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The Pub / Re: Long Strange Trip - Yellowhammer Journey
« on: December 06, 2017, 07:47:40 PM »
Imgur.com is reliable free hosting. Photobucket decided you had to pay $300 a year if you want d to post to forums.

Looking forward to more.

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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 16, 2017, 07:40:26 PM »
Be sure your CC covers car insurance or buy it. If you don't scratch up the car I would be surprised. I just about wore out the wheel covers on one side. We also hit an animal while there which ran out in front of me. I had walk away insurance so no worries and no added charges.

I scratched the hell out of the wheel covers on the rental I had in the Lake District in England. Narrow roads + stone walls + crazy tractor drivers. I was sure I was going to get hit with a big charge, but the kid who checked me in didn't give them a second look.

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Beer Travel / Re: San Francisco Breweries
« on: July 16, 2017, 09:48:04 AM »
The Anchor tour is excellent, but it may be hard to get tickets this close to your visit.

The beer choices at AT&T park are outstanding. Anchor has a pavilion behind center field but every stand has something good, too.

 

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I usually use mine for laundry. I was absurd to find out how much water a load of laundry takes. I don't remember exactly, but it was 15+gallons for a medium load.

Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
   As of about 8 years ago, the official number for water usage from the appliance manufacturers, in a conventional washer, for a maximum load, was about 45 gallons. Yes, that is a lot of water. Newer machines do use substantially less water.

I used to run my chiller into my old top-loader washer, but new machines can't adjust to starting with water in the tub -- at least according to the call center guy I asked.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Micro IPAs
« on: June 02, 2017, 11:43:36 AM »
I've had some pretty bad beers when trying some new local offerings. I've taken to only trying new breweries when I can get one bottle or can in a mixed six-pack

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Beer Travel / Re: Barcelona and Rome
« on: May 31, 2017, 11:09:05 AM »
There's a thread in the general section that links to these in Barcelona

http://www.naparbcn.com/

https://www.brewdog.com/bars/worldwide/barcelona?gclid=CJqJsdCtmtQCFW4A0wodDi0K8g

https://www.abirradero.com/

Personally, the wine is so good and inexpensive in Spain that I don't seek out beer. But it looks like Napar and Brewdog are pretty close to each other, so maybe next trip there I'll check them out.

Barcelona is one of my favorite places in the world, enjoy.

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It's supposed to be coming back. You could take those to a store and complain about their QC
https://www.eater.com/2017/2/20/14668122/zima-comeback-commercial-coors

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The Pub / Lagunitas to be wholly owned by Heineken
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:50:40 PM »
https://www.eater.com/beer/2017/5/4/15545732/lagunitas-heineken-sale

Not surprising to me after they sold the first 50%

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:47:25 PM »
I count 6 breweries on this list, maybe not the ones you were thinking? The rest are PubCos. As I have traveled around, a local/regional brewery will have many pubs. Jennings in the Lake District is an example. Harvey's and Timothy Taylor are a couple of others.

https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/333007/top-pub-groups-in-the-uk-2009

Jennings is owned by Marstons, although maybe not when that list was published. I did their tour in 2007, when they were still independent. I've never been able to come up a recipe that came close to their Snecklifter dark ale.

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IME, it all depends on the specific item.  Some stuff is cheaper, some wildly more expensive (usually the smaller hardware pieces).  I try to buy local, and the convenience of walking in and picking up whatever you need the day before brew day can't be beat, but often for big orders I'll price it out on-line and locally and see where it comes out.

We've got >10% sales tax over by here, which can get pricey quickly.  At least for equipment.  I'm not sure what taxes apply to grains, etc. but I'm sure they get well taxed.

Grain gets taxed as food in IL. Never  paid attention to hops and yeast, though.

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Beer Travel / Re: California trip
« on: April 01, 2017, 03:03:44 PM »
+1 on the Anchor tour, it's really cool. It fills up well in advance, so check their web site for when you can call.

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Never heard of the brewery listed for IN. Merrillville is far northern Indiana, a part of the state I don't get to often. I'd think I'd have at least heard of it if it were that damn good. Whatever.

I live just over the border in Illinois, and I'd never heard of them, either. But when you look at their methodology, they based this on the brewery as a place rating rather than the beers. And their Indiana brewery only has 17 ratings
https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35656/?sort=avgD&view=beers

But they got us to click!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Discontinuing Some Strains
« on: March 01, 2017, 08:06:13 PM »
Shoot, I missed this thread. Forbidden Fruit has been my go to for wits and I was planning to try it in a tripel soon. I've read it's close to the strain used in Tripel Karmeliet, which is a favorite of mine. Best find some while I can.

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The only concern for the journal would be pro-brewer push back but it is not likely.
I can do the phone calls on behalf of the AHA if the AHA gives me permission.

This is a great idea to a geek like me, but I'm not sure that a majority of the general membership would find it valuable. When I was completing my second Masters degree a few years ago, I loved my access to various journals through the University's library. If AHA could get similar access, I would love it. If you have insight as to how libraries and allied organizations get access, your Governing Committee would like to hear it. However, the bottom line is that is limited funding available to things that might have limited appeal to the membership as a whole.

My wife works for a professional association that provides library services for its members, including Interlibrary Loan and journal access. Their dues are about 18 times higher than AHA dues are and they have 4 times as many members...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Chris White on sequencing yeast genomes
« on: February 17, 2017, 02:44:15 PM »
Pretty interesting interview about the possibilities this opens up
http://goodbeerhunting.com/blog/2017/2/3/critical-drinking-chris-white-of-white-labs

The article itself is open access and loses me pretty early on
http://www.cell.com/fulltext/S0092-8674(16)31071-6

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