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Brewed this on Friday:

All Grain Brewing / your experiences in moving to 10g?
« on: September 18, 2012, 02:34:51 AM »
I am going to move to 10g batches and was hoping to learn from others who have done so already.  I will have to drill the pot I bought off Amazon (60 qt stainless) and then fix some sort of pick up tube.  But other than that I just don't know if there is big alterations to recipes, cooling, etc.

So what are your experiences in moving to 10g?  What part of the process seemed more of a pain?  What would you do different?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Youtube Videos
« on: September 09, 2012, 06:41:03 PM »

I really like this guy's website:  He keeps good notes about his brewing process and has even made some videos.  Enjoy.

All great advice but I wonder if that is enough midnight wheat in a batch that size?  You might end up with an IBA instead.  The midnight wheat is a really nice malt it adds the lightest roast flavor with no astringency. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: September 01, 2012, 11:09:09 PM »
I look forward to adapting this recipe for the ingredients I have on hand.  Although, I may have to order the honey malt to accentuate the actual honey in the beer.

 I wonder what type of honey the Whitehouse has.  Is it Tupelo, Orange Blossom, or Sam's Best?  :)  I am also wondering if I buy honey at the store do they label it as fluid ounces or by weight?  Does anyone know what 16 oz of fluid honey weighs?

By the way, "Ale to the Chief" is just darn cleaver regardless of partisan leanings.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buffalo Wild Wings and home brew
« on: September 01, 2012, 02:49:41 AM »
I thought it was kinda funny.  As a wise man one said, "It's funny 'cause it's true!"

Was that wise man Homer Simpson?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 31, 2012, 02:40:35 AM »
The Feds already did their job by making it legal for the states to allow it.  Whether homebrewing is allowed in your state is considered a "states" issue and the Federal government does not have any jurisdiction on it. 

Yeah, if your state has restrictive liquor laws, that's all on your state. The Feds can't make states allow homebrewing. The Feds have some power in the commerce clause to regulate businesses, for instance to prevent discrimination within a legal business operation (no "whites-only" restaurants.) Since homebrewing isn't commercial, I don't think it falls under commerce clause.

At one point in time, the commerce clause was interpreted pretty broadly.  In the case you mention above concerning the whites-only restuarant (Katzenbach v. McClung), the Supreme Court basically said that if Congress can reasonably conclude that, taken in the aggregate, an activity will have a substantial effect on interstate commerce, then it is within Congress' power under the commerce clause to regulate that activity.

It's a stretch, but Congress could conceivably regulate homebrewing under that interpretation.  However, the SC has limited the power of Congress under the commerce clause quite a bit since that case was decided.

I don't think that logic regarding the Commerce Clause works since the 21st Amendment gives state govts broad discretion in terms of how they will regulate alcohol.  But it does raise a constitutional question about which part  of the Constitution is more important. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 31, 2012, 02:34:24 AM »
No, Alabama is not there. Hopefully will be next major legislative session. The bill passed the senate but never came up for a vote in the house.


This year it was quite the opposite.  Mac got it through the House but we ran out of time in the Senate.

I don't mean to hijack the thread but would you consider Guiness' Black Lager a schwazbier?

Brewed this:

and kegged the Chocolate Stout.

Notes to the brew day are at:

And some tasting notes for the stout:

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What are you paying for your yeast?
« on: August 16, 2012, 03:04:16 PM »
I bought a vial for $10 in Norfolk, VA.  Once.

Brewed the recipe below this morning.  I went ahead and added 8 oz of Hershey's unsweet chocolate to the boil, so I guess it makes it a Chocolate Stout. 

The Pub / Re: More craft breweries now than in 1890
« on: August 09, 2012, 02:36:00 AM »
The population of the US was about 63 million in 1890. Since there were 2,011 breweries in 1890, that meant there was 1 brewery for every 31,000 people. With todays population being 312 million, each brewery is supporting about 146,000 people. I suppose most of that is supplied by the big 3 though. We still have room to grow even if we don't party like its 1899.  :D

Thanks for providing some context to these numbers.

Brewed this recipe today.

General Homebrew Discussion / Simplifying Recipes
« on: July 13, 2012, 04:09:24 AM »
I saw Beechum's presentation on the youtubes and I agree wholeheartedly.  Here is the conundrum: we might aspire to brew parsimoniously but when you look at the gold winning recipes at the NHC the average recipe will have 5 malts (I don't know this about this year but past years have always demonstrated to be the case.). 

I wonder how we might reconcile the disconnect between the notion that we can make better beer if we keep things simple versus the reality that really complicated recipes seem to win gold at the NHC.  I know there might be the rare case of a simple recipe but I'd argue those are the exception and not the rule.

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