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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 20, 2010, 04:52:48 AM »
I'm sad they don't bottle the oatmeal stout anymore, I liked that beer alot. 

I think I sent a pm to brew - witch on accident. Anyway. just was in Lisle, IL  saw goose island oatmeal stout in a bottle. thought you may want to know

No problem :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 13, 2010, 05:48:18 PM »
I actually didn't like the 90 minute IPA, too fruity or something...just didn't like it.  But Goose Island IPA is one solid beer, as is the honkers and 312.  I'm sad they don't bottle the oatmeal stout anymore, I liked that beer alot.  But they still have the Harvest ale in the autumn, might fine brew that is. 
But I agree about buying local.  Millstream is local, and they make some great beer.  Iowa Pale Ale is great, as is their oatmeal stout and Schild Brau.  They have a new beer now called Backroads Stout, which is their oatmeal stout recipe with more abv. Yum!
Also not a fan of the 90 min, but I like DFH 60 min, though not my fav. 

Yeah, if you're lucky enough to have a TJs that sells alcohol (not all do, it's a state thing) you can get their brand cheap, and pretty good brews, and often local brews for less than the grocery or liquor stores.

Haven't seen Goose Island, but the way you guys talk about it, I may have to hunt it down.  I have a friend who travels to Cleveland frequently and brings me back Great Lakes... nice stuff from what I've had so far.  We have so many local breweries here in New England, I spend every weekend exploring new ones  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 12, 2010, 05:31:04 AM »
I work p/t at TJ's and they do get some pretty good store-brand beers, and depending on where you are in the country, you may get some decent local brews too (here in MA we get Smuttynose from NH which is one of my fav's).  We recently got 22oz of the Mission Brown Ale and Hefeweisen... and while neither was remarkable on it's own, we combined them (creating the "Brown Heifer") and it was pretty darn good  :D  When it's only $2.50 for 22oz, experimenting can be fun!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 12, 2010, 05:21:26 AM »
I don't want to offend anyone, but this is a total girl-beer.

Not in my house, it ain't!  My wife is a tiny thing, but if it's not a 1.070 70+ IBU IPA, she's not interested.

I have to agree there... give me a nice hoppy DIPA any day.  And don't fruit the beer!

Nothin wrong with keepin a mix-six (or two) on hand.  Always nice to see what's brewin' especially from the local breweries.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Torpedo
« on: June 11, 2010, 04:57:41 AM »
I like SN beers typically but I do Not like Torpedo... its "okay" I guess but it just isn't in the same class as the rest of their beers.  jmo...
That's funny, I feel the exact opposite!  I like SN and will drink it if it's there, but I had Torpedo for the first time last week and loved it.  I used to drink a lot of porters and stouts and wasn't really impressed with both those offerings from SN.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SA Summer Ale
« on: June 11, 2010, 04:48:02 AM »
Hmmm... I've noticed many of this year's summer brews are a bit "lacking".  I thought maybe it was just my changing tastes, but now seeing this thread...  ???

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Flying Dog's Double Dog Double Pale Ale
« on: June 11, 2010, 04:42:37 AM »
Ooh, I haven't tried the Double Dog yet, but I've had the Raging b**** and really enjoyed it.  Also had the Snake Dog IPA a couple weeks ago and that was fantastic... not as bitter as I often like, but nicely citrused (is that a word?)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Curious...part 2
« on: June 08, 2010, 12:42:42 PM »
Thanks dean (and everyone) for the input.

I do understand that it takes just as long to brew 10 gal as 3... I'm just amazed at how much you all have going at the same time, lol!  Time is an issue as I work 6 days a week, but I have a lot of odd time available most days that can be used, and my weekends are usually filled with kayaking and/or hiking (+1 on the no tv, majorvices... except of course during hockey season... and baseball if i'm home to watch the games... work schedule always seems to correspond with ball games  :P )

Space will continue to be an issue as I have a big kitchen but I'm also an herbalist and have about 50 mason jars of dried herbs and that equipment in the pantry along with cases of beer bottles. And I have a basement, but share that space with the neighbors.. and soon some of my space will be taken up by a new 14' kayak.

So, I guess I'm looking for some support in doing my little 3-5 gal batches and keeping maybe just 2 or 3 going at any given time (so there is always variety as well as a steady supply).  Maybe when I can afford a kegging setup, I might increase production since (I'm guessing?) kegs won't take up as much space (or time) as bottles.  Though some bottles are nice for trading with other brewing friends. 

