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The Pub / Re: Sign my petition: Remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:26:45 AM »
Here is the status on my petition:

1. One of Ohio's representatives will be re-introducing a bill to raise our state's cap from 12% ABV to 21% ABV.
http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/ohio-lawmaker-plans-to-seek-higher-abv-1.366994?comments=n

2. I've receive correspondence from a state Senator who is talking with the "Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control" on my behalf to into this issue.

3. Here is a blog about the issue and up-to-date status of the bill. http://ohiobeerlaw.wordpress.com/

It's good news and a win for craft beer lovers in an out of Ohio.

-- Chris

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Homebrewer Bios / Brewer Bio (Chris Bartos)
« on: January 21, 2013, 03:21:45 PM »
Who Are You (please include a picture): 


Chris Bartos

Home Town (City, State):
Columbus, OH

Homebrew Club:
The Scioto, Olentangy and Darby Zymurgists (SODZ)

I've been a homebrewer since:
2005

Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share?
I brewed a beer on one Friday after work. Went home to visit my family for the weekend and when I came back to check on my beer, my fermenting bucket had exploded and beer went everywhere (ceilings, walls, etc..). It was quite the clean-up.

What is your favorite style(s) to brew?
I'm a big Imperial Stout fan. I brew a lot of IPAs and Porters as well.

What style(s) will you never brew?
I can't choose a style I would never brew. I see myself brewing all of the styles and even invent my own styles at some point. Currently, I can't brew a lager because I don't have a refrigerator, but it's just a matter of time.

What was the first beer you ever brewed?  How did it turn out?
It was an English style Pale Ale from a kit that came with my first brew set. It was very watery. My friends used the words "earthy" and "sediment-y"

Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great?
I brewed an Imperial Coffee Stout at too high of temperatures and I could pick out a lot of Fusel Alcohols. But, after a few months of aging, the harshness went away and the coffee taste and aroma came out beautifully.

What is your favorite beer recipe?
"The Sloth" a Belgian-style Dark Ale that I invented.

Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?
No, I'm not a BJCP judge. I would like to be someday.

Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc?
My only trick:
Don't torture yourself thinking about all the things you should have done or failed to do. Relax, Don't worry, have a homebrew. Works every time!

Describe your brew system.
I used to brew only extract until after Christmas last year. Now, I have a 10 gallon mash-tun, an 8 gallon brew kettle, 5-gallon kettle and an 8 gallon glass carboy and a 5.5 gallon glass carboy. I hardly ever use secondary fermentors and I still bottle condition. I'm currently saving up for a kegging system.

How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)?
4-5 times a month. As soon as I have an open carboy, you will find me brewing a batch. I'm obsessed.

What is your favorite malt?  Why?
I'm a fan of Chocolate Malt. I like the chocolate favor it brings out in beer. Chocolate flavors from Chocolate malt, and some roasted malt, and you have yourself a deliciously malty beer.

What is your favorite hop? Why?
Citra. I love the flavor of citrus, grapefruit bitterness in my beer. I decide to make an IPA? You can bet I'm going to be using Citra hops (if I can find it).

Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast?
I don't really have a favorite. There are so many different strains out there. If I'm brewing a Belgian, I want the phenols from a Belgian yeast. I'm brewing a Pale Ale? I'll need a clean yeast strain that flocculates well...

Can you send a picture or two of some labels you've created for your homebrew?
I made a funny label for a beer I made for my best friend's wedding. I can't find it. Damn..

Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with?
Alone.

Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer?
Indoor

List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite?
"The Sloth" - Belgian Style Dark Ale
"Fire on the Mountain" - Smoked Red Ale
"Kevin's Groom Brew" - SUPER hoppy IIPA
"Hoppopotamus" - Dogfish Head 90 Minute clone
"Drunk Lepraucan" - Imperial Irish Coffee Stout

I think "Fire on the Mountain" is my favorite name but the best tasting beer is "The Sloth"

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:49:22 AM »
They are getting your business. I'm sure they don't really care all that much what you are shipping...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First 2 all-grain batches in 2 days
« on: January 15, 2013, 10:50:16 AM »
Thanks for the replies! Definitely +1 to the blend a sample idea. I might bottle a 22 oz bomber as a sample to see how it goes with blending these two.

I'm looking forward to bottle my first all-grain beers!

Cheers!

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All Grain Brewing / First 2 all-grain batches in 2 days
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:43:37 AM »
I made two batches of all-grain in 2 consecutive days. These are my first all-grain beers ever.

The first one (the darker one in this picture) was supposed to be a Red IPA. Obviously, it's more brown than red so I'll have to experiment with less dark grain. I was going to put in 100% Citra hops to give it a citrus flavor and aroma but I couldn't find any in my area so I used all Columbus hops. The pre-fermented wort tastes and smells a bit horrible. I'm hoping it will mellow out. It's like drinking an onion covered in garlic. Not something I want in my beer.

The lighter beer is 100% pale malt with Magnum for bittering and Cascade for flavor and aroma. It actually tastes fairly nice. It's a bit fruity and extremely floral but I think it should clean up considerably after it's done fermenting.

