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Ingredients / Re: All Munich Malt Belgian
« on: September 26, 2011, 05:07:29 PM »
My understanding is it is very traditional for German brewmasters to add a small amount of pilsner malt strictly for the enzymes to dunkles and doppelbocks to insure complete conversion, or perhaps speed it up. Not saying that you can't brew with 100% munich and I realize there are enough enzymes for conversion but I prefer adding a little pils malt and I think the final beer is better for it. My .02.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: September 26, 2011, 02:14:52 PM »
Yeah, hear that this after noon. Just friggin' great... ::)

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The Pub / Re: Finally happened.
« on: September 26, 2011, 04:38:50 AM »
My wife just landed another job after being handed a layoff slip (she was a contractor with Nasa and you know how that's going right now). She interviewed 7 or 8 times before finding a job. Market is tight out there. Good news is, she got a raise!

Sucks being laid off though, regardless. best wishes to your better half's future success.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: September 26, 2011, 04:30:34 AM »
Titans looked ugly but pulled out the win against the hapless Broncos.

Losing Kenny Britt doesn't help our cause, either . . .

I know, that's a huge bummer. I never did hear the extent of his injuries.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: September 26, 2011, 04:29:16 AM »
Titans looked ugly but pulled out the win against the hapless Broncos.

I guess "hapless" works.  Really not used to it I tell you.
Yep, like a grumpy old man
I long for a QB that can roll and throw.

That is a really good win for the titans.  
Your mascots suck BTW.
After all that flag, hells yes good win to say geez boss wezz gonna do betta.


I try and stay away but Futbol Americana is addicting.  If you grew up on it.



I think your boys outa try baptizing every player in Teebow's tears before each game and see if that doesn't turn your luck around.

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Going Pro / Re: Do I got what it takes?
« on: September 26, 2011, 04:26:14 AM »
OK, as long as you are not complaining.  ;)

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Going Pro / Re: Do I got what it takes?
« on: September 25, 2011, 07:15:58 PM »
Brewing beer is the easy part for us in the brewery.
Selling the beer is the hard part.
Collecting late payment is unpleasant.
But it is all the part of running a business.

you should seriously consider contracting a distributor. I don;t worry about selling beer. All of my beer is sold to the distributor. They send us a check and sell our beer to pubs and bars (most of which we choose, but certainly not all, we can also choose if we want to pull a tap for whatever reason - and we have done that before). The distributor also takes care of cleaning all the lines our beer touches. They sell our beer clear across the other side of the state. Makes life much easier for me. I couldn't do this if I had to take care of distribution. You are probably not even saving any money by self distribution if you count your time.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: September 25, 2011, 05:40:59 PM »
Titans looked ugly but pulled out the win against the hapless Broncos.

Mike Vick - OUCH! 2 weeks in a row knocked outa the game. He's paying up that heavy karma price no doubt! "Dream team"... Bwahahahaha!

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The Pub / Re: Goodbye R.E.M.
« on: September 25, 2011, 09:11:40 AM »
The break up came as news to me. I had no idea they were still considered "together". Thought they had called it quits back in the mid 90's. Then again, I've never been a fan.

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Ingredients / Re: All Munich Malt Belgian
« on: September 25, 2011, 06:43:19 AM »
I agree a lot with what was said above. You probably want the beer to finish out somewhat dry, so subbing in 15-25% pils for Munich basemalt will help your mash achieve maximum fermentablility (coupled with a long, low mash) while still retaining the flavor of the munich. I think you are all right with the cara munich, especially with the pound of candi sugar. You might sub out another .5-1lb of your basemalt for regular sugar just to be sure you achieve that "digestibility" that is prevalent in belgians.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oatmeal Porter-Critique Please
« on: September 21, 2011, 01:27:10 PM »
Dude, your opinion may not be ridiculous, but that pic of you in the shorts..... :D

Hey, just be thankful I had shorts on.  ;)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oatmeal Porter-Critique Please
« on: September 21, 2011, 12:35:34 PM »
Just to clarify, this is a 2.5 gallon batch. Sorry if it looked weird.

Regardless, I am loving the opinions here. The reason I was thinking some D-180 or D-90 would be good is because I was thinking the dark fruits, baker's chocolate, light coffee notes would go well in a porter. However, I was a little worried that it might dry out a beer like this where I was thinking of adding oats, or that it just sounded out of place in a porter.

The thing to take away from this thread is there are no hard and fast rules. IME dark candi syrup always reminds me of the raisin like character you get in Dubbels. Same with special B. Using it doesn't make it wrong, and if you sub it out for malt it will ferment drier - and the roast character of a porter may actually mask that character somewhat so I may be completely wrong (but not ridiculous  ;) ). My personal preference for a Porter is stated above, all malt. Doesn't mean it can't be brewed another way but if my opinion is asked on a public forum I can only give it, not someone else's.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oatmeal Porter-Critique Please
« on: September 21, 2011, 09:09:38 AM »
^^^ That's where you should come in with your experiences. The thing that stuck in my craw was "ridiculous". I can totally see your point of view, I just don't agree that my opinion is "ridiculous".  ;)

Now, Special B in a porter ....  :P

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: September 21, 2011, 08:43:47 AM »
as a Giants fan...I ask myself every week I watch them, was the Superbowl worth basically signing up for 5 more years of Coughlin and Eli...it used to be a quick yes...these days...I just don't know. It's pretty painful.

Your problem is your GM. How about drafting better? Hard for Manning to get the ball down the field when he doesn't have a supporting cast.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oatmeal Porter-Critique Please
« on: September 21, 2011, 08:28:21 AM »
I think I outlined my position above well enough, that I don't think Belgian Candi syrup would go well in a Porter for the reasons I stated. Just like I would tell people that I don't think Special B goes well in a DoppelBock (yes, I've tried it). That doesn't mean I am saying you shouldn't experiment with those ingredients if you like. That certainly would be subject to ridicule.

But, giving one's opinion on what would taste right in any given beer should not be subject to ridicule. That is my opinion, based on my personal experiences. You and I may disagree, but that doesn't make either of our positions subject to ridicule.

So, had you simply said "I disagree" I would be totally understanding of your position. But saying someone's experience or opinion on something as subjective as a beer recipe is "ridiculous" is just going a bit overboard IMO.

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