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The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:26:40 AM »
What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?

The beer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cadillac of chillers?
« on: January 07, 2015, 10:47:51 AM »
I done pulled the trigger and ordered the Hydra.  ;D It will be interesting to see how long it takes to chill 10 gallon batches.  If it works, it will be the best option for me to stay pump-less.

The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 05, 2015, 05:24:29 PM »
Personally, I'd rather drink Sam Adams Boston Lager than about 80% of the craft brew IPAs that I've tried lately that are out there, but that's just me. I just don't get the whole "dank" hops thing.  But I am old.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Vierka light lager and dark Munich dry yeast
« on: December 30, 2014, 10:14:31 AM »
Now that's a blast from the past.  I haven't used Vierka lager yeast in 20 years, and didn't even know it was still available.

It wasn't bad.  I recall it wasn't exceptionally clean, and I was excited to switch to the liquid lager cultures once they became available.  It certainly was a step up from the Red Star lager yeast that I first started brewing with in 1990.

I recall the Munich yeast made a passable bock.  But, this was 20 years ago.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: my favorite Belgian breweries
« on: December 29, 2014, 09:42:06 AM »
Good list.  I would add Brouwerij Kerkom to it, as everything I had there was fantastic.

I have a two year old bottle of their Winterkoninkske Grand Cru that I am sorely tempted to crack open at the New Year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is it with mass produce beer...
« on: December 24, 2014, 09:55:27 AM »
I haven't notice any bad hangovers from drinking commercial swill.  But, I only drink PBR, Coors, and Rainier.  I have heard Budweiser is worse.

What will get me a terrible hangover is if I drink both beer and red wine.  Like a couple of beers early in the day, then go out to dinner and drink wine.  Doesn't matter if I hardly get buzzed, the next morning it feels like a steam roller ran over me. I try to drink wine and only wine on the days I drink wine.

Beer Recipes / Re: Seeking Old Ale recipes
« on: December 10, 2014, 03:25:43 PM »
I brewed this in 2007 an was real happy with it.  I believe I mailed you a bottle of it, Denny.

Fuller's Vintage ale clone

OG 1.090, FG 1.020, 38.5 IBUs, 12 SRM

20 lbs. Gambrinus ESB malt
1.75 lbs. Flaked maize
0.5 lbs. Simpsons Extra Dark crystal malt

150°F for 90 min

1 oz. Northern Brewer 6.9% 60 min
4 oz. Progress 4.0% 20 min

WY1968 yeast cake

All Things Food / Re: Brats
« on: December 02, 2014, 11:31:38 AM »
Well, I am on an eternal quest to clone PBR, so I guess we're in the same boat.

All Things Food / Re: Brats
« on: December 01, 2014, 04:16:28 PM »
Nice work.  However, Johnsonville should not be your gold standard for brats.  I have had dozens of varieties better.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: guinness blonde lager
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:44:16 AM »
The bartender poured us regulars all a sample of this the other day at the local tavern.  It was universally disliked.  We thought it had a nasty hop aftertaste, kind of like tropical fruit mixed with onions.  And most of these guys drink PBR on tap.

The Pub / Re: Reminiscing
« on: November 20, 2014, 11:21:23 AM »
Hmmm......reminiscing over the past year.....I guess I miss the 10 gallons of tripel I brewed this spring.  Those two kegs disappeared way too fast.

Beer Recipes / Re: Raspberry Ale
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:41:43 AM »
You can always throw a bean in the keg.  I've got a Christmas saison "dry hopping" with a vanilla bean and a half stick of cinnamon in the keg right now.

The Pub / Re: Back yard lovin
« on: November 17, 2014, 02:57:22 PM »
Coincidentally, when I came back to work after lunch today, there was a 3x4 mule deer buck chasing a doe across the street from the office. It was kind of funny, as the homeowner one whose property the deer were on, was trying to chase them away, and the buck was paying absolutely no attention to him.

I shot one of those bucks in rut a couple of years ago.  Worst tasting animal I ever harvested in my life.  With the rut on, I am now focusing my efforts on finding a whitetail doe.

The Pub / Re: Irritated at NFL scheduling
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:31:54 AM »
As a diehard Eagles fan, I was psyched about Fox flexing the Eagles-Packers game to the afternoon, and was really looking forward to watching it.  I went pheasant hunting in the morning, got home an hour before the kickoff, started up some charcoal in the chimney starter to grill chicken wings during the game, poured a saison out of the kegerator, sat down, turned the tv on.....and its the Lions-Cardinals.

What to do? Charcoal was lit, so I decided to grill the wings up, then go to the sports bar at halftime to watch the game.  But at the half, the Iggles were losing 30 - I stayed home. :(

Thanks for the link to the coverage, Narvin.  Although it makes no sense at all.

All Things Food / Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:36:11 AM »

I usually buy a turkey the week of Thanksgiving when it is dirt cheap and freeze the meat for lean protein over the winter. .....

While there is nothing wrong with the cheap turkey (I always buy one and keep it frozen until I smoke it in the summer), if you want to go for the extra "wow" factor, try an organic free range never frozen heirloom turkey.  We bought one a couple of years ago.  The damn thing cost $75 for a 13 lb. bird, but it was night and day better in taste than a Butterball or other commercial brand.

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