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Old 04-08-2011, 07:33 PM   #21
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I fall back to Papazian who includes 'a liter of stout' on his list of necessary equipment for brewing.

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Old 04-08-2011, 07:39 PM   #22
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So, I was watching Dirty Jobs a few weeks ago and Mike Rowe and the crew was at Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. They mentioned the unwritten law that while someone brews beer they must drink beer. They mentioned what the law was called, but I can't find it anywhere.
Does anyone know what this "law" is called? And no, it isn't RDWHAHB
It is popularly known as "The Law of 180 Out Of Phase From Rico's Law." I watched that episode of Dirty Jobs, and I have got the full brewery tour at Coastal Extreme, and partaken of their excellent beer. And, no, I don't drink while brewing, not until the beer is in the fermenter and everything cleaned up and put away. When I'm messing around with propane fires, boiling liquids and the hazards appertaining thereto, plus keeping track of things and hitting all my marks = no drinking, except H2O. Not no how, not no way. I get plenty of suds at other times.

As the Duke is famous for saying, "-others may do as they please."
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:39 PM   #23
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We always try to drink whatever style we're brewing. Last weekend I did a Dussledorf style alt. I couldn't quite stomach the cost of a Uerige Sticke ($4.50 for 11 oz bottle), but fortunately was able to find a local micro that makes an alt (Tyranea's "Headless Man") to fill in.

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Old 04-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #24
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #25
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I guess I usually break the law too. I brew early, and prefer to wait till I pitch the yeast before I get sideways.
yes, this is my norm. i like to finish around 1-2 in the afternoon latest, so I'm still drinking coffee for most of my brew session.
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We normally drink while brewing, but I find that we really drink very slowly and don't even get the slightest buzz going. But when we sit down once the brewing is complete, that's a different story.

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We obeyed this law last night while brewing... I brought some of my previous batches to partake of... On the menu was the Boddington clone as well as Dirty Old Man... My brew-buddy's wife loved the title of DOM...

We started drinking as our mashes were going, and we were bottling... A very productive evening to be certain. Since we took our time drinking, due to other activities, I didn't even feel the effects of the alcohol in the brews.

Looks like we'll be doing brew/bottle days/evenings moving forward... Makes for a busy session, for certain, but it's very productive.

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A hot scotchy after the mash is mandatory, so drinking is the rule. I usually get things set up in the AM. I start mashing in usually at noon, and enjoy lunch and a brew then.

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And, no, I don't drink while brewing, not until the beer is in the fermenter and everything cleaned up and put away. When I'm messing around with propane fires, boiling liquids and the hazards appertaining thereto, plus keeping track of things and hitting all my marks = no drinking, except H2O. Not no how, not no way. I get plenty of suds at other times.

As the Duke is famous for saying, "-others may do as they please."
This is my approach, as well. The few times I've brewed and drank together, I usually forget somethig, despite my brewday checklist. It was always something minor, but still.
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I usually wait until I get my boil going before I start tipping 'em back. Even then, I don't tip back more than a pint during the entire process (two if I'm thirsty!)

The only exception was when a buddy came over and we started brewing at 9:30am and had a coffee oatmeal stout.

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