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Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Pils hops
« on: March 23, 2015, 06:23:48 AM »
Tett and Crystal should work nicely. I would use the crystal late and dry hop with it if you plan to dry hop. There is a beer I make that is not quit an imperial Pils, but uses several of the US noble derivatives - had it at Philly for club night. It had Vanguard for bittering, Santium (Tett derivative) at around 30 minutes and lots of crystal late and dry. Nice beer, very much a big Pilsner, but there was that what is this American hop aroma creeping in thing to it.

I think it would would appeal to the IPA drinker and the classic lager drinker.

Sounds a lot like one I make (Vanguard, Santium, Crystal).

Major --I think this will be very good. Tett and Crystal play nicely together.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 23, 2015, 06:15:46 AM »
What a nice day Saturday was. 60 and sunny. Low 30s today with a chance of sleet.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 22, 2015, 02:17:30 PM »
kmccaf - love the sound of all those berries. I'll be putting out mostly tomatoes (I love the Beefsteak/slicing type), chiles (serranos, tabasco, habanero) and some squash vatieties. Plus whatever my wife wants. Love Spring.

Nice!

I'm thinking a poblano and habanero this year, plus a jalapeño. Definitely some beefsteak tomatoes, and some Romas, and some cherry tomatoes. We do at least 8 tomoato plants every year. The garden won't be as big this year, but it won't be small either.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 22, 2015, 12:59:31 PM »
Ordered 59 berry plants. They will be delivered in late April. Planned out the beds. I don't think we will be doing any potatoes this year, which is a bummer. Still, looks like this will be a fun spring.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vienna Lager
« on: March 21, 2015, 06:18:13 AM »
Coincidentally, Vienna lager is what I am brewing as of RTFN.  I mashed in a half hour ago.

Vernal Equinox Vienna

10 gallons, OG 1.048, 21 IBUs

12 lbs. Durst Vienna
6 lbs. Avangard Pils
3 lbs. Weyermann Light Munich
0.75 lbs. Weyermann CaraBohemian
5 oz. Weyermann Carafa I

Mash at 150°F for 90 min

2 oz. Hallertau Mittelfrueh FWH
2 oz. Hallertau Mittelfrueh 60 min
1 oz. Hallertau Mittelfrueh 5 min

I will split between yeast cakes of WLP833 German Bock and WLP940 Mexican Lager yeast

Looks like I am in the ball park, looking at these other recipes.  I have gone down the all-Vienna route before, and thought they were a bit one-dimensional.  First time using CaraBohemian.  I limited the amount to 3% of the grain bill, but hope to get a little of the "intense caramel falvor" into the final beer.

That looks very tasty. I use carabohemian quite a bit, and love it in small amounts, although I have only used it in dark beers (Czech Dark Larger, Robust Porter). Please post an update on how it tastes in a lighter brew.

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I think I will actually brew this weekend. Haven't brewed since the first weekend of January. Going to finally brew up a CAP that has been on the docket for a while. Can't wait to open up the 2014 whole leaf Cluster from hop Union.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat beer Ideas
« on: March 19, 2015, 05:17:20 AM »
My personal favorite wheat beer yeast is WLP380 hefeweizen IV. It gives a nice balance of clove and banana. If you are more interested in clove, as my personal preference is, start the fermentation at as low as 58 degrees (you are best off doing a starter) and after 48 hours of that temp raise to 64 for a few days then finish out at 68. If banana is more you deal start out at 64 for 48 hours. Fermenting higher than this could result in an unbalanced "banana bomb", which I personally don't care for. I like the balance of spicy phenolics to blend with the banana"y" isoamyl acetate.

+1 wlp380 is my favorite hefe strain.

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The Pub / Re: Happy Green Beer Day!
« on: March 17, 2015, 07:23:27 PM »
Cheers. We made colcannon, and drank some Great Lakes Red Ale.

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The Pub / Re: Great draft list
« on: March 15, 2015, 07:05:10 PM »


funny i missed that about bastard. what i find funny and seemingly a trend, PBR is back.
It's been back for a while. Became the cheap beer of choice for hipsters a long while ago.
That I get and have seen. I'm more intrigued by it making its way onto a more sophisticated list of beer.

It's at a couple of nice restaurants around here. The descriptions are kind of funny. One lists it as "it's PBR. It's two dollars." The other says "American Lager. Apparently won a blue ribbon." I tend to think that if you make fun of the beer, maybe it shouldn't be on the menu, but that's just me I guess.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 14, 2015, 05:42:34 PM »
I've seen the Town Branch bottles in various stores, but haven't picked one up. The reviews have been mixed is why I've passed it up.

Try it for yourself. I find reviews foolish in most cases. It's not a popularity contest, it's whiskey!. ;)

We just got Town Branch here, and that will be my next purchase along with Green Spot. Need that for next week. Loving Four Roses Single Barrel.

Four Roses Single Barrel is what I have ben keeping stocked at the house lately. Agree, good stuff. I can't get the Town Branch here but I think I would prefer that over the Four Roses Single Barrel, especially since it's a good bit cheaper.

I've been enjoying Jim Beam Rye a lot lately as a less expensive drop. I think that is a really, really nice Rye for the price.
high praise. I will pick that up tomorrow.

Glad to hear someone else likes Jim Beam Rye. It's pretty good good stuff, although it's been a while since I've had it.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 14, 2015, 03:18:56 PM »
I've seen the Town Branch bottles in various stores, but haven't picked one up. The reviews have been mixed is why I've passed it up.

Try it for yourself. I find reviews foolish in most cases. It's not a popularity contest, it's whiskey!. ;)

We just got Town Branch here, and that will be my next purchase along with Green Spot. Need that for next week. Loving Four Roses Single Barrel.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Nooner Pils
« on: March 13, 2015, 03:20:44 PM »
Then you made a pretty darn good pils cause Nooner is good.

its a darn fine beer they made. easy to crush a bunch of these (he says as 3 have gone down the hatch)

Right there with you - picked up some on the way home.  Just sounded good !

Picked up a twelver yesterday and am having one right now. Glad to see them in cans. Will be nice to take out in the kayak.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 12, 2015, 06:55:46 AM »


What a great list Amanda! Mine is pretty similar.

I would love to grow leeks. Next year, I think I will make a raised bed with very sandy soil just for leeks. I've had no success with sweet potatoes. Just really pretty vines that spread everywhere. I've been told that you need to put down black plastic over the bed to generate a ton of heat to get them to really produce.

Pinnah: I thought I planted beets last year, but when I went to harvest them, it was carrots. I'm planning on it this year. Borscht is one of our favorite meals. Beets roasted with seasame oil and a ton of garlic is pretty dang good too.

Our garden is going to be huge this year.  :D

Lots of rasberries, gooseberries, elderberries, and blackberries to purchase and plant. My list for things to plant this year includes:
Rhubarb
tomatoes
various greens
various herbs
Need to plant garlic in the fall
peas
green beans
beets
carrots
hot peppers
sweet peppers
fingerling potatoes


Gonna put in about 1000 sq feet of wildflowers. Acreage is gonna get  spring green manure Johnny's with some oilseed radish, followed by the fall green manure and a grain of some sort.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 12, 2015, 06:29:07 AM »
The major advantage of raised beds is the "no weeding" part. :D Looks like I'll be putting in carrots in the next week or so based in your schedule.

I put mine in Late April early May last year, and didn't harvest till the week a frost was expected in October. We had a bonanza of carrots last year. Big uniform size. So so so tasty.

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All Things Food / Re: Pretzels
« on: March 06, 2015, 01:06:15 PM »
Looks great! Did you make some mustard to go with those :)

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