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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyds Yum Yum
« on: April 04, 2015, 08:44:24 PM »
I have it on good authority that the blend includes Mandarina and Hallertauer Blanc.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Another eventful shopping spree
« on: March 30, 2015, 02:03:28 PM »
Another local to look out for is Temperance. I really like their Gatecrasher IPA, which is English style. Their Restless Years Rye pale ale is nice, too. Lukewarm on their ESB.

There's a very new Whole Foods on East Illinois that has a pretty big make your own six pack section, though I couldn't tell you specifics.

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Beer Recipes / Re: What's your favorite Mild recipe?
« on: March 28, 2015, 07:12:56 AM »
Mine is
82% Maris Otter
12% Fawcett Crystal I
6% Chocolate Malt

I like a tiny bit of the roast flavor from the chocolate, as the English milds I've tried have had it.

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"Yeah. OK, well, uh, we found, uh, this mouse in a bottle of YOUR BEER, eh. Like, we was at a party and, uh, a friend of ours - a COP - had some, and HE PUKED. And he said, uh, come here and get free beer or, uh, he'll press charges."

First thing I thought of, too.

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Bell's has been on the receiving end of trademark disputes, and they have since been vigilant about defending a trademark. This however makes me wonder what they are defending, and why? No trademark on the advertising, and I can't remember seeing that one in a while.
I've had a lot of Bell's beers and I don't ever remember seeing that. This seems a tough fight if it wasn't trademarked, I'm no lawyer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: 11B Southern Brown
« on: March 07, 2015, 02:39:48 PM »
There was an interesting discussion of Southern brown on a UK forum I visit from time to time.
http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=70277


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The Pub / Interesting talk on succession planning and buyouts in breweries
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:37:01 PM »
The summary is good, but the whole panel discussion was pretty interesting.

http://www.brewbound.com/events/brewtalksboston15/brew-talks-boston-recap-ma-activity-building-beer-culture

The investor guy mentioned how the beer industry differs from others in the dislike of the big guys. He says many beverage companies start up with the goal of being bought out by Pepsi or Coke. Imagine a brewer saying his goal was to be bought by ABInbev!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 21, 2015, 07:20:35 PM »
I have an Igloo Ice Cube. I cut a hole in the top and a carboy fits nicely. I use it with a 50w aquarium heater to warm things up and frozen water bottles to cool things down.

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Ingredients / Re: Malt Lot Analysis (or COA) look-up function
« on: February 18, 2015, 05:11:26 PM »
*sigh*
I miss the days of buying sacks at the Mid-country warehouse. They would print off the lot analysis for me. They "lost" my info a year or so after they stopped selling to homebrewers. I had been grandfathered in, prior to that.

That said, they have a similar tool on their site
http://countrymaltgroup.com/maltlot.asp

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The Pub / Re: Beer Excise tax legislation
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:35:47 PM »
Think about the incentives under the big beer plan -- no excise tax as long as you stay small and then bam!, hit with a huge tax burden as soon as you hit 15,001. Your incentive is to stay under that 15K. I'd prefer to be paying a small rate  starting out, so I could go up to 60K and not worry about the increase in tax.

I am not so sure about that.  I am guessing it is like the federal income tax. You start paying tax on every barrel of beer over 15k.  So if you produced 16k bbl you would only be taxed on 1k bbl. 
It just seems like the vast majority of craft breweries are easily under 15k bbl.  So they would pay no excise tax!  Under the BA plan a 10k bbl craft brewery would pay 35k in excise taxes yet under the "Big Beer"  bill the same craft brewery would pay nothing!  Like I said I must be missing something since I can't imagine the BA would have a worse plan for small breweries.
You're right, it doesn't kick in on the first 15K. The BA statement isn't very helpful, either. There's a big infographic that throws numbers around, but doesn't explain why.
http://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/statement-on-beer-act/

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The Pub / Re: Beer Excise tax legislation
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:48:22 PM »
Think about the incentives under the big beer plan -- no excise tax as long as you stay small and then bam!, hit with a huge tax burden as soon as you hit 15,001. Your incentive is to stay under that 15K. I'd prefer to be paying a small rate  starting out, so I could go up to 60K and not worry about the increase in tax.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? 2/13/15
« on: February 13, 2015, 12:08:46 PM »
I brewed my annual RIS last night.

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The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:37:45 PM »
There's a very good background piece on this at Brewbound

http://www.brewbound.com/news/inside-b-inbevs-acquisition-elysian-brewing

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The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:29:41 PM »
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/food/ct-elysian-brewing-takeover-20150202-story.html#page=1
There's a pay wall, can we get the Cliff Notes?
It's Dick Cantwell complaining about the ad and then an interview about the Elysian buyout. You can get around the paywall if you Google the article title -- links from Google go straight through
"Craft brewery co-founder not happy with Super Bowl ad snark"

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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Break-In
« on: January 29, 2015, 08:05:44 PM »
I just replaced my Barley Crusher with a Monster Mill. It's got bigger rollers, a bigger hopper and its easier to clean and adjust. My Barley Crusher has the very common problem of the free roller not spinning anymore. I've taken it apart and cleaned it a couple of times and the problem recurs after a batch or two. If you search some forums, you'll see this happens a lot

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