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The Pub / Kia Sorento
« on: August 27, 2012, 08:08:48 AM »
We're in the market for a new car (thanks for nothing, Peugeot - never buying one again, EVER) and have narrowed down the list to a single car, the Kia Sorento 2.2L 16v diesel automatic. They don't sell the diesel version in the US. We rented one while in the US last year and drove it a LOT (~2k miles) over the course of the three weeks we were there. I loved it, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had experience with these.

Coca-Cola, Diet coke, Cherry-Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Sprite Light, Nestea Splash, Nestea, Aquarius, Bon aqua, Kinley tonic, BL, Lift & Minute Maid.

There have been some outbreaks of dioxin poisoning after people have drank canned coke:

Of course the last line of the article is kinda 'wtf:' La société a suspecté un problème d'emballage lorsque les consommateurs ont expliqué que les canettes dégageaient une odeur désagréable.

So - the people who got sick, got sick because they drank from cans of coke that smelled bad. Herp, derp?

The Pub / Minimum kegs to pour @ club night?
« on: August 02, 2012, 06:32:57 AM »
I heard there are a minimum # of kegs required to be able to pour @ keg night for the NHC. Is this correct? What's the minimum?

General Homebrew Discussion / We need to talk...
« on: July 26, 2012, 08:43:27 AM »
The dirty lines comments from the Headache thread reminded me of something I've been meaning to ask about here. There's a beer bar (with a nice selection - John Martin's Pale is good) not too far from my house, they have (good) live music every Fri/Sat and the barkeep is a super nice dude in his late 50s. Once everybody gets back from vacation, we're gonna talk about perhaps putting one of my beers on the rotation and helping him get set up to serve actual food.

But there's a problem, and that's his beer lines. I had a guinness there one time and it tasted like cantillon. I asked him about it, he said "I don't like guinness, I don't really know what it's supposed to taste like." and also "I clean my lines every morning."

I didn't ask him how he cleans his lines, because it's too early in our relationship to ask those kinds of questions. But I feel like he may need an intervention or something, because every beer has just a bit of funk too it. Also they're served way too cold, but one step at a time.

Anyway, how should I go about getting his lines really cleaned (with caustic, etc)? Something like "Oh I have extra caustic solution lying around and was wondering if you wanted your lines deep-cleaned?" Or perhaps "let's do a side-by-side of pre- and post-caustic" or somethign?

Kegging and Bottling / Keykeg hookup to a beer engine is not working!
« on: June 29, 2012, 03:18:08 PM »
Help? The Keykeg guys have done this before and I've seen it demoed elsewhere, but I just cannot get it to work!

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The Pub / Old style clone!!!!
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:44:43 PM »
Man, I was having a pretty awful day, and then I get home to find the newest edition of zumurgy, with a recipe that I've been looking for for a very very long time, an old style clone.

Thanks Bill Pierce for seriously making my day.

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The Pub / Brew dog sleeping accommodations
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:49:44 PM »
Still in talks with the wife about getting a dog or no. She says she'll consider it (for now, anyway) if he sleeps downstairs and never go in our bedroom. My question is, is this realistic for a golden retriever, and is it not going to be too anti-social for him? Fwiw I don't want him sleeping in our bedroom either.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Which beer on hand pump for my July party?
« on: June 01, 2012, 07:49:05 AM »
Sorry for the huge poll. It's time again to start planning for my huge summer bash (if any of you are in the area July 1st, let me know, you're welcome to attend). We're expecting around 50 people or so, got some live bluegrass scheduled, lots of food, etc.

This year I wanted to take advantage of a new KeyKeg connector to have a commercial beer on hand pump/beer engine. But I don't know enough about the American beers available to me to make a good decision. I've included a few non-US beers as well.

What do you think?

Beer Recipes / What did I make? Caribou Slobber American Pils
« on: May 23, 2012, 11:32:47 AM »
Heck of a lag time but it's fermenting nicely now, three days later. I'm just curious as to what sort of monster I've created. What say ye?

