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Going Pro / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: June 27, 2013, 12:35:15 PM »
If you can combine a homebrew shop and a nice package store selling a variety of beer you can make a lot of money. Some of these locally are doing very well being both and even have draft to go and a sampling bar. Assuming its legal in your state, of course.
I would love to do this! I don't think I'd be adequate on the business side of things though...

When I started brewing back in the day, there was a place that did this.  Alas, they no longer do and have not for over 10 years or so.  They still have an awesome bottle selection, though, and they're right around the corner from my mother-in-law's place.

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The Pub / Re: Pronunciation of "Saison"
« on: June 27, 2013, 09:30:41 AM »

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The Pub / Re: Pronunciation of "Saison"
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:43:52 AM »
I just say "one of those" so I can avoid the pronunciation all together.  It's like Duvel, I'm never sure if I'm saying it right...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whats my OG?
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:09:32 AM »
i wonder if my reading wasn't mixed well enough only showing me .01 in gravity raise.

Most likely.  Wort will stratify particularly when you are topping off or adding additional wort as you did.

If the reading seems off, mix well and check again.  I get crazy high readings if I haven't mixed my top off water into the wort very well.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Star-San Dependence
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:50:50 AM »
I switch from Star San to Iodophor randomly. Those little buggies never see it coming!! :)

I do this as well.  There's no plan to it, I just use whatever I happen to grab.

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The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 08:09:05 AM »
My condolences and sincere sympathies.

Cherish your memories.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-Keg Stainless Steel 2L Growler
« on: June 21, 2013, 01:44:15 PM »
That site has a lot of cool stuff. And $34.50 for a 7 gallon stainless steel carboy is not a bad price at all.

34.50 for that carboy would be a rockin deal, unfortunatly if you actually click on the link the carboy is 186.00  :'(
http://www.dwbrewproducts.com/shop/product_info.php/gal-stainless-steel-carboy-p-59?osCsid=7e086b2f63873607b77b87df186c7687

I just saw that. If I was going to spend that kind of money on a carboy I would throw more in with it and go conical.

From the write-up, you can also use it as your kettle.  Which spreads the cost out a little bit.  Though you'd probably want to go with the 12 gallon which is, of course, pricier.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 21, 2013, 09:40:43 AM »
In all fairness, I don't think Yeungling is bad.  I was just expecting... something... more.  It was a let down.  I should probably also say that Pliny was a let down, too.  It was good, my friends thought it was great, but after all the hype I was expecting... more.  Like angels singing and colors being more vibrant and all that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:09:25 AM »
The graybeards around here may recall back in the halcyon days of the 1970s that it was very hard to get Coors anywhere but Colorado and westwards.  A huge mystique built up around it and everybody east of the Mississippi had to get their hands on some.  People would go out of their way to bring cases of it back East. 

In terms of American Light Lagers, Yuengling is the new Coors (reversing the east & west coast, obviously). I still don't get it.

My hair is not grey and I can't grow a decent beer, but back in the '80s we drank a lot of Coors in high school.  Extra Gold.  I haven't seen it since.

I have to say I was excited to try Yeungling when I was out in Philly a few years back and once I  had it I was disappointed.  Just didn't seem that special.

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Ingredients / Re: Summer order
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:06:50 AM »
My summer list looks something like:
Paint windows
Fix gate
Strip and refinish doors
etc.

Wish I had more brewing on my list.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Bottling for my Grand Cru
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:28:38 AM »
I think there's a huge variation in what brewers call Grand Cru, so I'm not sure there is a "typical."  I could be wrong of course.

The only one I ever brewed was from a Papazian book.  I think the book was Brewer's Gold.  Regardless, the recipe was pretty much a Belgian wit, which is close to what you have laid out.  It was a very orange colored beer and quite good.  I can try to find the recipe tonight or tomorrow but I can make no promises.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Bottling for my Grand Cru
« on: June 20, 2013, 07:45:26 AM »
Are you saying you fermented only with champagne yeast?  Supposedly it does not necessarily eat the same sugars that beer yeast will eat.  I also think your flavor profile will be quite different from what you would expect from a grand cru.  I don't find champagne yeast to be neutral.

That said, I don't think you would want to adjust your priming sugar based on the strain of yeast you used.  Stick with whatever amount you need for the desired carbonation level.

I would be diligent about checking your final gravity, though if you are corking the bottles you're using should be heavier and will withstand higher carbonation levels.  Nonetheless, I'd be diligent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 19, 2013, 12:08:26 PM »
There are a little over 30000 AHA members, and how many vote?

The Rahr thing was after the brewery had a roof collapse, IIRC.s It would not take many local AHA members to skew the results.

Don't we have this same argument every year?  Isn't the percentage who vote fantastically minimal?

What's higher, the percentage that vote for best beers or the percentage that vote for the AHA board?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:42:12 AM »
I love seeing Boulevard represent! Tank 7 is a truly great beer.  8)

I agree.  And it actually surprised me to see it on there, since the list is so dominated by hoppy beers.

I've had Pliny.  It was good.  I'm not a big IPA guy so I can't say it was the best.  It was not on my list, as it's not something I have access to nor would I likely drink it very often.  Whatever. People love it.  The people I shared it with loved it.  This list is unscientific.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Spartangburg kegs - plastic gas in tube
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:45:16 AM »
http://www.cornykeg.com/catalog.asp?prodid=752558&showprevnext=1

i think these would work no?

Nope.  These tubes would work if you cut them short.

The tubes I'm talking about narrow just after the o-ring so a "standard" dip tube won't fit.

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