Saturday, August 31, 2013

P.O.V. | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #7

A botched police operation results in the suspension of those involved: Officer Wilkes, Officer Montoya and Detective Harvey Bullock. Confronted by their superiors, each of them is forced to tell their tale of what happened that night.
Originally aired 9/18/1992
Story by Mitch Brian,
Teleplay by Sean Catherine Derek & Laren Bright
Directed by Kevin Altieri

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Friday, August 30, 2013

The Under Dwellers | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #6

Batman traces a series of bizarre robberies on the streets of Gotham back to a band of homeless children, who have been raised to do the bidding of their master, the Sewer King.
Originally aired 10/21/92
Story by Tom Ruegger,
Teleplay by Jules Dennis & Richard Mueller
Directed by Frank Paur

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Chad Tries... a homegrown habanero pepper

I know I already did a video of me eating a habanero, but that was two years ago AND it was just a little store-bought pepper. This time I'm eating a BIG habanero that I grew myself. How hot would it be? Watch and find out!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pretty Poison | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #5

When District Attorney Harvey Dent collapses after a meal with his fiance Pamela Isley and friend Bruce Wayne, doctors discover that he has been poisoned. Batman must find the culprit and the antidote before the DA's time runs out.
Originally aired 9/14/92
Story by Paul Dini and Michael Reaves,
Teleplay by Tom Ruegger
Directed by Boyd Kirkland

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Homebrew #16 ("Chadtennial IPA") Part 2: tasting

I haven't made a regular IPA since my first-ever homebrew nearly two years ago. I decided to buy the exact same kit I made back in 2011. This time I used all Centennial hops in the brew and I also used WLP001 "California Ale Yeast" (the kit comes with British style beer yeast). I also used tap water instead of bottled water. So how much difference would all these variable make? Watch and find out!

here's the recipe:
Brewed: 7/19/13
Kegged: 8/24/13

OG: 1.041
FG: 1.011
ABV: 3.94%

MASH (140 degrees for 20 minutes):
1lb Maris Otter Pale malt

6.6lbs Northwestern Gold LME
30 minutes 1 tsp Irish Moss
15 minutes 0.5 tsp Yeast Energizer

60 minutes 1oz Centennial
15 minutes 2oz Centennial
5 minutes 1oz Centennial

DRY HOPS (8/10/13):
1oz Centennial (leaf)

White Labs WLP001 (liquid, 1 vial)
Starter: 2/3 cup DME, 3 cups water boiled for 5 minutes

5 gallons unfiltered Albany tap water

This was the exact same kit as my first-ever IPA. The difference this time around is that I decided to go single-hop and just use Centennial hops. The homebrew store (Hammersmith) charged me for the hops, though. It originally came with Galena and Northern Brewer hops. I also dry hopped with 1oz of Centennial leaf hops. I even transferred the dry hops from the bucket to the keg.

The OG came in way under I was hoping for. I think I did too short of a boil and used too much water. Depending on how it tastes it'll either a pale ale or a session IPA.

This was the first beer I've let cold crash for about 24 hours before kegging. It seems to have made a difference in the clarity. Though there was about 6 gallons of beer in the bucket rather than the usual 5. There wasn't much krausening either.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Last Laugh | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #4

The Joker covers Gotham City in a cloud of laughing gas and begins plundering the crazed city. But after Alfred is infected with the toxin, Batman has added incentive to stop the Joker and acquire an antidote from him before all of Gotham dies with a smile.
Originally aired 9/22/92
Written by Carl Swensen
Directed by Kevin Aliteri

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Nothing To Fear | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #3

Batman encounters the Scarecrow and attempts to foil his scheme to burn down Gotham University, but in the process is exposed to the Scarecrow's fear gas and is forced to face his own guilt over the death of his parents.
Originally aired 9/15/92
Written by Henry T. Gilroy & Sean Catherine Derek
Directed by Boyd Kirkland

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"Head of the Class" | The Retroist Video Podcast (pilot)

This is a pilot/experimental version of "The Retroist" podcast that I made with The Retroist's permission. Please let me know what you think of it.

