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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Anchor Steam - Dry Hopped
« on: October 25, 2016, 01:12:37 PM »
Is it true that this is a limited release? If so, I need to find it before it is gone!

In watching how they released their "Go West!" IPA this Spring and now have it replacing their year-round Anchor IPA, my guess is that they are monitoring/tracking and will do something to make it more available.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Anchor Steam - Dry Hopped
« on: October 22, 2016, 05:18:32 PM »
When Fritz Maytag sold Anchor Steam in 2010, it was not clear what direction the brewery would go.  In hindsight, the there's been a substantial creative effort to keep the brand and beers relevant (distilling as well; their Junipero gin is a wonderful go-to), and this has included a seasonal update of the classic Anchor Steam Beer:

Anchor Steam has always been a classic local beer with a distinctive malty flavor and unique use of Northern Brewer Hops.  I have run into a few people who like this beer just the way it is and have no interest in trying the new recipe.  I like the traditional malty flavor as well and am I'm always looking for it on tap when dining out.  Although it dates to the the 1800's, I think the current recipe has been in place since 1971.  It's the most unique and most traditional beer as I can find in the SF Bay area.

The Dry-Hopped update is well thought-out, first by moving the ABV from 4.9% to 5.4% and then making it slightly more bitter.  It clear that Anchor Brewing is exploring how to keep relevant in a changing market, and that their Liberty Ale, which is a great dry-hopped beer, has really not taken off and is sometimes hard to find.  This update still has the familiar flavor of an Anchor Steam, but with the dry-hop addition of Cascade and "American Dwarf Hop Association No. 484", it is really a new beer.  The familiar flavor is there but more subdued as the hop additions stand out. No idea what that last hop is.

I like it quite a bit and find it well balanced. It's now more appropriate to serve in a glass than the bottle.  In looking for comparisons, it makes me think of some of the various seasonal pale ales put out by Green Flash.  If I could find this fresh and on tap somewhere, I'd not pass it up.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 18, 2016, 09:05:24 PM »
This is an interesting thread, lots of theories going on and so I figure I'll add another. 

What if they want to expand interest in craft beer more globally?  Homebrewers who expand into professional brewing seems like a natural progression, and NB could be a blueprint for growing business in other continents.  In some areas of the world craft beer is hard to come by, especially good-if-not-great craft beer.  If there are more brewers getting started world-wide, there will eventually be a shift market-by-market in craft beer consumption.  Seems like controlling/managing ingredient supply is an important component of their business, and they need to connect to the next generation of brewers as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is your brew day?
« on: September 26, 2016, 07:30:52 PM »
I don't exactly know, but I, by god, make sure I'm done in time for my afternoon nap.  ::)

I love siesta as well.  I'll do my brewing setup the night before, mash-in in the morning, compost and clean-up, then leave the boil for the late afternoon.  When it's 2-3 hours here or there, the whole process is easier.

Classifieds / Job: American Craft Brewing Historian/Scholar
« on: July 25, 2016, 08:23:36 PM »
It reads like a dream job:  a historical and field research position of American brewing for the Smithsonian, with a focus towards craft beer.  Aug 10th deadline.

Ingredients / Re: Pekko Hops
« on: June 18, 2016, 09:29:57 PM »
I take offense at the Pekko-brand marketing material (re:  There's a subset of craft beer attitude that is entirely adolescent; meaning, I personally need to be done with it.  It has no place for those who have any kind of respect for women, and their marketing style doesn't appear to have anything to do with good hops.  Passing it up and staying clear of whomever is
The packages we got from HomebrewCon have a sticker that says Artwork Banned, over the artwork linked above.

Good on the AHA for being proactive. My wife pointed this out to me.

Good to know, thank you. 

