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The Pub / Lagunitas to be wholly owned by Heineken
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:50:40 PM »
https://www.eater.com/beer/2017/5/4/15545732/lagunitas-heineken-sale

Not surprising to me after they sold the first 50%

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:47:25 PM »
I count 6 breweries on this list, maybe not the ones you were thinking? The rest are PubCos. As I have traveled around, a local/regional brewery will have many pubs. Jennings in the Lake District is an example. Harvey's and Timothy Taylor are a couple of others.

https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/333007/top-pub-groups-in-the-uk-2009

Jennings is owned by Marstons, although maybe not when that list was published. I did their tour in 2007, when they were still independent. I've never been able to come up a recipe that came close to their Snecklifter dark ale.

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IME, it all depends on the specific item.  Some stuff is cheaper, some wildly more expensive (usually the smaller hardware pieces).  I try to buy local, and the convenience of walking in and picking up whatever you need the day before brew day can't be beat, but often for big orders I'll price it out on-line and locally and see where it comes out.

We've got >10% sales tax over by here, which can get pricey quickly.  At least for equipment.  I'm not sure what taxes apply to grains, etc. but I'm sure they get well taxed.

Grain gets taxed as food in IL. Never  paid attention to hops and yeast, though.

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Beer Travel / Re: California trip
« on: April 01, 2017, 03:03:44 PM »
+1 on the Anchor tour, it's really cool. It fills up well in advance, so check their web site for when you can call.

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Never heard of the brewery listed for IN. Merrillville is far northern Indiana, a part of the state I don't get to often. I'd think I'd have at least heard of it if it were that damn good. Whatever.

I live just over the border in Illinois, and I'd never heard of them, either. But when you look at their methodology, they based this on the brewery as a place rating rather than the beers. And their Indiana brewery only has 17 ratings
https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35656/?sort=avgD&view=beers

But they got us to click!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Discontinuing Some Strains
« on: March 01, 2017, 08:06:13 PM »
Shoot, I missed this thread. Forbidden Fruit has been my go to for wits and I was planning to try it in a tripel soon. I've read it's close to the strain used in Tripel Karmeliet, which is a favorite of mine. Best find some while I can.

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The only concern for the journal would be pro-brewer push back but it is not likely.
I can do the phone calls on behalf of the AHA if the AHA gives me permission.

This is a great idea to a geek like me, but I'm not sure that a majority of the general membership would find it valuable. When I was completing my second Masters degree a few years ago, I loved my access to various journals through the University's library. If AHA could get similar access, I would love it. If you have insight as to how libraries and allied organizations get access, your Governing Committee would like to hear it. However, the bottom line is that is limited funding available to things that might have limited appeal to the membership as a whole.

My wife works for a professional association that provides library services for its members, including Interlibrary Loan and journal access. Their dues are about 18 times higher than AHA dues are and they have 4 times as many members...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Chris White on sequencing yeast genomes
« on: February 17, 2017, 02:44:15 PM »
Pretty interesting interview about the possibilities this opens up
http://goodbeerhunting.com/blog/2017/2/3/critical-drinking-chris-white-of-white-labs

The article itself is open access and loses me pretty early on
http://www.cell.com/fulltext/S0092-8674(16)31071-6

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The Pub / Re: Recommend a mail-order beer store please
« on: February 02, 2017, 07:53:31 PM »
I would like to get access to beers that are not available in my area.  Since it is lawful to mail beer, I'm investigating some online mail-order stores.  Any recommendations?

Ha, the only place I've ever ordered from is in Portland!
http://www.pearlspecialty.com/default.asp

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 18, 2017, 06:27:55 PM »
FYI, quoting Denny's  (😉) caused formatting errors. Non-standard code, I guess.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 18, 2017, 06:24:31 PM »
I'm doing some reseach into small batch brewing....3 gal. or less.  If you brew small batches, I'd appreciate your point of view on this stuff...

1. What's your usual batch size?

Usually 3, but sometimes as little as 2 or up to 3.5

2. Why do you brew small batches?
I'm the primary drinker of my beer and 5 gallons is too much.

3. Do you brew, extract, partial mash, all grain?
All grain
4. What's your basic process? 
Mash in a 38 qt cooler. Sometimes batch sparge, sometimes no sparge.
5. Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that you like to use especially for small batches?

Nope, I still brew five gallon batches using the same cooler and a bigger kettle

6. If you've brewed larger batches how would you comapre the two in terms of effort?  Time?  Equipment needs?  Recipe consistency?

It shaves 40 minutes or so off a batch, due to quicker boil time and quicker chilling. I've been able to scale up and down pretty consistently, but I sometimes miss my numbers doing a no-sparge.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Porter
« on: January 06, 2017, 02:42:58 PM »
What's a good amount of brown malt for a porter?

These days I would likely use a Munich base for a porter out of personal preference.

Last one I made, I used about 5%, but you could easily go higher IMO.

I'm at work so I can't check my notes, but the recipe I've used is 10-13% brown malt. I've always used a British maltster, FWIW.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Porter
« on: January 03, 2017, 06:00:26 PM »
That's a classic Fullers Porter clone recipe, which I just brewed on Friday. I've been happy enough with it to brew it multiple times. I used Brown Full as my target in Bru'n Water


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Excerpts from DeClerck's "A Textbook of Brewing"
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:00:05 AM »
Google has scanned the Siebel edition and it's in HathiTrust, but it's search only.
https://catalog.hathitrust.org/api/volumes/oclc/316822991.html

HathiTrust can open access if the copyright holder agrees. So the trick is finding who holds it. The downside of HathiTrust is that you have to be affiliated with a member library to download entire books as PDFs. Anyone can get a page at a time.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« on: December 19, 2016, 08:10:06 PM »
I look forward to it every year. The label is just so christmasy. I like it, but I'd be happy if I could get their stout on a regular basis.


Yeah, I love their stout, too. It's pretty underrated.

They have a coffee stout in their winter mixed 12 pack that is awesome. I wish they would sell that on it's own.

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