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The Pub / Re: 2012 Apocalypse Beers
« on: September 12, 2011, 05:47:54 AM »
Just for the name, I would have to go with my all Calypso hopped APA, ApaCalypso Now.

If I had to choose a commercial beer, it would be Timothy Taylor Landlord, while sitting in a back-country pub somewhere in the Lake District.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/9 Edition
« on: September 09, 2011, 12:29:58 PM »
I bottled a tripel last night. Boy, did that sample taste good.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Brown Porter
« on: September 02, 2011, 02:11:05 PM »
I really like this Fullers porter clone I found on an English homebrew forum. I've used Wyeast 1469, too. It looks like you're on the right track.

Batch size: 5.00 gal
Boil size: 6.25 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
Efficiency: 73%

Fermentables
8.00 lbs Pale Malt
1.00 lbs Brown Malt.
.50 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L.
.25 lbs Chocolate Malt.

Hops
1.50 oz Fuggles (4.5%AA) @60
.50 oz Fuggles (4.5%AA) @15

Yeast
Wyeast Labs1968 :London ESB Ale (Ale)

Mash Steps
Mash In- 60 m @ 154 F ( Infusion )
OG 1053

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Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 02, 2011, 04:44:45 AM »
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)
Tyranena

of course NG...
Is that  Freudian typo in Great Dane  ;D Ale Asylum also bottles and I always bring some Hopilicious back when I road trip to Wisconsin.

I really like the Old Fashioned in Madison.  They have over 40 taps that are exclusively WI beers and a ton more in bottles.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/2 Edition
« on: September 01, 2011, 12:59:04 PM »
I'm brewing an IPA of some sort. I have bulk grain and hops and a slurry of 1272 ready to go. I just need to figure out what flavor I'm after.

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Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 01, 2011, 11:46:01 AM »
Wisconsin has a bunch of small breweries that are putting out some great stuff. I've had good beers from Ale Asylum, Central Waters, and O'so, to name a few. Lakefront in Milwaukee has a great coffee stout and their brewery tour is a lot of fun.

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Double Cream Stout is some tasty stuff. I always look forward to seeing it, even if that means it's winter  :(  Their Java Stout is very good, but pricey.

I really like Oberon, but I like wheat beers.

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The Pub / Re: Airline surcharge....
« on: August 22, 2011, 06:14:39 PM »
That would be pretty sweet! I mean, not the impending doom and disaster........But I could make a trip in the U.S. God knows I'm back and forth across the country enough. About once every four weeks. I really wanted to go south after Katrina, but stupid full time job got in the way. Now, I'm free to start my own "Weaze Cross". (or Red Weaze?  :-\ )
I'd go with Weaze Cross. I'd see a doctor if I had Red Weaze : ;D

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Timothy Taylor Landlord Best Bitter
« on: August 21, 2011, 06:52:18 AM »
On cask in an English pub.  Will say more later.
That's the only way I've ever had it, too.  I remember the pub, but I can't remember exactly where it was.  That trip was ten years ago.
I remember my last pint of Landlord quite vividly. The pub was The Barrels in Berwick-upon-Tweed. As we were walking in, a local was coming out. He told us "You've made the right decision". Indeed. Landlord on cask is one of the best beers I've ever had.

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I'm brewing a tripel in the morning and if all goes well, an amber in the afternoon. Lake Michigan is pushing 80 at the beaches, so I think I'm going to need to break out the ice water recirculating pump setup.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 08:28:27 AM »
I challenge everyone who has posted in this thread to travel to western Colorado and try the brews at "Rockslide Brewery."  I can guarantee you that it will top your "never again" list.  The funny part is that for decade(s) it was our only brewpub.  Now locals think that beer is supposed to taste like that.  Thank god for homebrew and one newer brewpub that makes very solid though non adventurous brews. 
Well at least the drive from Denver will be pretty. That stretch of I-70 has to be the most scenic piece of Interstate system.

There's a new Chicago brewery that I've had exactly one beer from. It was an IPA that was overly sweet and astringent to the point of undrinkable. I want to support new breweries but I'm hesitant to try anything else.

Not Half Acre, is it?

Argus. I really want to like them, their brewery is in the old Schlitz stable in Pullman (which dates from the 1900s) and I go past it twice a day on the train. Maybe I just got a bad bottle.

All the Half Acre beers I've had have been good. Their Double Daisy Cutter is excellent.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 04:19:21 AM »
I challenge everyone who has posted in this thread to travel to western Colorado and try the brews at "Rockslide Brewery."  I can guarantee you that it will top your "never again" list.  The funny part is that for decade(s) it was our only brewpub.  Now locals think that beer is supposed to taste like that.  Thank god for homebrew and one newer brewpub that makes very solid though non adventurous brews. 
Well at least the drive from Denver will be pretty. That stretch of I-70 has to be the most scenic piece of Interstate system.

There's a new Chicago brewery that I've had exactly one beer from. It was an IPA that was overly sweet and astringent to the point of undrinkable. I want to support new breweries but I'm hesitant to try anything else.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 01:53:54 PM »
Tried this last week while in Michigan and I am not sure it is even a beer.  It was more like a beer syrup used to induce a gagging reflex.  The waitress asked us how we liked it and was shocked when the four of us sent it back and called it horrible.
I've never tried it, but their Berry Weiss is described as Fruity Pebbles in a glass.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 10:19:37 AM »
I attempted to drink Dave's Cave Creek Chili beer twice.  Truly awful the first time.  A few years later pretty much the same the second time.
I was going to say that ;D

I may get some flack for this, but Fat Tire is something I never need to have again. Too much biscuit to it. I like lots of other New Belgium beers, but I won't buy another folly pack because of the Fat Tire.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Marston's Banks's mild
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:45:12 PM »
Do you know about Jim's Beer Kit, Phil? Top notch homebrew forum in the UK. I've gotten lots of good info from there. No recipe for you, though.
http://jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/

According to a poster there, it's in Graham Wheeler's "Brew Your Own British Real Ale" as Banks's Original
http://jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=30078&p=325145#p325145

OG 1.036
97.5% Pale Malt
2.5% Black Malt

25 IBU
Bitter with Fuggles, a small amount of Goldings at 10 minutes. No guesses at yeast, which is the biggest drawback of the book.
It does have a bunch of mild recipes so it might be worth looking around for.

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