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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    I am going to Stone World Bistro for dinner tonight *drool* God I love that place. Srs, if a handful of whitechapelers ever come to San Diego at once, we should have dinner there. A bit of a drive since it's in north county, but I mean it's STONE. And their food is impeccable.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    Argos, that sounds like a future pre-or-post-ComicCon SD meetup to me.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
     (9928.143)
    So here's what I'm doing today:


    I'm all excited! This will be my first beer from scratch. It's kind of an all-grain (meaning no malt extract) clone of Arrogant Bastard except used with California Ale Yeast and features a twist of cascade hops at the end (as opposed to AB, which is chinook all the way). Working title so far is Audacious Bitch.

    I'm really thrilled about this.
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    Beautiful.

    Hurry up and drink a couple of earthenware-bottled beer like this or this so you can ferment a couple pints in 'em... they are the best tasting bottles you'll find.
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      CommentAuthoreightser
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    That is really nice oldhat ,yeah that is a pretty sweet name for a beer . The roommate and I started brewing 2 years ago - Our first beer


    getting prepped
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011 edited
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    ...and never mind. I fucked up.

    Basically, it looks like I screwed up the mash and didn't turn my starches in to sugars. In the end I have some bitter, coloured water that will most likely not ferment.

    I'm devastated that it didn't work, pissed off at myself that I screwed up and depressed as hell that I wasted about $60 (a large amount to my freelance artist ass) on ingredients and the good will of friends in a brewery who were kind enough to give me some specialty yeast. I know that it was my first one from scratch and a fuck up a few times is inevitable, but...I'm not really liking myself right now.

    I'm going to bed.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
     (9928.147)
    Aw, shit... Hang in there, Robin! The next one will be better, and besides, it'll make for a great story to tell strangers over a pitcher of Audacious Bitch 2.0 someday!
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
     (9928.148)
    Thanks...I figured out it was a mess up on my side and the homebrew shop's side. It seems that the grains they sold don't come crushed, and even though I never have done a recipe like this before, I should have remembered that the grains need to be crushed so the hot water can convert the starches inside the grains in to sugars. Bah.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
     (9928.149)
    Well, (and I mean this to be as comforting and least-condescending as I can) you'll never make that mistake again, right? That's why it's good to fuck up, sometimes.
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    I'm exited to see how it turns out whenever you try again. I just started my first batch of homebrew a few days ago (a simple porter). AB is one of my favorites and if you manage a recipe that comes out similar I'd love to see what you have to say about it.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2011
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    Thanks, folks. :)

    Actually, an interesting development happened. I woke up to the sound of crazy fermentation going on with the beer. Every ten seconds the fermenter lets out a HUGE rumble and activity on the airlock goes nuts. Consulting the folks at homebrewtalk, it looks like the original thought of starches not turning in to sugars was incorrect and the low gravity measurement could be either due to a broken hydrometer or the wort sinking down with the water staying at the top (where I got my sample from). On monday or tuesday when airtight fermentation is complete I'll take a sample and see how it is. Things are, much to my surprise, a bit hopeful now.

    So. Um. Yeah. Looks like, for now, Audacious Bitch is back on.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2011
     (9928.152)
    Alan Tyson, yes!!!

    Oldhat, I helped make batches of beer from scratch over the summer, and I remember it being really slow and long and demanding of patience. Don't worry that the first brew got messed up, I'm sure you'll do just fine next time :)
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2011
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    @oldhat--you've got more chutzpah than I do; I found the idea of doing an all-grain brew too terrifying to countenance.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2011
     (9928.154)
    @Argos, yeah, there's a lot of waiting and it's brutal. ESPECIALLY when you have to wait about ten days after you bottle it. But yeah, I'll try not to sweat too much. My first reaction is always the worst haha.

    @fauxhammer, you know, it was a very simple recipe except for one thing. I realized, after I bought the grains, that they all wouldn't fit in my pot (12.5lbs of grains, one 3 gallon pot. Not. Happening.). I used my 3 gallon brewing pot and three other pots to get most of them, but damn. Grains got all over the place. Thankfully, that was the hardest part and it lasted about an hour. The hopping schedule was a simple one, thank god. But in the end, despite the curse words and the horrid smell of the grains it was a fun experience! Basically you're making tea and throwing some hops in with it. Then with the power of yeast it becomes beer!
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2011
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    Exuberance! Glad to know it seems to be working out!

    I have to say this, though - did you really think a beer named Audacious Bitch wouldn't give you a little heart attack now and then? ;)
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2011
     (9928.156)
    FUCK








    reads on









    YES
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      CommentAuthorlgenius
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011
     (9928.157)
    How does everyone feel about whiskey barrel aged beers?
    Went on a beer hunt today only one I noticed was $10 a bottle so I just bought to $5 beers instead. Review to follow.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2011
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    cask aged can be utterly lovely but also horrible. the best examples i can think of are the brewdog paradoxes one aged in isle of arran casks (lovely vanillaness) one in smokehead bourbon casks (horrific, like someone put out their cigar in your drink)

    there is also one called Robert The Bruce by a company whose name escapes me but its a spiced heather ale aged in casks and is insanely good but improved but lightly heating it ala mulled cider
    • CommentAuthorJiveKitty
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2011
     (9928.159)
    Just had this. That is all.
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      CommentAuthorlgenius
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2011
     (9928.160)
    Not good. Had a very alcohol taste and was only 8.5 just no caramel notes like the bottle told us to be on the look out for.
    It did have hints of dirt, twigs and a strong alcohol after taste.
    Baltic Thunder

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