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Events / Hunahpu's Day at Cigar City
« on: March 13, 2015, 04:29:08 PM »
I certainly couldn't afford the entry fee for this event, but since I had not missed it since the inception, I volunteered to pour this year.  I will be pouring samples from Solemn Oath, a brewery in Naperville, Illinois.  I hear they make hoppy, Belgian and Barrel Aged beers, so that's nice.
I wanted to ask y'all what beers should not be missed from the list of beer available, but I'm having trouble cutting and pasting the menu off the interwebs.  It looks like too much good beer to try in one day anyway.  anybody else going to this?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Bottled Guinness with no widget
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:32:24 PM »
I picked up a 12 pack of Guinness "Draught" last night mostly because I've been drinking too much strong beer lately and wanted the flavor and low ABV.  That whole stop drinking thread has had an influence on me. 
This is the Coke-shaped bottle with the shrink-wrapped label, not to be confused with their Foreign Style Stout.  It actually says, "Brewed in Dublin" on the label.  It also says, "enjoy straight from the bottle" but I'm not doing that. 
Much to my surprise this beer no longer has the plastic widget to release pressure and nitrogen upon opening.  It sounds really carbonated when popped open, but doesn't do the cascading carbonation thing that the old bottles did.
The flavor is not the same, although I'm sure it's just the mouthfeel that contributes to this.
So what gives?  Anybody try one lately?  Are the cans the same way?

The Pub / Beer Curmudgeons on the radio
« on: November 26, 2014, 11:02:49 AM »
Bob Sylvester of Saint Somewhere Brewing, JB Ellis of Mr. Dunderbaks and I will be doing a radio show on our local community sponsored station this afternoon.  We will be doing our best effort at "Car Talk Guys of Beer."  Tune into for the Wednesday Traffic Jam at 5pm EST.  We'll start our segment for an hour at about 5:45. 
They tell us that if we get enough on-line listeners they may give us a more regular spot.
It should be fun, at least for us.  Unfortunately they won't let us drink in the studio, so we'll have to get prepared in advance.

General Homebrew Discussion / Second use of gelatin
« on: November 09, 2014, 01:38:06 PM »
In a moment of laziness, I transferred some finished beer into a keg that just kicked without cleaning and sanitizing the keg.  All is good.  I have no fear of contamination and the beer that was in the keg was from the same batch as the one going in.  There was some trub in the empty keg from the first beer and I siphoned a little more from the fermenter in the process, but it was fairly clear beer.
I carbonated the keg by shaking under fairly high pressure, which is my normal method.

I had used gelatin to clear the first beer in the keg.
Do you think that the remaining gelatin in the keg from the first beer will clear the second beer?
I guess time will tell, but it seems to me that this should work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Foam
« on: July 02, 2014, 02:26:05 PM »
Last weekend I poured a glass of New Glarus Berliner that I traded for at NHC.  I have never seen as thick a head as this, like meringue. 
I'll try to post a picture here.

I wonder how they did that?

One day, I am going to find out what I am doing wrong with posting pictures. 
Or not. 

Beer Travel / St. Louis this weekend
« on: April 29, 2014, 04:36:55 PM »
My wife and I will be taking a break and flying to St. Louis this weekend to see what's there.  Hopefully we'll see a little Spring.  We miss that, living in Florida. 
Are there any good beer bars, breweries or restaurants we shouldn't miss?

General Homebrew Discussion / Smoke Signal
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:04:22 PM »
Guess who smoked the malt for the best smoked beer at the World Beer Cup in Denver?
This guy! ;D

Ingredients / Efficiency of raw wheat
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:01:17 AM »
I plan to make a witbier this weekend.  In the past when I've used raw wheat in the mash my efficiency suffers almost to the point that the wheat doesn't add any gravity points at all, so I have used gelatinized or flaked wheat instead.  This results in a witbier that doesn't stay cloudy, dropping bright in the keg fairly quickly.
So my question is how do I get the raw wheat to convert better?  I am thinking of doing a cereal mash with some of the barley malt and bringing that to a boil, then adding it back to the main mash, but that's a big cereal mash when half the recipe is wheat.
What do you guys do to convert raw wheat?

Homebrew Competitions / State Championships
« on: February 17, 2014, 03:40:25 PM »
Here in Florida we are in the midst of having two State-wide brewing competitions, one for homebrewers and one for pro brewers.  This year we have over 750 entries in the homebrew competition and 340 in the pro competition.  All from Florida
Does any other state do this or are we the only ones?
I gotta say this puts us on the map for craft beer, even if the state is otherwise known as a wasteland.
Tampa Bay Beer Week starts on March 1 if anybody is down this way.

All Things Food / bacon bowl
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:35:47 AM »
Perfect Christmas idea?

The Pub / Bottle Cap Floor
« on: September 16, 2013, 02:49:14 PM »
A friend of mine asked me to start saving bottle caps so he could make a custom garage floor.  I'd never heard of this so I googled it.
Looks pretty cool.

Events / Announcing the names of the winning beers
« on: July 07, 2013, 10:37:02 AM »
Part of the fun of listening to a beer competition awards ceremony is hearing the clever names that home brewers give their beers.  This seems to be conspicuously omitted in the National Homebrew Competition.  Of course some names occasionally are so double entendre filled that they need some editing, but I think they should be included as part of the announcements.  You can tell a lot about what was entered and the type of person who entered it if, instead of, say "category 23" you hear "category 23 Graetzer" or "Ed's Batch #385" or "Jeffy's Smoked Poblano Wit" or "Labor Day Black IPA" or whatever.
I just think it would be more fun and show some more of the creativity that goes with the hobby.
I notice that they don't even put the names in the winners list on the AHA site.
I wonder why not.....

Homebrew Competitions / East West Rivalry?
« on: April 20, 2013, 12:10:33 PM »
Anybody on the forum a member of Oregon Brew Crew?  Denny?
We have a throw down between them and my local club, the Tampa Bay Brewing Enthusiasts Enjoying Real Suds (BEERS), to see who can brew the best IPA.
The way it works is they picked a neutral competition, 8 Seconds of Froth in Wyoming, and we each send as many as a dozen IPA entries.  Points go to the club with the most points, assuming at least one of those clubs' entries wins some points.
Later in the year our club will pick a different style and another neutral cometition for the second challenge.
Seems like a fun thing to do.  I am bottling my IPA today.

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