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Ingredients / Re: bravo and other new-ish hops
« on: July 13, 2011, 12:56:56 PM »
I bottled an APA the other day that was 100% Calypso. They had a huge pear aroma coming out of the bag but it was muted in the flat beer. It will be interesting to see what comes through when it's carbed. It tasted slightly floral and I think they'd blend well with Styrian Golding or EKG.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: ProMash -> BeerSmith 2
« on: July 12, 2011, 04:47:06 AM »
I know this is a well ridden horse, but is their a reasonable way of migrating MY recipes
from ProMash to BeerSmith v2.0.40? Will BeerSmith v2.0 import xml? Or, will I be entering
them one brew at a time?
The first release of BeerSmith 2 doesn't import xml. Brad said a future update will. He recommended importing to BeerSmith 1.4 and exporting as .bsm, which the new version can import. Kind of a long workaround, but better than one by one. Last I checked, you could still download a trial of 1.4

Beer Travel / Re: The Goose has extended it's range....
« on: July 01, 2011, 04:38:27 AM »
But overflew me in the process......

The new corporate owners of Goose Island Brewery (AB-Inbev) aren't wasting any time finding new markets for their purchase. Yesterday I'm sitting in my favorite little watering hole in Manchester UK (ok it's the Knott Bar, CAMRA pub of the year 2009 and 2010) and lo and behold there's Goose Island coasters on the bar.... They have bottles of the IPA in the cooler. Meanwhile, I still can't get the stuff on the East Coast. Go figure.
They've actually been in England for awhile, predating the AB buyout. In 2007, Roger Protz said their IPA "may just be the best beer in the world."

Beer Travel / Re: the big easy
« on: June 26, 2011, 07:58:10 PM »
[it's only a very short cab ride to avenue and stein's. if you feel like a short three minute cab ride, it's worth it.

I had dinner at Avenue tonight and thoroughly enjoyed myself. A really great selection, although I limited myself to NOLA Brewing beers, as I try to follow Michael Jackson's advice and drink local whenever possible. Their IPA is excellent.
Sidney's is a pretty good store but I've also found a lot of Abita, Lazy Magnolia and Bayou Teche beers at places on Canal Street, which is closer to my hotel. Didn't make it to Stein's and they're closed tomorrow  :-[

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« on: June 23, 2011, 01:32:24 PM »
I think I forgot one of these on my post ;)

If you look at that chart, most of the Bible Belt states tax beer pretty heavily. I think Alabama's resistance to homebrewing can be attributed to many other factors.

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 23, 2011, 12:15:44 PM »
Another change is in mash thickness ratios.  You can only edit the amount of the infusion (8 qts) instead of being able to specify a ratio, such as 1.5qts/lb like in the old version.  Something to get used to for sure.
I saw Brad say on the Beersmith forum that he'll change this to allow ratios in a future release. He's been very responsive to feedback there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« on: June 23, 2011, 11:53:48 AM »
Can't have you selling the non-poisonous stuff and leeching rightful income away from the state. Oh, and won't something think of the poor blind children who should be getting into Dad's Chivas Regal? :)
I often marvel that homebrewing wasn't/hasn't been quashed under the same logic. I know the feds are losing a tiny piece of revenue because of my efforts  8)

I went looking for state tax rates and found this PDF. No wonder Alabama doesn't want to legalize homebrew -- the beer tax in 2009 was $1.05 a gallon.

Beer Travel / Re: the big easy
« on: June 22, 2011, 08:17:35 AM »
Avenue Pub looks worth a visit, thanks. I suspect I'm attending the same event that kgs is this weekend  ;)

I found two bars (located not far apart) named Beerfest which had some taps of beer I could go for...not a low price place, but decent beer.
Yeah, I saw those places on BeerAdvocate. $10.50 for a pint of Guinness  ::)

Sidney's Wine Cellar gets good reviews as a bottle shop. Anyone been there?

The Pub / MLB pitcher/homebrewer really turns pro for a day
« on: June 15, 2011, 11:35:10 AM »
Cool article about Seattle Mariners reliever Chris Ray brewing a batch for charity with Fremont Brewing. I'm not sure about aging on baseball bats, though.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: June 10, 2011, 11:45:02 AM »
I got my registration number last night for the update.  I know it will still require a working website, but with that number do you just update it through your existing software or is it an update download that installs over what you have?
It's a whole new program. I just finished downloading and it installs to a new location, warning oyu not to install in the same folder as version 1.4. Looking forward to playing with it once batch #2 is chilling.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: June 10, 2011, 09:24:41 AM »
Which one of you killed the Beersmith site?   ??? ;D

I was stalking it for the release, and now the site won't load.

I was wondering if he was going to have the capacity for a release like this. Looks like not  >:( Oh well, I'm in the middle of a double brewday so I can wait.

The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 09, 2011, 02:18:25 PM »
The only time I drink the cheap stuff is at a baseball game. But we're getting shortchanged on choice in Chicago. We went to a game at Miller Park in Milwaukee last year and they had all kinds of craft beer choices. I was shocked, given who paid for the naming rights.

Brewing a wit and maybe an APA tomorrow. I've got all the hops and malt and a fresh slurry of US-05 so it will depend on how the wit goes. I love buying in bulk ;D

The Pub / Re: Scotland Beer Stampede
« on: June 08, 2011, 12:44:04 PM »
Probably not.. remember Budweiser is considered a  "Premium Lager"
Yep. Bud had a fairly big presence in the UK even before the InBev buyout. A market research report I have access to at work shows it had 3.3% of the market by brand in 2010. Behind Carling, Fosters, Carlsberg, Stella Artois, John Smith's, Guinness and Kronenbourg -- yes, the Brits drink a lot of crappy beer, too. Fuller's has 0.8% of the market in overall sales by brewer, for reference.

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 07, 2011, 02:38:35 PM »
True. I shoulda slipped an "IMO" in there.  ;)  I'm a little jaded because where I live now, there are a lot of dogs that are 100% ignored, barely sustained, and living a meaningless existence.

I used to see lots of dogs like that when I delivered mail. They loved me.

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