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All Things Food / Re: Oh man, I've been doing Thai food wrong
« on: June 28, 2012, 06:50:55 PM »
We were told this fact while my wife and I were in Thailand by some friends.  Now we know why the curry paste we get from the Asian market says to fry the paste and coconut milk.  We experimented with lowfat coconut milk and it's not quite there.  Still tasty and a little lower on the calorie side, but not the same.
We enjoy that blog.  Lots of good information there.

Edit: We use the same curry paste as she has linked in her post, Maesri.  As far as I'm concerned, it's very high quality.  Our Thai friends (that live here in CO) use that paste as well.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling Frenzy
« on: June 26, 2012, 03:51:29 PM »
I'd agree with the idea of bumming some kegs off of people - if you're in a club, that would be a good place to go.  If not, maybe buy some used ones from local shops.

I've moved full carboys without problems though, it's totally doable if you take precautions like they list above.

I only know a couple guys that keg and they don't have any empties right now.  And I'm too cheap to buy more kegs.  I only started kegging because I was given my 2 kegs for free... 
I'm almost half way.  Bottled 8 gallons last night of 3 different meads, so only 50 gallons to go.
I've got enough clean bottles right now for about 3 5gal batches, so I can get those hammered out this week then this weekend another trip to the recycling center.

And yeah... party at my place.  The majority of bottling has been of aged sours and meads.   I have a ton of other varieties though as well.

I put a couple bottles of each beer I brewed for our child in the fridge last night.  If it's a boy, we'll be uncorking Rune's Barleywine.  If it's a girl, we're uncorking Tele's Belgian Quad.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling Frenzy
« on: June 25, 2012, 07:42:07 PM »
I'm amazed you have enough bottles for a hundred gallons. 8)
I've been soliciting everyone I know who drinks and have been making regular stops at the recycling center.   :)

Yup, plus a little glass of really hoppy beer does wonders for mom's milk production according to our midwife
Very interesting.  I had to look that up.  Hops are a galactogogue.  They help stimulate lactation.  Very cool.  My wife has had small amounts of beer and wine through her pregnancy, and this will be reassuring evidence to continue.  Although she's not a huge hop head, she enjoys all I make.

I assume you had a home birth, morticai?  We are having our baby at home.  Unfortunately our midwife had to have emergency surgery just last week, so we had to get a new primary midwife, but all will work out well I think.  Looking forward to everything from the birth to encouraging my wife in breastfeeding and yes, changing dirty diapers (and we're doing cloth diapers to boot)

We're not hippies, I swear.  ::)

All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC Second Rounders...Batch or Fly Sparge?
« on: June 25, 2012, 05:23:27 PM »
I had 4 beers in the 2nd round: light lager, german pils, belgian pale ale, and flanders red....all batch sparged.
In case you guys don't know David got a medal.

Well congratulations are in order!  Excellent work on the Flanders!  I'm sure it is a world class beer.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling Frenzy
« on: June 25, 2012, 03:49:41 PM »
Hmm.  Your sentiments don't bode well.

We'll see.  I really don't want to move carboys, and I can't bottle 58 gallons in a day or two(my guess is tomorrow and her guess is thursday... her due date was this past saturday).  We'll see.

All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC Second Rounders...Batch or Fly Sparge?
« on: June 25, 2012, 03:46:17 PM »
Congrats on the Old Ale!  I was starting to get worried when looking through the list that there were no CO reps for winning any of the categories.
I'm interested to see the recipe in Zymurgy.

Way to go.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling Frenzy
« on: June 25, 2012, 02:53:38 PM »
Sloshing around just doesn't sound good.  Bottled it will be for sure.
I'm taking 2 weeks off for the birth, but I realize I'll be busy.  I think I'll have time to get it all bottled up.

Kegging and Bottling / Bottling Frenzy
« on: June 25, 2012, 02:14:07 PM »
So not only are we expecting our first child any day now, but we are in the process of buying a home, set to close July 24.

In hindsight, it wasn't very good planning to have around 100 gallons of beer/mead/cider sitting in the basement at any given time.

I only have 2 kegs and they are full. 

Since June 1st(the first time we looked at the house we are going to buy) I've bottled 38 gallons.  I have 58 gallons to go before moving.
I should take some pictures of the boxes and boxes of bottles.

Do people move full carboys?  I didn't think I wanted to take that risk/hazard.  I figure boxes of bottles are a heck of a lot easier to move.

Events / Re: Colorado Brewers Festival 2012
« on: June 25, 2012, 01:27:36 PM »
Although it would have been fun, that just sounded like a bad combination to me.  I fled for the mtns instead.  Even at 13,000ft where I topped out it was around 70.  And I almost had the entire trail to myself.  I didn't see anyone for the first 10miles
Here's to another record breaker today...

All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC Second Rounders...Batch or Fly Sparge?
« on: June 20, 2012, 02:09:12 PM »
batch sparge
"golden ale"  100% brett

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:44:04 PM »
the same base beer advanced in 2 categories
100% brett fermented golden ale
split 1: dry hopped with lemongrass, 1st place cat23
split 2: aged on champagne grapes, 2nd place cat16 (as 16e)

I've never had any beers advance before, so I'm excited.
Looking forward to seeing my score sheets for feedback.

I'll be brewing a belgian dark strong 'quad' ala Westvleteren clone(ish) on Monday.

This weekend I'll be working on my fermentation fridge expansion project and scouting for turkey (season opens April 14!)

Is it bad that I have 5 different IPA's in bottles right now?  ;)

Other Fermentables / Acetic acid curiousity question
« on: March 15, 2012, 01:59:54 PM »
I did some searching around on the webs and didn't find anything (at least to my non-chemisty minded eyes) that answered my thought.

I've been messing around with potassium metabilsulfite and potassium sulfate for mead stabilization and a question popped up in my head and I have a thought on what the answer may be, but was curious if any of you chemistry nuts out there know a more defined answer.

If either of these chemicals are added to a wine/beer/mead/whatever that has an acetobacter infestation, do they stop the conversion of alcohol to acetic acid?

This isn't an issue for me, just a curious thought.

Ingredients / Re: does rye malt always have a gray-blueish tint to it?
« on: March 14, 2012, 02:51:38 PM »
looks normal to me.

my folks grow rye on the farm.  looks like that.

All Things Food / Re: hamburger
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:40:30 PM »
when we take our(ok my parent's) cattle in for butcher, they use chuck roasts and other leftover roast pieces.  it really depends on what steaks and roasts we want out of it first, then they grind leftovers for burger.

I pretty much do the same with wild game burger... use leftover 'roast' pieces and blend back in some pork or beef fat, depending on the game.

I guess it's a little different if you've gotta buy all the stuff at the store since they don't really have packages of 'leftovers'.  Or maybe they do, might be worth an inquiry... heck, I get fish carcasses from the local (for free)... just gotta ask for it.

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