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Hi again friends, happy Friday!

Sorry, I didn't find any beer news this week. If you did please share it below.

Tomorrow the nearby homebrew store is having their big summer sale, and they invited our club to do a public brew. Sounded like fun to me, hope it goes well. I'll be manning the grill, serving up snacks for the customers. Others will be brewing 10 gallons of pale ale on the store's demo system, and schmoozing the customers to find new club members.

Tonight is the club meeting so I'll be dropping in late to say hi. This month's featured style for the meeting is IPA, which is the favorite style of about 2/3 of the members, so there should be some good ones for us to taste. What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

    by esquimaux on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 06:45:06 PM PDT

  •  A Henry Weinhard's (4+ / 0-)

    fine for watching a Republic Party candidate twirl and twitch his campaign away.

    Pass the Grey Poupon

  •  no opener? (4+ / 0-)
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    fb, Tonedevil, bsegel, pdknz

    just grab a sharp object, body part or power tool. What could go wrong?

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:10:20 PM PDT

    •  Bottle openers (2+ / 0-)
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      Karl Rover, Tonedevil

      The tailgate of my 1975 Datsun pickup had a lip that was perfect for bottle opening, almost like a wall-mount opener.

      Drinking #661 Kentucky Common Ale, sort of an amber cream ale with rye and Cluster hops. Even green at two weeks old and not fully carbonated (it's the only thing I had to throw in a keg when the Belgian Pale Ale came to an end) it is spicy and tart with a refreshing full flavor at the level of, say a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but not in a hoppy way. It used two ounces of Cluster (4 or 5 years old) in the boil, and that's all. I want more of this, and want to try more things with rye.

      The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

      by Grainpaw on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 08:06:26 PM PDT

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    •  a few weeks ago (2+ / 0-)
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      Karl Rover, Tonedevil

      I posted one with a guy opening the bottle with a chain saw. As you say, what could go wrong?

      "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

      by esquimaux on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:46:40 PM PDT

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  •  genesse stubbies? just showed up at the local mini (2+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil, bsegel

    way over here on the upper left coast

    didn't pick them up tonite,   they were offered at an introductory $5.99 which must be a subsidized price to introduce them to the market.  

    need some advice from the east coast on this one I think.

  •  I don't think I've checked in here (3+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil, bsegel, mama jo

    since we got back from our summer trip. 2012 is Arizona's Centennial year so we went to the Grand Canyon. Of course, this also means checking out breweries as we travel. We checked out the Lumberyard in Flagstaff and the Prescott Brewing Company in Prescott (rhymes with biscuit). Our new favorite, though, is Grand Canyon Brewery in tiny Williams, AZ, the so-called Gateway to the Grand Canyon. Their Black Iron IPA is outstanding, full flavored but not too hoppy. And, it comes in cans, which was good for us because we camped the next two nights after leaving Williams. Only problem is that you have to buy it from the brewery. It is not yet being shipped to stores in the rest of the state, you can't even get it at the Safeway in Williams.
    Corona here tonight. It pairs well with take-out Mexican.

    The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

    by Azazello on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:17:04 PM PDT

  •  Sleepy time tea here. Sorry (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, mama jo, Tonedevil

    big day tomorrow, my friend's son has the lead in a community theater production.

    “The real truth of the matter is that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson” -FDR

    by You know me man on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:54:49 PM PDT

  •  I can be so borring... (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, mama jo, Azazello

    on my way out to Track7 Brewing to drink with my favorite neighborhood brewer. If you are in Sacramento I strongly recommend the Track7 folks.

    This makes about as much sense as Mike Huckabee on mescaline. - Prodigal 2-6-2008

    by Tonedevil on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:58:44 PM PDT

  •  Evening (2+ / 0-)
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    Azazello, Tonedevil

    I'm sipping on a Port Mango IPA. Tasty as always.

  •  I wish i knew how to link/embed better....:( (1+ / 0-)
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    Azazello

    I'll try to figure this out, but in the meantime,
    our local brewery has been firing on all cylinders,
    and making great inroads into the local market:

    http://www.rustybrew.com/

    Got it :)   It's some good stuff, and i hope
    they can make it to the next level.

  •  Hey, I'm brewing a batch tomorrow, too. (1+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil

    Morebeer.com sent me an invite- they're having a grill and sale at their store, about an hour's drive from where I live. Unfortunately, I'd already made plans and placed my order the day before, and now my yeast starter's happily bubbling away on the stir plate. I'll also be bubbling some O2 through the wort; I've now got an air stone kit.

    What's in the brew kettle?
    http://morebeer.com/...
    Fire in the Hole, an Irish Red with a ton of extras. Thought I'd try something really different.

    The last batch was Jamil's Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, and it turned out fantastic. One of these days I may even make my own recipe.

    -this space for rent-

    by EsnRedshirt on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 08:33:54 PM PDT

    •  hi (1+ / 0-)
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      Tonedevil

      so you're in norcal too? I'll be at the morebeer store in Los Altos.

      "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

      by esquimaux on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:59:36 PM PDT

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      •  Man, I thought Concord was the closest location. (0+ / 0-)

        I forgot they had a location closer to Fremont. Hey, maybe next time.

        I think the brew turned out well today, though I completely forgot to check specific gravity before racking it into the fermenter. Oh well, what really matters is how it tastes, not the alcohol content. It started fermenting within three hours though. Let's hear it for yeast starter + O2 bubbled through an air stone!

        -this space for rent-

        by EsnRedshirt on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 09:15:33 PM PDT

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  •  Old beer news - HMS Menestheus (1+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil

    Cutting and pasting tonight, too late and tired to type.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/...
    The HMS Menestheus was a British mine-laying ship that was converted to a floating brewery in 1944. It was impractical to ship the finished product to overseas troops, so sea water was distilled along the way and malt extracts and hop concentrates in the hold were used to make beer.

    The production cycle was 9 days, and 1800 gallons per day was produced on board. Pretty much, by the time the ship reached its destination, it was full of fresh beer.

    http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/...
    M.V. Menestheus
    The Blue Funnel liner MENESTHEUS was converted into an 'amenity ship' in 1945. A naval detachment and a Royal Marines Band joined the ship at Vancouver in December 1945, and the MENESTHEUS arrived at Yokohama in January 1946 to join the 'Fleet Train'. She was the only floating brewery in the world and was capable of brewing 1,800 gallons of beer daily from distilled sea water.
    Lt.Commander George Brown, a professional brew master from Burton-on-Trent, was in charge of this operation and over half a million pints were sold to the men of the Royal Navy.
    The MENESTHEUS was also equipped with a theatre and cinema, and a revue company of sailor artists gave a two-hour show called 'Pacific Showboat'. ("It ain't half hot,Mum?")
    The atomic bomb and an earlier than expected end to the war made the MENESTHEUS redundant as a floating 'Fleet Club', and she returned to the UK in July 1946, and rejoined the Blue Funnel Line in 1948.
    I seem to remember that several of the ships I sailed on in the 1960s and 1970s were referred to as 'floating breweries'!!??
    John Shepherd (R783921) - 'kingorry'

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 08:50:45 PM PDT

    •  hi Grainpaw (1+ / 0-)
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      Tonedevil

      you have always got great info. That would be the best story ever. "What did you do in the war, Daddy?" "I made beer for the Navy."

      "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

      by esquimaux on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 11:02:49 PM PDT

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