Caribou Slobber American Pils

Style: American Brown Ale   OG: 1.052   
Type: All Grain   FG: 1.016   
Rating: 4.0   ABV: 4.72 %   
Calories: 172   IBU's: 55.67   
Efficiency: 70 %   Boil Size: 22.26 L   
Color:   42.2 EBC     Batch Size: 18.93 L   
Boil Time: 90 minutes   
Fermentation Steps
Name   Days / Temp
Primary   14 days @ 21.1°C
Secondary   14 days @ 22.2°C
Bottle/Keg   14 days @ 23.3°C
Grains & Adjuncts
Amount   Percentage      Name   Time   Gravity
5.00 kg    87.66 %      Simpsons Maris Otter   60 mins   1.038
0.34 kg    5.96 %      Briess Caramel 60L   60 mins   1.034
0.11 kg    1.99 %      Chocolate Malt   60 mins   1.028
0.25 kg    4.38 %      Weyermann Caraaroma   60 mins   1.034
Amount   IBU's      Name   Time   AA %
50.00 g    20.22      Saaz   60 mins    3.50
20.00 g    8.11      Saaz   40 mins    4.00
20.00 g    7.10      Saaz   30 mins    4.00
30.00 g    8.40      Saaz   20 mins    4.00
50.00 g    2.49      Centennial   1 mins   10.00
50.00 g    9.34      Simcoe    1 mins   13.00
50.00 g    0.00      Amarillo Gold   0 mins    8.50
50.00 g    0.00      Nelson sauvon    0 mins   13.00
Amount   Name   Laboratory / ID
1.0 starter wyeast American lager slurry.
Mash Profile
Sacch' Rest   60 min @ 67.2°C
 Add 17.85 L ( 3.49 L/kg ) water @ 75.9°C
Mashout   10 min @ 76.7°C
 Heat to 76.7°C over 2 mins
See full Northern Brewer recipe instructions.   Version: 1.480

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Ingredients / Crisp C77? Others?
« on: May 09, 2012, 06:24:42 AM »
What is Crisp C77? Is that the Dark Crystal 77?

All Grain Brewing / Breaking big batches into multiple boils
« on: April 11, 2012, 02:45:34 AM »
I have this friend who opened a nanobrewery. He's producing a decent amount of beer (however, quality-wise, it's not the greatest) (at all) but I am a bit eh about his process - he takes a 2BBL batch and after mashing, splits it into four 20-gal kettles and boils each one separately. Afterwards they get chilled and combined in the fermenter. This seems wrong, but I don't know why. Is there any technical reason why it's a bad idea?

Beer Travel / Prague/Czech Republic
« on: April 10, 2012, 09:34:01 AM »
We've more or less decided to get a Skoda as our next car, and I'm trying to work something out with the dealership so we can go to Prague and pick up the car at the factory. We'd break it in by driving it home afterwards, with stops in Pilsen, Prague, etc.

Do you guys have any suggestions on places to stay/eat/drink etc that would be family-friendly? We'll have a 1-year-old and a 2,5-year-old by that time.

The Pub / Heineken, Shaken - not stirred. (WTF)
« on: April 05, 2012, 08:35:15 AM »

So is he going to switch cologne from Floris No. 89 to CKOne? Is he going to wear Gap instead of Jermyn street and Saville row? Drive a (EGAD) Toyota instead of an Aston Martin?

I really liked the new Casino Royal, but jeez are they running this into the ground or what?

Beer Travel / Copenhagen Beer Celebration?
« on: March 20, 2012, 08:12:38 AM »
Anybody going? I'll be there 10-13 May. Here's the list of breweries:

    Amager Bryghus
    Baird Brewing
    Brouwerij De Molen
    Cigar City
    Crooked Moon
    De Struise Brouwers
    Dieu Du Ciel!
    Evil Twin
    Fanø Bryghus
    Hill Farmstead
    Hoppin Frog
    Jolly Pumpkin
    The Kernel
    Kiuchi Brewery
    Lost Abbey/ Port Brewing
    North Peak
    Nøgne Ø
    Shiga Kogen
    Stillwater Artisanal Ales
    Three Floyds
    To Øl

Yeast and Fermentation / reinheitsgebot co2 recuperation
« on: March 20, 2012, 05:00:02 AM »
Anybody tried it? I've got a couple kegs' worth of lager in the fridge and I'm having to pull the release valve every few hours to keep them from carbing and stopping fermentation; seems like such a waste to let all that CO2 just float away. I have a check valve cask aspiration via co2, perhaps I could run that in reverse?

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