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The Pub / Re: Goodbye R.E.M.
« on: September 22, 2011, 07:43:55 PM »
I feel the same way. I was born in 77. There one of those bands, kind of like Led Zepplin that spans so many generations. No matter what your age, they rock, and you just love them. They helped to make us all the "Shiny Happy People" we are today.  :D
I'm sorry, but Shiny Happy People makes me want to gouge my ears with an ice pick >:(

OTOH, Automatic for the People is one of my all time favorite albums. Murmur and Lifes Rich Pageant are way up there as well.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewer's Gloves?
« on: September 22, 2011, 10:52:44 AM »
I love my Blichmann gloves for cleaning and transferring cool beer and wort. I've only used them with PBW and Iodophor, but no issues with pinholes. I forget how many batches, but I got them last winter.

I still use big oven mitts for hot stuff, but I keep thinking about silicon BBQ gloves.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/23 Edition
« on: September 21, 2011, 02:04:25 PM »
I'm brewing a rye stout on Friday night while my wife is at her drinking party book club.

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Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 16, 2011, 09:16:20 AM »
This is a timely thread as my lovely wife and I will be spending a week in Michigan's lower peninsula early next month.  We will fly in and out of Detroit and so far plan to stay in Traverse City, Holland and Ann Arbor.  Can anyone recommend a scenic town for the first night or two on Lake Huron?  I see that Tawas City has a good brew pub and it's not a long drive from Detroit, so what's the vibe there?  Or is there a more scenic little town not a long drive from Detroit, since we will be tired from the airport ordeal that day.

Looking forward to some cooler weather after working through the Florida heat all summer.  Fall colors, apples, lots of good craft beer..... :)
Can't help you with the Lake Huron question, but I can recommend a great artery clogging breakfast place in Holland, called the Windmill. Classic little diner. The Holland Lighthouse is fun too. Follow the directions here to get to the south shore entrance. That way you can walk right out to it, but you have to know about this and ask for permission to enter a private development. They have to let you in, though, as the lighthouse is government property:
http://holland.org/locations/372-big-red-lighthouse

New Holland is great and I've heard mixed reviews of Saugatuck Brewing, which is not too far south of Holland. Saugatuck is worth a visit for the artsy vibe that is completely different than Holland.

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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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