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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Breweries near BC
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:28:34 PM »
Returned from our trip last week with a belly and a suitcase of good brew. Thank you for the Boundary bay recommendation. Their IPA, ESB and Scotch ale were all very good. Food was great(though I would not recommend looking in the kitchen.) and their outside patio was just what I needed to relax into the vacation. We also visited the Forecasters pub and Black raven brewery. Black raven was amazing, great taproom with impressive brews. We didn't get a chance to hit any breweries in B.C. though we did enjoy quite a few great beers, most notably beers by Phillips, Russell and Driftwood breweries. Thanks again everyone for the suggestions.

General Homebrew Discussion / Breweries near BC
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:51:19 PM »
Hey all, I'm headed up to north Seattle, WA. area (Lynnwood) and then heading to Vancouver, BC. Any good recommendations on breweries and brew pubs? We plan on hitting Grandville Island in Vancouver and possibly Chuckanut in WA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:31:39 PM »
Signed! #2856

All Things Food / Re: hatch chiles
« on: August 20, 2012, 07:45:41 PM »
I'm a big fan of basic chile rellenos. Just longhorn cheese and relleno batter. Delicious!

All Things Food / Re: Best Mexican and Indian cookbooks?
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:12:49 PM »
For Mexican I recommend any thing by Rick Bayless, his recipes are delicious and he explains the techniques used.
Also, Diane Kennedy's The essential cuisines of Mexico is pretty good too.
I know very little about Indian cuisine unfortunately except I like it.

The Pub / Re: Backcountry beer
« on: August 14, 2012, 03:51:57 PM »
The availability of good beer in cans is nice for car camping or boating or rafting or wheeling or some other mode of travel.....but backcountry walking or skiing sometimes will not allow the weight of a six pack!

I believe this is why they make whiskey.


Other Fermentables / Re: Mead fermentation
« on: August 02, 2012, 03:14:09 PM »
Mead has cleared thoroughly and was bottled last night. It finished at 1.010 and tastes great! Thank you for the advice. I will be attempting a Prickly pear melomel next.

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead shelf life
« on: August 02, 2012, 03:07:11 PM »
Fantastic! I am planning on setting a side a few bottles for special events. One being my daughters graduation in fifteen years.

Other Fermentables / Mead shelf life
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:15:15 PM »
I have just bottled my first attempt at mead and was wondering what an expected shelf life could be? I used Flagstaff, AZ Camelthorn honey and Champayne yeast. O.G. was 1.110 and F.G. was 1.010 making it about 13% ABV and the PH was 3.2. I am only attempting to carbinated a 9 of the bottles to see how it turns out.

Going to brew my wife a Belgium style ale with Piloncillo sugar instead of candi. Also going to test a wheat IPA I made a while back.

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead fermentation
« on: June 11, 2012, 04:29:06 PM »
Thanks for the advice. I will take all this into consideration in my next batch. Now I'm going to try and salvage this one.

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead fermentation
« on: June 10, 2012, 02:17:33 PM »
I only used one package of yeast that I didn't hydrate per the instructions. I'll take note to hold acid blend till after fermentation. I went ahead and moved it over to my secondary yesterday. Fermentation is still going. Just seems to be very slow.

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead fermentation
« on: June 09, 2012, 05:44:17 PM »
I added Gypsum, acid blend, yeast extract, Irish moss and Champagne yeast. My PH is 3.2 and my temp is 76 degrees.

Other Fermentables / Mead fermentation
« on: June 06, 2012, 04:07:11 PM »
I started my first mead a month ago. I was planning on transferring to my secondary but my last gravity reading was still high (1.065). Any advice would be appreciated. Also O.G. was 1.110.

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