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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)

Beer Travel / Re: Brewpubs in England & Scotland
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:06:45 PM »
We are in the planning stages of a 2 week trip to England and Scotland, this August. If anyone has done this recently?  I will do some searching for a travel guide on the subject, but if you can, give me a recommendation please.  Steve

CAMRA's Good Beer Guide and Good Pub Guide are decent starting points.They have an app for the Pub Guide, but you have to pay to get all the features. I also like these two rating sites for finding pubs

IME, there aren't many places that brew on premises, but I haven't been outside London in a few years.

If you are fleshing out your itinerary, I highly recommend visiting York. It's a great walking city, with almost intact medieval walls. And a lot of good pubs.

The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:36:23 AM »
That makes a lot of sense and as I thought about it, I believe the tied-house system was brewery ownership of bars, which then served only the brewery products.  Some of these old buildings still exist in Chicago as bars (some are restaurants).  Typically, the front has Schlitz or something emblazoned on the building.  The buildings themselves are quite attractive.

There's one of those Schiltz bars for sale by the Metra tracks in Pullman, just up the street from the Argus Brewery. It would make a cool tap house for them, but I'll bet the zoning and demographics are against them. Apparently that side of the tracks was a whole string of bars in Pullman's heyday, as George Pullman didn't allow alcohol on his side of the tracks.

The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 08, 2015, 08:36:56 PM »
My wife wanted to do the January alcohol free thing and asked me to join her. Day 8 and it hasn't been too bad, although a warming big beer would be nice tonight with the howling wind and blowing snow outside.

The hardest thing was that she didn't warn me far enough in advance and the steam beer I brewed was just ready at the end of December. I'm sure it will taste even better 2/1.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What is a good bench model capper?
« on: January 02, 2015, 08:16:47 PM »
I have the Super Agata and it's pretty good. A couple of the screws came loose early on, but have stayed tight since I tightened them. You do need to lightly lube the bell before each batch or the caps don't release cleanly. I found some vegetable oil wipes that are perfect for that.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cadillac of chillers?
« on: December 30, 2014, 12:59:34 PM »
I'll be curious to hear how well the Wasp works. I've noticed how temps can vary so I end up stirring a lot once I hit 90 or so. It looks like stirring would be out of the question with that chiller.

And to think I told the wife I didn't really need any more equipment  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlpool Hop Additions
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:30:45 AM »
%? No weights given?

Probably from Mitch Steele's IPA book. All of the recipes have percentages rather than weights. You have to calculate your weights based on AA and target IBUs.

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