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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's my style?
« on: April 21, 2011, 10:08:38 AM »
A BW but which yeast did you use?

Then that would make it an English Barleywine.

Except that 88 IBU of American hops might cancel that out!

Except that some English brewers have taken to using American hops! ;)

How about Black Ale?

Going to put the wit that is finished fermenting on the raspberries this weekend.  Hope to get my fermentation chamber built and a starter for an Ofest or Helles.  Need to bottle my doppelbock to make room for an IPA in the serving fridge.

No brewing, Saturday will be a run around day.  Sunday we will be working the garden.  A buddy of mine gave me water bath type chiller that I'm going to use for a fermentation chamber.  Basically a copper coil heat exchanger that will wrap around the fermenter, with insulation around it.  It has a programmable thermostat on it, pretty slick, should work well.  So I may build that this weekend as well, then make a lager starter for next weekends Easter Helles brew.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Odd flavor.....
« on: April 14, 2011, 07:17:56 AM »
Are you sure you didn't use Cascade dish soap? ;)  Sorry, just had to.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: April 13, 2011, 09:35:30 AM »
A cheap, but drinkable burgundy type wine (pinot noir) works great with brisket.  Just through in some crushed garlic, onion, salt and pepper, and additional spices of your choosing and let sit overnight in the fridge.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another Legend Passes
« on: April 12, 2011, 12:46:00 PM »
I brewed a wit on April 9.  It had all the makings of a brewing disaster, (stuck runoff), but everything worked out just fine.  Had reasonable efficiency, and the yeast took off quickly (WLP400).  This will have raspberries from last fall's harvest added to the secondary.  Cheers, Pierre!

Beer Travel / Re: Boulder
« on: April 12, 2011, 12:35:40 PM »
I lived there in the late 70s and early 80s.  From what I understand, it is nothing like it used to be.  Probably couldn't afford to live there now.   I'm guessing it went from MNO (mellow and organic) to upscale MNO ;)  It was a very cool place to be.

Beer Travel / Re: Philadelphia beer trip
« on: April 12, 2011, 10:00:57 AM »

And get a cheesesteak at Tony Luke's.  Skip Pat and Genos.  Those are for tourists.

+1 Or Jim's on South Street.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Orval - disappointed
« on: April 11, 2011, 10:05:21 AM »
I have found that I prefer it younger rather than older.  I like brett character, but not so much as being clobbered by it.  Blending is a good thing. ;)

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: April 11, 2011, 09:49:18 AM »
I would stick with her basic recipe and maybe sweeten it up just a hair.  I like the fire of the cayenne,  The smokiness of the chipotle gets lost IMO.  They were both smoked with hickory and cooked for seven hours ~ 225F.  You could pick it apart with a fork, but it still held up well for slicing.  Nice and tender.  She said mine had better bark.  That could have been positioning on the grate though.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: April 11, 2011, 09:39:38 AM »
Judges deemed it a tie ;).  As for the competitors,  I liked hers best, she liked mine.  Hers was more spicy with a cayenne/brown sugar base, mine was sweeter with brown sugar and powdered chipotle.  Can't say what all she put in hers.  Mine was a combo of powdered homegrown mesquite smoked chipotle, brown sugar, salt, green peppercorn, onion powder, garlic powder, and a combo spice powder I found in the spice rack of unknown composition and origin, but it tasted good so I used a little. ;D

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: April 11, 2011, 09:29:04 AM »
Pics of brisket rub throwdown with my daughter:

Split brisket in half

With rub, hers on top, mine on bottom




On a crispy roll

Sometimes I have one or two, lately I've been waitng until I'm finished cleaning up, so I can kick back and relax.

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: April 06, 2011, 09:43:16 AM »
Great news, Frank!  Always glad to hear that Jeff really is doing well for all he's been through.  He is in our thoughts and prayers.

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