And yes, my plan for now is to stick with LME and just do some experimenting with that.  That's a big pull for me - experimenting and variety, and while I know I could hit something awesome and only have a small batch of it, I could just as well have a disaster and not have 10gal of it to dump.  My rationalization around this is that if I take good enough notes (which I am very Type-A about) I can probably come pretty close to re-creating that great batch if I wanted.

So thanks again all!  I will continue with my small batches and hope that I won't get laughed at by the big boys with their big toys  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Curious...part 2
« on: June 08, 2010, 03:53:11 AM »
OK, so I'm seeing anywhere from 5 - 20+ different brews going at the same time... and many of you seem to do larger batches (that is, larger than the typical 5 gal)... so my questions are:

1. Where do you find the time to do all this?  :o

2. Where do you keep everything (fermenters, kegs, bottles, massive amounts of equipment)?  :-\

I am starting very small for a number of reasons, but space is the biggest reason.  And time!  I'd rather spend more time (what little of it I have to spare) making a lot of different small batches (3 gal or less even) for more variety (my tastebuds get bored easily) than having 5, 10, or more gallons of the same beer that would take me forever to drink, or even trade with others.  So that leads me to question #3:

3. I want to hear all the pros and cons of making smaller batches (preferably more pros than cons  ;) )


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just curious...
« on: June 08, 2010, 03:24:49 AM » do some of you have the time to brew so much beer?  :-\

So, that was part of my reason for posting this question to begin with... but I will continue that in a new post so everyone can still have a chance to post their lists here.

Beer Travel / Re: New England Brews
« on: June 07, 2010, 01:36:24 PM »
I'm about half way between Boston & Worcester, MA, but I spend a lot of time in the North Shore and get up to NH frequently.

Beer Travel / Re: New England Brews
« on: June 07, 2010, 01:13:37 PM »
Seven Barrel is in West Lebanon, NH, just over the river from White river Jct.  It is a sister brewery of the Vermont Pub and Brewery ( or used to be at least ).  VPB is excellent as well.
Thanks!  Went to Quechee Gorge, VT that day and I couldn't remember which town Seven Barrel was in.

If you are going to go to Tuckermans, also check out Moat Mountain ( on Rte 16 just north of North Conway ).  Excellent beer and decent food.  And about 1/2 away in Lovell, ME is Ebenezer's.
Good to know... I'll probably be up there sometime this summer.

Of course this doesn't even scratch the surface.  I spent a whole day in Portland, ME and still didn't get to see everything I wanted.
Nope, it sure doesn't  ;D  Lots to explore still!  Was in Kennebunkport a few weeks ago and went to Federal Jacks... good food and brew also.  Yankee Brew News has a great map of all the local breweries, brew pubs, supply stores, etc in each issue.

Beer Travel / New England Brews
« on: June 07, 2010, 12:56:13 PM »
I haven't done a lot of long distance travel lately, but New England is chock full of awesome breweries that keep me pretty busy.  A friend introduced me to planning hiking and kayaking day trips around the local brew pubs  ;D

Some of the local favorites:
Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth, NH)
Flying Goose (New London, NH)
Cape Ann Brewery (Gloucester, MA)
Northampton Brewery (Northampton, MA)
7 Barrel (somewhere in VT)

and some I have yet to visit, but love their beer:
The Tap (Haverhill Brewery, Haverhill, MA)
Tuckerman (NH)
Smuttynose Brewery (Portsmouth, NH)
Harpoon Brewery (Windsor, VT)
Ipswich Brewery/Mercury Brewing (Ipswich, MA - brewpub opening soon)

Ahhh... so many brewpubs, so little time!

General Homebrew Discussion / Just curious...
« on: June 07, 2010, 12:37:42 PM »
How many different brews do you have:

-bottled/kegged (carbonating)
-ready to drink

at any given time?

Ingredients / Re: Elderberries
« on: June 06, 2010, 10:01:48 PM »
In Eastern Europe they use the flowers either to make tea, or fresh flowers to make syrup for sodas. They dont really usethe berries much.

Maybe the flowers would make a nice addition?
Even here in the states we use elder flowers for tea (for cold season: elderflowers, yarrow, & peppermint does the trick every time!)  Not sure how the flower flavor would hold up in a brew... there's not a lot of flavor and they are rather delicate.  Might be interesting though, homebrew cold remedy?

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