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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg maintance
« on: October 24, 2011, 06:20:20 AM »
good advice above for the functional aspects. just for appearance, if you want to get rid of the "crody" look; Bar Keepers Friend (it's non-abrasive) and a green scrubby pad work wonders.

Beer Travel / Re: Alaska Tour in the Planning Stages
« on: October 07, 2011, 02:47:59 PM »
Midnight Sun in Anchorage!!!!

Ah, but craft beer IS a threat to, and is certainly perceived as such by big beer. Just look at the continuing downward trend of big beer's percentage of the beer market, and craft beer's continuing increase in share if you you need confirmation of this threat. And it's not "starting to be a trend", but rather a continuation of a long established practice. Doesn't make it right, or justified, but it's certainly part of the capitalistic system to fight in any legal way to keep/make your product successful. Just a damn shame they have to resort to these methods.

General Homebrew Discussion / Google Beer
« on: October 01, 2011, 04:46:09 AM »
No, I don't mean search on 'Beer' in Google..... drink it up.

Hey Drew, can you share a beer virtually?

The Pub / Re: re Entry
« on: September 24, 2011, 04:29:11 AM »
Think the cases of Russian spontaneous combustion are also a case of too many potatoes, though in a distilled form? Nah, most of the Russian vodka is cheap crap, the product of column or continuous distillation of grain or even cheaper sugar sources. On the other hand there are some great Polish potato vodkas and they're not spontaneously combusting from it. Maybe it's just an Irish thing.

My best advice.... If you start to spontaneously combust, douse yourself with Guinness. On second thought, probably too late after you wait for the perfect pour. Maybe there's a good purpose for the quick pour or the widget cans?

The Pub / Re: Visitor just passing thru (pic)
« on: September 21, 2011, 03:23:59 AM »
It's called a vinegaroon.
Never heard of them, thanks for the lesson :)

But how do you carp your pants?
Is that a fish in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

Equipment and Software / Re: Propane burners and soot
« on: September 17, 2011, 05:06:37 AM »
won't help to eliminate the soot (proper adjustment is your best hope there), but before you put the kettle on, pour a little bit of liquid dish soap on the bottom of the kettle then rub it around with your hand till coats the entire bottom and an inch or so up the sides. maybe a bit higher on the sides if you're getting soot there. it will make cleanup a breeze. old trick for cleaning camping cookware.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Smaller than 12 oz. bottles
« on: September 11, 2011, 05:45:58 AM »
If you judge or steward at competitions, you can ask for (and often receive) the empty small bottles that have been sent in to the comp.

The Pub / Re: Presenting... Doughboy Brewing Company!
« on: September 09, 2011, 03:50:18 AM »
Live the dream, man. Best of luck!!

The Pub / Re: Changes
« on: September 05, 2011, 09:25:45 AM »
hmmm, I'm not the right one to participate in this conversation. my consumption of soft, sugary carbonated drinks is limited to maybe 1 liter per year - and that is weighted towards ginger ale/sprite or root beer. haven't had a coke in many years. but if forced to drink coke (and no one has done that yet), I'd agree that it would benefit from a rum addition.

The Pub / Re: Changes
« on: September 05, 2011, 09:02:17 AM »
Actually I think rum is the coke of spirits. ::)

No rum goes in coke :D

Not my rum! While any spirit can be diluted with mixers of various types (and if that's your preference, more power to you), I prefer my to drink my spirits (including rum) straight and undiluted. Of course, that presupposes quality spirits. If you think rum needs to be consumed with coke, I'd suggest you try some of the aged rums such as Zaya (probably my favorite rum).

As with my beer, I like my spirits with flavor. Probably why single malt is my drink of choice. I understand that cocktails can provide a different range of flavors, some very enjoyable, but my personal preference is almost always for straight, aged spirits sipped slowly & appreciatively.

Even when drinking cocktails or mixed drinks, my preference is for one that presents (and tries to compliment) the essential flavor & nature of the spirit - rather than covering it up with overwhelming sweet flavors. As such, when mixing a rum drink, I'd much prefer a dark rum with club soda & lime as opposed to rum and coke. Each to his own, but I've found that those who prefer mixed drinks generally don't really like the essential flavor of the spirit they're drinking. I do, and therefore a cask strength Islay whisky with a drop or two of water is the perfect mixed drink, IMHO.

The Pub / Re: Changes
« on: September 04, 2011, 12:43:53 PM »
second of all,

(sorry)  :)

don't be sorry, just part of the ever 'changing' soundtrack to our lives.
and, don't ya know...... what a long strange trip it's been! don't know about you, but there've been a lot of changes in my life. keeps things interesting. at least I've never been bored.

The Pub / Re: Changes
« on: September 04, 2011, 12:42:22 PM »
second of all,

(sorry)  :)

don't be sorry, just part of the ever 'changing' soundtrack to our lives!

The Pub / Re: International Bacon Day
« on: September 04, 2011, 09:37:09 AM »
BTW...not quite like the weaz but...I am also a huge bacon fan.   ;D

bunch of us right, for sure. but somehow weaze has become the poster child for this kinda stuff ;D

The Pub / International Bacon Day
« on: September 04, 2011, 04:48:02 AM »
Hey, Weaze,
How are you celebrating International Bacon Day?

mmm, breakfast is no challenge, blt sandwiches for lunch, bacon martini at cocktail time, a pork-fest for dinner, bacon ice cream for dessert. gotta remember to put this in as a recurring event on the calendar.

life its own-self is all the excuse for a party we need, but events like this certainly help,

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