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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 12, 2010, 11:22:55 AM »
Thanks for finally telling us what TJ's is.  We don't have those here.
I thought it was a brewery......

I am going to smoke 150 pounds of malt this weekend.
I know, you're all asking where am I going to get papers that big, but I get to help brew a collaboration beer at a friend's brewery next weekend.  I'll post some pictures of my smoker in action.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Problem with Empty Barrels
« on: July 09, 2010, 01:43:11 PM »
I'm not sure how big a wine bbl is, but a bourbon bbl is 53 gallons and will start to leak if not kept wet.  Not to mention the oxidation you'd get with only five gallons of beer in it.
I revived an old bourbon bbl once by filling it with water, which was at first leaking out through every stave at a gallon every 20 seconds, but sealed up completely in 12 hours.
Maybe if you kept the bbl upright with some water pooled on top of it and some CO2 "layered" on the beer......

Say you got one score sheet with a 29, the high end of "good" and one score sheet with 40, pretty much in the "excellent" range.  This would mean that the two judges could not come to a consensus on the overall quality of the entry, which would be confusing to the brewer.
After the notes are written by the judges, there needs to be some discussion to come to an agreement on this point and then the scores, if needed, are made to conform with this consensus.  Sometimes one judge is able to convince the other to raise his score to match the other and sometimes they meet toward the middle or come down to within five points.  If there is an impasse, one of the judges may call over a more experienced judge to get a third opinion.
I hope this helps.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 08, 2010, 01:58:47 PM »
I stopped in my local grocery store last night and found quite the nice Sam Adams selection.  Their Pal Ale was $7.99, a good bargain.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 07, 2010, 04:56:42 PM »
Cigar City?  nice.
Yep, less than a mile from work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 07, 2010, 03:32:33 PM »
Fortunately for me, I can stop off at my local brewery for a quart growler fill for $6.  Mmmm, Humidor IPA.  I guess it's not that great a bargain against the price of a 6-pack (that's about $13.50), but it's nice and fresh.

I went to a hop farm once, part of a conference trip at the NHC in Portland.  They cut all the vines down at the same time and lay them into a truck bed, then stripped all the leaves and stems off using a wire thresher looking thing (mostly home-made), then dried the hops on a mesh screen in a big barn with blowers underneath.
As a home grower, I plan to pick off the cones when enough are ready to brew a fresh hop beer.  Hopefully I'll be able to do this for two batches, but so far I haven't seen any cones.  I really want a fresh hop beer......

The Pub / Re: Martini's
« on: July 05, 2010, 04:02:31 PM »
I don't use the Tito's for Martinis.  I keep a bottle of Bombay Saphire in the freezer for that.  I like mine with just a half cap of vermouth and almond-stuffed olives.

The Pub / Re: Martini's
« on: July 05, 2010, 12:49:34 AM »
Tito's is the first vodka I ever liked.  I've got a bottle in my freezer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 7/2
« on: July 04, 2010, 05:37:29 PM »
Brewing a Rye IPA today in the rain.  (It's much nicer in Tampa today at 76F than the usual lows in the 90's we've had lately.)
Gonna pitch half the batch with US-05 and half with Belgian 1388.  All Cascades.

Ingredients / Re: Show us your Hops!
« on: June 25, 2010, 05:33:01 PM »
Next I'll learn how to make them a bit larger (the pictures).  Thanks again, hokerer.

Ingredients / Re: Show us your Hops!
« on: June 25, 2010, 03:43:44 PM »
I may have got it right this time, thank you.

The ones on the left are Centennials.  They are doing very well in their second year.  The Sterlings not so well.
I'm using the official Indian hemp that the hop sellers use.  That's also in the second year.  They come in precut 20ft lengths.

Ingredients / Re: Show us your Hops!
« on: June 25, 2010, 11:34:29 AM »
Thanks for the tip, hokerer.  I posted some pictures on the local club website and then pasted the address between the tags and got pretty much the same thing.  Here is a link to see them at the site.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New York - and Beer
« on: June 22, 2010, 09:14:59 PM »
I've been to NYC once or twice a year for several years while my wife has business and I get to explore.  I generally download a map from beer-mapping and takes trains and walk a lot.
It's best to check the operating hours of the pubs in Brooklyn.  Spuyten Duyvel has not been open when I've gotten there in the afternoon before 4, as well as Mugs Ale House (very nice, friendly bar with a good local craft selection) and Barcade.  Brooklyn Brewery only gives tours on certain days and their tasting room is only open at certain times.  So plan ahead before taking the train all the way to Williamsburg.
In Manhattan, my favorite bar is the Blind Tiger in the West Village.  It is friendly, the food is good (and cheap for NYC), the bartenders knowledgeable and the beer selection is fantastic.  I always have a nice afternoon there.  Gingerman is nice, but usually very crowded.  I saw several cask ales being poured at Rattle and Hum but my bartender was so inattentive that it spoiled the experience.  Your results may vary.

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