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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Celebration is out again
« on: December 07, 2011, 05:19:40 AM »
I'm on my third twelve pack.

Going Pro / Re: Unwritten rule for Pro Brewers
« on: December 06, 2011, 08:38:49 PM »
Have you been to NHC before?  Seems like 90+% of the men have facial hair.  I think it has to do with brewing in general.

I see what you mean, although I would guess it's closer to 75%

Hey, I'm in that photo!  I'm the guy with the mustache!

Events / Re: AHA Rally at Cigar City Dec 7
« on: December 06, 2011, 12:57:03 PM »
You neglected to say, "and meet jeffy!"

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Speckled Hen
« on: December 05, 2011, 06:08:37 PM »
First had it in the bottle in the states.  Had a caramel candy sweetness that said pasturised/oxidized, but others I know like that.  Then had it in a pub in London on cask.  A much better beer that was good in a malty way.  Not what I seek out in the UK, but not a bad beer if that is the best on cask.
I had it on cask at a pub in London in spite of the warning from the publican: "it's really strong - 4.8%!"  Turns out the cask had gone bad and was significantly sour.  Perhaps his warning should have been heeded. 
The pint I remember having just before this was one of the best ever, fresh, local Fullers London Pride.

Equipment and Software / Re: CFWC upgrade in the works.
« on: December 05, 2011, 03:32:27 PM »
Makes sense. Right now the chill water input is on the sam end as the hot wort input. Do you think switching chill input to the output end of the wort would make any difference?
What you have is NOT a counterflow wort chiller.  It is a paralell flow wort chiller.
I'm interested in the answer though, if someone knows.

Beer Recipes / Re: Modification question
« on: December 05, 2011, 03:12:27 PM »
It is not clear to me how many gallons of beer you want to make in this batch.  Is the total going to be 3 gallons or did you plan to boil 3 and then add something post boil to bring it to 5?

The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:06:50 PM »
I've been thinking about this for a week now and can't say there was a particular game changing beer or pub that drew me towards craft beer.  I have always gone for beer that was either a local product or not in the mainstream.  Even back in the mid seventies I remember doing blind taste tests with local beers (in Cincinnati we had several) and imports.  The best import at the time was Heineken and our local Burger beer outclassed that easily.
That said, I had a beer while attempting to hitch-hike through Belgium in 1973 that knocked my socks off.  Or more accurately knocked my guts out.  Some sort of sweet cherry beer served in a goblet in a dirt-floored house with a party going on that drew the police.  Naked people were dancing on the roof of the car we came in.  I woke up the next morning sick in the graveyard beside a medieval church.  I spent the next day in Antwerp asking bartenders what kind of beer that might have been.
Ahh, the 70's…….

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:47:00 PM »
68F right now.  Nice time of year in central Florida.

Wood/Casks / Re: Restoring a very old barrel -- feasible?
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:07:33 PM »
The method Tom wrote about two posts up is how I've seen it done at a distillery when they wanted to keep the barrel hydrated, but that may not work for an old dried out bbl.
I once revived an old barrel that had been sitting outside for several years by keeping it filled it with a garden hose.  At first it was leaking out at the rate of a gallon every 20 seconds, but it was almost completely sealed after 12 hours.  I was amazed at how much the wood expanded.

The Pub / Re: Tinnitus
« on: November 30, 2011, 11:29:53 AM »
I don't have any advice, but I did break the round window in my inner ear while scuba diving once.  The pain after that 85 foot dive and into the next 30 foot dive were unforgiving.  Antihistamines helped a lot.

All Things Food / Re: Smoked Salmon Pairing?
« on: November 30, 2011, 11:19:29 AM »
I like a spritzy Pilsner, like a German Pils, Dort Export, or even a Classic American Pils with my smoked fish.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Timothy Taylor Landlord Best Bitter
« on: November 30, 2011, 07:18:41 AM »
Just want to say that the above recipe is drinking really well.  Have not hooked up to the hand pump yet, but will on Friday.  Flavors are similar, and the dark stone fruit that the 1469 produces is there.  Happy with the way it turned out.

Forgot to put the 1 tsp. of CaCO4 into the boil, and I think that is needed.  Used some medium and dark crystal, but next time the dark will be left out and the color will come from the medium crystal, which will add more residual sweetness.  The dark starts to add a little "roast" that my wife picked up.

Might dry hop one keg with a little Styrian Goldings, as I think it also needs some more hop aroma.

Mine has been on tap for a couple weeks now and I am enjoying it.  I also dry-hopped the second 5 gallons with S. Goldings because the hop aroma is very subtle.  Nice pint.

The Pub / Re: I need a sword...
« on: November 28, 2011, 06:32:39 PM »
Dude! That is an awesome tree pic! I was never the atrsie type, but I could get on board with that.
It's in the Portland Japanese Garden.  Beautiful.  I always forget to go when we're in Portland.


If I can remember how to post a picture, this is a photo I took at the very same Japanese Garden in the springtime several years ago.  I love that place.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help! I've brewed a watery mess
« on: November 28, 2011, 12:33:16 PM »
You really need to learn to count.

I see less than 20 words. :D


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: not brewing yeast but . . .
« on: November 27, 2011, 06:25:10 AM »
Thanks.  That was interesting.

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