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The Pub / More craft breweries now than in 1890
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:21:28 AM »
Pretty cool graph. Obviously this explosion can't continue, there are only so many taps!

The Pub / Olympic Divers ...
« on: August 02, 2012, 07:31:38 AM »

Other Fermentables / Pickles and Crispness
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:20:49 AM »
So, I have been experimenting with pickles this summer and I have had limited success, mostly because they have not been very crisp. Doing some research, I see grape leaves and horseradish leaves are suggested for  tannins that may help inhibit some enzymes that break down the pickle. Oak leaves (rounded leaf kind) are also added but some reports say that they add too much tannin.

Then I was looking at a valassic pickle jar and noticed calcium chloride is added, did not see that ingredient listed on a competitor's "mushier" style pickle. So I am going to try that and see if it works.

A couple other ideas: What about that powdered wine tannin? Oak cubes? I wonder if that would work in lieu of leaves? Also, is it necessary to add the water to the pickles hot? Seems like hot water would only cook them, even at 185. I was thinking about heating up the brine and adding it when it is cooled off after ice soaking the cukes for several hours and scrubbing them clean. Heck, maybe even a star-san dunk if microbial concerns are what the hot brine is for, though, that doesn't seem necessary for excellent sauerkraut - it goes straight into the crock with only a lightwash.

What say the forum?

The Pub / "Homebrewers" (insert eyeroll)
« on: July 15, 2012, 12:28:19 PM »
I know a lot of you and have met many of you personally, and of course, I love almost every homebrewer I have ever met. But don't be "That guy".

"That guy" is the guy who showed up at our "Randall" event at a draft to go store yesterday. I wasn't there, I was at the brewery, brewing. But "That Guy" walks up to one of my partners and starts flexing his brewing muscles, asking questions about the beer, and then telling my partner why it wasn't the way he would do it. eg: I don't think an IIPA should ever be over 8% abv., and other assorted, sundry, observations and points.

Not in any way saying you have to bow down in front of your commercial brewing brethren, but for heaven's sake, if you think you can do it better yourself open your own damn brewery. And, please, at least try the beer before casting your aspersions.

(Yes, I'm hoping "that guy", by chance, reads the forum.)

The Pub / Stuff brewers already knew
« on: June 21, 2012, 08:03:15 AM »

Not that I recommend heavy drinking to pregnant women, but I told my wife I thought it was perfectly fine to have a beer everynow and then when she was pregant.

All Things Food / Knife sharpener
« on: June 16, 2012, 07:08:10 AM »
Any suggestions on a good kitchen knife sharpener?

The Pub / Hiking around Seattle
« on: June 14, 2012, 07:10:16 AM »
I'll be at NHC and have all day Sunday and Monday. Looking for some serious day hikes, 4-12 miles, preferably loops.

The Pub / Flying w/beer in checked-in luggage
« on: June 14, 2012, 07:08:17 AM »
I've done it before but it's been a few years. Anyone have any issues lately?

Other Fermentables / Plumb wine
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:02:04 AM »
I have not made any homemade wine since before I started brewing. Don't really have a good wine making book yet but have decided to used this recipe.

Any thoughts? Tips? Better recipe? What about adding pits to the must? I know some pits hide traces of carcinogens.  All help appreciated.

The Pub / Note keeping app for iPad
« on: May 24, 2012, 06:42:25 AM »
Can anyone suggest a note keeping app for iPad that I can track brewday with, preferably one that would update to a cloud.

The Pub / Replacing old tub - can I do this?
« on: May 20, 2012, 07:54:44 AM »
I am not a very good home fix-up guy, but I also was quoted $5K to replace the old, cracked tub in my bathroom. I can do tile and I can handle a little plumbing or pay a pro, but I have no idea how to remove, let alone instal, a tub. Anyone ever do this before?

General Homebrew Discussion / Alabama passes gourmet bottle bill
« on: May 16, 2012, 10:13:01 AM »
Whoot! What a boon for craft beer, especially for local brewers. Looking forward to having Belgian bombers available in my area and making my beer available in 750 s! ;D

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