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Homebrew Competitions / Re: To enter or not to enter...
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:32:51 PM »
I have a standing offer if anyone ever wants feedback on a beer, I'm happy to provide it.  Just pm me for my snail mail address.


All Grain Brewing / Re: What's your favorite type of beer?
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:28:52 PM »
It definitely depends on my mood & the weather.
For me, I like almost everything, so for me it's really a matter of what I DON'T like:

My least favorite style is American Amber.  They tend to be over-hopped, cloying crystal malt bombs to me.
I am not a fan of Light American Lagers, though believe it or not I actually prefer to judge light lagers of all types.  I am simply burnt out on IPA, so I tend to avoid them now.  I'll still enjoy one maybe once a month, but that's the limit on them for me.

Otherwise, Gueze, German Pils, Helles, APA, American/Oatmeal Stout, Vienna/Marzen, Flanders Red & Brown, Berliner Weiss, and Blonde Ale are high on my list, though I really do like just about everything.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:15:49 PM »
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Beer Recipes / Re: Scorching Summer Drinker
« on: July 10, 2017, 07:23:28 PM »

Here's a good recipe in this style:

Put as much water as you can boil (without getting it all over the place) in the biggest pot you have. To this add:

6 lb Pilsner DME
10 ounces Table Sugar

Stir until dissolved, then add

8 ounces CaraRed steeping grains (you could use American Crystal 20 or 40 if you can't get CaraRed)

Turn on the heat. When the temp hits 160F, remove the steeping grains.

When this hits a boil, let it go for about 10 minutes, then kill the heat. Once all boiling activity has stopped, add:

X ounces Citra hops
X ounces Galaxy hops

Where "X" is the number of ounces gallons of water you added to your pot. Give it a good hard stir until all the hop pellets are broken up and incorporated, then stir a bit longer to creat a whirlpool effect. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Stir the pot every minute or two to get another whirlpool going.

I think I'm gonna try this next batch.  This is ridiculously quick and simple.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 10, 2017, 07:08:35 PM »
Drink till I die - Poxy Boggards

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 10, 2017, 07:00:49 PM »
I want you to want me - Cheap Trick

The Pub / Re: really regretting the cataract surgery
« on: July 10, 2017, 06:45:15 PM »
I made the mistake of using the restroom on the first floor of the Fort Vancouver regional library. I saw a bum giving himself a sponge bath with paper towels.  :-[  It was a very short look but I really missed the blurriness that went along with the cataract.

Hey!   He's not a bum!  He's "employment challenged!"

Beer Recipes / Re: Scorching Summer Drinker
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:56:19 PM »
IMO, you really need to be able to mash in order to do a witbier right.  Those with the wheat dme but no unmalted wheat just don't turn out the same as one with the real deal.

I like the idea of a Kolsch too, if you can get the fermentation temps down to the low 60's and then have a chance to lager it in the 50's. 

If not, I'd suggest you do either a German Wheat, or an American Wheat.  Both are great for the hot weather, and they are amongst the easiest to make with extracts/steeping grains.

For the German and American wheat:

6 lbs of Wheat DME
1 oz Hallertaur @ 60
1 oz Cascade @5 (American only)
Wyeast 3068/WLP300 for the German or Wyeast 1010/WLP320 for the American

These are as simple as it gets.

My .02

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:50:01 PM »
Keep Your Hands to Yourself - Georgia Sattelites

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:46:19 PM »
Too much Time on my Hands - Styx

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:44:09 PM »
Time Bomb - Rancid

It is quite possible, but first you might want to try raising the pressure in BOTH vessels to something higher than the carbonation level.  (pick something like 5 psi higher than what's in the beer..  Once both are at pressure, attach the jumper, then finally attach the picnic tap to the gas in post.  VERY SLOWLY release pressure from the target keg, with the gas continuing to feed the source keg.  The high pressure on both sides should keep the carbonation inside the beer, as well as keep the flow rate under control.  The point is to allow the beer to replace the escaping gas very slowly.  Then, once all the beer is in the new container, you can slowly relieve the pressure and bring it down to target pressure.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer for curry?
« on: June 27, 2017, 09:58:06 PM »
I really like Vienna/Marzen/Oktoberfest with spicy food. Irish Red, too.
A hoppy blonde (not bitter, but lots of hop flavor/aroma) is good, too. 
I'm not a big fan of bitterness with heat.  They tend to clash, IMO.

Oh, and a clean Baltic Porter or Schwarzbier can pair well, too.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Who owns your beer?
« on: June 26, 2017, 06:14:55 PM »
A big part of this problem lies in how much in bed the distributors are with the big breweries.  A few friends changed to a self-distribution model. They are more profitable now, because they don't have the distributors holding their beers back.  Luckily, they can do it that way in this state.  Lots of states that is illegal.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Cost of a Sixer?
« on: June 24, 2017, 10:39:58 AM »
Yesterday, I was on my way home and wanted to pick up a six or two of something different for the weekend. I went to QFC (one of the two big grocery store chains out here, the other being Safeway), and was kind of surprised how much beer prices have creeped up over the past couple years or so.

The "sale"price (ie, the price when you have the store discount card) for just about everything micro is now 8.99 or 9.99.  No card? You are paying 10.99 and up.

Then I walked down the aisle a little to the edge of where the macro swill is kept.  In a tiny vertical slice of shelf space, were a series of imports. Various offerings of things like Guiness, Leffe Blond, Pilsner Urquell, Schofferhofer grapefruit, and stuff like that.  Then it caught my eye -  A 6 pack of DAB 500 ml cans in shrink wrapped plastic for $7.99.  I bought it and a 6 of a Summer beer from Deschutes for 8.99.

What the heck has happened?  We have gotten to the point that the German Imported Beers cost less than the ones brewed 20 miles away.

What are you guys paying for a 6 pack in your area?

PS- I popped a can of DAB when I got home, and it had "IT", and while I could tell it wasn't straight out of the fermenter, it still tasted pretty damn good.  It's gonna be tasty this afternoon when it gets almost to 90F here today.  (You folks that live on the surface of the sun in AZ/NV/NM - well, you chose that).

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