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General Homebrew Discussion / I've lost that "new hobby" smell
« on: August 18, 2012, 06:39:24 AM »

I am a member of the local homebrew club, but I really haven't tapped their resources much. That sounds like a good idea.

In my experience, your homebrew club s what you make of it. If everyone sits around and just drinks beer with no direction or focus, it makes it a lot harder. A club that is working towards making the club members better brewers through education and involvement is a wonderful thing.

Agree. There are some good and constructive clubs and then there are some not so good clubs. But a good one with knowledgeable and (here's they key) HELPFULL members can really turn you in the right direction. Be warry of a club that just sits around and drinks beer and shoots the bull most they time and be equally wary of clubs that only focus on criticism.

Yeast and Fermentation / White Labs vials?
« on: August 18, 2012, 06:35:44 AM »
When the Spousal Unit packs me a salad for lunch, she uses an empty vial for salad dressing.

+1. That's the best use I have found for them as well. I saved the for years in order to do the mail in/free yeast thing but they just piled up and I ended up throwing most of them away.

The Pub / Backcountry beer
« on: August 18, 2012, 06:33:12 AM »
boiled peanuts are ambrosia, they especially do it right in Georgia. But I can not abide pineapples on a pizza. Ever.

Granted, I'm sticking up for sh!t beer more than I have a heart to drink it, but I'll take an MGD over a pineapple pizza an day.

And to all you naysayers, I guarandamntee you that if you had been in 90-100 degree heat for 3-4 days on bone dry mountains and you were handed a dripping wet, ice cold beer .... ANY BEER .... you'd drink it. And for most of you pansy boys I bet the circumstances would,'t even need to half ... no, a quarter as tuff. ;)

The Pub / Re: Backcountry beer
« on: August 17, 2012, 06:33:02 PM »
Every islander I've met has been a bit off. . .

I knew it was only a matter of time before we found something we agreed on.

The Pub / Backcountry beer
« on: August 17, 2012, 11:38:59 AM »
Oh, you won't drink an MGD but you will put pineapples on your pizza. Now I see we will never see eye to eye. ;)

The Pub / Re: Backcountry beer
« on: August 17, 2012, 08:59:31 AM »
I draw the line at rubbing alcohol and Mich Ultra. Well, definitely at the Mich Ultra.  ;)

I'd love to see one of you beer snobs turn your nose up to an ice cold beer after scorching beerless on the trail for 3 or 4 days. Guarantee you would be surprised what you think tastes delicious. Would I prefer a good German style pils? Oh, absolutely. But in reality MGD is not such a bad beer. One of the better mass produced lagers along with regular old Michelobe.

I do usually draw the line at "Lite" beer though. I'd rather have ice tea at that point. But .... on the trail I have been offered a Miller Light from time to time and I am not too ashamed to say I drank it and actually wished I had another.

The Pub / Re: Backcountry beer
« on: August 17, 2012, 06:09:23 AM »
Half way through my second one I started to lose some interest but that first one and a half was quite possibly the best beer I ever drank.

Wow. You need to try more commercial beers. ;)

 :D Touche but the point of the matter is that when you are really, really thirsty for a beer you will be surprised how low you will stoop.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting started
« on: August 17, 2012, 04:27:39 AM »
Saisons are a great choice for the temperature control challenged. But while it may not be optimal the chico strain can be very clean at warmish temps (low 70's).

Welcome to the forum, matty. Great to see some new enthusiasm. It only gets more awesomer!  8)

The Pub / Re: Backcountry beer
« on: August 17, 2012, 04:20:14 AM »
Titanium flask!!! Now I know what to ask for for my birthday! I carry around Nalgene flasks, one or two depending on how long the trip is. ;D

Punatic: Obviously, living in Hawaiiiiwaii has made you soft as soggy pineapple pizza. Amazing how good s*** beer tastes after a serious day of roughing it. I've told this story before, I'll tell it again. The best beer I ever drank was after a 3 night back packing trip through bone dry, hard ass mountains on the Pinhoti trail along the Alabama and Georgia border. We stopped at some out bumf##kegypt gas station and the best beer they had was Miller Genuine Draft. I turned my nose up at first but I was thirsty and it was ice cold. Half way through my second one I started to lose some interest but that first one and a half was quite possibly the best beer I ever drank.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've lost that "new hobby" smell
« on: August 16, 2012, 03:10:46 PM »
I lost interest in the competing part of brewing years ago. Just found it a huge PITA having to package beer and ship it out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've lost that "new hobby" smell
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:48:35 PM »
I guess I'll give a different slant. Brewing isn't for everyone. It's a craft and it is a craft you can spend your whole life perfecting. There is always something new to learn or something you can do to fine tune your beer. But some people aren't craftsmen at heart and that is just the way it is.

I tried to get into motorcycle mechanics. I really, really wanted to build my own custom bike. But about 1/3rd way through the project I quickly realized mechanics is not for me. It holds no interest for me. Maybe it's the same way for you.

That said, for me, the beer has always been the driving factor. When I found that I enjoyed my beer as much or more than what you can find on the shelves that is when I got addicted. And, of course, the gadgets are a lot of fun. But the beer was always what did it for me and it is what forced me to learn to start perfecting the process.

The Pub / Backcountry beer
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:38:15 AM »
I don't drink beer while hiking, usually if I am going to drink beer it is when we stop to set up camp. I like something easy drinking. And since I'm "roughing it" I tend to stay away from fancy beers. If SPAM tastes like filet mignon after a 12 mile day with 35 - 40 lbs on my back then Miller High Life in the can tastes like pure gold as well. Though, I admit, last couple times I went I took SNPA and now am eyeing Mammas Yella Pils from OB.

The other thing I have done is fill plastic bottles with my beer. This works fine though I've had it leak on occasion. Las time I went on an overnighter canoe trip I took a plastic water jug growler of my IPA and that was awesom.

And of course, I only ever take two beers because they are heavy. So if it is a twi nighter I have beer on the first night and the second night I just wish for beer. Always have whiskey though.

The Pub / Re: Backcountry beer
« on: August 15, 2012, 06:24:08 AM »
I once drank a Steel Reserve warm out of my pack on a 100 degree day. Yes, it was every bit as nasty as you would expect.

The Pub / Backcountry beer
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:05:00 AM »
The availability of good beer in cans is nice for car camping or boating or rafting or wheeling or some other mode of travel.....but backcountry walking or skiing sometimes will not allow the weight of a six pack!

I believe this is why they make whiskey.

+1. I don't leave home without it!

Ingredients / Re: Ordered 2-row got Maris Otter
« on: August 13, 2012, 05:08:48 PM »
Maris Otter is a 2 row malt, FWIW. Crisp is a very good floor malted 2-row MO. Try a batch of english bitter with 100% MO and some EKGs. for American pales and IPAs you may want to cut the malt in half with some pils or plain 2-row bcause the malt character can be very pronounced

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