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Equipment and Software / Re: dead mouse in my carboy
« on: September 15, 2010, 04:16:54 AM »
Cock ale recipe came from a book from the mid 1600's called The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digby and involved aging a beer with rooster & spices. Google it if you want, I'm just not that interested in the recipe...... though if I had a dead mouse in my carboy (nice and aged at that) I might be tempted.... but probably not.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker
« on: September 14, 2010, 08:25:14 AM »
According to the Blichmann website, it is designed to work with pellets.

Of course, it could also work with whole hops. I've never seen one in operation so don't know how well it works.

The Pub / Re: Name That Tune!
« on: September 14, 2010, 07:33:57 AM »
is this just rock? or are any of you into acoustic singer-songwriters? big clue there ....

Some folks like the taste of smokey whiskey,
Others think that tea's too strong.

The Pub / Re: Name That Tune!
« on: September 13, 2010, 03:00:09 PM »
I'm thinking that "           " could fit a wide variety of instrumentals.....
and that's pretty much what One of These Days by Pink Floyd is

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew club off flavors discussion
« on: September 13, 2010, 01:41:44 PM »
Regardless of whether you go with the kit, or try to create your own additives ala Dr. Beer; I'd highly suggest that you mix your pitchers of  samples at a high strength to begin with. Make sure that your sample is strong enough to be well over the average threshold of perception. You want to really fix that taste in peoples minds, and that's hard unless the example is very clear & forward. After the first go-round sets the taste and the participants know what they're looking for, you can then add more base beer to dilute the sample and present it at a lower threshold and see if folks can still pick it up.

The Pub / Re: Name That Tune!
« on: September 13, 2010, 01:08:51 PM »
oh crap, I hate that song. Stayin Alive, the BeeGees

The Pub / Re: This week in history....
« on: September 13, 2010, 04:31:34 AM »
damn, time rolls on & we've got a whole new week in front of us. on this day in 1969 -
After an eight-day Canadian tour, Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention, claiming he was "tired of playing for people who clap for all the wrong reasons."

being new to the forum, I don't know weazletoe. and so have no idea if there's any link between the name and Weasels Ripped my Flesh, but to cross link this to a couple of other threads .... it did bring up a rather scary image of little weasels in kilts, all brewing regimental.

Good night boys & girls . . . Thank you for coming to our concert

Equipment and Software / Re: dead mouse in my carboy
« on: September 12, 2010, 02:54:52 PM »
hmmmm......Mouse Head Mild

that's got an English ring to it. bet they'd drink lots of that down at the local pub.

Equipment and Software / Re: dead mouse in my carboy
« on: September 12, 2010, 02:21:52 PM »
then again, you might want to be adventerous, take a walk on the wild side. just leave that poor mousie in place and ferment away. sort of a cock ale variant. then you could really make use of Jeff's naming suggestions.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you blend your beers.
« on: September 11, 2010, 06:37:15 AM »
Haven't blended my beer, but I have blended some of my meads. The meads, being still, presented less of a challenge. Assuming your beer is finished & carbonated, it's a bit more difficult. But basic procedure would be the same.

You want to start at your bar or kitchen table with the base beers, a measuring cup or cylinder, and a bunch of glasses. Blend in varying, carefully measured proportions and do some comparative tasting until you get the mix right to your taste. You could then fill a keg with the selected proportions of the two (or more) beers, carbonate and you're ready to serve from the keg or fill bottles as desired.

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