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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Goose island bourbon co stout
« on: December 04, 2013, 05:07:53 PM »
I got a 4 pack of the bourbon stout and a split 4 pack of the coffee stout and barley wine. 

It was the first time trying it, so I don't have any way to compare to past years.  So far I've just opened one of the bourbon stouts and it is fantastic!  A lot less bourbon taste than other bourbon stouts I've had recently, but I thought it was a very balanced beer.  My wife isn't a fan of bourbon beers but she really liked this one!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:20:53 PM »

I often use it as an opportunity to 'kill the keg' so i can get the next batch up on tap.

Don't tell them, but I use my friends for this all the time. I don't think they really mind though... ;D

Same here.  I will actually tell them I need space in the kegerator for another beer and they are happy to help! 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Zombie Dust
« on: December 04, 2013, 08:21:58 AM »
Zombie Dust is a good beer, but probably not one that I will choose over others in the cooler when I'm at the store.  My usual go to IPA is Odell's IPA, which for my tastes is one of the more balanced IPAs out there. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dishwashing detergent
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:17:31 AM »
We use these finish powerball tabs:

My beers, homebrew and commercial, seem to have ample amount of head when poured into glasses cleaned with these tabs.

If you are using the same glass on the second pour, then anything lacing remaining on the side of the glass will cause more head then if the glass were clean. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Aging in a keg
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:09:32 AM »
I recently started aging beers in kegs.  I did this with my strong winter beers the end of August and have my winter warmer on tap now.  I think it tastes better than when I aged it in a carboy last year. 

I take a clean sanitized keg, fill w/ some CO2 to purge any oxygen, fill the keg, purge, and let sit in the basement to age at about 17 psi.  Once it's ready to go into the kegerator, I connect it up, release the CO2 and set the psi at serving pressure.  Ready to go in about a week. Not sure if this is the perfect way to do it, but it has worked for me so far.


The Pub / Re: Robertsons
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:08:09 AM »
I'm on the other side of the fence.  My wife and I love the show, even though you can tell much of it is staged.  Really like how the Robertsons are centered around family and faith.  I'll put it this way, I'd much rather have my daughter turn out to be like a Robertson than a Kardashian. 

The Pub / Re: Japanese Tire Commercial Everyone Needs to See
« on: December 02, 2013, 05:52:13 PM »
Jeez, I totally saw that coming... and it still freaked me out!  ;D
I hate dead chicks in the middle of the road.

Me too!  I said to myself, "wait a minute, why is there a..." but then I flew backwards in my chair.  It was then I just knew I had to share it with others.   ;D

The Pub / Re: Japanese Tire Commercial Everyone Needs to See
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:22:31 PM »
You fkr.

That was my response to my friend who sent this to me...right after changing my shorts. 

The Pub / Japanese Tire Commercial Everyone Needs to See
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:17:30 PM »
Especially those of us that live in areas where it snows.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone IPA
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:56:27 PM »
I prefer a bitterness level that is appropriate for IPA but doesn't melt my face ! 

Oh man, that really cracked me up! 

Stone IPA is really good, but as some has mentioned, their other IPAs are great.  On a side note, I had SN Celebration for the first time this!

Pimp My System / Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« on: November 26, 2013, 06:10:54 PM »
Very nice build! 

Beer Recipes / Re: Saison with a twist
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:29:49 PM »
Looks good to me.  That's more IBUs than I've ever put into a Saison and not sure I've had a commercial version like that either.  I've used Belle Saison a couple of times and have been very happy with it.

I'm no expert, but if it were me and I was using that much hops, I would raise the malt bill to get closer to an OG of 1.070 or just cut out the 15 and 10 minute hops and had them at flameout. 

The Pub / Re: A great beer story
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:17:28 PM »
Wow, some great stories.  Thanks for the original posts Thirsty. 

I've got 4 taps and do something similar as you do.  When a keg blows, I clean the keg w/ hot PBW or Oxiclean solution, hook the keg up in the kegerator and run the solution through the line.  I then rinse the keg w/ warm water and sanitize w/ about 1.5 gallons of Starsan solution, then run that through the the line also.  This has been my routine for about 1 1/2 yrs before I decided to reconfigure the inside of my kegerator and swapped my lines out for shorter ones.  When I mad the switch, the old lines were clean and so were my taps.  I'll probably take everything apart, inspect and clean where needed every year or so just to keep tabs on it.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Goose island bourbon co stout
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:42:11 AM »
It drops for the first time in Texas on Friday. I'm excited to see it finally arrive but I also know I'm not sitting in line at 6am in front of a bottle shop to try to get it, so I probably won't get any this year.

I hear ya!  First time arriving in the Denver area, but I'm not standing out in the cold for hours to grab one.  The two stores I talked w/ said they are getting limited amounts and only one bottle per person.   My goal is to get one from each store so that I can have one now and age the other till next year.

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