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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Growth of Homebrewing/Microbreweries
« on: December 31, 2012, 09:34:35 PM »
I see the same thing happening here - I'm wondering when the slide will come.  I hope never, but that seems unlikely. :(

I think a contraction is inevitable, but I'm not sure it will be as bad as the statistics make it seem. The number of new breweries opening in the past couple years is enormous, but it seems to me that relative to previous years, a lot of them are nanos. A lot of the dollar growth is coming from already-large breweries getting larger.

At least, for my own sake I hope so. ???

If you have a niche in your area, and make quality beer, you will be OK. That fits your situation, no? Hope to visit in a few years.

The ones that will fold are the mid sized ones that have poor quality, or bad financial situations. A couple of those went under in MI last year. There will be more. Then again, more are opening than closing.


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The Pub / Re: Shortshipped grain from AHS
« on: December 31, 2012, 09:29:03 PM »
I should know Austin Homebrew Supply?  I'm sure they are awesome, but the only thing I'm in contact out that way are the DirecTV satellites.
They are a fairly big online supplier. Should you know them in Hawaii, probably not on your radar there. I have never used them, as I have a good LHBS.

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The Pub / Re: Shortshipped grain from AHS
« on: December 31, 2012, 02:36:08 PM »
What's AHS?
Austin Homebrew Supply.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Growth of Homebrewing/Microbreweries
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:32:10 AM »
There is a very real possibility of a bust happening in the next year or two. While we don't have any signs of slowing as of yet tap space is starting to get really crowded and while the demand for my beer is still high other much larger craft breweries like Bells and Sweet Water are taking over taps with much lower priced products. The bigger you grow, the scarier it gets!

It is looking like the 90s again, everyone who has brewed a couple batches of beer wants to open a brewery. The quick buck people are getting into it. At the same time, all of the established breweries here in Michigan are expanding. Bells has their 200 bbl system on line, and has 250k barrels as the target this year, and the capacity (with more tanks added) is said to be in the 800k range.

If the sales slow down, and the big breweries are set to increase, that will be trouble for the ones that have quality or financial issues. Just like the 90s.

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Did an Old Ale yesterday with a friend who is fond of Old Peculier, and we split the batch.

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Ingredients / Re: Combination of hops to create an "orange" flavor
« on: December 29, 2012, 08:02:24 PM »
It has been said that the Bells house yeast is responsible for the orange flavor in Oberon. I might agree with that, but have never tried to do an Oberon. It is a fruity yeast.

Just wanted to say that yeast is something to consider.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ballsiest beer ever...
« on: December 29, 2012, 07:48:01 AM »
Larry Bell had a Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout at his talk, 2003 NHC in Chicago. It was drinkable, it was a stout, not sure what the RMOs brought to the beer.

Some could not drink the sample.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Growth of Homebrewing/Microbreweries
« on: December 28, 2012, 02:56:53 PM »
The AHA has been on a growth curve for some years now. I don't have the exact figures, but it is around 30k+.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/talking-points

The NHC has reflected the growth. You can see the numbers at the conference in the next link. 2012 is to be around 2500, 2014 is 3500. Hotel and conference centers are sometimes the limit on the number.


http://www.ahaconference.org/conference-information/past-conferences/

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Beer Recipes / Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« on: December 28, 2012, 09:48:28 AM »
I am still doing small adjustments to my Timothy Taylor clone.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=11209.msg139369#msg139369

Probably a little on the water (more SO4), pitch rate (more), and fermentation temp (higher). Also some Extra Dark British Crystal.


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Ingredients / Re: Mosaic Hops?
« on: December 28, 2012, 06:33:26 AM »
ive read some of the posts on this thread.  are mosaic the only ones that have the blueberry yogurt taste.  ive had two different local beers that have that taste and like it a lot.

Had a Mosaic DIPA Wed. night at Bells, and I do not remember any Blueberry.

Subbed Mosaic for Simcoe in the Pliny the Elder recipe last year, and really liked that one. My wife could smell it and not say "Cat Pee", which she always does with Simcoe.


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Ingredients / Re: Mosaic Hops?
« on: December 27, 2012, 07:39:32 PM »
There was a beer I had at the NHC, brewed by Tom Schmidlin, that used Mosaic. Really liked it.

Beer is the Rusian River "Hop 2 It" that Vinnie Cilurzo uses to test new hops.
http://tinyurl.com/botvz2g
Note these are single hop beers done with 4 different hops.  For this recipe, target 37 IBU total.  The late additions were all kept the same to show the relative flavors and aromas of the different hops in each batch, so only the bittering addition was changed for each to match the target bitterness.

Of the four, Mosaic was my favorite, LR was the least favorite.

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Ingredients / Re: Mosaic Hops?
« on: December 27, 2012, 04:24:36 PM »
There was a beer I had at the NHC, brewed by Tom Schmidlin, that used Mosaic. Really liked it.

Beer is the Rusian River "Hop 2 It" that Vinnie Cilurzo uses to test new hops.
http://tinyurl.com/botvz2g

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The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas Everybody!!!
« on: December 24, 2012, 07:41:35 PM »
Merry Christmas one and all.

It will be a white Christmas here. Just got a couple inches more!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chilling wort in the winter
« on: December 24, 2012, 11:58:48 AM »
Hi Konrad.

We were at 45F in 39 minutes today. Not bad for getting 10 gallons down to lager pitch temps.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chilling wort in the winter
« on: December 24, 2012, 04:15:04 AM »
It is a balmy 21F here and I will be doing a Vienna in a few hours.

Will use tap water and then switch to the pond pump in a ice/snow bath to get it down to lager temperature. The main brewing is in the garage, so not too cold, but clean up is in the drive. Hope it warms up a little so my hands don't get cold. Then again it is expected this time of year.


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