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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fast Pitch
« on: May 10, 2016, 05:24:45 PM »
I don't think that my pressure canner would fit one gallon jars.

How much headroom do you need to leave in a jar when pressure canning? I'd imagine you can't can a 1-qt. starter in a 1-qt. jar.

Only an inch of headspace in a quart.

And I was mistaken, they're half gallon jars. Six fit in my canner.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fast Pitch
« on: May 10, 2016, 04:53:37 AM »
I haven't tried it but the concept is legit.

4L of starter for $10.  That's only 400g of DME, so you're paying for convenience.  It's expensive... but then again so is buying a pressure canner.

I've weighed buying a pressure canner. Not cheap. The convenience is there after the initial time spent. I might have to give this a whirl. The other question is, is there an expiration date issued to this product?

I use my canner for a lot of other things besides starter wort. And I got the tip on this fourm to use gallon jars, so I just have to pop the lid and add yeast, as they're already sterile from the canning process.

I'm finally brewing this year's wit. I usually brew it earlier so it's ready when the humidity hits, but things got busy this spring.

The Pub / Re: Define Pub
« on: April 19, 2016, 04:34:30 PM »
Pub -> short for Public House.

public house
n. Chiefly British
A place, such as a tavern or bar, that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.

Can you lookup 'connotation' and 'denotation' while you're there.  ;p~~

 ::) What can I say. I couldn't resist the literal reply to Stevie's question!

That was my first thought and I've been in many pubs in the UK that didn't have food. The worst times have been outside of cities on Sundays when pubs that do serve food only do lunch. One Sunday evening in the Lake District, my dinner was three pints and a packet of cocktail onions.

Beer Travel / Re: Hey Chicago members
« on: April 15, 2016, 09:00:23 AM »
Joe beat me to Lagunitas. I still haven't been there but it's on my list. I hadn't heard of Mad Mouse either.

We tried Corridor on Southport the other day and really liked it. It's small, so I imagine getting a table at dinner is a long wait. They do 32 oz cans to go, which is cool.

I saw some photos of open swan neck lautering systems and decided that HSA will never be a concern for me. I suppose it's a possible cause of sherry notes in high gravity dark beers that are very old, or not.

Yeah, when I saw all the foam that was present in Anchor's lautering, I decided not to worry, too.

That's a great tour, BTW.

The Pub / Re: Brewers Association Top 50
« on: April 06, 2016, 11:03:37 AM »
Wow, Revolution in Chicago is  #50! They started as a brewpub in 2010 and opened their production brewery in 2012.

I'm always impressed at how high New Glarus is, given that they only distribute in Wisconsin. Spotted Cow is everywhere you go, though.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Yum-Yum is Nirvana for me
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:49:53 PM »
I know one of their brewers and he told me the hops when he handed me one. I want to say Mandarina, Hallertauer Blanc and something else, but I can't remember for sure. I try not to ask him too many questions, as I'm sure he gets sick of people asking.

I love Alpha Klaus, I wish it were available more of the year.

Beer Travel / Re: New Orleans
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:20:45 PM »
I visited the Avenue Pub based on recommendations from this forum and loved it. One of the top bars I've visited while traveling. It's easy to get to from the French Quarter on the streetcar.

The Pub / Goose Island five years on
« on: March 29, 2016, 04:52:43 AM »
Interesting talk with Brett Porter, GI's brewmaster, on scaling up his recipes.

I've been sad to see Green Line APA everywhere now. When they launched it, it was draft only and only in Chicago city limits. Green Line pays tribute to the El train line that's closest to their brewery. It was a solid beer.

Beer Travel / Re: Denver
« on: March 28, 2016, 02:13:53 PM »
+1 to Falling Rock in Denver and Pearl Street in Boulder.

We had a nice lunch at West Flanders Brewing in Boulder last month. The name made me think it would be all farmhouse ales, but it's standard American fare with a couple of Belgians. Very nicely done.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: When "hot" breweries get stale
« on: March 15, 2016, 04:45:21 PM »
As far as I'm concerned, North Coast has a pretty rock solid line-up.  I'm not sure why you think they should change something or keep coming out with new beers.

I don't think they should change, I just wonder why I don't see their beers in bars anymore. I do feel like they could figure out a better way to use the iconic "Acme" brand, as I haven't seen it in years.

I see them on tap somewhat regularly around here (I don't actually go out all that much).  However, I think that the landscape has become so crowded that you're not usually going to see two or more beers from any single brewery on tap unless there's a special event of some sort.   And as far as it goes, I don't think I've ever seen ACME IPA in these parts.  Pranqster, Bro Thelonius, Old Rasputin.  Those are the ones I'll see.  Red Seal, too.

I used to be able to get Acme IPA around the corner, but I think it got squeezed out by all the other beer coming in. It's a solid beer that I enjoy when I can get it. I imagine North Coast is pretty much maxed out on capacity. I know Bear Republic had capacity problems, as they pulled out of Illinois when they couldn't meet demand.

The Pub / Re: How far to closest brewpub?
« on: March 13, 2016, 06:32:14 AM »
8/10 of a mile. It's a former GABF brewpub of the year, but the beer has gone downhill since that brewer went to Oregon.  I hardly ever go anymore.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Murkiest beer ever
« on: March 09, 2016, 04:28:12 PM »
Yeasry beers and my digestion don't get a long. If I try one, I the next day I am  fart machine, it is yeast in suspension far at least part of the haze.

Yeah, I remember drinking the dregs of my bottles when I started brewing. The household was not happy the next day.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2006 Three Floyds Dark Lord
« on: March 03, 2016, 05:57:16 PM »
I drank a 2005 in 2005 and it was outstanding. The 2006 I just had was as well. Probably never a bad time to drink it. I still have a 2005 I will certainly hold for awhile longer, maybe 2020 or maybe 2025.

I had a 2007 or 08 a few weeks after DLD and it was a hot mess. The only other time I had it, it had been aged a couple of years and was very good. Still don't want to go to the event, even though it's 15 minutes away.

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