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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam Stopper-Starter
« on: November 13, 2009, 03:45:53 AM »
I just tear it of the roll and place it loosely over the opening.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam Stopper-Starter
« on: November 13, 2009, 01:21:19 AM »
I never use a stopper. I just put tin foil over mine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 13, 2009, 01:20:13 AM »
Hmm... I have a 6 digit membership #, and they ask for a 9 digit # to link the account. Hmmm...

I had the same problem.  I put zeros in front of my number and it accepted it.

Yup, thats what you do.

Beer Recipes / Re: Beersmith?
« on: November 13, 2009, 01:15:11 AM »
I have tried Beer Alchemy to but just couldn't warm up to it. It is OK but once you get set in your ways it is hard to change. I was breezing through Beersmith in less than a half hour when I first got it. Beer Tools isn't bad but I have tried to contact their tech support on more than one occasion with no reply on questions I couldn't find searching their forum

Questions about the forum? / Re: Unread posts?
« on: November 13, 2009, 01:09:55 AM »
When you say upgrade do you mean a different software like hopefully vBulletin?

Questions about the forum? / Re: Page Formatting
« on: November 13, 2009, 12:57:32 AM »
I have the same version(s), still off format for me here. I just use Firefox and have no issues.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 13, 2009, 12:52:07 AM »
Yes, I am a member and darn proud of it. Zymurgy is my favorite magazine. I love the website to and am just stoked about this forum. I will say though that I actually thought you had to be a member to access this site.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A brief intro
« on: November 12, 2009, 12:10:51 PM »
Welcome aboard! Nothing wrong with brewing American style beers in Belgium. That's why I brew most of the beers I do, I can't buy them local.

Beer Recipes / Re: Beersmith?
« on: November 12, 2009, 12:07:12 PM »
No Beersmith for Mac yet and I miss it so much. I have tried Beer Tools Pro which has a Mac version but I am so used to Beersmith that it just doesn't cut it for me. The one program I miss when I switched to Mac. I am getting my old Dell Notebook fixed just so I can run Beersmith. What sucks is when it crashed I lost all of my recipes with my Beersmith. Hopefully there is a Mac version soon and my Time Capsule will keep current back ups and I will never have that problem again.

The Pub / Re: Are some beers better than others?
« on: November 12, 2009, 12:02:32 PM »
I grew up on Budweiser being from the St Louis area  and can't diss them. If you really want to get technical they brew a superior product. Look at it. They brew day in and day out world wide and each and every Budweiser taste the same. It really isn't that bad in taste either. Now many craft beers will awaken the palate with alternative flavor and are fantastic in their own right but you can't tell me any of them are technically "better" beers. Preferred flavor? Yes! Better beers? No.

All Things Food / Re: Everything goes with beer!
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:31:44 AM »
Pizza and Beer

I think I am the only person in the world that doesn't like pizza and beer together. I love each on their own but not together. I'll drink beer with about everything else though.

Beer Recipes / Re: Unusual Session Beers
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:26:13 AM »
I've never tried this one, but Randy Mosher has a recipe for a 1.050 Belgian Single in Radical Brewing (p. 123):
6 lbs Pilsner malt
3 lbs. pale ale malt
.5 lb aromatic
.75 oz Challenger (7.5%) at 60 min
1 oz Saaz (3%) at 30 min
.5 oz. Northdown at 5 min
.5 oz Saaz at 5 min
Belgian Abbey ale yeast
Looks like mash temp would be 150 degrees.
Good luck on your quest,

I have brewed that one and it is pretty good. I have brewed just about every recipe in that book. If you want something off the wall it is a great source and probably my favorite beer book I ever bought except for John Palmer's How to Brew.

The Pub / Re: I just wanna say....
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:23:59 AM »
I am absolutely blown away how fast this forum has grown. It is even getting a little tough for me to keep up reading all the posts. I really don't think I have ever seen one take off like this. Great work.

All Things Food / Re: Comfort Food
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:21:56 AM »
At our house it has to be the Wife's Spaghetti Gravy over any type of homemade pasta. Next up would be my Roasted Red Pepper Risotto.

All Things Food / Re: Slap Ya Mama!
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:17:36 AM »
I haven't seen that particular "flavor" of Zatarain's. I do agree though they have a great product. Actually been around a long time. I have lived here 10 years and it's been here since me. I use their Pro Crab Boil normally for my crabs and Crawfish. We get used to particular brands and always go to them. For example, I am not a fan of Tobasco Sauce but I love Crystal sauce. You find a particular smoked sausage nad boudin and stick with it and just don't buy anything if you can't find it.

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