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Classifieds / Re: What is Wheaton's Law?
« on: June 12, 2017, 12:44:45 PM »
Yeah, sorry I don't wield mod hammers very often. But I feel like if I need to swing the hammer, it's usually for violations of Wheaton's law.

No worries about what it was about and I chopped out the parts of the thread that were not needed for history.

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It will and we have a book signing just before our live podcast on Friday - 1:30-2:30PM in the Expo Center.

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 07, 2017, 01:40:45 PM »
I'm not sure how to take the last part, but I'm not going to spend any more time worrying about it.

A little more clarification on how point A) is "flipped" would probably help too.  We are getting people that weren't interested in homebrewing before, right?  More women, more young people, more non-engineers?  That's good, unless you're refuting that.  But people aren't spending as much on "stuff" at the stores, and not spending as long in the hobby, correct?  Meanwhile a whole lot of people have gone pro. Also good (for them at least). I've never tried to make people less enthusiastic than myself unwelcome in this hobby and in fact as stated have actively done the opposite.  But I still prefer to spend my time with my own peeps - people I can relate to, have things in common with, have known for years.  My brewing family, basically.

...and a great many have disappeared.

The last part was meant as a general message to everyone - peace, love, hoppiness. No specific targets.

It's seems more that the newer generation of homebrewers is interested in general "maker" culture and not as much "I make beer" or "I make cabinets". Naturally that's a shallower engagement level by the sheer volume of different things to make. It does affect the discussions we have and the content that gets produced.

And I absolutely think a good number of those who would be the obsessive crazy pants brewers of yore are jumping to the pro side.



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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:24:06 AM »
Duncan just let me know the web team is aware of the ad issue. They think Tapatalk changed some settings and so they're finding a fix for it.

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:18:58 AM »
Want to see pics of singles?

I'm fairly certain my wife wouldn't approve. :)

Yeah, let me reach out and check, cause that's uncool.

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:07:40 AM »
Apparently the purpose is to sell me women's swim ware and $29 watches.  If the ads stay, I will leave and will not renew my wife's and my memberships.

Hmm, if you're seeing those sorts of ads, then those need to be reported to Duncan (duncan@brewersassociation.org). I usually see things like whiskey barrels and brew guru offers.

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 07, 2017, 08:37:13 AM »
The average level of expertise in homebrewing seems to have declined.  I assume this is due to A) the AHA casting a wider net and getting more people who aren't necessarily as "Beer Is Life" as some of us old guard, and B) many many people who are good at this have gone pro.  A) isn't a bad thing, but it does change the makeup of the hobby. Way more people are casual about this now.   B) has lead to even more great availability of commercial beer, which just reinforces the casual nature many homebrewers already have.

Your point A is a little flipped from what seems to be in the marketing and demo data that's being pulled. It's not that the AHA is casting a wider net and getting shallower interest - it's that the general interest pool is shallower. The data all points to plenty of people enjoying the idea of making beer, but fewer, particularly younger, folks wanting to make homebrewing their "lifestyle" ala us older brewers.

But then again, this is the same war fought over a wider and more visible battle ground than before. I can troll back through club newsletters from the 1970's and 80's and see the same *grr argh* "not taking this serious enough" angst including the classic - if you're brewing extract, you're not a real brewer. Thing is, this hobby has always been a majority extract brewers even in today's high gear/information availability age.

I don't know. I have fun with this hobby even if sometimes the personalities are a bit much. I prefer to operate from a guiding principle of kindness, which is not everyone's north star as evidenced by all the hackles being raised around here.

Seriously, let's practice the Wheaton Law (link) and not be proof of John Gabriel's Greater Internet f##kwad Theory (link)

Step back, take a deep breath, blah, blah, blah... ffs

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Beer Recipes / Re: 'Black witbier'
« on: May 18, 2017, 10:26:09 AM »
Tbe Bruery in Placentia made a black wit for years - Black Orchard - They gave me a recipe a few years back for Zymurgy. https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrew-recipe/the-bruerys-black-orchard-wit/

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why is that?

Because <Judge Dredd voice>I am the law</JDV>

First, I'm an Irish whiskey drinker much more than a Scotch drinker (having a glass right now as I edit things). I don't dislike peat in a whiskey though. My problem with peat in a beer is two fold - one for strong scottish ales, it's an old American canard that it should be in there. Peat malt is pretty much just whiskey malt. second, it's an incredible potent character that requires an exceedingly light touch to not overwhelm things. Most of us  lack the  restraint of character to avoid turning our beers into a peaty phenolic mess.

So - a blanket ban!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Full Keg Purge & Effects on Beer
« on: April 29, 2017, 04:29:14 PM »
CHill haze would normally be my first ask, but you said yocold crashed the IPA, so I'm guessing you racked cold? Does it clear up when it warms up?

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Events / Re: SCHF 2017
« on: April 22, 2017, 09:14:55 PM »
Last I checked, I never really thought seats were in high demand during the talks except as shaded rest points!

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The Pub / Re: BA Pubs
« on: April 21, 2017, 02:58:42 PM »
If by direct sales, you mean directly from the author, yes.  But if it's royalties, the author gets the same whether BP or Amazon sells the book.  That's why we do direct sales on the Experimental Brewing website.  We get more than the 80 cent royalty we get from the publisher.

Here's where I get to disagree with Denny and tell him he should pay more attention to his royalty statements. :)

Royalties vary based on retailer discount tiers that the publisher sells units to. Amazon is a deeply discounted seller so an author typically gets less royalty for a book sold through that retail tier. Would get a little more sold via a homebrew shop. Would get the most via direct sales.

Let's say the typical royalty rate is like 10% per copy sold. The first X copies go to cover the author's advance. Once that's covered, the publisher sends you new checks every quarter/half year based on contract.

So if your book sells wholesale at $10, you nominally get $1 per book at normal rates. A book sold through Amazon may only net $0.60-0.80 per sale. A direct copy sale from an author would be closer to $5-10. (Authors typically get the book for around half cover price and then usually sell at cover price.)

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Classifieds / Re: Ball Lock Kegs for Sale - $50 (Los Angeles)
« on: April 12, 2017, 08:10:36 AM »
If you throw them up on the Falcons Facebook page - I bet they'll be gone in two seconds. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/maltosefalcons/)

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It's one of my favorites.

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