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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 12 oz six pack vs. 16 oz four pack
« on: September 02, 2010, 08:46:43 AM »
I have always believed that beer should be sold in 16oz servings, but I think that you might have a hard time convincing consumers to switch to 4 packs. I imagine that most people would look at the bottle quantity and feel like they are getting shorted 2 beers rather than doing a quick calculation on oz per dollar.

And think about how ingrained the 6 pack is in our culture.
Would you now call it the tall holiday 3 pack?
Would Black Flag have to re-write Six Pack?
Would Country music as a genre be able to make the switch from a long neck six pack to a longer neck four?
Can you still refer to your abs as a six pack? (haha)

Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:40:53 PM »
dhacker Wow! That is some seriously impressive woodwork. I suppose I should get the bottom half of that set-up figured out before I aspire to carve a masterpiece like that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:13:45 PM »
Shasty Brewing. No idea why.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pouring a Pint, Brit-style
« on: August 31, 2010, 03:46:13 PM »
If the unscrupulous bar shorted every customer 2 ounces it would make the keg last about 17 more "pints" (124 pints vs 141 "pints"). At 4 dollars a pop that's an extra $64. At a 4 ounce under-pour your looking at more than 41 more glasses (not sure you can call this a pint) or $164 more per keg. I hate looking at this math because I can see why crappy bar managers might choose to adopt this policy. When I would bar tend I would always fill 'em up, if you short someone 20% of their beer you're at risk of them shorting you 100% of your tip.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Oktoberfest
« on: August 31, 2010, 01:28:31 PM »
I suppose this is just a case of different strokes for different folks.

Pimp My System / Kegerator Showcase
« on: August 31, 2010, 12:29:42 PM »
So I'm starting to look into the possibility that maybe I will someday be able to get a Kegerator in my possession. In the meantime, I was wondering if anyone would like to share a couple of pictures of their Kegerator with me and the world. I'm looking into all the options and wanted to see what style/set-ups are popular. I'm not great with power tools and handy manning but any input would be appreciated.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Oktoberfest
« on: August 31, 2010, 09:07:55 AM »
I like it. As blasphemic as it may be, my favorite O-Fest had always been Sam Adam's, but as soon as this year's Sammy comes out, I can't wait to do a side-by-side.

I agree, the Sam Adams Octoberfest is amazing (and is one of my favorites). Having said that, I picked up a six of it a week or so ago and I feel like it doesn't taste like I remember. This might be a change in my palate, but something seems off. I'm still working on my beer vocabulary but I feel like the malt isn't as robust as I remember and that the alcohol flavor comes through a bit. I'm going to need to sit down and really think about (and drink about) what seems off. Let me know if you notice anything different.

I need to brew a pale ale so that I can use my "aged" hops. I also need to bottle some oktoberfest ale.

I'm not sure if its completely wheat extract (I bought it along with a car-boy and kettle from my neighbor a while back). I'll get back to you on the composition.

Ahhhhh.... good idea. Will this leave any wheaty taste in my beer?

I have a bunch (probably 8-10 pounds) of dry wheat extract sitting at my house and I have no idea what to do with it. I have made the switch to all grain brewing and I haven't worked with extracts in a while. Would I be able to brew some crazy wheat wine? Could I easily make a fruity wheat that would taste alright? I'm looking up some recipes now but this forum is too damn convenient...

Is there any harm in keeping the bottles in a giant bucket with sanitizer solution in it for long periods of time?

Pimp My System / Re: Arctic Brewery and Mobile Fermentation Trailer
« on: August 24, 2010, 11:26:40 AM »
Historical brewing is a great topic and I really enjoy seeing a homebrewer take on a challenge such as this one. There are many breweries that have uncovered old beer recipes (New Belguim 1554, Dogfish Head Midas Touch, Six Point Craft Ales Dr.Klankenstein), and I hope to see the Mobile Fermentation Trailer (and other homebrewers) on more historical beer adventures. Hey, it would make a great TV series!

I just moved into a new place without a dishwasher and I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to store and clean my bottles. I would usually just clean them out with hot water and when bottling day came I would throw them in the dishwasher with a little sanitizer and make sure to heat dry them. Is there a better way to store the bottles so that they will be ready/clean on bottling? I'm not sure if I can just throw the bottles in a bucket with some sanitizer for weeks at a time and pull them out when I need them. Any thoughts?

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