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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Things Picking Up in the Carolinas
« on: December 16, 2011, 06:16:01 AM »
Seems like the deal must be close to being done. A friend of mine posted on FaceBook last night that Ken was at the MALT meeting in Asheville.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Exam Question
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:41:57 PM »
The highest anyone has ever gotten on the taste is a 97 and three have accomplished that feat. One person got a 96, eleven got 95...in reality only 83 people have ever made a 91 or above and at the time I figured out those stats 6,267 had tried ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Things Picking Up in the Carolinas
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:39:13 PM »
Sounds like it will be a cinch for me to go to Beer Camp should I ever choose to attend  :P

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All Things Food / Re: Sausage
« on: December 13, 2011, 03:12:13 PM »
We made about 80 lbs (maybe more) of sausage on the Grizzly in less than an hour including all cleanup in between 4 different batches. 80 lbs on the KA would take me pretty much all day, of course The Professor says he could do it in 80 min.  ::)

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All Things Food / Re: Knife skills with a santoku are impossible to find
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:19:13 AM »
Perhaps it's the thicker and wider blade of the Japanese knife?

To do it all again the santoku is really all one needs but I would spring for a quality chef's knife instead.

A real Japanese knife would not be especially thick. I got my last one from http://japanesechefsknife.com/

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All Things Food / Re: Sausage
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:16:52 AM »
Has anyone here used the KA sausage stuffer attachment?

The KA attachment is kinda a PITA to use, you have to hold the casing in one hand and apply pressure with the other. 10lbs of sausage is a bit of a chore that way.

Skip the KA attachment and get a Grizzly http://www.grizzly.com/products/H6252

I think I got mine off ebay for a few bucks less and still directly from Grizzly.

It's the difference between taking hour(s) to fill casings as opposed to minutes.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Exam Question
« on: December 12, 2011, 07:01:40 AM »
The taste exam by itself is currently not something you have to spend an extreme amount of time studying for other than to taste a myriad of beers and learn to describe what you sense. Fill in all the white space and don't make things up. IMO on the taste exam try to not speak to style until the Overall Impression (if even then) and you will maximize your results.

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The Pub / Re: Another book thread
« on: December 12, 2011, 06:59:39 AM »
Not exactly classic reading, but currently working my way through the first seven hardbacks of The Walking Dead ;)


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Prickly Passion Saison New Belgium (pic)
« on: December 10, 2011, 08:22:47 AM »
Had it on draft, pretty tasty!

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The Pub / Re: Moonshiners
« on: December 09, 2011, 06:38:14 AM »
Popcorn spent time between NC and TN. I got his book, Me And My Likker at home.

Growing up in the foothills of NC it was pretty easy to get shine without much effort. People were not actively pursuing those who were making it, but it also wasn't a lucrative business and it became tough to get things like massive quantities of sugar.

There was an area of NC kinda between Hickory and Charlotte called Love Valley. If you were not from there, you were advised not to go there. Let's just say their might have been some illegal activies in the area and gunfire was heard quite often.

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The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 04, 2011, 05:03:13 AM »
A Stout at the now defunct Greenshields in Raleigh. It was an Oatmeal Stout and was chewy and excellent. That had to be about 24 years ago...

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Third Voyage
« on: December 03, 2011, 01:47:57 PM »
Now this one I liked. Tasty!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Tasman Red
« on: December 03, 2011, 01:47:30 PM »
I actually did not like it much at all. Had a vegetal/herbal character that made me drainpour the remainder of the bottle after the pint was consumed...YMMV

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The Pub / Re: Tinnitus
« on: December 02, 2011, 05:31:33 AM »
Cork - ear wax and infection would be outer ear. You have pain, but no pressure in that instance. My wife has recurring outer ear infections. Irritating, painful, but nothing compared to an inner ear infection. I've actually had pretty good luck at a Doc in the Box before with ear issues. Now if you get a Doc who doesn't believe you know what you are talking about the best things is to never use their practice again. I once got free meds for allowing an entire staff at a Doc in the Box to look at how swollen and scarred my eardrums are...the best story is how my mother took me to the emergency room over a weekend when I was a kid. The Doc on duty didn't know crap and on the way home my eardrum burst. Ahhhh....

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