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All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: Today at 03:39:52 PM »
If you are an Amazon Prime member the Anova Nano is $65 today and presumably tomorrow.
https://www.amazon.com/Anova-Culinary-Precision-Bluetooth-Included/dp/B07C7PW3PC

Thanks, Susan ordered one.

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The Pub / Re: This has gone far enough!
« on: Today at 02:23:13 AM »
What I do know is that the AHA membership numbers are flat, after many years of double-digit growth. Craft Brewer are also seeing slower growth.

I find it odd that the AHA seems to be pushing new membership a lot less than it has in past years which probably does not help the issue. I remember a few years ago the AHA did a lot of giveaways for new memberships/renewals and felt like I saw advertisements all over for membership but now not so much. I don't know if there was a low ROI on those efforts or what motivated that to change.

At HomebrewCon there was a discussion of what will be coming. Stay tuned.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cryo Hops for Dry Hopping
« on: July 12, 2019, 01:06:08 PM »
The cryo hops are now in pellet form, said to behave more like conventional pellets. One thing from Hop School, there are tannins and such in the conventional pellets, without that you get a different impression. They said that is why they developed the American Noble. You can adjust ratios of cryo to conventional/Noble. Good luck.

Denny should be along once morning hits Oregon.


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The Pub / Re: This has gone far enough!
« on: July 12, 2019, 12:50:51 PM »
Is the Forum dying? I don't know.

What I do know is that the AHA membership numbers are flat, after many years of double-digit growth. Craft Brewer are also seeing slower growth.

Homebrewing sees growth in tough economic times, this recovery has been long. Now there are breweries in every small town it seems, will people want to Homebrew in the next recession, when craft beer is just around the corner?




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop socks
« on: July 12, 2019, 02:07:06 AM »
My wife has a pair of hop socks.

Oh, wait!

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The Pub / Re: This has gone far enough!
« on: July 12, 2019, 02:06:00 AM »
Here is my first post on this thread.  I obviously have some catching up to do, and not certain if I will have time to stay on here presently (as I am yes at work and yes kind of busy, almost sorry I dropped by).

Regarding the Bamforth thing, I'm happy to see that he shows no fear in expressing his opinion, which of course is HIS OPINION and isn't anything anywhere close to approaching shoving anything down anyone's throat, nowhere near the same manner in which certain other topics have been shoved down.  But anywho.

EDIT: And make no mistake... this forum, and most if not all other forums, are on their deathbed, even if maybe for no better reason than the old farts are dying off while everyone else is too busy texting their acquaintances and watching videos of cats on YouTube.  It's almost time for all the rest of us to move on and do the same -- lose interest due to such terribly low traffic, conform to the idiocy, then die.

EDIT2: The other trouble with the inevitable low traffic that is happening (not just here but everywhere except for Facebook) is that the only folks who seem to want to stick around on forums like this one are either A) Noobs, or B) the ones with the strongest and most vocal opinions.  And inevitably, the B folks will quickly scare away all the A.  There will always be noobs but they'll never want to stick around as they can't grasp all the concepts and arguments, and certainly don't want to put up with our sh1t.

I consider myself a realist.  Not a pessimist.  Realist.  This is reality.

But I digress, sorry.

So I'll jump in where I don't belong because I haven't yet earned my wings.  Or maybe this is exactly where I belong because of that.

Bamforth...meh.  And your first Edit was highly entertaining.  Well done.

But I would have to take an exception to the whole Edit 2.  Consider me a flag waiving member of Group A, the Noobs.  Or another way to put it, the group with the most excitement and enthusiasm when it comes to digging into something new...something fun.  Ready to learn, ready to up my game.  To think that a few Get off my Lawn curmudgeons are going to scare me away is selling me short.  Maybe I'm an exception, but I doubt it.

Another point...yeah, about that Group B.  Maybe I have the benefit of a few too many winters, but I learned a long time ago that the ones with the strongest and most vocal opinions are often using that as a cover for some other shortcoming or insecurity.  So the louder someone shouts, regardless of how many [equations] and fancy symbols used for my benefit, the less I pay attention.  Yawn.

And frankly, with all due respect, I have found out in a few short months since returning to this hobby that there is so much misinformation in printed books (surprise) and floating around the internet (not a surprise) that it really is hard to believe anyone.  Especially when it comes to dry hopping.  :)  We can all get from grain (or LME) to glass however we like, however it is most enjoyable. Can I brew a better beer if I followed every suggestion every expert ever posted and reposted on these (and other) forums?  Um, no.  I can't.  Why?  Because I'd quit first.

This is a ridiculously cool hobby and I'm glad I found a way back to it that works for me. So I'm here for the duration (or at least until I can get rid of "Cellerman").

Hang around, learn, have fun give good advice when you can.

