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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sweetwater Motor Boat Ale
« on: October 22, 2012, 07:17:09 PM »
Since moving to the Atlanta area one year ago, I've found 420 to be my go-to in most places that have nothing but "BMC, BMC lite... oh... and 420". Exodus is a great Porter and I look forward to Happy Ending Imp Stout in a few weeks.  But I've always passed up the Motor Boat for some unknown reason.  I'll not pass it up next time!

If you get a chance, try the newly released LowRYEder IPA.  I picked up a sixer this weekend and loved it. 25% rye malt and Mt. Hood & Centennial hops.  Lovely.

It won't fly.  In the 1990s Lion Nathan brewery in Australia produced a Duff beer and Fox took them to court there.  The product was ordered to be pulled from store shelves and destroyed.  And Lion did not use the Simpsons Duff Beer logo. The cans became big collector's items.  Same thing happened in New Zealand.

Ingredients / Re: Columbus hop / funk
« on: August 21, 2012, 07:30:31 AM »
Being a commodity hop, I find that it varies widely from supplier to supplier. And Columbus is especially prone to powdery mildew. I have heard a couple of pro brewerers state that they believe (their words, not mine) that we may see CTZ go away in the next decade because of it's susceptibility.

Ingredients / Re: Hot peppers in an IPA
« on: August 01, 2012, 01:35:49 PM »
I have never brewed one, but had a very tasty one where the hombrewer added one habanero in a secondary fermenter for about a week.  He removed the seeds and most of the "ribs".

All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:54:33 AM »
I used to skim when I first moved to all grain brewing.  Then, after the first six batches or so, I just stopped for no particular reason.  I couldn't tell any difference either way.  As was metioned earlier, I keep a spray bottle nearby, just in case a boil over breaks out.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 10, 2012, 11:12:15 AM »
Little Queen - Heart

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Pabst Blue Ribbon
« on: June 08, 2012, 06:01:22 AM »
While the Cell certainly isn't Comiskey, and most definitely isn't Wrigley...
True, it doesn't smell like a urinal. ;)  I guess for tourists it's a big deal, but to someone like me who used to live within walking distance of the park and went to several games, the "Wrigley experience" is highly overrated.  I did do a rooftop game once and that was... different. ::)

They are both great, but GP has a sweeter, biscuit flavor to my palate.  Keep in mind that Fix' article was written 19 years ago and there have been changes since then.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Pabst Blue Ribbon
« on: June 08, 2012, 05:26:09 AM »
However the White Sox (yes, I'm a fan) aren't sucking it up this year. Unfortunately where I live, we get more Cubs games on TV than Sox games.  I can get Bell's Oberon at US Cellular and usually do when I'm there.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Pabst Blue Ribbon
« on: June 06, 2012, 01:47:13 PM »
Of course, I haven't bought any in awhile, but I'm going to a Cubs game next week.  It's Old Style or Budwiper.  I'll choose the Style.
I believe Dog Style is now Miller brewed as well.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Pabst Blue Ribbon
« on: June 06, 2012, 11:19:06 AM »
When I was in college, it was cases of 16 oz bottles of Stroh's - From One Beer Lover to Another!  I believe it is now Miller brewed, too.  I would choose something else these days.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 how cold can I go?
« on: June 05, 2012, 02:59:22 PM »
I just listened to this link on the WL website where Chris White talks about ferment temps.  Interesting:

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 how cold can I go?
« on: June 04, 2012, 01:57:56 PM »
I added wort to a previous cake of WLP029 on Saturday and began it at 58oF.  It does seem to like that temp. I let it free rise to 66oF Yesterday and this morning I had to add a blow-off tube. I've never had to use a blow-off tube on WLP029!

Ingredients / Re: Holiday Brew
« on: June 04, 2012, 01:46:07 PM »
I've brewed this many times (and plan to brew it again soon) and found that the amount of vanilla bean and nibs is perfect: 

I've never sanitized the beans or the nibs and have never had a problem.  I guess it wouldn't hurt.

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