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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another Legend Passes
« on: April 10, 2011, 09:39:29 AM »
http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/3685363

Definitely a glass raised. I met him at the GABF 5 or so years ago. He was so friendly and full of energy and so very tiny. He was really excited to meet and chat with my wife in his native language.

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General Homebrew Discussion / High final gravity - bottle or not?
« on: April 10, 2011, 09:34:39 AM »
I brewed a dark ale 2 weeks ago and just took a hydrometer reading - about 1.019. I would expect 1.016 according to beer tools. There hasn't been any airlock activity for the last couple days. To bottle or not to bottle? I did use a lot of high dextrin malts, but I assume (stupid?) that Beer Tools would account for that. Normally I'm a believer in being patient and usually do a secondary, so this 2-week primary-then-to-bottles thing is new to me.

Here's my grain bill. Don't laugh. It's a "leftovers" beer:
2.0 kg Munich TYPE II
414 g Belgian Pale
1.75 kg Pilsner Malt
150 g Molasses
200 g Biscuit Malt (Mout Roost 50)
113 g English Chocolate Malt
55 g Cara 20 - Caramel Malt
255 g Belgian Black Roast
100 g Special B - Caramel malt
170 g Oats Raw (boiled then added to mash)
68 degree mash, 1.25 hours

I'm also a little worried since I used sa-05 and fermented at the very low end - about 15 degrees C. It didn't appear to mind.

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All Things Food / Re: New cook book!
« on: April 07, 2011, 08:35:05 AM »
I can't get enough of the cooking shows. My wife and I are addicted to the British Masterchef series, though they change it up every time and some changes are a bit hit or miss (like this season, which is a bit too Top Chef-like for my tastes). The Brits are capable of making a cooking competition show without being nasty or injecting unnecessary drama.

What I miss most from the USA is Lydia's Family Table. I learned a lot from Lydia.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping Grains
« on: March 30, 2011, 05:33:38 PM »
I would always put the grains in right away, let them steep while the water was heating up and pull them out just before it starts to boil. I did that for years and made some damn good extract brews.

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I brewed a strong dark mild. Sort of a cross between an English dark mild and a schwartzbier.

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All Things Food / Re: Beer vs. Wine Party
« on: March 27, 2011, 07:43:19 PM »

Oh and bring Brasserie de la Seine. That stuff is great. Have you tried their "Brussels People's Ale?"

I've been meaning to correct myself on this. Of course you meant Zinnebir. I knew that. And yeah, also damn good.

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The Pub / Re: Beer drinking and brewing music
« on: March 27, 2011, 07:39:57 PM »
I'm shocked that nobody has brought up the Polkanauts:
http://www.myspace.com/polkanauts

I was having such a nice day. Why did you do that?   ???

Aw, c'mon. You must not have heard their rendition of Number of the Beast:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kqDX_CEz5Q


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Congrats on all!

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The Pub / Re: Beer drinking and brewing music
« on: March 26, 2011, 06:41:15 AM »
I'm shocked that nobody has brought up the Polkanauts:
http://www.myspace.com/polkanauts

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The Pub / Re: English Ales - Am I alone
« on: March 26, 2011, 06:29:55 AM »
Nope, you're not alone. The Brits (and the Germans in Dusseldorf) do a great job of packing a lot of flavor into a low ABV beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mock Pilsener
« on: March 25, 2011, 03:55:52 PM »
I (and others) greatly enjoyed the mock pilsner I made with Wyeast California Lager 2112, fermented in the very low 60's.

I believe that would be considered a "Steam Beer".

Not necessarily.  The grainbill is crucial in defining a steam beer also, not just the yeast. 

Yup. I love that yeast and have used it for a few very un-steam beers. For the pils (the recipe is around here somewhere), I used mostly pilsner malt an saaz hops. If I had to enter it in a competition, I might have called it a kolsch, but I called it a pilsner. j

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wait - there's a Canadian on the forum!!??!! Get the pitchforks boys!
Says the French guy (who may or may not look like Mike Ditka).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mock Pilsener
« on: March 25, 2011, 08:11:49 AM »
I (and others) greatly enjoyed the mock pilsner I made with Wyeast California Lager 2112, fermented in the very low 60's.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: We're going pro!!!
« on: March 22, 2011, 08:56:24 AM »
Congrats! Here's hoping the name is the biggest obstacle.

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The Pub / Re: Buddhism?
« on: March 19, 2011, 09:12:32 PM »
Are there vegetarian tacos?

Yep. Instead of meat, use lard-free refried beans. That's a meal in our house at least once a week.

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