I was a noob once. We all brewed our first beer.

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The Pub / Re: Brewery runs out of Beer!
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:24:21 PM »
Got the link from my sister. Just saw on FB my BIL and brother went there on the 6th. 3 of nine regulars on tap. After  couple Porters the board dropped to 2 on draft.


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The Pub / Re: Brewery runs out of Beer!
« on: July 11, 2019, 09:28:51 PM »
Yooper is the term for a resident of the UP (Upper Peninsula,) as in "U.P.-er."

I once met a Yooper who referred to people from the other part of Michigan as "trolls" because they lived below the bridge!

They all do.

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The Pub / Re: Brewery runs out of Beer!
« on: July 11, 2019, 09:27:46 PM »
My mother grew up in the UP about a mile from Whitefish Point. My grandfather had a fishery for many years which has now transformed into the best fresh fish/smoked fish restaurant in Michigan. A little plug for my cousin at Brown Fisheries. We have a place about 3 miles from the point on the bayside off the road named after my grandfather. I’ll be UP there in a few weeks.


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Cool! I have heard of Brown's. Paradise, turn off to Taquanamon Falls. A guy I used to work with said it was fantastic Whitefish.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry hopping with Conical
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:21:05 PM »
One presenter at Hop School said he removes the O2 by putting the dry hops in a container and filling the container with liquid Nitrogen. Some safety equipment is required.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Diacetyl Test
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:16:12 PM »
When I was in an off flavor class at homebrew con, I didn't taste it either.  I did have a slimy feel to me.

I have a higher threshold than many, and the tell for me is the slickness.

It is said that about 20% of the population is blind to Diacetyl. If you fall into that category, it makes judging harder, but then you might enjoy a beer that others object to.

This why my girlfriend is my taster.  :)

If I'm not sure I ask my wife, "taste any D?".

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The Pub / Re: Brewery runs out of Beer!
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:15:01 PM »


This is in the UP of Michigan, which is remote by definition.



Matter of perspective.  I once heard a Yooper say that if the Mackinac bridge ever went out, 300 million Americans would be stranded!

We were on the deck of a nice bar in Eagle River Michigan, way up the Keweenaw Peninsula. Talked to a couple, he was an Engineer on a lake freighter, she was a housewife. He got around. She said she almost never gets south of the bridge. After a while, something clicked, and I had to verify which bridge. She meant the lift bridge at Houghton MI, not the Mackinaw Bridge.

It's all realitive.

The UP is 30 of Michigan's land area, but only has 3% of the population.

One can get to the UP from Wisconsin. That's how all the FIBS get there.

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The Pub / Re: Recipe planning
« on: July 11, 2019, 05:33:09 PM »
Since I'm so bad at planning I keep a large inventory on hand so I can whip out a lot of things as the mood strikes me.  Currently I have about 800 lb. of various grains, 30 lb. of hops and maybe a dozen packs of Wyeast on hand.

I thought my inventory was big!

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The Pub / Re: This has gone far enough!
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:53:22 PM »


Stupid generic label to entice millennials?
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You've got one thing right, the Germans haven't restyled a car or a logo in decades... Centuries... Ever?

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Actually they pretty much invented the idea of design, and redesign... see Bauhaus.  And Spiegelau/Riedel is largely responsible for the increasingly absurd array of new glassware designs for various styles of beer.  But redesigning what's in the glass has never been seen as serving a useful purpose it seems.  Nonetheless trends and fashions are forces in German beer drinking, especially generationally, just as anywhere else.   Like when the utterly obscure Bavarian Hefeweizen exploded onto the scene in the 80s, when every student with Einstürzende Neubauten on their Walkman had to have one, with a lemon slice, in the newly anointed vase shaped glass.  The German counterpart to the contemporaneous collegiate American innovation of a Corona with a lime wedge.  Now both seem old hat.

Style and design make me think of the Italians. More understated style and design with good engineering makes me think Germans.

I think the glass making companies have had a hard time of it lately, with global competition. If you've been N-S along the Czech border in Niederbayern you know that the towns look nowhere as prosperous as the rest of Bavaria. Closed glass factories, shabby houses, even closed local breweries.

Spiegelau, Reidel, Nachmann are all making new glass styles, or going after the high end beer, wine, mixed drink crowd. That is what I concluded looking around at the products for sale at the Corning Glass Museum gift shop on the way back from HomebrewCon. Outstanding museum, BTW.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Diacetyl Test
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:36:17 PM »
When I was in an off flavor class at homebrew con, I didn't taste it either.  I did have a slimy feel to me.

I have a higher threshold than many, and the tell for me is the slickness.

It is said that about 20% of the population is blind to Diacetyl. If you fall into that category, it makes judging harder, but then you might enjoy a beer that others object to.

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