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Equipment and Software / Re: Filter Advice
« on: December 29, 2010, 08:40:22 AM »
When you guys say gelatin, do you mean this stuff?

Or is it something else?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watcha get for Christmas?
« on: December 29, 2010, 08:34:07 AM »
My inlaws gave me these .  I need to figure out how I'll use them since I use buckets.  It was a very thoughtful gift, and am grateful for such nice inlaws. 

Wow, those are super neat! I've never seen anything like that before - I guess they're basically weighted ping pong balls? I would worry about contamination though, if they're not made of the right kind of plastic.

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: December 29, 2010, 08:30:00 AM »
Does she like food?  Does she like it when she doesn't cook said food?  That should be the end of the discussion.

I ran this by her.  Her reply:
Do you like sex?  Do you like it when you don't get said sex? 
That was the end of the discussion.

With an attitude like that it's time to trade for a new model.

You know, I think my wife would have the same reaction if I came to her with something like that. If you don't say it as a joke, it comes across as really offensive. I would have phrased it like this (with a smile or a fake pout-y look):

"Darling, you know how much I'd love to help in the kitchen, but my cooking fu is very weak. I simply don't have the same natural ability as you do, which is why I need this to help me!"

Probably won't get you very far either way, but at least you won't be in the doghouse. Maybe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
« on: December 28, 2010, 04:40:51 PM »
I have a friend who has a gluten intolerant father so we are planning to get together and brew a beer based on amaranth seeds and other good stuff.

Have you looked at this? Supposedly it greatly reduces gluten in beer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: I LOVE MIKKELLER
« on: December 28, 2010, 04:25:04 PM »
Mikkeller beers are always interesting due to his passion for experimentation.  When it comes down to what I think tastes good, though, I'm personally a little tired of "American style cutting edge brewing" when it means a kitchen sink beer with way too much alcohol, herbs, or spices. The Belgian beers I've loved were always fantastic due to balance, even when talking about a 10% beer. 

I'm hoping that this is just a phase that many new brewers are going through, much like a new beer geek who is obsessed with hop bombs.

I dunno, I think those beers have their place. For Christmas Day, I had my bottle of Westvleteren 12. I liked it, it was an excellent beer, but my tastes go more for things that really punch you in the face, as long as they're well-executed.

In my opinion it's not a matter of being a noob, but rather individual taste. Some people prefer boeuf bourguignon, some people prefer hot wings, some people prefer ceviche.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pouring home brew at a beer event?
« on: December 28, 2010, 03:50:32 PM »
Government regulations exist to keep idiots and people of bad intention from hurting those who can't fend for themselves...

Ha ha ha. One of the best jokes I've read in awhile.

Seriously, government regulations exist to keep power in the hands of the elected (or however they got in power) or their donors.

Next you'll be saying that that the  reinheitsgebot was about keeping really nasty stuff out of beer....ooh, err, sorry. ;D

I'm not saying regulation is always, always a good thing, but it definitely can be a force for good. Look at China, and all the crap that's in their water and their food and their air.

Besides, isn't wrestling regulation to your will part of the fun? (tongue somewhat in cheek)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
« on: December 28, 2010, 03:47:57 PM »
Get my fundamentals down pat. Brew an Old Style clone and have an Opening Day party for the Cubs. Brew a Kolsch and mow the lawn more often. Brew something super dark and roasty and age it in a barrel. Plant and grow my own hops, and try to grow a bit of barley or wheat, just to see how it works. Also, I'd love to make it to the US for a little vacation, either for the "Dogfish Head Experience" or something out west.

Non-brewing goals include losing some weight (doesn't everybody have this one?), paying off the IRS from last year, and getting an SARL which would in turn make me the CEO of a multinational corporation (albeit one with only one employee ;-) ). Also I'd like to read more to the little guy - I wanna get through all of the Hobbit and LOTR before his second birthday.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: I LOVE MIKKELLER
« on: December 28, 2010, 01:49:57 PM »
phil - didn't realize you were in the UK. It's sometimes amazing the selection we enjoy nowadays. Our local grocery store just had the weekly ad featuring Chimay as one of the beers on sale. I can recall a few years back when it would require a 3 hour drive just to buy it (and any beer above 6%) and now it is available down the street.

I'm not - "WE COME FROM FRANCE" - ( but as it is often (but not always) fairly cheap to take the Eurostar to St Pancras I'm there probably once every three months or so.

Paris has three good beer shops, but (as you'd expect) they focus almost entirely on Belgium and French beer. It's not a bad thing, there are some very interesting beers coming out of Belgium and France, too (Brasserie de la Senne is a great one) but the truly adventurous stuff is super hard to find.

That being said, those of you in the US would probably be super jealous to see that Orval, Kwak, etc - some really great belgians - are available EVERYWHERE, even in the crappiest of grocery stores, and that they are super cheap. I think Orval is 3 euros a bottle? Or maybe it's 2.50? I bought a Kwak 4-pack for 10 euros on discount the other day, it included that silly glass with the wood handle.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: I LOVE MIKKELLER
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:42:11 PM »
You do realize that their are a "virtual" brewery. They are basically contract brewed (they are involved in the process as I understand it) by various breweries. I've enjoyed most of their brews, but many are overpriced. The single hop series really didn't thrill me much. Most, if not all, of their stuff is available in the US.

Also I want to say that while the Single Hop is not a blow-you-away beer, it's an excellent educational tool for what different varieties of hops can bring to the table. My wife just thought hops were hops before she tried a flight of the single hop. She and I both now have a favorite hop (Centennial) thanks to that series.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: I LOVE MIKKELLER
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:39:57 PM »
You do realize that their are a "virtual" brewery. They are basically contract brewed (they are involved in the process as I understand it) by various breweries. I've enjoyed most of their brews, but many are overpriced. The single hop series really didn't thrill me much. Most, if not all, of their stuff is available in the US.

Yup, but that's ok. Were I to start a brewery, it, too, would be 'virtual,' most likely. They make great beers, and that's enough for me. You have to remember that when it comes to American beers, the selection here is limited to Bud, the occasional High Life (I know, right?), Sam Adams Lager, and three Anchor brewing offerings. Dogfish Head, Russian River, Alaskan Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, all of those are basically impossible to find. Borough Market in London has a great selection of American craft ales but that's a 2.5h Eurostar trip away.

Commercial Beer Reviews / I LOVE MIKKELLER
« on: December 28, 2010, 11:58:47 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 ( 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.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Grolsch smolsch....
« on: December 28, 2010, 07:51:33 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.

The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 28, 2010, 07:49:12 AM »
It's snowing here in Delaware as I type. There's about 2" on the ground so far with another 10 to 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 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:,-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.,-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.

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?

All Things Food / Re: Hot Wings?
« on: December 28, 2010, 07:44:59 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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watcha get for Christmas?
« on: December 27, 2010, 04:01:06 PM »
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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