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Re: Beers

Postby Skimba » Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:40 am

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Cannot get it outside of the east coast area of the US. Whenever I do go back east, I drink this all the time. ALL THE TIME.
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Re: Beers

Postby sum yun gai » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:18 pm

i've wanted to try homebrewing for some time, but i haven't had the space or time to pick it up. hopefully when i finally get my house (rant for another time :evil: ) i can figure something out.

also, if you live in america near this bar you can pretty much get a beer that you can enjoy, even if you think you don't like beer at all. i would stay away from the yard of beer unless you already have a pretty good tolerance for alcohol built up, as they can be quite unwieldy.
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Re: Beers

Postby Dusk » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:09 pm

Beer is good. :mrgreen:
I really should have posted in this thread before now, but I've been so very very busy.
My problem with brewing my own beer is:
1. I get sick of drinking the same thing for a reasonable amount of time.
2. The bottle cleaning gets a bit annoying.
3. Storing all the crap. The equipment, the ingredients, the empty bottles and the full bottles.
4. It takes so long to refine a brew and get it to taste just right. I would rather sample the efforts of someone else and insult them.

I seem to remember posting on here about brewing some beers with my family members. I think the Labatts Blue mix that we tried turned out pretty well.. but probably ended up tasting nothing like the actual product.
My advice is: If you're using molasses, use a tiny bit less than the recipe suggests. This is probably only relevant for the recipes we tried, but the general consensus was that when we cut it down somewhat, it tasted better. Less sugar too, I suppose.
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Re: Beers

Postby EvilJekyll » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:35 pm

We brewed on Tuesday. Learned some things not to do. Malt extract sticks in the bag when steam hits it. Had a brief boil over. Hydrometer remains in carboy. Other than that things went well. Fermentation is slowing. Pictures later.
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Re: Beers

Postby EvilJekyll » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:28 am

Bottled the kit Tripel today. Tasted some of it, not bad. Flavour will improve after conditioning though. :)

Jeez. Jek get some pictures up.

Yeah I know, what's with that guy.
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Re: Beers

Postby Binkatron5000 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:20 pm

Yeah Jek, tits or gtfo!

I mean, pics. Pics or gtfo?
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Re: Beers

Postby fanelian » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:38 pm

Better yet, mail me a sample.
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Re: Beers

Postby ntw3001 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:03 pm

Okay, Wikipedia isn't entirely clear on whether Hoegaarden is commonly available in the US, but it apparently has a presence in Texas. Hoegaarden is a personal favourite, and as you all know I'm something of a connoisseur (by which I mean, I am currently too drunk to use a comma in a way that would not give an English teacher second thoughts (I originally typed 'an apostrophe' rather than 'a comma'; it's a total party! (Also, I had to look up how to spell 'connoisseur', which is a little embarrassing because I never have to do that I am good at spelling (is drinking a direct cause of bracket abuse?)))).
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Re: Beers

Postby fanelian » Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:16 pm

Bracketeering!
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Re: Beers

Postby EvilJekyll » Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:20 pm

ntw3001 wrote:Hoegaarden

Yes. I had it a few weeks ago on tap in their large glass.

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Re: Beers

Postby ntw3001 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:51 pm

so much
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Re: Beers

Postby chrismachine » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:49 pm

It is also very common here. I don't happen to like it much.
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Re: Beers

Postby Binkatron5000 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:54 pm

dang, and I thought the regular Hoegaarden glass was large! It makes me feel like a kid again, having to use two hands to grip the glass.

I don't know if it is commonly available in the US, but in Canada I've seen it on tap in a multitude of pubs in a multitude of cities in various provinces.
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Re: Beers

Postby James » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:16 am

ntw3001 wrote:(is drinking a direct cause of bracket abuse?

I don't know, but programming definitely is.
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Re: Beers

Postby EvilJekyll » Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:26 pm

Binkatron5000 wrote:dang, and I thought the regular Hoegaarden glass was large! It makes me feel like a kid again, having to use two hands to grip the glass.

ntw3001 wrote:so much


Hmm. Seems I was rushing last night and didn't realise the proportions in the pic as opposed to what I had. The large one in the pic is apparently 5L. I guess the regular size glass is just rather large, so I thought that the one I had was a larger version of a "regular" glass, as I never had it on tap before that.

