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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best way to prime your bottles
« on: December 01, 2010, 02:03:49 AM »
Yep, what the others said. I always boil for at least 5 minutes (I use the microwave to avoid carmelization) and add the sugar to the bottling bucket first. I rarely have a problem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OK, the noob did a stupid.....
« on: November 29, 2010, 03:39:02 AM »
I never use a bag for pellets, but I'm also one of those weirdos who usually does a secondary. I get pretty much no gunk at the end.

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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 25, 2010, 05:16:25 AM »
If you're missing American IPA's, the Hoppy Loft is pretty much the only place in Belgium to get 'em. They carry a few other interesting beers as well, like some of the Mikkeller line from Denmark.

Just FYI - Brouwland isn't open on Sundays.

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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 25, 2010, 03:19:24 AM »
Smoking is only allowed in bars that don't serve food. Some bars will try to push the envelope a bit. I agree with you in a sense. The bars that try to sell themselves as beer destination and then allow smoking just seem to be missing the point. Like Cafe Delirium. I really don't like that place. Then again, to their credit, they've opened the "Hoppy Loft" on the top floor dedicated to hoppy beers and they don't allow smoking there. That's where the more serious geeks go, I guess (an aside - the last time I was there they were out of every beer I wanted to try).

I'm going to keep singing the praises of Chez Moeder Lambic and Moeder Lambic Fontainas. These guys "get it". They could get away with allowing smoking, but they don't. They were worried about banning smoking in the long established Moeder, but the place has been packed every time I've been there since the ban. Just goes to show that if you have a good product, people will do what they must to buy it.

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The Pub / Re: scotch
« on: November 18, 2010, 12:15:23 PM »
Friend of Laphroaig #449737, someday I hope to get there and have a dram on my square foot of Islay.

Hey neighbor! I'm over at #296166.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: And the "Learning" continues....
« on: November 16, 2010, 02:30:53 AM »
I'm torn between lobbing insults for the "boneheadednes" and admiration for your willingness to admit and share said boneheadedness.

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Good stuff! And thanks for reminding me that I need to renew my membership.

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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 09, 2010, 01:28:34 AM »
So Brussels man, tell me what is so awesome? Truthfully I didn't find much to love about the city. Some great bars...

You pretty much answered your own question. Reread my previous post. I like Brussels a lot, but I don't deny that the other towns are pretty excellent. If you only have a day and are only concerned with beer tourism, there's no point in leaving Brussels (although I agree - Kulminator is pretty cool). Nobody in Belgium has a better selection of well-cared for taps than Moeder Lambic Fontainas. The original Chez Moeder Lambic is also excellent, with a much better atmosphere. I really don't like Delirium, but if you're looking for something specific, it's hard to beat. Just pick up a copy of "Around Brussels in 80 Beers" and I think you'll agree.

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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 08, 2010, 05:21:18 AM »
If you're happy with staying in and sampling, I don't understand the point of leaving Brussels. Brugge is nice and all, but you gotta get out, walk around, take a boat trip and all that stuff. Brussels has the best bars, I think. It doesn't get any better than Moeder Lambic Fontainas. They're very, very serious about serving high-quality, well-kept beers.

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The Pub / Re: Any Motorcycle riders?
« on: November 08, 2010, 02:58:34 AM »
Good idea - start a new thread.

I ride a 2003 Triumph Bonneville T100. I brought it over to Belgium from the US and rode it to the homeland (England) a couple years ago so she could check out her roots. I rode to Prague last summer for a bit of beer tourism. Fantastic trip, but it was a bit of a long ride.

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The Pub / Re: Wife and Homebrew?
« on: November 08, 2010, 02:54:24 AM »
Ha, I taught my wife to be my standby mechanic back when I was racing motorcycles. She was good enough to tear the engine down to the cases in under 1 hr :D
DaytonaEBC

As for the female brewers, well you met my wife, she was the reason we brew.She came home one day with all the buckets,grains,extract and brewed our very first batch.

That's awesome! And one helluva wive you got there.

2003 Triumph Bonneville T100 (Rode to Prague last summer - motorcycles AND beer tourism!)

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The Pub / Re: Wife and Homebrew?
« on: November 07, 2010, 03:15:37 AM »
My wife and I started brewing together. She's not as into it anymore, but she's totally supportive of me (I suppose she likes that it distracts me from my other hobby - motorcycles - which she really doesn't get). We're in the planning stages of building a house and it was her idea to make sure I have a brewing space.

Reading through the thread makes me wonder... where are the female brewers?

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The Pub / Re: scotch
« on: November 07, 2010, 03:05:06 AM »
+1 on splashing in a little water to bring out its bouquet...just make sure its a good quality water...something on the soft side (low mineral).


I've been adding a single cube of RO ice to about a finger of scotch (or bourbon) and I'm liking it.

Have you tried it neat with just a splash of water? Go pick your favorite barley wine and chill it until it's ice cold, then drink it up quickly. What's the point, right? All the complexity is dead. Same deal with scotch.

I love how even the smokiest scotch will leave behind more and more fruity/sweet/butterscotch aromas as you drink it. Sometimes I'll leave my glass unrinsed overnight just so I can smell it in the morning.

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All Things Food / Re: Tabasco Chipotle
« on: November 04, 2010, 01:15:34 PM »
I'm almost through the bottle uthirsty brought me. Yep, excellent stuff. It goes on everything.

If you're ever on the east coast, go find a bottle of Uncle Brutha's #9. Holy crap. A friend gave me a partial bottle of the stuff before he left the country and I've hated him ever since.

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