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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of home-brewing
« on: May 23, 2015, 07:57:09 AM »
As Martin Stated above, we have seen the figures from surveys of HB shops. As a whole, sales are not down. There is not double digit growth from year to year right now, it is single digit. More shops have opened, so did a new one open in your area? That would take some sales away too.

One other thing that has come out is that all grain brewing is on the upswing. This is probably due to the cheap and easy technique of brew in a bag becoming popular. If your local guy depends on extract sales, that may be another reason.

Homebre wing is always very popular and grows in a poor economy. As things have recovered, maybe that explains the slowing to single digit growth. There are also breweries opening like crazy. If you can get good beer at the brewery just down the street, why Homebrew? As homebrewers go pro, most stop brewing at home, and there is another way the numbers go down.

I would say going down 60% in one year makes that place an outlier. One would hope it is not the canary in the Coal Mine.

Edit - Gary Glass gave some figures on this in his Zymurgy column, I think 2 issues ago.

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Pimp My System / Re: Mill Prototype
« on: May 22, 2015, 05:08:21 AM »
I would put a safety shield around the gears.

Nice involutes on the gears, how did you cut those?

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Ingredients / Re: which hops to buy?
« on: May 21, 2015, 09:03:02 AM »
Bullion is an old school hop that was used by Ballantine in their IPA. I have over a pound of it. It has aroma and taste character best described as "hoppy". I have over a pound in the freezer.

A guy in the club had a beer made with Caliente, that was very nice.

Santium is a derivative of Tettnanger, Imuse it fairly often in Pilsners.

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Hop Growing / Re: Thinking about growing hops
« on: May 21, 2015, 08:55:52 AM »
I bought coir twine this year, $30 for 450 ft, and used most of it.

Homegrown hops are the most expensive ones I use.

Here's a source for 4X that amount, for less money:

http://www.growerssupply.net/index.cfm?id=8&group_id=twi2226

(when they have it in stock)
Thanks for the link. Coming back from a trip I found the hop garden a mess of bines growing everywhere, and I had to get them strung quickly, so the LHBS was the choice.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't miss in London
« on: May 20, 2015, 07:38:12 PM »
CAMRA's The Good Beer Guide is a book that is updated annually and tends to have very accurate descriptions of the type of real ale pub and the beers they are pouring.  It divides London into easy to navigate sections by geography (SW1, NE2, etc.).
No one has mentioned the White Horse on Parsons Green, usually considered a must stop for real ales.
How could I forget that one, as we stopped there about a month ago.
Because it is expensive?
No, it was the same for real ale. We had been at the Dove for a while, so I forgot the stop at White Horse. The PU Tankovna was more for a half liter, but it was excellent, so no complaints on the price.

When we were in Cockermouth, we found a pub with happy hour prices of £2 for real ale. We stopped often for happy hour. Go figure.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Water Filtration
« on: May 20, 2015, 07:25:33 PM »
You need to know your water report. Most of the water is pretty good in the PNW, so find the report and let us know how jealous we should be.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Lid Leak
« on: May 20, 2015, 03:26:37 PM »
Did you use keg lube on the o-ring?

How many people do this on a regular basis?  Maybe I should post a poll.

I hate keg lube.  It's impossible to clean off anything.

I don't use it on my o-rings, haven't really had any issues.

I never used to, but I noticed that when I change o-rings every year and use keg lube every time, I refill CO2 less often. I assumed that, even though my kegs passed leak tests with a spray bottle, I might've had very low level leaks.  The difference in how long my CO2 tanks last is noticeable to me. I'd be curious to see how other people feel, too.

Rubber will creep under load, and takes a set after a period of time. I have bought used kegs with o-rings that had set and were no longer round. If you twirled between the thumb and fingers you could feel the out of roundness. I always have some fresh ones on hand.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't miss in London
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:37:28 PM »
CAMRA's The Good Beer Guide is a book that is updated annually and tends to have very accurate descriptions of the type of real ale pub and the beers they are pouring.  It divides London into easy to navigate sections by geography (SW1, NE2, etc.).
No one has mentioned the White Horse on Parsons Green, usually considered a must stop for real ales.
How could I forget that one, as we stopped there about a month ago.