Here's the regular size glass (which seems large.)
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Re: Beers

Postby EvilJekyll » Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:16 pm

So this is how it went.

Step 1: Boil Water
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Step 2: Steep Grains (Depends on recipe)
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Step 3: Delicious smelling water.
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Step 4: Stir in extract.
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Step 5: Remain calm.
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Step 6: Add some hops.
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Step 7: Bring back to slight boil.
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Step 8: Cool quickly.
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Step 9: Pour into fermenter.
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Step 10: Ferment.
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This one required a blowoff hose, as it was rather high in sugar for the yeast to consume.
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Always keep in a quiet dark place, like a corner in the pantry.
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Finished fermenting:
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Step 11: Add some priming sugar to the bottling bucket and siphon beer in there.
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Step 12: Bottle.
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So since it's supposed to hurricane tomorrow, we'll probably brew another of our batches of beer.
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Re: Beers

Postby chrismachine » Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:24 pm

EvilJekyll wrote:I guess the regular size glass is just rather large, so I thought that the one I had was a larger version of a "regular" glass, as I never had it on tap before that.

Here's the regular size glass (which seems large.)
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It holds the same amount of liquid though, it is just a really thick glass.
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Re: Beers

Postby ntw3001 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:04 pm

chrismachine wrote:It holds the same amount of liquid though, it is just a really thick glass.


I always fall for this with Hoegaarden glasses, but is it actually the same volume? In this case it seems plausible that the Hoegaarden glass could be a UK pint and the others could be US pints (not a greatly significant difference, but not a negligible one). It doesn't look like a perspective thing, but I swear there's no way those glasses hold the same amount. I'm a poor judge of volume though, I assume.

What size are the pint glasses in Canada?
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Re: Beers

Postby EvilJekyll » Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:46 pm

Apparently the Hoegaarden glass is variable. They have 8.5 oz, 11oz, ~17 oz., ~25 oz and that super large 5L one. The one I had (I had two of) was either ~17, or ~25. I had to start out holding it with two hands.

We're making the non-kit Tripel as I type this. It's boiling and not doing much interesting.
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Re: Beers

Postby Skimba » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:23 pm

Good job Jek!
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Re: Beers

Postby Dusk » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:00 am

Nice work, EJ. For me it was quite eye-opening, seeing just how much sugar is involved in beer making.. and how drastically the taste and smell changes with the types of hops you use.
chrismachine wrote:It is also very common here. I don't happen to like it much.

Ditto. There was a wheat beer I drank for a while with a lot of lemon.. I don't remember what it was... but I have somehow ended up with a number of Hoegaarden and Weihenstephan glasses in the bottom of a kitchen cupboard.
I tend not to want to drink anything from larger than a pint glass. Mainly because it gets warm before you have the chance to drink all of it (if you're being sensible). Speaking of Weihenstpehan, I want to try Infinium.
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Re: Beers

Postby EvilJekyll » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:23 pm

How do they get the alcohol up that high without killing the yeast? That's a large amount of sugar (yeast food) for that beer.
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Re: Beers

Postby ntw3001 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:25 pm

Dusk wrote:End Of History.
Has BrewDog been discussed here before? I get so confused these days. Their "Sink The Bismarck" IPA is almost $200 per 330ml bottle here in Western Australia. It's 41%.


Huh. Packaged in an actual stoat.

I believe they may have been mentioned, but not discussed at length. I have never guzzled any one of they brews.
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Re: Beers

Postby loofah » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:48 pm

EvilJekyll wrote:How do they get the alcohol up that high without killing the yeast? That's a large amount of sugar (yeast food) for that beer.
Wikipedia claims it's a freeze-distillation process: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer#Strength
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Re: Beers

Postby chrismachine » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:37 pm

Had UFO white Friday before watching the sox get it handed to them at Fenway, it was a pretty good summer beer.
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