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Rabbit in PDX?

Yes, Pastaworks that's what I was thinking of. Thanks.

Apr 23, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Metro Portland

Rabbit in PDX?

Now that I think about it you should check Market Of Choice just call ahead because they don't always have it in stock. I've heard that the farmers market in the Park Blocks by PSU has rabbit.

Apr 22, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Metro Portland

Rabbit in PDX?

You could try Sheridan Fruit Co., New Seasons, or Whole Foods. I know Gartners Meat Market does NOT carry rabbit. I can't think of the name but there is a great small shop on SE Hawthorne near Powell's Books that might carry rabbit.

Apr 22, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Metro Portland

Home Brew Class

Anyone in the Portland Oregon are interested in learning to home brew?

Apr 22, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

Home Brewing

Anyone in the Portland area interested in learning to home brew?

Apr 22, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Pacific Northwest

Belgian Witbeir Brewing Tips

Brewing with wheat and/or oats could cause a stuck mash if your using grains. If this is an extract brew then you should be fine. I would not recommend adding flour to your beer just for the sake of having a cloudy beer. You really should consider moving to all grain brewing. It is not nearly as daunting as one might think. All grain will give you many more options to fine tune your beer to what you want.

For lagers the idea of using a fridge for fermentation is a great idea as it keeps fermentation temps constant. Provided you're not opening and closing the fridge. Ideally you would have two refrigerators, one for normal food use and one for your lager.

If you don't own it already then I'd suggest picking up a copy of The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing by Charlie Papazian. It is considered the bible of home brewing to many home brewers.

Good luck! Relax, have a home brew!

Apr 14, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

Miller High Life...

While I respect the ability to mass produce a beer with consistency I think MHL lacks depth. There are many wonderful domestic lagers I'd rather drink. I'll take a MHL over some beers but I don't seek it out. If you can find it in your area check out Session from Full Sail. It's a great lager that is cheap when compared to other micro brews. If I'm out in a bar I can get a bottle of Session for $2.50.

Apr 03, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

Tap Beer Dilemma

That's pretty damn funny! :)

Mar 26, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

Tap Beer Dilemma

The only thing I can think of is if you're drinking micros it is not uncommon for carbonation levels to be different, recipes can vary slightly, and the yeast used can also vary. The same beer may be filtered before it is racked into a keg but left unfiltered when bottled. Unfortunately there are too many variables that can't be ruled out on this forum. Probably best to check with your doctor.

Mar 25, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

Tap Beer Dilemma

Could be a variety of things going on. Psychosomatic, different yeast strains, filtered/unfiltered beers, higher levels of CO2 in the tap beer. Have you tried drinking the same beer with one bottled and on off the tap?

Mar 25, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

Favorite Hard Cider

Cidre Bouche du Normande is a good one. Woodchuck is too sweet for me. I like Strongbow, Aspall and Blackthorne. Wandering Aengus Ciderworks makes three nice ones ranging in dryness. Fox Barrel is good.

All time favorite for both my wife and myself has to be Strongbow.

Mar 20, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

cellaring beer

Cellaring fruit beers is fine as long as you take into account the same things you do with non-fruit beers. Temp., humidity, light, store up right, how it's capped/corked, and alcohol content. I say let sit if all of those are controlled for. The hardest part about cellaring beer is keeping yourself from drinking it too early. Cheers!

Mar 20, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

cellaring beer

If possible I say skip the fridge for storing. Humidity is something to be taken into consideration so a basement with an ideal temp and constant temp. is more suited to storage of beers than a fridge.

Mar 16, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

cellaring beer

Even with a cork I don't recommend storing the beer on it's side. Even if aging for 10 years. Corks are impregnated suberin, a waxy substance that is almost water and vapor proof. The bottle already has a level of humidity protecting the cork. A beer that is corked and/or capped and/or dipped in wax will provide and excellent barrier to the beer. Storing the beer upright ensures all the yeast will settle to the bottom. Upright storage reduces the amount of surface area that is exposed thus slowing the oxidation of the beer. Alcohols in the beer can draw out moldy or cork flavors if exposed to a cork too long. Natural cork is known to harbor TCA which can ruin your beer. Many breweries recommend storing beers upright, Chimay is one example. Just my opinion.

Mar 16, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

Technical Curiousity

juantanamera gave a pretty good answer. I'd add that when the IBU's (International Bittering Units) of a beer are calculated it is based on the alpha acid of the hops. The alpha acid is listed as a percentage. Alpha acids are extremely important to the bitter profile of a beer.

Mar 16, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

Food and Beer Pairings

Check out the book The Brewmasters Table by Garret Oliver.

Mar 16, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer

cellaring beer

What's the temp. that you are storing these beers at? Different temps. are required for different beers. Remember to store the beers upright unlike wine. This is important when you have unfiltered beers. Also beers that come in at 8% or more are more suited to a cellar than beers under 8%. Finally light and oxygen will destroy your beers so make sure the caps have no leaks and consider using a fridge that is not opened often. Enjoy!

Mar 16, 2009
nwhitney2003 in Beer