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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:47:57 PM »
They won't change anything until growth stops.  At that point, any and all cost cutting measures are on the table, including consolidating facilities.  It has happened time and time again, and is an inevitability, really.

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The Pub / Re: HELL YEAH!!!
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:42:28 PM »
You're celebrating that? Expect a torn rotator cuff in the third week.

Exactly. Guess Brady is done! ;)
I'm sure they will just add a new "can't hit No. 12 rule." They already baby him as is.

New rule?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craftmeister alkaline wash
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:40:23 PM »
I might have to try some kind of CIP.  I may not have used enough, given that my fermenter is 15 gal.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craftmeister alkaline wash
« on: May 11, 2017, 02:08:18 PM »
Have you used it on stainless?  I tried the samples I got a NHC but was honestly less than impressed... I feel like I did something wrong.  It wasn't worse than pbw but seemed to have trouble dissolving in lukewarm water and left the same amount of crust on my stainless fermenter.

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:44:43 PM »
And so it continues
http://beerstreetjournal.com/wicked-weeds-head-sour-production-departs-brewdog/

Is that necessarily an upgrade from ABI? Brewdog is pretty much all gimmick.

My understanding was this move was in the works back in January and not a direct result of the acquisition.

On the other hand, acquisition talks were also likely happening as far back as January.  M&A due diligence takes a while.

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 06, 2017, 06:39:23 PM »

"I'm buying every bottle I see."
"I feel validated in my unhealthy attachment to a beverage company that has no idea who I am."
"Yes! They like poverty over financial security!"
"Beer over braces for their kids. Good job."

Wow, I didn't realize things were so bad in America for the craft brewing industry!  How nice of a global corporation to selflessly rescue them from eventual poverty.

As it was said before, AB isn't buying failing breweries.  They're either making money handsomely or took it upon themselves to take on debt to grow aggressively specifically so they could go national or get bought out.  This isn't mom and pop's corner store and brewpub... they know what they were doing.

So it's just business, and given that they aren't stupid, they already know there will be some customer loyalty lost as the beer and focus gradually changes.  But they've accepted this since it still works out in the end for their bottom line.

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 06, 2017, 05:02:07 AM »
Breweries, like any consumer product that's become a commodity thanks to modern technology, are 99% brand. So at this point that walking advertising shirt I bought last month is worth about a quarter.  Maybe it's still under warranty?

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Ingredients / Re: Ice cream cones in mash
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:27:26 PM »
I used Capn Crunch once, many years ago.  It made a bit of an oil slick on the top of the mash, but there were no other negative effects.  There were no positive effects either, flavor or otherwise.  It could be a fun experiment for the family, though.

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 03, 2017, 11:07:05 AM »
Are they going to brew it the hard way now?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVgAqldqXqk

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 03, 2017, 09:57:47 AM »
They've been open for what, 4 years?

Seems like startup mentality.  Make a company just to get bought out.  I thought they were better than that.

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Beer Travel / Re: It's good to be in Asheville
« on: April 19, 2017, 05:10:05 AM »
FWIW - word on the street is Hi-Wire is killing it currently. Previously they were mediocre at best, but many good friends are giving them high marks. Another in the area is Zebulon Artisan Ales out of Weaverville. There wares are stellar.

Hi-Wire was excellent.  They had some awesome sour and Brett beers when we were there.

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We all want to drink excellent beer.  I was extremely resistant to the "Shaken not stirred" process, mostly because I was set in my ways.  I think this is a good conversation, and these are good questions, aside from the personal attacks.



I gotta be honest, I was resistant to Mark's delivery at first too, which made it tough to see through to his methods. But he was right and was a wealth of good knowledge, and I use SNS on all my ales. I really think the topic of lowering O2 (hell, any topic) merits being able to share info and debate it in a good way.

The reason I finally decided to try SNS was because ultimately it was easier and less work.  That's not what LODO looks like to me.  It's not because I'm stuck in my ways, it's because making excellent beer is only a part of the reason I brew.

That's a fair critique.  But adjusting water with salts and acids or making starters in the first place was a step away from easy.  Pitching at high krauaen was actuallly less easy for me, since chilling and decanting gave me a multiple day window to brew.

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We all want to drink excellent beer.  I was extremely resistant to the "Shaken not stirred" process, mostly because I was set in my ways.  I think this is a good conversation, and these are good questions, aside from the personal attacks.



I gotta be honest, I was resistant to Mark's delivery at first too, which made it tough to see through to his methods. But he was right and was a wealth of good knowledge, and I use SNS on all my ales. I really think the topic of lowering O2 (hell, any topic) merits being able to share info and debate it in a good way.

Presentation makes a big difference.  We're here for a hobby and no one wants to be berated.  But the flipside is that it's good to keep an open mind.  Hard to do, I know.

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This thing is out of control again.

One thing that was emphasized early on is that spunding will actually make the biggest difference.  And this I totally agree with. Oxidation post fermentation has the biggest deleterious effect on my beer.  Charlie Bamforth agrees.  Try some incremental steps for yourself.  I was not disappointed.

He also agrees that mash oxidation *can* be a problem.  It's not the first place to worry about, but it's also far worse at the homebrew level due to the reality of the surface area / volume of a small batch.

As for sulfites, try it yourself.  Lots of people get no egg.  This experiment is a valid data point and it would be nice to figure out what happened here without the political bs.

Denny, I think that no stress is relative.  Was making a starter stressful once you got the hang of it?  There's a difference between no stress and no changes.

If spunding makes the biggest difference, why are people seeing positive results without it, yet not pre boiling your water makes LODO impossible? Sorry man, theres just so much double speak, so many exceptions to the rule.

Have you tried any of this?

The one thing I'll say about the all or nothing is that it was something I never agreed with from the get go.  But, I do see better results after preboiling than not preboiling, and the DO meter did show that in Bryan's experiments.  I'm not ready to dismiss it.

And nothing else really matters.  Each of us gets to decide.

We all want to drink excellent beer.  I was extremely resistant to the "Shaken not stirred" process, mostly because I was set in my ways.  I think this is a good conversation, and these are good questions, aside from the personal attacks.

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I also think the wort color and clarity resulting from using sulfites showed a significant difference for me, for recipes I've brewed many years.  And it wasn't due to gravity, since I didn't have a lower gravity result.  Granted, I've only done a couple of batches.  Is it something that translates to better beer in the end?  Not quite convinced, but it's worth trying.  I have an excellent Pilsner on tap that was brewed without sulfites.

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