Original source material: Retroist Podcast -- Episode 142 -- Head of the Class
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Christmas With The Joker | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #2

After escaping Arkham Asylum on Christmas Eve, The Joker takes over Gotham's airwaves and terrorizes the city for a crime. He challenges Batman and Robin to find his hidden TV studio and free his hostages — Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock and Summer Gleason — before midnight.
Originally aired: 11/13/92
Written by Eddie Gorodetsky
Directed by Kent Butterworth

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

On Leather Wings | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #1

A mysterious bat-like creature terrorizes Gotham City, causing the police force to pursue Batman. The Dark Knight must find the real perpetrator to clear his name.
Originally aired 9/6/92
Written by Mitch Brian
Directed by Kevin Altieri

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Batman: The Complete Animated Series (how to spot a bootleg)

If you're a fan of Batman and/or animation, chances are pretty good you've seen this show. If you've wanted to own the entire series collection in the deluxe set chances are pretty good you're going to encounter some bootlegs on the secondary market. I bought this set thinking it was a legitimate copy, but it turned out to be a bootleg. In this video, I show you the obvious tell-tale signs of a bootleg edition. Caveat emptor!

Also, be sure to check out my series of vlogs wherein I review every single episode individually here:

Saturday, August 24, 2013

2013 vlog #9 | Announcing the "Batman: The Animated Series" vlogs!

If you're a fan of Doug Walker aka "The Nostalgia Critic" you probably saw his new series this summer where he reviewed an episode of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" in vlog form daily. That inspired me to start a similar series, but on my favorite animated series (and fictional character): Batman The Animated Series that ran from 1992-95. I'll be posting a barebones style vlog recapping and reviewing each individual episode. If you were (or still are) are fan of the series, please watch them along with me and share in the fun.

You can see all my Batman:TAS vlogs here:

I'll be reviewing the shows in their production order, NOT the order they were aired. For the complete list, check out Wikipedia's article here:

Here's a list of episodes in the order they were aired:

Be sure to check out my video on how to spot the latest bootleg edition here:

NOTE: you can watch some of the episodes online here:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Woodchuck Belgian White Cider | Chad'z Cider Reviews #13

This isn't a witbier/cider hybrid, it's a classic cider brewed with some of the same ingredients found in witbiers and fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. How does it compare to beer? Watch the review and find out!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Matt's Oatmeal Stout | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #32

If you subscribe to my homebrew club's channel you might have recently seen the interview I did with Matt Hulihan, the current treasurer of the club. We were drinking this oatmeal stout at the time and I asked him if he'd give me more to review since I liked it so much. My friend Shaun once again stops by to opine on it, too.

5 gal batch size
OG 1.060
FG 1.017
5.25% ABV
9.5 lb     English Pale
1.0 lb     Oats
.75 lb     Choc Malt
.75 lb     Victory
.25 lb     Crystal 60
.25 lb     Crystal 120

10.5 IBU Kent Goldings
2.6 IBU Crystal
31 IBU Northern Brewer

WLP 002 English Ale - 2L stir plate starter
Water: Dark beer profile; 1.36 So/Cl ratio
Process: Toast oats in 375 oven on cookie sheet(s) for 30 or so minutes until they get some color. 
Mash @ 154 F.  Ferment at 67 for a few days, then raise gradually to 70 by day 7. 
I give it an extra few days at 70 before kegging.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider | Chad'z Cider Reviews #12

Another Woodchuck cider I kindly received at #BBC13 a few weeks ago. I've never had a cider made from Granny Smith apples before. I really like green apples, so I'm assuming they'd be great in hard cider form, eh?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Woodchuck Pear Cider | Chad'z Cider Reviews #11

So it's been about a year and a half since my last cider review. When I was at the 2013 beer Bloggers Conference there were a few reps from Woodchuck Hard Cider that said they were big fans of my beer and cider reviews and gave me a bunch of free bottles to take home. I figured I'd return the favor by reviewing them.

