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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blending beer
« on: June 20, 2011, 08:06:56 PM »
More as a pub cocktail. I don't remember the specific beers, but a couple years ago I got a house specialty at the Ska Brewing taproom that consisted of half a pint of one beer, half of another. That type of thing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Blending beer
« on: June 20, 2011, 07:54:30 PM »
I'm researching beer blending, particularly combining different styles to create new flavors (as opposed to blending batches of the same recipe for the sake of uniformity). Does anyone know of specific breweries that practice much blending? I've heard New Belgium has some nice combinations. Santa Fe Brewing Co. does one, I think they call it the Santa Fe Sunrise: most of a pint of pale ale topped with some Sangre de Frambuesa raspberry ale.

Thanks for any help you guys can provide ...

Equipment and Software / Foam stoppers
« on: April 05, 2011, 06:38:41 PM »
I recently picked up a couple of the foam stoppers that I've been seeing in the catalogs, and was wondering about their care and handling. Does anyone here use them? If so, how do you store them and keep them sanitized? With their porous structure, sanitization seems like an impossible task, unless you keep them either on a carboy/flask or soaking in sanitizer with all the air squeezed out.



General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Legality of brewing eisbier
« on: March 14, 2011, 07:49:36 PM »
Michael's Kitchen is just a cool old local restaurant. What you're describing might be Saints and Sinners in Espanola, about 40 miles south of Taos, or maybe somewhere here in town that I haven't gone to (we have a bevy of restaurants in Taos, and plenty I haven't visited).


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Legality of brewing eisbier
« on: March 14, 2011, 05:38:58 PM »
Yes, we're in Taos, NM, probably under two months now from opening. We'll be right across the street from the Post Office and Michael's Kitchen, just north of the plaza. Pop in and say hi if you're up here!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Legality of brewing eisbier
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:36:22 PM »
We're still waiting for our Brewers Notice, got the state and town taken care of already. We'll definitely talk to someone at the bureau and diligently research the federal and state statutes ... when that time comes. I just wanted to see what the good citizens of Forumland might know, kind of a pre-pre-preliminary step.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Legality of brewing eisbier
« on: March 11, 2011, 08:20:04 PM »
Thanks guys. We'd definitely do the deeper legal research before turning out an eisbier, but that's a ways off. I just thought I'd see if this issue is as confusing to everyone else as it is to us, or if we're missing something, some easy answer.

And our attorney does indeed know a few things about mash temps ...

General Homebrew Discussion / Legality of brewing eisbier
« on: March 11, 2011, 06:53:46 PM »
My business partner and I (at the nearly open Taos Ale House) have been discussing eisbier for a few years, and our impression has been that eis-ing is considered an artificial method of concentrating alcohol and so is legally categorized as a distilled product requiring a distiller's license.

However, we've been unable to verify this with the actual legal code or statute, and have heard of occasional eis-style beers being offered in the United States. Can anyone me to any material that would clarify this issue for us?



Beer Recipes / Thanksgiving beer
« on: August 11, 2010, 07:41:01 PM »
I'm planning on doing a beer for Thanksgiving, a nice malty base, either a dubbel or a Scotch ale, with some fresh rosemary and maybe a little sage or thyme. I'm solid on recipes for both styles  (just brewed a partigyle batch of Big Scotty/Little Scotty), but haven't used these herbs in a beer before (infused some delicious herbed vodka, though). My biggest concern is with quantity; I want a subtle touch of the herbs, not a heavy-handed rosemary beer. Anybody have experience brewing with them? I'd like to get it made pretty soon so it has a couple of months to condition.

Events / Cicerone Off-Flavors Classes
« on: August 10, 2010, 12:07:10 AM »
I'm looking for people in northern New Mexico or southern Colorado who want to take an off-flavors class through the Cicerone program. It's offered Aug. 20, Sept. 27 and Nov. 12. It's a 75-minute online class that covers six of the most common off flavors, like oxidation and DMS. The cost per site is $180, a bit steep for me to shell out by myself, but each site can accommodate up to six people, potentially dropping the cost as low as $30/person.

I'm in Taos, but if everyone else is in Santa Fe, Alamosa, Pagosa Springs, wherever, I can come to you. I'd really like to take the Aug. 20 class, before the Cicerone tests during GABF week, but I can wait if necessary.

The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 09, 2010, 03:53:28 AM »
I've followed the forum since it started, but I'm more a fan of TechTalk, one of those long-in-the-tooth geezers (actually, FYI, a 28-year-old tech-friendly journalist). I'm not here to explain or defend that preference. I'll miss TT, but I understand the reasons behind the shift.

Frankly, though, I'm pretty turned off to the idea of being part of this community after reading the responses from forum members towards those prefering TT. I don't agree with the TechTalkers who have been bashing the forum, and likewise I don't need to deal with you guys on the forum who have responded in kind.

Thanks guys; way to make this a welcoming, open place. Meanwhile, plenty of HBD users are on TT saying, "Come on in, the water's fine." Maybe you could take a lesson from that, rather than trying to belittle us dinosaurs.

Thank you, honestly, for the civility from those of you (Denny, Drew and many others) who have shown it. It's a shame a vocal minority has to frame this as an "us vs. them" issue.

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