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 07-24-2003, 20:20 Post: 60087
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Since the topic of beer came up in a Kubota thread (Thanks Chief), and beer is near and Deere to my heart (hey, I already mentioned Kubota), I thought I'd start a thread about it.

I like nearly all beer, but the worst I've had is one called Macho beer (with a cowboy on a bucking bronco on the label) followed closely by Corona's that have gone skunky due to the clear bottle. You MUST be macho if you like Macho.

Here in Oregon we have tons of micro brews to choose from, and many of them are darned good. My current favorite is Rogue Hazelnut Brown, followed closely by Widmer Hefeweizen with lots of lemon.

My favorite cheap beer when washing down a pizza is Weinhard's Dark Ale on draft.

As far as domestics, I dunno, Samuel Adams is pretty darned good.

Cheap utility beer you ask? Just about any domestic will do, but Miller Lite is one of my least favorites, although the LESS CALORIES is pretty appealing to me right now.

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 07-25-2003, 05:55 Post: 60097
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I used to brew my own and got so I could turn out a decent English type pale ale most of the time.

What I learned in brewing is that quality recipes use malt and no corn sugar (except to give it the fizz) and plenty of the right hops. Malt and hops are expensive and breweries around here have been cutting quality for quite awhile. Too much corn sugar in the recipe and you can taste the aldehydes that result. That's the 'dry beer' taste along with cutting back on the hops that advertisement turned into a virtue a few years back. It's really just cheap beer. Lite beer too is mostly less ingredients and shorter fermentation times. Another vice turned into a virtue by advertisement.

There were a bunch of micro-breweries around here that used decent recipes. Now what started out as a micro as well as the majors bought most of them up and they survive only in name. In no time at all the products become the standard major brewery slop. Hard to find a decent brew at the beer store nowadays. Hope you have better luck where you are.






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 07-25-2003, 09:16 Post: 60111
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I brew my own beer. People seem to like it. I make an India Pale Ale and a Russian Imperial Stout. The RIS measures almost 9% alcohol, so it also has a stout kick. When it gets a little cooler, I will brew up a couple of 5 gallon batches. It lasts for quite a while if properly bottled.

Tom you are right about the malt. Even though corn sugar is a "natural" ingredient, malt makes better beer and scotch whiskey. Hops make a big difference in the beer, and I experiment with different hops and how they are used from time to time. I have never made any of the specialty beers with fruit. Fruit may go on my breakfast, but not my beer.

There is a US domestic beer that is quite good called Shiner Bock. It is made in Shiner, TX and is worth a try. It is readily available around here, but I don't know how widely distributed it is. I like Sam Adams, Molsen, Moosehead, and most other fuller bodied beers.

Budweiser and some other domestic US beers give me a headache which I don't get with a good ale. So, I don't drink those beers anymore.






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 07-25-2003, 09:40 Post: 60112
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Out here in Oregon it is microbrew heaven. There are many small brew pubs that serve only what they brew. Most of it is very good. One thing that some do is to serve a "nitro" beer. From what I understand, nitro beers are simply pressurized with nitrogen instead of CO2. It is amazing what this does to the flavor of the beer - the beer really smooths out, both in flavor and in texture. Nitro beer head consists of much smaller bubbles that last a very long time, and any bitterness in the beer is mostly gone. Usually the nitro brews are the porters, stouts, and bocks and they are almost always wonderful.

I have no brewing experience other than using one of those "Beer Machine" home brew kits for awhile. I actually turned out a decent Oktoberfest ale with the kit once but my wife made me get rid of it because it took up too much room in the refrigerator.






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I don't care for the all-in-one systems very much. I use a plastic bucket for a fermenter. I use old glass water cooler jugs for holding the brew prior to bottling. I have been brewing for over 15 years.

I put some beer up in 5 liter kegs that are just slightly larger than a gallon milk jug. Those are handy for parties. Most of the beer goes into 20 oz. brown bottles.










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 07-27-2003, 18:10 Post: 60232
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You must stay up at night thinking up these hard questions. Here in AL is hard to get any decent beer. The county is dry and the material sold in the adjacent counties is nearly unfit to drink. I have not had a case in the house in more than a year. The best I could do here is Killians Red, but often by the time it sold it was out of date and they do not store in the cooler.

I also fine the regular american wheat/rice beers give me head aches so stick to full bodied beers.

The best I have had is homebrew or on tap in Munich. Obviously I need some tips to get started brewing. I have worked only one wort with a friend.

The best beer store in Ontario was Sleemans out of Guelph. I had a ex-student chemist smuggle me some out of the brewery when it first started back up in the 90's and I was hooked.






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 07-27-2003, 18:23 Post: 60237
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This hard question seemed like a natural followup to the "guns for self defense" thread. After all, whats better than having a few beers after a hard day of shooting? Laughing out loud

I had a neighbor who home brewed. After one particularly nasty smelling batch his wife banned him from cooking it up indoors. My wife would probably do the same to me because she has an incredibly sensitive nose.






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 07-27-2003, 18:54 Post: 60240
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My favorite here is big buck, when in Teaxas its lone star. My wife drinks a blueberry beer from a micro brew in Bar Harbor Maine. I drink so little now that one puts me to bed so even a good old budweiser does the trick.






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 07-27-2003, 19:18 Post: 60244
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Dave, the next time you are in TX or if you get to NM, you have to try some Shiner Bock. You will not be disappointed. I won't say that it is better than what I make, but it is commercially available and is a good beer.

As far as home brewing is concerned, there are several ways to get started easily. Check out a book "The Complete Joy of Home Brewing" by Charlie Papazian. There is also a newer version called the New Complete Joy of Home Brewing. I am sure Amazon carries these books. These have enough information to get you started and beyond the all-in-one kits. You will make a respectable brew on your first attempt if you follow the directions. If you get into this as a hobby, there are dozens of books available. All of the ingredients are available via mail order. Search on "Home Brewing Supplies."

I like the smell of the brewing process, but because I tend to take up the entire kitchen, I do my brewing when my wife is out of town on a trip. I can imagine how I would feel if I came in and she was firmly planted in my machine shop, so I respect her turf.

My next batch of beer will be made in an unused turkey fryer. It is big enough to boil a large batch, and I don't need to be in the kitchen. I just need to steal the propane from the gas grill for a while and boil the wort.

I have figured that home brewing costs between thirty and fifty cents per 20 oz bottle, but cost is not the issue. It tastes better, it is loaded with vitiman B, and I have NEVER had a hangover or headache from homebrew. There are no preservatives. I have a couple of bottles of beer left from my very first batch, ten years ago, and every one I open is still good. I think that it is best when it is about six months old or older because it gets as clear as glass. It is good to drink in just a couple of weeks if you don't mind it being a little cloudy with yeast.






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 07-31-2003, 22:21 Post: 60592
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The micro's, etc just don't do it for me.
I like good old mass market beer, in the following order:
1. Icehouse (50 cents/can)
2. Pabst (40 cents/can)
3. Sam Adams Lite (70 cents/can, when I want to splurge)
4. Blatz Lite (31 cents/can, when I'm short)
5. Export Lite (40 cents/can; a local beer originally)

My least favorites:
1. Coors Lite
2. Busch
3. Leinkugel Red
4. Guiness (how can anyone drink this oil pan sludge?)
5. Bud (just too big, and too expensive)






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