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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental brewing
« on: May 15, 2019, 06:23:17 PM »
Yeah, forgot to delete my outro track over the ad block.. *sigh*

I'll also throw out a link to our podcast where we talk about thihs:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The book you keep returning to...
« on: April 30, 2019, 05:50:28 PM »
The Everything Homebrewing Book
The Everything Hard Cider Book
Experimental Homebrewing
Homebrew All-Stars
Simple Homebrewing


(And in reality, I have a giant library of books that are spread across the spectrum of technical and historical sophistication. I regularly trawl through them for different takes and ideas.

I swear I brew other things! This Saturday's my 45th birthday so I'm going to brew a 40 gallon batch of 45th IPA - 4 malts (45% Pale, 45% MO, 5% C-something, 5% corn (or other choice), 5 hops - OG of 1.074 and IBUs of 74 to match up with my birth year of 1974.

And to top it off - one of the hop additions will be hop terpenes to play with the fact that my birthday is 4/20.

(Plus, I'll probably take my grainfather along and brew a Saison....) :)

I know a few years ago in CA when homebrewers were legally allowed to pour at charity beer festivals it came with several stipulations.  One of which was that homebrew and commercial beers shall not share the same space.  I remember listening to one of the San Diego NHC presentations with the President of the California Craft Beer Assoc.  I thought he said that was something they wanted that stipulation so that the consumer wouldn't be "confused" between commercial beers and homebrewed beers.  I also remember reading somewhere that the BA pretty much goes along with whatever the state guild of professional brewers wants.  It makes sense.  They are protecting their business interests.  And the BA/AHA are protecting their largest income stream.....professional brewers.  It used to bug me but now.....not so much.  At least in CA I think we are too the point where no one cares what you do with your homebrew within reason.

That direction wasn't from Tom and company at the CCBA, those conditions were actually from the CA ABC Director. The ABC has been very clear that their primary goals, in regards to homebrew, are to prevent homebrewers from collecting money on untaxed beer, prevent confusion in the collection/service of beer on licensed premises and make sure the public is painfully aware when they're going to be served homebrew.

Part of this is that the state, rightfully, tends to look with a jaundiced eye towards anyone trying to pull a dodge around the control systems in place. What really dug the ABC's feet in place originally was in the great "Kickstarter" phase of brewing startups, they discovered homebrewers who were serving homebrewed beer at festivals while starting breweries to drum up interest and get the name out there. That's a serious no-no and a painfully stupid move to make as a would be licensee, but never doubt that people will try and work the system as much as they can.

Events / Re: Big Brew 2019 Recipes
« on: April 10, 2019, 03:44:56 AM »

I thought you don't use secondaries anymore? 😁

Don't - suspect that was an add by the AHA editors.

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:29:14 PM »
It's damn handy isn't it?

(For the record)
20 minutes at 194°F (put the eggs in only once the bath reaches temp)
30 minutes in an ice bath.

The eggs peel super easy and are just perfect.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Files Episode 55 - Tripel Your Gold
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:30:46 PM »
I think that's the split between the Duvel-esque Belgians and the others like Piraat that I was talking about.

The entire site is advertising for ABI. Even content about craft beer or other breweries is part of the advertising platform because it's wrapping that makes the ABI content seem authentic and organic.

I'm shocked! Shocked to find that ABI would do something so underhanded!

In these situations the media outlets should have to disclose that they constitute advertising for ABI at least every time they discuss one of their products.

That's the fun part - they do -
As the American conception of beer evolves, so do we, its drinkers and critics.

October aims to capture the spirit, ambition, and wort-soaked labor of the gambrinus pursuit — the making and drinking of the good life. Through essays, travels, events, and an objective look at what makes beer so damn good, our hope is that you’ll find resonance here, something of unusual quaffability, as part of the drinking class. 

A project supported by ZX Ventures (Ab-Inbev's new venture capital team), and led by Pitchfork's Slow Focus Studio (Condé Nast), Good Beer Hunting, and BeerGraphs, we’re bringing together a group of people with expertise in publishing, culture, and of course, beer. Our goal is to tell stories at the intersections where beer becomes part of a bigger picture, as it does in both past and present. So while we’ll be ambitious in our view of the future, forgive us for being a bit nostalgic at times too.

Mike Raspatello, Founder & President
Good Beer Hunting, Executive Producer
   (Michael Kiser, Executive Editor)
   (Mike Duesenberg, Art Director)
   (Hillary Schuster, Experience Director)
Matthew Zuras, Editor in Chief
Sarah Freeman, Managing Editor
Slow Focus Creative Studio (Pitchfork)

The more insidious part to me, rather than ABI's control of NB/MW via ZX, is their control of October, the previous control over The Beer Necessities (before they shut it down), investment into RateBeer and their very cozy relationship with the folks behind GoodBeerHunting.

Talk about controlling even more of the picture - let's control the outlets talking about beer.

Joel had a pretty interesting take on it here:

Over on facebook that started a bit of a row when the Managing Editor got into the fray decrying that people had a bad impression of October because of ABI's investment, which shocker - how can you trust the independence of a news stream when it's major backer is the biggest player in the field you cover? Damn shame, because they have some really good material there too.

I'm really glad I asked you to send me a quizzical selfie. :)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Recommendations of good competitions
« on: January 11, 2019, 04:53:38 PM »
The Falcons put on a few. In the coming up week or so we have our Doug King Memorial Specialty and Lager Beer competition. In April, one of the world's oldest comps - the Mayfaire. Details at

I've messaged Dan to get more details.

Also, don't forget that prior to the work of a bunch of grammarians and word freaks like Webster in the 1800's - English spelling was more like texting than not in terms of being radically arbitrary.

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