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Old 02-13-06, 09:03 PM   #1876
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speaking of which.. what's everyone drinkin' in beer these days? I'm totally loving the St. Abroise Oatmeal Stout.. great Winter beer!
that oatmeal stout is very fine indeed. in fact all the st ambroise stuff is good. i like their pale ale as well.
i'm also really digging Hockley Dark Ale, from Hockely valley brewing. really dark colour, traditional ale taste with a chocolate aftertaste. and if i want to drink on the cheap, the least expensive can of palatable beer the lcbo has at the moment is Warsteiner, a german lager (white can, grey writing, look for it). at a $1.90/500ml can you can't go wrong. better than stella, IMHO.
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that's what I usually use at home as well.. tasty!
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hmmm... I'll have to be on the look out for Warsteiner.
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This one has never been built up and the pics that I received show a really nice pearl-white colour. I won't be buying it or anything, but 450$ for an unbuilt steel track frame isn't too nuts nowadays. How is your cambio? Like it? Is it an offshoot of Gardin or was Gardin just the supplier for the brand in Canada? Thanks.
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that oatmeal stout is very fine indeed. in fact all the st ambroise stuff is good.
all agreed; the mcauslan st. ambroise oatmeal stout is simply the best beer i've ever had.

also like fuller's london porter. very similar to the oatmeal.

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Random callback to the Spectrum discussion. Dropped the frames off today, and it turns out I was under-quoted (is that even a word?). It'll be 75 bucks per frame. Ready in a week. Still not bad though. Boink! (for the lack of a better way to end this post...).
Just for the record....Byers-Bush...the powdercoaters I use most often, will do a one colour coat, INCLUDING a complete dip and sandblast, for $75. I have had over 30 frames done there and they do good work. Unless you LIKE stripping frames by hand with chem stripper.....I know I don't.
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all agreed; the mcauslan st. ambroise oatmeal stout is simply the best beer i've ever had.

also like fuller's london porter. very similar to the oatmeal.

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With all this talk about coffee and beer I am surprised no-one has mentioned Mill Street Coffee Porter. They brew it with Balzacs espressso beans and actually has a caffeine kick. Not that I have gotten jittery from drinking 10 before or anything.
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...or the c'est what? (on front street) coffee porter. my bad.

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With all this talk about coffee and beer I am surprised no-one has mentioned Mill Street Coffee Porter. They brew it with Balzacs espressso beans and actually has a caffeine kick. Not that I have gotten jittery from drinking 10 before or anything.
Yeah, the alcohol and coffee even themselves out I think.

I know this has been mentioned a million times, but we really need to get a group together to go out to Forest City Velodrome. I ran into Franek (sp) again this morning on my ride in to work, and he asked if I had made it out yet, and damnit, I haven't! Is there a time period that's good or bad for people? Maybe we could plan for a weekend in March..? There's a Track 1 session every Saturday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:30. We could hit that and then pool back to the city for some beers somewhere. I have a car and would be more than happy to transport 3 of you yahoo's out to London for a share of gas money. I don't have a rack though, so we'll be forced to do the rental thing (which is fine by me anyway).

Maybe I should start another thread.
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Kick Ass is my current favourite! a darkish roast with some medium mixed in. very flavourful. best made in a french press coarsely ground. you won't be dissapointed.
Hey Jeremy, how much coffee do you put in your press? Do you just have the smaller single-cup Bodum? It says to put one scoop in, but I generally find that kind of weak. I fill the water up to the bottom of the metal band holding on the handle.
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fixedude, that ebisu is some goood sheeeit. i should've brought back a couple of cans.. i should've brought back a LOT of stuff but we won't go there. i did nick a couple of ebisu glasses from an izakaya though! heheh... suntory malts is good too in a similiar vein. how's the winter brew this year? it's too bad japanese beer totally flies under the radar in north america.
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I've heard the popcorn popper method works well also.. and can't you just do it in your oven?

I think I'll invest in a quality grinder before I invest in a fancy coffee/espresso maker. According to coffeegeek.com, the grinder is basically as important as the espresso maker (for espresso especially).
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Yeah, the alcohol and coffee even themselves out I think.

I know this has been mentioned a million times, but we really need to get a group together to go out to Forest City Velodrome. I ran into Franek (sp) again this morning on my ride in to work, and he asked if I had made it out yet, and damnit, I haven't! Is there a time period that's good or bad for people? Maybe we could plan for a weekend in March..? There's a Track 1 session every Saturday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:30. We could hit that and then pool back to the city for some beers somewhere. I have a car and would be more than happy to transport 3 of you yahoo's out to London for a share of gas money. I don't have a rack though, so we'll be forced to do the rental thing (which is fine by me anyway).

Maybe I should start another thread.
If we get organized...cough,cough, I have room for 5 guys and bikes in my van. I always take at least 2 guys from my team...so that leaves 2 spots. My buddy Doug goes down with us as well and has room for 3 plus bikes. Maybe we can really get our ship together and get a whole bunch o guys down on the same week-end. That would be fantabulistic! If we don't have a ton o guys the need to rent will be avoided. The rentals aren't total crap but I for one far prefer to ride my own bike. If you are a total noob to velodromes the rental option might be better so the unforseen crash doesn't mess up yer own ride.
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Well yeah, just keep us noobs posted. I'd love to get out there, but I don't want to drive out and ride by myself. If I'm going to embarass myself, I'd rather be able to laugh about it later with the witnesses.
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With all this talk about coffee and beer I am surprised no-one has mentioned Mill Street Coffee Porter. They brew it with Balzacs espressso beans and actually has a caffeine kick. Not that I have gotten jittery from drinking 10 before or anything.
i like that coffee porter too. i was mad when they stopped selling it in stubbies. i like their stock ale better though. tastes kind of like ex would if it was good...
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Hey Jeremy, how much coffee do you put in your press? Do you just have the smaller single-cup Bodum? It says to put one scoop in, but I generally find that kind of weak. I fill the water up to the bottom of the metal band holding on the handle.
the bodum i have came with a scoop to measure with; it looks roughly tablespoon-sized (from a measuring spoon set) . i usually do two heaping spoonfulls of those and then grind the beans coarse from there, then fill to the top of the metal band. coffee geek says to try stirring it with a chopstick before you press it down; that seems to bring all the nice oils to the surface. i think i have a "6 cup" french press which actually ends up filling 1.5 of the giant sized mugs that i stole from the cafe when i used to work at indigo.
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Damn, I'm at work and totally want a nice coffee. There isn't one to be found here though, no sir.
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I use a one cup bodum at work. I'll have to actually measure it. I just got so I eyeball the level in the grinder. Before I ride my fixed gear.
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Damn, I'm at work and totally want a nice coffee. There isn't one to be found here though, no sir.
not even a star****s near by?
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at work, we've got those little packs of ground coffee. one flavour is called "coffee shop" if you can believe that.
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I'm at 1 Yonge, and I never leave the building for the most part. It's all crap around here and waaaaaay too $$$$$. The cafeteria is owned by JJ Mugs...... *blech*
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at work, we've got those little packs of ground coffee. one flavour is called "coffee shop" if you can believe that.
we've go the industrial sized coffee machine thing going on. although we're at yonge/bloor so decent enough shops (chains anyway) in the vicinity. still like making my own though...
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this coffee talk reminds me that i went to get some beans at alternative grounds and they were all out! on the way i said hi to two messengers on fixies, one was a norco conversion w/ untaped black bullhorns, the guy had dreads. if that's anyone here, you have a nice ride!
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