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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/ct-food-0324-goose-island-beer-20160328-story.html

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ingredients / Re: castle chateau cara ruby
« on: March 03, 2016, 03:12:48 PM »
In the ballpark, but lighter and less red.  I've been using it as a light crystal replacement lately, based on the fact that one of my favorite beers in the world, Oakshire's Watershed IPA, uses it.  I guess I wouldn't call it a carared replacement, but it is a great malt.
I love that beer and keep meaning to try the recipe you contributed to the book. Do you think there's a decent sub for Cara Ruby or should I track down an online supplier? None of the shops around here carry it, although I can get Dingemans Cara 20L.

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Beer Travel / Re: Spring Break in DC
« on: March 02, 2016, 09:24:03 AM »
I also enjoy Kramer Books and Afterwords Cafe in Dupont Circle. A nice indie bookstore with a bar in the middle. They had a really nice beer list when we were there last summer.

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Beer Travel / Re: Spring Break in DC
« on: March 02, 2016, 06:43:40 AM »
My favorite bar is the Churchkey, which is a bit of a walk from the Metro and I'm not sure is kid-friendly
http://www.churchkeydc.com/

40 something taps and everything available in 4 oz pours.

The National Building Museum is worth a visit if you have interest in architecture.

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The Pub / Re: How Many States Have You Been To? A Bucket List Thing.
« on: March 01, 2016, 03:43:29 PM »
28, with an ugly map


Make your own here
http://www.visitedstatesmap.com/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 27, 2016, 08:18:57 AM »
3 gallons of RIS tomorrow that will get coffee added in a few months. Then 5 more gallons on Monday.

Also bottling my big English beer, inspired by Fullers 1845. I'm not sure where it would fit in BJCP, but the inspiration beer is excellent and hard to find in the US.

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