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The Pub / Re: "The Martian"
« on: July 27, 2015, 05:55:44 PM »

Searched for this and did not find a reference to "The Martian" by Andy Wier. Finished it last week, very good story of an astronaut stranded on Mars. Pretty good on the technical parts. Story is involved, and full of points in the plot where the Martian environment almost kills him. A good read.

It is being made into a movie, Matt Damon as the lead, Ridley Scott directs.
Awesome book. I loved the technical content and story.

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Yeah, Denny nailed it. I've been meaning to play with short mash rests, especially on small beers. Maybe when I finally get some small kegs.
It just feels wrong to fill a 5G keg with less than 5G.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentis W-34/70
« on: July 25, 2015, 03:38:33 PM »

I actually just purchased 2 packs of this today for my first lager attempt.  I had my daughter with me and wasn't paying attention to the dates.  It is hard to read but it looks like either Jan 2015 or 2016.  I believe Fermentis uses best by dates, so I'm hoping for the latter...
Even if I'm lucky, the viability is likely low. Praying to the Marzen gods that 23 grams is enough to do the job for a 1.058ish wort.


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Looks like a 6 to me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: July 24, 2015, 08:23:14 PM »

I have to revive the clear beer thread. German Pils, 3 weeks in the keg. Just yesterday it was a touch hazy. Today I can read a book through it. :D


Two thumbs up! Definitely worthy of reviving the clear beer thread. 

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The Pub / Re: Growler Fills
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:07:09 AM »


We're are you guys getting growler fills for $8-$10 in TX?! I would say the average price is more 12-14 for 64oz. I don't do growlers too often, and the high price is one of the reasons.


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Whole foods? Awesome.  We have one coming soon...

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The Pub / Growler Fills
« on: July 21, 2015, 05:32:32 AM »
Draft beer is almost always better, and most small canning lines don't do much (if any) better at eliminating O2 than small bottle operations.
I agree draft is better. I am OK paying $10 for 2 pints at a bar, but, I get the time at the bar/taproom as part of the bargain. For growlers, the first night's beer is good. Day 2+ you're loosing quality (carbonation and maybe oxidation). That's true even with the GrowlTap I just purchased. The last pint (day 3) was flat.

On the other hand, if planning to drink the growler fast and I can walk out of the store with a 64oz growler for $12-ish I am OK with that.

PS. I took the liberty of editing your quote to say "eliminating O2" rather than "illuminating DO".

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Kegging and Bottling / Carbonation Question
« on: July 19, 2015, 09:15:39 AM »
Yes the beer is still carbonated. That just empties the head space.

If you want to decrease the co2 in the beer, empty the head space and then leave disconnected from the gas. co2 will come out of the beer slowly. It will take several days of relieving pressure and letting settle to make a big change in co2 level in the beer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 18, 2015, 07:36:40 PM »

WL has a credibility problem. Growing yeast in a pouch doesn't help that.
Am I missing something?

Maybe the trois blend issue with the Saccharomyces?
Why is that a credibility problem? According to the explanation from WL on line they changed the name of the product when they became aware of the true nature of that yeast.

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The Pub / Growler Fills
« on: July 17, 2015, 04:50:03 PM »
Wow! I hope AL gets there. With tax today I paid over $19.

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Yeast and Fermentation / maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 17, 2015, 04:33:42 PM »
Marketing BS, yes. But in my region Wyeast is very hard to get except online. White Labs is the only game in town. The new pouch plus the east coast production facility are exciting for me.

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The Pub / Growler Fills
« on: July 17, 2015, 04:22:54 PM »
I saw in the Duvel buys Firestone thread several folks mentioned they mainly buy beer on sale. Me, too. But, for the last two months I haven't been able to brew. I moved and am living in an apartment while I wait to move to a new house. Can't wait to brew again.

So, on to my topic, how much for a growler fill where you live?

Here in Alabama you can fill a growler at a bottle shop and maybe bars (haven't tried yet).  You can't fill at the brewery tap room. The bottle shops are like bars. You can sit down and drink a pint or two on site. I have filled two growlers so far. The first was $14 (Cigar City Jai Alai), the second $18 (Bell's Lager Beer)! Both were excellent. That store has about 30 taps. Nothing was less than $14 for 64 oz.

But, in the grocery most 6-packs (72 oz.) of craft beer are $8.99 and up (generally not too much up).

Why are growlers so much more expensive for less beer? I recently told my dad about growler fills. He was thrilled. He said keg beer is better. I don't know if I agree though. Especially with craft beer in cans I think when it is fresh draft is not that much different. Plus with cans or bottles, there is not a spoilage problem.

Should I expect lower prices when the breweries get in this business? That is illegal in AL for at least another year. But I hope more and more beer stores and bars start selling growler fills so the will price drop.

Last word, when homebrewing I can get beer just how I like it for under a $1 per pint fairly easily. So that has made me cheap.

Last last word, I just bought a GrowlTap (growltap.com). It's supposed to keep my growler beer fresh. That plus the growler itself has set me back $51.  The GrowlTap is touchy, but, I think I like it. One cool thing, the primary co2 injection method is paintball co2 cartridges. But, you can connect to your regulated co2 bottle. Just turn the pressure down to compensate for the short hose and to avoid rupturing the glass.

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I think it is wrong to say Duvel Moortgat bought FW. I think Duvel invested in FW to allow expansion.

This article says they combined US operations but says both sides would not call it a merger or acquisition.

I think FW gets an in flow of cash to expand their brewing operations and a new or improved distribution channel and sales force. It's not clear the FW founders are receiving any cash themselves. It seems more likely the new monies are going into the business.

http://fortune.com/2015/07/17/duvel-moortgat-firestone-walker-craft-beer-empire-deal/?xid=gn_editorspicks&google_editors_picks=true

Getting bigger does tend to make a brewery less local focused. I also wonder if bigger breweries can stay nimble. Overtime, can they still lead with new an innovative beers or do they migrate to business model that maintains old popular brands and copies innovative beers but doesn't really innovate themselves?

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Wow, that quite a nice group brands. Duvel has good tastes.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bucket Hopper
« on: July 15, 2015, 06:47:46 PM »

Heard back from Fred today at MHB, he told me the hardware is actually zinc electroplated steel. Just an FYI...good customer service Fred!
Does that mean we are safe?

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Equipment and Software / Bucket Hopper
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:13:25 PM »
How could you tell the hardware is cadmium?

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