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The Pub / Re: What is Your Favorite Time of Day?
« on: August 03, 2011, 08:12:48 AM »
I could walk in the Avenues without worrying about being mugged.

They mug people in Salt Lake City?

It's those late-night caffeine fiends running amok that you have to be wary of!   :D
Or the well-dressed teenagers hoping to tell you a little about the Church.

Nah, that's wayy past their bedtime.

Beer Travel / Re: Coast to Coast Road Trip
« on: August 03, 2011, 08:09:50 AM »
Madison, Wisconsin. A nice place to visit and lots of interesting Wisconsin beers. I especially like the Old Fashioned, on Capitol Square. At least 30 Wisconsin beers on tap and over 100 more in bottles.

The Pub / Re: What is Your Favorite Time of Day?
« on: August 02, 2011, 09:32:42 AM »
I used to be a night owl and loved the 1-3 AM time. That was back when I was working swing shifts in Salt Lake City. The streets would be deserted and in the summer  I could walk in the Avenues without worrying about being mugged. That was also back in the days when there were old movies on UHF in the middle of the night instead of infomercials.

I still like to be up at that time of night, but it rarely happens anymore. Ah, youth.

Beer Travel / Re: Best Bets in Cambridge, MA?
« on: August 02, 2011, 09:27:42 AM »
I can give John Harvard's Brew House a solid meh. Beer was okay and the food was decent, but I'll look elsewhere next time I'm in the area.

I'm bottling an RIS this weekend - batch #100  :D - and brewing a dubbel on Tuesday.

One add I thought really was great was for Rainier Beer.  It was just a guy on a bullet bike accelerating through a forest.  The engine noise was rrraaaaaiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnieeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrr...... beerrrrrrr.

That was it.

I loved Rainier's ads. I drank a lot of that back in the dark ages called the 1980s/early 90s in Utah

My favorite was the line in the beer commercials on TV back in the '70's and early '80's when the guy takes a swig of beer and then says: "You know? it doesn't get any better than this."  I think it was Michelob or some thing like that.
Maybe back then that was the best, but thank goodness it isn't now  8)

You can sell just about anything if you hype it right.

I remember that being Coors and it turns out it was Old Milwaukee!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Poured out that old Belgian
« on: July 22, 2011, 09:53:38 AM »
For more on fermenting temps and desired profiles for various yeasts check out this pdf from

I wish there were something like this for other yeasts!!!

Brew Like a Monk has a similar chart for Wyeast's Belgian strains. One for other yeasts would be nice though, wouldn't it?

Ingredients / Re: bravo and other new-ish hops
« on: July 15, 2011, 10:45:52 AM »
I hate to be a 'downer' here, but in the new Hopunion "Hop Variety Handbook" it says "will only be grown through the 2010 season".   One should stock up now if they want some more to brew with.
Where did you find that? Their web site still has the one I've had forever.

Ingredients / Re: bravo and other new-ish hops
« on: July 13, 2011, 04:21:36 PM »
Seems that apple and pear are popular hop aromas at the moment.  Do report back once you have it carb'd.  The reason I was interested in the bravo hops was this wonderful review, "Aromas of light fruit (apple and pear) with a flowery note dominate. Very light hint of tangerine and apricot, and slight earthy background."  So I did a google search and found that about 50% of the reviews were negative and really negative at that.  Seems that some of these hop descriptions are slightly embelished, on the other hand I take the opinions of some homebrewers with a grain of salt.  where did you find your calypso? cheers, j
Hopsdirect had Calypso for around $9 a pound when I ordered a bunch of other stuff last fall. I figured it was worth a gamble at that price.

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.

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