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The Pub / Re: RIP MCA
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:30:56 PM »
definitely a sad day. another one gone too soon.
i wasn't sure if that beer i kegged the other day is fully carbed yet. now i don't care, i just know it's ready to be had!

my name is MCA, i got a license to kill
i think you know what time it is.
it's time to get ill...

one lonely beastie i be
all by myself, i got nobody.
the sun is beatin' down on my baseball hat.
the air is gettin' hot, the beer is gettin' flat..

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: April 26, 2012, 01:29:26 PM »
Doubtful a score like that will advance, but maybe??

I think you would already know if your beer advanced by the scoresheet. Look at the "Place Awarded" box on the cover page. If there is a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd there, then you advanced...
If not, better luck next time!

The Pub / Re: RIP Levon Helm
« on: April 20, 2012, 01:29:38 AM »
Definitely a sad day. Love the Band. You ever have one of those moments with music that change you? Many of you have I'm sure.
After a loved one dies, you can hear songs again and it's like you are hearing them for the first time. I lost my mom 5 years ago. A couple weeks after she died, I heard "I Shall Be Released" one afternoon on my favorite radio station. I had to pull over because that moment, even though I've heard that song 1000 times, it just nailed me.
Probably going to happen later tonight as I brew and listen to nothin' but the Band...
RIP Levon. Throw one back with Betty...

The Pub / Re: Not Enough Money in the World for This.
« on: April 20, 2012, 01:23:13 AM »
i agree. my wife's nephew does this for a living on cell phone towers. watching this video, or as much as i could stomach, literally made me quesy. somebody's gotta do it, but sure ain't gonna be me!

Not Bo Pils, but I've used Weyermann floor malted marris otter and loved it.

umm... i think you mean Warminster MO. Pretty sure German Weyermann isn't making any Maris Otter?!?

Ingredients / Re: homemade caramel in brewing?
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:19:23 PM »
all good points. however, i can't add my own sugar to non-fat condensed milk in this case. the dulce de leche is made by boiling the unopened can in water for 2 hours. at work, we take a case (6 #10 cans) and boil them in a 40gal steam kettle. at home i am making it with one small 14oz. can.  the tricky part is making sure you watch it and not let the water level go below the can.

since the fat will likely ruin head retention anyhow, i am sticking with regular sweetened condensed milk. only thing in the can is milk and sugar. you couldn't do this with unsweetened condensed milk, if there is such a thing. has to have the sugar in there.

Ingredients / Re: homemade caramel in brewing?
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:56:09 AM »
sounds like a good plan. i'll get a recipe together.

Ingredients / homemade caramel in brewing?
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:27:58 AM »
at work our Pastry Chef makes caramel by boiling cans of sweetened condensed milk. it is very tasty. of course i am intrigued and want to brew with it. i am thinking it may add the proper lactic qualities, and some caramel sweetness, to a sweet stout. any thoughts? anyone ever try this?

i've done that too. no big deal. can't tell you exactly why, but likely because it is an acid based solution. it just reminded me that Star San only needs a 3 minute contact time to sanitize. soaking metal overnight turns stuff black. scrub it. some of it will come off.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/3 Edition
« on: February 03, 2012, 04:14:05 AM »
Brown Porter going right now. I always brew on Ground Hog's Day. Sort of an homage to my roots. I grew up in Western PA, pert near Gobbler's Knob. I actually bottled my first ever brew on 2/2/99!! Looking at my notes today I see it turned out pretty good, hit my numbers before I even knew that was a goal! A stout extract kit that hit 1.011 FG. Not bad. Dry yeast.
APA on Saturday.

Maybe bottle or rack an experimental Maple Porter if I get bored with the SB commercials.

« on: January 15, 2012, 03:02:29 AM »
 I remember them being good enough to beat the Steelers earlier this year  ;)

You are indeed correct. I like to see that all 3 teams that beat the Steelers this year are still playing...

« on: January 14, 2012, 08:20:45 PM »
Let's go Tebow!  I have a chance to go to the championship game next week if everything plays out right.

you're from Baltimore... why would you want to go to New England to see the Texans play the Patriots?!?

sorry, i couldn't resist...

actually, if Baltimore loses it would almost be a bigger upset than Denver winning last week. IMO.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2012 NHC 1st Round - NW Region - April 21st
« on: January 14, 2012, 04:29:44 AM »
thanks, now i see that...

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2012 NHC 1st Round - NW Region - April 21st
« on: January 14, 2012, 04:04:39 AM »
How do you get that there is an additional Judging Center? I see 9 U.S. centers plus Canada. Same as always.

The Pub / Re: Hey, did you guys know.....
« on: January 09, 2012, 04:00:13 AM »
FWIW "Stewardess" is a bit of an insult these days.  The prefered title is flight attendant.

like the Mats said...

Sanitation expert and a maintenance engineer
Garbage man, a janitor and you my dear
A real union flight attendant, my oh my
You ain't nothin' but a waitress in the sky

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