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All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Speed
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:57:55 PM »
The BC page says you can go 500 RPM, but slower should not matter since you can hand crank it. As far as your system and the gap that will be up to you to decide what does and does not work.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: August 31, 2014, 01:04:17 PM »
I've not yet tried any of the "white" variants. I may have to give one a whirl at a watering hole to see if I can stomach them. We have a distillery in NC which does a white which to me tastes like moonshine and brings back some bad memories from days gone by, almost to the point of a reversal of fortune.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:03:15 PM »
Cracked open a bottle of Ezra B Single Barrel 12 year last night. Quite a tasty morsel, but at $35 there are Bourbons I enjoy more. However I like variety and this one from Heaven Hill is quite tasty so I make make it part of the standard lineup. It has a nice smoke to it and toast.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: August 26, 2014, 12:21:57 PM »
Lately I've been enjoying the Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel. It was $36 across the line in SC and while I don't particularly love it neat it is fantastic over a single large ice cube. I had the Commemorative version the other night at a bar and it was tame compared to the bottles I picked up in SC. I guess that demonstrates the Single Barrel variability.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:16:53 AM »
Skip Old Blowhard and Rhetoric. Neither is worth the price of admission. Barterhouse is good, but it also isn't worth $75 a fifth. So far none of the Orphan Barrel series from Diageo impress me much.

drink lots of PBR of course (or Coors Banquet and Lone Star), and vintage cocktails.

I drink a little PBR and appreciate vintage cocktails. Of course I only drink PBR when their ain't nothing else available and only drink vintage cocktails when they don't have a Bourbon I would appreciate more. ;)

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:03:36 PM »
Finally got around to the Kirkland Signature Small Batch Bourbon. It's a 7 year old and comes from Beam (think Knob Creek). Unfortunately it ain't Knob Creek. It's like a little brother to it with a fairly strong alcohol presence at 103 proof and a light character in the aroma and flavor. At first blush I'd say skip it, but then you factor in it was only like $25 or less for a Liter and all of a sudden everyone needs a bottle. I tried it neat and on the rocks and preferred rocks, but only because it tamed the alcohol. Probably would be best to me with just a smidge of water. Really nothing to lose by purchasing this one, but it's a bit boring.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy National IPA Day!
« on: August 09, 2014, 01:47:02 PM »

The Pub / Re: F Cancer
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:36:44 PM »
I believe my grandfather would probably have survived today, but when he died 42 years ago it just wasn't possible. I think we can cure it, but it will be one type at a time unless they find a common thread. The problem I see is there are far too many cancer research charities with little to no funding out of their charity for research, but that is fodder for another topic. I think everyone has been touched by cancer and every small donation to a quality charity is potentially the penny which would help find the solution!

The Pub / Re: F Cancer
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:58:05 AM »
I figure if everybody donates the cost of a batch of homebrew to some cancer charity we can at least start to make a dent.

You Mom will beat it!

The Pub / F Cancer
« on: August 07, 2014, 01:43:12 AM »
I try to keep it clean on every forum I visit, but F Cancer. I lost my grandfather to cancer and my grandmother to cancer. I have friends who are suffering from cancer in all shapes and sizes, but today I lost a friend to brain cancer. He had two children who were fairly young.

I'm kinda tired of this cancer caca. I wear a Stand Up To Cancer wristband every single day and honestly I am not sure it is making a difference. We need to lick this arsewipe and end cancer once and for all. There is no reason a man in his early 40's should die because some stupid growth in his brain has happened. Yes, I have lost my crap right here and now. I lost of friend of 20+ years due to some stupid disease we cannot control.

Anyway if you feel so inclined I challenge you to please donate the cost of one brew to your favorite cancer charity so we can end this BS. If you don't have a cancer charity, then please donate to the 529 plan for the children of my friend who was taken far too soon.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Across America
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:22:59 PM »
The best of the bunch is the Double Latte. Pretty pictures here:

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:05:25 PM »
Might want to check on who really made what you are drinking.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:26:30 AM »
Oh, it's much more than $90. You see the people giving the exam are probably judges in the program who know one another. In our area there are really four people. We talk. Someone can get blacklisted in a heartbeat for a no show. I did not do this in this instance, but the closest exam this person will ever find will be at least 2-3 hours away since they will never be allowed to sit for an exam I give and for the last 10 years or so I've been the only one giving them in this area.

When people have skin in the game they typically show up, and 90 beans is plenty of skin for most people. An easy litmus test to prove that is to place $90 on the table and walk away never to return. Until you can do that you care about the $90. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: July 27, 2014, 03:57:15 PM »
The reason people drop is they sign up for multiple exams since it is pretty far out and then when one materializes they drop. There are a handful who cannot pass the entrance exam and have to drop and then there are the people who do not show. When that happens I keep the exam fees and the deposit. I typically charge a $50 deposit for the seat and the exam is $40, so the dude who stood me up lost $90. I hope that taught that person a lesson!

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