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Commercial Beer Reviews / I LOVE MIKKELLER
« on: December 28, 2010, 04:58:47 AM »
I take zee mikkeller, and I smooch eet like thees:  :-* :-* :-* :-*

For the last two weeks I've been sampling the stuff I brought back from Belgium, and Mikkeller is always a standout. I've had the Texas Mikkeller Barrel Aged, which had a wonderfully complex smokey note from the chipotles it's aged with. Then there was the "1000" IBU hop atom bomb which was also barrel-aged and easily, EASILY the best beer I've ever had. After that we tried the Beer Geek Breakfast and Beer Geek Brunch, also barrel aged and dark dark dark dark, both of which tasted more or less like a strong chicory coffee with a dash of bourbon. Lastly, we had the '09 Santa's Little Helper, which easily bested the L’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien ( http://www.brasseriebfm.ch/fr/products#5) that we had - too many bugs in it for it to be a real Christmas beer to me.

I also tried the Brew Dog/Mikkeller "Devine Rebel" which was very, very good. Both of those breweries are doing some wonderful stuff, and it brings a tear to me eye to see American-style cutting-edge brewing making a name for itself on the continent.


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Grolsch smolsch....
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:51:33 AM »
So my aunty tells me today one of the Grolsch execs is a friend. He proudly tells her they get "fresh yeast" every two weeks. Yea, with all the crap they add it goes nuts after the second batch. Local brew pub has been nursing the same strain for 25 years.... wit REAL beer it's doing just fine.....

But don't you KNOW!?!?!?! Fresh is BETTER!

I am a fan of Grolsch because the drunks on the train usually drink that, and then leave the bottles lying around, so I take 'em home and bottle with them and the flip-top means I don't have to buy crown caps anymore. Only problem is the green glass. Boo.

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The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:49:12 AM »
It's snowing here in Delaware as I type. There's about 2" on the ground so far with another 10 to come...so they say.
It's nice to have some snow around the holidays. Watching the Bears beat the Jets. Really can't wait to watch the Eagles play Minnesota tonight. Have the day off tomorrow...so the IPA will be flowing.  8)

Snowing in Jersey, too. Watching people in their SUVs drive 40mph down our residental street.

Rocks fit nicely into the center of snowballs.

Gee wonder why nobody wants to live in Jersey.


Of all the reasons, I don't know that this one would be first on my list.

It's just icing on the cake...

What the longest string of quotes here?

Don't change the subject. We're talking about how swell Jersey is.

Sorry. I'm sure Jersey IS swell.

Which exit?
This one here, on the right: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=40.779242,-74.056606&spn=0.04907,0.132093&z=14&layer=c&cbll=40.779031,-74.056728&panoid=K8nQOiraC7QpmqMoOkSyeA&cbp=12,51.68,,0,-5.88

I went left on my last trip.  :-\

I drove south from New York on the Joisey turnpike once on a Friday through rush hour traffic.

Don't even try it.  >:(

Did it way too many times, in a semi. Cured me of doing that for a living...

FTR I've been to Jersey.
Jersey?  Isn't that where the NY football teams play  :-\

Yeah, this is a strange place. I like how people from NJ consider themselves in the suburbs of "the city" and people from "the city" think of NJ as a red-headed stepchild that should've been pushed out to sea on an ice floe when it was born.

"New York City?!  Get the rope!"

People from NJ say "Happy New Years" Wutz up wit dat?

There is only one new year right? OR maybe they figur they are never going to see you again so they extend the happy wish for the rest of your new years.

You know from Jersey when...................You know what a Wawa is, and know the location of at least 15 of them.

Hope everyone has a safe holiday.  8)



You mean Quick Chek, right?

Yeah, WaWa is from PA, they just invaded NJ. In fact Wawa ia a town in PA. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Wawa+PA&sll=39.901778,-75.459642&hl=en&sspn=0.017121,0.032015&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Wawa,+Delaware,+Pennsylvania&ll=39.90187,-75.459671&spn=0.000472,0.001321&t=h&z=20&iwloc=A

Think it'll get to one post per page?


