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Beer Travel / Re: Heading to San Diego in March
« on: December 29, 2009, 01:19:10 PM »
Toronado SD

I had forgotten they opened up a Toronado in SD when I was out there earlier this month.  Darn, I'll have to plan another trip. ;D
It's nice. COMPLETELY different than the original in SF though. Very different vibe.

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Beer Travel / Re: Heading to San Diego in March
« on: December 29, 2009, 11:26:20 AM »
Definitely go to Ballast Point. Both locations if you can (Since there's no such place as Ballistic - I assume this is what you meant. Besides, it's my favorite local and also my LHBS). Pizza Port Carlsbad is my favorite of Pizza Port Chain, although the Port/Lost Abbey brewery can be cool too. Might as well go to Stone, it's pretty fancy pantsy. Plus they have daily free brewery tours complete with free samples. Green Flash and Alesmith are cool, both pretty standard production breweries as far as visitation is concerned - great beers though. Alpine is really out of the way and has weird hours, so if you plan on making that trek, make sure you time it correctly.

There's also a buttload of good beer bars in town. Most of them are a short cab ride or medium walk. There is, O'Briens, Hamilton's, Small Bar, Toronado SD, Blind Lady and Live Wire. All have their own charm and great selections. All but Live Wire have food, and good food at that.

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Beer Travel / Re: Returning home with beer when traveling?
« on: December 28, 2009, 11:31:28 AM »
Sounds like a real pain in the ass.   >:(

If  tsa has its way you'll be going thur the strip search machines at every airport.

sample pics
The TSA's image does NOT show the true resolution of the devices. In the image obtained by CNN you can clearly tell the man is circumcised.
Who knew TSA had such a strong desire to see my doodle?

Well I'll be going on my first international trip in late Feb - early March. Should be an, uh, interesting experience. :-\

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Beer Travel / Re: Returning home with beer when traveling?
« on: December 28, 2009, 10:01:11 AM »
Sounds like a real pain in the ass.   >:(

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2 gallons? Damn dude. Was this your WIC? Morebeer brand? If so you might want to shoot them an email or something.

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Lame dude. You bring it back up to a boil to re-sanitize, of course your gravity and IBUs would change a bit.

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The classic - WLP002. I have some S04 as well, but I tend to save the dry yeast for emergencies.

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Tankdeer, that ordinary bitter sounds good too.  I kind of got away from those but I think it might be time to bring one back online.
Haven't brewed one myself in quite a while. FIgured I was due.  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging Saisons?
« on: December 24, 2009, 09:39:56 AM »
That was the same beer I sent you, Tank. I have move it into my regular rotation. Good post about aging, I agree 100%.
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I entered one into our county fair back in early summer that was over a year old and it scored a 44. I think Major tasted that one. It was good - I miss it.

I missed that one as soon as my glass was empty!  8)
Man you're tellin' me. I wish I had more. Unfortunately, it seems like one of those beers that I'll never quite be able to reproduce.  :-\

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging Saisons?
« on: December 23, 2009, 11:38:01 AM »
I have tasted this beer and can attest that it's quite delicious. Not overly spicy at all.

As for the general question - there is no right answer. Saison covers such a wide array of beers that the BJCP can't possibly pigeonhole as much as they try. My favorite saisons are low gravity table versions, and even those I often will let sit for a couple months. Often simply because I don't have time to fit them in the rotation. In general I aim for about a month. But I've got some that a couple years old and still great. I entered one into our county fair back in early summer that was over a year old and it scored a 44. I think Major tasted that one. It was good - I miss it.

/rambling

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http://www.pubglasses.com/
Why do I feel the urge to spend  a ton of money now?
Just so you know, I've spoken with them before and unless your logo is super simple they won't put it on Belgian glass. They said it's too complicated on the more curved glasses and they'd have to scale the logo too small. Otherwise they are very nice people with a good selection.

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Are you looking for screen printed or etched? Screen printed will have a higher minimum order but cheaper per glass prices. I just ordered a bunch of pub (not pint) glasses from http://www.egrandstand.com/ and it was a great experience. The work was done super fast and it's amazingly professional. No big surprise when you look at their client list and see tons of your favorite craft breweries on there. They do a small selection of Belgian-ish glasses listed. But I'm sure they could special order something for you.

If you're looking for just a few glasses any engraving shop can do it for you, but it'll be more expensive for fewer glasses, and it'll be engraving only - no screen prints.

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HAPPY FESTIVUS! I hope you all are ready for some feats of strength!  ;D

Seriously though, I'll be brewing an APA and an Ordinary Bitter over the weeked.

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Beer Travel / Re: Returning home with beer when traveling?
« on: December 01, 2009, 12:07:23 PM »
Just flew back from PDX last night with 5 bombers and a pint glass in my bag. Stuffed into my stanky socks and packed in dirty clothes. No problems with breakage and no tag that said TSA searched my bag. This is how I usually bring beer back and have yet to have any issues.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg, bottle or both?
« on: November 12, 2009, 05:00:04 PM »
If it weren't for kegging, I'm not sure I ever would have made it past my first year of brewing... yes I am that fricking lazy.
Says the man who uses the Methode Champenoise.  ;)

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