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The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: June 14, 2011, 09:34:32 AM »
Been a while since we had a book thread. Just thought I would check in and see if anyone has come accross some must reads.

  I literally just finished Vince Flynn's "Extreme Measures" like five minutes ago. Very good read. If you haven't read Vince Flyn, do. It was my first by him, and I have two more waiting. Recently, I read "Impact" by Douglas Preston. It was ok. Been powering my way through A bunch of James Patterson. "I Alex Cross" was my last, and "Cross Fire". Both were great. I'm about halfway through Alex Cross's Trial. It's not to bad. And, waiting for me my next trip to Ohio in July, I have "One Second After".
  What's everyone else up to? 

Between studying for BJCP exam and the family I hadn't had a chance to read anything for fun in a while till recently.   I read "One Second After" sometime last year and really enjoyed it.  I'll make notes of all the books in this thread and take a look at them, it's hard to find good books that hold my interest. 

Replay by Ken Grimwood
We Almost Lost Detroit by John Fuller
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Waiting for Girl who kicked the hornet's nest
in the library hold queue

I read those last year.  Very interesting character developments.

1952
Events / Re: GABF
« on: June 14, 2011, 04:37:20 AM »
I'm with Drew.  Thursday night when all the brewers are there and Saturday afternoon.  The problem with Saturday is that a lot of the beer is gone by then.  It will be hit or miss finding the winners as they are announced.  That and the fact that it sells out these days so it isn't much less crowded.  When people realize they can't get a ticket without an AHA membership they pony up for the membership.
On Friday night go to Falling Rock and let the frat boys drink at the GABF.

1953
The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: June 14, 2011, 04:22:00 AM »
The Devil in the White City
Funny you mention that one.  It's the book I plan to start reading on the plane to S.D. tomorrow.

morticaixavier - my wife has every Terry Pratchett book in existence.  I couldn't get into it myself.

1954
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who Dumps Beer?
« on: June 13, 2011, 12:15:36 PM »
I've made over 300 batches of beer and/or mead and have tossed out about 10 gallons.  My motto is "never throw away a beer!" The one batch of five gallons I tossed was, like Sean's, acetobacter infected and wasn't salvageable. 
So, I'm either very tolerant when it comes to drinking my own homebrew or I've been very lucky or both.  I have plenty of space for storage and tend to rotate kegs in and out of service depending on what I feel like drinking.

1955
The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 13, 2011, 09:47:09 AM »
This was in the news today:
Here's how tight the Silicon Valley battle for tech talent has gotten: If you can fill an open engineering position at Hipster, the startup will reward you with $10,000 in cash and a year's supply of PBR beer.

The San Francisco company is looking for three or four local engineers with experience in building Web software and mobile apps -- the exact same skill set hundreds of other tech companies are also seeking. Posting the openings on traditional job sites didn't lead to any promising applicants. Then Hipster co-founder Doug Ludlow wondered, "What if we gave a year's worth of PBR? And it snowballed from there."

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All Grain Brewing / Re: fermentability question
« on: June 12, 2011, 12:38:19 PM »
Speaking of throw-away brews, I racked the ill-fated IPA yesterday.  This is the batch that I wasted several hours trying to chill the wort with huge hop cones clogging everything and finally gave up and poured the whole thing, hops, break an all into an unsanitized open European keg that would fit into my fridge then sprinkled 2 packs of US-05 on it.  Surprisingly it tastes very good going into a secondary for dry-hopping.
Sometimes the mistakes taste better than the plans.

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The Pub / Re: Extreme brewing
« on: June 12, 2011, 09:29:39 AM »
Randy Mosher's Radical Brewing would be a great complement to the three you mentioned.

I wasn't overly impressed with Brewing Up a Business either, but I did learn a couple of things, so it wasn't a waste.

1958
All Things Food / Re: Boiled Peanuts
« on: June 11, 2011, 11:42:47 AM »
What kinda spices 'you put in that boil?

1959
Kegging some CAP, tranferring an IPA, and brewing Berliner Weisse.  I mashed a small portion of pils malt (3 #) last night and added a cup of crushed pils malt onto it this morning.  I bleed some CO2 onto it, sealed the lid and put it outside in the sun.  Tomorrow I will make the main mash and add the sour mash in with it.  I plan to use some European Ale yeast and lactobacillus to ferment.  I hope it turns out OK.

