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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 08, 2017, 07:39:58 AM »
And so it continues

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

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It Continues...
« on: May 04, 2017, 08:39:02 AM »
This will certainly happen for all the ABI acquisitions. Look forward to Golden Road, Karbach, Wicked Weed, etc. kits coming your way.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wired opaque fermentation
« on: May 04, 2017, 08:37:09 AM »
Most likely yeast getting busy and nothing to worry about.

My alternate thought is maybe the opaqueness is yeast plus some of the coconut oil separating out and working its way to the surface; but two ounces of coconut in five gallons shouldn't have any noticeable effect on visibility. Still wouldn't be anything to worry about.

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 04, 2017, 08:32:12 AM »
It's a classic business move. Check 1996.

ABI's goal for as long as it has lost meaningful share to craft (and this applies to Miller, albeit to a lesser extent) has been to create a portfolio of products it can sell to any retail point that fills their need for any breadth of diversity. They haven't done a good job manufacturing illusory craft breweries which is why they have turned to buying out craft breweries with a genuine reputation. Beer geeks might eschew the breweries after an acquisition but if you're a casual drinker looking up WW beers online to see what people say about them you'll find a long history of positive comments.

WW gives ABI's portfolio a southeast brewery, an entry point into Asheville, a brewery known for IPAs and sour beer. That's a lot of boxes checked with one purchase.

Beer Recipes / Re: another NE IPA - Torrified Wheat / Flaked corn ?
« on: May 03, 2017, 07:53:56 AM »
Also apologies are due to the OP I didn't intend to hijack the thread and be the angry guy yelling at the haze. 


The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 03, 2017, 07:50:49 AM »
We haven't had any acquisition news in a while, but this is a big one!

A few months ago ABI acquired Karbach in Houston. That didn't make a lot of news outside of Texas because they don't make any hype beers but they were a brewery that built out quickly and distributes a lot of staple styles across Texas. It also wasn't big news because there had been speculation for years that the owners had built the brewery with the goal of being acquired so there was zero shock to the news, even here in Texas.

WW is definitely bigger news because they are the first acquisition that is part of the sour beer community and the first ABI acquisition in the US best known for non-easy drinking styles. It will be interesting to see if they are cast out of that crowd after this news.

Ingredients / Re: Juniper tree
« on: May 02, 2017, 08:28:13 AM »
Juniper sabina is toxic in all parts. Some varieties, including many that grow in the US, are safe to consume the berries but toxic in the rest of the plant.

Juniper virginiana and ashei both probably grow in your area and could be planted for berries but are toxic in all other parts of the plant.

Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 02, 2017, 08:19:09 AM »
Aphids or spider mites on the underside of the leaves? When I've seen leaves like that on my plants it's spider mites. They seem to show up when it first gets wet and if untreated they can wear down five foot bines to dead leaves and stall further growth on those bines.

Beer Recipes / Re: another NE IPA - Torrified Wheat / Flaked corn ?
« on: May 01, 2017, 08:47:19 AM »
Not sure torrified wheat does anything more for you visually than maybe a slightly darker color.

Oats are extremely common for the style, with or without unmalted wheat. Some other things are added to the boil (e.g. whey, flour) but the new rage seems to be adding green apple puree to the boil to set a pectin haze.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling a sour for aging
« on: April 28, 2017, 08:28:48 AM »
Four months is too early for that beer. It still has some attenuation to go before it's at a stable gravity. I wouldn't start thinking about bottling until the eighth month but keeping in mind that it may not be ready until closer to twelve to fifteen months.

I also have the colonna corker, which is the cheapest corker that works for the mushroom top-style Belgian bottles. It has attachments for 26 and 29mm caps so it does everything. If you don't want to spend $80 for an occasional bottling then a cheaper route would be to get a red wing capper and the 29mm cap bell. You can cap champagne-style bottles with it. You could also get a hand corker for wine bottles and insert a straight cork before capping similar to lambic and some saisons. That route gets you to $40 or so (assuming you don't have a red wing capper already) and maybe it makes sense to spend a little more to be able to easily cork and cap everything.

Beer Recipes / Re: Grapefruit ale
« on: April 28, 2017, 08:20:41 AM »
I would use a large portion of grapefruit peel at flameout and then add the least amount of juice possible in secondary to get to the right flavor and acidity. You might want to thin the beer out a little with the juice and get some acidity from it but too much fermented citrus juice can result in an unpleasantly sharp acidity. The grapefruit peel will add the flavor but no color or acidity.

Beer Recipes / Re: Roggenbier for the summer
« on: April 28, 2017, 08:14:33 AM »
Unfortunately, there are some new steps to me -
    1. Rye can be gummy and difficult to sparge, so it benefits from a protein rest. Calculators I've used say for the recipe linked, 28 quarts should be at 147 F to get the first mash/rest at 122 F
    2. Decoction called for - 12 quarts - What's more important here, the total volume of the decoction, or the volume of water in the decoction:

    For "12 quarts of thickest mash" can I just drain and set aside 16 quarts, boil in my mash tun for 30 minutes, then add that drained liquid back?
1. You may want to use some rice hulls in addition to a protein rest for easier lautering. The protein rest will help though.

2. Seems like a more difficult process. You want to pull the decoction in the middle of the prior rest and bring it to a boil so it is ready to increase the heat of the mash as soon as the prior rest is over. (For example, in the middle of your protein rest you want to pull the decoction and bring it to a boil so by the time your protein rest is over the decoction goes right in to bring your mash up to saccharification.) What you suggest would add time to your mash while you pull part of the mash out and bring the remainder to a boil. You'd also have to account for heat loss in the portion you take out and for the heat remaining in the mash tun material after boiling in it. [/list]

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Red capper
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:57:54 AM »
The bell comes out of the red capper so it can be replaced with a 29mm bell for champagne-style bottles. If you never plan on capping 29mm caps then you could permanently fix the 26mm bell in the capper with a small amount of JB Weld or similar compound.

I also have a colonna which I love for capping 29mm and corking bottles but it's a PITA for 12oz bottles to move the base plate frequently. I always use my black wing capper for those.

All Things Food / Re: Pizza Time
« on: April 24, 2017, 08:10:33 AM »
I really want to build one.  I just need to move out of this awful HOA.  Neighborhoods are so over rated... my experience/opinion anyway.

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Is it that your HOA prohibits outdoor cooking structures? In my HOA I don't know if we've approved pizza ovens but we've definitely approved several built-in grills and smokers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPAs and Me
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:48:31 AM »
I'd rather have a pale ale or a hoppy lager most times I crave a hoppy beer. Although IPA has never been my favorite style, I'm not anti-IPA and will drink them from time to time. Most of my beer drinking is 4-5% ABV so it's normally just not something I would drink.

The most dissuasive part of IPAs for me is that so many just chase the fad and many not so well any one stands out from the others. A tapwall half full of citra/simcoe IPAs of middling quality usually has me looking for something else to drink. A really well made IPA is a great beer but most breweries seem to be more interested in cashing in on the IPA fad of the month than perfecting each beer they release (which is not exclusive to IPA, either).

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