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Beer Travel / Re: breweries by WPB
« on: August 19, 2010, 07:46:50 PM »
sorry, i should have specified west palm beach, really i should have just PM'd blatz since I knew he was around this part of the country.  ;)

...working double shifts almost 7 days a week, here up until labor day weekend. unfortunately the schedule is kind of all over the place, but i'm hoping for an open saturday on the 28th. if you need some help, i've gotten pretty good at pushing around a mash paddle, albeit in new england, in comfortable 85 degree heat with 70% humidity.

i think i had seen something for brewzzi's, maybe in the hotel bar, but i was nervous that something in a hotel bar would be showing something that's too...commercialized i guess...but i'll definitely take your word for it being legit

thanks for the tips.

Beer Travel / breweries by WPB
« on: August 19, 2010, 06:01:43 PM »
anyone out there know of any good breweries around wpb?

by the's hot here...

finally brewed up waldo lake amber...have been meaning to for a while now.

my dad forced me to try a Narragansett premium lager a couple of years back, it was a beer he grew up drinking in college at URI and then i believe they bellied up. i was really happy i gave it a try, it quickly replaced pabst as my go to american lager...

summer bbqs...90 degrees....humid...sure i can drink an apa but an american lager is pretty clutch....about losing the love though for american lagers, i don't mind stumbling across something like narragansett or even pabst....but something about supporting AB or MC...i don't know...

The Pub / Re: The hard stuff and Weaze.
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:41:20 PM »
LOL i read this weaze comment early this morning and thought the same thing...

please don't bring up that name again...the flood of posts by him unfortunately turned me off to a certain forum... :-\

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Big beer ideas for s-04
« on: July 26, 2010, 02:20:28 PM »
old ale? uk 2 row, british crystal, a touch of roasted barley or black patent, and treacle...i've even heard some people use D2 candi syrup instead of the treacle. keep to just bittering can oak this's kind of in between a british ipa and a barleywine...i think you may also find it referred to as stock ale. it used to be something that brewers would blend in small quantities with young beers, to give a slightly aged quality to milds and bitters...personally, i've always wanted to brew jamil's recipe for one, just never get around to it.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Keg sanitation is over rated?
« on: July 22, 2010, 12:11:48 PM »
i've read various threads on this topic. i for one clean everytime i rack on a new beer....but i've read about people that will go through 4 or 5 batches in a row in a keg without cleaning. truth probably lies somewhere in the grey area of what is necessary and what you can get away with, a concept that probably applies to almost everything in this hobby...but for my sanity, i like to tread on the more anal side of sanitation...just in case :)

Ingredients / Re: Home grown Cascade
« on: July 21, 2010, 11:03:41 PM »
i would think that different climates, soil conditions, and freshness play a huge part in hop character...i bet that could make for an interesting experiment...generating different soil conditions for hops...although there's always the chance that the results will end up like the flavor difference between a decoction mash and a single infusion mash  ;)

either a BDSA or a BW...i just can't decide...i guess it'll depend on whether or not i make a starter tonight out of some abbey II or if i am lazy and just rely on ol' S-05 for the BW

Beer Recipes / Re: Flogging a Dead Horse (American IPA)
« on: July 20, 2010, 06:32:28 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: belgian dark strong ale
« on: July 15, 2010, 09:43:51 PM »
lots of malts or simple...i just want something that will knock my socks that too much to ask?  ;)


Toad Spit Stout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm pretty much down to my own recipes as well. A tweak here a tweak there and almost any recipe could be your own. Like bread :D

ya, i agree with's hard for me to take a recipe verbatim that i find online and not do something differently. at the same time, the recipes i've followed and the kits i've bought and stuck with, for the most part, have all treated me well.

if i'm brewing a style for the first time i'll either follow a book or buy a kit...NB kits have treated me well in this respect.

Beer Recipes / Re: belgian dark strong ale
« on: July 15, 2010, 06:02:46 PM »
from my experience, caraaroma lies somewhere between c120 and special B...i'd say it's got more special B in it than 120 as well...but, just looking at some of the recipes posted on the brew wiki it lead me to believe these were supposed to have somewhat complex grain bills. i prefer simplifying it, so i may end up taking up both of these recommendations.

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