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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2010 SNCA
« on: November 15, 2010, 09:33:38 AM »
Looks like about time for reviews of the 2010 SNCA.  I'll certainly try it, but how does it rate to past years?
I think they changed the recipe ::)

Good as always. It's one of my favorite American IPAs, so nicely balanced.

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The Pub / Re: Mystery Contrail
« on: November 11, 2010, 03:53:10 PM »
LOL!  General Ripper finally got his squadron up in the air to settle it once and for all! 

"Now, pour me a drink of grain alcohol and rainwater, and help yourself to whatever you'd like."
"Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream!"


I need to watch that again. I wonder how my VHS tape is holding up

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The Pub / Re: Daylight savings
« on: November 07, 2010, 03:01:24 PM »

Ditka doesn't worry about changing his clock twice a year for daylight savings time. The sun rises and sets when Ditka tells it to.

I was on a flight with Ditka once. I knew there was no way that plane was going to crash. :D
Whoever was supposed to meet him was late and Ditka was cursing a blue streak into his phone. I know, it's hard to imagine Ditka swearing

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I just sent this to Pabst Brewing Co
« on: November 03, 2010, 04:35:19 PM »
moving smiley

Ha, I've been wondering what that moving text tag was good for ;)

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The Pub / Re: Go
« on: November 02, 2010, 08:06:51 PM »
Speaking of pooping, i got up a little after 2 a.m. this morning to poop. I totally forgot about, until I was getting ready for work this morning, and why trying to figure why there was lettuce in the toilet. Then it hit me.......
TMI doesn't begin to cover this, Weaze  ::)

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The Pub / Re: Cask Ale vs Alcopop
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:39:48 AM »
I couldn't really answer the poll. There's cask beer in the Chicago area but I don't get to consume it regularly >:( It's mostly in pubs on the North Side and I live in a southern 'burb. A pint pulled off a cask is a wonderful thing and I always go for that if it's an option. I've even gotten my wife interested. Her favorite beer on our last trip to England was a pint of Fuller's Porter from a cask.

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I Like Ranger well enough and my wife loves it. I took a stab at a clone that I'm still tweaking.
      Batch size: 5.00 gal
      Boil size: 6.25 gal
      Boil Time: 60 min
      Efficiency: 75%
     
      Fermentables
      11.50 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US.
       6 oz Crystal Malt - 40L.
      4 oz Crystal Malt - 80L.
     
      Hops

      .60 oz Simcoe (13%AA) @60
      .30 oz Chinook (13%AA) @60
      .33 oz Chinook (13%AA) @20
      .33 oz Simcoe (13%AA) @20
      .33 oz Cascade (5.5%AA) @20
      .50 oz Simcoe (13%AA) @5
      .50 oz Chinook (13%AA) @5
      1.00 oz Cascade (5.5%AA) @5
      .50 oz Chinook (13%AA) Dry Hop     
      .50 oz Cascade (5.5%AA)  Dry Hop
      .50 oz Simcoe (13%AA)  Dry Hop

I used Wyeast 1272 in my first batch as I had some around. I'll use 1056 next time as 1272 was too fruity to call it a clone. I also might throw in some biscuit malt, even though NB doesn't list it on their site

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Cat was Hiding.....sheesh....abandonment was wishful thinking on my part ;D

Cats are great at disappearing when they want, aren't they?  ;)

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My wife's off to visit her mother this weekend so I'm going a bit nuts: bottling a DIPA, brewing a rye stout, an APA, and possibly a bitter. That's all if our recently adopted kittens don't distract me too much. Am I crazy for naming one Fuggles?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oakshire Brewing
« on: October 19, 2010, 08:23:53 PM »
Their brewer was at my local brewpub before moving west and is a hell of a good guy. I'm glad to hear good things about his beers; I just wish I could get some to try out here.

Matt _is_ a hell of a good guy!  Maybe you should get out here and try the beers in situ!  :)
We'll definitely give it a try next time we're in the PNW.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oakshire Brewing
« on: October 19, 2010, 12:39:17 PM »
Their brewer was at my local brewpub before moving west and is a hell of a good guy. I'm glad to hear good things about his beers; I just wish I could get some to try out here.

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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago this weekend
« on: October 13, 2010, 08:21:25 AM »

I don't know if you can get Bell's in Colorado, but the season seems right for them to be releasing their Expedition Stout.  This is a favorite of mine.

I also agree with the recommendation for Sheffield's.  With the baseball season over, it shouldn't be too crowded.

Ive seen both Expedition and Double Cream Stouts this week. Expedition is their RIS and Double Cream is an awesome stout that I wouldn't put into any particular stout category.

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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago this weekend
« on: October 12, 2010, 02:12:27 PM »
I was in Chicago about a month + ago and met Peter Crowley at Goose Island. He used to brew for Rock Bottom & is opening a new brewpub called Haymarket Pub & Brewery. Probably open now, in the Loop area.

Binny's has a pretty good selection of beers (and some great single malts!), right across the street from Goose Island. They also have a number of other locations, but I know that one is great.

Haymarket hasn't opened yet, they're aiming for the end of the month. I'm finally getting up to Revolution this weekend myself and have heard great things about it.

The bottle shop by the Sheraton is called Uncork It and it's on Illinois and McClurg. They've scaled back their beer selection a little bit, but it's still pretty good. There's also Drinks Over Dearborn, which is a quirky little place. Not a huge selection but they get some good stuff.
http://www.drinksoverdearborn.com/

edited to add Uncork It address

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The Pub / Re: Jumping Jehoshaphat - I own a house!
« on: October 07, 2010, 09:20:36 AM »
Turns out, I've rented 2 houses here in CA, about to own one and all 3 have had cellars. Of course, all 3 were built before 1930. (1922, for the current one I'm moving out of; 1925 for the "owned" one; 1929 for the first one I rented from the jackass who got foreclosed on *grr*). I think that was a combination of "root cellar", midwesterners, post and piling style of foundations and a general lack of regard for the severity of earthquakes. I think cellars went bye bye in the 30's and the population boom.

Maybe it's a Pasadena thing. We owned a house in Long Beach that was built in the 20's and all we got was a crawl space. It seemed like that was the case for the neighborhood, too.

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I've got a DIPA I need to rack and get dry-hopping. It's smelling pretty good already.

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