My wife and I made our second ever batch of soap today (first time without guidance). Everything went pretty smoothly, just a couple of drops splashed out of the bowl when I was blending. The wife is in love with Coconut Lime Verbena soap from Bath and Body Works, so that's what I was aiming for. Anyway, this is the recipe:
I have come to the same conclusion as you Peter. I recently entered a Moose Drool clone as an American Brown ale in a competition (it was either the NHC or UMMO). Both judges liked it, but said that it wasn't hoppy enough. I was disappointed because Moose Drool is a classic example of the style (I believe it's even mentioned as an example of the style in the style guidelines) and it only scored in the mid to low 30s. Oh well, lesson learned.
Packing up my gear and brewing at a friends house. I'm brewing up some Caribou Slobber (Northern Brewer recipe), except I'm gonna try some Canada Malting Pale Ale malt instead of the 2-Row. I also have to dry hop my Evil Twin so I can bottle it next weekend.
Finally got around to making soap. My wife and I made a batch today and split it into two parts with two different scents. I had a heck of a time finding 100% Lye, but finally found the Rooto brand at Menards.
Okay, you guys have talked me into it. I'm going to give this soap thing a go. I'll likely use a very simple recipe, or use Euge's recipe on the first page. Since it's tough not to tinker with recipes, maybe an ounce or two of scent. Won't have time until next week sometime though .
I went to that brewpub over the summer. I had a sampler assortment of all of their beers and agree that the IPA was decent (I really liked the midnight satin and the belligerent ass nut brown). I agree with others to not be upset with her. It's no big deal that she doesn't want to share.
It'll be easy to surpass 2010 because I was only able to brew 30 gallons. I'm already at 12 gallons in 2011 and have a $100 gift certificate for Northern Brewer. I may pass up 2010 in February this year.
I am planning on brewing the Caribou Slobber from NB this week and use Wyeast 1450.