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Hi beer lovers, thanks for stopping by. Grab a cold one and come talk about beer.

But sorry, I don't have much to say right now. I have to hurry up and post something before I go out. The homebrew club has arranged a private tour of the Gordon Biersch production brewery, led by co-owner Dan Gordon. Should be interesting. It's a lot different touring a brewery now that I've brewed; I know what all the pieces and steps are about and compare my 5-gallon process with theirs for hundreds of gallons.

I expect I'll be drinking some Gordon Biersch products at least for part of the evening :) I'll try to behave myself and not tell Dan how much I hate their flagship Märzen.

Is anyone brewing? I did brew last Sunday and have some pale ale fermenting in the garage.

What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 06:45:16 PM PST

  •  Hi all, happy Friday! (6+ / 0-)
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    ruleoflaw, Ian S, reddog1, Grainpaw, bwren, mungley

    Good evening from rainy San Diego county. Been raining all day, which is good, we need the water.

    I'm headed to a brew fest tomorrow so I'm drinking on the light side tonight, don't want to over do it. I had a Ballast Point Pale Ale "The Original" with dinner tonight. It's a Kolsch style ale.

    As for that fest I mentioned....

    I'll be attending the 5th annual Brewbies Fest. It will be at Jeff Bagby's new place, that isn't even done yet, in Oceanside CA. Proceeds will go to the Keep a Breast Foundation.

    Here is a list of the participating breweries:

    AleSmith, Alpine Beer Co, Angel City, Automatic, Avery, Ballast Point Brewing, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, Big Dogs, Bravery Brewing, Breakwater, Cismontane, Coronado, Craftsman, Culture Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Dogfish Head, Eagle Rock, El Segundo, Firestone Walker, Golden Road, Goose Island, Green Flash, Hangar 24, Ironfire, Karl Strauss, Kern River, La Quinta, Lady Face Ale, Lagunitas, Latitude 33, Mike Hess Brewing, Monkey Paw, Noble Aleworks, North Coast, Pizza Port, Rip Current, Sierra Nevada, Smog City, Societe, Speakeasy, TAPS, The Lost Abbey, The Bruery, Tustin and more!

    And they just posted to beer list a bit ago, you can view it here: (pdf)
    http://www.bagbybeer.com/...

    I noticed that booth 36, the Rare Beer booth, will have a 3Floyd's beer to try. That's awesome, we rarely get 3Floyd's out this far west, just at occasional fests like this one.

    The fest is outside but they have put up two 100 foot tents to keep us dry, it should be fun.

  •  Carbing up for tomorrow's Bock Run (6+ / 0-)

    I'm having a Point Special Lager. We're expecting a high of 5 degrees in central Wisconsin, and maybe another inch of snow on top of today's 3 inches. 2,000 runners registered within 3 hours for the chance to 1.) freeze; 2.) not set a PR; and 3.) get tickets for 3 beers. It promises to be a gas! http://www.pointbeer.com/...

  •  Freezing in sub zero temperatures... (4+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, freerad, bwren, mungley

    in Canada. Coldest I've felt in years. Making do with Canadian beers while here. Really missing my west coast IPAs!

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:09:45 PM PST

  •  Drinking my porter, (4+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, texasmom, bwren, mungley

    contemplating brewing a chocolate porter on Sunday. I have a hoppy amber ale ready to keg, and a Dortmunder lager ready to rack to carboy and age for another month or so.

    I pondered over which cider apple trees to order from where last night. I settled on Ashmead's Kernel, Harrison, Kingston Black, Albemarle Pippin, Medaille d'Or, and Esopus Spitzenburg. I have Orleans, Muscadet de Dieppe, York Imperial, and something for which the tag is lost or eaten by a deer. It should be on an old diagram when that turns up.
    Ordering from Vintage Virginia Apples.
    https://www.albemarleciderworks.com/...
    I have a 19th century two-basket cider mill which I bought at auction for $80 in the late 80's, and spent a month fixing up. Now it needs some more fixing.

    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 Feb 28, 2014 at 07:18:13 PM PST

    •  So is this a blend? (2+ / 0-)
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      bwren, mungley

      Or are you making separate batches?

