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The Pub / Ballast Point files for IPO
« on: October 19, 2015, 01:42:33 PM »
Interesting to see this:

What was more interesting was their filing, which says 53% of the sales are from Sculpin and Grapefruit Sculpin. That wouldn't bode well for me as an investor.

The Pub / Lagunitas sells 50% stake to Heineken
« on: September 08, 2015, 10:06:52 AM »

"A profound victory for American craft", according to Tony Magee. I'd heard rumors something was in the offing for them.

The Pub / Bio-engineering morphine from S.cerevisiae possible
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:46:38 AM »
Pretty interesting article, once you get past all the alarmist talk about controlling distribution of yeast.

The Pub / Interesting talk on succession planning and buyouts in breweries
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:37:01 PM »
The summary is good, but the whole panel discussion was pretty interesting.

The investor guy mentioned how the beer industry differs from others in the dislike of the big guys. He says many beverage companies start up with the goal of being bought out by Pepsi or Coke. Imagine a brewer saying his goal was to be bought by ABInbev!

General Homebrew Discussion / Thermopen sale
« on: January 28, 2015, 07:18:32 AM »

The Pub / Inside Anheuser-Busch’s Pilot Brewery
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:43:30 AM »

Pretty interesting stuff. Including the fact that they dump almost all of every batch.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Chico or Mills River?
« on: November 02, 2014, 07:56:27 PM »
I bought my first Celebration of the year on Friday (I think they changed the recipe  :P ) and was wondering whether it was from Chico or the new brewery in Mills River. After some poking around on their web site, I found this
(6.6 MB PDF)

There's a code sprayed on the bottles that includes a C for Chico and an M for Mills River. It's pretty much impossible to read unless you shine a light into an empty bottle. My Celebration came from Chico, bottling line 2. The carrier didn't have all of the codes they list there, though.

The beer itself is excellent again. I look forward to this release more than any other seasonal.

*edit to correct a howling geographical error

Beer Travel / St. Louis
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:45:44 PM »
I'll be there in a couple of weeks for a conference. Any suggestions on local beers to look out for? I'm planning on hitting the Schlafly tap room at least once. I've heard good things about Tallgrass, too.

The Pub / Interesting article on a Chicago homebrew club
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:00:16 AM »,0,829119.story

If I ever move back into an apartment in the city, this is my new home. I love the idea of sharing space and equipment like this. More on their web site

Questions about the forum? / Favicon on SSL?
« on: April 20, 2014, 11:56:46 AM »
Something for the web admins. Now that the forum is on SSL, I miss the handy favicon in the tab to help me click over there. Can you copy it over?

And for those of you wondering what that is, the favicon is the tiny image file that displays in the tab next to the page title. Handy if you're like me and have a bunch of tabs open all the time.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Fuller's Vintage Ale
« on: April 04, 2014, 07:06:03 PM »
I'm enjoying a bottle of the 2004 vintage, in honor of ten years in Illinois and my current job. There's still some hop presence and it's got nice carbonation. It's got a dry finish, with some honey and sherry notes and lots of malt character. I'm having it at cellar temp, on the advice of the tour guide at the brewery. I think colder would mask some flavor.

I'm going to have to buy this every year moving forward. I bought this at the brewery and they had a lot of different years available. Sad to say, it will be a while before I can visit there again.

The Pub / Interesting post on hops by Stan Hieronymus
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:29:55 PM »

"America’s smaller brewers — smaller meaning Boston Beer Company on down — produced 7.4 per cent of the beer sold domestically in 2013 and used 52 percent of the hops grown domestically."

The Pub / Orval in danger of losing its Trappist status
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:47:32 AM »
They're committed to keeping production at its current level, but they may not have enough monks to be certified as Trappist.

Yeast and Fermentation / Other uses for Wyeast 2112
« on: November 30, 2013, 11:04:18 AM »
I brewed a steam beer with this (sue me, Anchor  8) ) and would like to use the yeast cake in something else. None of Wyeast's suggested styles are all that appealing.
   Baltic Porter
   Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
   Cream Ale
   Other Smoked Beer
   Premium American Lager
   Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

I'd consider a Baltic Porter, but I've got a plenty of high gravity beers going right now. I was thinking maybe a 1554 type pseudo-lager. Any other suggestions?

I'm planning a big barley wine and an undetermined small beer from the second runnings. I would like to maximize energy and water use and use the hottest chiller water from the barleywine to produce the second beer. Are there potential consequences for leaving the grain as is for the couple of hours it will take to get the water ready?

I recall an article in BYO that claimed tannins were extracted anytime the mash was exposed to air. The piece was savaged by batch spargers and supposedly some follow-up experiments were done, but I never saw any.

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