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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: reusing yeast question
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:18:41 AM »
I was figuring on a starter.  Next up is a rye ale and I'm going to re-use the yeast from my wheat, which has been in the fridge for 2 - 3 months.  Yep, starter for sure!

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The Pub / Re: The Wheel of Time
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:04:33 AM »
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Here are a few more great sf series I've read and enjoyed the hell out of:

Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga (the first book is Magician: Apprentice
Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders (starts with Ship of Magic) and Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice)
Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series (Red Mars starts it off)
Jacqueline Carey's Legacy series, which starts with Kushiel's Dart

There's a good six months of reading in that list, if not more.  Enjoy!

I absolutely loved Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series, and not because we share the same last name :D  At times through the second and third books, it gets a little tedious and the plot moves slow but worthwhile when you reach the end.  It seems to be a trend with some of his stuff (Antarctica, Icehenge, The Years of Rice and Salt) - he seems to get bogged down and the plot slows somewhere in the last third to last quarter of the story - IMO anyway.

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All Things Food / Re: Malted Chocolate Decadence
« on: November 12, 2009, 07:54:34 AM »
Sweet!  Thanks Denny.  My daughter is always by my side when I'm making a starter, asking for a spoonful of DME.  She then delights in telling me "You know, malt is what they use in whoppers too!", (meaning the candy, not the burger ;) ).  Gee I wonder who told her that's what's in whoppers?...

What does the outer pan with the water do?

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All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: November 12, 2009, 07:36:18 AM »
Cappo, would goat work with that too?

We/I neeed some goat recipes.


Awesome idea!  We had a dairy goat farm when I was a kid (pardon the pun).  Since the buck kids don't produce milk, we usually had a freezer full of goat.  Haven't had it in almost 30 years and forget what it was like.  I'll have to find a butcher that can get some for me.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: reusing yeast question
« on: November 12, 2009, 06:31:42 AM »
...I don't separate the trub.  I DO, however, make sure that the original beer I made using the yeast is clean and has no off flavors... 

I was going to ask if you were saving yeast from the primary or secondary.  I'm guessing from your comment about trub, that you're saving yeast from the primary.

The few times I've saved yeast, I've just taken a sanitized mason jar and just scooped a jar full from the bottom of primary after racking to the secondary and loosely put on a sanitized lid and stored in the fridge.  Bad idea?

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The Pub / Re: The Wheel of Time
« on: November 12, 2009, 05:54:21 AM »
David Eddings 'The Belgariad' and 'The Malloreon' are a great series.  I consider it one series because they have the same characters and same general story arc.  Each one has 5 books in the series - the first time I read them, I burned through all ten in a row and was left wanting more and relieved it was over.  I think that's what may have turned me sour on series that have more than 6 books, unless each book can stand by itself (like Piers Anthony's Xanth series).

I'll have to re-visit The Belgariad soon, my wife has read all 10 at least twice since I introduced them to her.  I haven't re-read them in about 15 years.

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The Pub / Re: The Wheel of Time
« on: November 11, 2009, 04:50:15 PM »
Science Fiction and Fantasy is my thing when it comes to reading, but for some reason I've never found the time for this series.  I'm well aware of it - several friends in the past raved about it and I worked in a bookstore during college.  Maybe it was the size of each volume, or just the number of them - anything more than 6 six books and you've probably lost me.  I also have a lot less time to read nowdays, with a young family.  I can barely get BYO finished before the next issue arrives.

Maybe someday, it will make it into the rotation...

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The Pub / Re: Homebrew chat
« on: November 11, 2009, 08:41:52 AM »
I was wondering if the chat room was still alive since 'the great migration.'  Haven't had a chance in the evening to wander by.

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its likely neither.  TF makes a Golden Promise style:

http://www.northcountrymalt.com/product.php?productid=436&cat=202&page=2

I've never used it, but wouldn't hesitate - I have been thoroughly pleased with all of TF offerrings i have tried.

Cheers!

Thanks all!  Thanks for the link blatz.  This must be what my local shop meant.  They said they could order a TF 'Golden Promise', but I couldn't find any reference to it (although I was checking the UK site).

I may go with MO anyway. My LHBS wants me to buy the whole sack if they order it for me.  I'm fine with that, but the wife may not be... although the 80/- was her favorite, so I do have some room for negotiation. ;D

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Ingredients / Thomas-Fawcett a good substitute for Simpsons Golden Promise?
« on: November 10, 2009, 04:33:38 PM »
My LHBS doesn't carry Simpsons malts and I've only every used Golden Promise for my Scottish Ales.  They said they could order in a T-F 'golden promise like' pale malt.  I have no idea if they meant Maris Otter or Halcyon.

Would either of these make a good substitute?  I've use Maris Otter a number of times and like it a lot.  How do you think it would work in a Scottish Ale.

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The Pub / Re: Football Thread
« on: November 09, 2009, 01:25:29 PM »
Pats just squished the fish...now it's time to tame the colts.


Them's fightin words!

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The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: November 09, 2009, 01:23:30 PM »
Hockey, cooking, Travel

How could I have forgotten hockey??!! :o
Watching hockey (I have no equipment & beer leagues around here are pretty rough), watching football and gambling on football (& occasionally hockey).

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The Pub / Re: What do you like besides homebrew
« on: November 09, 2009, 08:36:57 AM »
Gardening/Landscaping in the spring & summer.
Catching up on some reading and camping in the summer - though we didn't get out much this year (babies and campfires don't mix well)
Fall - taxi the oldest around to her various organized activities (its not what I want/like to do, but I don't seem to have time for much else)
Fall/Winter - PC gaming or catching up on some reading at night, playing with the kids any chance I get (especially outside)

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The Pub / Re: October 2010 Wedding - What to brew?
« on: November 09, 2009, 08:28:08 AM »
are lagers not on the table? 

how about a nice Dortmunder or BoPils? 

And, hey the wedding is in October - Oktoberfest/Maerzen style!!

+1 to the O-Fest

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I'm only echoing every one elses responses, although the cost of ingredients is slightly higher for me - the closest shop that sells grain is a 2 hour drive away.

Also, being in Canada, the laws and regulations to get setup as a licensed brewery are even more strict and fraught with red-tape.  Maybe one day when I don't have a mortgage and a young growing family, running a Brewpub would be fun... as Crispy said, its a retirement dream.

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