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Beer Travel / Re: Coast to Coast Road Trip
« on: August 05, 2011, 03:13:11 PM »
Thank you all for the sugestions. Keep them coming! I'm on the road right now so my internet will be spotty. So don't think that I'm ignoring you.  My final destination will be around College Park, MD. for work at the national archives researching for a book. I'm going to be there until October or so.

Beer Travel / Re: Coast to Coast Road Trip
« on: August 02, 2011, 09:18:31 PM »
...If your navigator is drunk: Magic Hat in Burlington, VT

Beer Travel / Coast to Coast Road Trip
« on: August 02, 2011, 08:04:04 PM »
Well, I'm off to find the Wholly Hop Grail along the way on my trip from the Left Coast to the other side. Stops along the way:

Spokane, WA
Glacier National Park
Mount Rushmore
Niagara Falls
Rehoboth Beach, DE (I understand there might be a decent brewpub here)

Any recommendations?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saving the Planet, Going Domestic
« on: August 02, 2011, 06:05:13 PM »
I'm a fan of smart farming and sustainable agricultural practices....whether it's organic as defined by USDA standards is really a non-issue to me.

What concerns me is when fertilizer/pesticide makes a negative impact by getting into our streams and water supplies and contributing to algal blooms, acidification, etc....I would rather have a product that came from naturally healthy soil, rather than something that was innoculated with fertilizer's, pesticides, etc....

Again, there is no one right way to farm. By its very imposition on a piece of land agriculture disrupts the local ecosystem. Do organic farms use pesticides? Yes. Are organic foods healthier. No. Is organic farming better for the environment? Maybe not.

Read more about conventional farming and organic farming in this Scientific American article

Here's a South African beer that uses either sorghum or corn: The brewing process may parallel what is being searched for.

Ingredients / Re: 2011 Hop Crop - and the Homebrewer?
« on: August 01, 2011, 12:34:38 AM »
I never really cared for Amarillo.  To me it tastes too close to St. Joseph Baby Aspirin.
Interesting. I pick up a dirt taste with Amarillo. I suppose I should say "earthy".

Ingredients / Re: Substitute for Simcoe
« on: July 31, 2011, 06:49:43 PM »
...It's funny you guys can still get Citra. I can't get it anywhere.

I found it at The Beverage People in Santa Rosa, CA.  The staff acted as though it was not in short supply.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Adding citrus flavor
« on: July 31, 2011, 06:44:28 PM »
... If you are looking for citrus grate some fresh grapefruit peel (being careful not to get into the white, pulpy part) ...

I had an IPA with a burger at Brewbakers in Visalia, CA yesterday and asked about the hops (Cascade, I was told). The server said the brewer uses grapefruit for their IPA. Nice. Unfiltered. My wife drove a bit when we got back on the road. Smartphone apps are great inventions. It sure beat fast food.

Life is sweet at 40+ IBUs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: this forum is awesome
« on: July 31, 2011, 04:35:29 PM »
I am not one to call out problems but I have heard that some forums will answer questions with "Why don't you use the search function?"  
(Moderators) do an excellent job of reminding everyone to keep it civil;  and we choose to listen.  That is good for everybody.
Everyone's #1 priority is making good beer, and for that I'm very appreciative.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saving the Planet, Going Domestic
« on: July 31, 2011, 04:30:28 PM »
I think H. L. Mencken might have been on to something, "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." There is nothing clear cut about how to save the planet.

Organic/conventional farming techniques have pluses and minuses. For instance, fossil fuels allow conventional farming to use less land than organic methods. “By spending not much energy to make fertilizer and run machinery — and trivial amounts of energy to ship the stuff we grow from the places it grows best,” writes Stephen Budiansky, a former editor of the scientific journal, Nature, “we have spared and conserved hundreds of millions of acres of land that otherwise would have had to be brought into agricultural production. That’s land that protects wildlife, that adds scenic beauty.” In other words, we spare wetlands, grasslands, forests, and rainforests from being cleared for agriculture.

For Budiansky's take on organic see:

By 2070 there will be around 9 billion of us sharing this planet (then the population will begin to fall, the rate of growth has been dropping since 1960 or so), we need to have enough barley for beer! That's my priority.

Feel free to contact me by email and I'll be happy to discuss this more. timberati at

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: this forum is awesome
« on: July 25, 2011, 03:17:18 PM »
damn the torpedoes!

Sorry to disagree - SN Torpedo has its own shelf in my beer fridge. 

I say damn the canoe beers!   ;)
+1  ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: My first successfull AG mash!
« on: July 24, 2011, 07:31:26 PM »
Congrats on the 1st all-grain batch and your ingenuity sparging. I think your batch efficiency is incorrect. But, the OG counts for a lot.

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 - First Recipe
« on: July 23, 2011, 10:53:07 PM »
I just got the ingredient kit for my next extract brew (Midwest's Honey Bee Ale), and out of curiosity I decided to put it into BeerSmith to see how it matched up to the instruction sheet. After installing the Briess grain add-on so I could put in the LME, I added in all the ingredients I have. (I'm pretty sure I got everything right, but this being my first time really using the program, I'm not entirely sure.)

There are a few discrepancies, though, and I'm wondering whether to believe BeerSmith or Midwest's numbers (or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place). The SG is in range; Midwest says it should be 1.044–1.048 and BeerSmith estimates 1.046. However, the program estimates FG to be 1.002, while the instruction sheet gives a range of 1.010–1.014. Also, according to the kit I should wind up with about 32.6 IBUs, but BeerSmith calculates only 17.4.

Mistakes on my part, or is one of these just plain wrong?
I'd put my money on the instruction sheet.

I like MoreBeer in Concord (995 Detroit Ave). 'Course that may be the LHBS that you're referring to.

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