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The Pub / Do NOT give the ape an AK......
« on: December 26, 2011, 02:52:21 PM »

The Pub / Season's Greetings......
« on: December 20, 2011, 06:08:04 AM »
Good morning/afternoon/evening,

I wanted to send some sort of
holiday greeting to friends and family, but it is difficult in today's
world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met
with my lawyer yesterday, and on advice I wish to say the following :

Please accept, with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes
for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress ,
non addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice
holiday practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious
persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the
religious / secular persuasions and / or traditions of others, or
their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all .

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and
medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally
accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the
calendar of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society
have helped make our country great ( not to imply that the United States is
necessarily greater than any other country ) and without regard to the
race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual
preference of the wishee .

By accepting this greeting, please be advised that you are accepting
these terms : This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal.
It is freely transferable on the proviso that there is no alteration
to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to
actually implement any of the wishes for her / him or others and is
void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion
of the wisher. The wish is warranted to perform as expected within the
usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until
the issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher .

Best Regards ( without prejudice )
Name withheld ( Privacy Act )

Ingredients / Malt Knowledge
« on: November 23, 2011, 01:35:54 PM »
Allrighty then, time for some soul sudsing........

After 50 or so batches I am very happy with my beers, and judging from the speed at which they consume it, so are my friends. The equipment, grinding, the brew process, fermentation control, conditioning, kegging and serving are all pretty much down to a science.....relatively speaking.

My weak spot IMHO is recipe formulation. I have developed some good recipes, but it's more luck than anything else I feel. I understand basics, have figured out the base malts, and got the hop formulation figured out too. It's the specialty malts that I haven't gotten my head around. I know how to control color, I know what wheat does but everything in between I'm still some in the dark as to what grain has what effect.....I've done the reading, but it's still not clicking.

Does anyone know of a GOOD explanation of what the various specialty grains do?


Beer Travel / Downtown Houston......
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:17:09 AM »
Whodathunk in the middle of business downtown Houston.....and the place was hopping on a Tuesday nite.

Flying Saucer......absolutely AWESOME!

Equipment and Software / Keggerator dead?
« on: November 03, 2011, 12:52:37 PM »
It was running flawlessly when the power went down.........five days later I plug it in, it runs for a little while, not sure how long, and now.....nada. A light, that's it. (Yes it has power) Messed with the dial....hear a click.....nada....unplugged, plugged back in...nada.......Now what?

Beer Travel / Sverige......
« on: November 01, 2011, 08:32:49 AM »
So after the month's 7th all nighter across the pond, my posterior finds itself waking up in Stockholm, where a beer in a bar is about $10........ :o

Plan B in that situation is to find the local hootch store. In a shopping center I not only find a plethora of vendors with cheese, sausages etc, there is also a liquor store.

Interesting concept. All that is available is on display, behind glass, with a card with a description, in Swedish alas, and a stock number. One display with white wine, one red and one beer. When you figure out what you want you go to one of many "tellers" and order 2 2345's, one 13223 etc etc.

Maredsous......(BIG bottle) $5.50.......I'll take two.
And of course some local tasties.....this guy:

Nam nam NAM! Please sir, may I have another SIR!

I think I will survive the 48 hours here under $ STYLE. That's good, VERY good.

General Homebrew Discussion / You know you're a home brewer when.......
« on: October 18, 2011, 04:46:31 AM »
You empty your pockets at night and find a CO2 cartridge in there........

General Homebrew Discussion / Whoaaaaaa!!!!!!!
« on: September 26, 2011, 03:02:02 PM »
In my study, about a foot below my ceiling is a bookshelf that runs around the room.....So I i'm sitting here with a bud having a home brew and he's reading the titles: Mark Twain, Jimmy Buffet, Frank Zappa, Rush Limbo, Tim Allen and ........ Charlie Papazian.... WAIT, Charlie can't be up there yet, he's "current"...... So I get the stool out and get the book down. Now, I sign and date my books when I buy them......12/92 WHAT? I do not remember buying that, or reading it for that matter, and that happened 20 years ago? OK, so I have the current copy that I bought last year......I guess I have two now...... :o :o :o

General Homebrew Discussion / Boston Hops
« on: September 09, 2011, 01:23:24 AM »
Colleague of mine on the Cape has the mother of all hops vines in his back yard, and is not brewing this year....anyone interested? U-pick.

Beer Recipes / Getting closer to pumpkin time....
« on: September 05, 2011, 07:35:25 AM »
Please post your favorite Pumpkin' Ale recipe so I can deduce my next creation!

Equipment and Software / Chilling the wort......
« on: August 29, 2011, 10:40:01 AM »
Here's the mission: (10 gallon batches)

After the boil I want the wort out of the BK, and into a chiller asap. (Doing multiple batches and tying up the BK slows me down.)
Also, I want the chiller to be fast, and have a conical bottom so I can easily separate the wort from the trub, with a minimum of loss. The outlet of the BK is about 20" above the ground so we will have to go "uphill"....

Ideally, I would pump it into a stainless, jacketed, 15 gallon conical vessel, with chilled water/glycol running through the jacket.....


Temperature. Is there a pump that can handle 200º wort? How about hoses?


I have found plastic conical vessels, but they are good for 140-170º and I hate pushing the limit on that.....never knows what end up in your beer.....


Yeast and Fermentation / Active fermentation.....
« on: August 29, 2011, 10:33:17 AM »
 :o :o :o Hurricane Imperial Stout..... OG 1080.... A starter with two smackpacks of Irish Ale in 4 liters of 1035 DME, 24 hours. Pitched at 76º in a 70 degree fermenter......12 hours later:

General Homebrew Discussion / I am back.....
« on: August 14, 2011, 04:00:08 PM »
from vacation. (Pennsic XL for those who know....) Put approximately 5 miles on the beer cart and served 11 cornies...... To say it was a success would be an understatement. I was invited to more parties than I could ever attend.

Now I have 16 empty kegs and nothing in the pipeline....

Time to get busy.

General Homebrew Discussion / This is torture.....
« on: July 21, 2011, 08:17:52 PM »
Next week we leave for Pennsic 40...... bringing the beer cart and 12 kegs.... Meanwhile, back at the farm, the kegs in the keggerator are almost done.....I'm nursing 12 kegs in the cellar and I HAVE NOTHING TO DRINK FOR A WEEK.....well, I can always go to Shangies and get a case of Duvel..... but I mean... I am a HOME BREWER.....

Next year, 8 more kegs.....that'll make .....21 oh my...... :o :o :o

Beer Travel / Restocking Amsterdam Style.....
« on: July 13, 2011, 12:57:10 PM »
So I'm sitting in Amsterdam in one of my hangouts drinking a LaChouffe (bottled) when I overhear that the Heineken is "out" but a delivery is imminent.... on a Sunday no less. A few minutes later a truck shows up and the driver runs a 3" hose out into the place, down the stairs into the basement. I hear the noise of a lot of CO2 being bled (what's YOUR footprint?) and he hooks up, goes to the truck and get's it flowing. He come back inside and discusses with the bar people how much they want..... well, they have 2 1000 liter tanks, and they decide to top them both off..... that's 500 gallons of beer..... delivered in 20 minutes..... wow.

(excuse the bad cellphone pics......)

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