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The Pub / Re: Budweiser Isn't what it used to be...?
« on: July 28, 2013, 12:33:58 PM »
What I have read is that since the seventies they have reduced the bitterness by almost 70%. It used to be much closer to it's roots as a bo-pils. but with hops being the single most expensive ingredient they figured if they did it bit by  bit no one would notice.

also hence the late 80's 'bitter beer face' advertising stuff. (Keystone?)

The Pub / Re: Awkward Band photos
« on: July 27, 2013, 02:13:22 PM »
funny, I feel like most of those were intentionally awkward though

Having posed for too many band photos in my life, I think they're frighteningly real.

well okay, I'll admit that there are probably a fair number of awkward cast photos of me out there.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: July 27, 2013, 02:12:24 PM »
When is the best time to harvest eggplant. I've been hearing its before they turn purple. Anyone know if that is correct or have better advice? Thanks !

some eggplants don't turn purple. if they get to old they will get seedy and tough. other than that it doesn't matter all that much.

Yeah, talk to the authorities in your locale.

My club meets at a brewery/restaurant and it is not a problem. but this is california and yo ucan bring your own booze into restaurants whenever you want here so long as you are willing to pay the corkage fee. so who knows.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help with recipe adjustment - Blonde ale
« on: July 27, 2013, 01:04:18 PM »
Thanks for the thoughts. Sounds like it's pretty much unanimous, so I guess I'll recommend we re-visit the LHBS this morning. Yes, the amounts should have been 4.5-5% for both the aromatic and carapils. He got the pilsen and munich amounts right, and I think saw ~7 ounces of those other malts and multiplied by 10. We'd have to get something like ~40 additional pounds of pilsen malt and a couple pounds of munich to get in the right ballpark for my recipe.

Out of curiosity, what would happen if you tried to brew with those grains? Aromatic has enzymes for conversion, but the carapils doesn't, right? So would the huge amount of carapils be more of a problem? Would you end up with a beer on the sweeter, thicker side? Not an experiment to try for the wedding, unfortunately.

.9 lb of munich you might as well leave it out.
you could just buy some more base malt, and take 10% of what you already have as the character malt portion, maybe 15%.

The Pub / Re: Awkward Band photos
« on: July 27, 2013, 01:01:17 PM »
funny, I feel like most of those were intentionally awkward though

Ingredients / Re: The "Truth" About Commercial Beer.
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:59:19 PM »
I'm a little shocked that guiness is using HFCS. regardless of the validity of health claims around the product I think it's kind of a bummer that such a classic gateway beer is headed down the cheap ingredients path.

Ingredients / Re: Green tea Saison
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:50:10 PM »
The lighter (greener) the tea, the lower the temperature that it's supposed to be steeped at.  Tea is best not boiled at all.  Black tea can be steeped at like 180F, while green tea is steeped much lower.  I seem to recall 160F to 140F was the recommendation. 

At best, green tea would be steeped at the later stage of the whirlpool.  I do like the ideas of adding the tea directly at kegging.

shrimp eyes.

that is how the instructions describe when to pour the water on green tea. when there are bubbled the size of shrimps eyes coming off the bottom of the pot. I've always interpreted that as just before the simmer.

Ingredients / Re: Male hop plant
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:48:36 PM »
I have a Hermaphrodite Zeus plant that I got from Freshhops as well.

This is the second year, and was not stressed at all. It's growing like crazy to tell you the truth. I just noticed the seed pods today.

Not sure what I'm going to do with it????

Is this common with Zeus?

seems like maybe zeus is prone to this. Those aren't the seed pods  by the way. those are the male flowers. the seeds will grow underneath each bract in a female flower (hop cone)

All Grain Brewing / Re: malting your own
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:44:20 PM »

Keep us posted on this.  My neighbor has a couple of acres and we've always talked about growing and malting.  He put in 5 hop strains for me with 15' poles and they are mammoth.  We are actually harvesting the early crop today. 


I will if I ever get off my a$$. I have made a commitment to source some barley seed before november this year. We're going ot plant where the corn/squash/beans are growing now and they are almost done. Maybe lay down a cover crop to get us to the fall.

I am thinking I will get a sack of un-malted barley from one of the micro malters and grow some and try to malt some. After my quinoa experience I have a little more confidence.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:41:26 PM »
Those volunteer "squash" mnay be gourds.  The calabacita have mild and soft flesh like a zuchinni
only slightly different.....They should be harvested when at the size of your fist....

yeah, they aren't terribly pleasent. Ive got one out there right now that is about the size you describe. Maybe I'll go pick it now and see how it is. Are they tasty raw like zukes?

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:39:10 PM »
Weeds, weeds weeds, that's pretty much all I have.  Peppers and Tomatoes will survive and I've got some potatoes that will probably yield a crop but that's about all.  Cucumbers started strong and are wilting.  First garden in the new house so the tillage was lousy and last minute, we weeded multiple times but the boys don't pull the roots up so when we got back from vacation it was nothing but foxtail and lambsquarters.  Next year I will have to do something different. 

Did eat a lot of green beans out of the garden for supper though, guess I should count my blessings.

lambs quarters aren't weeds. They are gourmet greens man. delicious. If I could get lambs quarters to grow in my garden I would never ever plant spinach.

Ingredients / Re: Green tea Saison
« on: July 26, 2013, 03:34:03 PM »
Search for Jasmine Dragon:

I cheated though and made a green tea extract.

wow drew, I just read that recipe, that saison finishes at 1.017? that seems sweet. especially with a 65c mash temp. Is that a typo?

I've used mine in the kettle for 15 years now, never hadan issue with scorching r anything else.

well there you go.

The Pub / Re: Good old days
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:41:38 AM »
I did most of my drinking at the bar. so I just kept going till last call. or until I had a better place to be  ::)

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