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Beer Travel / Re: St. Louis
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:18:28 PM »
I was there earlier this year.  Here's a thread about it:
Thanks, I missed that. I'm staying right by the Arch, with no car. I think the AB tour would be pretty interesting some day.

Beer Travel / St. Louis
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:45:44 PM »
I'll be there in a couple of weeks for a conference. Any suggestions on local beers to look out for? I'm planning on hitting the Schlafly tap room at least once. I've heard good things about Tallgrass, too.

Some will have a little crystal and brewer's invert sugar, maybe some torrified wheat.

How little?  I tend to use around 5% in my bitters, often along with a small amount of chocolate malt (maybe 2 oz).

From memory, most have 5% or less crystal malt.

I just had a flip through my copy and that's about right. I think the Fuller's ESB recipe had the most and it was around 9%.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:36:23 PM »
Visiting Chicago fir Riot Fest. Not enjoying the 45 degree weather this morning! And a high of 60. September in Chicago I guess!

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Yup, this has been one wacky year of weather, at least it's sunny!

Yep, one of those weeks when you run A/C one day and the furnace a few days later.

The Pub / Interesting article on a Chicago homebrew club
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:00:16 AM »,0,829119.story

If I ever move back into an apartment in the city, this is my new home. I love the idea of sharing space and equipment like this. More on their web site

Equipment and Software / Re: 5-gallon bucket filter
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:16:03 AM »
What that filter would be nice for is those of us who just dump their kettle into a bucket fermenter. This would probably do a decent job of catching trub and hop schwag without clogging. I might have to look into this.
I dump my kettle into the bucket as well (no valve), and I pour through a funnel with a strainer bag to catch extra hop particles (not caught by the spider) and some of the trub. Definitely catches a fair amount.
I put one of these inside a paint strainer bag, and it certainly catches a lot.

But I don't use a spider, so an all-pellet hop IPA is still a bit of a challenge for me. I'm thinking a fine filter like this may make life a bit easier. And it will be a heck of a lot easier to clean afterwards.

I use a big stainless steel kitchen strainer that I got fairly cheap at an Asian market. That catches most trub from pellets, but I do two pours to help aerate. That on the first pass and this on the second would probably be even better. I would worry that the fine mesh would clog with the initial amount of trub.

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: August 13, 2014, 08:05:03 PM »
A little warning: If you're not a New England homer, you won't be able to stand listening to a Red Sox broadcast.

I find that to be true of most team's announcers who are not your own. Although, I grew up in Chicagoland, I could never stand listening to Hawk Harrelson. My grandfather was a huge White Sox fan, so I listened to a lot of his games. Just couldn't ever become a fan.
Hawk is insufferable. It's too bad, as Steve Stone is such a good analyst, but if I watch a Sox game, the sound is turned almost off.

All Things Food / Re: Tri-Tip Tacos
« on: August 11, 2014, 04:48:29 AM »
I learned to love this cut in California, too. My local grocer has had them consistently for the last couple of years, but before then it was hard to find.

Trader Joe's sells a pre-marinated Santa Maria tri-tip, (and maybe non-marinated ones too, I don't pay attention). Don't know if that makes it to the East coast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today -- 8/7/2014
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:19:35 PM »
I bottled an imperial stout tonight. Gravity sample tasted pretty good, I must say.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Across America
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:40:21 AM »
Barrelhouse and Green Flash made a "Triple double session IPA"

"I'll have a half double decaffeinated half-caf with a twist of lemon"
I love that scene!

I scored a 12 pack the other day. So far I've had the maibock, Chico King and the alt.  The alt was my favorite. The maibock was odd, and I really expected more hop character from Chico King.

The Pub / Re: Best Album of All Time
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:10:50 AM »
Obviously none of you have a vinyl copy of Gaucho.

I did, but it didn't survive a purge when I moved across country.

If I had to pick one, it would probably be Countdown to Ecstasy, for the killer guitar work

Rallies / Re: Revolution Brewing AHA Rally
« on: June 26, 2014, 07:17:49 PM »
Got my time wrong,the final is at 2 CDT. Definitely going to have to give this a miss.

I went to the grand opening party at the Revolution production brewery and it was a blast. I'm sure the rally will be fun, but maybe next time.

Rallies / Re: Revolution Brewing AHA Rally
« on: June 25, 2014, 06:51:22 PM »
I was thinking about it until I realized the World Cup final is at 4 that afternoon. Not enough time to get there and back before kick off, I'm afraid.

This list is getting stale.

I totally agree.  I propose that this annual waste of print be replaced by the old 2nd and 3rd place NHC recipes that were in Zymurgy back during its classic period.
I'd be much more interested in that.

I'm curious how many people vote. I never do, as I think lists like this are silly.

Sorry for randomly bringing a thread back from the dead, but I just tried this for the first time and thought I'd chime in. I just had a great Father's Day dinner at the Weber Grill restaurant. There are a lot of great beers available here that I can't get back home. Bell's in particular.

When I read the description of Oberon as a hoppy wheat beer I knew I had to try it. I was expecting a wheat IPA, but what I got was a hefe minus the banana and clove. Still a decent beer, but not at all what I was hoping for. It does get me thinking about how to pull off a good wheat IPA, since I could envision what it could be with proper hoppage.

Two-Hearted, on the other hand, is a damn good beer. I'm totally jealous of everyone who can drink this as their "everyday" beer.

Try to find Three Floyds Gumballhead while you're here (well, there, I'm in Seattle  right now). Maybe not IPA level hopping, but more than Oberon. It's a very good beer.

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