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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Things Picking Up in the Carolinas
« on: January 27, 2012, 08:38:13 PM »
I think many of us have a romantic view of beer, brewing and even the business side of beer and brewing.  Bottom line, SN wants to make great beer and money.  I don't worry about their quality and I think they will do a great job.  Not everything big is bad IMO.  I love both large and small craft breweries.  Without making money, SN would have less resources to experiment and offer different beers. 

I am sure many of us have experienced a business that was once great only to falter when expanding.  Thankfully SN has been around since the 80's.  They have been making craft beer for a long time.  I get the trepidation that many have and while I am sure SN will do a great job, there is that tiny part of me that has some concern. When something you love changes, we often react with some fear or skepticism. 

New Belgium is about 40 minutes from where I live.  While I don't really drink Fat Tire much, I appreciate that this was the beer that allowed NB to become who they are today.  Without the flagship beer selling so well, they would not have the money to go out on a limb and make other great craft beers we all crave.  I enjoy many of their beers and I am thankful that Fat Tire has been the cash cow to allow them to make these other beers. 

If breweries do not strive for profit, they will cease to exist.  It goes without saying they must also produce a quality product while making money. 

I watched and listened to this yesterday.  Very interesting to hear the topics and opinions.  I do agree that each brewer needs to look at some of these suggestions and see what works best for their brewing setup and process.  What works for one person, may not for another or what is an issue for one person may not be one for another. 

Perfect example:
I have only done step mashes on a few beers and one decoction mash in my 11 years of brewing.  I really did not see much benefit on my system to make it worth the time.  I may do it again, but it's not a regular practice of mine.  If this works and helps others with their beers, great. 

Thanks for posting the video and thanks to Denny, Gordon and John for the insight.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Falcon - New hop?
« on: August 25, 2011, 03:23:40 PM »
I have an ounce that I purchased.  Will give them a try. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Falcon - New hop?
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:46:47 AM »
He did call it Falconer's Flight now that you mention it.  Thanks for the info.

Under that name I found this.

It is with great pleasure that Hopunion LLC announces the release of Falconer’s Flight™, an exclusive proprietary hop blend created to honor and support the legacy of Northwest brewing legend, Glen Hay Falconer.

In celebration of Glen’s cutting edge style and the ever-evolving nature of the craft beer industry, Hopunion has developed Falconer’s Flight™. This novel proprietary pellet blend is comprised of many of the Northwest’s most unique hop varieties and is perfect for any Northwest-style IPA. Each hop has been hand selected for its superior aromatic qualities, imparting distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon and grapefruit tones.

General Homebrew Discussion / Falcon - New hop?
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:28:02 AM »
Stopped in the homebrew store today looking for some Simcoe.  They were out, but the guy suggested Falcon hops as a sub.  I have never heard of this hop nor can I find anything on the net.  Anyone ever hear of this hop before?

I was told these are just like Simcoe.

Agreed.  Very expensive.  I do think it's cool that someone came up with that though.  Not sure I believe all their claims in the video. 

General Homebrew Discussion / WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery System
« on: July 26, 2011, 09:09:40 PM »

Interesting beer making equipment.

Beer Recipes / Re: Red Ale
« on: June 09, 2011, 10:06:17 PM »

I added it and I could see it, but now when you click on it there is nothing there.  Can I delete the entry and just start over?

Beer Recipes / Re: Red Ale
« on: June 09, 2011, 09:46:23 PM »
Will do.  One of them is Bob G's red ale.

Beer Recipes / Re: Red Ale
« on: June 09, 2011, 08:25:56 PM »
I have a few that I brew on a regular basis.  If you would like, I can post them here or email you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello to this forum .....
« on: June 08, 2011, 02:40:47 PM »
Good ol' Mister Beer.  Started with that myself.  It is a good way to get into the hobby for cheap. 

Plenty of great brewers on this site with tons of knowledge. 

My father's brother lived in Reading.  Used to go up there all the time and visit him on the farm when I was younger.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Belgian Candy Sugar
« on: May 25, 2011, 03:59:03 PM »

Will that product be available online?  Appears the website is saying June 4th.  I have used the D2 candi syrup and liked the product.  I made a Dubbel with it.

Cool video.  I grew up in NJ, but live in CO now.  Did know they required a permit.  Is there a fee for it?

Good news about NB.  Did not know about the discount with them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 20, 2011, 06:59:36 PM »
Nice to find that huh Slowbrew!

Maybe we should be punished if we brew LESS than 200 gallons a year! ;D

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