Enough Sturm und Drang…laissez les bons temps rouler.
Use this thread to share how you are steeling yourself for the SOTU.
Sadly, this year the drinking game will have to soldier on without John’s indispensable guidance. Some suggestions:
* Drink each time a Republican starts clapping, looks around and puts his hands down.
* Every inappropriate Republican outburst must be greeted with a toast of ‘LIAR!’, followed by a drink.
* Small sip every time he says ‘working families’. This is a PURELY CEREMONIAL drink; please treat as such. I do not want your liver on my conscience.
* Same for ‘main street’.
* Toss back a cement mixer each time he says ‘bipartisan’.
Have at it in the comments.
I say Thirsty Bear.
People may want food, I figure.
Upon further reflection I think the best places for tonight are thirsty bear and House of shields. Any opinions?
I wad thinking 8 if that works for people.
This is from an iPhone using Dragon.
I will be wearing a pink shirt and a black leather blazer.
Let’s go with Thirsty Bear.
Seriously, whoever stole all the toilet seats should apologize.
Later: I will review a bunch of beers that you cannot have because (as far as I can tell) America does not import them. Leffe “9” is awesome!
It sounds like several of you have just started your own first batch. Mazel tov! I hope that my last thread had something to do with it.
In lieu of a recipe thread, here is the one bit of advice that most improved my beers since I started with my current mixed grain/extract strategy. Instead of adding hops in two big doses, try adding it as close to constantly through the boil as you can manage. I normally split my hops pellets into 8-10 wells of an ice cube tray and toss each well into the pot at ten minute increments. Throughout a long boil hops gradually loses its flavor and leaves bitterness, so adding hops in many stages leaves you with a complex mix of hops that have boiled for various lengths of time.
As far as I have read Sam Caligione figured this out first when he created his iconic 60 minute IPA, which is named after the 60 minutes that fresh ground hops flowers shake onto the boil in a home-made sifter. Caligione’s “continuous hopping” is what gives his 60, 90 and celestial 120 minute IPAs their unique depth.
Are you brewing anything right now? Enjoying anything for the weekend? I’m off to wine and cheese country in an hour, so for now all you beer lovers are on your own.
Over the years quite a lot of you have asked about how to start brewing your own beer. The short answer is that it’s pretty easy! Find your nearest homebrew supply store and introduce yourself. Most of those guys love to help beginners get started, and the few jerks won’t mind if you keep going to the next homebrew shop down the road.
As an added incentive to get yourself started, here are FAQ-formatted answers to questions that would-be homebrewers often ask. Join me after the flip.