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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

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!)

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?

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.

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.

The Pub / Re: Election Day in the USA!!!
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:06:31 AM »
I feel for you guys. I don't even live in the country and I'm sick of it.

The toy commercials for Sinterklaas have begun here. Yep, Sinterklaas - almost as weird as an American election. Did anyone campaign in blackface?

Beer Travel / Re: Going to Prague in 3 weeks
« on: October 13, 2010, 08:16:56 AM »

I had some amazing beers in Prague (though I did get a little tired of saaz). Unfortunately (or fortunately) I had a local beer expert giving me the whirlwind tour, so I don't really remember where I went. I'll try to find the name of my favorite place. It's pretty much the place to go for Budweiser, but you go through the building and up some stairs to a small cafe with their own tiny brewery. Awesome. Anyway, the "Good Beer Guide" books are excellent.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Temperature and yeasts
« on: October 03, 2010, 11:45:41 PM »
I usually pick my yeast based on the temperatures in my house. I usually go through the list of yeasts from the northern brewer website, my local brew shop, or the wyeast site and pick according to the temperature tolerance and the characteristics I'm going for. It's hard to get too warm for Wyeast 3724, Belgian Saison.

The Pub / Re: Holy %*#@! It's Hot
« on: September 28, 2010, 02:43:27 AM »
It was a pretty good summer here up north. One of my co-workers got a bumper crop of grapes and a local bar's terrace has a thick cover of hops. I think the Belgian crops will be good. The Germans had a bit more of a heat wave, didn't they? It's them and the Brits we really need to be conserned about.

The Pub / Re: Holy %*#@! It's Hot
« on: September 28, 2010, 01:11:06 AM »
Holy crapping christ? That's a good one.

Sounds like a good time to visit Belgium. Highs in the mid-upper 50's and a bit unseasonably damp.

All Grain Brewing / Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« on: September 26, 2010, 01:22:31 AM »
I dump it in the back yard at my in-laws. I once forgot about it for about a week in the garage. I'll never do that again.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottle sanitizing
« on: September 25, 2010, 12:05:31 PM »
I make sure I rinse the bottles well after emptying them, then I just use the dishwasher on bottling day. I'll keep the dishwasher closed until I'm ready to fill. Sometimes I'll do an extra rinse cycle, if I'm feeling extra paranoid, and I always do a heated dry. I've never had a problem.

The Pub / Re: Get to meet a board member!
« on: September 25, 2010, 11:56:40 AM »
I went to Brussels to meet a board member, "theoman" . Speaking of which I hope he hasn't OD from peppers :D

Haha! Thanks for helping to cure my boredom. Those peppers kept me busy for a long time and will for some time to come.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Okinawa Bound
« on: September 23, 2010, 02:46:25 AM »
No APO? I know there are some out there that'll ship to an APO.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Effect of bagging your hops in the boil...
« on: September 22, 2010, 10:11:29 AM »
Thanks for asking this question. Now I know why my last beer seems less well-hopped than I expected.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is it?
« on: September 07, 2010, 11:46:45 AM »
Ah, good point. That's what happens when I post while watching TV. My eyes don't make it to the end of all sentences.

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