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Beer Recipes / Re: ESB thoughts
« on: May 01, 2015, 04:47:14 AM »
+1.  Bumping at the end is big with 1968.
+2, I've had it stall when I left in mid-60s, but bumping it up to 70-72 has always gotten me to 1012 or so.

« on: April 24, 2015, 10:37:07 AM »
2008 was the first year they used the pryoff o2 barrier caps. I did a verticle bigfoot tasting 05-14 and the difference between 05-07 and 08 was night and day. the 08 tasted almost fresh compared to the older vintages.

Thanks, now I don't have to dig through my box of Bigfoot. 2008 was the first year I cellared it.

« on: April 23, 2015, 07:28:01 PM »
Any one else remember when SN was twist off caps?


Heck, wasn't even that long ago.

I'll have to check, I think I have a 2008 Bigfoot with a twist off cap.

Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 23, 2015, 01:41:54 PM »
Well, I checked the online list of the local bottle shop. No joy :( I wanted to give your new digs a taste test.

Have fun!

I shipped a couple of bombers to my brother-in-law using this place in Portland

The Espresso Stout is excellent, IMHO.

Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:18:50 PM »
Congratulations, I've loved all the Oakshire beers I've been able to try. Matt is missed back here in Flossmoor.

Beer Travel / Re: Los Angeles
« on: April 20, 2015, 04:54:35 AM »
Mostly Staples Center, although I would like to do a small (< 50-60 miles) roadtrip somewhere to a beach - I was thinking Malibu, but really am fine with anything. I'll have a car for a couple days and then it'll be Uber all week long.

Try one of the smaller beach towns instead of Malibu. I really like Seal Beach, which still has some beach town funky feel to it. There's also a couple of good beer bars on Main Street. It's right off the 405 and 45 minutes from where you're staying, if you go mid-day/weekend. Much longer at rush hour...

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Ingredients / Re: Malt Lot Analysis (or COA) look-up function
« on: February 18, 2015, 05:11:26 PM »
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

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