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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:04:03 PM »
I added 16 ounces of fresh squeezed key lime juice to a gallon of orange blossom honey and 4 gallons of water, then pitched a big slurry of Thames Valley ale yeast.  It was 23P at the start (mid December) and 1.012 at the finish.  I force carbed it Sunday.  I really like it.
No zest?  I was thinking about zesting some of them, and using fireweed honey since I have it ;)  I assume staggered nutrient additions, did you adjust the pH at all?

A pint of juice . . . that will take a while :)
No Zest.  No nutrients.  No pH adjustments.  Thames Valley Yeast.  Strange, eh?
Joe originally used only a cup of juice in his 5 gallon batch and I really liked his.
I had some fireweed mead once.  Interesting flavors, kind of sharp and spicy as I recall.  Does that sound right?

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Of course having the local brew pub on the first floor under the theater is always a must stop before or after.  

We have Chunky's theaters around us where you watch the movie from a table, order dinner and of course, have a few beverages.  I'm not too sure on the beer selection at these places...may have to have a grown-ups night to check it out.
All the McMenamin's hotels in Oregon have in-house theaters with big comfy couches and they encourage you to bring beer.

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 11:57:50 AM »
Orange Blossom Pils is a local Orlando guy, Tom Muench, but it is contract brewed in Carolina.
I'm not too impressed with Sea Bass.  I think they were using Bob's (St.Somewhere) yeast to make that. 
The Jai Alai IPA is an excellent West Coast Style IPA.  It's nice to find on tap all over my area.
Guava Grove is actually a very good fruit beer, but it isn't always consistent.
I like the Maduro.  If you see Jose Marti American Porter it's nice, too.

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My wife and I like to go to the movies.  Of course having the local brew pub on the first floor under the theater is always a must stop before or after.  We recently saw The King's Speech and The Tourist.  Looking forward to Rango.  We can get beer and wine at our theater, although the choices are pretty slim - can of Guinness does go well with popcorn.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Cervesa Recipes?
« on: March 30, 2011, 11:26:54 AM »
I think we may have scared him off with the first responses.  The op is still at 1.
There's a nice Christmas beer that Modela makes.  Best Mexican beer I've ever had, but I don't remember the name off hand.

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 06:17:18 AM »
My Mom had Yuengling in the fridge when I got here, so yes, I did have that already.  It's not bad for what it is, but I can get that at home.

Thanks for the ratio on the key lime mead.  I'll have to give that a try.  I wonder if Meyer lemon would work as well.  Both are less acidic than the normal lemons and limes.

There's a Kelly's in Naples; not sure if it's the same as the one in Key West.  There's a local fish place called Randy's.  I'm hoping to go there tomorrow night to have some Escolar.  I can't get that fish where I live and it's one of the tastiest I've had.  I've already had two different fishes this trip I never had before: black grouper and hogfish snapper.

And I'll +1 Tom's suggestion/request/demand that you bring some of that key lime mead to San Diego.  I'm already getting psyched about that trip.
Well, I booked the conference, I have the room reserved and at least one or two room-mates and a nice customer of mine is giving me some Continental buddy passes, so it looks like I'll be there.
Love some Hogfish.
What beer did you find at Whole Foods?

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 04:45:02 AM »
Most of those beers come from Florida Beer Company in Melbourne.  They make a pretty good APA (or is it an IPA?) called Swamp Ape, but most of the beers are pretty mainstream.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping in a carboy
« on: March 30, 2011, 04:40:36 AM »
Same here, funnel and stick.  A bonus is the stick smells really good afterward.

On a side note, I am pretty sure the most heavenly smell in all of brewing
is the air being expelled from the carboy when racking onto these dryhops. 

Wish I could bottle that! 
Why hasn't anyone come up with 'Hop Cologne'?  ;)   I'd wear it!

