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BL does have some caramel where as PU is probably straight pilsner malt with a tripple decoction mash which adds color (BJCP guidlines for Boh Pils give a top limit of 6SRM which is on the cusp of amber.  BL uses Hallertau hops for flavor which does have some of the same aromas that you'd get from saaz in my opinion.

A lot of people hate on Sam Boston Lager but I can always find a place for it -it's a well made beer.  Think of how many resteraunts would only have Bud Miller Coors on tap if it weren't for BL!
I say this all the time.  I give thanks to Boston Lager just for being available in about any 7 11 in the country.

The Pub / Re: Which beer would you close with on the GABF weekend?
« on: October 03, 2011, 07:31:31 AM »
I think I would be going for something more session-like than an I2PA.  A refreshing low gravity English bitter sounds good to me after a huge beer weekend.  Plenty of beer flavor, but not so damaging to the liver.

Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: October 02, 2011, 10:02:30 AM »
Thanks, Jeff.  We bought a little bottle of cider at the High School craft fair in Oscoda yesterday.  It was so much more tart and flavorful than what I can get in a store in Florida.  'Heading for Charlevoix now (with a quick stop for an IPA at Big Buck in Gaylord) and hope to have a late lunch at Shorts in Bellaire.  Big Buck is odd in that the lowest ABV on their whole beer menu of 16 beers is 6.2% and that's the Light Beer!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottle carbonating an Imperial IPA??
« on: October 01, 2011, 01:39:19 PM »
I would give the bottles a chance to carbonate at room temp for several more weeks before any additional yeast additions.  All that uncapping and pouring would add unwanted oxygen to it and should only be a last resort.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Google Beer
« on: October 01, 2011, 10:59:43 AM »
I mentioned this to my lovely wife and she just said, "marketing."
I think Sam is a wizard at marketing and beer is just a fun hobby for him.  It is nice to see someone doing the unusual on a national scale.

Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 30, 2011, 02:51:48 PM »
'Just got to Michigan today and am having a Founders Centennial IPA as I type.  We had lunch at Sullivan's brew pub in Frankenmuth and are now enjoying the view of Lake Huron from a funky 1950's cabin.  At 41F it is way colder than Florida, but still a nice change.

The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: September 29, 2011, 08:32:35 AM »
Totally amazing.  I had to go to bed before all that happened and was actually shocked to see the results in the paper this morning.  Last regular games of the season and it goes down to 12 innings.  Wow.

All Things Food / Re: Making Hot Sauce
« on: September 27, 2011, 02:04:16 PM »
You may want to experiment with adding some other, sweet ingredients, like carrots or fruit.  It can still be as hot as you want, but adds another dimension to the flavor.
Be careful how you store it, too.  A friend of mine made some hot sauce by boiling down peppers and water for a long time and bottled it, but it started to ferment after bottling for some reason.  It can be a real nasty surprise to open a carbonated bottle of hot sauce.  Wear safety glasses.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Availability
« on: September 27, 2011, 10:52:39 AM »
I have about a dozen, mixed between pin lock and ball lock, and I don't think I paid for any of them. 8)

Events / Re: GABF first timer
« on: September 26, 2011, 06:45:05 PM »
Drink lots of water - alternate between sample glasses of water and beer.  Walk the whole floor looking only for one style of beer, say milds or another lighter beer.  While doing this make a note of what you want to taste on your second round, perhaps Belgians.  If you are still up for it go all out on the third round, say smoked beers, double IPA, or sour beers.
That's what I do anyway.  You could just as easily look for breweries you've always wanted to experience and stop in for a beer there, but sometimes you will spend a lot of time in long lines with that strategy.
Some breweries only bring enough beer for the first couple of sessions, but you can't predict which ones will be out of beer by Saurday afternoon.  New Glarus has run out early in the past, so if you like sour beers, check them out on your first session.
The floor is organized by geographic regions, so you can go to a region that doesn't distribute in your area and skip the ones available any old time.
There is so much good beer that you can't really have a "bad" strategy, can you?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whoaaaaaa!!!!!!!
« on: September 26, 2011, 05:40:16 PM »
The first one I bought, I think it was 1990, had no index.  The next edition was quite an improvement just for that.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can't re-attach corny posts - pics included
« on: September 26, 2011, 12:06:05 PM »
Did you try it in the other post hole yet?

All Grain Brewing / Re: "Defusion" mash
« on: September 26, 2011, 12:01:45 PM »
the enzymes are in the liquid, not in the grain.  Pulling and boiling mash liquid destroys enzymes.

If you're still planning on getting conversion (your beta and alpha steps) I'd advise you to do a typical decoction and pull grain, not liquid.  The enzymes are in the liquid and if you boil that before the mashout step, you risk denaturing them and not getting what you're going for in your steps.

This is why Denny has over 6000 posts.  He quotes himself! ;)

Going Pro / Re: Do I got what it takes?
« on: September 25, 2011, 11:36:19 AM »
I agree with Denny.  Why ruin a perfectly good hobby by going pro?
Do you have the time to keep your firefighter job and slowly build a bigger brewery in your spare time by making and buying larger equipment?  You may be set by the time you're ready to retire.

The Pub / Re: GPS?
« on: September 24, 2011, 10:36:16 AM »
I have WPS

Wife Positioning System

I have one of those - it's never wrong.  It may not be right, but it's never wrong!
I have an SLD (spousal location device).  Some people call it a cell phone.

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