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Yaay, beer!

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:35 am
by mj12games
Guinness is good.

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:26 am
by jimbeau
Now you hadda get me going didn't you?

http://www.guinnessblog.com

mmmm beer

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:48 am
by tabascojunkie
I've become a big fan of Hefeweizen lately. I found one called Pyramid that's really good.

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:03 am
by thedugan
Not a beer guy - Sake' for me, thanks!

Sake

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:32 pm
by japridemor
thedugan wrote:Not a beer guy - Sake' for me, thanks!

Isn't Sake actually more of a beer? I know it is usually refered to as rice wine but it shares most characteristics of beer, not wine. Beer is made from grains (wheat, barley, rice) while wine is made from plant juices (grapes). Wine is single fermented while beer (including sake) is fermented multiple times. The big difference is that in sake the enzymes for starch conversion come from a mold and not malt. Like all beers, Sake is best served fresh, it doesn't age like wine, quickly spoiling if unrefrigerated.

Pale Ale

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:40 pm
by japridemor
I used to like darker stouts and porters but over the last decade I have switched to preferring several excellent pale ales. I especially seem to like the pale ales with more hops as in IPAs.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale...mmmmn
Dogfishhead 60 minute IPA...mmmnnn
Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA...mmmnnn
Dogfishhead 120 minute IPA..not so much, too hoppy and bitter
Redhook's Hammer IPA...mmmnn
Bass Pale Ale....mmmnn

Re: Sake

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:21 pm
by thedugan
japridemor wrote:
thedugan wrote:Not a beer guy - Sake' for me, thanks!

Isn't Sake actually more of a beer? I know it is usually refered to as rice wine but it shares most characteristics of beer, not wine. Beer is made from grains (wheat, barley, rice) while wine is made from plant juices (grapes). Wine is single fermented while beer (including sake) is fermented multiple times. The big difference is that in sake the enzymes for starch conversion come from a mold and not malt. Like all beers, Sake is best served fresh, it doesn't age like wine, quickly spoiling if unrefrigerated.


Beer and Sake are fermented MULTIPLE times? I've read 'recipes' for brewing and never saw that - mold, not malt? Hmm.. things to google...

Decent Sake' doesn't need to be refrigerated. I keep mine over the dryer in the laundry closet, and it's fine - it's like 15.6% alcohol. Maybe that cheap chinese crap spoils....never had that happen to me with Gekkeikan. But then, they don't usually sit more than a couple of weeks after I open them. :)

I do know that Gekkeikan is about the only one I can stand - and honestly, the only one I've SEEN besides those nasty Chinese 'Rice Wines' that are just - putrid.... :x

..maybe I'll get one if I see it, and see if heating it properly (approximately body temperature + about 2 degrees) makes it any better. The ones I tried back in the '80's while at Pearl Harbor were just NASTY...

But get me a bottle of Gekkeikan, though, and I'm one mellow guy - well, that, or Meyer's Rum Creme. I've not even heard of any of the other things mentioned - except Guiness.

Dark beers tend to make my tummy upset.

Re: Pale Ale

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:21 pm
by bekosh
japridemor wrote:I used to like darker stouts and porters but over the last decade I have switched to preferring several excellent pale ales. I especially seem to like the pale ales with more hops as in IPAs.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale...mmmmn
Dogfishhead 60 minute IPA...mmmnnn
Dogfishhead 90 minute IPA...mmmnnn
Dogfishhead 120 minute IPA..not so much, too hoppy and bitter
Redhook's Hammer IPA...mmmnn
Bass Pale Ale....mmmnn

If you like beer with a lot of hops, try Bell's Hopslam. It's a double pale ale with a serious bite. http://www.bellsbeer.com/index.php/brands.html

Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:40 am
by tabascojunkie
Working on Pyramid Hefeweizen number 2 right now.

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:02 am
by Nahuris
Pretty much the only things I drink are Hobgoblin Ale.... a really nice English Ale, or Japanese Plum Wine....

Not much of a drinker

Nahuris