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Good weekend. Hung out with friends and went to a house party called Kink for a Cause on Friday night. Subjected myself to spanking and did some of my own to raise money for surgery for the hostess's dog. Quite an interesting time.

Saturday, kegged our IPA which is fucking delicious. Will taste it fully chilled and carbonated tomorrow. Worked roller derby doing stats...
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ellebelle:
ellebelle:
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Kegged our IPA yesterday. Tasted a few ounces from the thief. Probably our best yet. A good bitter and aromatic balance. Chilling and pressurizing. Will taste it Tuesday or Wednesday.

Worked for the Rose City Rollers season opener last night. Went well. First time at the Memorial Coliseum. Much better than the Expo center. Their big bouts will be there this year. The Guns N...
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We racked the Citra IPA over to secondary for dry hopping and brightening. It went well in fermentation and had good attenuation. Sitting at 6.8% with a nice lemony flavor. Will keg in a week and half or so.

Made a Shrimp and Sausage gumbo today. Came out well but slightly charred. Had to run get a new hard drive for this desktop. It...
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akuma:
mmmmm now I'm hungry haha
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We brewed up a new batch of our Citra IPA. Some differences from the last recipe. Expected more hops flavor in the wort. These citra hops are really strong. Fermentation is going well it seems. Quite the churning going on inside there. The beer will bot be ready for New Year's. It'll be maybe a week later. We should have two more going...
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akuma:
mmm yum
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Doing the Master Chef audition has rejuvenated me in the kitchen. Working on experimenting more again. Trying some new things. Playing with some old dishes. I would say I'm enjoying cooking again. Friend is over tonight making Indian food for her video to send in. I wanted her to audition and that was the main reason I agreed to go. Not that I wouldn...
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Again I've been around but nothing to say when I'm here.

I auditioned for the Master Chef TV show on Saturday. Made Grilled Salmon with a Tomatillo Sauce, Cilantro Lime Rice and a Mexican Slaw. Didn't get accepted but I at least received some good comments from the Executive Dean Master Chef of the Le Cordon Bleu school. He was one of...
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akuma:
making beer sounds fun!
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Bottled our Citra IPA and Russian Imperial Stout tonight. The IPA is AWESOME! Can't wait to drink the finished product. The stout is tasty but not exactly what it could be.

Super Bowl Party at my house on Sunday. My Saints have finally done it. Must find a Colts voodoo doll.
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More beer events. That is about all I'm doing lately. We bottled our Cascadian Dark Ale last week. Should be ready for tasting on Super Bowl. Hosting a party since my New Orleans Saints are in it. Making a huge pot of gumbo or etouffee. Haven't decided yet.

We racked our Citra IPA over to secondary on Friday. It seems to be going...
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So just finished up another brew session. A Citra IPA. A fairly new strain of hops that is really citrusy. Hence, the name. Everything went well. My kitchen now smells like hops which is a good thing. Tasted the wort when we did the original gravity reading and good and sweet.

I also took a sample from the Russian Imperial Stout that is a couple...
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ryu:
Mmmmmm.... the smell of hops biggrin
d_patron:
Beer!!! It's what's for dinner.
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Yep...been slacking here. Don't pop in for long. To finish up in CA where I left off, I went on a beer pilgrimage of sorts. My last night in the Bay Area. My friend and I drove up to Petaluma to visit Lagunitas Brewery. Had some delicious cask ales. I had a cask Hairy Eyeball and a cask Reuben and the Jets. Had...
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ryu:
Ooooo, both your beers sound so tasty! I am no where near that level of brewing yet, but I have lots of different things I want to try.... I'm actually thinking of scaling down to 1 or 2 gallon batches so that I can experiment.

Hope you have a great New Year!
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Been some time and many miles since my last post. Only dropped in a bit to see some sets but nothing else. And yes, I am here for the sets. I spent a week in Arizona. Always nice to mix business with pleasure. Some good friends in Arizona. Each time we hangout I realize how much more of a good friend they really are. Val...
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d_patron:
What's up, man? You're ElleBelle's Hubby, eh? Cool. She's a great girl. Just wanted to drop in say what's up. BTW what's up with the mean face?! Just messing witcha. Anyways hope things are going well for you two talk to you later fellow gamer.
ryu:
Hey there!

So, I brewed a dark ale (bottling this week, so still no idea what it'll be like) using a beer kit. But I have been reading Papazian and have lots of ideas for proper recipes now, just have to decide where to start.... I like some IPAs, although I have a tough time with the bitterness sometimes. I just finished a very interesting book about a guy who recreated the traditional IPA recipe and then took a barrel of it on ships from the UK to India to taste it. It was a very good book, with lots of history about IPA as well as India, and the East India Company (called 'Hops and Glory' by Pete Brown if you're interested).
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Just wrapping up a bbq with a several different friends. A very eclectic mix of people. Very happy. Had a good long weekend. Took Friday off to make it a four day.

Making plans already for my Fortieth(1) in March.

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