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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stuff you should never do.
« on: June 08, 2011, 10:22:31 AM »

Stuff you should never do....

Take a sleeping pill and a laxative at the same time!

Freaky. This just happened to me this morning. Except we don't have a spare. ::)
Read right after the post above it, this takes on a whole new meaning. ;D

Yeah, I read that the first time and thought, "spare bed?"

All Grain Brewing / Re: What would you call this beer?
« on: June 08, 2011, 10:00:14 AM »
That's getting expensive, both in money and beer!  If he wants the feedback, one cat should be plenty.  If he wants a ribbon, then.....

I often find myself writing "this would score a lot better as a suchandsuch style" in the overall impression section of the score sheet.  If he entered one category and it had a comment like that, then the problem is solved for the next competition.

Beer Travel / Re: Arkansas, Chicago, NYC
« on: June 07, 2011, 06:47:43 PM »
Gingerman in NY ( is also pretty cool - I travel there for business a few times a year and that is usually my hangout - will try to find the Blind Tiger next time.
You won't regret that decision.  Gingerman is nice, but not intimate like Blind Tiger.

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: June 07, 2011, 12:27:13 PM »
What's the recipe for the spaetzle, I always have trouble getting them to hold together and not turn into a pile of goo.
Our local German restaurant (and good beer bar) uses chicken stock instead of water for theirs.  I don't know if that affects the consistency, but they taste good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6-Pack Brewing
« on: June 07, 2011, 07:32:13 AM »
Actually, that condensation dripping can return DMS (dimethalsulphide) or its precursor to the boil kettle.  I think it would be wise to avoid that.
I remember an old story about Rolling Rock from back in the day.  After building a new brewery they started to lose sales because the beer didn't taste the same.  Turned out that the old kettle vent had a bend in it that allowed the condensation to fall back into the wort and create their distinctive flavor, so they changed the new stack to mimic this.  (Keep in mind I have no idea if this is true, but it's a nice story.)

but I hope the bottle law changes first (no beer in bottles larger than 12 oz).

We had a stupid bottle size law in Florida years ago too.  Only 8, 12, 16 and 32-or-more ounce containers were allowed.  That left out almost all the European beers and all the craft beer bombers.  It was mostly a beer distributor's law, which was only changed because of active homebrewers in the state and one common sense senator.  Finding a sponsor is the first step I would think.

Events / Re: AHA Forumite Meetup
« on: June 06, 2011, 04:25:52 PM »
I'm ambivalent as to when, but I think this is a great idea Drew.  Thanks for organizing the meetup, and providing free copies of your book and special forum t-shirts to everyone.

Sign me up or a t-shirt, too!  Good job, Drew! 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Longer fermenation v longer aging
« on: June 06, 2011, 12:19:03 PM »
another vote for 2 weeks fermentation.  Even after reaching projected FG, the yeast will still appreciate the extra time to clean up after themselves.
Me three on the 2 weeks and the gelatin.

The Pub / Re: D Day
« on: June 06, 2011, 12:17:40 PM »
Those years produced some hard-working people, my Dad one of them.  He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. 
My wife and I visited the WWII Museum in New Orleans Saturday.  They were pretty busy with lots of old men in uniforms and equipment on display, even outside.
(Off topic, but we had lunch in the cafe there, which is a John Besh restaurant.  Everything was themed to WWII, down to the soup service.  They brought the soup from the kitchen in what looked like an old soup can, then poured it into your bowl at the table.  The kids' box lunches were in replicas of 40's era lunch boxes - they even had little toy army men inside.  Volunteers were wondering around in WWII uniforms with fake rifles and canteens. 
Food was excellent.  Best fried oysters I have ever had.)

The Pub / Re: Abraham Lincoln
« on: June 06, 2011, 04:43:16 AM »
I watched Daniel Day Lewis in The Gangs of New York again today.  What an awesome movie!

Did Abe ever visit NOLA?

It's hard to separate the book/movie in question from his real life, not having studied much Lincoln history, but a quick search shows he made two visits to New Orleans by flat boat, where he witnessed a slave auction and had a famous bar fight, then eventually walked home to Illinois.
They used my friend's property in the warehouse district to film interior and exterior shots.  They fixed up the building, painted the whole thing and gave them money for the trouble.  Nice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First First Place (Brag Warning)
« on: June 05, 2011, 06:11:36 PM »
I judged a contest in Champaign IL (BUZZ Boneyard Brewoff) and entered some beers.  My kriek got a first place and third in BOS.  I was pretty pleased with this, especially since Jeff Sparrow was judging the category.  It is my second time entering a contest, and this beer got a second the other time I entered it.

Enjoyed judging three flights too, and I happened to help judge the categories that produced the first and second place BOS.  First was a Munich Helles and second was a British Mild, both brewed by the BUZZ Club's own Anthony Benjamin.  I think that means I can tell a good beer when I taste it.

Last part of my brag, I won a stirplate and the two volume set of De Clerck's books in the raffle.  That was one heck of a haul.

Other than a slight hangover this morning, it was a banner weekend.

Wow!  That really was a nice weekend!  Congratulations on everything!

The Pub / Re: Abraham Lincoln
« on: June 04, 2011, 06:44:12 AM »
It's Benjamin Walker, filming now in New Orleans, in 3-D, according to the Times-Picayune.

The Pub / Re: Universal Studios Orlando - Beer Hell!!!
« on: June 03, 2011, 09:19:23 AM »
All of the countries have beer from there, and it was cool enough that I totally would have gone for something interesting.

If I had to drink German-style beer on a hot day in Florida, I'd personally go for a hefeweizen - served a bit cold for the style and perhaps garnished with lemon, depending on how badly I was jonesing for electrolytes.

If you ask for lemon in your weissbier they will look at you like you have two heads.

They didn't have any anyway.  At least none that I saw.  Dammit!  :-\

Last time I was there they had Optimator on tap.  Odd for a hot day, but it slowed everything down nicely.

The Pub / new kinda mosquito repellent?
« on: June 02, 2011, 06:45:30 AM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: June 02, 2011, 06:41:41 AM »
I bought it a week or so ago and loaded it up on my pc, but it doesn't load onto my Mac.  Is this one of the new features or should it already work on both?

You have to wait for 2.0 for the Mac version.  v1.4 is strictly PC.
Thanks.  That's what I was hoping.

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