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The Pub / Re: Meaningless thread.
« on: March 07, 2012, 05:44:56 PM »
A Møøse once bit my sister

Questions about the forum? / Re: Go Down
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:43:47 PM »
Well, I'll be damned...logging in as a mere mortal, I have the same "go down" problem.  I've reported it to the AHA IT folks.

Well then the solution is obvious. Just make everyone an admin.


It would seem it's the theme. Can you let us mere mortals have the option to use the curve theme?

Beer Travel / Re: Things to do After the NHC.
« on: February 12, 2012, 10:22:23 PM »
The Locks are great. Then go for a beer  at Ray's Boathouse. Even better if you can time it for sunset over the Olympics.

Woodland Park Zoo is good too.Just up the road is Red Mill and their killer burgers. I have dreams of their chile verde burger.

I'm not going to NHC, but hope to be back in Seattle  in May, while my wife's at a conference. Verde burgers will be consumed

Beer Recipes / Re: SN Bigfoot Clone?
« on: February 11, 2012, 08:28:17 PM »
This came pretty close, I think. People who tried it told me they thought of Bigfoot, before I said anything about the inspiration. I pulled all this from the SN site

1.097 OG
15# pale malt
1# Crystal 80. Use a medium English for best results.
(1 # dry extract because my efficiency sucked)

60 min
2 oz Chinook  13% alpha

15 min
1 oz Cascade 5.5% alpha
1 oz Centennial 8.6 % alpha

2 min
1 oz Cascade 5.5% alpha
1 oz Centennial 8.6 % alpha

Dry Hop with last 14 days

1 oz Cascade
1 oz Centennial
1 oz Chinook

I pitched on a yeast cake of Wyeast 1272, but 1056, WLP 001, US-05 would be the closer match.

Beer Travel / Re: Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago breweries?
« on: February 11, 2012, 04:01:12 PM »
Revolution is my favorite place in Chicago these days. Bacon popcorn, for goodness sake! It's also outside of the tourist zone, so you can get a feel for what the rest of the city is like. And easily reached on the El.

The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:47:06 PM »
I never RTFM so I didn't realize hanging upside down shortens life. But those in my basement that are always on last longer than incandescents, and I buy the cheapies at Menards.

RIS on Monday. I'll try not to leave any taps open, unlike the last time I brewed this recipe when I ran off the first half-gallon or so onto the floor  :-[

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/3 Edition
« on: February 04, 2012, 05:50:43 PM »
No brewing, but today I racked an IPA and saved the slurry to pitch in RIS that I'm brewing a week from Monday.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Ruthless Rye IPA
« on: January 23, 2012, 04:05:31 PM »
Funny that this thread appeared today.  I almost started one yesterday.  I went to the grocery store last evening and looked for Celebration.  It was gone, but Ruthless Rye IPA had taken its slot in the reach-in.  $7.99/six-pack too.

Very nice beer.  Very fresh too.  I like how they rye and hop flavors combine and compliment each other.  I like the bitter finish.  Time to grab a couple of cases today.  This beer will go very nicely with my tradional Frogmore Stew on Superbowl Sunday!

I paid $10.00 and some change for a six in a Utah Liquer Store.  Pathetic!

I thought everyone in Logan drove to Idaho for their beer. And lottery tickets. :o

I still haven't seen this, which is funny since we seemed to get Celebration before most of the country.

The Pub / Re: The cone of shame
« on: January 20, 2012, 08:42:34 PM »
My cat Fuggles got an Elizabethan collar last summer. Silly girl ate a piece of plastic that had to be surgically extracted. She could eat and drink just fine in this, though.

Lee's Mild recipe from the book, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance.  Using Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire in place of WLP007.
1469 should be great in a mild. That's one my list of things to try it in now that it's part of the full time lineup.

I've got a porter to bottle and I'm thinking about an IPA on Monday while I'm home alone. I've got fresh yeast slurry and bulk grains and hops, so I don't even have to decide yet. I love buying in bulk.

Ingredients / Re: cara malt instead of sugar | Scottish Ale
« on: January 09, 2012, 03:42:01 PM »
Had a McChouffe a few days ago.  It's a winter standard for me.  While it does seem to have a low level of what we think of as "Belgian character" I wouldn't go as far as calling it a Scotch ale, exactly, either.  Let's just call it "a damn fine beer!".
I don't have BLAM handy to check, but I seem to recall that Stan says one of the Trappist breweries originally sourced their yeast from McEwan's. Unless I've misremembered that completely.

Equipment and Software / Re: Handheld vaccum seal
« on: January 04, 2012, 09:14:19 AM »
There is a Mason jar attachment for the Foodsaver

I'm going to give that a try. I've got the powered version of their vacuum sealer that I just bought.

I've used the Reynolds vacuum sealer and it does okay double bagging hops. Jars will be a whole easier to stack in the freezer.

*EDIT* Upon further review, it appears the jar attachment only works with the bigger machines.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Converting extract to all grain recipies
« on: December 23, 2011, 01:58:18 PM »
You definitely  should not use propane in a basement unless you spend the $$ to take proper precautions.  Even then, you should not keep the tank indoors.

Are you aware whether the water heater coil would make a proper substitute?
I usually don't pimp other forums, but Homebrew Talk has a whole section devoted to electric brewing. Read the sticky post "Electrical Primer for Brewers" to get a sense of things.

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