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Winter Brew Battle

Deschutes Jubalale definitely deserves a taste. Widmer Brrr! is pretty good- less hoppy and more dark caramels than a lot of "winter" brews. Bridgeport Ebeneezer is tasty as well. I have a Belgian import winter brewed with juniper berries that I'm looking forward to trying.

Dec 06, 2009
homebrewster in Beer

North West hops?

www.beervalleybrewing.com says they distribute in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.

I've had their Black Flag RIS and Leafer Madness IPA, both of which are quite tasty. If you're looking for hop-forward NW beers, Deschutes, Rogue and Redhook have some great beers as well.

Nov 09, 2009
homebrewster in Beer

sugar- beet vs pure cane

"I get fascinated by CH postings of fact vs. feelings. All salt IS sodium cloride. All vodka is just mostly ETOH. These are indisputable facts."

Allow me to dispute your "facts":
"All salt" is not sodium chloride. A "salt" is the common name for *any* ionic compound. Sodium chloride is the one most commonly used for seasoning, sure, but even good old Morton's has another salt in it- Potassium Iodide. Sea Salt is comprised of many different salts.

Vodka is not mostly Ethyl Alcohol. Vodka is mostly (60% by volume) water.

Milk sugar is lactose. Grain sugar is maltose. Fruit and honey sugar is fructose. Corn sugar is dextrose or D-glucose. Beet sugar is sucrose, a molecule composed of a glucose and a fructose molecule bonded together. Cane sugar is sucrose. The biochemistry of sensations is complex and not well understood, but suffice it to say that sugars do not " break down to give more or less the sensation of sweetness".

Argue all you like about Beet vs Cane, but stop saying that they are chemically distinguishable as separate compounds. They are not.

Oct 14, 2009
homebrewster in Home Cooking

Help! What is the proper bread or breads to use in a panini maker ?

Use whatever you like. Sturdy bread would work best- sourdough, rye, artisan grain breads and so forth. Experiment! You'll be better for it, and you won't get shanghai'd onto a foodie bandwagon- you might even start a new bandwagon!

Oct 14, 2009
homebrewster in Home Cooking

What is your go-to 6 pack to take to a get together....

Anything from Deschutes- this time of year I'm partial to their Twilight Ale.

But really... who am I kidding? I'm gonna take over my latest homebrew batch (Saison, this week) and sit around expectantly waiting for compliments!

Aug 24, 2009
homebrewster in Beer

Pyramid?

Pyramid's Apricot Ale is one of the few non-lambic fruit beers that I like. Their Snowcap is also quite good. That said, if I'm going to shell out seven bucks for a sixxer, there's a few other brands that I'm going to look for first, like Deschutes, Laughing Dog, or Sierra Nevada.

Jul 24, 2009
homebrewster in Beer

Beer Newbie needs recommendation

If your beer experience is limited to Bass and "yellow fizzy", you've got a lot of exploring to do! :)

If you like dark and a little sweet, try Rogue Hazelnut Brown, from Newport, OR. It's a great beer. Anchor Brewing has already been mentioned- I don't think I've ever had anything of theirs that I didn't like. Anderson Valley down in CA makes some of the best beer I've had. Russian River makes good beers as well. For all-around great beer, though... I've never had a Deschutes beer and not gone back for more of it. Their Twilight Ale is in season right now and very good- it's a light amber American bitter.

Jul 24, 2009
homebrewster in Beer

Homebrewing books

"Brewing Classic Styles" is another good one. It has at least one award-winning recipe for every style of beer classified by the American Homebrewing Association, from Bud clones to Flanders Sour Ales to Imperial Stouts.

After you get into brewing a little bit, check out "Brew Like A Monk" for a popular and informative look into Belgian-style beers. If you ever want an in-depth look at the nitty-gritty details of making beer, check out "Principles of Brewing Science" by George Fix.

Jul 24, 2009
homebrewster in Beer

Do "unfiltered wheat beers" or "white" beers have more calories than others?

In general, yes, calorie content is proportional to alcohol content, but "heavy" beers also have a lot of residual poly-saccharide sugar that doesn't ferment out. Wheat beers can have a lot of dissolved starch and protein, which gives them both their cloudy appearance as well as a higher caloric value.

Guinness is so low in calories for two reasons- its low ABV (3.2% for draft, if I remember right), and the extremely low residual sugar. It's also loaded with essential minerals, so get that girl of yours on the Guinness bandwagon for health!

Jul 24, 2009
homebrewster in Beer