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The Pub / Re: Canadian Homebrewers Association
« on: November 09, 2016, 02:54:54 PM »
I don't know about that, but the do use beaver butt juice.

Thanks, you reminded me of that ridiculous post by the Food Babe about all the bad ingredients in beer.

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Going Pro / Re: Market research in Starting Your Own Brewery
« on: November 05, 2016, 01:07:19 PM »
Depending on the state, I know Wisconsin has a monthly report on sales from every brewery that brews in Wisconsin. This comes from the State's department of revenue. They get paid excise tax too!

Wisconsin's link

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/ise/excise.html#barrels

Wow, that's some great detail. Federal agencies aren't allowed to disclose individually identifying data, so the TTB only has aggregates

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2016
« on: October 30, 2016, 09:21:07 AM »
EDIT:  FWIW, Joe Buck will never be welcome in Cleveland  8)

I sure miss the days of being able to turn the TV sound off and listen to the radio. Pat Hughes on Cubs radio is one of the best I've ever heard. Now the radio's like 20 seconds ahead of TV, what with all the satellite transmission. I had a cheap radio that let you set a delay, but it was an utter piece of crap and lasted about 1 season.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 16, 2016, 02:28:00 PM »
I think the strategy may be more benign. ZX is a venture capital fund. They need to invest and make a return to impress the InBev bosses.

In the NB case, this could be as simple as an investment that the fund manager thinks will make a good return overtime. One possible strategy could be to combine NB with other businesses (more HBS or distribution businesses maybe) to make a larger venture worth more together than in pieces.  My guess is such a conglomerate would be of no real interest to InBev except as an investment they can sell for a nice return.

This could be more of a sign that the HBS market is now large enough for institutional investors to want a stake.

This seems like it's probably what's happening. I'm guessing the existing fund wanted to sell and ZX was there with the cash to buy them out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 15, 2016, 05:57:02 AM »
Northern Brewer has been owned by a private equity fund since 2013. I don't know the structure of the company now, but I imagine Chris Farley didn't have final say on this sale.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Guru Notifications
« on: October 13, 2016, 02:54:09 PM »
So, does anybody know how to shut off the notifications?  I have looked and looked and looked....can't find it.  Android, just loaded ver 1.3

It can depend on your Android version. I have v6 on my phone (don't know the name) and it's in Settings --> Sound & Notification --> App notifications

I really it were inside the app

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: flaked grains and cloudiness
« on: October 01, 2016, 11:27:53 AM »
I use 50% flaked wheat in my wit and it starts out cloudy but it's usually crystal clear before I finish drinking a batch.

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I did a double take on this thinking it was spam (I make $200K a year placing tiny classified ads)  :P
One weird trick to get IT in your beer!

Where's the applause smiley?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« on: September 19, 2016, 06:57:13 PM »
Bell's has an excellent brown that they only release in the fall. I saw it on tap last week, but haven't seen bottles yet.

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Great read, but I don't buy the ease of distribution position.  The different rules of varying jurisdictions alone are enough to prevent some smaller operators from trying to expand to other geographic markets.  But at least one used it as a marketing edge - New Glarus "Only in Wisconsin".  And their beers are solid.

New Glarus used to distribute in Chicago, but got fed up with the distributor shenanigans and went Wisconsin only. Their Moon Man APA is excellent, I'll be stocking up next week when I'm in Madison.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: ? for Denny
« on: September 07, 2016, 04:47:30 PM »
Super heat a wok over your brewing burner...red hot is good.  Cut the figs in large pieces and toss them in.  Let them caramelize a bit, then deglaze with some of the beer from primary.  Put all of that in a secondary and rack the beer on top.

Yum!  Wok on Denny, Wok on!  8)

Unfortunately, you can't use the method in southern CA becasue nobody woks in LA!

That made me groan out loud. Well done!

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Stan Hieronymus posted a link to this article last week, with this counterpoint as well.

http://thefullpint.com/dans-blog/ab-inbev-dont-like-us-tour-continues/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CaraVienne / CaraRuby help...
« on: August 27, 2016, 07:42:18 AM »
Which shop was it, l've been trying to source CaraRuby to take a shot at the Watershed recipe from Denny's book. None of my usual spots carry it.

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The Pub / Re: Espresso machines
« on: July 23, 2016, 11:24:34 AM »
I've had an earlier model of this for at least six years and it's still going strong (I seriously can't remember when I bought it).
https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Saeco-Espresso-Machine-Stainless/dp/B00141AZOA

I don't use it every day, so maybe it wouldn't last as long under heavier use.

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Bert Grant tried this years ago and got shot down by the BATF
http://www.yoursforgoodfermentables.com/2013/06/decades-later-bert-grant-wins-argument.html

I get sad when I think that Grant's just faded away after Bert died. Grant's Perfect Porter was an early favorite of mine.

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