Mattyleg - (Matthew Legault)

Member since April 8, 2008

Montreal

Habs fan since: 1975
Favorite current player: Plekanec
All-time favorite player: Patrick Roy

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---Hope Springs Eternal---

Recent Comments

  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-30 22:19:57)
    Hey Ian, I posted earlier this morning that I got mine yesterday in Mtl. Thanks bud!! ---Hope Springs Eternal---
  • Comment on Familiar faces on Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team (2014-08-30 08:29:58)
    Got my Summit tickets yesterday! Yippee!! See you there! ---Hope Springs Eternal---
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-27 19:36:46)
    Congrats bud!! Greatest thing that can happen to a guy. You may not feel that way after 3 weeks without sleep, but... congratulations nonetheless!! ---Hope Springs Eternal---
  • Comment on Cournoyer speaks about vacant Habs captaincy (2014-08-26 22:50:14)
    Ouch!! ---Hope Springs Eternal---
  • Comment on Stubbs is all wet (don’t say it) for ALS research (2014-08-25 09:20:19)
    I miss hockey. ---Hope Springs Eternal---
  • Comment on Stubbs is all wet (don’t say it) for ALS research (2014-08-23 16:14:23)
    Good on ya, Stubbsie! ---Hope Springs Eternal---
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-19 12:04:37)
    Heh heh. I can understand why! Who would bottle beer in plastic?!?! Shocking. And the sugar at the bottom was supposed to be for priming (aka carbonating the beer). Remaining yeasts in the bottle eat the sugar, give a touch more alcohol, and release CO2, which goes into suspension as bubbles. I also remember homebrew being pretty bad - my dad brewed his own in the late 80s, early 90s, and although I was young, I remember it being pretty dreadful. It's come leaps and bounds, and I honestly can't believe how good the stuff I've made is. I have no experience, but have read a bit about it, and gave it a whirl, and people have told me that they would easily drink pints of what I've produced at a pub. I'm not even bragging, just expressing my astonishment! The only proviso, however, is that you have to be clean and pay attention to detail (water temperatures, etc.), as it's more like baking than cooking. I'm hoping to bring a couple of brews along to the summit to share around. ---Hope Springs Eternal---
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-19 11:47:17)
    Hey Marek, The problem with doing this indoors is that the standard batch amount is 18-20 litres (5 gallons), and in order to get that to boil, you either need a high-end electric kettle setup (which can be very expensive), or use a propane burner (like for corn on the cob) like I do. That needs to be done outside, in a garage with ventilation, or in a basement with a full-on extractor fan and a CO2 detector. Some people brew on their balconies, and I brew on my deck. As for a mash-tun, I use a 42-L cooler with a ball-cock spigot and copper drain manifold that I made myself (all instructions on how to do this are online, and I'm by no means very handy with this sort of stuff). If you're planning on brewing from extract, then you don't need one of these. The only other thing you'd need is a wort-chiller, which you can make (as I did) with some soft copper piping and other bits and bobs from Home Depot. Took a little while to set myself up, but it's very, very worth it. ---Hope Springs Eternal---
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-19 10:58:05)
    A guaranteed possibility. ---Hope Springs Eternal---
  • Comment on Markov as next Habs captain? (2014-08-19 10:54:54)
    Morning tout le monde! Making the best of my last couple of weeks of vaycay by brewing yet again! This time it's a porter, called 'Le Faubourg à M'lasse'. For those interested in history, that was the old working-class district of Montreal, between Hochelaga (where I live) and the Quartier Latin, stretching down to the port. It was originally called Le Faubourg du Québec, being the easternmost section of Montreal on the Québec City road, but its name changed to reflect the presence of the many sugar refineries (producing, amongst other things, molasses) in the area. These factories were perfectly positioned to collect the Carribbean sugar delivered at the port. One factory (Lantic) still exists, although much further east. The poor Faubourg à M'lasse disappeared thanks to Mayor Jean Drapeau's dislike of working-class areas (which he mistakenly called 'slums'), and the heart of the district was razed to make room for the CBC building and its wonderful surrounding parking-lot. Hope my first attempt at a porter goes well, and I'll probably add some molasses to the brew to give it that little touch of authenticity! Have a good day all! ---Hope Springs Eternal---