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The Pub / Blah, winter sickness
« on: December 13, 2010, 01:01:22 PM »
Anybody else feeling under the weather?

Luckily SWMBO is making chicken noodle soup tonight.

The Pub / Getting a dog
« on: December 06, 2010, 05:12:11 PM »
I want a Golden Retriever. My wife used to be super scared of dogs (she was bitten, once, by a pekingese, when she was 10) but I've slowly gotten her feeling better around them. But she says no dog until we have at least one child over the age of 10. I would prefer not to wait a decade to get a pooch, so I'm looking for help convincing her. We have a decent sized yard and a huuuge park across the street, so exercise is not a problem (although I'm sure I'll be a bit winded for the first few walkies). Anybody ever had to convince a wife before? Did you succeed? How'd you do it?

The Pub / Science Friday on Beer
« on: December 06, 2010, 08:56:27 AM »
Haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but they're typically pretty good on these things:

The Pub / Finishing an attic
« on: December 01, 2010, 01:41:01 PM »
Hey everybody,

The wife and I are thinking about refinishing our attic to be a family room, with a part set aside for a keezer and some pub-y stuff. Anyone have experience doing this? We've got a slate roof that's uninsulated (the house is about 150 years old), and would need to of course repair some leaks in the roof first. There's 50 m2 of space (500 sq feet ish) available, which I feel like is enough. One other point, and you may call me crazy: we're renting. Our landlord lives next door and is a super cool guy, and we're on a standard 3x3 French lease, which is to say, we're locked in for 9 years with 3-year intervals for renewals, rent increases, etc. Before doing ANYTHING I'd get something written that guarantees he wouldn't jack our rent or kick us out to try to get more money for the place (although there are laws in place that make it really difficult for him to do something like that). As I said he's a cool guy, so I'm not really worried about it, but I figure it'd be good form to do it anyway. We've already done a bit of refinishing in the basement (knocked out a brick-supported old old old sink, and installed a whole-house filtration/anti-hard-water system) that cost us about 700 euros, he didn't bat an eye although I assume he was pretty happy.

Am I crazy?

The Pub / Every episode of Star Trek, ever!
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:02:24 AM »
And now I will reveal my TRUE nerdy self:


All Grain Brewing / IPA bitterness
« on: November 24, 2010, 11:03:21 AM »
So, I'm almost a week into fermentation on my Longbrook IPA ( I tried a bit to see how the flavors were going along, and OOF. Bitter city! And not in a good way either. Aroma was pretty good, color was good, but the bitterness is overpowering everything right now. I know that bitterness mellows with a bit of aging, but how long until I know whether it's going to be actually drinkable? Does a week make a big difference in that loss of bitterness?

Beer Recipes / Please don't hate me: Heileman's Old Style clone recipe?
« on: November 24, 2010, 10:04:51 AM »
Well you see, I'm a Cubs fan, and that means that my default baseball-watching beer is Old Style. I'd like to get a head start on next year's march to the world series, and am trying to find a clone for the beer. It's a typical light lager, but I'd like to think it's a step above BMC. I've heard it compared to Rolling Rock (meh... dunno about that one). Thanks!

General Homebrew Discussion / Basic Brewing DVDs
« on: November 10, 2010, 02:37:25 PM »
Has anyone seen the Basic Brewing DVDs? I'm thinking of getting the intro to extract and intro to all-grain for my wife, because it might be fun to watch them together and learn something. Thoughts?

All Things Food / Thanksgiving recipe time
« on: November 09, 2010, 09:45:06 AM »
Got anything in mind? I'll be doing my 9-kg (19.5 pound) bird in this manner:

For sides, my wife is doing a rabbit stuffing. I'm doing some bourbon pecan sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, pommes puree, and homemade cranberry sauce. Probably doing some sort of homemade artisanal rolls on the side, not sure what kind though.

And of course, BEER. Probably a selection of Belgians for people to taste, along with Anchor Steam IPA and maybe something British.

Kegging and Bottling / Strange Pour
« on: November 08, 2010, 07:03:57 PM »
Hey all,

So my brass tower finally came in, hurrah! Thanks to Korey at Kegworks for helping me out and putting up with my random questions.

I've got a Pumpkin Ale which is on tap #1, and on tap #2 I've got a nice Irish red. #1 is pouring fine, but #2 is strange. At the beginning of the pour, it looks fine, nice and clear. However after about two seconds it starts pouring the consistency of Guinness. Not that I'm complaining - there's some beautiful head on this thing once it gets poured, and it's suuuuper creamy. But I do have to pour it like a Guinness - pour some, wait, pour some, wait. It's not the style of beer I was going for, so I wanted to see if any of you guys had thoughts about the issue. Here are some photos:

During the pour:

After the pour:

Note that the head is super super super dense. I likey, but I wanna do how to reproduce-y.

The Pub / Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 01:53:41 PM »
Yeast... Bees... Chickens. It's a natural progression.

Seriously though, we're going to building a coop in the front yard this winter and get some chickens in time for spring. Anybody done it before? How'd you deal with the litter? I know it makes a great fertilizer, but I'd like to keep my neighbors happy. My house growing up had its 35 acres fertilized with chicken litter every few years... the smell still haunts my dreams....

All Grain Brewing / Christmas came early
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:18:09 PM »

25 kilos of maris otter; recipes are welcome! 1/4 of this is going into a winter warmer of course.

All Grain Brewing / Quick recirc question for the weekend
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:53:14 PM »
Hey all,

I just got a new rotating sparge arm which attaches to my HLT and I use it for fly sparging. I'm planning on doing a recirc post-flameout to get a whirlpool going, but I'm wondering: in addition to the sparge water for mash out, should I also be doing a recirc into the mash tun during (or before or after) the sparge? Or during the mash? Should I use the rotating sparge arm for that?

The Pub / Opening a HBSS
« on: October 07, 2010, 11:20:17 AM »
Hi all,

I've probably complained about this previously, but here in France there are ZERO HBSS unless you go wayyy up northeast to near Belgium. I've been talking it over with some of my homebrewing pals and we think it might be time to open a shop in Paris. Rents are around 700-1000 euros for a small boutique, which is within my budget under "crazy-ass ideas." Anyone ever opened one before? How did you go about getting materials? Did you keep Blichmanns in stock, or did you make your own buckets? How about grain - we've got a local Malterie (Malt making place) that provides the bigger breweries with most of their stuff, but it's pretty much only 2L light malt.

I'm on good terms with the two "big" beer shops in Paris and they'd let me put flyers up. I'd for sure be holding classes once a month to show people how to brew their own beer, etc etc... Basically I'd be trying to get a homebrewing scene started where there is none.

All comments (especially warnings!) welcome

Ingredients / Starbucks' syrup
« on: September 15, 2010, 09:59:00 AM »
Hi all,

My dad has been gracious enough to bring me a huge bottle of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice latte syrup. I'm doing a Pumpkin Ale for Halloween, and have been mulling over the addition of some of the syrup in the primary. I know it'll lighten the body/increase the alcohol, but will the flavor remain at all? How much would be "just right?" Any yeast strains that you could recommend that would lend a bit of a spicy finish?

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