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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/28 Edition
« on: September 28, 2012, 11:16:54 PM »
I just mashed in on a bitter that's using Wyeast 1968, in honor of me being on the Fullers brewery tour in 13 days. I am stoked!

Beer Recipes / Re: Avery homebrew recipes
« on: September 20, 2012, 02:32:43 AM »
Hop extraction is a lot higher in commercial-sized batches. I think those are scaled-down from big recipes (which would explain the odd fractions of ounces). I'd probably compare what Beersmith tells me to what they publish for the IBUs on the beer page, and scale the bittering hops to fit my system. But, that's just a guess and I'm sure you could shoot Matt an email to pick his brain on that.

That makes sense about scaling down and hop utilization. I'll have to fiddle with that IPA recipe a bit; I really like that beer.

Beer Recipes / Re: Avery homebrew recipes
« on: September 20, 2012, 01:55:01 AM »
That's very cool but some of those hop schedules don't make sense to me for homebrewing. I assume their 0 minute additions are whirlpool, which will extract some bitterness, or at least as I understand things. I plugged their IPA into BeerSmith and got 23 IBU.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 15, 2012, 02:26:43 AM »
New homebrew store doesn't carry white labs. :( Brewing an Anchor Porter clone without Cali V. They have a ton of Denny's yeast though! Was very happy to see that. :) It'll do just fine.

Hey, I did your clone from the NB forum with 1272 and it came out pretty *#$^ing awesome.

Nice to see you back, BTW

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tried my first India Black Ale
« on: September 13, 2012, 11:41:36 PM »
anyone tried New Glarus Black Top?  (won the category at '11 GABF)

To me this is how the style should be.  It's moderately dark brown, and while I don't know if there is actually molasses in there it tastes like it, and the description says "Brewmaster Dan skillfully weaves molasses and chocolate malt undertones..." so I'm assuming there is.  Could be a descriptor of flavor rather than ingredients though.  The black/roast/chocolate characters are very smooth.

I tried that last weekend and liked it a lot. It's too bad New Glarus got fed up with Illinois and stopped distributing here.

My favorite black blah blah is Firestone Walker's Wookey Jack. It's got a fair amount of rye that really adds a lot, IMHO.

The Pub / Re: Biking across America
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:52:04 AM »
I cannot recall ever seeing the face of a bicyclist in the midst of wyoming
say between riverton or lander and jeffrey city that remotely resembled
pleasure.....just sayin..... ???

IIRC, no matter which direction you're riding in Wyoming, the wind is in your face  ;D

I've always thought a cross-country tour would be cool. I think the trick is to have enough time to make it leisurely, so you have time to stop for a few days whenever you want.

Beer Travel / Re: Best store in San Francisco to buy beer?
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:48:42 AM »
Tried a BevMo today and they didn't have Pliny. An employee said they don't get much and it sells out fast. But he suggested I try Knee Deep Brewing's Hoptologist DIPA which was supposed to be a Pliny clone. Drinking it right now and liking. Anyone know how close this is to the real thing?

I was in Palo Alto at the beginning of the month and didn't see Pliny anywhere on the Peninsula. I stumbled upon some in a tiny co-op in the Sunset district in the City, though. Not exactly a practical trip for you but oh, my, that beer lived up to the hype.

I have an APA and an IPA to bottle. I'm motivated, as there's no hoppy homebrew in the house :(

I've got a starter of 1272 ready but I'm not sure what it's going in. Probably an IPA of some sort. Having bulk ingredients is fun. 8)

The Pub / Samuel Adams sharing hops again
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:53:03 PM »
Citra, Simcoe and Ahtahnum. Sorry, you have to be commercial to get in on this.

The Pub / Re: Need an iTunes expert
« on: June 14, 2012, 09:57:33 PM »
I mourn for MusicMatch Jukebox.

100% ! I keep MusicMatch 8.2 on the computer for "fixin" things.   iTunes is just an Out basket.

Check out CopyTrans. The free CopyTrans Manager lets you drag and drop onto your device, without all that syncing crap

The Pub / Re: Hiking around Seattle
« on: June 14, 2012, 09:43:25 PM »
Discovery Park is another good choice for in the city.  Walk out to the lighthouse and you get some great views, depending on the weather.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Pabst Blue Ribbon
« on: June 11, 2012, 02:04:46 AM »
While the Cell certainly isn't Comiskey, and most definitely isn't Wrigley...
True, it doesn't smell like a urinal. ;)  I guess for tourists it's a big deal, but to someone like me who used to live within walking distance of the park and went to several games, the "Wrigley experience" is highly overrated.  I did do a rooftop game once and that was... different. ::)
I love walking out of the tunnel at Wrigley and seeing the ivy and the scoreboard. There's nothing like it.
I also end up holding it for as long as I can, 'cause those mens rooms are nasty >:(

I bottled a tripel today and had a taste of my IPA made with Falconers Flight 7cs. Wow, I've got to grab some more of that blend. Tremendous aroma and big citrus flavor.

The Churchkey is awesome. 40+ taps and 4-5 casks, even more in bottles. And they do everything in 4oz pours if you like. I had lunch there during a conference and was able to try 3 beers and still be awake for my afternoon meetings. It's a bit of a walk from the Metro, but well worth it.

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