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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yes, we have no bananas......
« on: January 30, 2012, 07:24:06 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermenter beer loss
« on: January 29, 2012, 08:50:52 AM »
I fill the kettle up to about there, hope I have enough to fill the fermenter just above that line and try to leave most of the crud behind when bottling. I usually bottle within a liter or so of my 20 liter target. If I miss by more, oh well...

The Pub / Re: "Typical French a**hole"
« on: January 27, 2012, 01:02:43 PM »
Being a rude tourist is one thing, but a life without exploiting stereotypes would just be boring.

You just say that because you eat frites all the time.

Isn't it hard to type with a cigarette in one hand?

The Pub / Re: "Typical French a**hole"
« on: January 27, 2012, 12:01:30 PM »
Being a rude tourist is one thing, but a life without exploiting stereotypes would just be boring.

Beer Travel / Re: Going to Belgium, France, and Turkey
« on: January 27, 2012, 11:42:39 AM »
What's the Brussels plan? I can certainly point you in the right direction, potentially in person.

The Pub / Re: A low blow
« on: January 26, 2012, 08:54:35 AM »
It also sounds like I didn't listen well enough to what he was saying, which happens sometimes.

I can relate...

The Pub / Re: A low blow
« on: January 26, 2012, 08:44:59 AM »
Um, how can I put this delicately... Maybe your beer sucks? I'm kidding, of course, since I thought even a warm, flat version of your CAP tasted pretty good. But seriously, we all have our own tastes and tend to brew according to them. Perhaps he prefers the brews of the other guy. Maybe it was his way of trying NOT to hurt your feelings.

All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: January 24, 2012, 06:49:53 PM »
Even a cheap burr grinder will be better than a whirling blade. A decent grinder is the best coffee-related investment you'll make.

All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:39:05 AM »
Awesome! I've been using the popper method for quite a few years now. The old poppery II that I had in the States was perfect. The one I got here in Belgium is a bit too hot, so I've worked out a more manual process. I turn the machine on and off while trying to roast the beans more slowly and sometimes dump the beans to let them cool slightly. I try to hold of first crack to around 4 minutes and finish up around 7, depending on how dark I want to go. I should note that I do like a pretty dark roast.

I remember tasting the first espresso I made after my first home roast. It was an "Oh my god!" moment.

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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 batches ruined
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:45:11 AM »
Maybe you're cleaning too well. Beware of the usual household cleaning products. A friend had a batch go band-aid after cleaning some bits with 409.

Probably Mickey's for me. Under "plans for the future" (or some such thing) in my high school yearbook, it says "music and Mickey's" next to my name. I gave up on both. Second is more difficult. After my first trip to Belgium (I was 18, so it wasn't long after the yearbook quote), I would seek out Grimbergen Dubbel or Gordon's Highland Scotch Ale, so I guess it would have to be one of those. Interestingly, I still enjoy an occasional Gordon's, but I haven't been able to take a Grimbergen in years.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy online?!?!
« on: December 22, 2011, 08:00:02 AM »
Dig it! Thank you! It's pretty cool to finally be getting Zymurgy when it's released. It usually takes a significant amount of time to make its way across the ocean to me.

I agree with some of the complaints about flash and stuff, but it's waaayy better than nothing at all. I can understand the fear of having something too easily duplicated and distributed like a pdf. There are solutions out there. Give it time guys, give it time.

Beer Travel / Re: My kingdom for a Wisconsin IPA
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:41:00 AM »
Hm, you just might have to go for imports, like Bell's Two-Hearted if you can find it. You should be able to get some MN beers fairly easily. Surly lives up to the hype and Summit makes an ok IPA.

Beer Travel / Re: Brewery/food reviews Vienna Nov 19-25 2011
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:17:02 AM »
Great write-up! Thanks! I'll make it to Vienna someday.

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