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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Native American alcoholic beverages
« on: February 10, 2012, 05:02:28 PM »
Tom makes a good point that it's intellectually dangerous to treat "Native American" culture as if it is/was a monolithic culture and ethnicity. It's like saying "Asian" culture. There are huge differences between Persians and Koreans, and Russians and Indians. It's incredibly difficult to try to draw meaningful conclusions or opinions based on race/ethnicity without just falling into racism.

The Hohokam (who lived in what's now Phoenix) brewed a corn alcohol as well. That's probably where the Apaches got the technique from.

Comparing pre-Columbian alcohol consumption to post-colonial alcohol consumption is like comparing a BB gun to a Howitzer. Yes they're both guns, but no one would confuse the two.

Tax on alcohol sales on pulque to natives in New Spain (Mexico) generated as much revenue for the crown as the silver mines did, and there were a ton of silver mines. What was once a sacred drink became secular post-invasion and the consumption exploded.
so very true

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew-a-thon
« on: February 09, 2012, 06:02:49 PM »
40 gallons in 30 hours = 1 1/3 gallons per hour.  Nice  ;)

Kegging an Imperial Stout and I was planning on making a Munich Dunkel, but I didn't make a starter.  Now I am undecided and I really want to use my new Thermapen :-\

Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic bucket vs. glass carboy
« on: February 08, 2012, 02:50:52 PM »
I've used both and I've never tasted any difference.  It is just personal preference.  Buckets - Pros> easy to clean, carry, and won't break as easy  Cons> can't see fermenation activity without taking lid off, can scratch easy.   Glass carboy - Pros> you can see fermentation activity, look cool, don't scratch easy  Cons> harder to clean, carry, and can break and slice flesh.

Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 03, 2012, 02:14:01 PM »
I just ordered one(thermapen) because my last decent working thermometer is acting up and now I have four thermometers that all give different readings. 

The Pub / Re: Brewery update
« on: February 02, 2012, 07:37:56 PM »
Very nice!  It's great to see that your venture is working out well.

Beer Recipes / Re: Barleywine
« on: January 26, 2012, 05:05:27 PM »
I would use more hops.  If you plan on aging this beer, then the hop character can fade over time.

All Things Food / Re: Beer Cheese Soup
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:47:28 PM »
Thanks for the recipe. I always wanted to try and make some Beer Cheese Soup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Trucking wort?
« on: January 19, 2012, 03:07:38 PM »
There's a Granite City near me and I'll say I wasn't impressed with their beer.  I shant go back there again.

I'm going to brew the IPA that I was supposed to brew last weekend with WY 1098.  Should I mash at a high temperature so it's not too dry?

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:03:11 PM »
I really liked the Brew and View place in Asheville with the huge ape on top of the building.  I'm not sure if it's still open.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tasting a 137 year old beer !
« on: January 16, 2012, 10:50:41 AM »
Very interesting and thanks for sharing!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting started.
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:36:08 PM »
Look at Denny's site.  You can get into all grain brewing without a huge investment in equipment.

Since I just realized that I have Monday off, I might make my IPA with WY 1098.

Equipment and Software / Re: What to do with this old keg?
« on: January 11, 2012, 02:09:29 PM »
i wouldn't recommend it for use as a kettle but an hlt would be perfect.  while your brother in law is welding a patch over the bung hole, he can weld in a full couple toward the bottom for a pick up and ball valve.
I was thinking along those same lines, and he can probably weld a couple of handles on as well. 

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