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All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Gap Setting
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:12:00 PM »

Yup ....woops

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Didn't know if you were planning a new technique of running whole cones through a mill. I imagine you would be hoping for better utilization.
I bet that would smell amazing, though...

I remember reading about a Deschutes beer that had hops added to the grist before milling. Seemed a bit silly to me and I don't remember which beer it was.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermopen sale
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:02:01 PM »
Worth every cent IMO.  My wife washed and dried mine that was in my bib pocket.  Removed the batteries and made sure the interior was dry, installed them, and it took off like new.  Checked calibration and it was like nothing ever happened to it.  I use mine for cooking too.
I probably spent as much on other thermometers before I bought mine. I love how fast the temp stabilizes.

The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: January 28, 2015, 04:59:21 PM »
Expectations can be managed, consumers can be 'educated' and are everyday. It's why the majors have bigger marketing budgets than production budgets. They are in the business of getting more people to eat/drink more of their product period.

Anyone know just how big the marketing budgets are?

I checked their filings and ABInbev as a whole spent $5.2 billion on sales and marketing expenses in 2012. Cost of sales was $16.4 billion.

A deal like this is about the brands and the intellectual property of the brewery acquired, not the revenue.

General Homebrew Discussion / Thermopen sale
« on: January 28, 2015, 07:18:32 AM »

Beer Travel / Re: The Lakes District
« on: January 25, 2015, 08:52:11 PM »
Anybody have advice for pubs and inns? We have some guide books and are looking on the net.

Going to see some friends who now live in London. Then heading north. London we know, Cambria, never been there.

I need some new hiking boots, and some long walks to break those in.

We stayed at this lovely B&B near Cockermouth. It's close to Honistor Pass, which seemed popular with walkers

This hotel is across the road and had a nice dining room and small bar

The Jennings Brewery is in Cockermouth and is a good tour. Their beer Sneck Lifter is one I've tried to clone and not come near. I liked their bitter a lot, too.

The Pub / Re: English brews
« on: January 24, 2015, 05:20:40 PM »
If the Pride is fresh, find one on a store shelf near you, then compare the two. Fresh is best for that beer. Better yet on cask!

I don't dare buy bottles of Pride. It is sooo good on cask, I know an old bottle will just make me sad.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: USDA Cites AHA & Homebrewing In Report
« on: January 24, 2015, 11:22:19 AM »
Nothing good comes when the government "notices" the activities of a group.
Actually the USDA does a lot of good and provides a lot of services, especially when not underfunded. Sometimes they screw up too. Like me. Their research can be particularly important because it is available to the little guys and not done in pursuit of making our food intellectual property.
+1, the USDA research service produces a lot of valuable stuff.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anything Brewing 2day kids?
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:26:11 AM »
I was planning to brew a Fullers 1845 style beer and discovered I don't have the amber malt I need. So it'll be an ESB with the starter I've got ready -- too far to the LHBS for just a couple of pounds of grain.

The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:49:08 PM »
Good point. I wonder if this is a full buyout or an investment? Terrapin took money years ago and IMO is still quite popular as a craft brewery.

Brewbound says it's a full purchase

I think you'll see more deals like this as the wave of pioneers nears retirement.

Beer Recipes / Re: Slobber Knocker IIPA
« on: January 18, 2015, 11:23:12 AM »
I have a three gallon batch of IIPA going that'll have close to 9 ounces: feels kind of wimpy now.

What do you use to ferment a small batch? A 5 gal bucket/carboy etc seems too big.
I do three gallon batches in five gallon carboys. No issues, as there's plenty of C02 being expelled once fermentation kicks in. I also have some three gallon carboys I use for aging small batches.

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 14, 2015, 01:06:05 PM »
It's bigger than you think.

Yeah, keep that in mind. Boston to New York is roughly equivalent to London to Manchester. Interstate flights can eat up a whole day with time at the airport, etc.

The Pub / Re: Uh-oh... Lagunitas is going after Sierra
« on: January 13, 2015, 03:57:53 PM »
I could see it if the Sierra Nevada was just the letters IPA, but they get lost under all the other artwork. But like pete said, you never know with trademark stuff.

Ingredients / Re: Bulk Base Malt suggestions
« on: January 13, 2015, 02:16:34 PM »
My LHBS has sacks of Canada Malting 2-row, which I've liked a lot.  And another vote for Fawcett Maris Otter, but I can't get Crisp locally.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Classiest beer style
« on: January 13, 2015, 10:08:49 AM »

Wow, how perception can vary. In Belgium, Stella is about as classy as Gary Glitter shouting out his innocence in court.
It has a poor reputation in the UK as well. Even google knows it. Google "beater beer" and the Wikipedia entry for Stella is the first result. According to the entry; Stella attempted to have the entry modified to remove the phrase.
Yeah, I thought that was more widely known when I posted.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Classiest beer style
« on: January 12, 2015, 10:27:17 AM »
The times I've seen British guys in suits in pubs, they've been drinking Stella  8)

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