NFL Championship Playoffs


Please excuse the complete lack of commentary but it has been one of those weeks but in a good way thankfully! I would appreciate it if you could share this far and wide as I am away from my work computer and I need your help spreading the word of these polls.
The polls will end when the first game starts this weekend. Thanks for participating, I am sure you will be picking the Super Bowl teams!

AFC Championship Game

NFC Championship Game

homebrew.recipe:Chocolate Thunda


Chocolate Thunda

Type: All Grain

Batch Size (fermenter): 10.00 gal

Boil Size: 14.44 gal

Boil Time: 90 min

End of Boil Volume 11.44 gal

Final Bottling Volume: 9.25 gal

Fermentation: Ale, Single Stage

Date: 01/05/2012 Brewer: Curtis Taylor Asst Brewer: Equipment: Stainless Kegs (10 Gal/37.8 L) – All Grain Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %

Est Mash Efficiency 80.0 % Taste Rating(out of 50): 30.0

Measured Original Gravity: Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.7 % Calories: 151.6 kcal/12oz

Total Grain Weight: 33 lbs 8.0 oz

Grain Temperature: 72.0 F Tun Temperature: 72.0 F Mash PH: 5.20

%/IBU

80.6 % Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)

3.0 %  Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)

6.0 % Medium Crystal (60.0 SRM)

10.4 %Sugar, Table (Sucrose) (1.0 SRM)

76.7 IBUs Magnum [13.10 %] -Boil 60.0 min

32.9 IBUs 7 c’s [9.90 %] -Boil 20.0 min

Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.089 SG Est Final Gravity: 1.012 SG Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 10.2 % Bitterness: 109.7 IBUs

Est Color: 40.2 SRM

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Predictions: NFL Divisional Playoff Winners


HopHeadSaid fans have picked the winners!

AFC Divisional Games:

Clipper City/High Seas (AKA Baltimore Ravens) will top St. Arnold (AKA Houston Texans)!

Great Divide (AKA Denver Broncos) will top Sam Adams (AKA New England Patriots)!

NFC Divisional Games:

Brooklyn Brewing (AKA New York Giants) will top Titletown (AKA Green Bay Packers)!

21st Amendment (AKA San Francisco 49ers) will top Abita (New Orleans Saints)!

 

To see the poll results for this week click here https://hopheadsaid.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/nfl-divisional-playoffs/

Last week we correctly picked 3 of the 4 games and I have a good feeling about this even though we picked a couple of good upsets!  Now, lets see how these games play out.  Monday I will post the next round and recap these games.

NFL Divisional Playoffs


It’s time to pick this weeks NFL Divisional Playoffs.  Three of the four Wild Card Games were picked correctly last week, not too bad.  The polls will remain open up until the specific game time this weekend.

Vote for your favorite brewery in each NFL playoff matchup but don’t let your team pride stand in the way of picking your favorite brewery! Each week through the Super Bowl the winning teams/breweries will be listed in a bracket and a poll will be posted here for you to vote on another Brewery showdown.

The next two weeks are gonna be busy but take the time to research each brewery (drink their beer) and make your voice heard by voting for your favorite brewery.  Remember to choose your favorite BREWERY.

This will be a great matchup between two really great breweries.  St. Arnold’s representing Houston and Clipper City Brewing will be representing Baltimore.

Another great matchup pitting the small (some may say underdog) Great Divide Brewery against the craft beer giant Boston Beer Company.

NY powerhouse Brooklyn Brewery will be making a road trip to Titletown in another great matchup of highly rated beers.

Abita has their work cut out for them as they travel to San Francisco and take on the most important Amendment the US has ratified. .. … 21st Amendment Brewery

AFC & NFC Wild Card Game Match-ups


Vote for your favorite brewery in each NFL playoff matchup but don’t let your team pride stand in the way of picking your favorite brewery! Each week through the Super Bowl the winning teams/breweries will be listed in a bracket and a poll will be posted here for you to vote on another Brewery showdown.

The next two weeks are gonna be busy but take the time to research each brewery (drink their beer) and make your voice heard by voting for your favorite brewery.

The Church Brew Works Brewery will be representing Pittsburgh and Great Divide Brewery will be representing Denver this week.

Remember to choose your favorite BREWERY.   I have been a Steelers fan since I was 6 but that didn’t stop me from picking Great Divide.

While I haven’t had any Little Kings Beer I have heard good things about their blonde ale.  I have had plenty of St. Arnold’s and if you get a chance then you gotta get yourself some of this.

On to the NFC.  I haven’t had any beers from SweetWater but they have been getting pretty good reviews so that gives the Falcons a chance against the NY powerhouse Brooklyn Brewery.

Two really great breweries going head to head here.  I love Jolly Pumpkin and everything they do even if my palate isn’t ready for it. But you can’t count out Abita with their Turbo Dog and Jockamo, two great beers in their own right.

Be sure to let your friends know about this poll by clicking one of the social media buttons below!

CHEERS!

Happy Brew Year!


Kicking off the BREW year with a giveaway!

 This HopHeadSaid apron is just plain awesome.  Heavy duty canvas with a smart tying system that will adjust to just about any-sized person.  This particular apron is navy blue which really helps the logo pop!

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is:

1. Share this using any of the social media buttons below OR mention this giveaway on your blog.  The more ways you enter (facebook, tweet, blog, etc. ) the more times your name gets put in the hat for the drawing.  Don’t be shy, enter as many ways as you can!

2. Post a comment below to let me know which entry method (s) you used so I can search it and give you credit for the number of entries.

3. All entries must be dated by 12:01am, Monday, January 9th to be eligible.

4. The winner will be notified by e-mail and announced here.

Close up from the actual apron.

homebrew.label: The Worst of the Worst


A few are good, some are OK,most are BAD and all are my homebrew labels! Let me know what you think, or better yet let me know what you think of the beer, even if you haven’t had it.

I saved these for the end of the year.  If you are feeling low, my early attempts at graphic design are sure to pick you up!

Such a bad pun: Slam dunkelweizen?!

 From my kindergarten teacher days:

I don’t know?! It must have been Valentines Day.

I vaguely remember brewing a beer for my wife’s office party.  Evidently I need a different label for every bottle.

Happy Holidays to all and to All a good night.