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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 05, 2015, 02:15:59 PM »
I use ProMash and have been brewing for about 14 years.  I could do it without a PC, but I would need to reference my books.  Being that my brain is not all that math oriented, I prefer a brewing program to help my feeble brain work the calculations. 

The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 05, 2015, 02:07:50 PM »
That's a good one.  Wonder if AB realizes that ad probably hurt them more than it helped.  My guess is, they probably don't care.

Very cool that craft beer is striking back. 

The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:02:44 PM »
To people like us, beer is important.  Craft beer, homebrewing, quality, etc.  In all honesty, most beer drinkers probably don't care what they drink.  We struggle to understand that because we are passionate about beer.  The average beer drinker is probably fine with BudMillerCoors products.  That is beginning to change more and more thankfully.  If Elysian beer still makes a high quality product, I will buy it again.

The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:09:31 PM »
I will admit I yelled at the commercial when it came on.  I just yelled bulls*** over and over until my wife said shut up!  Personally, I will not drink Bud or other macro beers.  Don't care for the taste and I save my beer calories for something I actually enjoy.  I also don't agree with their tactics - marketing, squashing the small guys, etc.  I am not bothered nor do I care if other people drink AB, etc.  It's their money, so spend it where you want.  I choose to homebrew and buy craft beer. 

Do I think Bud is crap?  No.  It's a well made lager, but with no real flavor IMO.  I would rather have a water than a BudMillerCoors beer. 

AB is going nowhere, but the decline in sales has to be concerning to them. More and more younger people are trying craft beer early on.  There is a movement across the country to buy things like beer, food and other goods locally.  Younger people are part of this movement which is definitely hurting the sales of Bud.

I also think it is very important to know your water info / stats before you start making additions.  If you don't have an accurate water profile, you are making adjustments in the dark IMO.

The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:15:05 AM »
I can't imagine only drinking one beer all the time.  Whether it's Coors or a craft beer.  Too boring for me.  Like others have commented, variety in styles and flavors is something that is truly special about craft beer and homebrew.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:28:48 AM »
This is from late, last fall.  My Autumn Brown ale with a hint of smoked malt.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:09:41 PM »
Bohemian Pilsner from last year.  Was still lagering so it had not fully cleared yet.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:00:16 PM »
It was quite the smell.  At first I thought something electrical was burning and then saw Toby's neck area on fire.  Not huge flames mind you, but flames none the less.  His fur stunk for hours.  Thankfully as a Husky, he was fine staying outdoors for a few hours (it was December I believe). 

To all those with young kids - good luck brewing and yes, enjoy them while it lasts.  They do grow up fast.  That said, I love being able to brew whenever I want with no kid obligations.  Now I can just hang out with them and enjoy their company in a more adult fashion. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:12:35 PM »
My daughters are 22 and 25, so no mishaps from them.  When they were younger, they just liked the smell and being around the brewing, never really interested in the process and participating.  They were interested at a younger age on pouring the beer from the kegerator.  They both learned very young how to pour the perfect beer. 

One time while brewing, one of my huskies caught on fire.  He was licking the floor after a boil over.  I turned around to see him on fire and quickly put it out!  His fur was singed for months.  He did not care, he got to lick up sweet wort plus he had plenty of more fur to go before that hit skin.  That beer became Burnt Dog Porter. 

The Pub / Re: Anyone Know a Garbage Truck Chaser?
« on: September 10, 2012, 03:18:16 PM »
Boulder, I assume you are in CO.  How about Frank Azar - The Strong Arm!

The Pub / Re: Football Season!!!
« on: September 10, 2012, 03:17:12 PM »
Great time of year!  Love football and fall.  Go Gamecocks!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:28:42 AM »
Looks like some great brewing fun at Rogue.  Makes me thirsty!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Things Picking Up in the Carolinas
« on: January 27, 2012, 01:38:13 PM »
I think many of us have a romantic view of beer, brewing and even the business side of beer and brewing.  Bottom line, SN wants to make great beer and money.  I don't worry about their quality and I think they will do a great job.  Not everything big is bad IMO.  I love both large and small craft breweries.  Without making money, SN would have less resources to experiment and offer different beers. 

I am sure many of us have experienced a business that was once great only to falter when expanding.  Thankfully SN has been around since the 80's.  They have been making craft beer for a long time.  I get the trepidation that many have and while I am sure SN will do a great job, there is that tiny part of me that has some concern. When something you love changes, we often react with some fear or skepticism. 

New Belgium is about 40 minutes from where I live.  While I don't really drink Fat Tire much, I appreciate that this was the beer that allowed NB to become who they are today.  Without the flagship beer selling so well, they would not have the money to go out on a limb and make other great craft beers we all crave.  I enjoy many of their beers and I am thankful that Fat Tire has been the cash cow to allow them to make these other beers. 

If breweries do not strive for profit, they will cease to exist.  It goes without saying they must also produce a quality product while making money. 

I watched and listened to this yesterday.  Very interesting to hear the topics and opinions.  I do agree that each brewer needs to look at some of these suggestions and see what works best for their brewing setup and process.  What works for one person, may not for another or what is an issue for one person may not be one for another. 

Perfect example:
I have only done step mashes on a few beers and one decoction mash in my 11 years of brewing.  I really did not see much benefit on my system to make it worth the time.  I may do it again, but it's not a regular practice of mine.  If this works and helps others with their beers, great. 

Thanks for posting the video and thanks to Denny, Gordon and John for the insight.

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