I'm worried about the Columbus hopped beer. I'm considering blending the two beers. Cascade and Columbus hops seems to go well together. Or, I'll just wait it out and see if they both mellow a little.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometer?
« on: December 28, 2012, 08:34:47 PM »
I love my Thermapen
http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

It's pricey, but I wish I'd spring for it years ago.

Thanks for the reply. I just bought one from Amazon :-)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Thermometer?
« on: December 28, 2012, 06:54:16 PM »
What is the best thermometer to use? I have a floating thermometer but I need to upgrade to something more accurate / instant.

Thanks.

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The Pub / Re: Sign my petition: Remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio
« on: December 28, 2012, 01:53:39 PM »
So why not get a legislator (or several) to sponsor a bill changing the law? That's what you're going to have to do anyway, unless the plan is for someone else to see the petition and take action.

Yeah, that was my point. I don't really get what a random internet petition will accomplish.


What is the point of petitions? Garner support or for putting something on the next ballot. I need a few thousand to get something on a ballot. So, I guess we'll see what happens.

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The Pub / Re: Sign my petition: Remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio
« on: December 28, 2012, 01:25:15 PM »
Should. But, not necessary. There have been people signing from California, Massachusetts, Colorado, etc.

Strength in numbers!!

I'd advise you to limit it to only OH residents.  Based on my experience getting the laws changed here, OH legislators don't care what people in other states might think.

+1 -- 99% of the signers are from Ohio. I'm only hoping that Ohio residents are also on these forums.

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The Pub / Re: Sign my petition: Remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio
« on: December 28, 2012, 01:02:57 PM »
I already emailed a few legislators about the petition. It has been proposed in Ohio to raise the ABV from 12 - 18% but I don't know if it has a lot of support. That's where this petition comes into play.

EDIT: I read somewhere that the proposal to increase the ABV limit on beer to 18% has been removed from the budget in 2011

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The Pub / Re: Sign my petition: Remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:56:30 PM »
It's a petition to change the law. 12% is absolutely arbitrary and should be changed to something more reasonable.

I can buy a Flying Dog Double Dog at 11.5% in the state of Ohio but I can't buy a Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti because it's 12.2%...

It's a ridiculous law.

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The Pub / Re: Sign my petition: Remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:44:33 PM »
Should. But, not necessary. There have been people signing from California, Massachusetts, Colorado, etc.

Strength in numbers!!

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The Pub / Sign my petition: Remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:07:56 PM »
Hello,

My petition is to remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio. You can find it here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-state-of-ohio-redefine-the-definition-of-beer-no-longer-put-a-cap-on-abv-2

Today, Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati all have a large population of home brewers and craft beer fans who
need to leave the state in order to find beer that we can't get in Ohio because of the 12% ABV cap on beer.

We do not believe this is about "getting drunk", it's more about experiencing good craft beer. I firmly believe that we need to find beer in our own state instead of stimulating the economies and increasing the tax revenue of other states.

At the time of this writing I have 464 signatures within only two days of the petition being published with new signatures every couple minutes. If you believe in this cause, would you please pass this around to the members of your home brew club and to family and friends elsewhere?

Thank you so much,

Chris

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Going Pro / Re: realistically, what does it take?
« on: December 26, 2012, 12:58:28 PM »
If it turns out that you end up losing money over time, will you still continue to do it? Sounds like you have very little overhead, which is a boon, but when you consider how much your time is actually worth it doesn't seem possible to even break even on a 10 gallon system. OTOH if you are doing it to prove a concept and get someone on board who wants to fund a real brewery then it could be totally worth it. Just my .02. Not trying to discourage anyone from their passions.
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As I've always said, I like to hear everyone's point of view.  I live in a town of about 30,000. the next bigger town is about 75 miles away.  I'm not in this to really make a money.  But, I will say that my business (that is working out so far) shows that my partner and I will net, about $120 for a full day in the brewery?  The math works out to be about $6/hr.  I know of know other hobby that I love so much that will aactually pay me $6 to do.  Can I quite my day job?  NOT EVEN CLOSE.  And it may be that after a couple years of this, we decide it's not worth it.  But I can tell you that a day in the brewery with the woman I love, making darn good beer, is a very enjoyable activity.  We met because of homebrew two years ago.  And, we're getting married on the 18th. 

But, I know our model does not work for most folks when they think about "going pro."  I post my story and experience to show it is actually quite simple to go legit, and sell one's beer.

What is your usual daily schedule when you say that you haven't quit your day job? What is the like?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Drink IPA's Fresh!
« on: December 26, 2012, 11:47:50 AM »
Speaking of. All I wanted for Christmas was Stone's Enjoy By series which is supposed to be the freshest IPA you can get. I heard it was the best IPA ever tasted. But, how would I know? I didn't get a chance to taste it.

There is something to be said about making a high gravity phenol concoction and aging it overtime to reduce the fire flavor.

That said, when I brew an IPA, I drink it ASAP.

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