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The Pub / Re: Sea World; Killer Whale
« on: February 26, 2010, 10:32:53 AM »
Seems that Bud (Budweiser?) has definitely made a load of money on this whale and wants to keep the cash rolling in...

A-B Inbev divested itself of Busch Entertainment last year and has no interest/stake in the running of any of the Sea World / Busch Garden parks anymore - aside from the beer concession that they negotiated into the sale.

The Pub / Re: Snowpeople
« on: February 25, 2010, 01:40:37 PM »
Indeed, it ends up being that about 100 or so out of over 200,000 abductions per year are the classic stranger danger abduction scenario.

From the statistics that I've seen compiled over the past few years, right now it is the safest time to be a kid in the past ~50 years.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Magazine?
« on: February 25, 2010, 01:32:26 PM »
I have to say that I'm happy this discussion is happening like this. There's going to be a ton of communication and question asking of the membership as the org contemplates how to adjust to the new world we're seeing.

Just so everyone knows my stance - I hate intrusive DRM. I tend to think of DRM as a little suitcase combo lock that really only inconveniences the honest folk and does nothing to stop anyone who's serious.

In some ways I think have to look at content as a loss leader. If you go and share the magazine with a few friends - that's exposure we wouldn't have had before. We have to provide a reason for that person who got a free copy of the magazine to pay their dues. How and what we do, I don't know yet. So far the answer for other groups seems to be something different for each of organization.

The Pub / Re: Snowpeople
« on: February 25, 2010, 12:50:25 PM »
I think there's been an unfortunate rise in a combination of "stranger danger" fears and helicopter parenting. I mean, I get the stranger danger fears, it's part of my day to day job, but really folks, the worry you really need to focus on is your kid being bullied or harassed.

With the parenting stuff - so much of the rigidly planned stuff seems to be born of fear that if you don't do these things with your kids - you're a bad parent and the kids will end up going to crappy schools, hooked on drugs and shanked in the pokey by age 22 and its all your fault!

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Magazine?
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:43:55 AM »
Indeed, it's the computer equivalent of the analog hole.

As I'm sure you guys can guess - Zymurgy adds up to pretty much the most expensive thing the AHA does every year. (Although the Conference is pretty damn expensive too). Everyone is moving towards digital distribution because the printing and mailing pieces are the most intensive cost we all have.

When you combine that with changing demographics and realize that to this new generation of brewers - paper doesn't mean as much - well you can see the outcome of that. Several years back my club after years of trying - finally switched to all digital. We had a lot of people b**** about the rest break friendliness of the paper version over the e-version, but those slowly drifted away. For a while we even offered a "paper or bit" option on the membership, but dropped it after only about 5 folks wanted it. Of course, I don't think anyone is deluded enough to think people join a local homebrew club for the newsletter.

So I think one of the things we really need to focus on is making sure the AHA is more than just Zymurgy to our members in addition to other educational bits.

Lastly, if anyone knows of any small "semi-commercial" publication that went digital, please let me or Gary or someone else know so we can study what their experience was. Thanks

All Grain Brewing / Re: figuring out grain bill %'s
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:26:40 AM »
Or I did something terribly wrong when I wrote it!   :D

Beer Recipes / Re: Black IPA Idea?
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:24:45 AM »
I almost universal loath Ringwood because without an experienced brewers hand it produces butter bombs. Then again I'm very sensitive to diacetyl

All Grain Brewing / Re: Malty beer
« on: February 25, 2010, 03:23:29 AM »
Malt selection is your first stop. Things like Maris Otter and Munich and even a good European pilsner malt will typically give you more malt flavor that the malts produce by American maltsters for the needs of the big guys here.

Mash technique does matter - can the use of decoction mashing push the maltiness? Sure, but the Scots seem to be able to do just fine making big malty beers with a single infusion mash.

Another place to check is your water and specifically your chloride levels. Where sulfate pushes the hops forward, chloride enhances malt perception. If you want a really well perceived malty beer, make sure you have more chloride than sulfate in the water.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Magazine?
« on: February 24, 2010, 09:59:02 PM »
Could we get it as PDF download?

It is one of the irons in the fire for the group.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing in the USA
« on: February 24, 2010, 09:58:18 PM »
No clue on growth, but I know the estimate in the past year I've heard is 750, 000

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Force carbonation with beer gas
« on: February 24, 2010, 09:57:00 PM »
Actually depending upon the levels that you're carbonating at and then running your beer gas at - you may be keeping sufficient pressure on your system to pour, but over time losing carbonation as there isn't sufficient CO2 concentration to maintain the carbonation level.

All Grain Brewing / Re: figuring out grain bill %'s
« on: February 24, 2010, 05:41:47 PM »

Gary and company are currently getting some more information on this, but from the reading done by the staff the law doesn't touch homebrewing, its all about commercial bottling. (Of course, Gary fell free to correct me if I got it wrong)

Ingredients / Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:52:48 AM »
I do have a data point that refutes that its too late.

A few years back MB Raines (She of the Yeast Article fame), brought to a club meeting her St. Patrick's day stout. It was fantastic and it was 4 days old. Of course on that front we can probably credit low gravity, big flavor contributions from the roast and of course scads and scads of healthy yeast.

Ingredients / Re: Besides using Food Coloring
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:04:56 AM »
Hey...St Patty's Day is coming up fast.  ;D

The only green beer I remember seeing different than a stupid green food coloring laced bleck was Dogfish Head's Verdi Verdi Good which was (is?) a Dortmunder colored with Spirulina (aka health food junkie stuff)

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