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The Pub / Re: Its 4/20
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:39:36 PM »
& they announced about 45 minutes ago that Jimmy Buffett will be in Vegas on October 23rd.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 30
« on: April 20, 2010, 11:00:19 AM »
Has anyone seen a schedule or timeline of when each beer will be released?  i picked up the first one too, but it would be nice to know when to expect the others.  Sometimes things like this fly right off the shelf at my local beer store.

There are release dates on the web page:

Fritz & Ken's = Mid March 2010
Charlie Fred & Ken's = Mid May 2010
Jack & Ken's = Mid July 2010
Brewer's Reserve = Mid October 2010

Kegging and Bottling / Re: avel with a keg
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:48:06 AM »
Depends on the size of your party, if you've already invested in kegging equipment (if you'll be using it thereafter)/can afford it etc.  For me, I keg all my brews.  I keep it in an old fridge w/a controller to keep it up to cellar temp.  For a party away from home, I've put it in one of those big keg tubs for the commercial kegs.  It's a good excuse to get out of bottling if you can afford the investment.

Consider getting a keg of a good craft brew if 5 gallons isn't gonna be enough?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing TV!?
« on: April 19, 2010, 12:30:35 PM »
Jake, this sounds really interesting.  I hope I don't offend anyone by saying that I hope this is a bit more controlled than a lot of BN programs.  A lot of those have a level of asshattery that I just don't enjoy.  I guess that puts me firmly in the "old curmudgeon" category.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 30
« on: April 19, 2010, 12:20:39 PM »
The wife & I had our 30th anniversary on the 12th.  We opened a SN 30th on the Santa Cruz Wharf to celebrate.  Later this year, we plan to celebrate some more when the other brews come out!

The brew was fantastic!  I would describe it as a "double porter".

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Holy bacon Batman!!!!!
« on: April 15, 2010, 01:58:06 PM »
Just got back from Santa Cruz where i bought a pound of this bacon:

Not sure, but I think it would be better w/coffee than with a pale :)

Equipment and Software / Re: How to Use a Hydrometer
« on: April 11, 2010, 10:21:28 AM »
when you take a reading from the bottleing bucket is it prior to adding priming sugar?


I usually start during the "coffee hours".

I have several friends that are on the wagon.  A silly rule that I impose upon myself is to remain dry between the time I awaken and noon.  So I generally crack one open at 12:00:01.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can I still grow hops?
« on: April 09, 2010, 09:17:54 PM »
My dog never touched mine.  Only after they were in the ground a couple of seasons did I hear about them being a problem for dogs.  Maybe some poultry netting for the first season just to be safe, but I'd say "grow your own".  :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Gambrinus Pale Malt?
« on: April 08, 2010, 12:48:30 PM »
I believe that Gambrinus packs 25kg bags rather than 50lbs.  That's about 10% more, so check the price that your being charged.  If you're paying the same/bag, you can throw an extra half pound into the grist to raise the gravity.

I bought a sack of their Pilsner malt & made a pretty good lager from that.  I've not tried Gambrinus 2-row (or GW pilsner) so I don't have a direct comparison.

The Pub / Re: OK homebrewers, where should I live?
« on: April 08, 2010, 10:13:26 AM »

Pimp My System / Re: Design for a 500 liter system
« on: April 08, 2010, 10:05:45 AM »
You are going to hit your limit in no time.

I like home brewing so I can make & have fresh beer all year.  If I only brewed twice a year, there would be a lot of stale beer much of the time.

Ingredients / Re: Mash water
« on: April 06, 2010, 01:21:25 PM »
Bass river is a salt water inlet in Beverly Ma
Could the calcium to magnesium ratio be off due to calcium chloride they use on the roads in the winter?  The chloride level is high and the report saya it's due to road deicing as well as other contaminents but that might throw a lot of extra calcium into the water.

Does your report list an average and a range?  I'd expect to see fairly large differences due to the seasonality if this were the case.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cost Per Batch?
« on: April 06, 2010, 01:13:14 PM »
All grain with 55 lb sacks is the way to go (I think I pay 88 cents per pound for Best Malz and MFB Pils sacks at my LHBS).  Buying a pound of hops from hopsdirect is also going to save you a lot of money.

Everything else (yeast ranching, canning starter wort, etc) is worth it, but has less return.
+1 on the full sacks of grain if you can store/use them.

There are lots of little tricks (like brewing 10 gallons instead of 5 to save pennies on propane or growing your own hops) that aren't going to be appreciable.

I'd recommend acquiring the important equipment over time when you can find it cheap.  When you do spend money, focus on the biggest bang for the buck in quality (i.e. control fermentation temperature before buying a draft system).

If you really want to control the cost per batch - brew the cheaper beers now while you're poor.  Get good at it, then when you can afford it move up the line.

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