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All Things Food / Re: Durable Food Processor?
« on: July 22, 2018, 08:18:33 PM »
I've had extremely good luck with the Cuisinart model recommended by America's Test Kitchen

Same. It's robust, work very well, and is simple enough to be repaired if anything minor goes wrong.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Golden Pils
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:54:49 PM »
Yuengling Golden Pils is no German Pils, but it is very refreshing.

+1, though to me sazz => Czech rather than German. It's a nice saaz pils, but it's not a Czech pils. Doesn't have to be though, and they make no claims that it is.

Seems to be popular, I'm having a hard time finding it now.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Golden Pils
« on: July 07, 2018, 03:18:33 AM »
Thanks for the timely tip, Phil!  Cooling off (trying to at least) with one right now.  "Saaz-y," yes, some spicy malt background, crisp and dry -- in this weather, at this price, I can't complain.  (Recalls a memory of Moosehead back in the day when it had a big hop nose.)  I'll have another, please.

Glad you enjoyed it.

I'm pretty tickled by this beer. A nice mini Saaz bomb pils that's under 5% abv and less than $14 a twelve pack. Seems to be selling well in my area, but then all beer is hard to keep on the shelves in summer here.

Except all the stale SNPA and craft IPAs. Sam Adams, Yuelging, BMC, Heineken, Guinness, etc. are what get a little scarce.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Yuengling Golden Pils
« on: July 03, 2018, 04:37:36 PM »
Yes, I know, some snobs still claim Yuengling isn't craft. Whatever.

I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's not low O2, so don't buy it expecting that. However, it is all malt, and quite saaz-y. It's quickly become a favorite. Hoppier than most standard Euro-Pils beers, but not quite as hoppy as Pilsner Urquell. Awesome in the MD humidity.

The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: July 03, 2018, 04:33:58 PM »
I despise CFLs. Bad for the environment, stupidly flickery, they're just trash IMO.

I skipped clean over CFLs and went straight from incandescent to LED. Sylvania makes pricier bulbs, but they seem to not "spotlight" as bad as cheaper bulbs. We've almost entirely converted the house to LED, just the bathroom mirror lights left. (Those are $$$ to replace with LED.)

The Pub / Re: Yogurt Whey into booze
« on: June 01, 2018, 05:26:11 PM »
The lactose intolerant community is going to love this.

As someone who's lactose intolerant, let's keep dairy out of traditional non-dairy things. I'm OK with not being able to have milk stouts, I'm no OK with someone boosting a beer and not saying anything about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reusing RO wastewater.
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:07:14 AM »
I wonder if you could use it for a gray water application like car washing

No! No no no no! Better a dirty car than hard water deposits stuck to the clear coat, IMO. They look terrible, and the only way I've found to get them off is claying. Better to find a better gray water application.

Usually I'm just giddy about the fact that the airlock hasn't been shot across the closet and krausen/barm isn't billowing out of the top of the fermentation vessel...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1.024 FG
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:54:38 PM »
beer tastes good, but no carb yet.  calibrated hydrometer, all is correct - 0% reading in water on the line.  I rehydrated the yeast because I was getting mixed results by just dumping in the dry yeast.  Maybe I'll go back to that.  I sloshed the fermenter around to awaken some yeast and will wait another week to see what happens.  Will let you know.

I asked how it tastes because I tend to have the opposite issue with beer finishing "too" low. However, the beer was all fine, and my friends all enjoyed it. My take away was that if the beer is fine it's more important to have things be repeatable than to hit the "right" numbers.

The Pub / Re: BevMo Score
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:50:44 PM »
I'd say that's a great score.

Things like this remind me that it's been too long since I last sprung for any Chimay products...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1.024 FG
« on: May 27, 2018, 01:57:11 AM »
How does the beer taste?

The Pub / Re: Cutting the cord options
« on: May 26, 2018, 01:07:17 AM »
That's the case here. Same with the Nats, Angelos makes money off them as well. (Part of the deal cut to allow another team in the O's market.) He makes a killing weather the O's sink or they mostly just sink.

If Machado ends up in pinstripes I'm burning my Orioles gear and becoming a member of the Red Sox Nation. (My dad's side of the family are all from MA. Next to the O's that's the only other baseball team my family cares about.)

The Pub / Re: Cutting the cord options
« on: May 24, 2018, 03:19:27 PM »
I've found that cutting the cord isn't possible unless you're willing to give up some show availability.

For me, that's Baseball. Sure, MLB has an excellent streaming service, but I'm well in the O's blackout area. And our illustrious owner, Angelos, has such a nice cable deal that you only get O's games with premium cable/satellite subscriptions. I love watching the O's, but it's not worth upwards of $150 a month. (Especially during seasons like this one.)

The wife and I don't watch much TV, so we can make do with just Amazon and Netflix. I also subscribe to Motortrend On Demand, I get most of my motorsports through that. Still need to figure out how to stream NHRA races, I know they stream them but I just haven't figured out how to get it to the tv yet.

As for news, I find it's much easier to filter it in online formats. Everyone puts out so much extra crap on top of the little bits of information that actually matter it takes insane amounts of time to actually watch the news and get anything useful from it.

You're right that the brewery can't own the distributer (in Iowa, at least, which is my only knowledge base).  The thing to remember is that the brewer's uncle, cousin, sibling or whoever can. 

I'm not, generally, a conspiracy believer but controlling a market doesn't have to be done by single company. 

I just hope everyone learns to play together one of these days.  I know, I'm a dreamer.

But you're not the only one.

I'm in  that camp as well. Hey, at least Guinness plays nice.

The book Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder talked about the Busch family buy distributorships. They may now own AB anymore, but, it seems there may be ways around three tier laws.
According to this article in New School Beer, AB already owns several distributors (in Oregon at least) and is trying for more.  Perhaps they don't actually own Maletis, but they tried/are trying to buy Maletis according to this, and this is from several years ago.  I swear I saw an article saying Maletis had been bought, but I can't find it now (of course).

“If breweries own their own distributors, then they are essentially self-distributing, which is only legal in certain states.  For example, because Oregon allows self-distribution, A-B is allowed to purchase Morgan and distribute its own beer.”

This news comes two years after A-B acquired 7 million case distributor Western Beverage Company in Eugene in a deal that is currently being reviewed by the Justice Department.

It looks like this may only apply in Oregon and the other states that allow self-distro, so certainly a state by state issue.
This makes it look like ABI can own 10% of a distributor....

All further proof that we need a Federal distribution reform, else what nearly came to pass in Maryland could become the norm.

AFAIK InBev/other producers cannot own distributors, else the three tier system is just two tiered.

Ironically our local Bud distributor is one of the better local ones for craft beer, they seem to at least try and not buy giant stocks that'll sit in the warehouse and go stale. Of course that means sometimes you can't find products from some breweries, but I think that's a fair trade for better handling.

But it's not hard to look good when everyone else is so terrible, and I've not looked into their ties to the legal mess we're in now.

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