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The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: March 31, 2011, 04:51:01 AM »
Opening Day is bittersweet for me this year: longtime Cubs radio commentator Ron Santo passed away in January. He was a big time homer but he was also genuinely excited every day at the park and you could hear it in his voice. Hot summer nights on the back porch with a homebrewed wit and the Cubs on the radio won't be the same.

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Then you'll be surprised that it's actually like a cross between Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Shaggy from Scoobie Doo.
I was surprised by that. For some reason, I still read his posts in Tommy Chong's voice  :P

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The Pub / Re: Goose Island and Anheuser-Busch
« on: March 28, 2011, 12:31:02 PM »
Here's more on the story from Greg Hall:
http://timeoutchicago.com/restaurants-bars/13374729/greg-hall-talks-about-goose-island-and-anheuser-busch

It sounds like control of things will stay in Chicago, but time will tell.

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The Pub / Re: Goose Island and Anheuser-Busch
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:50:37 AM »
I think they've been partly owned by them for a while.
They have, through ABInbev's stake in the Craft Brewer's Alliance. That was really about distribution, though. The big guys have Illinois tied up pretty tight and you only see a few craft brands in grocery and convenience stores, which is where your casual beer drinker is buying beer. It's quite a contrast to go to the PNW and see all those local beers at Albertson's or Safeway.

I'm taking a wait and see attitude on this. John Hall is still there but his son Greg, the head brewer, is leaving. OTOH, they'd already dropped my two favorite beers, their Nut Brown and Oatmeal Stout.

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The Pub / Re: English Ales - Am I alone
« on: March 26, 2011, 06:54:43 AM »
Love, love, love them. I dream of having a beer engine in my kitchen and a cask conditioned ale on hand at home. I love the taste and mouthfeel of cask ales.

There's a newish brewpub in Chicago that has a mild as one of their house beers and two cask ales on at all times. If I lived closer, I would brew much less  ;D
What's the brewpub? I'd like to check it out.
Revolution Brewing, in Logan Square. Awesome place and it's really close to the California station on the O'Hare Blue Line for easy access. Have I mentioned the Bacon Popcorn?
http://revbrew.com/

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The Pub / Re: English Ales - Am I alone
« on: March 26, 2011, 04:57:36 AM »
Love, love, love them. I dream of having a beer engine in my kitchen and a cask conditioned ale on hand at home. I love the taste and mouthfeel of cask ales.

There's a newish brewpub in Chicago that has a mild as one of their house beers and two cask ales on at all times. If I lived closer, I would brew much less  ;D

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: March 25, 2011, 02:53:38 PM »
Glad to hear he's winning the battle.

Also happy to see an update on Jeff's progress. I was thinking about him as I was searching the forum and discovered a Black IPA recipe thread where Jeff was posting. His wit and sarcasm are missed here. I wish the best for him.

Thanks for the update Frank!

Yeah, it's always jarring to see a post of his when looking at an older thread. I hope he's back posting soon.

It sounds like he's still making progress and thanks for keeping us up to date, Frank.

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I'm brewing my annual spring witbier tomorrow. Good thing I can brew indoors as it will be a typical Illinois spring high of 33 tomorrow.

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The Pub / Re: Lunar Perigee
« on: March 17, 2011, 02:48:52 PM »
Bah . . . forecast is rainy here, looks like I'll miss it too.

Rain in the PNW in March? Get out  :P

Looks like we'll have a good view here in Chicagoland. Should be cool.

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The Pub / Re: Driving a Dyson Ball
« on: March 07, 2011, 12:52:45 PM »
I read a profile of Dyson awhile back. Pretty interesting guy. Their first vacuums sold in the US were quieter, but apparently Americans equate loud with effective so they upped the volume.

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The Pub / Guinness does taste better in Ireland
« on: March 07, 2011, 12:38:52 PM »
Proven by science! Seems rather subjective, but it passed peer-review.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110305085708.htm

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Ingredients / Re: IPA - need hops suggestion
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:28:58 PM »
Thanks, Summit is another hops I have not tried. On the list now.

Denny, I just ordered 11 lbs of Falconer's Flight to try. Thanks for the advice.
I had it in a black IPA/hoppy porter at a brewpub a couple of weeks ago -- apparently the brewer couldn't make up his mind as to what he'd made ;)
Great aroma that didn't quite match the beer. Lots of pine and citrus. I may have to track some down.

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Ingredients / Re: Centennial delivery
« on: March 03, 2011, 05:49:40 AM »
Bell's Two Hearted Ale is all Centennial. There are a lot of clone recipes floating around. I did something similar with
80% Maris Otter
17% Vienna
3% Crystal 20
Tons of hops at 60, 20, 5 and dry-hopped

Wyeast 1272 comes pretty close to Bell's yeast.

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I don't remember this but I was curious so I dived into a news database at work. I found this about a Thomas Kemper beer, is that what you guys are thinking of?
From the Wall Street Journal, 24 July 1995
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Eleven years ago, wayward yeast chanced to give another Seattle-area microbrew, Thomas Kemper lager, a distinct blueberry aroma. Kemper's new owner, Hart Brewing, recently decided to revive this serendipitous recipe and call it "Blueberry Lager." No way, said ATF: Blueberry Lager must have blueberries in it, else consumers might be confused. So Hart adds superfluous berries to each batch. But when Hart wanted to add apricots to another brew, it had to wait months while ATF pondered so exotic a notion.

It's a pretty interesting article, which licensing restrictions do not allow me to repost. Title is "What's Brewing at the ATF". Check your local library; you might have access through a database. The gist of it is that the ATF didn't know how to handle all these newfangled beers that were coming out. Bert was mentioned for his cider and the fact that his RIS had onion domes on the label: a clear religious symbol  :-\

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in a Week?! Zymurgy article
« on: February 24, 2011, 07:51:00 PM »
I toured a brewery in England and it seems like their casks were going out the door in 7-10 days. I don't remember all the details of the tour: it ended in their tap room and the guide was very interested in an American's view on their various beers  :D The casks were all going to be on handpumps rather than gas, so I imagine they'd cellar a few days when they hit their destinations. So maybe 2 weeks from brewing to serving.

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