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The Pub / Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
« on: September 09, 2011, 05:34:40 AM »
Holy s***! That's awesome, Phil! Nice graphics, too.

The Pub / Re: Anyone keep pot plants?
« on: September 05, 2011, 05:20:42 AM »
Building a house? 

Yep, and I'm way ahead of ya. Huge windows covering the southwest corner; underfloor radiant heating throughout, geothermal/heat pump powered; gas fireplace in the living room for mid-season. No air conditioning, but that might change for the bedroom, since that faces south and also has huge windows and is on the 2nd (3rd for Americans) floor. We'll have bamboo floors in the dry areas, but that can be high in formaldehyde - we'll be getting the more expensive, low-formaldehyde stuff. The house is being made out of 36-cm Ytong block, which is extremely highly insulating. The windows will be low-energy rated double-pane. Triple-pane is a waste of money these days. The roof will be an extensive green roof and we'll have a 5000 liter water collector, which will be used for the garden, toilets and laundry.

The Pub / Re: Anyone keep pot plants?
« on: September 05, 2011, 01:43:28 AM »
I've had bad luck where I'm living now. The lighting is miserable. I'll try again when I move into the house I'm building next year. I especially like the idea of chemical-absorbing plants in a new house.

FYI - Where are you from, bluefoxicy? In the USA, houseplants are usually called houseplants or potTED plats. If you're growing pot plants, you usually don't want to advertise it on a public forum.  ;)

The Pub / Re: Beer Quotes
« on: August 14, 2011, 05:28:10 AM »
Saw a pretty awesome quote at a craft beer bar here in Denver today. "Give a man a beer and he will waste an hour. Teach a man to homebrew and he will waste a lifetime." Maybe some of you have seen this one before but I thought it was both hilarious and probably very true. It sure has consumed quite a bit of my free time since I've started brewing in this past year. Not one minute however would I consider a waste!  ;D

Good quote. I have it on the back of a t-shirt from Arbor Brewing out of Ann Arbor, MI.

All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: August 08, 2011, 03:45:08 AM »
Cool, I'm gonna have to try the coffee soap recipe.

Did you still use the soy oil like in the recipe? I think my problem is that I used only unsaturated fats. It seems to be hardening up alright, but it might not last long.

When I was finished, to balance the minor disappointment, I cracked into my latest homebrew, which was a huge success.

All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: August 07, 2011, 12:24:44 PM »
Been doing a bit more reading - it seems the canola oil is the reason it took so long to trace. It also sounds like it's not going to be very good soap. Probably too soft.

All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: August 07, 2011, 09:56:24 AM »
What do you mean by "overdid" the mixing?

I think I was expecting it to get thicker than it did. In the end it got pretty thick, but my mixer was fried by then. I won't be saving money if I go through a mixer every batch. ;-)

Do you do anything special to clean up after a batch?

All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: August 07, 2011, 09:52:41 AM »
Sounds interestng.  Where did the recipe come from?

I came up with the recipe similar to how I come up with beer recipes. It's based partially on what sounds good to me and what ingredients I have on hand.

All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: August 07, 2011, 08:34:07 AM »
Alright, I just finished mixing up my first batch of soap. Canola, olive and hemp oils, 50/50 water and soymilk and a few drops of bergamot essential oil. I think it went ok. It seemed to take forever to thicken, but maybe I overdid it. For one thing, it looks like I fried my mixer. We'll see what happens. I hope it works out and I'll want to try again. I have 4 freakin' kilos of lye.


I've been wanting to check out that brewery, but I have yet to make it there. Unfortunately, it sounds like that's the only way I'm going to be able to try the IPA. Typical. The interesting Belgian beers are easier to find in the US than in Belgium.

Quick rant - I went and read the bit about the beer on the Belgian beer board. I get annoyed when I go there. They're pretty insulting to American beers and, like many Belgians, go on about their idea of balance. That pisses me off. What they consider to be balanced I usually consider to be too sweet. Flavor balance is too often subjective.

Thanks. I needed that.

I haven't tried it either, but I'm guessing it's similar to Malheur Biere Brut. They do like Phil said and have champagne turning equipment like that used for champagne. The brewer experimented with when, how and how often to turn it to get it just how he wanted. Damn good beer - amazing with lobster ravioli. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Needs to Breathe?
« on: August 01, 2011, 11:31:58 AM »
You are pouring into a glass, right?

Jeez, what do you think I am?  ;)
What's the serving temperature?
A very cold beer doesn't act the same as a 'cool' beer, from the same batch.

Hm, I'm not exactly sure, but it's not overly cold. Our fridge would definitely not be considered very cold.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Needs to Breathe?
« on: August 01, 2011, 11:24:35 AM »
cold temps and CO2 scrubbing (carbonic acid bite) can really hide or mask flavors.

Let the beer warm and de-gas a little--it should let the flavors shine better.

Thank you! That's more like the answer I was looking for. Still I wonder, why does it seem to affect homebrews more? Is that just my imagination? I supposed I can test this. Also, what happens to this carbonic acid over time while still in the bottle, since the flavors seem to come together with a bit more aging? Again, is it my imagination?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Needs to Breathe?
« on: August 01, 2011, 06:34:08 AM »
It's not really insufficient carbonation if the flavors come together after being exposed to air for a few minutes, is it? I don't consider it a problem. I'm just wondering if somebody can explain what's going on technically and why it seems to be only homebrews. Thinking back, it might even be more prevalent with high pilsner malt beers, but that could also be my imagination.

General Homebrew Discussion / Needs to Breathe?
« on: July 31, 2011, 11:51:49 AM »
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?

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