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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All Grain Brewing Instruction
« on: August 17, 2015, 04:54:31 AM »
This is for fly sparging. This guy (or gal, the article isn't signed) is making things a lot harder than they need to be.

Check out Denny's site for a more pragmatic approach.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Viable yeast in Vegemite?
« on: August 13, 2015, 02:55:21 PM »
My wife keeps Marmite around. I may toss some in my last runnings some time and see what happens. I imagine it will be nasty if it's autolyzed.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: July 30, 2015, 02:24:44 PM »

Just watch out for those twigs because right behind them are a lot of stone walls, as my brother-in-law found out...bye bye mirror.  I joked that the rental car place must have a storeroom in the back stocked with hundreds of mirrors.

And on several occasions during the week, I had to remind him to go left in the roundabout, not right.  I think my next trip will have to be to Germany...they drive on the correct side of the road. :)

I thought for sure I'd be on the hook for a few hundred pounds after my drive through the Lake District, but apparently a few scratches are expected on rentals over there. I think I about destroyed the wheel covers scraping against the stone walls.

Beer Travel / Re: A Tasting Tour of Yorkshire’s Beers and Ales
« on: July 30, 2015, 02:21:02 PM »
I've been to York several times, but I've wanted to get out in the countryside in Yorkshire. There are so many places to go in England, though. York is well worth a visit, but I really want to go to Masham now.

Beer Travel / Re: Washington DC / Shenandoah Area
« on: July 27, 2015, 02:03:53 PM »
I really like the Churchkey in DC. 50 or so beers on tap and all available in 4 oz. pours. It's not all local stuff, though.

Why do restaurants persist with such horrible web sites? You can see their hours on a desktop, but I'll bet it's impossible on a phone.

Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill Drill Question
« on: July 19, 2015, 02:39:35 PM »
I am using a Ryobi cordless that is only 12 volt, I believe. One battery is plenty for 20 pounds of grain. My 14.4 volt Black & Decker couldn't turn the shaft at all. I use a MM2.

I would recommend an electric drill, though. The drill gets hot and will most likely ruin the battery packs faster than normal use. I'll probably buy a cheap electric drill soon with variable speed.

I have a cheap electric drill and it can't turn the rollers on my MM2. I bought a Bosch 6.3 amp corded that does okay.

I bought pickled hop shoots from Hops Direct one spring. We didn't finish the jar, it was like chewing pickled grass.

I also do this all the time. I have a couple of 3 gallon carboys I use for long term aging.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Spencer Trappist Ale
« on: July 07, 2015, 04:46:04 AM »
I was flabbergasted to see this in Target(!) in downtown San Francisco last week. It was warm on the shelf and it was my last day in the city, so I didn't spring for it. But should you find yourself near the Moscone Center, it was the Target right up 4th Street.

They also had some Ninkasi, Lagunitas and Bear Republic bombers, among others.

The Pub / Re: Simplified BJCP Score Sheet
« on: July 05, 2015, 06:42:58 PM »
Wait. Are we arguing over an April Fools joke?
Sadly yes...
Haha. Okay, I was a bit confused! :)

Ain't the Internet grand ;)

The Pub / Re: Steele Reserve drink finds rat in can
« on: June 25, 2015, 10:20:22 AM »
Did the fact that it had flavor tip him off?

And i'm with Sean on the shenanigans. Was. The guy's name MacKenzie, by any chance?

Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: June 14, 2015, 09:13:37 AM »
This is kind of pricy in Park City, but it's a fun way to experience the mountain

You can also look forward to a 6-8% grade on I-80 between Park City and Salt Lake City.

Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: June 12, 2015, 07:07:58 PM »
I'd stop in Salt Lake City over Nephi. SLC  to the North Rim is doable in a day and you'll have a lot more choices that way. Nephi is a pretty small town without much going on. Don't be afraid of the 4% abv limit on grocery store beer in Utah. Those guys are making some pretty good stuff under those rules.

Only allowing warm beer sales I'm told is supposed to lower the frequency of drinking and driving! If you think people buy cold beer to drink in the car on the way home, I guess it lowers the desirability of that but really can't serve any other purpose but to fill the wallets of state licensed liquor stores

I remember one of the bright bulbs in the Utah legislature proposed banning selling singles at gas stations to combat drunk driving. Six-packs would have been a-ok, though :o

All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mash to Batch
« on: June 01, 2015, 04:51:40 AM »
What's his reasoning for doing step mashes? I read his last Zymurgy article and he specifies step mashes for both recipes, but didn't explain why. Everything I've read has said today's well-modified grains don't need it.

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