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Ingredients / Re: African Beer
« on: June 15, 2012, 09:13:23 AM »
At the Ethiopian restaurant by me, the serve the following (in addition to tej):

St. George (a lager that reminds me of Singha in that it is light and goes well with spicy food)
Bedele (similar to St. George)
Xingu (black beer, pretty much a schwarzbier)

I think Xingu is Brazilian, but the other two are brewed in Ethiopia.  Very similar to German lagers (Beck's is also a huge seller at the restaurant which has a large Ethiopian clientele).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: conditioning time in keg
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:55:41 AM »
I'd just like to have space for three cold kegs on tap.

The Pub / Re: Need an iTunes expert
« on: June 14, 2012, 07:11:31 AM »
I mourn for MusicMatch Jukebox.

100% ! I keep MusicMatch 8.2 on the computer for "fixin" things.   iTunes is just an Out basket.

Me, too.  But I think I might have 7.2.  I prefer MM for tagging files from old LPs after I record them with Audacity.

It took me awhile to figure out that I had to remove Windows Explorer 7 to get it MM to work again, but I got it figured out.

The only problem is it no longer looks up albums and fills in the titles.  I think they shut down the library or whatever it checked.

The Pub / Re: Need an iTunes expert
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:26:02 PM »
This is just one of the several reasons I do not like iTunes.

I use iTunes, but I do not like to use iTunes.

I mourn for MusicMatch Jukebox.

The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 13, 2012, 10:50:41 AM »
Seems bizarre to me that only six would fit.  Especially since both single DIN and double DIN units will fit.

If you had your heart set on doing it yourself, I'd say to call them and ask why a certain unit does not fit.  I checked the details on several and they all come up with the same chassis size for the unit, regardless of whether it "fits" or does not.

But, if you prefer to go with an installer I won't argue against you.  If you're not comfortable with tearing the dash apart, that's perfectly reasonable.

The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 13, 2012, 07:53:14 AM »
A bunch of people will tell you to go to them for research and then go find the product numbers somewhere else and get it cheaper.  For some folks, maybe ok, but for the do it yourselfer who is not 100% sure what to do, order from them and call the 1-800 number for customer support and they will help you overcome any installation issues you encounter in doing so.  As long as you stick to the "what fits my car" in their system, they will support you in installing it.

I second this.  Their support is great and their people seem to be well informed.

Also, their return policy is pretty good.

I've found their prices to be pretty competitive.

The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 12, 2012, 01:11:01 PM »
dbeechum These new stereos have removable face plates that make a good theft deterrent.

As far as wiring it in, says on this particular vehicle I would have to take some of the dash apart. I would prefer to leave that to the pros. I won't let stock clerks at Best Buy mess with it either. I am going to take my car to an Auto audio shop.

Be not afraid!!

I had my wife's entire dash in her back seat.  A couple times.

But for me, that's kind of fun.
right up there with Bose

In the pro audio world, we have a saying...

No highs, no lows
The sound blows
Must be Bose

I've heard that before.  Never bought any Bose.  But back in the day Blaupunkt was something.  Dunno if they still exist.

Part of the rationale of tickets and ticket sales is to control the drinking pace and volume.

I guess I've never quite viewed tickets that way. 

I've been to fests where you can only buy two beers at a time, but you can buy as many tickets as you like.

I've always assumed that tickets are preferred because you generally buy more tickets than you use and cash transactions are limited to a secured booth.  Less opportunity for shenanigans with the $$ that way.

Beer Recipes / Re: Old Ale
« on: June 12, 2012, 09:37:20 AM »
I feel like the late hops might be lost after extended ageing, has this been your experience? the plan is to age this one for a full year, with, possibly a little time in an oak barrel if that seems warrented.

I haven't been able to give it extended aging, as it was a big hit when I brewed it last summer.  I had people coming over with empty growlers looking for me to fill them.

I did age my first attempt at an old ale in bottles for a long time, but it wasn't this recipe and I didn't keep notes as it aged.  That was maybe seven or eight years ago.  I think the bottles lasted for four years before they were all depleted.

I brewed 10 gallons this last round so that I can keep some longer.  I'm also thinking that I'll bottle some from the keg when it goes into the fridge, again for aging purposes.

All that said, I do expect that the hops will fade.  It's very hoppy when it's fresh.

I'm not brewing all-grain, so I've re-worked the recipe a bit to use DME and sugar.  I think I used Maris Otter last time for the base grain, though.  I typically mash 5 lbs or so and build from there with DME/sugar to get the target OG.

As for Old Ale/Barley Wine, I tend to think they're close cousins.

I think it's cool to see Schlafly advocating for homebrewer's and acknowledging that it's an important part of the festival.