Not sure but there can be only one PAM per page.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY4SF8xWKFo

My wife and son are stuck at DFW trying to fly to EWR.  Better them than me!

Stuck here at home in miserable ole sunny-warm Hawaii, me.

Let's see of we can push those baby-turd yellow quote bars all the way to the right-side margin!

What's a PAM?

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All Things Food / Re: Hot Wings?
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:44:59 AM »
The serious eats article is very interesting. I wonder instead of the oven the BGE at the same temp with the plate-setter. Mmmm.

Too bad the French haven't discovered the joy of hot-sauce. Frank's and Crystal hot sauce are ubiquitous but there's still at least another 10 to choose from at the local. Looking on Amazon the prices are shocking!

They work WONDERFULLY well in the BGE with plate setter- that's the only way I've made them so far. You "bake" them over the plate setter and then crisp them up by putting them on the very edges of the grate where the plate setter has the big gaps.

Hot sauce can be found quite easily in Germany, and thanks to the EU can be shipped to France without much trouble and almost no additional cost. I have some really, really amazing Bhut Jolokia hot sauce and a ridiculously hot Chipotle sauce from "Pepper King" but the trouble is finding the "low brow" stuff like Frank's.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watcha get for Christmas?
« on: December 27, 2010, 09:01:06 AM »
I got a poster, "Keep Calm and Have A Beer" and also two bronze plaque-type things, one that says "no drinking aboard (without the captain)" and "real ale served here."

Also, I left my wort chiller (a spiral-y stainless steel jobbie) -outside- and -full of water- so... I need to buy a new one, or figure out how to bend the SS back to the proper shape.

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The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 27, 2010, 07:55:21 AM »
Post 250, woo!

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The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 27, 2010, 07:54:58 AM »
It's snowing here in Delaware as I type. There's about 2" on the ground so far with another 10 to come...so they say.
It's nice to have some snow around the holidays. Watching the Bears beat the Jets. Really can't wait to watch the Eagles play Minnesota tonight. Have the day off tomorrow...so the IPA will be flowing.  8)

Snowing in Jersey, too. Watching people in their SUVs drive 40mph down our residental street.

Rocks fit nicely into the center of snowballs.

Gee wonder why nobody wants to live in Jersey.


Of all the reasons, I don't know that this one would be first on my list.

It's just icing on the cake...

What the longest string of quotes here?

Don't change the subject. We're talking about how swell Jersey is.

Sorry. I'm sure Jersey IS swell.

Which exit?
This one here, on the right: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=40.779242,-74.056606&spn=0.04907,0.132093&z=14&layer=c&cbll=40.779031,-74.056728&panoid=K8nQOiraC7QpmqMoOkSyeA&cbp=12,51.68,,0,-5.88

I went left on my last trip.  :-\

I drove south from New York on the Joisey turnpike once on a Friday through rush hour traffic.

Don't even try it.  >:(

Im from Jersey, you from Jersey?


You should try the Boulevard périphérique going towards the suburbs on the last thursday of any month. And then try it when it's snowing. Thank GOD for mass transit, eh?

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All Things Food / Re: Hot Wings?
« on: December 27, 2010, 02:36:03 AM »
My favorite is Don Marco's Wing Thing method:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=63105

Basically a peach-habanero-bourbon marinade and glaze, with hot smoked wings.  Sweet and fiery.  Personally I've grown to despise the flavor of the vinegar hot sauces (such as those involved with traditional hot wings) so this is a perfect alternative for me.

That's close to what I do these days. It's really difficult to find Frank's (which is the only wing sauce I ever want to use) and it's super expensive when you do find it (€4.39 for a 12 oz bottle) so this is my go-to recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/08/grilling-honey-chiptole-wings-recipe.html

They are ALWAYS a crowd pleaser!

