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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: Today at 01:34:36 AM »

I forget which of the Jefferson Ocean I liked. I just find Jefferson variants price point to be a little higher than they should be so I leave them on the shelf.

I agree that in general the Jefferson's aren't worth the price point for me.  This isn't going to be a regular but I'm glad I bought it.

Picked up the Knob Creek single barrel 120 proof for $40 this week.  Good stuff.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 07, 2018, 11:33:06 PM »


This is delicious.  A little pricey but not a gimmick as far as I'm concerned.

I know bourbon is popular right now but what's up with classics like Blantons?  I can't find it anywhere.

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The Pub / Re: More Band News for MD Craft Beer Fans?
« on: December 07, 2018, 11:25:04 PM »
This is a good summary of the legislature and their nonsense last year.  However I think a lot of that was a reactionary take that  is ultimately doomed to fail as more facts spread about local beer.  We had 20+ (maybe more) breweries open this year including  Baltimore county farm breweries in historic agricultural areas that are making the most of new zoning and liquor licensing that didn't exist 5 years ago.

I'm hopeful but it's still good to spread the word about how legislation can create, or kill, these businesses.

On that note, my county still has a whopping 0 breweries. Between the high price of floor space and an unfriendly liquor board we're kinda stuck.

One might be opening soon though, so fingers crossed...

That sucks!  Local laws are definitely part of it.  Doesn't matter how friendly the state is if the local zoning and laws are prohibitive.

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All Things Food / Re: Instant Pot
« on: December 02, 2018, 06:36:44 AM »
It's great for things like Brown rice, lentils, and beans.  It also does a really serviceable pork shoulder in an hour.

This has become a go-to side dish:


https://www.melskitchencafe.com/instantpot-brown-rice-pilaf/

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 02, 2018, 06:29:48 AM »
s***ty.  And s***tier.  I feel bad complaining about rain with what's going on out west but we had the wettest year on record here including a lot of flash flooding.

I didn't brew this year because I moved and now I claim that I'm setting up my electric brewery, but even if I had wanted to brew oj my old system it would have been hell to try to find a dry day outside.

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The Pub / Re: More Band News for MD Craft Beer Fans?
« on: December 02, 2018, 06:20:37 AM »
This is a good summary of the legislature and their nonsense last year.  However I think a lot of that was a reactionary take that  is ultimately doomed to fail as more facts spread about local beer.  We had 20+ (maybe more) breweries open this year including  Baltimore county farm breweries in historic agricultural areas that are making the most of new zoning and liquor licensing that didn't exist 5 years ago.

I'm hopeful but it's still good to spread the word about how legislation can create, or kill, these businesses.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 02, 2018, 06:15:00 AM »
Oban is nice, great blend of the peat and more mellow flavors.  For straight Islay I most recently got a few different Laphroaig single casks that I loved.

Tonight though has been bourbon, thanks to holiday season excess.  Had some Jefferson Reserve at a friend's house but at home I think I like Russel's Reserve 10 or even Elijah Craig (no age specified anymore) better in the same price range.  If I'm going to spend a bit more I always like Blanton's or Willet.

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Pimp My System / Re: My Professional Basement Brewery
« on: October 01, 2018, 04:24:30 AM »
So any suggestions on where to get parts?  In my limited experience sensors, solenoids, valves, and generally anything shiny or even plastic costs an arm and a leg when buying a few at a time.

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Pimp My System / Re: My Professional Basement Brewery
« on: September 15, 2018, 07:59:03 PM »
About a year ago, I set out to construct a professional "German" brewhouse in my basement. While its not completely finished as of yet, it's getting close. I still have the room left to finish, grain storage and delivery, and hop automation left.

...

Well that's incredible.  Nice job.

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The Pub / Re: Taprooms competing with restaurants?
« on: August 25, 2018, 10:02:15 PM »
[quote author=narvin link=topic=32217.msg415714#msg415714 date=1535046211
PS. Not preaching at you. Just clarifying that distributors don’t have to completely go away.

PPS. I hate changing laws to stop competition. A bill limiting tap room hours is BS.


- formerly alestateyall.

Totally.agree. Distributors do add value, but in many cases it seems their lobbying power has grown way too large.

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The Pub / Re: Taprooms competing with restaurants?
« on: August 23, 2018, 05:43:31 PM »
The three tier system was created to benefit consumers, but in my opinion it is only benefitting the distributors at this point.  We are having similar pushback from distributor lobby in Maryland that has resulted in mystery bills being sponsored for rolling back taproom hours.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-beer-bills-debate-20180221-story.html

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They had this at Oud Beersel and I would kill to have that lambic in a box here.  Obviously it's young and relatively uncarbonated, or else the bag wouldn't be able to hold it.

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The Pub / Re: CO2 shortage in Europe affects Beer availability
« on: July 06, 2018, 08:47:35 PM »
https://qz.com/1321073/the-seemingly-illogical-reason-europe-is-running-low-on-carbon-dioxide-and-thus-beer/

If only there was some way for beer to carbonate itself...

But what about serving?

Recyclable bag-in-ball kegs use compressed air because the pressure is outside of the bladder.  Is beer in a bag the wave of the future?

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Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Spilling the beans: 2019
« on: June 30, 2018, 02:51:10 AM »
Flying into Boston sucks.  Take Southwest to PVD.

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Ingredients / Re: Help! Stubborn brewer ruined beer with sea salt
« on: April 22, 2018, 03:18:46 PM »
Tastes like a completely different beer today and the salt is barely detectable. I think it is going to be fine. Impatient as usual. Ha!

Was this with or without the potato?

I wonder if some undissolved salt had collected at the bottom and was getting pulled into the first few pints in large amounts?

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