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The Pub / Beer: UK vs Belgium on TV
« on: December 27, 2012, 05:01:12 PM »
I don't know how many of you can get the UK's Channel 4, but this might be worth watching if you do:

As I understand it, they got 3 judges for the "competition:" one Belgian, one Brit and an impartial American. I heard the American judge is a drunken idiot.

All Things Food / The Perfect Winter Meal
« on: November 20, 2012, 09:14:15 AM »
Lately, I try to think of how I can incorporate beer into pretty much everything I cook. With the cold weather and holidays approaching, I'm starting to think about winter meals. I'm curious - what would be your perfect winter beer-based meal?

Yeast and Fermentation / One Week Fermentation = Mistake?
« on: October 29, 2012, 12:55:23 PM »
I brewed a batch of 1.050 OG beer a week ago, pitched with S-04 then proceeded to break my hydrometer during clean-up. I don’t know what came over me, but I decided to bottle after a week. There was no airlock activity for at least a couple days, but of course I couldn’t take any gravity readings. Did I make a mistake? I’ve never used 04 before, but I thought I read somewhere that fermentation goes quick, like only a few days.

The Pub / Math we all can appreciate
« on: October 19, 2012, 12:16:19 PM »

All Things Food / Kickass pancakes
« on: August 12, 2012, 07:58:03 AM »
I've been working on a pancake recipe for a while now, usually practicing every Sunday. This morning's were freakin' awesome. Here's my recipe (an attempt at writing it down, anyway).

2/3 cup white flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup organic Scottish porridge oats (Quaker quick oats will probably work fine)
2 tsp baking powder
½ (maybe a little more) tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp dark brown sugar
1-2 eggs (1 large or 2 small), lightly beaten
1/3 cup (or so) plain yogurt
2/3 bottle (or so) strong Belgian beer
s***load of chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients separately. Add wet bits and mix. Consistency should thick but still be able to pour, kinda like muffins. Cook on medium-high heat, turning when the top forms bubbles. Serves 4-6.

Beer Travel / Win a trip to Belgium
« on: June 09, 2012, 01:08:20 PM »
In case you haven't seen it:

Drop me a line if you win.

General Homebrew Discussion / The Secondary Topic Revisited
« on: April 14, 2012, 06:09:46 PM »
You all have managed to convince me that doing a secondary fermentation isn't necessary for most beers. I'm curious - is the opinion the same for lagers?

General Homebrew Discussion / High AA hops freakin' me out
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:33:29 PM »
I normally brew with a variety of hops, but usually include some lower alpha acid in the mix. Tomorrow I'm planning to brew with only high AA hops (Nelson sauvin and pacific jade). I'm trying to keep the IBU's in the pilsner range while still getting good flavor and aroma characteristics from the hops, but the amount of hops I need to use to keep the IBU's down seems mighty low. So, I'm wondering, does high AA hops give me more bang for my buck all around, or will I just get a bitter beer without the aroma and flavor I'm looking for?

All Grain Brewing / Multiple Mash Temps at Once
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:23:25 PM »
Has anybody ever tried doing two mashes at different temps for a single beer? Maybe you want more alphas from one grain and more betas from another. I think it could be fun to play around and get possibly interesting results without adding time to the brew day or being annoyed with missing temps on a multi-step mash.

Equipment and Software / Natural Gas Burners and BTU's
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:24:44 AM »
I've always brewed with electric or stovetop gear, but I'll have a dedicated brewing space with a natural gas line in the house I'm building. What should I be looking at as far as BTU's to get a 5 gal+ batch to a good boil?

The Pub / New Beer Museum Coming
« on: February 07, 2012, 01:02:28 PM »
Yep, we take beer seriously over here. So much so we feel it deserves its own temple:

The Pub / Coming to a cable channel near you
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:57:45 AM »
The Beer Hunter thread reminded me of this. Have you seen it yet?

It looks like it'll be an interesting series.

The Pub / Beer Amongst the Belgians
« on: December 01, 2011, 07:21:49 PM »
Anybody seen the promo video for this yet? It looks interesting. I was reminded about it by this blog post:

You can go straight to the video here:

General Homebrew Discussion / Needs to Breathe?
« on: July 31, 2011, 06:51:49 PM »
I cracked my latest homebrew today after being in the bottle for 2 weeks. The aroma was fantastic (cascade dry-hopped), but the flavor was disappointing. I expected a light-bodied beer, but if finished short and watery. After a few minutes, the aroma mellowed and the beer tasted fantastic, with the flavors I originally expected from start to a rather long finish. I know beers change a bit after being opened with exposure to oxygen and temperature changes and all, but this was significant change. I've noticed this before with other homebrews and not just my own. I've also noticed that the need to breathe diminishes as the beer ages in the bottle. Anybody know what's going on?

General Homebrew Discussion / Gas
« on: July 08, 2011, 07:28:24 AM »
My current brew system is all electric and I've never used gas for a full-batch boil. I'm now in the process of building a house with a dedicated brew space and I'm wondering if it's worth it to bring natural gas to the room. Does anybody use residential gas for their burners? Would it be any different (BTU-wise) than a propane burner?

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