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Beer Travel / Re: Beercation to Richmond VA
« on: February 16, 2015, 05:05:35 PM »
I went to a conference there 5-6 years ago, and there was a great British pub.  Had several killer Brit beers on tap, including Chiswick bitter.

I have a couple of tap handles that my local bartender gave me.  He took me to the bar's office, where there were about a dozen.  He said they were left by the distributors.  Most distributors are good about taking them back, but every now and them, they just leave them and say, "keep them."  Maybe they have lost the brewery as a client?  Who knows?  But I wouldn't assume theft by a customer or bartender, I would look first at the distributor....including the distributor's employees, who may not be the swiftest sails in the water.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? 2/13/15
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:55:54 AM »
Brewed up 10 gallons of Bohemian pilsner yesterday, cleaning out some leftovers while using new 2014 crop Czech Saaz.
OG 1.052
18 lbs. Best pilsner malt (last of a bag)
1 lb. crystal 10°
1 lb. MFB special aromatic (the last of that, too)
Mashed at 152°F for 90 min.
4 oz. Saaz 3.1% FWH
2 oz. Clusters 8% 60 min
4 oz. Saaz knockout
Boil for 90 min.
Split batch between WLP940 Mexican Lager and WLP833 German Bock.  Both chugging along nicely at 50°F this morning.

Then, that evening, after a delicious supper of goat shoulder roast braised in red chile sauce (made from toasted Guajillo, Ancho, Mulatto, Cascabel, and New Mexican Red chiles), I went to the homebrew club meeting where we filled two 30 gallon bourbon barrels from a nearby distillery with 1.090 doppelbock.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? 2/13/15
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:54:57 PM »
Brewing a pilsner tomorrow.  I haven't decided German or Bohemian yet.  I just got a pound each of 2014 crop Saaz and Mittelfruh, so I can go either way.  Starters of WLP833 Ayinger and WLP940 Mexican Lager are going good right now. First time using WLP940, and as White Labs says, "This is one of the best lager strains in the White Labs yeast bank; try it with any lager," I'm looking forward to it.

Ingredients / Re: Is German magnum a noble hop?
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:50:00 PM »

Ingredients / Re: Is German magnum a noble hop?
« on: February 11, 2015, 05:29:01 PM »
After I read that PU had switched to using Clusters for bittering, I became far less picky on my choice of bittering hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Horrific Infection
« on: February 10, 2015, 02:37:30 PM »
Looks like a lactic infection.  Might be drinkable. It's better than mold.

Give the bucket a good cleaning followed by a soak with a bleach solution.  Triple rinse.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cadillac of chillers?
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:43:35 AM »
My report:  The Hydra, with me stirring, took 11.5 gallons of 1.090 doppelbock wort in my 15 gallon Bayou Classic BK from boiling to 68°F in 11 minutes.

I went to get the primary fermentors and transfer hose set up, leaving the water running for another 5-10 minutes (no stirring).  By then, the temperature of the wort was down to 52°F, and I drained it into the primaries.  Did a real nice job dropping out the cold break.

I'm happy.

Ingredients / Re: Dr. Rudi aka Super Alpha
« on: February 05, 2015, 05:11:39 PM »
I would go with a 1.060 saison with it, using it for bittering and flavor additions, with a big floral hop addition like Pacific Gem at the end for aroma.

Rudi can't fail.

Ingredients / Re: Flaked Barley
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:53:02 PM »
My 2 cents worth.  I have brewed Jeff Renner's McGinty's Irish American Ale recipe about a half dozen times, and it is always a crowd pleaser.  That recipe uses 0.75 lbs. of flaked barley in a 5 gallon batch.

Ingredients / Re: 6 Row uses?
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:37:04 PM »
Six row can be used interchangeably with domestic two row pale malt. IMO. I've brewed plenty of hoppy pale ales and IPAs with six row, and really couldn't tell the difference.

The Pub / Bob's burgers
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:50:36 PM »
Anyone seen the recent episode of the cartoon "Bob's Burgers" where Bob starts selling homebrew?  It was pretty funny.

A synopsis:

Teddy, one of Bob's longtime customers, brings in a couple of homebrewing pals in for a burger while drinking Teddy's homebrew.  After tasting it, Bob agrees with Teddy that indeed, his homebrew was the perfect pairing with his burgers, and the two of them begin clandestinely selling bottles of homebrew.  Sure enough, Bob's long-time nemesis the health inspector shows up.  He can't catch them in the act, but he can smell "that yeasty aroma" and knows something is up.

Lots of silliness worthy of the Stooges homebrewing short.  My favorite is Teddy, crouched behind the counter, siphoning the beer straight out of the carboy into the bottle, slapping a cap on it, then handing it up to Bob who immediately sells it to a customer.

And the health inspector going on about bacteria-infested beer.  Priceless!

The Pub / Re: Packers v Seahawks
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:57:58 AM »
The Bellicheats are sure living up to their name.  11 of 12 balls underinflated.  One or two is a coincidence, but 11 of 12?  Hmmmm........

The Pub / Re: I finally get to see Garth
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:56:21 AM »

The Pub / Re: Packers v Seahawks
« on: January 19, 2015, 11:54:55 AM »
I can't count how many times I have watched coaches with leads switch to conservative play calling, only to watch it bite them in the arse. The Packers collapse yesterday reminded me of 2 years ago, when the Ravens beat the Donkeys.  John Fox = Mike McCarthy =  Andy Reid = Marty Schottenheimer = Dennis Green = a long like of overly-conservative play calling.

You never see that from Bill Bellichick.  He never let up on the gas.  Pete Carroll?  Let's run a fake field goal on 4th and 10.  As a long-suffering Eagles fan, I'm just happy that Chip Kelly doesn't seem to suffer from the disease of conservative play calling.

Now I will root for the Seattle SeaQuacks to defeat the New England Bellicheats.

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