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The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 27, 2010, 02:33:39 AM »
We had an awesome Christmas here in Puna.  Around 3PM local time we connected via Skype with some dear friends in Orlando; my 11-year-old son's best friend Julia and her family. We used to get together every year for Christmas when we lived in Orlando.  We have not spent Christmas with them in five years.  Totally unplanned, through video conferencing, we talked and joked and my son and his friend played with their new Nintendos together.  It was so good for four hours it was almost like being there.  Amazing!

Presents and food and trees and decorations are all great, but being with loved ones is really what it's all about!  Merry Christmas!

I did that with my dad, too - since he works nights we were able to open presents just before he went to bed, and that was super neat. Skype is awesome!

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The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 27, 2010, 02:32:42 AM »
It's snowing here in Delaware as I type. There's about 2" on the ground so far with another 10 to come...so they say.
It's nice to have some snow around the holidays. Watching the Bears beat the Jets. Really can't wait to watch the Eagles play Minnesota tonight. Have the day off tomorrow...so the IPA will be flowing.  8)

Snowing in Jersey, too. Watching people in their SUVs drive 40mph down our residental street.

Rocks fit nicely into the center of snowballs.

Gee wonder why nobody wants to live in Jersey.


Of all the reasons, I don't know that this one would be first on my list.

It's just icing on the cake...

What the longest string of quotes here?

Don't change the subject. We're talking about how swell Jersey is.

Sorry. I'm sure Jersey IS swell.

Which exit?
This one here, on the right: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=40.779242,-74.056606&spn=0.04907,0.132093&z=14&layer=c&cbll=40.779031,-74.056728&panoid=K8nQOiraC7QpmqMoOkSyeA&cbp=12,51.68,,0,-5.88

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pouring home brew at a beer event?
« on: December 26, 2010, 11:46:32 AM »
just like Rhineheitsgebot, which existed at the time because people were putting REALLY nasty stuff in their beer and people were getting sick.

I wasn't aware of that.  I thought it was to keep wheat in the hands of the aristocracy.
I have read it was to keep wheat and rye for bread making in poor crop years, and since barley makes good beer but not so good bread have the barley go to beer production.  I have read that there were some problems with suspect ingredients, hence the definition of what could be used and penalty for use of unapproved ingredients..  It was also a tax/price law, with the loophole for the aristocracy to have their own wheat beers as Denny says.

I swear I read something about there being laws put in place to keep weird stuff from being put in beer. Maybe I was thinking of an English law?

http://brewery.org/library/ReinHeit.html

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pouring home brew at a beer event?
« on: December 26, 2010, 10:45:14 AM »
much of what the government does seems silly to me.

that sums it up really well.

True, but you're a responsible person. Government regulations exist to keep idiots and people of bad intention from hurting those who can't fend for themselves  just like Rhineheitsgebot, which existed at the time because people were putting REALLY nasty stuff in their beer and people were getting sick. Just my $0.02, and of course that doesn't mean government is always right.

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The Pub / Re: homebrew gifts
« on: December 25, 2010, 10:39:41 AM »
Ahahahahha! So guess what? My wife gives me three awesome things for my mancave/brewery and then tells me, "you remember the lady that posted on your forum? That was me!!!" LOL. I'll post pics shortly, but I thought you guys would be interested in being let in on the secret.

Now, on to make biscuits and sawmill gravy! Merry Christmas!

Was that swmbcherished?  Or the other one?  I just liked the name.....

swmbcherished

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The Pub / Re: homebrew gifts
« on: December 25, 2010, 01:27:32 AM »
 :D :D :D :D 8) 8) 8) 8) ;D ;D ;D ;D





This last one is a play off of a poster I already have: http://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com (history: http://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com/pages/history)

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The Pub / Re: homebrew gifts
« on: December 25, 2010, 01:15:47 AM »
Ahahahahha! So guess what? My wife gives me three awesome things for my mancave/brewery and then tells me, "you remember the lady that posted on your forum? That was me!!!" LOL. I'll post pics shortly, but I thought you guys would be interested in being let in on the secret.

Now, on to make biscuits and sawmill gravy! Merry Christmas!

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