometimes for a month + long stays.  So many great fishing spots and like you said, you can wade out hundreds of feet or just take out a kayak.  I haven't been down there in about 7-8 years, as most of my friends have left the Keys.  As for Hawaii, if you ever make plans to visit, I would be happy to share our condo in Kihei, Maui (which is directly across from Kam II beach).  We rent it out when we are not there and would give you and all other AHA members our friends and family discount ($60/nt April - Nov).

The Pub / Re: Greeting from the Gulf!
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:38:46 PM »
I agree with you Carl, just have fun giving you a hard time. Though I do think, in some ways, the gulf is prettier than the beaches of Hawaii. That said, I'd dig having a coffee tree. ;)

I spent 8 yrs in Mobile, Al and I love the Gulf.  The beaches along the panhandle of Fl are the best beaches in the US...the mainland that is.  I grew up in HI and have a condo in Kihei, Maui and as much as I love the Gulf beaches, I can't think of any way that those beaches are prettier than the beaches of Hawaii.  Sure, there are some beaches on the islands that are nothing to write home about, but the great ones (and there are a lot of them) are some of the best in the world. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Saison de Noel
« on: October 12, 2012, 07:23:32 PM »
I made my first Saisons this summer and used Wyeast 3711 French Saison and really liked it.  Haven't used any other Saison style yeasts, so I have no comparison, but I really liked 3711.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Red Hoptober
« on: October 11, 2012, 10:25:16 PM »
Ranger IPA is decent. But I'm not a huge fan of their beers. This why I asked before buying a six-pack of Red Hoptober!

I think New Belgium has some good beers (1554, Ranger, Trippel, some of their Lips of Faith beers and I like their new Shift beer) but some are a little over rated.  Odell, which is right down the road from NB, constantly puts out great beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Red Hoptober
« on: October 11, 2012, 03:16:55 PM »
Yeah, I wasn't that excited about it either. Odell's seasonal red, however, is great.

NB Red Hoptober was good, but as others have said, nothing to get too excited about. Now, Odell's seasonal Red Ale is very good!

Ingredients / Re: Coconut Porter
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:56:38 PM »
I do a coconut milk stout.  I roast the coconut (10 oz for 3 gallon batch) at 325 for 30-45 mins, mixing the coconut around a couple of times to ensure even roasting.  I let it cool and toss in in the secondary for two weeks.  Good coconut flavor, but not over powering. 

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