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Equipment and Software / Re: Black Beer bottles and caps
« on: May 12, 2012, 05:53:46 PM »
Get your black bottle caps here

I buy these in the American Flag design. I must say they are good sturdy caps made of thicker metal than most the caps I have had in the past. As a result my capper really puts a good tight seal on them.

Beer Travel / Re: For those near Topeka or Lawrence KS
« on: May 11, 2012, 09:48:34 PM »
I have always thought the regular Red Ale at 23rd St Brewery was the best I ever tasted.

Beer Travel / For those near Topeka or Lawrence KS
« on: May 11, 2012, 09:46:58 PM »
Blind Tiger Happenings!

Collaboration Ale On Tap Now!

Full Kimono Imperial Red Ale

American Craft Beer Week celebrates the independent spirit, craftsmanship, and community fostered by the American craft brewer. In that spirit the brewers of Free State beer, Blind Tiger, and 23rd street offer up the Full Kimono, an Imperial Red Ale. Brewers Geoff Deman (Free State), John Dean (Blind Tiger), and Bryan "Bucky" Buckingham (23rd Street), designed the recipe together and collaboratively brewed the three batches of Full Kimono at each other's breweries on three successive days. At over 10% ABV and hopped to the hilt with more hops than any of the three breweries have previously employed in a single batch, the Full Kimono is something special indeed. Full of hop flavor but balanced by a full malt backbone, the Full Kimono lays bare the "magic" of the brewer's art for all to enjoy. Be sure to travel to each brewery and enjoy the subtle differences between each stellar brew.

* Come in Today and Enjoy one of our Award Winning Beers!

See you at The Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Our local microbrew
« on: May 11, 2012, 02:15:38 PM »
I actually like 23rd St Brewery better than Free State in Lawrence. They have the best Red Ale I have ever tried. it is called Crimson Fog.

The Pub / Re: Moon Shots
« on: May 07, 2012, 10:40:47 PM »
I have some equipment on order that will adapt my camera to my telescope. Maybe I will have some pictures to post soon.

The Pub / Re: Yo Bluesman
« on: May 03, 2012, 02:52:58 PM »
He was here in Topeka. No opening act. I was disappointed to see the house was not sold out. I think people just haven't heard of him. In my untrained opinion he is the greatest guitarest alive today. He did his latest song "Driving Towards the Daylight" I just downloaded the youtube of that in is a great song.

The Pub / Re: Yo Bluesman
« on: May 03, 2012, 05:43:39 AM »
Just got back from a Joe Bonamassa concert. That man puts on a good show.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question about styles
« on: May 02, 2012, 02:01:51 PM »
There are a lot of cool things about this site. I love exploring here.

All Things Food / Re: Cleaning grill grates
« on: May 01, 2012, 10:49:53 PM »
If your grill is cast iron you don't want to deep clean it. Cooked in grease not only keeps it from rusting but also makes your food taste better. This is called "seasoning".

Zymurgy / Re: Why should I renew my subscription?
« on: April 28, 2012, 02:45:20 PM »
Bo in recent times home brew competitions and club meetings have been broken up because the states discovered old laws on their books. The AHA was instrumental in rectifying this in two states in the time I have been a member. What happens when someone less friendly gets into office and decides to repeal that? What happens if the government starts looking at the untaxed alcohol being produced in a growing number of homes?

A membership to the AHA is less than $4 per month. It is worth that to me to protect and expand the rights of home brewers. In the long run I may even see that money back. The more people who home brew the better the market for my ingredients and equipment. The better the market the more produced. The more produced the more economical it becomes to produce it.

I consider it a win win situation.

Zymurgy / Re: Why should I renew my subscription?
« on: April 28, 2012, 02:34:31 PM »
I like BYO better than Zymurgy, I only save a dollar or two once in a while on the pub discounts, but none of that matters to me. I tend to be a proactive person. Right now in Kansas it is illegal for me to share my home brew with my friends. I can either whine about that or I can become part of the solution. My contribution to the AHA is a proactive step to getting this corrected.

This is the purpose of the AHA. I don't understand what all they need to offer people to ask for their help in protecting and expanding their rights as home brewers. Personally I would be a member if they didn't offer any "benefits" at all.

Zymurgy / Re: Why should I renew my subscription?
« on: April 28, 2012, 12:24:26 AM »
The only reason I am a member is to support the lobby protecting and expanding my rights.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question about styles
« on: April 27, 2012, 02:19:42 PM »
Thankyou for your responses.

General Homebrew Discussion / Question about styles
« on: April 27, 2012, 06:01:26 AM »
I was just looking at the recipe of the week. 12 dollar cream ale. It is a SMaSH made with Briess 2 row and Willamette hops. Isn't a kolsh basically just 2 row? I thought a cream ale had flaked corn or something in it to make it creamy. My question is what is the difference between a kolsh and a cream ale?

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