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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 01, 2015, 08:19:15 AM »
I've not been impressed with Rowan's Creek.  For my money, I'd rather spend a little bit more and get Noah's Mill.  The price difference around here is approximately $5 or so (IIRC) and to me the Noah's Mill is far superior.

Rowan's Creek was not bad.  Just not worth the price and lacking in complexity and flavor (again, going by memory).

I totally agree with this.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:33:28 AM »
I highly recommend this variety of blackberry:

It was our first year with it, but it grew really well in less than ideal conditions, and the berries we got this year tasted incredible.

From Norse, I'm assuming you're getting bare root plants? And you got berries the first year? When are you planting? I ordered currant plants in pots to cut down on the planting to fruiting time and will be planting them tomorrow so they can get established (still mid 80s here for some reason). Thoughts on planting times for blackberries/raspberries? (Also thinking about picking up some Heritage raspberries.)
Up here I would plant them in the early spring or, 2nd choice, late summer (very late August/very early September). You might be able to get them established before winter planting now where you live though.

I would also recommend early spring. For this variety, we did not get bare roots, but instead received them as a plant tissue culture. We did indeed get berries this year, like a pint off 5 plants. Like I said, we did not do a lot of preparation for them, and could not keep the weeds down. Had I the foresight, I would put down some black plastic mulch right now, the Fall before planting, and cut out some holes in the spring to plant them into. I would also get the soil ph correct before planting. I could easily see these plants giving a really nice yield this year had I done that.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: September 29, 2015, 03:40:24 PM »
I picked up a couple black currant bushes for the garden.  8)

I think next year I'll plant more things that don't need processing. I was overrun with tomatoes this year - I think 8 plants is too much for the both of us. I just can't put up any more marinara sauce with all of our other activities. So I'm going for more things that can either be stored on their own or frozen. I liked the spinach, snap peas, peppers, peppers, peppers, potatoes, carrots, etc. I'll probably do a bit more of those and less tomatoes. I'm also thinking about getting more blackberry plants since I have a good amount of open space.

Too many tomatoes? I'm afraid I don't understand.

I highly recommend this variety of blackberry:

It was our first year with it, but it grew really well in less than ideal conditions, and the berries we got this year tasted incredible.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 29, 2015, 02:13:07 PM »
Wow. That is a long list. That Redemption Rye coming out of MGP is very good, and usually about $20-30. One of my favorites. I think I will pass on the High West this time. They are too many blends to choose from, and they are too pricey for what I have had so far.

Good to know about the Hakushu 12 year. I've never had a Japanese whiskey. I will seek that one out.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 28, 2015, 05:41:55 PM »
Barrel strength can be dangerous.

I've got some Red Breast barrel strength Irish Whiskey.  One must be careful on St. Pats.  It's smooth, but it's strong.

I've also had a couple of the Four Roses barrel strength offerings.  It's really cool to taste the differences between the barrels.  But again, care must be taken.

Agreed on barrel strength. Ever since I finished my bottle of Town Branch, it has all been barrel strength.

I need another new bourbon. Might try a high west offering of some kind, but those Four Roses single barrels are too damn good. Need to stock something full for the Cubs' wildcard game.

All Things Food / Re: Indian Food
« on: September 11, 2015, 06:04:55 PM »
There are lots of great Indian recipes in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark  Bittman. Also, just a great book. Changed my life in fact. I can't imagine what my household cooking would be like without that book.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 10, 2015, 11:01:49 AM »
I'm not a huge fan of regular buffalo trace but they have the best line up of bourbon by far, IMO.

My most recent purchase though is Bulliet. Not bad at all. Great with BBQ. Took a bottle to my football draft and picked up another a couple days later.

+1 to Buffalo Trace lineup as well as Bulliet. I haven't had the Bulliet Rye yet. Any good?

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 08, 2015, 09:29:02 AM »
I am finally running out of several bottles all at once. I bought Wild Turkey Rare Breed, and really like it. Nice and spicy without feeling thin. Was looking for Elmer T. Lee, but saw that was sold out. Might have to go with Wathen's next. Haven't had that in a while. The Four Roses single barrels are pretty hard to beat for me lately.

The Pub / Re: Ten Drinks a Week
« on: September 07, 2015, 11:08:13 AM »
I like to do stretches at a time without anything to drink. Usually 1-2 weeks per season of nothing to drink. The problem I have is that I usually start something else to make up for the calories. Starting November 1st, I try hard to cut out the alcohol, and other empty calories until Thanksgiving.

The Pub / Re: Pepper Plants
« on: September 01, 2015, 09:26:44 AM »
Another option is beer traps. Bury a solo cup with the rim just above grade and add a few ounces of beer. The beer attracts them and the drown.

+1 I use old tuna cans and bury them every few feet. The bad part is emptying them out.

All Things Food / Re: Bramble/ribe varieties
« on: August 31, 2015, 02:15:13 PM »
It was not a great year to plant for me. Crazy amounts of rain in May, June, July. I just weeded around my plants a couple of weeks ago, and was happy they were still there! I put down some biodegradable plastic mulch last weekend, and added some soil acidifier. I did not have a whole lot of hope I would get anything this year, and just wanted to make sure they established themselves. Bit of a mixed bag at the moment. The gooseberries and currents don't look great, although I did get a handful of gooseberries in July. A couple of my raspberries were run over by a road construction the middle of my property. Otherwise, the raspberries and blackberries have started to look real good in the last few weeks. I got one whole blackberry! It was the best tasting blackberry I ever had. It was the Prime Ark Freedom variety. Holy geez it was good.

I think I am going to move the elderberries next year, as they just do not get enough sun.

Good call on the thornless. Good luck getting them out!

Beer Travel / Re: Boulder CO and Sedona AZ
« on: August 28, 2015, 01:53:22 PM »
We might drive back though KC MO. Any BBQ advice? Arthur Bryant's or Gate's? Others?

Can't help you on the BBQ advice, but I highly recommend KC Bier co. if you have the chance. They had a nice little menu there. I liked the soft pretzel with pimento cheese myself. Beer was great. The Nelson-Atkins art museum was great as well if you have a few hours.

Ingredients / Re: Honey in beldian strong ale
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:46:47 PM »
The stuff I get locally near Syracuse is daaaarrrkk. And tastes delicious.

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+1 I love buckwheat honey. I've never used it in a brew though. Unlike most honeys, I imagine a little would go a long way. Also, I believe it has a fairly high iron content (I should fact check this, but am feeling lazy). Which could make for a weird taste. Let us know if you do this, a Belgian dark sounds delish with this honey.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Things you wish breweries would figure out
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:41:49 PM »

7/ More CAPs would be a good thing. Probably more CAPs in a big regional comp than are brewed in the U.S. by breweries.


 I would add more bitters, and lower alcohol brews.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lazy Monk Brewing
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:34:22 PM »
Great Review!

Where abouts in MN is the cabin?

Near Brainerd,in Pilager. It's my wife's family cabin.

Cool, as is mine!

Maybe meet up for a beer sometime!

Sure thing! I will pick up some Lazy Monk on the way. ;)

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