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Small breweries order the grain pre-crushed, as they may not have a mill or space for a mill. They might have some grains around for longer periods. Briess has stated that crushed malt can last up to 6 months if stored properly (dry cool environment). I would taste some of the grain to see that it has not gone rancid.

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Events / Re: NHC Carpool/Cab Share?
« on: May 20, 2015, 07:01:13 AM »
I live in the sticks, where there's virtually no public transportation. So the Uber concept is mind blowing. I do need to get around in SD (Stone Bistro). Has everyone had a positive experience with Uber?
There are also other Stone locations around San Diego, on taproom near Petco Park. The Liberty Station one is also a Stone Bistro, and would be closer if time and money are a consideration, as it is near the airport.
http://www.stonelibertystation.com/
The Liberty Station location is the one I was looking at.
OK, I thought maybe you wanted to visit the home office, which is a ways.

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Events / Re: NHC Carpool/Cab Share?
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:24:43 AM »
I live in the sticks, where there's virtually no public transportation. So the Uber concept is mind blowing. I do need to get around in SD (Stone Bistro). Has everyone had a positive experience with Uber?
There are also other Stone locations around San Diego, on taproom near Petco Park. The Liberty Station one is also a Stone Bistro, and would be closer if time and money are a consideration, as it is near the airport.
http://www.stonelibertystation.com/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't miss in London
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:15:05 AM »
Fancy a Pint is  free site that lets you search by Tube station. I've found some nice out of the way pubs with this
http://www.fancyapint.com/

CAMRA has an app, but you have to pay to get all the content
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greenius.nearme&hl=en

And +1 on the Fullers tour, it is outstanding.

After some 5 Pint rated pubs turned out to be duds, I haven't used fancyapint.com much. It is pretty inclusive.

The CAMRA app is pretty good, the wife had it on her phone this last trip.

We have done the Fullers Tour twice! The Young's tour was also outstanding, it was a shame they closed.

The last trip we did some long pub walks with friends who live in the Docklands area, where we had not spent much time. There are some fine pubs in Greenwich. The Gun is on the east side of Isle of Dogs, and that one was really nice. Our friends local is the Grapes, now more popular than ever since it is owned by Sir Ian McKellen. We also hit some pubs on the south side of the river, including the Mayflower, which I recommend.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Regulator Sweating
« on: May 19, 2015, 05:36:58 PM »
If you have been purging O2 by running a lot of CO2, the regulator will get cold due to the expansion of the CO2 dropping the temperature. To put it simply, it is the opposite of when you pump up a bicycle tire and the hand pump gets hot from compressing the gas.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't miss in London
« on: May 19, 2015, 01:28:02 PM »
Culture - British Museum. National Gallery. The Tate, and Tate Modern. These are free.
The Tower and several other sites like the Banqueting house have a fee.
Just wander around, there is so much to see and do.

Pubs.
Near Burough Market in the London area are the Anchor, Market Porter, the George, and the Royal Oak.

Around Covent Gardens is the Lamb and Flag, the Harp, and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Seven Stars, and Blackfriars are not far.

The Holly Bush in Hampstead is a favorite. The Dove is a must.

Hey this is a good list that I just found.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/10725161/Londons-best-historical-pubs-the-ultimate-tour.html



 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Controlling FG
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:47:49 AM »
I have read that Pilsner Urquel crashes at a certain gravity, and this leaves some of the characteristic Diacetyl profile this beer has. If you ever get a chance to drink the unfiltered unpasteurized PU, well, it still has yeast in suspension, and no Diacetyl. Just wanted to point out a case where a beer is crashed early.

I also know some home Brewers of a certain age, that still rack to secondary, and they make some darned good beer.

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