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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 18, 2018, 04:14:43 PM »
You bet.  I actually have their current reserve at home right now.  I believe I had a bottle last weekend (it was a long weekend).  It was good, but again not anything that made me gasp.  The current reserve has mint and maybe chocolate.  My wife hates mint, so it's all mine.  You could taste it, but it was not overpowering.

One really good Imp. Stout I had recently was Big Bad Baptist.  It was one of those where you go "Damn.  That's good stuff."  I don't recall the brewery.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 18, 2018, 03:45:45 PM »
You guys got me thinking. Time for OR again.  I go into one of my better local markets and there's new girl working beer.  She agrees OR is mighty tasty but says they don't have anything NC at the moment, and recommends HER favorite,  New Holland Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, 11% abv.   Anybody had this? Did I blow $17 for a 4 pack? I'd never question the recommendation of the regular beer & wine manager, I've known her 20+ years. Not sure when I'll try this (but my birthday is this weekend.)

Dragons Milk is tasty. I remember the first time I had it and have continued to drink it on occasion. There are better barrel aged stouts out there but New Holland brews some good beer.
Thanks for reassurance. We have two local breweries somewhat known for barrel aged stouts (Thirsty Dog and Hoppin' Frog), so I figured a Michigan brew must be good if a local girl prefers it! Or maybe she's new in town.

Dragon's Milk is a favorite in our house.  IMO, you cannot go wrong with Dragon's Milk.  However, I have not been particularly impressed with their Reserve series.  Not any better and more expensive.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Saniclean
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:45:03 AM »
Is no one else concerned that the OP is familiar with the consistency of whale semen? 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:50:14 PM »
Planning to brew my Imp stout on Monday.  Now I need to see if I have 1450 in the fridge...

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: When to dry hop
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:31:59 AM »
Denny is correct.  There are different ways to do it.  You'll need to try it a couple times to figure out what works for you.

If you keg, dry hopping in the keg is easy.  If you don't you'll obviously need to do it in the fermenter.

Either way, you'll need to make the choice about during fermentation or after.  I don't do it frequently, but I've always done it after fermentation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 06, 2018, 06:27:33 PM »
Cool.  You've inspired me to have an OR for lunch.  And I almost wore my OR shirt today, too.  Yes, I have one!

My broader point regarding the published recipe, if I had a broader point, was that it is so far off I am not surprised that the yeast would be wrong.

To be honest, having just had two sips, behind the roast and the hops I would be hard pressed to pick out the particulars of the yeast...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 06, 2018, 02:54:31 AM »
That's good enough for me, pending info to the contrary from the brewery.

Thanks Denny


My two cent have nothing to do with the yeast. But I brewed a batch a couple years back following all the published recipes (I think they were all the same from BYO, zymurgy, etc) and it was NOT a clone. It was like a brown ale. Double check the numbers on your recipe. I did not until after and was disappointed.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 26, 2017, 04:44:40 AM »
Not digging it neat. A bit hot. A bit rough. I'm heading back for bitters and vermouth.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 24, 2017, 08:50:05 PM »
Picked up some George dickel rye yesterday. Haven't sampled it neat but it was delicious in a Manhattan. With a stogie. By the fire pit. Watching Green Bay lose.

All things were good last night

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Building dregs up
« on: December 21, 2017, 03:33:09 AM »
Good advice above. Typically you want to start dregs with very little weak wort. I start in the bottle and then step to a flask after a day or so. If you don't get anything going start again with the other bottles.

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All Things Food / Re: Christmas Eve Rib Roast: BGE, Oven or Rotisserie
« on: December 20, 2017, 04:23:59 PM »
I'm doing mine for NYE.  Goose and ham on Christmas Day and the MIL cooks on Christmas Eve so it will be something Italian.

Rib roasts are on sale around here and I'm resisting buying several as I have no room to freeze them.

All Things Food / Re: Christmas Eve Rib Roast: BGE, Oven or Rotisserie
« on: December 19, 2017, 07:43:25 PM »
My MIL has an aversion to the smoker, so that is not an option for me for meals where she will be joining us.

But please report back if you do it in the BGE.  I'd like to know how it turns out.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 18, 2017, 01:53:06 AM »
Huh.  I love Sazerac and prefer it on ice rather than mixed.  I'll look for the heat with this bottle.

Since you mentioned Crown Royal, I've been thinking about checking out some Canadian whiskeys with the assumption that their prices haven't gone crazy.  Anyone got Canadian whiskey recommendations?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CO2 "Washing" Secondary Fermenter
« on: December 18, 2017, 01:47:08 AM »
I might try that next time I brew.

Hoping to get a couple batches in after Christmas.  It's been almost 6 months since I last brewed...

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:49:46 PM »
I was in a small boutique-type store on Friday and they had not only a bottle of Sazerac rye but also some Weller Antique.  I know I over-paid by $5 - $8 per bottle (based on the other bottle prices they had) but I haven't found either of these anywhere in something near a year.  Poured a small glass of the Weller last night and was underwhelmed at this price point (one bottle was $32 and one $38, not sure which).  I remember buying the Antique for around $20 or maybe slightly under.  A great deal at that price point, but around here you can't find anything Weller for anything reasonable.  Even VOB is allocated these days.

Also had a couple glasses of Town Branch at a party on Friday.  I would not buy this whiskey and would probably turn it down if offered.  I did not enjoy it.  Something weird in the finish.  IMO, at lot of the smaller craft distilleries are turning out stuff with a similar weird finish.  Maybe the whiskey is too young?  I don't know.

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