Perhaps I just need to rub a few hops on my neck before going out for the evening....  lol

I have a small vial of Hop Shave that came from Hop Union a few years ago.  It may have been a give away at the NHC in Florida.  It is real and it smells great to me although I am not sure how attractive it makes me to my lovely wife.  Here's what they say about it on the Hop Union site: "To sum up current uses we even make a hop shave that is quite nice. I like to think of it as an aphrodisiac."

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 30, 2011, 04:23:31 AM »
Damn it, damn it, damn it.  Sparking Key Lime Mead?!?!?  AYFKM?  I really need to rent a car next time here...
Tell me about it, I've been drooling over that one since Jeff mentioned it a while ago.

Jeff, any chance you're bringing some to San Diego?  How many pounds of limes did you use?  I saw key limes in the store the other day (and it made me drool because it reminded me off your mead).  I doubt they'll be as good as the ones you can get, but it might be the only way I can satisfy my craving.
I got a recipe from Joe in West Palm and changed it a bit.  'Not sure he's on the forum.  Originally it was a Mojito mead with mint added, but I skipped that part.  I tasted his in a mead/cider best of show last year and it was delicious.

I added 16 ounces of fresh squeezed key lime juice to a gallon of orange blossom honey and 4 gallons of water, then pitched a big slurry of Thames Valley ale yeast.  It was 23P at the start (mid December) and 1.012 at the finish.  I force carbed it Sunday.  I really like it.

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Ingredients / Re: Wild Hops
« on: March 30, 2011, 04:07:05 AM »
There's a brewer on the ProBrewer forum who is growing native New Mexico hops.  Look for posts by wildcrafter here: http://www.probrewer.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=18631
What kind of aromas do your hops have?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Red IPA - what do you think?
« on: March 29, 2011, 06:43:55 PM »
I would nix the roasted barley and the melanoiden.
I'm not so sure I agree.  The roasted barley at that amount won't add much roastiness, just some red color, which is in his beer's name.  Melanoidin will add some malt complexity.  More crystal/caramel (medium, as bluesman says) will boost the body.

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 29, 2011, 01:25:40 PM »
This is the address for Whole Foods: 9101 Strada Place, Naples, FL 34108
(239) 552-5100 ‎
You should be able to find St. Somewhere there if you can't find CCB - it's made near here too.

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 29, 2011, 01:08:07 PM »
Joey from Cigar City says call Total Wine and check Whole Foods, too, but I didn't see that area covered by their distributors yet. 
You could prolly get to Blatz' house quicker than Tampa, but I have a nice Sparkling Key Lime Mead on tap if you make it up here.
Some good beer bars in Sarasota - that's a bit closer.

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Beer Travel / Re: Beer in SW Florida???
« on: March 29, 2011, 12:19:46 PM »
OK, whose leg do I have to hump to get a decent beer in Southwest Florida (Naples, to be precise)?  I looked in a few stores and can't find anything local.  I picked up some beer from a place called Key West that looked reasonable.  It was; Sunset Ale is an American Amber style ale, decent hops, nice caramel.  They made a witbier of sorts but it uses key lime instead of orange.  Nice twist.  It works.  Then I look at the fine print on the neck label and see that they're contract brewed by FX Matt in Utica, NY.  OK, it's a nice beer, but it's not from around here.  I'd like something fresh and local.  I'm getting ready to hop in the car and drive three hours to Jeffy's house for some homebrew.  Somebody throw me a life preserver, quick!

Haven't been down that way for a while, but a guick google shows Total Wine has a Naples location. They should likely have Cigar City beers ..... think you'll like them. If not, at least they'll have a decent variety of choices.

Hours
Mon-Thurs 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
Sun 9am-9pm

Phone
239 649-4979

Address
Carillon Place
5048 Airport Pulling Road
Naples, FL 34105

Yeah, I was just looking up their address when Mark posted.  Cigar City doesn't look like it's available down there yet, according to their site.  I'll check with them and get back to you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: March 29, 2011, 09:54:38 AM »
Is that Ted Hausotter in the tan jacket?

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