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The Pub / Fun stuff you find when you google yourself
« on: May 12, 2013, 12:32:59 PM »

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The Pub / Don't forget to hug mom!
« on: May 12, 2013, 12:13:34 PM »
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mom's out there. I've been up since 5 this AM smoking a boston butt and rack of ribs for my mom. I've been hitting the taps since 10. Don't tell mom. :)

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One less thing to be embarrassed about living in AL! Assuming the gubner doesn't do anything stoopids.

http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/05/senate_give_final_passage_to_h.html#incart_river_default#incart_hbx#incart_best-of

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The Pub / Best TV theme song
« on: April 28, 2013, 07:07:55 PM »
My vote goes to "Angela" the Theme song to Taxi.

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I take back something I said recently about not needing to clean lines every keg and replacing lines instead. Because I am getting a really bad taste from a line I just replaced 2 kegs ago. I recently took apart all my taps, cleaned and replaced my lines but my IPA tastes just awful, especially when it has sat in the line for a night or two. But the weird thing is it does't seem to affect a blond I have on tap. Anyone know why that would be?

Anyway, going to clean my lines tonight. Still a lot faster than bottling. ;)

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All Things Food / Fermenting Crock
« on: April 15, 2013, 11:53:26 AM »
Just ordered a 10L fermenting crock complete with weighting stones. Planning on using it mainly for sauerkraut. Anyone else use one? It wasn't cheap. $125 or so. But free shipping.

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All Things Food / Avocados
« on: April 07, 2013, 05:58:13 AM »
I can get a bag of avocados at Costco on the dirt cheap, I think you get 6 or 7 for $3 or so. Problem is they are rock hard when I get them and I never can get through the whole bag before I have to throw them away. And it's tricky trying to plan dinners when you never exactly know when even a single avocado from the store is ripe.

And one know any tricks on quick ripening or storage of avocados?

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Kegging and Bottling / Beer gas charging
« on: April 01, 2013, 03:19:21 PM »
Does anyone know many volumes of co2 I need to charge a beer to serve on beer gas? I'm a total beer gas noob.

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Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 06:43:56 AM »
I use US-05 on my IIPA sometimes, I like the results. Well, I pitched and aerated and I took off for a few days and came back to see that the auto valve on glycol unit failed and left the valve open and had crashed the beer to 45 degrees. And the US-05, while albeit slowly, was steadily fermenting.

Got it ramped up and fermenting away nicely now but pretty amazed that it would ferment at those temps. The yeast was rehydrated (see, Tom ;) ) in about 95 degree water and I'm not exactly sure how long the lag was, but it was fermenting 2 days later at 45 degrees after pitch.

I have purposely fermented US-05 at around 54 degrees with good results before. But shocked to see it chugging along this cold. I seen some lager yeasts that struggle under 48.

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The Pub / Real men wear coveralls
« on: February 01, 2013, 08:13:45 AM »

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Ingredients / Gambrinus Pale Ale Malt?
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:33:16 AM »
Anyone ever used this before?

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The Pub / Why does Budweiser just not get it?
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:28:18 AM »
Reading about this "Bud Black Crown" that they are releasing - http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-10/with-black-crown-budweiser-aims-to-refresh-the-brand and I'm thinking "wow, they are really going to launch a flavorful lager type beer".

Then I am reading the most recent issue of "Beer Advocate" and see that the beer they are going to release as "Black Crown" is the beer that scored worse out of the "Project 12" pack (Batch No. 91406) It got a 69 and comments like "near cloying sweetness" and "misplaced carmel note".

I honestly haven't had the beer yet but I'm not expecting much with that score.

We all always say that we don't like Bud products but we respect the prowess of their brewing skills - so why can they not seem to make a truly great beer? I know most of it is marketing but I wonder how much of it is also just lack of understanding on how the beer scene is changing? Newspapers are failing (or have failed) across the country for the same types of reasons.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Soapy off flavor
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:08:59 AM »
My last 2 IPAs have both had a soapy off flavor. I realize that this can be caused by autolysis but I don't think this is the case. The only thing different I did in these last 2 recipes was swap our cascades for centennial since I was out. The cascades weren't super fresh but they smelled fine.

Anyone have any ideas?

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