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Hi again and happy Friday! Stop in and share a beverage with us.

This week in beer news:

- in response to huge public demand, the White House released its beer recipes! (and there was much rejoicing!) Homebrewers can now argue about how they should be doing things.

- In Munich, it's trouble that's brewing: with only a couple weeks to go before Oktoberfest there's enough beer but a shortage of bottles to put it in.

"Dear Munichers — bring back your crates. We need our empties,”...

Brewers wash and reuse their bottles up to 50 times and rely on their customers to return them, but that hasn’t happened quickly enough this time and is preventing beermakers from building up the required supplies.

Anyone going to Oktoberfest?

It's homebrew club night so I'll be drinking what the other members bring to share. I won't be in the conversation until later after the meeting.
What are you drinking?

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  •  I'm running low on my own brew (6+ / 0-)

    I still have a few bottles, but right now I have a Sam Adams Noble Pils. I'm not a hop head, but it's not bad.

    I wish I could afford some Dogfish Head Midas Touch, but no. Nor any Allagash (which is quite, quite local to me).

    But I cheered when I got the email from the WH. Who else was surprised it was an extract recipe?

    Get 10% off with KATALOGUE2012 at my shop, or go to the Kos Katalogue!

    by LoreleiHI on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 06:53:17 PM PDT

  •  It's not "beer," but (7+ / 0-)

    tonight I'm drinking Angry Orchard hard cider mixed with a shot of jager. A few of these, and I'll be feeling pretty happy. Haha.

    Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

    by Chrislove on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 06:55:10 PM PDT

  •  I just came here to say 'Spotted Cow' in praise... (5+ / 0-)

    as I glug some no-name grog.   Meh - it seems to be doing the trick I guess?   ;-)

    "Four more years!" (Obama Unencumbered - The Sequel)

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 07:03:03 PM PDT

  •  Here's a story on the wholesaler who supplied (5+ / 0-)

    the White House equipment, L.D. Carlson, which is the main supplier for my shop.
    http://www.ohio.com/...
    Somewhere on YouTube is the four minute video posted by the White House, in which you can see the chefs in action.

    Drinking Kentucky Common Ale (sort of a dark amber rye cream ale with surprising hop character) brewed by my brew buddy who has our all-grain system. He was inspired by my batch done in June.

    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 Sep 07, 2012 at 07:10:01 PM PDT

  •  Good evening and happy Friday to all (5+ / 0-)

    I went to Stone after work hoping to run into some of the other regulars, but none showed up. I had a Pliny and a Port Wipeout while there.

    Here's a shot I took of the Pliny while sitting at the fire pit.

    Now I'm home and sipping on a coworkers home brew. There are two of my fellow teachers who homebrew, one who could turn pro tomorrow if he wanted to and the other one. I'm having one from the latter. I gave him some bottles and he payed me in beer. He's actually been home brewing for many years, totally understands all the science behind it and does brew a decent beer. I have no problem drinking it and I'm pretty picky. The thing is he only makes one beer and he has no idea what style it is. He's never gotten into it in that way. He found a recipe he liked and he's pretty much always brewed that same recipe but with variations. I would peg it to be a English style Extra Pale, hoppier than a pale nowhere near as hoppy as an IPA. When I asked him what it was he said a "basic English Ale." It's ok, not great, but a hell of a lot better than anything I brewed back in the early 90's.

    My other friend, his beers are awesome. Fortunately he has been talking to the friend who's beer I'm drinking now and is staring to understand that there is more to brewing than just one recipe. There is hope for him yet. ;)

    Cheers and Beers everyone!  

    •  In a hobby with so many facets, (5+ / 0-)

      some people will get stuck on one aspect (as the hophead or the yeast rancher) or in one phase of the learning curve. Once I tried to tell a guy how to improve his favorite malt extract + sugar kit, and ha stopped me and said, "I don't want to make it better. If it was better I'd drink too much." I only see him about every other year now.
          Brewing is a faith that requires constant renewal through reading and practice and inspiration. Otherwise, you're in a rut, and may give up through boredom. Even if you know you're good, you have to prove it to yourself regularly and stretch the envelope (and sometimes you poke a hole in it).

      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 Sep 07, 2012 at 07:32:57 PM PDT

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      •  ROFL (4+ / 0-)
        "I don't want to make it better. If it was better I'd drink too much." I only see him about every other year now.
        Ok, that made me laugh out loud and if I had just taken a drink it might have come out my nose.
        Even if you know you're good, you have to prove it to yourself regularly and stretch the envelope (and sometimes you poke a hole in it).
        That can be said for just about everything we do. I know it's true in regards to my photography. I was in a landscape only photography rut, very picky, only using my pro equipment and then I got pushed into producing more pictures and decide to challenge myself to take a good to decent picture everyday just using my iPhone. I backed off on being picky, letting a slightly out of focus picture get by here and there, stuff like that, but overall I'm very happy with the results.
        http://bobsiphonephotography.com

        I post my "Pictures of the Day" regularly in the Mojo Friday thread.

    •  Say, for what were hop-yards meant, (5+ / 0-)

      Or why was Burton built on Trent?
      Oh many a peer of England brews
      Livelier liquor than the Muse,
      And malt does more than Milton can
      To justify God's ways to man.
      Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink
      For fellows whom it hurts to think:
      Look into the pewter pot
      To see the world as the world's not.

      An excerpt from "Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff" by A.E. Housman

      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 Sep 07, 2012 at 07:43:34 PM PDT

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    •  hi Bob (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bsegel

      I haven't met yet a homebrewer who does the same thing over and over. More of us seem driven to try new stuff even when we've perfected some recipes.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 11:31:21 PM PDT

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  •  Home brew update (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mickT, bsegel, Grainpaw

    Batch #1 (started in June) - Porter, all gone
    Batch #2 - Pale Ale, 4 bottles left
    Batch #3 - Amber Ale, 15 bottles left
    Batch #4 - Cream Ale, in bottles for one week now ( I will probably open and taste one on Monday
    Batch #5 - British Bitter, in fermenter since Monday

    On this last batch I finally got a thermometer and paid more precise attention to temperature.  I kept my steeping grains at 160 degrees for thirty minutes.  I noticed the White House recipe does 155.  I had been letting it get too close to boiling before taking them out.  I'll know results in about three weeks.

    Happy drinking everyone.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 08:30:48 PM PDT

    •  happy brewing! (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bsegel

      I like hearing what the other homebrewers here are doing.

      IIRC the rule about steeping is "under 170 degrees". If you switch to all grain that's the rule for sparge water too, "no water over 170F with the grain".

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 11:40:43 PM PDT

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  •  I've settled on a strict regimen (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bsegel

    of Friday night ale.  Gluten-free, millet-based.  Dark.

    Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

    by Troubadour on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 10:02:37 PM PDT

  •  I have never been to Oktoberfest in Muenchen, (0+ / 0-)

    but got to attend the 850th anniversary of the founding of the city in 1998, and it was JUST like a small, more intimate Oktoberfest (I imagine).  Our son was just three years old, and we took him around the Platz in his stroller, with far smaller crowds, but just as much beer, and "Gemuetlichkeit" as the Oktoberfest has, and a more "family-friendly" atmossphere.  Had a GREAT time, and didn't fel it was too much.  Oh, and "Das bier war gut!" (o' course).

    I'm drinking some Oktoberfest/Marzen-type brownish ale, rather malty, and enjoying it.  Need to try my porter, but should wait for a weekend camping trip in a couple of weeks to share with several friends.

    Ein Prosit!

    Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 01:44:38 PM PDT

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