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Beer Recipes / Re: saison
« on: January 03, 2015, 09:38:55 AM »
I've done 3724, 3711 and WLP 565.

None have had appreciable "Saison"ness.

The Pub / Re: The Malt Book
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:27:49 AM »
There's generally two stages in writing a book:

- How am I going to fill up all XXk words?
followed by:
- How am I going to fit everything in XXk words?

Seriously, the 3 full books I've written went something like this:

Everything Homebrewing: Contract rate - 83k words. Initial Draft - 128k words. Final draft - 87k
Everything Hard Cider: Contract rate - 83k words. Initial Draft - 97k words. Final draft - 87k
Experimental Homebrewing: Contract rate - 69k words. Initial Draft - ~115k. "Final" draft - 100k. "Death to Words" edit - 75k

Editors have to stick pretty close to their page targets (from which word counts are calculated) to avoid cost overruns. That one extra page of text may actually incur another leaflet that needs to be filled, designed, printed and bound - that increases the cost to create, ship and sell the book and eats into the target revenue.

It's still damn annoying from an authors point of view, but it's understandable at least - even when you want ot grouse.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A homebrewing milestione
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:28:44 AM »
Phew - when I first saw the title I thought it said "Homebrewing Millstone" and I was like "aww damn... now we're going to have a fight"


Beer Recipes / Re: saison
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:30:25 PM »
I've had a couple. never that impressed. I suspect that there are flavor precursors that are not present in apple juice so the yeast can't synthesize the esters and phenols we expect.

that's been my finding as well.

What I haven't tried, that might be interesting is running a saison graff.

The Pub / Re: Big news
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:05:19 AM »
But I'd trade a lifetime of tamales for fresh Sculpin on tap...

Why trade? Within a short distance from my house I can score you any kind of tamale from any part of latin america you could want and all the fresh sculpin you could stand and I'm not even close to the brewery!

The Pub / Re: Epic Rant about 10 Barrel & AB/InBev
« on: December 17, 2014, 09:09:04 AM »
Reading really quickly on California law - it looks like even here a non-compete for a goodwill sale of a business can be extensive and long term. Namely - it can be geographically specified (like Major's) and the time frame generally accepted under the law is as long as the purchasing interesting is running a business of like interest. (e.g. a brewery)

And that's from a state that generally dismisses employee non-compete agreements with prejudice.

Beer Recipes / Re: Union Jack
« on: December 13, 2014, 10:37:35 AM »
Yeah, I think FW is getting out of the contract/label brew business because they need the capacity for their own lineup. Turns out that people want their beer - who knew?!? :)

You know they had to go and produce weird s*** like this instead of Mission St. Pale:

Beer Recipes / Re: Union Jack
« on: December 12, 2014, 04:55:21 PM »
I believe the Mission Street beers are gone now and have been replaced by El Burro cans from Golden Road

The Pub / Re: AHA Forum
« on: December 09, 2014, 11:52:25 PM »
I think another thing that helps about the moderation - the forum is the AHA's - the moderators are volunteers. They don't own the forum and therefore avoid the dreaded "You've violated this thing that is mine - I shall now smack you silly with the ban hammer because I am offended"

etc, etc.

Beer Recipes / Re: citra saison
« on: December 08, 2014, 10:30:57 PM »
mmmmm... citra saison - that one when done right with good citra hops is amazeballs

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mexican chocolate tincture
« on: November 12, 2014, 10:52:03 PM »
So you use the spice in the alcohol first and then keep them to use in the water? Or use fresh spice in water?

Personally, I'd use new, fresh spices, but in theory you can re-use the spices since you're trying to extract different items.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mexican chocolate tincture
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:38:27 PM »
The tincture technique that Drew demonstrated at NHC was an eye-opening experience.

That one's just fun as hell. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mexican chocolate tincture
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:29:54 PM »
I suppose using cold, heat, water, and alcohol increases flavor extraction.

They're trying to take advantage of the full range of flavors that happen with a substance. You'll extract very different things via boiling than you do via ethanol.

Perfect example of this is cinnamon. Go and soak some cinnamon in alcohol for a few days and boil some in some clean water for 10 minutes. Try the two side by side - the tincture will be all fire and heat. the tea will be earthy and warm. Combine the two together and get them both. (I've always done this separate and never thought to do it as a mix until used in the beer/cocktail)

Since a good number of "classic" bitter recipes are based around herbs and barks, it makes pretty good sense as a tactic.

The Pub / Re: What to read
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:42:44 PM »
But .... I find them extremely boring. They are so predictable and there is very rarely any real tension. Just Jack Reacher kicking ass. Not sure what I'm missing.

The Reacher novels fall into what I call "competence porn". Same as the early seasons of "Burn Notice", the Punisher, the Remo Williams books, etc.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That's a first
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:17:03 PM »
Ok, now I need some autoclave tape. My inner scientist requires it.



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