If you don't do tickets for the homebrew, then how do you keep the drinking situation there in check?

Not sure what you mean, Drew.  Are you saying that without tickets, it could be a super drunk-fest on free homebrew?  How would it be different with tickets?

I worked a four hour shift on Sunday at a beer tent for a local neighborhood festival.  At $5 and $6 a cup, I was literally pouring continually for at least three hours (mostly Bud Light, ewww).  I don't know it would be any different with higher or lower beer prices.  People want their beer at festivals.

Beer Recipes / Re: Old Ale
« on: June 12, 2012, 09:05:44 AM »
Here's the base recipe I have used for my Old Ale.  I love Bell's Old Ale, and this comes very close.  This is from an old Zymurgy.

Bell's Third Coast Old Ale

Target OG: 1.095
Target IBU: 80
Final volume: 5.5 gal
24.0 lb pale 2-row
1.0 lb Victory
0.5 lb crystal 40
0.5 lb crystal 80
2.0 oz Centennial (10%AA) @ 60 min
2.0 oz Centennial @ 20 min
0.5 oz Centennial @ flameout

Single step infusion mash in the 150-152 degree range.

I'm not a fan of Brett, so I've never used it.  I've had good luck getting great attenuation with Windsor, Nottingham and London ESB yeast.  So far, my favorite yeast for this is the London ESB.

I can't speak to what judges like, but definitely some oxygenation is OK.  I try to age mine for awhile before I keg it hoping to get some sherry-like flavors.  I have not used oak for an old ale, yet.

I'm not sure I'd use molasses.  If so, I wouldn't use much.  I find that the flavor REALLY comes through.  I would go with treacle or Lyle's Golden Syrup if you can get it. 

On another post, there is a recipe for Old Peculiar where they recommend using dark candi syrup.  I've thought about using the D-45, but have not yet.

The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 12, 2012, 08:30:00 AM »
I can't tell you much about current products out there, but you can do a lot of research on Crutchfield.

I've wired in plenty of stereos over the years, and it's not that difficult if you have a multi-meter and some sense of what you are doing.

The nice thing about car stereos these days is that you can get an aftermarket harness that should allow you to use the factory wiring harness from you factory stereo.  This limits the amount of cutting and splicing you need to do, which is nice.

Plus, since you can get a load of features on a single DIN deck, there appears to no longer be a need for wiring in a CD changer in the trunk.  So you don't have to tear up carpeting to run a cable back there.  Unless, of course, you want to fill the trunk with amplifiers and subwoofers.  In which case I cannot help you.

If you're changing your deck, you really should change the speakers.  Replacing door speakers can be a PITA if you have to pull the whole door panel.  If you decide to do this, and you want to go crazy, you can also get insulating material to put inside the door that helps with the acoustics.

You can also just have Best Buy or somewhere else install the stereo for you, but what's the fun in that?  FWIW, I initially paid to have them install the bluetooth in my wife's Jeep.  They could not make it work and the tech really did not seem too knowledgeable.  I got a full refund and did it myself.

The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:59:14 AM »
For what I want a 50 watt system would be fine. Does it even make a difference what I get for an entry level system like this?

I don't think so.  Even today's basic decks play MP3s and typically have an input for a usb or iPhone.

You can go crazy and spend huge dollars, but in the $150 price range I don't think there's much significant variation.

The nice thing is, an old Buick should be pretty easy to work on.

What I would look at with one of these decks (if you're looking to have Bluetooth) is how the well external mic works (I assume it has an external mic).  I put a Parrot bluetooth in my wife's Jeep and the mic placement was very important.

If the mic pick-up is bad, the bluetooth becomes useless.

Beer Recipes / Re: Theakston's Old Peculier
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:48:46 AM »
Thanks for the links.  A very interesting read.

It's been a long time since I've had Old Peculiar, so I have no recent taste to go by but the use of Belgian yeast just strikes me as odd.

I think there are plenty of English ale strains that give a fruity character.

Between the dark candi sugar and the Belgian yeast, it just seems Belgian to me.

I would lean more towards treacle and an English yeast, but I have not brewed this recipe and it may be just fine as is.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dregs harvesting
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:33:52 AM »
For a seasonal release such as this, what would have a better shelf-life for brewing off season (like 6+ months down the line) - brewing a low-gravity Belgian Pale and saving some bombers to culture up the dregs, or just stash away an extra vial and plan on stepping it up a few times?

Of those two options, I'd probably go with an extra smack pack to step up later.

What I've found in re-culturing dregs is that the yeast isn't as flocculant as the original pitch.  Not that big of a deal, as you can always use finings, but definitely a different performance.  YMMV.

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