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Home Espresso Maker

Pre ground coffee for espresso? I'm placing my bar higher than "not too bad," but that's just my opinion.

May 01, 2013
chuckl in Cookware

Home Espresso Maker

I tend to agree with the Rancilio Silvia suggestion. Silvia is a little picky about coffee freshness and the right grind, but once you get her dialed in, you can produce very good espresso shots consistently. It's a single boiler machine, but it should be sufficient for the tasks you've stated. I've used the Silvia for many years and once I figured out the nuances, it's been a solid and reliable performer. For me, any discussion that begins with Illy or Starbucks sets the bar way too low.

May 01, 2013
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What kind of cookware should I buy? I mean full set or different pieces?

Cookware made from different materials will give you more cooking flexibility than if you buy in a set.

Mar 13, 2013
chuckl in Cookware

Craft Beer Bottle Size - NYT Article

I also didnt get the point of Autumn Maple. A lot of people rave about it but I just thought it was a bad beer. I do like Mischief and Rugbrod, however, and Melange 3 was off the hook.

Mar 09, 2013
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Almanac Beer

Josh, if you're in SF, Healthy Spirits on Clement has it. Also, off topic, I ran into some FW Sucaba at BevMo.

Mar 08, 2013
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Almanac Beer

Josh, have you had Almanac's Barrel Noir yet? It's really good. Which of the Farmers Reserves did you prefer?

Mar 08, 2013
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Drinkers sue Anheuser-Busch for 'watering down' beer

If they didn't want watered down beer they shouldn't be drinking budweiser

Feb 27, 2013
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Seeking malty, golden, lightly hopped beer

Hacker-Pschorr Anno 1417 might work

Feb 19, 2013
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Russian River cases in Pennsylvania?

According to Rate Beer, you might be able to find it at the Drafting Room. http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/Country...

Feb 16, 2013
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What foods go with beer?

Does wine have bitter hops. Or roasted malt?

Feb 13, 2013
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What foods go with beer?

Feb 13, 2013
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What foods go with beer?

Tsing tao, san miguel and carlsberg are relatively non descript industrial pilsners. Any good real German lager would be a better choice with Asian food than those palid imitations.

Feb 13, 2013
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Finally acquired a taste for beer - what's next

Most sour beers are ales

Feb 09, 2013
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Finally acquired a taste for beer - what's next

Find a good beer pub in your area. The Map Room, for instance. Go in the afternoon when its not too busy. Tell the bartender youre a noobie and order several small tasting glasses about 4 oz. try a range of styles, american pale ale, belgian wit, porter, a pilsner, a british ale, etc. this will help you find your palate.

Feb 03, 2013
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Beer towns

I agree. A more interesting list would be the cities with the best beer pubs and bottle shops, not necessarily the most microbreweries.As a consumer, I'd rather have access to the best beers from all over the country and world than just local microbreweries. The problem as I see it is that it's hard to get great beers from different parts of the country. Most of it is probably due to the fact that there's not enough supply to even meet local demand for some of the better breweries. I know that Avery stopped distributing in many parts of California, for example. Heck, some of the great beers from Southern California are often hard to find in Northern California. It's slowly getting better, though.

Feb 01, 2013
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Beer for Wine Lovers

Some really good suggestions here. I'd suggest tossing in some "sour" beers, like Russian River Temptation, Consecration or Supplication. Lost Abbey Red poppy is quite nice too. I'd also consider a belgian style strong pale like RR Damnation or Goose Island Matilda. And an old ale like barrel aged Old Stock from North Coast or Firestone Walker Anniversary XV. And if you could scare up a Cantillon like Rose de Gambrinus or Lou Pepi, you might even convert some wine drinkers to beer.

Jan 28, 2013
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I what to buy a cappuccino machine

I agree with the silvia/rocky recommendations. I've been using them happily daily for many years. Keep in mind that it takes a while to get totally dialed in with this combo. The silvia doesnt do well with coffee thats not very fresh. Be prepared to experiment with the grind and tamp, and get a decent convex tamper. Read up on coffeegeek, whole latte love and even home barista. Dont be put off by the snobs. Its just coffee. And the silvia steams milk really well. I even use it to make hot chocolate and chai.

Jan 25, 2013
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Looking for a stainless steel cookware recommendation

You'll basically end up with two options for good quality stainless: stainless clad over copper or aluminum or stainless with a disk bottom. The reason is that stainless on its own is no a great conductor of heat. If the all clad handles are a problem, take a look at sitram.

Dec 28, 2012
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Ommegang Hennipin Ale

I opened a Brooklyn Brewing Blue Apron Belgian Dark for Christmas that I had held since 2009 and it was fantastic with roast beef. I wouldnt sit on a pilsner or most IPAs that long, but beers that undergo a secondary fermentation in the bottle are often better after a couple of years.

Dec 28, 2012
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stella artois

The craft beer label message is, we are the irreverent outsiders, and very different from mass market industrial beer. And theyre right.

Dec 10, 2012
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stella artois

how times have changed, and quickly, too

Dec 09, 2012
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stella artois

I thought you guys might enjoy this article, if you haven't already seen it.
http://247wallst.com/2012/12/03/nine-...

Dec 09, 2012
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stella artois

The lack of marketing of craft beer has been a blessing in disguise because consumers are drinking beer based on what tastes good rather than whats hyped the most. This is why the major brands can't compete with craft beer. No matter how much money they throw at marketing, their beer still tastes like nothing.

Dec 09, 2012
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Falalala....it's Christmas Beer time again.

I just tried this years Santas Little Helper Russian Imperial Stout from Port Brewing on draft and its very good, with lots of chocolate and coffee notes. I can imagine this being delicious with chocolates and dessert or with vanilla ice cream as a beer float.

Dec 09, 2012
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Gift Recommendations for Beer Aficionado

Depends on the level of beer geekiness. For someone relatively new to beer, I'd go with the brewmasters table, for a long time serious beer geek, the oxford guide. Either way its hard to go wrong with Garrett Oliver.

Dec 06, 2012
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Gift Recommendations for Beer Aficionado

tickets to the Great American Beer Festival

Dec 05, 2012
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seasoning won't stick to areas of cast iron skillet

I agree. Unless you break down everything that has been used on it and remove it to the bare surface you will not be able to properly season it. You will just be piling new gunk on old gunk. Sand it down to the orignial surface before you season it.

Dec 04, 2012
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stella artois

Its a trick question insofar as there is no universally accepted definition of what constitutes a "premium" beer.

Dec 04, 2012
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stella artois

If you like fizzy yellow tastes like nothing beer it's fantastic.

Dec 01, 2012
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At what point do you drink your beer room temperature?

I think you're right, Jim. Scaling to much larger quantities is a larger problem than most brewers realize. It's not like you can get to 100 gallon batches from 30 gallons by simply multiplying the grain bill; its not that simple. Macro brewers take a lot of flack for producing an insipid product, and justifiably so, but they do have the scale worked out, as well as the all-important process and quality controls. At large volumes, it really does become an industrial process. Craft brewers can learn a lot from them in that regard and some, like Sierra Nevada, and I would guess Samuel Adams, certainly have. Craft beer from a lot of brewers is way too inconsistent, batch to batch.

Nov 27, 2012
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