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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 08, 2016, 08:05:39 AM »
Getting a box of brambles! That is like an extra Xmas day.

Those reapers make a very tasty hot sauce. I am looking forward to their gnarled beauty along a path in the yard this year.

I am doing my research for drip irrigation this week. I need a lot of it.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:48:03 AM »
If anybody would like some Carolina Reaper seeds, let me know. They go for $1 for a seed, and I was given quite a few peppers. I plan on growing them as ornamentals, and for some hot sauce.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 03, 2016, 06:10:43 AM »
I'm slightly sore: hauled in a yard of rich sandy garden soil and topped off 3 rickety beds. A full bed-load that took 6 trips in the wheelbarrow. Picked up one of those giant blue 2-wheeled barrows at lowes on sale- $109 last spring. Would have been 10 loads in a regular wheelbarrow.

Have my onion sets and carrot seeds. Hopefully I can get some romas in the ground in the next couple weeks.
Why bother with romas? The ones in the store taste pretty good. I like to focus tomato planting on good slicing tomatoes you can eat raw. Those are the kinds that just don't make it to the grocery store.

I don't see why it is an either/or question. I like to plant romas and other varieties.

I believe my Roma tomatoes taste much better than what i can get at the store. It is also what I use a lot of, making the fresh availability of them in the garden highly valuable. Lastly, they are a great sauce tomato.

Euge -- didn't meant to answer for you. I am jealous of your garden timeline. I did order a lot of seed last week, and will hopefully place an order for a drip irrigation soon. We will be expanding to an acre this year.

I did see my garlic is starting to come up already, and the strawberries are looking ready to wake up.

The Pub / Re: How Many States Have You Been To? A Bucket List Thing.
« on: March 01, 2016, 04:25:02 PM »
24 for me. I'll be damned before I reckon Missoura.

Beer Recipes / Re: First Lager
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:25:27 AM »
For what it is worth... I would use that local pils. For a first lager shoot for a 1.045-ish gravity, maybe hop to 25-30 IBU with something noble-like, and use that dry yeast. I bet it will be just the hook to drag you into brewing lagers. When you really want to match a style like BoPils, then I think the malt will matter a lot more. Maybe throw a little corn (10-20%) and find some Cluster for a flavorful CAP.

I have really enjoyed this shift. Still love my ales, especially saisons - but something about clean pils character and nearly no detectible esters or phenols from the yeast makes lagers fascinating. And such a great place to feature hop character.

+1 A nice CAP would be a great place to start. 34/40 makes a pretty good one too.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:54:04 PM »
Very nice, Ken. Tullamore  Dew makes a killer whiskey sour.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: February 13, 2016, 05:17:39 PM »
Just bought a bottle of Bowmore 12. Very tasty, and the price was right. Highly recommended.

The Pub / Re: BA letter to Peyton
« on: February 12, 2016, 09:25:51 AM »
You are all so naive.  "Budweiser" is street slang for HGH.


It will be interesting to see how the Cubs handle being favorites to win. Being a Cubs fan, I expect an implosion by July ::)

I got my Baseball Prospectus last week, and the section on the Cubs was the most happiness inducing thing I have ever read. However, I will continue to expect the worse until I am proven wrong.

The Pub / Re: Need Your Vote - 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year
« on: January 25, 2016, 05:41:29 PM »
Beer drinker of the year? Does whiskey count as beer?  ;)

Voted for ya. Hope you win and have fun.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 24, 2016, 11:33:27 AM »
Laphroaig 10 is my go-to as well. Caol Ila is another great one if you're into peat.

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Caol Ila? I never heard of it or have seen it as far as I know. Is it an Islay?

It is indeed an Islay. I've had them a couple of times. One was very good, the other was not. I forget what they were, other than they were aged in wine barrels.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 23, 2016, 04:40:00 PM »
Some good ones on that list. I am a fan of the Highland Park, Ardbeg, and the Aberfeldy. I have heard good things about Bowmore, which will be a purchase of mine soon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New year, new Zymurgy editor!
« on: January 12, 2016, 12:56:20 PM »
Thanks for all the hard work, Jill. Zymurgy has always been a treasure for me.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 12, 2016, 12:49:47 PM »
I received my bottles of Powell and Mahoney. I bought 2 of the ginger, 1 of the blood orange, and 1 pomegranate. I finished off the FEW bourbon with the ginger, as that whiskey just tasted worse and worse to me on its own. Made a couple of cocktails last night. 1 pt Aquavit, 1 pt ginger, 1 pt club soda, couple dashes of bitters -- very very tasty. Substituted the ginger with the blood orange, and upped the amount of club soda and added a twist of lemon, which was also very tasty. I had forgotten about the bottle of Aquavit I had bought from North Shore distillery. I aged a pint on the side with some American oak, and love that on its own. Otherwise, I have no Aquavit to compare it to. Good stuff.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 07, 2016, 07:52:23 PM »
Just don't bring me Bushmill's.

Ha! I say that all the time. I have never tried Bushmill's, and I never will.

I am drinking Green Spot at the moment, as well as some Michter's small batch. Love the Green Spot. I had Tulleymore Dew the other day in a whiskey sour. It was pretty dang good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: January 03, 2016, 07:38:10 AM »
For those who brew outside in the cold winter: get all the water out of your hoses, and store them inside. I like to measure everything out the night before, but have to remember to keep buckets of water inside. It is always a good idea to have a couple gallons of distiller water around. I often use it to top off at the end of a boil, or add at the beginning of a boil when volumes aren't quite what they should be.

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