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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Frustrations
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:57:10 AM »
I'm not sure why anyone would mess with BIAB when batch sparging is so much more effective and even seems easier.

At the risk of offending those that BIAB, I agree.  I really wanted it to be as easy as everybody says, but after I tried it 3 times I decided that it just wasn't for me.
I see the big appeal of being able to mash and boil in the same pot. I also have two different Cheap and Easy coolers to mash in, so I don't think I would try it. I'm sure it seems easy to someone who's only done extract with steeped grains.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CAMRA homebrew book
« on: October 16, 2014, 05:20:41 AM »
I have the 2010 edition and it's okay.  His take on brewing is interesting to read but it's unlikely you'll learn anything new. The biggest thing with the recipes is that most use "standard crystal", which he gives as a range of 130-170 EBC, so 50-65. I imagine the breweries are a bit more exact and I have found English crystal can vary a lot by maltster

I have brewed the London Pride recipe a couple of times and it gets in the ballpark of the cask beer.

I've had more fun with the Real Ale Almanac, which is out of print, but can be found online at used book sellers. The authors surveyed British brewers and list ingredients. Apparently they made things up in some cases, though.

The Pub / Re: I now officially hate UPS
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:30:51 PM »
To make matters worse, the Prick (with a capitol P) on the phone when I tried to ascertain what became of my property was all too gleeful when he found out they didn't ship because "It contained alcohol" (complete with a snarky little chuckle.) Guy was a REAL ass hole. And, quite frankly, I told him so. Which I'm not completely proud of. Just sayin'.

I had a UPS drone on the phone tell me to "go look in the bushes" when I inquired about a package that hadn't arrived, but they claimed to have delivered. As far as they were concerned, the driver had delivered it to my house, so tough cookies.

The Pub / Re: Pay to Play - Pretty Things Rant!
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:19:35 PM »
I believe New Glarus said that buying lines was a reason why it did not enter the Illinois market.  Anyway I've not heard anything recently about buying lines.
They were actually in Illinois for awhile, and gave up because of #$%* like this. This is a very good article on the mess here

If that's paywalled, Google "Pay-to-play infects Chicago beer market, Crain's investigation finds", and you should be able to read it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Financials
« on: October 10, 2014, 11:44:09 AM »
Wow... I had no idea things go so contentious in the 90s.

Now THAT is a Godwin!

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith2
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:07:22 PM »
The biggest difference for me  is that version 2 has a tabbed interface, so you can have multiple recipes open.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial recipes posted online
« on: October 02, 2014, 07:46:23 PM »
Avery has theirs, with grain proportions and hops

Deschutes posts their ingredient lists, but makes you figure out the rest

Beer Travel / Re: St. Louis
« on: October 02, 2014, 07:35:33 PM »
I did not make it to 4 Hands, but I did have a nice meal at the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar. Their web site makes it look fancier than it is, I think. 50+ beers on tap and all available in 4 oz pours. I always like that option as a beer tourist. The food was very good.

Schlafy's Tap House was excellent, too. Two beers on cask and an interesting menu.

Beer Travel / Re: London
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:06:22 PM »
Fancy A Pint has led me to some good pubs in London

You can search an area or by Tube station. I imagine a lot of pubs around Canary Wharf will be closed Sunday, so check ahead if you can.

Beer Travel / Re: St. Louis
« on: September 21, 2014, 03:36:16 PM »
St. Louis isn't the easiest place to get around without a car, but Schlafly's Tap Room should be doable for you. Also check out Four Hands, not far from Busch Stadium.

Plan your AB trip ahead of time. They changed formats a few months ago, and I haven't been on the new one. It used to be really impressive. The new one that's free is supposed be be shorter, but they've got a longer non-free one as well. The Post has an article about the changes:

Hair of the Dog on Washington has a decent beer selection, and has a bit of a dive feel to it. They are not that far from Alpha Brewing, which honestly isn't my favorite place, but it will be close to you.

If you can manage a trip out of downtown, definitely check out Perennial and Civil Life.  There's a new bottle shop in Clayton called Craft Beer Cellar that has a good selection and will break up six packs. The new Urban Chestnut location on Manchester is worth a trip. If you find yourself on LaCledes Landing, skip everything else and go to Morgan Street. They have a couple of good lagers there.
Thanks, I'll probably stick close to downtown. Nice tip on Laclede's Landing
The AB article has this tidbit
Visitors taking Anheuser-Busch’s new fee-based tour at its St. Louis brewery will leave with a bottle of beer brewed that day.

I assume they mean packaged that day and not that the they've managed to get the process down to one day in total

Beer Travel / Re: St. Louis
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:18:28 PM »
I was there earlier this year.  Here's a thread about it:
Thanks, I missed that. I'm staying right by the Arch, with no car. I think the AB tour would be pretty interesting some day.

Beer Travel / St. Louis
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:45:44 PM »
I'll be there in a couple of weeks for a conference. Any suggestions on local beers to look out for? I'm planning on hitting the Schlafly tap room at least once. I've heard good things about Tallgrass, too.

Some will have a little crystal and brewer's invert sugar, maybe some torrified wheat.

How little?  I tend to use around 5% in my bitters, often along with a small amount of chocolate malt (maybe 2 oz).

From memory, most have 5% or less crystal malt.

I just had a flip through my copy and that's about right. I think the Fuller's ESB recipe had the most and it was around 9%.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:36:23 PM »
Visiting Chicago fir Riot Fest. Not enjoying the 45 degree weather this morning! And a high of 60. September in Chicago I guess!

Sent from The Alpine Brewery using Tapatalk
Yup, this has been one wacky year of weather, at least it's sunny!

Yep, one of those weeks when you run A/C one day and the furnace a few days later.

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