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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how to long to age a Belgian Blonde Ale?
« on: September 12, 2013, 06:47:22 AM »
I wouldn't age a blonde.  Better when young.  Treat it the way you'd treat your American ales.

Beer Recipes / Re: Dill pickle beer
« on: September 11, 2013, 05:25:09 PM »
I've tried some rather good, albeit odd, beers made with cucumber. Adding some dill shouldn't be that tough.

I, too, had a cucumber beer last weekend.  Definitely weird.  Not looking for another.

Beer Recipes / Re: Strong dark Belgian ideas from mixed grains
« on: September 11, 2013, 05:17:49 PM »
I've never used more than .5 lbs of carapils in 5 gallons that I can recall.  I haven't used carapils in years, although I've been considering it as I'm not happy with my head retention these days.

That said, I think something like a BDS, quad or an imperial stout is what you want to go for to absorb those grains.  Something strong with a really high OG.

I agree, though, that using 1/4 would be a good place to start.  And hop the hell out of it.

The Pub / Re: Anybody into watching movies at home?
« on: September 11, 2013, 02:30:10 PM »
I'm impressed with Amazon's streaming, but I've not found that everything is free with Prime.  Old stuff, sure.  But I'll check on the Iron Man thing maybe this weekend.

I don't leave home much.  Three small kids.

I watch a couple episodes of Netflix TV shows and then I go to bed.

Bears games are broadcast, so all I'm missing is the Blackhawks.

Craigslist is always a good source for fridges.  Keep in mind, though, that depending on the age of the fridge the newer ones are far more energy efficient which can save money in the long run.

Lots of people use chest freezers, too.


I just had a sample of a Goose Island beer this past weekend called Cucumbersome.

I believe they said they dry cucumbered it, though it may also have gone into the kettle.

The beer tasted like cucumber.  I'm not sure if that's good, but it was pretty wild.

FWIW, I did not go back for a second sample.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Don't buy that stir plate
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:23:51 AM »
I didn't get past the part where you scoop out boiling wort with Tupperware...

Because you burned your hands?

Equipment and Software / Re: Double lever corker
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:09:04 AM »
Post back if it works.  I've given up bottling in Belgian bottles.  I was using plastic corks and some worked, some didn't.  Just not worth the effort in the end.

If I can make the corks work with a reasonably priced corker, I might get back at it.  I've got a couple cases of bottles out in the garage...

The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 10, 2013, 07:04:06 AM »
Oh, and I have a motorcycle that sits in the garage that I never ride. Used to be a daily commuter but now I have to haul kids and/or 50+ pounds of this or that around every day.

I tried to ride every day over the summer with pretty good success.  Now that schools back in session, the bike will sit in the garage until next year.  I don't think I can fit the girls into the saddle bags or double stack them on the back.

My garden gets little attention, but I make time for BBQ (easy, because I can do other things while the smoker does its thing).  I'm not sure it's a hobby, but I do a lot of repairs/remodeling/maintenance around the house.  I wrench on cars a fair bit, but again it's more maintenance at this point than hobby.  I suppose my other hobby could be described as fixing stuff whats broke.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Trouble with gas posts
« on: September 07, 2013, 07:56:31 PM »

Have you tried a twelve-point socket?  How about a wrench?

As you've found, parts are not necessarily interchangeable.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tips to keep refrigerator from running constantly
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:24:16 AM »
Careful with tipping it (and not just on account of the weight).  If you do, wait 30 minutes or so before you turn it back on.

There's some issue with oil in the compressor.  I can't recall if it gets in the coolant lines or something like that, but you definitely want to wait to turn it back on to let the fluid re-settle.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbing keg warm
« on: September 06, 2013, 09:51:50 AM »
Also, if you over-carb you can just bleed off some pressure and it will re-equalize.  Obviously, do that at serving temps so you can tell the actual carbonation level.

Events / Re: Chicago Fundraiser - Kegs for Kids 2013 - September 8
« on: September 06, 2013, 09:48:59 AM »
I'll drink one or two for you.  But I have to be restrained, as I'll be working the event.

Events / Re: Chicago Fundraiser - Kegs for Kids 2013 - September 8
« on: September 06, 2013, 09:44:28 AM »
The beer list has been posted.  $40 tickets gets you in and all you can drink until the kegs run dry.  Plus food.

Here's THE BEER LIST!!! THANK YOU to these amazing brewers who are donating these great beers!! And to Michael and Louise's Hopleaf Bar!!! And now if you have been waiting, it is time! Get your tickets and tell your friends because if you wait you have to pay $10.00 extra to check some of these babies out:
Sierra Nevada
        Belgian IPA
        Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale
Lakefront IPA
New Belgium Paardebloem
Boulevard Zon
Firestone Walker Solace
Dogfish Head
        Festina Peche
        Raison D'Etre
Revolution Fistcal Cliff
Bokor Cuvée des Jacobins
Seef Bier
Urthel Saisonniere
Tripel Karmeliet
Morte Subite
Avery New World Porter
Two Brothers
Solemn Oath Hexafoos
Meantime Scotch Ale
        Cali Belgique
        Mixed Tape Vol 5
Lagunitas Lucky 13
The Bruery Mischief
Victory Alt
Virtue Ledbury Cider
Original Sin Cider
Wandering Aengus Oaked Dry Cider
B Nektar Zombie Killer
North Coast Brother Thelonious
Left Hand Sawtooth NITRO
Green Flash Saison Diego
Chimay Cent Cinq
Sixpoint Mad Scientist #14
        Fiat Lux
Unibroue Maudite
Ommegang Scythe & Sickle
        Black Butte 25th Anniversary
Bière de Boloeil
Leffe   Blonde
Delirium Tremens
Atomium  Grand Cru
Anchor Bigleaf Maple Autumn Red
        Black IPA
        Double Trouble
        Oatmeal Stout NITRO
Great Lakes Oktoberfest
Three Floyds
        Zombie Dust
        Razor Hoof
Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
Van Honsebrouck
        Gueze Fond Tradition
Metropolitan Krankshaft Kolsch
Half Acre
        Beer Hates Astronauts
        Akari Shogun
5 Rabbit
        5 Grass
Off Color 15FT
Perennial Peach Berliner Weiss
Haymarket Bad MF'er Black IPA
Wittekerke  Wit
Sixpoint Resin
La Trappe Quadruple
St. Feullien Special
Kulmbacher Mönschoff Schwarzbier

+ surprises from Goose Island on the patio!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tips to keep refrigerator from running constantly
« on: September 05, 2013, 04:07:12 PM »
I had to use my air compressor to blow the dust off the coils on my fridge.

I also rigged up a airlock and a hose on the end of the shop vac to get way under and into the coils.

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