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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How's your LHBS doing?
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:12:50 PM »
I ran out for ingredients last weekend only to find they had closed last August.  Apparently I haven't brewed in awhile.

I still have a LHBS, it's just further away.  It's the store I started with in the 90s, just not so conveniently located as it used to be.

That happened to me with Brew and Grow in the West Loop. I assume they got priced out of there, as they were usually busy when I went.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Invincible Rumors
« on: April 10, 2018, 01:46:42 AM »
By the progression of this thread, maybe a bunch of the urban legends have died, like they put peat in Scottish beer, bock means bottom of the tank, German beer is thick, etc etc

Bert Grant said Scottish ales have peat, because he used it and he was Scottish ;D

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The Pub / Re: Goose island struggling
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:55:59 PM »
The part about sales being down in Chicago was interesting to me. I've been seeing Elysian all over the place, including grocery stores. So InBev is cannibalizing their own brands, to some extent. But I also think they've lost a ton of draft accounts, as I rarely see Goose handles in good beer bars.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:27:11 PM »
Big Bad Baptist is from EPIC Brewing.  That is a good beer, and it always trips me out that they are based in SLC, Utah where they can't even sell those 13% behemoths.  They also have a brewery in Colorado.  They make it to the Portland Market quite often.

Things have loosened slightly and breweries are allowed to sell their own packaged beers on site. I got a great Uinta Imperial Stout at the brewery a couple of years ago. You still have to pay the state mark up, though  :(

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing in the Bahamas?
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:35:55 PM »
My LHBS once had samples of  beer they had fermented with Hothead, splitting the wort and doing one at 65 and one at 80. I much preferred the 80 degree beer, it had a lot more flavor. What's really interesting is that Omega says it's a Norwegian strain.

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The Pub / Re: Long Strange Trip - Yellowhammer Journey
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:47:40 AM »
Imgur.com is reliable free hosting. Photobucket decided you had to pay $300 a year if you want d to post to forums.

Looking forward to more.

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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 17, 2017, 02:40:26 AM »
Be sure your CC covers car insurance or buy it. If you don't scratch up the car I would be surprised. I just about wore out the wheel covers on one side. We also hit an animal while there which ran out in front of me. I had walk away insurance so no worries and no added charges.

I scratched the hell out of the wheel covers on the rental I had in the Lake District in England. Narrow roads + stone walls + crazy tractor drivers. I was sure I was going to get hit with a big charge, but the kid who checked me in didn't give them a second look.

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Beer Travel / Re: San Francisco Breweries
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:48:04 PM »
The Anchor tour is excellent, but it may be hard to get tickets this close to your visit.

The beer choices at AT&T park are outstanding. Anchor has a pavilion behind center field but every stand has something good, too.

 

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I usually use mine for laundry. I was absurd to find out how much water a load of laundry takes. I don't remember exactly, but it was 15+gallons for a medium load.

Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
   As of about 8 years ago, the official number for water usage from the appliance manufacturers, in a conventional washer, for a maximum load, was about 45 gallons. Yes, that is a lot of water. Newer machines do use substantially less water.

I used to run my chiller into my old top-loader washer, but new machines can't adjust to starting with water in the tub -- at least according to the call center guy I asked.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Micro IPAs
« on: June 02, 2017, 06:43:36 PM »
I've had some pretty bad beers when trying some new local offerings. I've taken to only trying new breweries when I can get one bottle or can in a mixed six-pack

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Beer Travel / Re: Barcelona and Rome
« on: May 31, 2017, 06:09:05 PM »
There's a thread in the general section that links to these in Barcelona

http://www.naparbcn.com/

https://www.brewdog.com/bars/worldwide/barcelona?gclid=CJqJsdCtmtQCFW4A0wodDi0K8g

https://www.abirradero.com/

Personally, the wine is so good and inexpensive in Spain that I don't seek out beer. But it looks like Napar and Brewdog are pretty close to each other, so maybe next trip there I'll check them out.

Barcelona is one of my favorite places in the world, enjoy.

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It's supposed to be coming back. You could take those to a store and complain about their QC
https://www.eater.com/2017/2/20/14668122/zima-comeback-commercial-coors

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The Pub / Lagunitas to be wholly owned by Heineken
« on: May 05, 2017, 01:50:40 AM »
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 05, 2017, 01:47:25 AM »
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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