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more helles for my FIL this friday evening.  going to try FWH + 10min noble additions only to see if I can restrain the hop bite and heighten the accentuation of malt character. 

1937
Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Ruination IPA
« on: June 08, 2011, 07:41:54 AM »
When fresh, it's one of my all time favorite commercial beers. Enough malt presence to compliment the a$$ton of hops. I like 'em bitter and hoppy. Gonna give a clone recipe a run very soon. If and when I get it down, it will go into regular rotation.

+1 - I had recently given up on Ruination after a few lackluster bottles over the past 2 years, but a month back on friday happy hour, my favorite fish joint had it on tap and on special, so I gave it a whirl for old time's sake - incredible - Pliny still holds the top slot for me, but this moved back up the rankings!

maxie - ryan6458 has a pretty good clone of ruination over on NB if you need it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello ...new to this forum .....
« on: June 08, 2011, 07:05:16 AM »
Willkommen!

1939
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stuff you should never do.
« on: June 08, 2011, 06:41:11 AM »
cool thanks guys.

sorry about your luck there TM.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stuff you should never do.
« on: June 08, 2011, 06:21:27 AM »
but turned out to be improperly cleaned elements and caked on, burnt crust.

apologies to TM for hijacking, but being that I am switching to electric soon, is there anything special to note about cleaning the elements?

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Beer Travel / Re: Arkansas, Chicago, NYC
« on: June 07, 2011, 02:20:37 PM »
Gingerman in NY (www.gingerman-ny.com) is also pretty cool - I travel there for business a few times a year and that is usually my hangout - will try to find the Blind Tiger next time.

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Events / Re: AHA Forumite Meetup
« on: June 06, 2011, 05:17:49 PM »
man, I'm feeling more and more like I'm missing out.  :-\  damn.  this sounds cool.  next year I hope.

1943
Ingredients / Re: Hop talk
« on: June 06, 2011, 05:14:51 PM »
man, 3 is pretty limiting. I mean, I use 6 varietals in my IPA alone.

gun to my head:

Simcoe - pineycitrusyfruity (one word, right)
Columbus - dank
Tettnang -noble-spicy

I think I could make everything I needed to make if I had only those three.

but given 5 slots, Centennial and Amarillo are right there too.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Longer fermenation v longer aging
« on: June 06, 2011, 11:19:08 AM »
Two weeks fermentation as it will allow the yeast to have a better chance of cleaning up the beer prior to racking. I'm more concerned with the flavor as opposed to the appearance.

+1; but I'l throw in that I'd use gelatin to take care of the appearance if you're concerned.

1945
All Things Food / Re: Jambalaya Tonight
« on: June 06, 2011, 07:29:50 AM »
The Jambalaya was awesome - put in some red chilis that really kicked it up.  Having the remainder for leftovers tonight.

I kinda like the rice in it leftover - the rice seems to soak up more of the juices as it sits. 


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The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 06, 2011, 07:26:50 AM »
I can see that happening in Naperville.  Happens here too.

Google Cesar Milan - I'm pretty sure he has a training video series.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: San Diego Session Ale
« on: June 05, 2011, 02:31:42 PM »
Their regular IPA is other worldly.  Funny, after the first time I had it I went to their website and discovered the ingredients are all the same as mine, though I add munich and a few other hops, but it was a 'no wonder' moment.  That said, of course they do it better than I do!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
« on: June 05, 2011, 07:35:33 AM »
Probably my favorite DFH beer.

One of the only 2 from them that I like, and I like it a lot.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Red Witbier?
« on: June 04, 2011, 09:37:28 AM »
pretty cool there skyler!  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: San Diego Session Ale
« on: June 04, 2011, 09:33:34 AM »
Hoser - sounds like you've never had Ballast Point, Green Flash, Pizza Port or Lost Abbey beers.  Do yourself a favor - since you can get Stone at home, don't waste time or your liver tickets on Stone - the aforementioned breweries put Stone TO SHAME.  Don't get me wrong, I like Stone, but if I could get any of those breweries here especially GF IPA, I don't think I'd ever buy Stone again.

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