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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An alternate-historical style
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:53:30 AM »
Cool! Covers most of my genealogy.

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The Pub / Re: Language Revived
« on: December 15, 2010, 04:45:32 AM »
Alright. No more.


Don't give it up completely. Your use of the semicolon was exquisite.

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The Pub / Re: Poor Miley
« on: December 13, 2010, 12:35:14 AM »
I didn't watch the whole video, but the guy behind her who couldn't keep his hand out of the Frosted Flakes was pretty funny.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Orval
« on: December 11, 2010, 02:42:05 AM »
Every bottle I drink seems to be different, but I always like it. My most recent must've been very fresh. I was surprised by the maltiness and didn't detect any brett character at all.

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The Pub / Re: scotch
« on: December 11, 2010, 01:06:01 AM »
I went to my local liquor store to pick up some belgians today and was looking at Laphroaig 10 year old Original Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml. It was $58 a bottle. Does this sound about right for a ten year old bottle of Laphroaig?

For the cask strength, that's probably right. BUT, that's not the standard Laphroig and unless you're an experienced and very dedicated scotch drinker, it might put you off whisky for good. Basically, it's straight from the cask and not diluted. That might sound nice, but to me it's pretty harsh.

If you're new to the Islays, give Lagavulin 16 year a try. That's probably my favorite. It's still plenty peaty, but a bit smoother with more fruit/butterscotch notes than Laphroaig.

And since I'm dishing out advice: Use your legs when picking up Belgians.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How quickly to skunk?
« on: December 07, 2010, 06:12:37 AM »
Definitely some interesting answers. For my situation, I've decided not to worry about it. Fortunately, it turns out that my green bottles are closed in a box. I'm smarter than I thought. I have some commercial beers as well as some homebrew in brown bottles that were exposed. I can't imagine the weak florescent light had much effect on the brown bottles. If it did, there weren't many.

Somebody more ambitious than I should do an experiment with florescent lighting.

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General Homebrew Discussion / How quickly to skunk?
« on: December 05, 2010, 12:11:33 AM »
I just got up this morning and noticed that I left the florescent light in the cellar on last night. I'm usually fairly careful about covering my beers, even down there. I was less careful with this latest brew. Most are in brown bottles, but I do have some in green 75 cl bottles that I was planning to give away as gifts. Should I start shopping for other gifts?

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Wood/Casks / Re: Souring in a Whiskey Cured Barrel???
« on: December 03, 2010, 07:26:30 AM »
I'd say give it a try as-is. Go pretty heavy on the beasties and maybe high-ish on the gravity. That could be one fantastic sour. Hmm... Interesting...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Outragious beer prices???
« on: December 01, 2010, 06:48:15 AM »
These high prices for beer are turning more people toward homebrewing ;D  At least you can use this excuse when you buy your next piece of brewing equipment ;) 

That's true. It wasn't that long ago that it wasn't really a major cost advantage to brew your own. Now we have another excuse. I guess that's somethin'.

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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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