This was my first-ever pear cider.

Thanks to Devin for the bottles! (and kind words)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Uphill Brewing Hazy Summer Saison | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #31

Scott joins me for yet another homebrew review. This time we're looking at a saison that was also entered into the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair homebrew competition (it took third place). I was one of the judges of the competition and I think I liked this beer the best of all that I tried that day, so I took a bottle home (with the homebrewer's permission) to review here on youtube. Here's the recipe:

Style: Saison
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Boil Size: 7.82 gal
Post Boil Volume: 7.02 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.00 gal  
Bottling Volume: 5.60 gal
Estimated OG: 13.024 Plato
Estimated Color: 4.7 SRM
Estimated IBU: 23.5 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 82.2 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU       
0.30 oz               Burton Water Salts (Mash 60.0 mins)      Water Agent   1        -            
9 lbs                 Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM)            Grain         2        76.6 %      
1 lbs                 Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM)                Grain         3        8.5 %        
12.0 oz               Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM)               Grain         4        6.4 %        
1 lbs                 Candi Sugar, Clear (0.0 SRM)             Sugar         5        8.5 %        
1.00 oz               Saaz [3.30 %] - Boil 60.0 min            Hop           6        9.6 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Saaz [3.30 %] - Boil 30.0 min            Hop           7        7.4 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Saaz [3.30 %] - Boil 15.0 min            Hop           8        4.8 IBUs     
1.00 tsp              Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins)          Other         9        -            
1.00 oz               Styrian Goldings [3.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop           10       1.7 IBUs    
1.00 oz               Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 5.0 mins)      Spice         11       -            
1.00 g                Seeds of Paradise (Boil 5.0 mins)        Spice         12       -            
0.90 g                Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins)           Spice         13       -            
1.00 oz               Tettnang [4.50 %] - Aroma Steep 5.0 min  Hop           14       0.0 IBUs    
1.0 pkg               Belgian Style Saison Ale Yeast Blend (Wh Yeast         15       -            

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 11 lbs 12.0 oz
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time    
Mash In           Add 4.28 gal of water at 160.6 F        150.0 F       90 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.04gal, 4.04gal) of 168.0 F water
Hazy Summer Saison was brewed with traditional ingredients and Noble Hops. Bitter orange, coriander and Grains of Paradise were added to create a citrus forward, refreshing beer.  Saison yeast provides a spicy, estery flavor unique to Belgian beers.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Homebrew 13: "The REAL Trap In Black IPA"

Scott joins me again to review another one of my homebrews. The story behind this beer is so long and complicated I'm not going to bother recapping it. You can read all about it on my homebrew blog here if you want:

Here's the recipe:

Brewed: 5/25/13
Secondary: 6/1/13
Bottled: 7/19/13

OG: 1.060
MG: 1.018 (as of 6/1/13)
FG: 1.014
ABV: 6.04%
76% attenuation

MASH: (45 minutes @ 160 degrees):
1lb Crystal 60 Malt    
12oz Dehusked Carafa III
10oz Breiss special Roast Malt (50 L)   
4oz Black Patent Malt
4oz Chocolate Malt

60 minutes 6lbs Dry Malt Extract
30 minutes 1tsp Irish Moss
15 minutes 0.5tsp Yeast Energizer

60 Minutes 2oz Magnum
30 Minutes 1oz Centennial
15 Minutes 1oz Amarillo
3 Minutes 1oz Amarillo

DRY HOPS (added 6/1/13):
1oz Cascade (leaf)

White Labs WLP500 Trappist ale yeast (liquid, 1 vial)
Second yeast generation pitched: 6/26/13

5 gallons unfiltered Albany tap water

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Homebrew 14: "Peach Raspberry Mango Wheat"

It's been an extremely long time since I posted a tasting video of my own homebrew. Fortunately, my friend Scott stopped by to help me review two of my homebrews and one of someone else's. This is the beer that won me first place at the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair last week. Here's the recipe:

