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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help Denny and Drew write their book!
« on: January 28, 2015, 06:49:53 PM »
You're right, long, but filled it out and glad to do it:)

Going Pro / Re: Been gone for awhile...
« on: January 28, 2015, 06:43:34 PM »
Congrats and best of luck!

The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: January 23, 2015, 04:17:54 PM »
Personally I don't get all the hub bub about this or any of the others that have "sold out"

Everyone said the same thing here in Chicago when Goose Island sold out but yet they are still brewing great beer and people are still buying barrels of it!  In addition the sheer power they now have has allowed them to do some really great things in their distribution and barrel aging program as well.

There are so many new breweries opening all over the country right now and there will be more that prove successful and eventually decide to sell as well.

I get the whole small, local, kindred spirit thing but just because an owner seeks greener pastures doesn't mean they're selling out. No one ever really knows the whole story that determines the reasons.

If the beer is good, I'll drink it and I'll buy it. Do those that state they will never buy it again do it simply out of principal since its now owned by a multinational company? Personally if these types of things mean that I can now buy beer here that prior I couldn't get, and the beer is the same, I'm winning, not losing as a consumer.

How would people feel if Sierra Nevada or Anchor or Boulevard or Boston Beer were the big boy buying them or someone else, would it still be considered selling out?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality, Impact, and Commercial Appeal
« on: January 21, 2015, 12:34:40 PM »
American wheat or a Hefewiezen

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer (fermentation and keg storage)
« on: January 20, 2015, 01:10:29 PM »
Depending on how often you brew, the temps you need to ferment and how often you go through kegs, trying to use one freezer to do everything could prove to be a logistical pain.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Swamp Cooler Temp. Control
« on: January 19, 2015, 04:29:38 PM »
I did this for years. I would pitch a couple degrees below target, and swap frozen water bottles at least twice a day.  I found the temp of the water in my tub was pretty reliably within a degree or so of the fermometer reading. As you've noticed, the trick is to change those frozen bottles for the first 3 days or so to try to keep the water at your target temp. After 3 or 4 days (average strength ales), I took the fermenter out of the water and allowed to warm up to room temp until I reached FG, to help the yeast attenuate and clean up. It takes a commitment those first few days, but I got good results.
This is how I did it as well and it works really well!

I would probably do both categories then, ya never know sometimes

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brew Day Updates
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:36:11 AM »
Sounds like a great day Justin!!

Looks like you took a lot of good notes as well which will help you tweak things in the process so the next brew days goes that much smoother!


All Grain Brewing / Re: Pils cloudy after whirlpooling
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:28:14 AM »
I use a CFC as well and even when things settle out nicely and I begin to chill I still get a bit of cloudy wort into the primary, IME everything still settles out nicely when I package or lager in the keg, I wouldn't worry about it. But, as Major mentioned, if you are not using any finings you should:)

If you still have a cloudy issue when everything is done you can certainly try some gelatin to clear it up  in the end.

By chance would it fit in the IPA category, that might be a better place if it fits the bill for an IPA.

Going Pro / Re: footwear
« on: January 14, 2015, 09:18:46 AM »
I'm a huge fan of the Georgia Boots, 6", steel toe and water proof. I'm a landscape contractor and these things go through hell and back in 14 hour days! One pair will easily last two years through mud, dirt, water, etc., they have a huge selection on any kind of footwear or workwear you can imagine!

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:58:35 AM »
Having done both coasts by car several times, beer nor food will be a problem! It's the time. In 6-8 days you can easily create a great trip with lots to do and see, weather should be your determining factor. If winter months are when you plan go west, if mid fall, go east, you will not believe the colors, spectacular! You don't want to be in the East during a winter storm and get stranded somewhere, been there, done that:(

Coming myself from the Midwest you can't beat the nice weather on the West coast through most of the winter months!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Creating recipes
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:58:23 AM »
+1 to Designing Great Beers as well as the BJCP style guide. I use both when creating recipes. In addition I also visit breweries websites to see what information I may find on a particular beer I like such as flavor profile or perhaps ingredients used that might be included My visits to the bottle shop are also considered R&D based upon information I gain.

The BJCP guidelines will usually list certain beers that are representative of a style so I'll usually pick up a couple referenced and sample them for comparison.

Once you get a feeling for what you are looking to brew and have done your research it becomes pretty easy to put together a recipe to start with and then it's note taking and tweaking to refine it.

The Pub / Re: Uh-oh... Lagunitas is going after Sierra
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:25:17 AM »
Lagunitas dismissed its suit today after seeing the negative public response.
Smart move.

The Pub / Re: Uh-oh... Lagunitas is going after Sierra
« on: January 14, 2015, 06:45:41 AM »
I call it BS.
Me too!

I don't see anything in the two that I would confuse even in a poorly dim lit po-dunck bottle shop, the standard layouts of each label alone tell me who's brand is whose. SN has their iconic green shade and elaborate label, Lagunitas has their square white and as far as I'm concerned IPA is a beer style, not a trademark font. I never met the man but I say shame on Tony:(

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