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Ingredients / Re: Guessing the hop variety
« on: June 11, 2011, 05:50:52 AM »
Take some in your hands and rub together until they warm up and release the aromas.  That should give you an idea of what to expect.  You know you're doing it right if you have yellow palms.

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The Pub / Re: Bartender.....
« on: June 10, 2011, 01:12:10 PM »
That's a nice chart.  Your pdf didn't open for me though.

My favorites are all on the right side in the middle and lower parts of your chart, except Highland Park, which seems a little more to the smokey part of the chart than I remember it.
The Macallan, Glenmorengie, Dalmore, Oban, Balvenie and Highland Park are all affordable in my flavor preferences.

<edit> I was trying to open it in Firefox, which doesn't like pdf's on this pc.  It opens up just fine in Explorer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast and Heat
« on: June 10, 2011, 04:13:02 AM »
I wonder why you put your starter in the fridge.  You should keep it warm and swirl it every time you walk by to keep it in suspension.  Hopefully activity will be more apparent by the time you are ready to brew.
Next time keep some dry yeast around just for this circumstance.  US 05 is the same stuff but is more resilient.

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The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 09, 2011, 01:42:47 PM »
My favorite lawn mower beer is Berliner Weisse.  I'm going to make some this weekend.
We can get Full Sail Session here, but it's kinda expensive.

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The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 09, 2011, 01:11:00 PM »
Agree on the marketing vs beer thing.  I tried PBR for the first time recently.  I ended up staring at the can and thinking, so what gives?  I guess what you are paying for is the marketing, its sort of a fee to assuage the guilt of hipsters who want to drink cheap beer, but want to still feel good about themselves, like there is something really "authentic" or ironically blue collar about PBR.  I personally have no misgivings about this, and would feel comfortable drinking a much less stylish cheap beer were I so inclined to abuse the ol' liver, so the extra expense is wasted for me.

New owners do sound a little trashy, but I don't feel sorry for the old owners.  Business is business, get over your whininess and get another job, build up another beer brand.
It's this attitude that is perpetuating PBR at a "hipster" beer and it makes me angry. I'm not saying I started drinking it before the hipster PBR craze, but I had no idea it had that stigma attached to it, if it did yet, when I started drinking it.  And I'm still pretty young; haven't been drinking beer for much more than 7 years and I started out with good beer for the most part.

I like microbrewed beer a lot, but there ain't nothin' wrong with drinking some blue ribbon from time to time.  My beer consumption is mostly homebrew though.

But your avatar makes you look like a hipster.  ;)

Aw it does not!  Bill Hicks was an American hero!  Zim zam?

So that's who that is!  (I had to Google it.)

1965
The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 09, 2011, 10:07:09 AM »
Agree on the marketing vs beer thing.  I tried PBR for the first time recently.  I ended up staring at the can and thinking, so what gives?  I guess what you are paying for is the marketing, its sort of a fee to assuage the guilt of hipsters who want to drink cheap beer, but want to still feel good about themselves, like there is something really "authentic" or ironically blue collar about PBR.  I personally have no misgivings about this, and would feel comfortable drinking a much less stylish cheap beer were I so inclined to abuse the ol' liver, so the extra expense is wasted for me.

New owners do sound a little trashy, but I don't feel sorry for the old owners.  Business is business, get over your whininess and get another job, build up another beer brand.
It's this attitude that is perpetuating PBR at a "hipster" beer and it makes me angry. I'm not saying I started drinking it before the hipster PBR craze, but I had no idea it had that stigma attached to it, if it did yet, when I started drinking it.  And I'm still pretty young; haven't been drinking beer for much more than 7 years and I started out with good beer for the most part.

I like microbrewed beer a lot, but there ain't nothin' wrong with drinking some blue ribbon from time to time.  My beer consumption is mostly homebrew though.

But your avatar makes you look like a hipster.  ;)

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