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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP category
« on: September 16, 2011, 04:46:11 AM »
I hope when we do revise the guidelines we can tweak the fruit and vegetable beers. Maybe even subcategories within to help the judges at the table. Here's some old discussion on the BJCP Forum which began in 2008

The Pub / Re: Where Were You on the Morning of 9/11/01?
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:59:44 AM »
I was on jury duty and saw the plane go into Tower 2 live just seconds before they called us in for selection.

We found the defendent guilty and he was sentenced to a mandatory 10 years due to his record.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: September 05, 2011, 05:57:51 PM »
Sorry no pics, but indirectly smoked two racks of ribs on the grill with a chip box since we were threatening rain. Could have used a little lower and slower, but turned out darn nice. Interesting part...package of spare ribs was purchased in 2008 ;)

Made a sauce I really like out of Grilling with George Hirsch
2 strips bacon chopped
1/2 cup onion
1 cup ketcup
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup chili sauce
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Cook bacon till it gives off fat, add onion cook till translucent, then add ketchup, vinegar and sugars and simmer 5 min, add remaining ingredients and simmer 10 min.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Red Oak Brewery?
« on: September 03, 2011, 10:28:06 AM »
The sell it at Total Wine for more than it is worth. For years they have had a very low pint price point and in bottles are charging out the wazoo. Nice guys, beautiful brewery, but their products are not something I would suggest anyone invest time to procure.

Tell him he can get growlers and bottles from a myriad of breweries in the Raleigh area. I don't know of a good bottle shop near Clayton, but Raleigh has several...a few new ones getting high marks in fact...Tasty Beverage Company 327 W. Davie St.
Raleigh - but the mecca is Sam's Quick Shop in Durham, NC.

Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:39:07 PM »
Grumpy Troll is worth stopping for the food, but IMO, not for the beer unless something has changed over the past few years.

From the Madtown WI area I like:
Lake Louie
Central Waters
Ale Asylum (brewpub)
Great Date (brewpub)

of course NG...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Red Oak Brewery?
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:35:06 PM »
Pass - Battlefield is worth your time, otherwise, see beginning of this post ;)

Battlefield is actually a bock, but it is a bit on the roasty side. Is your brother local? He can do better...

Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: September 01, 2011, 06:52:49 AM »
I don't like Chamomile in a Wit and you'll find that it takes a buttload of fresh peel/zest.

I'd suggest you head back to basics, no chamomile (unless you love it) and maybe boost the coriander and peels to your taste. The peels really add to the bitterness of the brew.

The Pub / Re: Beer Trade Etiquette
« on: September 01, 2011, 06:49:38 AM »
If trading involves shipping, the litmus test is to hold the packed box over your head and to throw it onto the ground. If nothing shatters you have packaged it correctly.

If you are doing a series of trades it is always best to give a little somthing extra...coasters, openers, glass, another beer, etc...over and above what was promised. Karma will take care of you if you do. If it is a one and done, just send what was promised and maybe a cookie  ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
« on: September 01, 2011, 06:45:53 AM »
It can be anything. Our local had a really old filler and it allowed bacteria to stay in an area. After a few batches they had to quietly recall they would take it apart and clean before every bottling day. I forget how many bolts and parts, but it was a crapload, probably took someone a day to take it apart, clean and put it back together. The key is to find the source and elminate.

All Things Food / Re: canning
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:45:14 AM »
When canning wort, don't boil first, runoff and can...

If you did boil, chill and can you would still end up with break material.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lucky Bucket Lager
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:25:19 PM »
Ahh, great to know that two people have actually sampled bile and crap and now I can always rely on them to be my taste testers. You guys are AWESOME!  ;D

The Pub / Re: Don't know what to think
« on: August 29, 2011, 04:28:30 PM »
I didn't post earlier, but figured after several pints of various O'fest what the heck. I read the WSJ article when it first came out and thought (still think) what a waste of resources. We could seriously lay off this entire group of people and those like them and save some coin. Now it is not good if Gibson has illegally harvested wood on their property, but to allocate resources to do a witch hunt is absurd.

As to whether or not a tree from a particular forest can make the difference in sound - the jury may be out - I'd say on an accoustic guitar is may make a difference, on an electric, not so much. I would bet SRV could still play his brain out on a Squier.

The Pub / Re: Irene's fury
« on: August 29, 2011, 01:36:21 PM »
I heard VT was flooding badly. Stay safe...I'm sure lots of people think the storm was a 'cry wolf' moment...there are at least 10 or so who probably thought otherwise before they perished!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
« on: August 29, 2011, 06:14:19 AM »
I personally only like a handful of Weyer-blech-er beers and they are so few in the grand scheme of things I take a pass on everything they make...YMMV

The Pub / Re: Irene's fury
« on: August 28, 2011, 09:21:26 AM »
Now envision that as a Cat 3 thru's an experience no one wants to experience ;)

Glad all is well and the thing is being downgraded!

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