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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.

Hell, believe it or not we have homebrewing shops that operate in the open in Huntsville so there's a blind eye that is turned toward it.

There was a shop open in Utah years before homebrewing was legal (which was just last year). I did read an article that at one point, an overzealous police department was following customers home  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6-Pack Brewing
« on: June 06, 2011, 02:46:58 PM »
For a 2.5 gallon batch - is a 5 gallon carboy bad to use?  Or should I get a 3 gallon?

Thanks - might be a basic question but not for me.

5 gallon is fine, unless you're going to secondary. I do 2.5 and 3 gallon batches a lot and ferment in a 5 gallon carboy or 6 gallon bucket, even.

The Pub / Re: One of the most important topics of our day
« on: June 03, 2011, 01:36:55 PM »
I put mine under on account of my cats just loooove spinning the roll like crazy. If I put it over the top, I come home to piles of shredded TP in every bathroom.

We had a (late, lamented) cat that did that. Unfortunately, putting the roll under just meant we got clawed up rolls of toilet paper, rather than rolls of usable, but unraveled, TP. He was a stubborn little bugger. We ended up having to take the TP off the roll and put it on top of the toilet tank until he found another hobby.
Our cats gave up on that, thank goodness. For awhile, they'd be on it like a shot if you left the bathroom door open.

Beer Recipes / Re: Homebrew recipes from Deschutes
« on: June 03, 2011, 11:22:01 AM »
Pity they left out IBUs.

Click the link to the beer description page when looking at the recipe page.  Shows alc % and IBU's.

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