Brewed: 6/13/13
Kegged: 7/19/13

OG: 1.042
FG: 1.012
ABV: 3.94%
71% attenuation

MASH: (30 minutes @ 150 degrees):
1lb Wheat Malt Grain
1lb Lager Malt Grain
8oz Carapils Malt Grain

BOIL (45 minutes):
45 minutes 3.3lbs Weizen Malt Extract
45 minutes 2lbs Dry Malt Extract Weizen
30 minutes Irish Moss 1 teaspoon     
15 minutes Yeast energizer 1/2 teaspoon     

45 minutes 1oz Hallertau
15 minutes 0.5oz Hallertau

FRUIT (added 7/13/13):
2lbs frozen mangos
2oz raspberry flavoring
4oz peach flavoring

White Labs WLP300 (liquid, 1 vial)

5 gallons unfiltered Albany tap Water

Brewer's notes:
This was the fourth time I've brewed this kit from Hammersmith. I filmed myself brewing this for an Albany Brew Crafters video. Ashley had never homebrewed before so I invited her over to help me out. She also did all the filming for the video.

I brewed it a little differently this time. Instead of waiting for the water to reach the ideal temperature and then adding the steeping grains, I put them in at room temperature and waited for the water to reach 150. It took about 15-20 minutes for it to reach 150 degrees and then we left it at that temperature for another 10-15 minutes. So I'm not entirely sure how many minutes it was at what temperature, though my gravity was a little lower this time at 1042 whereas the last batch was 1048. I think I'm going to leave it in the fermenter for 3 weeks this time. Hefeweizens always take a long time for the taste to develop right so I see no reason to rush it into bottles or keg it when it won't be truly drinkable for a month or so.

I added frozen mango. I thought 2lbs would be enough because when I added frozen raspberries to a previous homebrew, 2lbs sufficed. The mango didn't really come out in the flavor of the beer, though it did add some tartness. So I went to the homebrew store and bought a 4oz bottle of peach flavoring concentrate and just added that to the keg.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Scott's Session IPA | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #30

Shaun and I review another beer brewed by Scott Mitchell. This time, it's a 5% ABV Session IPA. Here's the recipe:

Style: American IPA
Batch size: 5.0 gal
Boil volume: 6.5 gal
OG: 1.051
FG: 1.013
Bitterness (IBU): 65.2
Color (SRM): 9.4
ABV: 5.0%

8.00 lb Two-row (US), 66.7%
2.00 lb Crystal 20L, 16.7%
1.00 lb Honey Malt (Canadian), 8.3%
1.00 lb Candi Sugar, Clear (Belgian), 8.3%, boil for 60 min

1.00 oz Columbus (AA 15.4%, Pellet) 60 min, 60.2 IBU
2.00 oz Amarillo (AA 8.0%, Pellet) 1 min, 2.8 IBU
2.00 oz Cascade (AA 6.6%, Pellet) 1 min, 2.3 IBU

Irish Moss, 1.0 unit(s), Fining , boil 15 min
WLP001, 1.0 unit(s), Other

Monday, August 5, 2013

Scott's Summer Saison | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #29

It's been a loooooong time since I shot an episode of "Chad'z Homebrew Reviews." Fortunately I wasn't alone in returning to the scene as my friend Shaun joins me to review Scott Mitchell's "Summer Saison" - a deliberately sessionable saison at only 4.5% ABV. Here's the recipe:

Style: Saison
Batch size: 5.0 gal
Boil volume: 3.0 gal
OG: 1.046
FG: 1.011
Bitterness (IBU): 11.7
Color (SRM): 3.9
ABV: 4.5%

9.00 lb Pilsener (Belgian), 94.7%
0.50 lb Munich (German), 5.3%

1.00 oz Saaz (AA 3.5%, Pellet) 60 min, 9.6 IBU
1.00 oz Styrian Golding (AA 4.0%, Pellet) 5 min, 2.2 IBU
1.00 oz Saaz (AA 3.5%, Pellet) 0 min, 0.0 IBU

Wyeast 3711, 1.0 unit(s), Yeast French Saison