Ingredients / Re: Pekko Hops
« on: June 18, 2016, 06:52:27 PM »
I take offense at the Pekko-brand marketing material (re:  There's a subset of craft beer attitude that is entirely adolescent; meaning, I personally need to be done with it.  It has no place for those who have any kind of respect for women, and their marketing style doesn't appear to have anything to do with good hops.  Passing it up and staying clear of whomever is

All Grain Brewing / Re: Going all grain
« on: June 18, 2016, 03:15:05 PM »
well-water homebrewer here - coastal locals on wells that I interact with (including one pro) split 50/50 with RO water and add gypsum & a tiny bit of lactic acid. Having done the water chemistry it is close enough for Pale Ales and so on (thank you Martin).  I'm curious if someone could recommend an affordable, efficient RO filter?  Additionally, are there large scale brewers work with RO exclusively?

Outside of RO, I'd think a water report is required for just about everyone. Work with what you've got.


Pimp My System / Re: Finished My Brew Stand
« on: June 15, 2016, 11:20:39 PM »
I really like the use of aluminum and bolts you have here.  Seems like the components might be a little close together (the cooler next to the burner), but it'll be adjustable as you grow into it.  Nice job!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 05, 2016, 03:45:42 PM »

My only problem with session beers is that the keg kicks too quick!  Goodbye ordinary bitter!

Love the clarity.  What's your recipe for that one?

Since brewing this I've tightened up my mill gap, so I may need to adjust grain volume down a bit.  This beer came in around 3.7 or 3.8% abv.  Carbed to about 1.6 volumes.

That's really nice; the recipe combined with low ABV is inspiring.  It looks like a great beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:10:59 AM »
nice beer Mike..did I sample this one?  I know I had a saison.

This one is a little drier with the ABV moved up from 5% to 6.5%.  I did use too many hops, per my norm, but the Pacific Jade is very citrusy.  I need to dial it all back and add an additional hop variety to give it more complexity. 

Malt bill is 55% Pilsen, 22% Wheat, 18% Vienna and 5% sugar.

Ken, you and others sometimes have an amazing amount of foam on top of your pours - how do you make that happen?  Those make for great photos!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 04, 2016, 11:52:15 PM »
Jumping in mid-thread.  This one is a Saison; the malt bill is fairly straightforward but with Pacific Jade hops.  It's a good combo.  Pairing with Teriyaki chicken, slightly charred.

Hope you all are doing well.

Ingredients / Re: DIPA Hops - Mosaic, Cascade, Apollo
« on: February 09, 2016, 10:03:55 AM »
Resurrecting a dead thread, but I'm curious. I have some new Apollo from YVH I was planning on using in my next IPA. How do y'all feel about Apollo as a flameout/dry hop addition?

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Personally, I've had some fantastic Apollo and some mediocre ones. I'm guessing that the end result depends on growing and harvesting conditions.

At its best, Apollo is like the perfect marriage of Amarillo and Columbus, plenty of tangerine with some dank resin to back it up. The mediocre Apollo I've had has none of the orange notes and is just nondescript "resin" without much depth to it.

I did an Apollo SMaSH last year, it also had nice apricot overtones.  It was good.  Hop quality does vary yet everything from YVH this year has been stellar; no complaints.  Your hop addition schedule looks great. 

8.2% is way too syrupy for me yet Vinny pulls it off nicely.  Wondering if it's the sugar addition that makes that possible.

Adding Eureka to the next order!

Ingredients / Re: Beer in France?
« on: February 02, 2016, 11:00:36 PM »
Hi Phil.  Could you recommend any breweries or neighborhoods with breweries to visit?  I'll also be visiting this year; am fired up to wander around Paris and have some fun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for ideas on a new garage setup
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:30:44 AM »
Definitely plan out space for temperature controlled fermentation if you don't already have that covered.

That thought actually just popped into my head, because I'd definitely like to use that space for fermentation if I can. Is there a reasonably cheap and efficient way to keep them at temp. without building a big fermentation chamber? I haven't really looked into that much since I've had warmer spaces to keep the stuff in my apartment. I'm not opposed to building a temp. controlled chamber, but if there's an easy way to do it without one that would be good to know.

Fridges or freezers are reasonably cheap and efficient for temperature control. You can add a temperature controller and a heating element and run the whole gamut of fermentation temperatures.

As far as setup, I need to put everything on wheels.  Don't know if that is helpful to you Scott - something occasionally happens where I need to hose out and wash out freezers, like a leaky keg or blown fermentation lid. 

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