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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 24, 2010, 11:17:47 AM »
I don't like breathing smoke while drinking, and really don't while doing critical tasting.  That said, I don't recall a major problem in Belgium the times I've been there.  Avoid the heavy crowded times if that's an issue, or choose seats accordingly.  Not an ideal solution, but you play the hand you're dealt.

Sounds like a plan - it sounds like some of these places have designated non-smoking areas, but it's been my experience that they're just 'seats further away from the smoke.' I'm going to be there during the day with my boy and my wife which is why I'm concerned about smoke in the first place, but it sounds like it'll be alright. Thanks!

P.S. - as a French citizen it's actually part of my constitutional duty to complain about Belgium.

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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 24, 2010, 11:03:54 AM »

Sad to see that a major European city still allows smoking inside buildings.

Thats the way it is & its their  country so....

True, but even -France- doesn't permit smoking inside restaurants and bars anymore. I just don't get why I should have to put up with somebody else's dirty habit when I decide to go to a bar in certain places.

Seriously? this is what I hate about too many americans, its their country and who the F*** are we  to tell them how to run their business.

Gawd Damn

How about this,  don't like it then don't go.


Wow, touchy touchy. I'm a citizen of France and the US, and while not a citizen of Belgium I do happen to believe it's unfair as a -general principle- to have to inhale someone else's toxic fumes. That's not being American, that's wanting a better quality of life for me and those around me.

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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 24, 2010, 08:51:50 AM »

Sad to see that a major European city still allows smoking inside buildings.

Thats the way it is & its their  country so....

True, but even -France- doesn't permit smoking inside restaurants and bars anymore. I just don't get why I should have to put up with somebody else's dirty habit when I decide to go to a bar in certain places.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: IPA bitterness
« on: November 24, 2010, 08:32:04 AM »
+1 to above. As the yeast floc you'll lose yeast byte and some iso-alpha-acid'll drop out too. However, that recipe is pretty ambiguous - did you add the amount specified of each hop listed or did you divide the total addition weight by the number of varieties listed (e.g. For your 60min addition did you use 1.4oz. each centennial/warrior or 0.7oz each totaling a 1.4oz addition)? That would make a huge difference, and it is possible to misinterpret a recipe that strange.

I used 1.4oz of one - I was taking it to mean use one hop variety or the other, and actually I didn't have the hops they specified, so I used other varieties with similar alpha acids, with Target hops being used for the high a-a hops. To be honest I kept the weight correct for each addition but just sorta threw in whatever felt right. There's a mix of Cascade, target, hallertau fuggles and mt hood in there.

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The Pub / Re: Hey Madden, forget your turducken, heres TurBaconEpic
« on: November 24, 2010, 08:28:19 AM »
Holy pig! Of course, you could make it even MOAR EPICS if you stuffed the piggy inside a wild boar which you had killed with only a chuck norris-style roundhouse KICK!

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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 24, 2010, 05:55:03 AM »
Headed to Brussels for a weekend trip in December to see the Christmas Market and of course drink delicious beers. Staying at the Stanhope Hotel, anybody stayed there before?

More important question: a lot of the reviews I'm reading are saying that the bars all still allow smoking inside - is this true? If so, wtf? <rant> Smoking destroys your taste buds and is really bad for the health of everyone around you, and that means you can't enjoy a beer properly. </rant> Any recommendations for bars that DO NOT allow smoking? I've heard Chez Moeder Lambic fits the bill.

Sad to see that a major European city still allows smoking inside buildings.

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All Grain Brewing / IPA bitterness
« on: November 24, 2010, 04:03:21 AM »
So, I'm almost a week into fermentation on my Longbrook IPA (http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/LongbrookIPA). 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?

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: November 24, 2010, 03:39:15 AM »

Smoke the Turkey at 350F for 2.5 hrs to acieve an internal temp of 169F.

Good Luck!

So you smoke hot and fast to leave in the moisture? Cuz that's why you're brining in the first place?

It renders a fantastic smoked turkey. Hot and fast...the only way to smoke a turkey.  Try it sometime.

I will be stealing this for my smoked turkey. Doing a 12-pounder smoked and another 12-pounder fried. Assuming the burner gets here on time...

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Beer Recipes / Please don't hate me: Heileman's Old Style clone recipe?
« on: November 24, 2010, 03:04:51 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!

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The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: November 23, 2010, 02:23:35 AM »
For me, Sam is like the Sarah Palin of the brewing world. Some people love him, some people hate him, but he sure knows how to work a crowd and manage an image. Also you wouldn't want him to be president ;-)

FWIW I like his beer, and if he's getting craft brewing noticed by the BMC masses, I'm fine with that.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Immersion Chiller
« on: November 19, 2010, 09:51:35 AM »
I use a SS version, but I also double-up on cooling and run wort through a counterflow chiller too. I haven't had problems and can get the wort down to pitching temp in no time.

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All Things Food / Re: Coffee roasting
« on: November 19, 2010, 04:24:06 AM »
I use this for grinding.

http://www.amazon.com/Hopper-Cast-Grinder-Wheat-Grain/dp/B0038NPJVG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1290033885&sr=8-5

That there is my grain mill. I dunno that I'd use coffee in it, though, as I'd be worried about coffee oils making my grain taste weird.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Chimay
« on: November 19, 2010, 03:17:18 AM »


Makes me a little more confident as a brewer.  8)







Start shipping your bottles across the ocean, then shipped in refrigerated, or perhaps just as often unrefrigerated trucks, and the let them sit on the store shelves for several months and see if you are still as confident.  ;)

You know, you bring up a good point. I haven't tried Chimay since I moved to Europe, I guess it's gotta be better than what I found in the states. IIRC it had just a really harsh flavor and I couldn't see why people liked it so much. Time to give it another shot.

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The Pub / Re: scotch
« on: November 19, 2010, 12:52:08 AM »
Guys, my only advice is that someday you should try something called Laphroaig

http://www.laphroaig.com/

If I'm not drinking beer or bourbon I drink this straight. Kinda pricey, but good for special occasions.

I don't think there's a bad Isla whisky, just some are better than others. Laphroaig is up with the best. Has anyone had their Triple Wood? I've heard really good things about it but haven't had the chance to try it yet. Am also curious about the new Kilchomen releases, haven't been able to try them either.

If you like the heavy peating of Laphroaig, try this sometime: http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-12867.aspx Japanese whisky has really been gangbusters lately, especially Suntory. Highly recommended.

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