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  1. I knew something was awry when they wouldnt serve sandwiches after 5 pm. This is sad news.
  2. Taqueria La Garreta up on aurora and 177th or so on the east side of aurora is really great. It is an old school bus that you can go inside to order and eat. I havent been down south to try out everybody's faves but this one is damn good.
  3. Schielke


    hmmm, how much material is floating on top? It could certainly be yeast, but keep an eye on it. Also note how the beer smells at this point. This weekend, we bottled our scotch ale and are waiting for the bottles to carbonate. We also brewed a belgian white that is sitting in the fermenter now. I can't wait!
  4. Schielke


    Great! It sounds like you are on the right track. For sure replace the sugar. If you opt to boil instead of pour boiling water on top, do the following: 1. Boil your water (use the same amount suggested in the kit) 2. Put the remaining amount of water in the fridge or freezer to get really cold 3. Add the malt and stir to dissolve (don't let it burn on the bottom of the pan!) 4. Boil the mixture (wort) for a half hour (normally an hour or so, but you are not adding any hops outside of what is in the mixture). 5. While this is boiling, start to activate your yeast in a small amount of warm water (boiling it and cooling it is best for sanitation; you could fesably use some cooled wort) 6. Cool the wort down as fast as possible. I use a wort chiller to help this (copper coil that you run cold water through). You can put the mixture in an ice bath and add the chilled remainder of your water. How you do this will depend on how big of a pot you have. The key is to get it cooled to about 80 deg to be a nice home for the yeast. 7. Once cooled and in your fermenter, add your yeast and mix well. 8. Pop the top on and add your airlock. 9. You should see some bubbles the next day. Remember the whole time to work with sanitized tools. I use Star San, which is a great sanitation solution. Enjoy the process! Ben
  5. Schielke


    Hmmm, I dont want to mess with kit instructions, but regular sugar in your beer is a big no-no for real beer. It is just a cheaper way for kit makers to get a desired alcohol level out of a beer. Also a pre-hopped extract is usually a poor alternative to boiling real hops. I would say do as your kit instructs but then look into buying your ingredients from a good brewshop. They will be able to hook you up with good recipies and ingredients. If you want to do one thing that will make a difference in this batch; get a better yeast than what came with the kit. Find a good brew shop and ask for a liquid yeast that matches your style of beer.
  6. Schielke

    High Atop the Fridge

    Empty beer bottles for future homebrew batches. My wife wants me to move them.
  7. Schielke


    Wow, it only took me three years. Myself and a couple buddies took the plunge and got some brewing equipment. There is a great brewshop up on 145th and Greenwood called "The Cellar", they also sell wine and cheesemaking supplies. Our first beer was a pale ale that turned out ok, it seems to have a slightly off aftertaste that I can't really put my finger on...but it will get cha' drunk! We moved on to brewing a scottish ale that is in the secondary fermenter right now and smells fantastic. I can't wait to bottle it up. At the same time, we expanded our operation by another carboy and are in the process of brewing up some hard cider. The fermentation went pretty crazy and the yeast decided to spout off some Sulphur in the process so I just have to cross my fingers that the smell will go away. Brewing is fun! Ben
  8. The Ladro I go to is on 1st and Union. They seem to do a good job, but the milk just isn't right. There are a bunch of cherry st. locations downtown and due to this they are kinda all over the board. In some cases you get just ok stuff, but some of the baristas know how to properly microfoam. Their straight shots are usually quite serviceable. I usually end up at either the one on 4th and Marion or 1st and Cherry. Yeah, Top Pot's coffee is fairly meh... Zeitgeist used to be pretty decent, but I have not been for a while. You are right though, doughnuts are great.
  9. Schielke

    Why is Italian cappuccino so good?

    This is totally true. I recently had my honeymoon in Italy and I don't think that the quality is even close to the best of the bunch in Seattle. What Italy does have though is a much higher base level of quality. While we have Starbucks etc.. here, the average espresso joint on the corner in Italy is much more concerned about proper espresso.
  10. My thoughts on the Seattle scene: Vivace is far and away the best and most consistent shop in town. The following places are also great, but in my experience have some consistency issues: Hines Zoka Lighthouse Victriola Downtown Seattle for some reason doesn't have as good of coffee as the immediate surrounding area. The following places are good: Cherry St. Coffee Pegasus Cafe Ladro
  11. Great new place in Shoreline/Seattle Fu Man Dumpling House does all homeade dumplings, noodles, soups, etc that are really great. I went this last weekend and had a great meal of steamed dumplings, hot and sour soup (the real stuff), chow mein, fried rice, and a "hamburger". Seriously, check it out. They are on the east side of Greenwood just south of 145th. Ben
  12. Schielke

    Totem Lake

    Ahh, Rancho Bravo. That was one of my faves when I lived in the area. Chicken mole tacos there rock. Ben
  13. Schielke

    The peaches are in!

    I havent been back since they were there late last week so there is a chance the sale is gone. You might want to give them a ring. Ben
  14. Schielke

    The peaches are in!

    Central market had washington tree-ripened peaches on sale for .99 a pound. They were great.