2 stage ranco controller and a fermwrap (35ish bucks) works great for me.
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Yep. What you want to do is measure how much runoff you get from the mash. Subtract that from the amount you want to boil. The answer you get is how much sparge water to use so that you have nothing left behind.
Kelsey McNair's West Coast Bitter/San Diego County Session ale.
I use the Hop Stopper: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/hop-stopper
It's really quite a nice product. I tried just throwing pellets in & whirlpooling, then bagging them, then bazooka screens. This thing works EXCELLENT and will drain all but maybe 1/4 gallon from my kettle. I've used probably 10oz of pellets in the kettle once and it didn't even bat an eye. I have a feeling that it'll handle twice that. Best upgrade I've made in a long time.
The trouble with "best by" is it doesn't tell you when it was bottled. Fuller's beers have a "best before" date, but it must be a year or more after bottling. The last time I bought their ESB, it was oxidized and nothing like the beer I've had in England.
There are a lot of stores in my area that have built up a huge craft beer section. The problem is that the stock just doesn't get turned over. I've stopped buying APA's/IPA's unless they have a "born on" date within 2-3 months, or they are a current seasonal release. I actually have better luck at stores with a small selection because I know that the common stuff like Harpoon IPA, SNPA, etc. gets turned around pretty quick.
Two Hearted Ale, that was bottled in July. It did not taste like the Two Hearted I know.