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All Grain Brewing / Re: Missed my OG...Gunky Sample?
« on: April 07, 2012, 01:25:16 PM »
I get low efficiencies when I brew witbiers.
I used to also, using raw wheat, then I switched to flaked wheat and it got more normal.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 07, 2012, 01:24:04 PM »
We spent last night under a full moon on my friends' new dock on the Hillsborough River drinking birthday scotch (Auchentoshen) and a bottle of DFH Hellhound.  He's got underwater lights so you can just sit and watch the fish swim by.  Beautiful night.

Beer Recipes / Re: critique my first all grain
« on: April 06, 2012, 03:41:37 PM »
What is the flavor profile you're shooting for with this recipe. A specific style? A commercial example? Or... Are you trying to be creative? This will help us better understand your intentions and lend some better insight.
Ron, have you to recently made it to the big six oh? or is there a bug with the profile descriptions?
I don't know about Ron, but I'm 60 today.

The Pub / Re: Another Brewer Coming to Western N.C.
« on: April 06, 2012, 11:11:35 AM »
I'm glad you're all paying attention.
The original article had a photo of a swamp and called it the likely new location.
Sort of like that bridge for sale in NYC.

The Pub / Re: Another Brewer Coming to Western N.C.
« on: April 06, 2012, 01:07:18 AM »
Then there was this report from last Sunday:

Too bad, Philly.

Tough luck, Asheville.

One possible location for New Belgium's Florida brewery.
In an announcement that stunned the craft beer world, New Belgium Brewing, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, squashed rumors this morning that it would open an East Coast brewery in one of those cities, announcing instead that the new facility will open in Florida.

“For the past 15 years, we’ve been telling Floridians that our beer would be available in their state ‘in about two years.’ Face it, we owe those people,” said a spokesperson who asked to remain unnamed because the final contracts have not been signed.

Reportedly, the employee owned, alternatively powered makers of Fat Tire Ale will build the plant in the middle of the Everglades.

“There’s plenty of room, labor’s cheap, and we’ll be able to power our brewery from the natural gas wells that we’ve heard are going to be drilled there,” the spokesperson said.

What really put Florida on New Belgium’s radar, though, was the water available through the municipal water systems.

“We put it through some tasting tests,” the spokesperson said. “One day it tasted like sulfur, the next day it tasted like chlorine and the day after that, it had a funky odor like unwashed socks. The possibilities of working with random factors like that are exciting.”

The brewery is expected to begin operations by April 1, 2014. Beer will be distributed throughout the Sunshine State two years after that.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked Beer Ideas
« on: April 05, 2012, 08:09:43 PM »
Everyone seems to cite different intensities when discussing commercial smoked malts like Weyermann's.  I'm not sure why, but I suspect it depends heavily on how long it takes to get to you from the source and how well it was cared for along the way.  Of course, it also depends on the gravity of the beer and the other specialty grains present.

Probably not germane to this discussion, but in my opinion, smoked beer doesn't go very well with smoked meat.  The smoke in one deadens my ability to taste the smoke in the other.  With BBQ, I'd rather have some contrasting sweetness such as you'd get from a Bock or a Belgian Blond or a Tripel.

I think smoked beers go better with Mexican food and just about any cheese.
As far as what to drink with BBQ it depends on the amount of heat.  I'm thinking a pils like Trummer or Prima or even Session from Full Sail would be great with Q.

The Pub / Re: regional Sayings
« on: April 05, 2012, 10:12:59 AM »
In Cincinnati instead of saying "excuse me?" or "what?" to ask someone to repeat something, they ask "please?"
I think it's from the German heritage and the word "bitte" but I've never heard that anywhere else.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Store In Evanston IL
« on: April 04, 2012, 09:58:02 PM »
I am interested in opening a homebrew supply shop in Evanston IL, or the very northern part of Chicago.  Do any of you guys in the area ever find yourself wishing there was a homebrew supply shop close by?

I live in Glenview and am currently traveling to Libertyville for my supplies, I would love something closer to me but, honestly, Evanston is more difficult to get to, for Libertyville I just pop up 294 and I'm there in about 15-20 minutes. I know there are quite a few of us Home brewers on the Northshore so you might want to think about a little further Glenview!  ;D

Hey, I spent the first 8 years of my life in Glenview.  We were one golf course away from the Naval Air Station, so fighter jets used to fly so close you hardly even noticed.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked Beer Ideas
« on: April 04, 2012, 05:14:38 PM »
I think I helped judge that beer at last year's NHC.  It was very nice.
I am now enjoying a smoked beer that was made with malt home-smoked over pecan and orange woods.  It was roughly in the style of a Vienna Lager, but since I dry hopped it with amarillo, it's more like an APA now.  It is possibly the best smoked beer I have made, imho.  The hops and the pecan smoke go really well together.

A general rule of thumb for the amount of smoked malt is 20%, but that depends on the intensity of the smoke.  I found the Briess cherry wood smoked malt very subdued.  I have also made a traditional Rauchbier using 100% Wyerman smoked malt, but it was a bit too intense for all but the real diehard smoke fan.

If smoking at home you'll get the best results if you keep the malt away from the heat.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP and carbonation volumes
« on: April 03, 2012, 03:01:40 PM »
I just googled "beer carbonation chart by style" and found several charts that list CO2 volumes by broad style ranges.

The Pub / Re: regional Sayings
« on: April 03, 2012, 01:54:39 AM »
Here on Hawaii Island we don't have interstates, so we don't call them anything.

On Oahu they have the H1, H2 and H3, but can the really be called interstates?

Only if they are stateside.

Events / Re: NHC - Pre-conference events
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:17:57 AM »
Is that the way the hop yard tour will work as well? I'm planning to arrive Tuesday for the sole purpose of that tour. If it is only one time and is fairly early I may be cutting it close.
Jeff, I forgot to mention, the area around the hotel has quite a bit to do.  There is a great Rock Bottom a couple of blocks away, and right next door to that is the Taphouse with 160 taps.  Besides those places, most every bar in walking distance will have good beer on tap, that's just the way it is around here.

I've been to that Rock Bottom.  It's good.
I checked on public transport yesterday and found that there's a bus that goes almost directly to Big Time in about 30 minutes, so I'm happy with that.

Events / Re: NHC - Pre-conference events
« on: March 31, 2012, 10:34:20 PM »
I have a question about the pre conference events if anyone here can answer.  Does each tour have one departure time or will there be busses leaving from the hotel at different times?  I don't see anything available for someone flying in mid afternoon Wednesday, except perhaps the BJCP reception, but that link takes me to the 2011 San Diego reception.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottle woes.
« on: March 31, 2012, 05:48:54 PM »
I try to pick up empties at the finish of local homebrew competitions.  I usually get three or four cases and wash them out with a jet bottle washer and hot water as soon as possible.

The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: March 29, 2012, 04:53:50 PM »
On the other hand, golf is my favorite sport to nap to.

Years ago I told my wife that if she ever caught me watching golf on TV she should wake me up and tell me I'm not old enough to do that. 
She's had to tell me more than once.  Does this mean I'm too old?

As an older fart, I seem to remember that the traditional opening day for baseball happened in Cincinnati on or about April 6, which is not only where I used to live, but it's my birthday.  Opening day gets earlier and farther away every year, which is odd for a sport that prides itself so much on tradition.

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