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Beer Recipes / Re: Adjusting bitterness post-fermentation
« on: March 04, 2014, 12:25:57 PM »
I bought some isomerized hop extract at least six years ago to correct just this problem. Almost simultaneously started better hop storage and using first ProMash then BeerSmith to adjust AA due to age and storage conditions. Never had to use the Hop stuff since. I still have it and I wonder what the "half life" of that stuff is. A LITTLE bit goes a long way.

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Pimp My System / Re: Peltier Cooled Conical
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:15:35 PM »
Where did you get the aluminum block?

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Pale stouts! Next thing they will think of is black IPAs!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:36:20 AM »
Have you tried different browsers?  I know I have an issue with some browsers printing my labels tiny - while other is just fine.
That did the trick. I used IE versus Firefox and the eye test went away.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Another band-aid off flavor post
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:41:11 PM »
Well, it sounds like your process is good, but there is a remote chance an infection could cause some issues. What about the gas lines? No one ever cleans those and if you had a back up sometime in the past, it could just now be manifesting itself.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:49:04 PM »
I guess I need to rephrase. The only printout I can coax my printer to do has a barcode from a mediocre inkjet printer that is 7/16 of an inch in length. I really don't think there is a reader capable of capturing the fuzzy data, let alone me trying to write a recipe (if the time comes) in a 1/16' high space. I read the FAQ before posting, so I'm interested in a work around to make the images larger in print. I tried scaling my printer without any results.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 24, 2014, 02:59:30 PM »
Anyone try to print their labels/recipe forms yet? No matter what I try, the bottle label is only 2" by 1.5" and spacing between lines on the recipe form is just over 1/16".

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Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 11, 2014, 06:37:38 AM »
The spring festival is kind of scaled down, but again the Cannstatter Wasen is a great place to go. Located near Stuttgart in Bad Cannstatt, it is less touristy than the Munich fests and is the largest of the spring fests.

Where I lived in the Rheingau Wine region, the normally closed to the public wineries would open their doors to the public and serve special wine dinners. The goal was to travel to all the ones listed in a passport, get a stamp from each, and submit them for a raffle to win prizes.

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Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:30:18 AM »
Oktoberfest is fun, but I've had more fun at the local beer halls. The locals stay away from the Theresienweise with good reason. Lots of Italian young men running around trying to pinch women's butts, drunk English soccer hooligans trying to dance on the tables and Japanese tourist taking pictures of it all. Due to the crowds, you must have a seat to get a beer. It's best to tag team a table for your group so you can get food and drink and still get up to see the sights and most importantly, use the bathroom.

If you have the time, visit the Cannstatter Volksfest just outside of Stuttgart. They consider themselves to be the worlds second largest beer fest and it has a much more local flair.

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Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:29:48 AM »
I used Larry Hawthorne's "The Beer Drinkers Guide to Munich" when I was stationed in Germany. Great resource for beer tourists in and around the city with good directions for mass transit and walking. I still have my first edition copy.

Try the Forschungsbrauerei (Experimental Brewery) in Perlach. Let me know if it is as good as I remember. It is a short walk from the S1 station.

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Equipment and Software / Re: auto siphon
« on: January 21, 2014, 06:45:05 PM »
I leave the hose filled with Starsan just like you had sucked fluid into it. Keep one end down plugged with a finger and snake the other end into your beer. The siphon starts easy, but you need an extra vessel to drain out the sanitizer until you get beer. Years ago when I transferred and bottled, I would do it over an open dishwasher. I never cared if I made a mess, I just closed the door and walked away.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer minus hops
« on: January 20, 2014, 07:00:00 AM »
It will taste like a starter, only carbonated. Nasty...

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Classic American Pilsner
« on: January 15, 2014, 07:27:46 PM »
I like my Pre Prohibition CAP with 40/40/20 pils/six row/flaked corn. I usually FWH Sterling and a late addition with Saaz and or Sterling. Not too much hop aroma, just a tickle. This is my go to summer beer when the IPA is just too much.

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All Things Food / Re: Carnitas
« on: January 03, 2014, 08:26:28 AM »
Man, this is giving me an itch to cook. I'm going to need to figure out a "light" version, though since I'm trying desperately to lose the extra weight I've put on this year (and then some). I'll probably start with a pork tenderloin braised in Mojo with a little olive oil. Then I'll cut it into some large chunks, pan sear, maybe throw it back into the oven in the skillet for a bit, then shred it up. The key is going to be figuring out how to keep it moist without adding too much fat back in. Hopefully the acid in the Mojo will help a bit.

The Mojo is a great source for that light citrus orange flavor. After braising the cubed meat, (don't trim the fat) shred it to your desired size. Reduce the braising liquid until thick, toss with the pork and then crisp it under the broiler on a wire rack cooling tray over a rimmed baking sheet. Much of the grease drips away this way, but enough is present to aide in crisping.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:55:41 PM »
Thanks for the recommendation on Eagle Rare. I was never a Bourbon fan until now. Anything else similar and maybe cheaper?

Doing a Hot Scotchy tomorrow morning with some first runnings of a Wee Heavy and Dewar's.

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