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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:59:24 PM »
All of this outpouring of emotion is making me weepy, I need a beer...

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: March 02, 2015, 05:39:01 PM »
That's a big bummer, sorry for your loss.....

Questions about the forum? / Re: Yellow Profile Blocks
« on: March 02, 2015, 02:24:23 PM »
I always thought it was a mysterious Tetris game the mods played....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for feedback
« on: March 02, 2015, 12:44:54 PM »
To the Mods: thread is posted in two locations, please consolidate

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Looking for feedback
« on: March 02, 2015, 12:39:07 PM »
You would have to investigate  your state and local laws governing commercial brewi g and where it is allowed as well as what types of facilities can be used, not to mention the TTB and the Federal regulations governing commercial brewing.

I'm not familiar with any states that would allow you to set up a commercial brewery in your basement or actually anything actually attached to your residence.

I think if it were that easy we'd all go pro and start making money on our beer:)

Those look great!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bulk rhizome purchase.
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:18:03 AM »
Great Lakes Hops charges commercial customers a fraction of the retail price per plant.
True but I believe they are still more than a basic rhizome.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter? Psshhhhhh.... Whatever ;)
« on: February 28, 2015, 07:23:42 AM »
You could also make several batches that came out great without sanitizing your equipment and come to the conclusion that sanitation doesn't matter. Its using best practices batch after batch that makes a good brewer. You can make a great beer with no starter and bad sanitation, but not every time.
Exactly and that was my original point, best practice means consistency and knowing my hard work will pay off as expected each and every batch

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter? Psshhhhhh.... Whatever ;)
« on: February 27, 2015, 04:26:30 PM »
Good on ya! Although I'm not really sure what your point is.

I don't really recall anyone saying not doing a starter won't produce a good beer, its just not best practice to under pitch and I'm not sure 3 batches should be extrapolated to mean consistent success;)

Not trying to be snarky, just saying that perhaps your next batch could be the one that doesn't work out so well....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bulk rhizome purchase.
« on: February 27, 2015, 04:19:57 PM »
Great Lakes Hops is great and they sell bulk but they sell actual plants, not bare root rhizomes. Quality is excellent and your new plantings are further along than just a rhizome although its a more expensive product

Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 04:32:39 PM »
Sounds like HAL might have other ideas for your beer....

I have found a basic salt scrub works exceptionally well. Simply wet a clean sponge, sprinkle a little table salt on it and scrub the inside of the glass, rinse with hot water, dry and pour.

Going Pro / Re: The most expensive ingredient in beer...
« on: February 25, 2015, 04:37:26 PM »

Keep in mind we are still paying taxes on ingredients we buy. $7 a bbl plus the state taxes end up being a huge chunk when you add that ontop on everything else.
You pay taxes on malt, hops, and yeast? I've always thought they were exempt as food.
Here in Chicago we pay taxes on everything, state, local and federal, I would love to live somewhere tax was exempt on food and food products, 10% is the minimum on most goods, food is 8 and alcohol and gas, OMG, its ridiculous and our state is still bankrupt!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Delicious IPA
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:03:28 AM »
I didn't realize that this is Stone's low Gluten beer. I saw in this article that they use Clarity Ferm to reduce the gluten content- I remember a thread on Clarity Ferm last year where people were debating the flavor impact of using it.  Judging by the reviews so far, must not be much flavor impact. If there were I'm sure Stone wouldn't use it. Need to try this beer.
I didn't either and I'd say its a mighty tasty beer, gluten or not

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Boiling Chips...
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:51:14 AM »
NOt familiar with boiling chips but I use ferm-cap S, one drop in the flask is all it takes to prevent a boil over.

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