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All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: January 20, 2012, 12:39:05 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, 12:57:45 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, 12:45:11 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, 01:00:02 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, 12:41:00 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, 02:17:02 AM »
Great write-up! Thanks! I'll make it to Vienna someday.

The Pub / Re: Another book thread
« on: December 12, 2011, 09:27:07 AM »
I recently read "Truth to be Told" by Hatty Swiggs. It's a self-published book by a first-time author that turned out to be remarkably good. If you're at all into music and especially if you're an Elvis fan, I'd highly recommend it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hop my Belgian American hybrid?
« on: December 05, 2011, 08:17:33 AM »
Spaltz early and late with some chinook in the middle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping
« on: December 05, 2011, 01:52:31 AM »
I'm a tosser.

Pimp My System / Re: My Home-Brewhouse Build
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:55:12 AM »
Nice! I'm very interested to see how this turns out. I'm building a house and have included a dedicated room in the basement for brewing. Besides a sink and a floor drain, I don't really know what the hell I'm going to do.

The Pub / Re: iro·ny
« on: December 02, 2011, 07:57:18 AM »
WTF? Just because it's "California's leading cause of smug" doesn't mean it's not a nice car. My brother-in-law has one. It's comfortable, reliable and gets great mileage. Get over yourselves. It's not like it's a Yugo.

Anyway... Pretty amusing mod.

The Pub / Beer Amongst the Belgians
« on: December 01, 2011, 12:21:49 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:

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Digging This Pumpkin Ale.
« on: December 01, 2011, 03:36:47 AM »
When used to chase cheap Irish whiskey, pumpkin beer becomes amazing.

Oh, and the recipe for my father in law is - open the can and dump it into a dish, leaving it in can shape. ;)

It's the ridges that make the presentation perfect :D

It's a thing of beauty!
I grew up thinking cranberries were can shaped, that's the only form I saw them in until I moved out of my parent's house.

Yep, me too. Although my mom would usually slice up a portion of the cylinder for a little extra flair.

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