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Ingredients / Re: Apricot Flavored Syrup
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:44:25 AM »
I found this at Walmart of all places, an all natural apricot preserve.  It lists the ingredients as: Apricots, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Apricot Puree Concentrate, Sugar, Pectin, Citric Acid.  Does anyone see a reason I couldn't try adding this to secondary?

Not sure I would call this "all natural"?!? I would think pectin would not be a good addition, not to mention HFCS and regular corn syrup.
I like the Oregon purees. They're more concentrated than just using fruit. I find you need to use a boatload of real fruit to come across in the aroma. Adding puree at 3-4 days into primary seems to work good for me. I like a good apricot wheat.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: disposing of yeast cake
« on: November 25, 2012, 03:50:14 PM »
reuse at least once, then dispose! the best beers I make are done on a yeast cake. hey, that rhymes...

Brewed an American brown today. Pitched on a cake from a pale ale brewed on Learn to Homebrew Day. Probably brew a dark mild or maybe SMaSH bitter this weekend. Happy Turkey Day!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Activities and Learn to Homebrew Day (11/3/2012)
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:37:32 PM »

We got some press coverage for our gig at the local pub. We are a small club in Northfield, MN. We did 3 batches, 2 all-grain and 1 extract. A good time was had by all!!

We are doing a Learn to Homebrew Day event at our local pub!

Doing an all-grain Rebel Rye Porter (a Northern Brewer recipe) as well as an extract American Pale Ale with plenty of homegrown hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: food grade buckets ???
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:55:57 AM »
You're not likely to get the pickle smell out. You have the right idea, though. There are other food-grade buckets available used from restaurants that will work. The 2 gallon buckets that held whipping cream or fruit puree are great. They come completely clean and odor free.

I do have an old pickle bucket that I use - lined with a trash bag or 2 - to store grain.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Guidelines and Judging
« on: August 26, 2012, 02:59:25 AM »
to put it bluntly, we ain't drinkin' numbers!

drinking, and judging for that matter, is about one person's perception of a given beverage in their glass. a beer in a competition does need to fit general style parameters, but winning beers often push those parameters.

and who knows if that is the real recipe?!?

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 26, 2012, 03:50:53 AM »
Stella Blue - Grateful Dead

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 25, 2012, 02:13:03 AM »
Black Hole Sun- Soundgarden

Beer Travel / Re: Tips for a family trip to the Jersey Shore
« on: July 23, 2012, 05:31:45 AM »
I actually spent a lot of time in OCNJ when I was in college. I really like the beach and it is definitely family-oriented. In fact the town is "dry". Your last chance is the store before crossing the bridge. But I doubt their selection, and high prices, have changed much since then. I would find a shop in the Philly area.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 19, 2012, 02:59:46 PM »
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun - Pink Floyd

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 17, 2012, 05:15:22 AM »
Young Lust- Pink Floyd

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 17, 2012, 02:15:03 AM »
I Need A Miracle- Grateful Dead

The Pub / Re: "Homebrewers" (insert eyeroll)
« on: July 17, 2012, 02:13:48 AM »
the part of this that the original post stated- and mentioned again later- that no one has commented on is the key in my opinion... "that guy" HADN'T EVEN TRIED THE EFFIN' BEER!!! People are so quick to pass judgement and give advice on beers they haven't even tried. That just kills me. STFU, drink the beer, then discuss.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 07, 2012, 01:51:37 AM »
The End- The Doors

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