      •  I'm buying trees, (3+ / 0-)
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        bwren, mungley, bsegel

        so there will be many batches and much blending. Cider apples are categorized as sharp, bittersweet, and bittersharp, depending on acid, tannin, and sugar balance, and most ciders are blends, but a few varieties such as Kingston Black and Muscadet de Dieppe are good alone. Then there is the matter of terroir, as with grapes. Not all apples are great everywhere. Until the trees are bearing full crops, mostly it will be a blend. If I can keep the deer away. I've probably never had a really good cider, but I make what I can when the apples show up. At my former house there was a tree that bore red apples in late July. I never knew what it was. I made all the cider I could from that one variety, but I'm sure a blend would have been better.
        I had a batch that was not that great, so I made applejack (the same way you'd make Eisbock) by putting it outside on a cold (like 5 degrees) night in a plastic bucket, then siphoning off the unfrozen cider, and putting that out the next night, and so on, until no more water could be separated out. That concentrated the flavors and alcohol, without distilling, which would be rough on the more delicate flavors, and it was much better that way. I went from about four gallons of cider to about two fifths of applejack.

        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 Feb 28, 2014 at 07:55:51 PM PST

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  •  Weekly Sidhe Update! (5+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, texasmom, bwren, mungley, bsegel

    Things leapt forward this week, with 40k going into the corp acct. Monday I'll be placing orders for 6 fermenters (60 gal conical), the control panel, heat exchanger, pumps, probes, heating element kits, possibly a cold room.

    Found a listing for a bar going out of business in Grand Forks. May rent a truck and swoop in on a bunch of low cost bar furniture.

    Have another 15k on the way, and fundraising is getting kicked off in the next couple weeks.

    Also hoping to start welding the brewstand next week.

    Just finished brewing a 10 gal batch of Dark Moon Rising. Am currently drinking the 2nd bottle of same. I'm a bit biased, but I think its a damn fine beer.

    Michele Bachmann
    is a manipulative homophobe. And soon to just be a bad memory!

    by Transactivist on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:48:07 PM PST

  •  A friend just returned to the PNW (2+ / 0-)
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    mungley, bsegel

    from Germany, and reported that Seattle microbrews are far more interesting than the standard German beers.

    Her take:

    No IPA!!
    The horror!!!

    "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

    by bwren on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:54:20 PM PST

    •  I've read (2+ / 0-)
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      that there is some american-style microbrewing in Germany, but mostly they stick to the classic styles. I just enjoyed the good fresh hefeweizen and waited until i got home for hops.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:01:28 PM PST

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  •  Class of '88 Barleywine (3+ / 0-)
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    bwren, mungley, bsegel

    I've finished a bottle of Class of '88 Barleywine, the collaboration between Rogue, Deschutes, and North Coast breweries. I found it at Brewtopia in Omaha a couple weeks ago and now its showing up on tap in some KC beer bars.

    It is a little too much to drink alone (750 ml bottles) at 10% ABV. However, it can be a really fine after dinner beer and probably will go well with chocolate. Then again, I've always loved chocolate.

  •  Hey. (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    Late to the party again.

    I had a Firestone 805 12 oz today. It was good.

    I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

    by mungley on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:47:38 PM PST

    •  hey mungley (2+ / 0-)
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      firestone is always a good call.

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

      by esquimaux on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:02:14 PM PST

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      •  Yes. I've never had the 805. Pale 31 is one (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bsegel

        of my favorite beers though.
        I told the guy at Whole Foods that I've had gallons of Pale 31 and never tried 805. He said is had not been bottled long, but was on tap at the brewery forever.
        Stated out in bottles in the variety pack. (so he says)

        I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

        by mungley on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:08:00 PM PST

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  •  Dog Fish Head 60 minute IPA (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

    by mungley on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:04:58 PM PST

  •  My wife sent this to me last week (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

    by mungley on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:06:21 PM PST

  •  hi again (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    that was probably the best brewery tour I'll ever be part of, and not just because of Dan's generosity with the free samples. I'll probably write that up for FNBB next week. I've seen enormous corporate beer factories, but they talk about stuff like how many bottles per hour come out, not about technical details of mashing. And I've seen smallish 5-10 barrel breweries that are really only scaled-up  homebrew systems without the sophisticated automation and process control of the big boys. GB is a very impressive medium-size brewery.

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

    by esquimaux on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:15:00 PM PST

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