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Beer Recipes / Re: Brown Malt...Amber Ale?
« on: November 24, 2010, 09:52:43 AM »
brewing this recipe this weekend, starting to get cold feet on the carabrown - any last thoughts before brewday??

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thanks fellas!

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The Pub / Re: Hop Sink
« on: November 22, 2010, 12:00:00 PM »
how cool is that!

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thanks guys! 5 outta 6 ain't bad - specially when I expected exactly zero   :D

as far as the Ceremony - yeah, similar to Jeffy - I judged 5 flights beginning at 9am (after judging 4 the night before, prior to the beer festival) before going to the pub crawl (which involved $3 pints of fresh Celebration  :) ) so by the time the ceremony rolled around, I was done. 

The important part is that Jeffy gave me the correct score on my IPA  ;D


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I've done 2 10gal batches back to back a few times, and I'll never do it again if I can help it - takes the fun out of brewing a bit.

Also did a partigyle Barleywine/Bitter and then an Old Ale right after that (13gal total) - I think that may have been worse with the stress of coordinating 2 boils whilst trying to get strike water, grain, etc. together for the third.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
« on: November 16, 2010, 02:37:54 PM »
No, I'm actually not wrong.  There are two slightly different versions.  The 6.5% has been available here for a long time, but not the 7.5%.  I'll have to pick some up.  I'll also check to see if the slightly less strong version is still at the store.

both versions are both still available.  that's what I'm saying - you're wrong in saying that its not available in the States - it was just released in the states (which is what generated this thread and hence why I said it in my best "McLaughlin Group" w/ smiley statement since an article referenced the new release- damn interwebs). 

there's now 3 versions of packaged Guinness available on the market - Draught w/ widget, Extra Stout, and Foreign Extra Stout - (4 if cans are still out there)?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
« on: November 16, 2010, 02:22:06 PM »
Apparently, this beer has not been available in the American market for 80 years.

Really?!? I bought some in upstate New York last winter....


It's always been in the markets here in southern Oregon.

I think you guys are thinking of Guinness Extra Stout and not the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, which is different - 4pks vs. 6pks, 11.2oz bottles vs. 12oz, and about 3% abv or so.
Actually there are two versions of this beer.  The U.S. version came in at about 6.5% and Foreign Extra at 7.5%.  The stronger one has never been available in the U.S. as far as I know.  I have a bottle from the Cayman Islands that says "Guinness is good for you" right on the label.  You won't see that in the states.  
The draught Guinness in the 11.2 ounce bottles with the widget is an entirely different animal.

sorry Jeffy - you're wrong  ;) :D.  what we are talking about is the one that is 7.5% that just became available in the US - I bought some last week at Total Wine.  

I'd be surprised that we have it before Tampa, so its probably out there if you want it.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
« on: November 16, 2010, 01:44:19 PM »
Apparently, this beer has not been available in the American market for 80 years.

Really?!? I bought some in upstate New York last winter....


It's always been in the markets here in southern Oregon.

I think you guys are thinking of Guinness Extra Stout and not the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, which is different - 4pks vs. 6pks, 11.2oz bottles vs. 12oz, and about 3% abv or so.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2010 SNCA
« on: November 16, 2010, 08:27:01 AM »
2010 is fantastic, I look forward to it every year, and am rarely disappointed.

I've already killed half the 2 sixes I got, and I'll probably grab at least a case more.

Classic American IPA, nuff said.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Weyerbacher Mike
« on: November 16, 2010, 07:20:02 AM »
Actually upon reflection there was one which was quite good. Their Double Simcoe IPA was a fine beer. But of the notes I had handy shouldn't more than 1 out of 15 be stellar?

eh - even that one left me thinking there's at least 25 IPAs I would rather be having at this moment.

never tried Blithering - mainly because I've been gunshy on purchasing given my other experiences. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Weyerbacher Mike
« on: November 16, 2010, 06:02:59 AM »
I just cannot find a Weyerbacher offering I find exceptional, even their best come off as mediocre.

Amen to that -

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All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: November 15, 2010, 08:32:40 AM »
Turkey Burgers with spicy chili mayo on grilled bun

emmenthaler/sharp cheddar mac and cheese (cavatappi not elbows)

baby arugula salad.

damn, its 10:30 and I'm already ready for dinner.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Brown Malt...Amber Ale?
« on: November 10, 2010, 03:52:57 PM »
I should clarify that it is briess carabrown that is reportedly on the lighter side of brown malt.

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Beer Recipes / Brown Malt...Amber Ale?
« on: November 10, 2010, 01:58:35 PM »
Wanted to get some impressions/input on using brown malt in an Am Amber Ale.

I have a bunch and was looking to use some up, while also revisiting a style I haven't made much of lately.

Recipe's at home, but off the top of my head:

12 gal/1.056/35IBUs

18lbs Pale Malt
2lbs Caramunich II
1lbs Crystal 20
2lbs Munich I
2lbs Brown

Columbus for bittering
1.5 oz each of Simcoe/Amarillo at 20, 10 and Flameout.

WL051 Cali V

I'd like to get rich maltiness that finishes with  the toasty, biscuit slightly drying notes of brown malt, but I don't want to end up with a beer that's a tweener between AAA and ABA.

Any thoughts out there, or shall I brew it to find out?

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The Pub / Re: Possible Fermenting Buckets?
« on: November 04, 2010, 08:21:47 AM »
If you do get them, just be sure to mark which ones are for fish and which ones are for beer.  ;)

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