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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Doctoring Beers
« on: April 24, 2011, 08:13:18 AM »
Rather than trying to get sensory evaluation of off-flavors in at this late date, I'd recommend practice judging.  Get together with several people and together fill out score sheets on some homebrews and/or commercial beers.  Have each person critique what has been written by the others.
This will hone you in on being descriptive and complete.
Practice writing out answers to some of the sample questions, not just for the mental exercise, but to exercise the hand, too.  It's tough writing for three hours straight.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: shelf life of beer
« on: April 24, 2011, 05:16:16 AM »
What kind of flavors should i expect of a beer thats too old. B/c i have a Grand Cru and a extra pale ale that i brewed about this time last year and i was wondering if i shouldnt waste my time and just dump it?

You would actually dump a beer simply for being old?  By all means take the time to taste it!  It might be your best ever.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is my fermentation stalling?
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:55:09 PM »
don't forget the priming sugar before you bottle

And don't forget to mix it in thoroughly before you bottle.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Using two different yeasts
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:51:51 PM »
I brewed a ten gallon batch of German Wheat recently with a different yeast strains in each 5-gallon half then blended them together for kegging.  I am currently fermenting another G.W. with a starter made from the combined slurry.  Unfortunately I won't be able to compare the results to the first beer other than from memory.  Fortunately my memory is pretty good for an old man.
Homebrewing is just one big science experiment, except that with me there's less science and more art.  Does that make it an art experiment?

All Things Food / Re: What beer with Thai food?
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:44:12 PM »
Thanks for all the input so far.
It's for a restaurant.  My friend and I went over all the distributors' lists to see what's available, but I'd prefer to stick with local first, then craft, then import.  He has room to get a case each of whatever we decide, up to a point.  No draught.  Some of these cases are twice as much money as others.
Brewmaster's Table recommends German Wheat, then Saison, then Pale Ale.
So, for local, we can get St. Somewhere Saison Athene in big bottles.  We can get Cigar City Jai Alai IPA and and a less aggressive IPA from Cold Storage.  I recommended Prima Pils, probably the freshest German Pils we can get in this part of the world.  Either Hoergarden or Blue Moon or both - people may buy more of the latter if they're not into craft beer and he wants to at least consider sales.
I added Blue Point Toasted Lager and Terrepin Rye to his list because I'd probably order those with Thai food.
I wish there was a good fresh Weizen around here.

Ingredients / Re: Orange Blossom flowers
« on: April 23, 2011, 11:15:03 AM »
I was in Walgreens today and saw EKO orange flower water, 4oz for $1.79, so I bought some.  It says on the label "deionized water and orange flower extract" 
It doesn't seem to have much scent to me, but I'll have my wife give it a sniff when she gets home.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Drew
« on: April 22, 2011, 10:48:26 AM »
Wow, congratulations!  35 is a big number for an anniversary. :)

Some people serve less time for murder  ;D

What are you implying?   ???
Some of those years were the happiest of my life.

Equipment and Software / Re: transfer hoses and quick connectors
« on: April 22, 2011, 10:04:23 AM »
I bought and installed polysulphone (sp?) fittings last summer.  I got the ones rated for very high heat and I've been using 1/2 inch ID clear plastic reinforced water hose like you find at the big box stores.  No heat issues, but they are hard to connect when very cold and the o-rings need to be moistened to work easily.  
I had to remove the restrictions (the little X shaped thingies) in most of the fittings after the first brew because hop and grain particles kept getting clogged in them.  
I prefer to have ball valves instead of the one-way flow valves built into the QD.  Too much restriction.
The only recommendation for where to put the male or female QD ends would be to have each hose the same, so you can use it in different positions.  Otherwise I don't think it matters much.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Drew
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:43:04 AM »
Two of my friends had kids 276 days after my wedding . . . which was also on 4/20 by the way. ;D
Happy Anniversary!
Thanks :)  It's an easy date to remember.

Ours is 6/7/76 thankfully, otherwise I may never remember.  35 years this year!  Goin' to NOLA for that weekend!

All Things Food / Re: What beer with Thai food?
« on: April 22, 2011, 04:28:48 AM »
I have always liked German Pils with Thai food and agree that Saison makes an excellent pairing.
I am surprised at how many of you recommend IPA's - I'll have to sit down and try that.  It seems to me that it would tend to overwhelm the food.  Of course it can stand up to the spices, but not the food itself, no?

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Drew
« on: April 22, 2011, 04:10:21 AM »
Two of my friends had kids 276 days after my wedding . . . which was also on 4/20 by the way. ;D
Happy Anniversary!

All Things Food / What beer with Thai food?
« on: April 21, 2011, 05:26:57 PM »
A friend of mine co-owns a Thai restaurant and is planning on expanding.  He has asked me to recommend some beers that would both complement the food and sell well.  He will have the usual Thai and oriental beers plus the macro/lite beers on hand in bottles. 
What styles of beer would you chose to go with Thai food?

Whoa!  What's wrong with wet-hopped beers?!  ???
They're not "wet" they're "fresh"

The Pub / Re: Man, work is p!$$!ng me off.
« on: April 21, 2011, 01:30:13 PM »
This is why I don't think I'd want to open a brewery/brewpub.  Even playing in bar bands got to be something I dreaded.  I think I just hate work.

I played in bar bands for years.  Then I got a job building some of the first professional digital audio equipment for musicians and studios.  Went from that to touring as a tech with big name rock bands.  Finished by opening my own studio, which I ran for 30 years.  All of those sound like dream jobs to a lot of people, and they all started off great.  But eventually, every one of them came down to something I had to do every day whether I felt like it or not.  I dunno, maybe it's just my nature, but it's made me realize I love beer stuff too much to ever make it a job.

I agree.  I tell people that I have already ruined one good hobby by going pro.  30 years ago I enjoyed tinkering with cars.  Now they just look like problems. 
I often wonder if that's what a brewing job would turn into.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's my style?
« on: April 21, 2011, 10:35:01 AM »
There you go with that Zen thing again.

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