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The Pub / Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« on: April 12, 2011, 02:24:03 PM »
And let's not forget that while NASA spent millions of dollars developing a pen that would write in space the Soviets just took a pencil.

I hate this "legend"

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp
Thanks, saved me the time of posting that.

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The Pub / Re: Goose Island and Anheuser-Busch
« on: April 12, 2011, 02:23:00 PM »
What do you think would happen if anyone of us got caught doing that?

Maybe sleeping it off behind bars.

What a maroon!
Yeah, I lost a ton of respect for him.
Also the Chicago Tribune. This was one of their top breaking stories this morning. I guess Charlie Sheen hasn't done anything for a few days.

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I buy a lot less in general but when a seasonal favorite is around, I buy much more. SN Celebration, in particular.

My LHBS is also a bottle shop so I'll often buy random bombers and singles when I'm buying grain

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First one after the yeast is pitched.
My strategy, too. It's a nice reward to look forward to.

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Tomorrow I'm brewing a small batch of a Belgian Pale to try out Calypso hops I bought on a whim from Hops Direct. They describe them as having apple and pear aromas but the first reports I've seen, people are saying citrusy.

Cool!  I bought them as well on a whim.  Sound somewhat similar to Citra, plus you can't beat $8.95/lb.  Let us know how the beer turns out.  Curious to hear if the beer experience matches Hopdirects description.

I am brewing up 20 gallons of a Black Rye IPA, inspired by Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, with my brewing buddy.  
I didn't open the hops until today. I got a big blast of fresh pear when I sniffed the bag so I added a flameout addition to try to pick up on that. I may dry hop, too. I'm really curious how this will turn out and will post about my results.

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Ballpark Pils (CAP).  Made a big starter today.  This will be batch number 100!! ;D
Congratulations! And way to buck tradition by doing a not huge beer. I did an RIS for #100 and ended up with a half gallon of my first runnings on the floor because I forgot to close a tap  :'( So much for experience bringing wisdom.

Tomorrow I'm brewing a small batch of a Belgian Pale to try out Calypso hops I bought on a whim from Hops Direct. They describe them as having apple and pear aromas but the first reports I've seen, people are saying citrusy. And since it's supposed to rain, I decided to do an SN Celebration type IPA, too. I love having bulk ingredients on hand.

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I watched this too after being alerted by my colleague the chemistry librarian. I think this was free to anyone who registered. I registered with my .edu  address, which might make a difference -- we buy a ton of stuff from ACS. He lost me pretty quickly with the physics of bubbles but it was interesting nonetheless.

I think the most interesting tidbit was the fact that some breweries pump extra CO2 solution into their beer to counteract the effects of light on clear or green bottles. He didn't mention names, though. Obviously not Heineken or Corona.

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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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