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Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 13, 2011, 08:09:27 PM »
So this week is Wisconsin/Minnesota.  Had to skip over Michigan but I'll be back.
Today I had lunch at Grumpy Troll and I agree, eat there but don't expect much from the beer.  It was OK but far from great.  I had Surly Furious with supper and I liked it a lot. 
The best beer I've come across so far, to my tastes at least, is Moon Man from New Glarus.  I don't have time to do a brewery tour but next time I'll have to stop by New Glarus and check things out.  I really like the hoppy flavour of this pale ale without the intense bitterness of an IPA.  Very nice.

The Pub / Re: Kindle books
« on: September 11, 2011, 05:43:31 PM »
Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin are both fantastic.

+ 1 - I couldnt' agree more.  I'm 1/2 way through the 2nd book and they are great. 
My wife loved "The Hunger Games" series and has gotten our friends hooked on them too but I haven't read them yet.  No vampires that I'm aware of.

Ingredients / Just a comment on seasonal ingredients.
« on: September 11, 2011, 09:51:22 AM »
I find it so interesting how the ingredient questions on the forum move through the seasons.
Pumpkin was hot a few weeks ago, now it looks like coffee is a big topic, I'm willing to guess Christmas spices are coming next. 

Ingredients / Re: Caramunich II vs Crystal 45
« on: September 11, 2011, 09:49:41 AM »
Don't know who the maltster is unfortunately.  I can email and try to find out but I'm not expecting an answer.  It comes re-packed with the HBS name and Crystal 45 on the label, that's it (which is also a reason I'm looking for a better malt source).

Ingredients / Re: Coffee in a porter recipe
« on: September 11, 2011, 09:47:48 AM »

I used a cold extract of Peet's decaf french roast, added at bottling time. It was excellent, but I've since switched to Philz (a local roaster), and will use their decaf french roast next time.

Any reason for de-caf beyond personal preference?  Any negatives to caffeinated?

The Pub / Re: 2012 Apocalypse Beers
« on: September 11, 2011, 09:23:59 AM »
a fat joint, and a beautiful woman in my arms.
Better than a beautiful joint and a fat woman in your arms...

The Pub / Re: 2012 Apocalypse Beers
« on: September 10, 2011, 03:43:25 PM »
I have to salute your choice of a fine Canadian beer to celebrate the upcoming apocalypse.  The fact that the name sync's is good too but the beer is awesome. ;D
For me, as I watch the world come to an abrupt end, my choice is going to be Cameron's Auburn Ale and a hell of a lot of it.

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: September 10, 2011, 03:39:41 PM »
Probably gonna depend on price.  Large is looking most likely.  I need to come in under $750 so I can come across the border without paying duty.  If I can pull of an XL for that, I may go that route but I think L is enough for us.  It's not something we'll use every day (or from October to April...bbbbrrrrrrrrrr...)

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: September 10, 2011, 03:36:51 PM »
Home smoked pork chops, coleslaw and baked beans for us tonight.  Not that exciting without pictures but I made a big fire in the fire pit this afternoon and then smoked the chops on the coals with wet maple.  Had enough homebrew to make it a very pleasant afternoon.  Beautiful weather, good beer and pig meat.  Not a bad life....

Going Pro / Re: Brew Pub capacity
« on: September 10, 2011, 08:00:57 AM »

You need about $1.5 mils to open a brewpub.
Does that include buying a building?  Not disagreeing but $1.5M seems high unless you're purchasing a location. 

If you would know the industry you would be already working there.
Sorry, what did you mean here?  Are you saying if I'm not in the industry now it's too late to learn? 

Thanks for the reply.  As we've discussed, I'll be out your way in a couple weeks, I may make more of an effort to get Eau Claire if you don't mind letting me pick your brain for a few minutes.

Beer Recipes / Re: Wanted: Stout Recipe
« on: September 09, 2011, 06:30:03 PM »
So how does one decide if a recipe is wiki-worthy?  For example, I have an amber ale recipe that I made up that I really like and so do my friends and I made a spiced saison that everyone who's tried it thinks is great.  But, neither of these have ever won anything so they don't really have any creditentials to back them up.  Maybe what I'm thinking is Amber is actually a Brown Ale or some other thing. 
I notice a lot of the beers on the wiki have won awards.  It seems to be the ones that haven't that get talked about but never posted.

Beer Recipes / Re: Wanted: Stout Recipe
« on: September 09, 2011, 12:18:33 PM »
If I'd remembered the "irish neighbour" story, I'd have remembered it was in there under that name but on some recipes, when you open them you can see who submitted it and on others you can't. 

I would like to see an inclusion of the submitters name in the recipe, not necessarily in the title.  It's not necessary but if you're looking at two recipes and ones by Denny and ones by me, you can probably be more confident that the Denny one will be good.

Beer Recipes / Re: Wanted: Stout Recipe
« on: September 09, 2011, 11:33:18 AM »
I looked there first Denny.  I didn't find anything with Tom's name on it which is why I asked.  I almost always check that first.  I do find a lot of recipes get talked about but far fewer end up in the wiki. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Wanted: Stout Recipe
« on: September 09, 2011, 08:40:38 AM »
Tom - stupid me I never noticed yours was a 10 gal recipe.  That may have been important.

The wheels have fallen off my plans.  I gave my starter a swirl this morning and something didn't smell quite right so I took a good whiff.  Vinegar smell is definitely there.  This is a starter I was building up from a previous pitch.

So, assuming the yeast in my ESB is good (no smell apparent right now), I'll do this next week when I harvest the slurry from what I have now. 

Going Pro / Re: Brew Pub capacity
« on: September 09, 2011, 07:56:51 AM »

Thanks. I've read that before and I do agree with much of what is in there.
My logic behind a brewing area is that the location that I'm looking at is fairly small and I would prefer to have the space devoted to seating and kitchen instead of brewery.  And, I have to admit, I'm not the neatest guy you'll ever meet although I take sanitation very seriously.  I'd prefer to brew in the basement, out of sight but I do understand what you are saying about a viewing area.  

The town I'm looking at is small, about 12, 000 people and there are bars and restaurants in the town already but they do not serve craft beer nor do I find the food to be very good.  The buildings on the main street are standard small town store fronts and are mostly smaller stores.  The downtown is still active.  There are other towns nearby but again, there is almost no craft beer presence.

I have to admit, this is something of a mid-life crisis issue as well.  I'm 40 years old and I feel I have to make a decision whether to try something new or resign myself to the fact that I'll be working for someone else until I retire.  Basically, what do the next 25 years look like.  My wife has an income although it is not high and I would need investors to help get started which is why I am thinking of fleshing out a business plan.  Basically, the beer I make is pretty good but the business end will need help which is what scares me and what will probably make me abandon this project but I feel like I have to at least investigate it and decide what my options are.  And of course, it doesn't help that I have others encouraging me to pursue this (friends who enjoy my beer).  I know the reality is that you can't support a business on the praise of your friends, no matter how sincere they are.

I will start with a 7 bbl set up in my plan.  

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