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General Homebrew Discussion / Ask the Experts - Stan Hieronymous
« on: February 07, 2011, 11:32:53 AM »
Stan Heironymous, author of "Brew Like a Monk", will be taking questions on Belgian beers and brewing from Feb. 7-13.  You can email your questions to .  Answers will be posted on the AHA website's "Ask the Experts" section in a few weeks.  Take advantage of this great opportunity to get your Belgian beer questions answered by the guy who wrote the book!

Thanks to Jamil and Chris for their timer and effort answering your questions.  You can find the answers at .

Next up is Stan Heironymous taking questions on Belgian beers.  I'll let everybody know when the question period starts.

The Pub / RIP Don Younger
« on: January 31, 2011, 07:14:12 PM »
I never had the pleasure of meeting Don, but his reputation was huge.  He kinda put the "Beer" in Beervana.  Hoist one for a man who helped make the PNW beer scene what it is today.

General Homebrew Discussion / OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:26:34 PM »
The bill to change the OR homebrew law is about to go before the Business, Transportation and Economic Development Committee (BTED) as soon as Feb. 2 and then could be in front of the full senate by Feb. 4 or the week after.  It's time for OR homebrewers to swing into action.  This bill was drafted by an OR senator who is a homebrewer with input from the Oregon Homebrewers Alliance.  You can read the bill and the amendments that go with it at .  Contact your legislator to support SB 444 with the "dash-1 amendments."  Do it now!  It's likely this bill will sail through the legislature, but we need your help to make sure.  You can post questions or comments on the OHBA website.

The Pub / How old is YOUR yeast?
« on: January 18, 2011, 07:18:02 PM »
Poly professor brews beer with 45-million-year-old yeast
Poly professor brews with microorganisms he found in fossilized amber

By Jayson Mellom | | purchase prints

Raul Cano, at Gennaro’s restaurant in San Luis Obispo, extracted 45-million-year-old yeast from amber and made beer from it.
By Nick Wilson |

A Cal Poly professor’s mission to turn a 45-million-year-old yeast into an ingredient for a beer has proven successful — and now he hopes to grow his operation locally.

Raul Cano, a Cal Poly biology professor, discovered the yeast in amber that came from Myanmar, which was previously known as Burma, while conducting research in the 1990s.

Cano gained international recognition at the time for his discovery that microorganisms could be brought back to life by extracting them from amber found in Myanmar, North America and Central America.

The microorganisms are able to lay dormant for long periods of time without air or food.

Through brewing experiments with collaborators, Cano has been able to take strains of yeast from the ancient amber and grow them. And he was interested in finding out how it could be used in food or drinks.

“Beer was the obvious product from an organism such as yeast,” Cano said. “It was either that or bread. But beer seemed more adventurous.”

Fossil Fuels Brewing Co., the beer company that he’s formed with partners Chip Lambert, Joe Kelley and Scott Bonzell, now produces beer for sale primarily in Northern California bars and pubs.

Cano also has made the beer available for sale at Gennaro’s Grill and Garden in San Luis Obispo — where he’s a partner.

Fossil Fuels Brewing Co. has used Cano’s initial extraction of yeast to grow a much larger batch that fills a warehouse in Northern California used in the beer-making process.

“Our main beer is a wheat beer, and we also have a pale ale, but we’re really working on others, including an amber ale and an Oktoberfest,” Cano said.

Of those beers popular in the mainstream market, Cano compares the taste most closely to that of Blue Moon.

Despite initial skepticism from some about the taste the beer would produce, Cano says the flavor turned out surprisingly good and unique.

Critics have described the taste as one with lots of spice, resembling cloves, along with tinges of ginger and pineapple.

One thing that makes the yeast different is its genetic makeup — which allows the beer to finish with a desirable clear color instead of a cloudy resolution because of how the prehistoric yeast strain ferments sugars, Cano said.

Cano wouldn’t reveal information about annual sales, but he said the 2-year-old company currently produces about 20 barrels a month — a very small amount, but he has high hopes.

He says the biggest challenges to growing the company include continued development of quality styles of beers, forming a skilled management team and, most importantly, financing — including proper marketing and promotion.

The brewing is done at Kelley Brothers Brewing Co. in the Central Valley town of Manteca.

“I’d love to get some investors interested in expanding the company,” Cano said. “I’m also interested in brewing it locally in San Luis Obispo.”

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From Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, Chris white and Jamil Zainisheff will be taking questions on yeast and fermentation.  You can email your questions to .  Answers will be posted in a few weeks.  Take advantage of this great opportunity to get your yeast questions answered by the guys who wrote the book!

General Homebrew Discussion / Fire at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy
« on: December 29, 2010, 03:42:08 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / pH check
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:38:39 PM »
Am I correct in recalling that mash pH should be around 5.4 at room temp?  And what's considered room temp?  65?  70?  75?

The Pub / A Christmas Story
« on: December 14, 2010, 12:27:15 PM »

When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs.Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out,Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor.  In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of  little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor.  He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

Not a lot of people know this.

Questions for Randy and his answers are now posted at .  

Next up are Jamil Zainisheff and Chris White, taking questions on yeast.  Look for the call for questions shortly after the first of the year.

The Pub / Win7 taskbar icon tabs
« on: December 03, 2010, 09:40:13 PM »
I just got a new laptop with Win7 and I'm working on learning its particulars.  Originally, if I had a program like Firefox (for example)open with multiple tabs open in it, the taskbar icon for it would show multiple tabs on the icon and allow me to preview what each one was.  Somehow I turned that off.  Anybody know how I can get it back?

The Pub / DVR questions
« on: December 03, 2010, 10:38:22 AM »
So, still living in the past, we're a 2 VHS household. But that can't last forever, so I've been thinking DVR and I need some edumacation. We get our cable signal from a VERY small local co. called Countryvision run by a family out of their garage. No Comcast, no Dish Network, etc. We don't use a cable box, just the tuner on the TV. So, what are my options for a DVR in that situation? what have you got and how do you like it?

Ingredients / New bulk grain supplier
« on: November 30, 2010, 11:47:19 AM »
Saw this on a couple other boards and wanted to let everybody here know, too.  Check out .  They go live tomorrow, but through today you can go there to get a discount code that won't be available after they open.  I don't really have much other info.

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