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Beer Travel / Re: Good beer destinations in Phoenix
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:24:32 PM »
Tempe and Mesa used to be my home away from home for a while, but have not been in maybe 7 or 8 years. Sorry if this is too outdated, but here goes.

I have not been to Papago Brewing in a long time, but it was a favorite. It was mainly a beer bar with a good selection of West Coast beers, and a few of their own labels contract brewed at another place. It is a little north of the airport area on rural/Scottsdale Rd and McDowell.

Four Peaks was also a favorite. Near ASU.

You should be able to find many beers we don't get in MI at any bottle shop. Sun Devil liquor was one place I used to stop sometimes.

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Ingredients / Re: smoked malt
« on: November 06, 2013, 11:50:34 AM »
Edit - I am with Tom on the Briess Cherrywood smoked malt, too phenolic. There are plenty of types of wood that one can smoke their own grains with, and have very good results.

I think you can get nice smoke with cherry - it's not the wood, it's the process.  I have made some nasty smoked products and some very tasty ones with the same wood.  It all depends on how you do it (proper air flow, temperature).


True Tom, I did not word that well.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Dopplebock secrets
« on: November 06, 2013, 11:26:40 AM »
Kai's recipe is a good one. I did a similar one, doing a Huchkurz decoction. It has developed the dark fruit flavors. Not a bad drinker in the Nov. weather.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Phenolic off-flavour issue
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:43:40 AM »
Graham, on the kegs a deep clean, use a dip tube brush, and soak in PBW. Replace all of the o-rings, or boil.
When you have the posts off, boil them, which will kill anything lurking in them. Don't forget to remove the lid o-ring and clean it and on the lid's lip where gunk can build up. Remove the PRV, clean, sanitize.

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Ingredients / Re: smoked malt
« on: November 06, 2013, 07:24:46 AM »
Anyone ever try liquid smoke?
The general consensus is that liquid smoke does not belong in beer. It is made by condensing smoke and the liquid and solids are dissolved to make the product. Taste it from the bottle and decide if you want that in your beer. I don't.

Edit - I am with Tom on the Briess Cherrywood smoked malt, too phenolic. There are plenty of types of wood that one can smoke their own grains with, and have very good results.

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The Pub / Re: Any statisticians here?
« on: November 04, 2013, 09:35:56 PM »
87.6% of all statistics are made up right on the spot.
Good to see you back in good humor!

I have enough statistics to be dangerous. You need a pro.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: High school brewing class
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:03:49 AM »
I think the drinking age should be 16 and the driving age 21!
In Germany the kids could drink beer at the bar at 16, and take drivers training at 18. Worked for them.

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The Pub / Re: Fall back Spring Ahead Poll
« on: November 03, 2013, 05:54:37 AM »
I remember my grandfather talking about "railroad" time, when a standard time was put in place. The natural time was noon being the highest point of the sun for the day, so it varied with east west location.

Time changes don't bother me so much.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Huge honor!
« on: November 02, 2013, 10:09:52 AM »
Good show. Hope you get to brew that with them, always fun to see your beer being made commercially.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lagering question
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:28:13 AM »
I was nervous about those in fruit fly season tom....??
Having been to some CA wineries recently, there were many barrels with those, and a lot of fruit flies. Didn't taste vinegar at any of them.

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The Pub / Re: Got a Wood or Coal burnin stove?
« on: November 01, 2013, 07:38:31 AM »
Had to ask, as friends in OC explained the outdoor grill and fireplace had to be natural gas, sparks causing fire was what they said. They are from the Midwest though, may not be the true reason?

Depending upon where they live, it's entirely possible that they have outdoor fire restrictions. Some folks are so backed into the "wilderness" that they could easily spark a bad blaze. Half of SoCal is perpetually ready to go "whoompf" and catch on fire. I do know where I'm at there is a restriction on open chimneys. (Aka, my chimney has to have a spark arrestor on it)

In the "D" Pewabic Pottery is still in business. One of the few left in the country from the craftsman, art tile era. If a craftsman home in my village is for sale, Pewabic tiles are always listed as a feature.

Looking online - it seems like the Pewabic tiles are way more colorful than the bog standard Batchelder and Claycraft's, which are almost always dominated by a chocolate brown tile scheme (like what you see in my photo). I do love these old fashionedhand crafted bits.
Our fireplace insert is a Vermont casting unit with a granite surround, and a catalytic combuster.

Mrs. R is a big Charlie Harper fan. She wants to go to the Dec. clearance sale at this place in AA.
https://www.motawi.com

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The Pub / Re: Trick-or-treat
« on: November 01, 2013, 06:08:15 AM »
We get 1,000 kids.  It is insane.  It will be raining steadily throughout the evening so we'll see if that reduces turnout.
I thought 150 was too much!

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The Pub / Re: Got a Wood or Coal burnin stove?
« on: November 01, 2013, 05:53:57 AM »
Wait, must be natural gas in your neck of the woods. Or do they let you burn wood with an indoors fireplace?

Wood is completely kosher. My fireplace was built in 1925 and while a lot of folks confuse it for a Batchelder tile fireplace, it's actually from a competitor that was called Claycraft that exist in the 20's and 30's here in LA. The three little mural tiles are worth about $200-6000 a piece. (You can see one vertical on the right hand side)

Welcome to Southern California where in the 20's-40's, there was a really strong style movement for these hand crafted tile fireplaces with hand painted mural blocks. Move into the 50's and the crimes happened where folks would just paint over it with white paint.

These days original tiles are so coveted that tile shops around SoCal will come in and for free - pull the tiles, clean up the mess and build you a new surround - just so they can get the tiles. Sometimes you have unknowing owners and flippers who buy a place with an original Batchelder or Claycraft fireplace and they destroy the tiles when they remove the fireplace. Crying shame. (Interestingly, Batchelder was Cal Tech's Pottery instructor. I live about ~12 blocks from Cal Tech)

Here's the fireplace


It has a really short firebox, so it reflects a lot of heat back into the room. And yes, that is a fat chihuahua roasting his belly.

Had to ask, as friends in OC explained the outdoor grill and fireplace had to be natural gas, sparks causing fire was what they said. They are from the Midwest though, may not be the true reason?

In the "D" Pewabic Pottery is still in business. One of the few left in the country from the craftsman, art tile era. If a craftsman home in my village is for sale, Pewabic tiles are always listed as a feature.

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The Pub / Re: Got a Wood or Coal burnin stove?
« on: October 31, 2013, 04:58:16 PM »
Man, I love our fireplace for those nights when it gets down to 45F.

What? :)
Wait, must be natural gas in your neck of the woods. Or do they let you burn wood with an indoors fireplace?

Edit - 3 face cords ( or one full cord) of hardwood delivered tomorrow.

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haha no.  No frame for it.  I'm only the 2nd person in MI to have the endorsement.  Too bad I am never able to judge meads at the competitions because I have meads entered in all 3 categories usually lol.
You can go out one you are not entered in. Might make a fun weekend in OH, IN, IL.

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