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Beer Recipes / Re: Gotlandsdricke P.M.
« on: November 30, 2010, 05:56:24 PM »
According to Michael Jackson, from 5% to 12%...a kinda wide range...

Papazian and Mosher tasted mine and IIRC they said the main issue was it was not fermented using bread yeast, but otherwise was somewhat authentic...

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Beer Recipes / Re: Gotlandsdricke P.M.
« on: November 30, 2010, 02:46:13 PM »
AFAIK there is no commercial example, even on the island it is a homebrewed according to articles.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Outragious beer prices???
« on: November 30, 2010, 02:41:55 PM »
Thirsty, that markup due to the three tier system is EXACTLY why most North Carolina breweries have a tasting room/bar. They can ship out their kegs and have the beer on tap somewhere for $5 a pint or sell them in house for $4 per pint. They make a ton more selling them at home and the consumer actually perceives it as a better deal (which it is).

What I believe is crazy is most of us would put a price on a single 12 ounce bottle of beer from a store at $3-4, yet we will easily cough up $8-10 for a bomber which is only 22 ounces. ::)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Outragious beer prices???
« on: November 30, 2010, 06:50:37 AM »
I missed the wine part of the discussion. I've actually never had over a $150 bottle of wine and most of the time don't get crazy excited, but have had $75-100 (at restaurants) bottles which have excelled. My wife had a 1984 bottle of Dom Perignon which we opened a few years ago that was freakin fantastic. Not sure what that would go for if sold, but it would probably be in the $200-300 range at a store and $500 at a restaurant.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Gotlandsdricke P.M.
« on: November 29, 2010, 03:29:21 PM »
I don't know about the dried juniper berries (I use fresh) and Irish Moss shouldn't be anywhere near the kettle. Amarillo just doesn't seem like anything they would have on that island. I'm assuming you mashed your grains.

I've made the following recipe a few times. I put it together after quite a bit of research:
http://www.ipass.net/mpdixon/Homebrew/Utah%20Series.htm#Gotland

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Outragious beer prices???
« on: November 29, 2010, 03:23:00 PM »
Ahhh grasshopper...

Get yourself a bottle of Old Rasputin XII (500ml, ~17oz) and compare it to a regular 12oz bottle of Old Rasputin. My response is THAT much better. $22+/- vs $2 (if anyone wants to get picky, more like $15.5 vs $2 if both were 12oz) and let's just say that reminded me I need to go see if I can find a bottle of the XII...  ;D

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 109% Efficiency!
« on: November 29, 2010, 03:06:07 PM »
I once couldn't figure out why my runoff gravity was so high and later found out I had put in 4lb too much malt...  ::)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Outragious beer prices???
« on: November 29, 2010, 03:04:22 PM »
Note to self,  never visit Velootje ;D

Ahh my friend...you should be making a note TO visit there. Spooky, scary, weird and wonderful!

We may have had 7 beers now that I think about it, but 56Euro was pricey...musta been the dirty T-shirt...  ;)

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We've kinda danced around the subject, but I rarely purchase beers at bars when the price gets above a certain point. A couple of the ones I frequent do a glass size shift and try to keep the price the same. They serve some in pints, others in 14s, some 11.5s and then some 8s and all the prices generally run $5-6 unless they are having a special (generally half price). Of the beers mentioned by the OP, I'd go get them at a store (if possible) and drink what might be affordable. I've paid over 50 bucks for a 750ml bottle and it was pretty fantastic, but for the most part $15 is where I start to consider whether or not to purchase a beer. My wine price point isn't much higher, about $20. Of course if it isn't coming out of my pocket don't worry about it too much  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Outragious beer prices???
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:10:06 AM »
I'm with Denny, since the prices were out there no one to blame but yourself. What I hate is being blindsided.

I remember in Belgium we went to Velootje in Ghent and there was no price list (if you have ever been there you would understand there never will be one). We had 5 bottled beers IIRC and my friend talked the owner out of a used T-shirt. Total 56 Euro!!! (Laughed about that one for awhile.)

Of course I'd go back in a minute  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Measuring high gravity worts
« on: November 28, 2010, 05:37:11 AM »
Or to spend 10 bucks... ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Measuring high gravity worts
« on: November 27, 2010, 08:58:45 AM »
Ahh, we have error  ;D

They do have hydrometers for the higher gravities, I believe I have a couple. I think I got mine here:
http://www.cynmar.com/home.aspx
Here's one for about 10 beans which came from a quick search
http://www.cynmar.com/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=09636443

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Arm Ideas?
« on: November 26, 2010, 07:12:41 PM »
25.625 x 36 = ~922
4.75 x 189 = ~898
898 / 922 = 97.3% which is virtually impossible, even at 38ppg it's still like 93%.
How are you measuring 1.189 and how do you know it is accurate?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Arm Ideas?
« on: November 26, 2010, 12:47:15 PM »
Efficiency is of course dependent upon the volume gravity, but I'm having trouble seeing 95% efficiency work out, 85-90 I can see with the extra sparging you are doing, but 95% would mean on a standard gravity beer you would ALWAYS get 95% since the boil gravity would be about the same.





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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 24, 2010, 03:56:54 PM »
2006...I found a photo, but it didn't really show any smoke since I was focused on the brews.

Scan through some of the reviews of the place and quite a few mention the smoke. I found this quote which kinda sums it up
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Delirium Tremens trinkets filled the windows, smoke filled the air.

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Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 24, 2010, 02:37:05 PM »
When we were in Brugge at t'Brugs Beertje it was difficult to see across the bar for the smoke...

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