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Wood/Casks / Re: reccomendation for barrel
« on: December 27, 2012, 03:13:54 PM »
I'd go with the 1 time used bourbon barrel.

The SBL has used an apple brandy barrel for a Belgian Triple.  That was a 2-3 time use before we got it.

The Pub / Re: Your favorite Christmas beers?
« on: December 26, 2012, 01:12:53 PM »
why would you want to cellar a fresh hopped IPA? that makes no sense to me. Celebration is one of my favorite beers- to be drunk each season during that season. would you drink a 10+ year old version of your own fresh hopped IPA?

Celebration just recently is fresh hopped.  Older versions were not.

The Pub / Re: Your favorite Christmas beers?
« on: December 26, 2012, 12:20:22 PM »
The only two commercially  made Christmas beers I truly enjoy and will go out of my way to stock up on are Celebration and Samichlaus.  There are  a  few others I find "pretty good", but these two I've mentioned are the only ones I find to be as satisfying as a good homebrewed one.

Regarding Samichlaus, one year I found  a bottle I had unintentionally tucked was in a corner of a basement cupboard for more than 7 years (and possibly as much as 10).   It was in remarkable shape and smooth as  silk.  I don't think I would intentionally buy Samiclaus to cellar it  since I enjoy it quite a bit in its original bottling year, but it was interesting to discover how well a filtered strong beer can hold up after so many years.

I've got Celebration from the late '90s and Sammy from 2000 +.

It's a lot of fun doing a vertical tasting seeing how the recipe has changed, and when the accountants got ahold of it.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Thoughts on handling longterm guests
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:14:29 AM »
My old club allowed newbies a pass on the first meeting.  Allowed to tasted after the paid members were served.  After the first meeting only allowed to participate if dues were paid.  Stopped the moochers.

The Pub / Re: Sandy vs. East Coasters
« on: November 18, 2012, 11:31:02 AM »
Really?  I heard The Shack was gone.  This is supposed to be before/after pics.

Damn!  That thing just won't die!

All Things Food / Re: Thanksgiving!
« on: November 17, 2012, 08:03:22 AM »
realbeergal wants a TurDuckEn this year.  We'll get some fresh May River Oysters, antipasta, green bean casarole (I'll look up the GF recipe), sweet potatoes (with marshmellows of course) and sweet potatoe biscuits from a recipe I found in Philly.

The Pub / Re: Sandy vs. East Coasters
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:44:06 AM »
We come from the Central Jersey area like the Professor, and spent LOTS of time on Long beach Island.  Our old house in Lower Sayreville was under 10 ft water (glad I'm in SC). Family in Woodbridge OK, wind little rain, power out 3-5 days.

 Tom, from what I hear the old shack to the right of the LBI causeway is still there!

Going Pro / Re: What have I done?
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:37:58 AM »
Best of luck.  May your fermenters be full, empty,full,empty....well you get the idea. ;D

Only 2 more weeks til my garage/brewery has my furniture out of it and I can brew again!  Assuming I remember how!

I hear there's a guy on the internet who has a site for cheap & easy brewing ;D

There's some Centennials in the freezer just screaming to get out into some hot water.  I think I'll oblige Sunday.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:54:14 PM »
Blue Bayou

sing it all the time to my golf buddies

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Which regulator?
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:17:53 AM »
If you standardize on one manufacturer, it's easier keeping any repair parts on hand like rebuild kits.

Other Fermentables / Re: Cranberry cider help
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:03:25 AM »
Sorry, standard supermarket bag is 12 oz, so 60 - 72 or so ounces.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: cider scare?
« on: November 08, 2012, 07:04:27 PM »
The warm temp may have something to do with it.  IME, cotes does not create a pellicle.  Check the gravity, see if it's finished, transfer to cold under the pellicle, serve.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Repitching yeast?
« on: November 08, 2012, 06:59:29 PM »
Decant & pitch it all.

Other Fermentables / Re: Cranberry cider help
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:04:23 AM »
Rinse, freeze, chop in food processor when ready.  the freezing will break the cell walls and make the chopping easier.  No need to cook.  I estimate you will need 5-6 bags of whole berries.

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