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The Pub / Re: Tinnitus
« on: November 30, 2011, 05:05:32 PM »
For the most part, I have learned to ignore it except when I'm actually thinking about it like right now. At least it doesn't involve physical pain.  ;)

That's how I am with mine. So of course I had to rad this thread and hear the noise come back  >:(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Westy in the US!
« on: November 19, 2011, 02:23:05 PM »
No, I mean I really think it's a great beer.  But the hype . . . it makes me crazy.  It's like Dark Lord - if I ever get to try a bottle I'm sure I'll say "that is a damn fine stout" and that still won't be as good as the hype.  :-\

I've had Darklord a couple of times and that's been my exact reaction. I imagine it would be the same with Westy.

I'm brewing a black barleywine tomorrow, inspired by the Sierra 30 release, Jack and Ken's Ale. I had my last bottle a few weeks ago and wish I had more :-\ THough it will be nice to have it in 12 oz bottles instead of 750 ml.

Ingredients / Re: Lyles Golden Syrup
« on: November 16, 2011, 05:37:21 AM »
I've used it in a few different beers. I think a little bit of the flavor comes through, but I don't think it would be a defining characteristic. I should try the same recipe with table sugar and Lyles for comparison, though.

The plain syrup is great on ice cream!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Rasputin
« on: November 13, 2011, 11:12:05 AM »
Acme IPA is a solid beer, too.

I really like Old Rasputin and love that it's reasonably priced. I've had the much hyped Three Floyds Darklord a few times and I think Old Rasputin is a better beer. And I know I can walk around the corner and buy it when I feel a whim.

Ingredients / Re: Calypso hops - Where should I use these?
« on: November 13, 2011, 11:07:04 AM »
I got some last year and have tried them in a couple of beers.
I made a single hop APA and didn't like the bittering qualities. It was pretty harsh, but not in a good way like Chinook. The aroma is interesting and I think they'd mix well with a floral hop like Styrian Goldings The other beer was a Belgian pale with WL515, that was okay but nothing stood out.

They smelled very strongly of pear when I opened the bag, but that hasn't come through in the beers.

The Pub / Re: Happy Nigel Tufnel Day!
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:32:31 PM »
- Nigel: You know, just simple lines intertwining, you know, very much like - I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really. It's like a Mach piece, really. It's sort of...
Marty DiBergi: What do you call this?
Nigel: Well, this piece is called "Lick My Love Pump."

I love the line before that:

It's part of a trilogy, a musical trilogy I'm working on in D minor which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don't know why.

The Pub / Google Streetview takes you inside an LHBS
« on: November 10, 2011, 09:10:46 PM »
On Chicago's North Side

I'd read that they were going to start doing this for businesses. Here's the full street address
3625 N Kedzie Ave  Chicago, IL 60618

If I had planned ahead I would have done a Nigel Tufnel tribute, but oh well. I've got a bitter and an IPA in fermenters that I can check up on. Or rake leaves and clean up the yard.

The Pub / Re: Why hide behind a Alias?
« on: November 09, 2011, 06:49:48 PM »
... hell, if someone just came from a Mormon family or something, they may not want the whole world to know that they like making beer, and who am I to judge them if they choose to keep something private that I personally choose to publicize?

You're going fishing with a Mormon. How do you keep him from drinking all your beer?

...Invite a second Mormon.

I come from a Mormon family. Guess who told me this joke?  ;D

Your Home Teacher?  :P
Guess I gave away my family background there, eh?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2011 SN Celebration
« on: November 03, 2011, 05:36:26 PM »
So I'm recycling my six pack carrier tonight and I see that Glissade is being replaced by Ruthless Rye IPA. Nothing on the web site yet, but I did find this

Beer Travel / Re: Salt Lake City
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:08:03 AM »
This guy's blog is a good starting point for events

I read it so I can point and laugh  ;D I lived there for over 20 years and I still marvel at how restrictive the beer laws are.

Beer Travel / Re: Salt Lake City
« on: November 03, 2011, 08:12:58 AM »
The Desert Edge is an old haunt of mine. They do some nice beers and it's not as crowded as Squatters. You could get there pretty easily on the light rail.

I used to hang out a lot at Juniors, but that was when it was in its old dive location. No idea what it's like now, but it's right downtown. It was one of the first places in town to get Guinness on tap, which wasn't until 1995, or so.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2011 SN Celebration
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:51:52 AM »
that's it.  Its Steve by the way, not Dave.

And you're right - Simpsons Medium English Crystal is important - I made it once with Briess C-60L and it lacked that sumpin-sumpin in the malt flavor.
That's what I get for posting before the proper amount of coffee has been  imbibed.

It looks like they've tried again since that was posted, but I haven't listened to the show. Maybe while I'm brewing today

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2011 SN Celebration
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:33:06 AM »
Yes, it's Larson, thank you. How is the other recipe different? Do you have a link to it?
Here's the CYBI recipe and another based on an interview with SN's brewmaster, Dave Dresler

I brewed something similar  to the second recipe and got pretty close. The real key that isn't mentioned there is that they use English crystal malt, which has a much different character than domestic crystal. I used Simpsons medium.
Here's a link to the interview:

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