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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2011
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    You should have one incoming.
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    I wish I could afford being a beer nerd again. I really got into crafts last year, but situations being what they are, I get maybe one or two bottles of craft beer a month. Currently sitting in my fridge is a Stone Old Guardian, which I may drink tonight.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
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    La. Fin du Monde: the only beer to be named after its own hangover!

    In all seriousness, thank you again, oldhat, for introducing me to such liquid gold. It went down smoother and sweeter than any pale ale I've ever had, and it went to my head exactly as fast as I wanted it to. It had a fantastically mellow mouthfeel, with a pleasant alcohol tingle that lingered on the tongue and cheeks. The hops were the exact right balance of bitter and crisp. I'd be FASCINATED to know what its like in a glass with a big foamy head, and a thick slice of pizza to go with it. Best Pale Ale I've ever had, and I highly recommend it to any and all!
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
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    Beer-related:



    AWESOME.
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
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    Not quite beer related, but I found a jar of Jameson Whiskey Orange Marmalade at a grocery store a while back. Haven't finished it off yet, but it is fantastic.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011 edited
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    Just bought a copy of Charlie Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing (3rd Edition), and maybe it's the three-and-a-half Guinesses my brain is currently sloshing around in, but I've got some IDEAS.

    Here are my IDEAS.

    “Goblin Queen” Mint IPA

    General Idea: A hop-heavy ale with strong notes of mint and other refreshing herbs, a subtle spicy sweetness, and good head retention.

    Inspiration: Lindsay (old girlfriend). Strange, and bittersweet.

    Brewing: Make a large tea of fresh mint (more than anything else), sweet basil, and “matcha” green tea powder, for the brewing water. Use whole ginger in the wort. Finishing hops. Allow one week for bottle fermentation.

    Malts: Light (10-20) Crystal Malt.

    Hops: Combination of Sterling and Horizon (if available – Chinook, if not) (Sterling and Horizon for wort, just Horizon for finishing).

    Color: If we're lucky, the matcha and herbs will give this beer an otherworldly golden-green color. Exactly the kind of weird shit you'd expect from something called Goblin Queen.

    Pairings: Salty snacks and sandwiches, pizza (especially spicy thin-crust), soft pretzels. Hopefully, this will be something that you could make kickass pizza dough with, too!

    “The Engineer” Black Lager

    General Idea: A dark-colored but light-bodied and quaffable lager, with mild hop and citrus flavors, contrasting a roasted, nutty undertone.

    Inspiration: Dad.

    Brewing: Make a large amount of oolong and orange-flavored tea for the brewing water. Include fresh peanuts and orange peel in the wort, along with the hops. Ferment in cold, as per normal lager rules.

    Malts: Black Malt.

    Hops: Strissepalt, if available; Liberty, if not.

    Color: Should be about as dark as Smithwicks, though if we can get darker, all the better. This beer should be a little deceptive – you should expect something dark and intimidating, and get something a little more refreshing and calming.

    Pairings: Barbecue ribs and chicken, burgers, mixed nuts.

    “Stargazer” Stout

    General Idea: A thick, creamy-dreamy dessert stout, with chocolate and tart fruity flavors.

    Inspiration: Space, the final frontier.

    Brewing: Make a large amount of vanilla-flavored tea for the brewing water. Include vanilla beans, fresh raspberries and cranberries, and stick cinnamon in the wort. Double fermentation. Maybe if we're REALLY good by now, add just a little brown sugar to the second fermentation.

    Malts: Combination of Chocolate Malt and Dark (90) Crystal Malt.

    Hops: Galena.

    Color: Not-quite-impenetrably dark, with slight pink or red tones in the head. Think nebulae and dark brooding moons and planets.

    Pairings: Chocolate in any and all forms, fresh fruit, blue cheese, dark mushrooms. If this turns out good, we'll be adding it to chocolate cake and brownie mixes!
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2011
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    "The Engineer" sounds quite damn tasty. And I will drink any Stout put in front of me.
    Not too sure about "Goblin Queen" that sounds... intimidating.
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    Sounds awesome. I plan on looking into Extreme Homebrewing as mentioned by someone on Google+ as well. BEEEEEEEEEEERRRR
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    Alan, I would drink all of those beers. For a reference though, I suggest going to homebrewtalk.com to run it by some of the more seasoned brewers just in terms of what to add/how long to brew for.

    So I got a HUGE cheque today, which means that I may very well pick up a copy of Extreme Brewing. It looks good!

    As far as my own beer is going, the chemical aftertaste is starting to go down, thank gods. I put a sample in the freezer to try it cold and it may very well be a lifesaver for me come August. Between that and the progressing label design with mojokingbee, this will be damn fine.

    Other purchase today will be a bottle brush because I'm a freakin' IDIOT and never rinsed out my bottles when I was done drinking from them. I'm due for an overnight soak in soap and water, followed by another soak in water with a bit o' bleach and ANOTHER soak in really hot water. Frustrating, but it must be done!
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    Yeah, after reading through Joy of Homebrewing again, I'm re-considering some of my ingredients, particularly for the Stargazer - might want to leave off the brown sugar, maybe replace it with a little maple syrup (or maybe see if that could be used as the priming sugar? hmmmm...). I told a co-worker my idea for Goblin Queen, and he said it sounded fascinating, but that he'd want to watch someone else drink it first and wait an hour to see if they turned into a goblin themselves.

    I'm more okay with that assessment than maybe I should be.

    Just out of curiosity, does anyone know a good solvent for getting label glue off of bottles? I've got a pretty good collection of them waiting to be cleaned, but I want to get the labels all the way off first.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    Alan, screw solvents just put them in a sink of hot water for a few minutes. They peel right off. :)
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    Some of 'em do - been scrubbing away at this one 40 oz. (I want to use it as an aging bottle) for the last twenty minutes, and bastard's still got big clumps of gunk on it. Hmmmm.
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    Extreme Brewing is awesome. I picked it up when I was going to get into homebrewing last year and then never actually got a chance to use it.
    @Alan I love mint, but i don't know how i feel about it in my beer.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    Oh, I'll happily admit, it's a bit of an odd idea. But what's the point of homebrewing if you don't try something a little whacky every now and then?
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    sadly i haven't brewed in something like 6 months... my freind has just finished up his mash tun though so i think this weekend we might do some work....
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    @alan Goof Off will take anything off of anything (including flesh from bone, if you're not careful), especially adhesives from a non-porous surface like glass. should be in the paint section of your local hardware store.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    Shannon, you're a life-saver, mate! Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorlgenius
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    @alan I soak them in hot water and oxy clean and it works great. I used goof of on duck tape residue and it really works, but it is oily.
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    @alan This:


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