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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    Every one of you people are heroes, and should a) we ever encounter one another in the meatsphere, and b) I don't kill myself with toxic cleaning fumes trying to use all these products at once, I will owe each of you a beer. Possibly one of my own concocting!
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
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    I always just used rubbing alcohol to remove glue gunk. And believe you me, I have dealt with a lot of glue in my time.
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      CommentAuthorAmpersand
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    That Goblin Queen sounds like something I would jump at the chance to try. You know what this means? It means it must be made!
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011 edited
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    When in NYC I tried Heartland Brewery's Mint-Blueberry beer and my GOD it was amazing! Brewed with fresh spearmint and containing blueberries in the glass! It was wonderful! So I'd very much like to try Alan's mint beer.

    Other news: So! The label is done!



    Thank you SO much to @mojokingbee!
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    Oh man, Mojo! You have outdone yourself, sir! It's a nice departure from your usual style, and I love the "could be a rose, could be a nuclear detonation" in the background.

    @oldhat: I'm gonna find out of Heartland distributes this far south - if so, I definitely want to try it! Your description matched kind of what I'm thinking for Goblin Queen.

    @Ampersand: I've been counting my magic beans to see how long before I can afford a brewing kit. I'll need to make a test beer or two before I try anything too MAD, but once I feel I've got a handle, Goblin Queen will be my first attempt! And after that, I'll see what I can do about smuggling it up past the border to get some to you guys!
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011 edited
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    Yep. My hydrometer is broken (put it in some water and I heard it cracking). So I don't know what the gravity of my beer is and there's a chance that if I bottle I'll increase the risk of exploding bottles. Great.

    Also the chemical aftertaste is still there. It won't taste horrible when chilled, mind. But still. I have improvements to make for the next batch.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    oldhat, has the taste gotten worse, or stayed more or less constant?
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      CommentAuthorSlick
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2011 edited
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    some of my recent home brews

    woodford wherry bitter
    bitter

    a stout
    stout

    and currently a lager
    lager
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2011
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    @Slick

    Nice pics!

    Had Flying Dog Pale Ale last night. Had a lot of it (and other stuff). From what I remember it was very good, smooth, with a nice finish.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2011
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    @Slick nice! And I'm curious about that device you have there as well...

    Drinking news - Finally, my sweet Smashbomb Atomic IPA from Flying Monkeys Brewery got in to LCBOs after months of fighting! I grabbed a six pack and had a fun Saturday night sipping the delicious IPA while watching Game of Thrones.

    Homebrew News - Okay, so the taste is mellowing out now...damn, this puts me in a panic, but it's something new, so I guess it's fine. But yeah. Today I washed my bottles (about 30 in total of various sizes) and next weekend I'll be bottling the damn thing. With a little luck, by August 10th or so I should be able to actually drink it.

    I've also decided that one of the beers I'll be making during the winter season will be some Spruce Beer. Not sure if I want to go with a modern-style recipe (essentially an ale with the spruce added for aroma and taste) or a historical recipe (which uses an ungodly amount of molasses). But I can figure that out later!
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      CommentAuthorlgenius
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2011
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    @ oldhat you mean Spruce Campbell
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2011
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    Igenius never heard of that. I mean Spruce Beer.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2011 edited
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    Way way WAY late, but @ Lamp Commander who had just tried Bard's gluten-free beer. I'm allergic (well, I have Celiac but who really cares about the difference) to gluten, so I'm trying to edumacate myself on the gluten free beers, not being able to drink real beers. SO here goes.

    Most GF beers are made from sorghum.

    Most GF beers are a little too sweet and not nearly beery enough.

    ... The world of Gluten Free beerdom is pretty sad, actually. I recently read an article in which a normal person went through and tried a whole bunch of gluten free beers and rated them and the ONLY ONE that got a solid rating actually had trace amounts of gluten in it.

    My current go-to beers are Redbridge (sorghum and rice by AnheuserBusch), New Grist (when I can find it), and St Peter's (almost like a regular hoppy beer from what I understand but more expensive). All of these are sorghum based. Greens makes interesting GF beers, but they're uhm, kind of too sweet? I don't know. I've heard Shakparo makes a good honey beer but I've yet to find it anywhere. Also, when I was living in Philly a local microbrewery (Dock Street, AWESOME places) would make a seasonal GF beer, but it was also sorghum based. I don't remember the taste all that well, just that it was also pretty sweet.

    Unfortunately, but also somewhat fortunately, I have no frame of reference for what I'm missing. However, if you're looking to go gluten free, I wouldn't recommend the beers.

    Stick with ciders, distilled alcohols (I'm a big fan of fancy bourbons and other whiskeys), and wines.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2011 edited
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    Slick, that stout looks thick enough to float a billiards ball in. And I think I would have killed someone for a frosted glass of that lager, earlier today. Damn, that's a lovely color. What malts/extract did you use to get that?
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      CommentAuthorSlick
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2011
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    @Oldhat that's a chambray beer dispenser. It chills and dispenses from a 5 litre mini keg

    @Alan Tyson Those are all kit beers I'm afraid though I am about to launch into all grain brewing shortly. I'll let you know how it goes.
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    @dorkmuffin: I wasn't looking to go gluten-free, just curious. But I'm also interested in trying more. Plus, I thought that celiacs couldn't even drink alcohol made from gluten grains (like whiskey). Is that not true?

    Also, in beer-related news: I've been very busy with preparing to move as of late, but I have a bottle of Taos Green Chile Beer waiting for me in the fridge, which I hope to try this weekend. Will report findings at some point.

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