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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg posts
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:17:03 PM »
On a ball lock keg the post with the grooves in it or with the serrated looking base is gas in.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: October 02, 2017, 12:31:16 PM »
I had no trouble shifting and already knew about the blinkers/wipers location, so I made a conscious effort to use them properly.  Two things I noticed about the car though - if you used the turn signal stalk, but did not push it all the way until it clicked, the blinker flashed about 3 times and stopped.  I found this very convenient for lane changes and my car had no neutral safety (clutch) switch, so you had to make sure it was not in gear before engaging the starter.  I thought all cars had that, but I guess it's just all U.S. cars.
Another thing we noticed was how polite all the drivers seemed to be.  Even in the city, we hardly ever heard a horn.
I don't think I drove at night at all.  Walking to pubs was every evening's entertainment.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: September 30, 2017, 07:17:14 PM »
We are on our way back from a week in Ireland now I thought I would share some notes.
I ended up getting an international day pass through my cell phone carrier (at&t) for $10 each day that it was used.  That way I could use the stuff I was already familiar with.  My iPhone worked well as a gps when needed.
We flew non stop on the red eye into Dublin and stayed there two nights near Trinity College.  Everything was within walking distance from our Airbnb and we were very good tourists.  We toured the Old Library and the Book of Kells - enjoyed the library more, but it was on the same ticket; toured Dublin Castle - pretty interesting; the Beatty Library/museum is just behind it and was worth the time spent; we did a tour of Jameson's Old Distillery and then had drinks at their bar; visited several churches as well as several pubs.  Most bars have a selection of mass market lagers and a couple of Guinness taps, and there seemed to be some feaux crafts by the big brewers as well, but we found that Galway Bay Brewing Co. has three or four pubs in Dublin, all with good craft beer.
We then got an uber back to the airport and picked up a rental car. It came as a surprise that if you decline the insurance they hold €5000 on your credit card.  Pro tip: if driving in a country with right hand drive, rent your car on Sunday morning when there is less traffic.  It takes a little getting used to and I am glad we didn't start driving right away, jet-lagged in downtown Dublin.
We drove to Northern Ireland with a stop for coffee in Belfast and then a really scenic drive along the north coast.  We stopped at the Giant's Causeway, which is spectacular, then drove to Derry/Londonderry, an old city with a completely intact ancient wall.
On to Galway, which has a very international feel to it and a booming tourist industry.  Tons of pubs and restaurants to enjoy in the Old Spanish Quarter.  Through a mutual friend we met up with the brewer from Galway Bay, who helped us with pubs for the rest of our trip.  As it was in Dublin, unless you want a Guinness or a "lager" you have to do a little research.  At this point I finally found a copy of CAMRA's 2018 Good Beer Guide and was disappointed that it did not include Ireland. 
After two nights we left Galway for Killarney, visiting the Cliffs of Maher on the way, which was in a cloud at the time but still incredibly impressive, then taking the ferry to save miles and time.  Killarney is cute and walkable and we found a really cool whiskey bar where we did flights of Irish whiskies.
We drove to Dingle, had coffee and then drove the loop through the peninsula.  Best.Drive.Ever.
The drive back to Dublin was mostly M-roads (motorways) and N-roads (wide two-lanes).  We stopped about halfway at Rock of Cashel to walk the ruins of a mideival church.  Altogether we drove a bit over 1200Km in a three cylinder Nissan.  The country is small enough that the longest travel day for us between cities was about three and a half hours of driving.
I had a Beamish stout last night at a pub in operation since 1766.  Nice.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cane sugar added incorrectly
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:34:23 AM »
I have poured sugar into beer at the end of fermentation with excellent results.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked Helles Advice
« on: September 04, 2017, 05:33:59 PM »
It isn't hard to smoke your own either - that way you can chose the type of wood.
I have an electric smoker. Do you have to cold smoke it or can I just use a low temp?

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I prefer cold smoke because it doesn't change the malt much, especially helpful with a pale colored beer.  The more heat, the less time is needed and the more color is added.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked Helles Advice
« on: September 04, 2017, 11:00:14 AM »
That is good advice, Martin.  For subtle smoke, I'd use 10% or less.  Wyerman is a good choice if you know the freshness, much better than Briess.  It isn't hard to smoke your own either - that way you can chose the type of wood.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spices affect IBUs
« on: September 03, 2017, 12:02:21 PM »
I put some caraway seeds in my Rye APA as a dry spice last week and noticed a significant increase in the bitterness.

I don't even use an airlock during initial fermentation.  The reason yours bubbles out is from the CO2 escaping, which would not allow air to ingress anyway.  When it calms down I install one. 
If you are still nervous, I'd suggest a blow off hose with the end in a jar of sanitizer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: East vs West
« on: August 23, 2017, 06:16:38 PM »
I think my favorite was the Surly Ginger Lager, but there were several other good ones.  Duvel Hoppy Belgian Golden was nice, Ayinger Dunkle Weiss as well.  Fullers and Saint Arnold colabs were also good.  I did not care for the Kiuchi white IPA with Yuzu or the Mikkeller Thai-style iced tea ale.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 23, 2017, 10:21:17 AM »
We still haven't heard from denny....

Beer Travel / Re: New York
« on: August 23, 2017, 04:29:56 AM »
I've been to several rooftop bars in Manhattan, but it's been a few years and they seem to change a bit.  I just did an easy google search and found some updated lists.  The bar at the top of the Standard Hotel looks cool and is pretty close.  You can walk the Hi Line to it.  We always like to go to see the rooftop exhibit at the Met in the summer and have one of their expensive beers while looking out over Central Park.  It looks like a Rojas installation this summer.  There's a cool view of the river and N.J. from Ink 48 Hotel's rooftop bar, which is close to you.  Also there's a bar on an old boat called the Frying Pan which is pretty cool as well.

I miss our annual August trips to NYC.  For over 12 years my wife was a buyer for a museum store and while she went to market at the Javits I would spend a couple days wandering around the city.  Plus she still has a magic I.D. card that gets us in to almost every museum in the country for free.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: blichmann thermonator. Didnt help
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:29:40 PM »
I gave up trying to cool the entire wort down to pitching temps in bulk.  I recirculate and cool with well water until I get about 90F, then add another chiller recirculating ice water and run the wort directly to fermenters.  If I pump the wort slowly I can hit lager pitching temps.  I am currently using a Blichman Therminator for the ice run, but I used to be successful with 20 ft of copper tubing immersed in ice water on the way to the fermenters.
I had to stop using the Therminator for the original recirculating because it clogged up so easily.

Beer Travel / Re: New York
« on: August 20, 2017, 06:16:21 PM »
You need to be more specific, since New York is pretty big.  Even if you're talking NYC, there's a lot of geography.  In Manhatten, my favorite beer pub is the Blind Tiger in the West Village.  In Williamsburg I like Spuyten Duyvil and Torst, but they are a little expensive.  Where will you be and what do you like?

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 17, 2017, 04:50:42 AM »
It looks like the car rental itself is pretty cheap at $95 for a week, but the insurance is about $25 per day!  I may have to find a different solution.  To be honest I never buy rental insurance, but I guess I have been pretty lucky.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 14, 2017, 02:36:44 PM »
Did you know that the shadow will be crossing America at about 1800 MPH?

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