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Old 10-21-2006, 11:13 AM   #11
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So how many of us northerners does that make now..eh?
Pronouncing your punctuation? You really ARE a Canuck!
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Old 10-21-2006, 09:25 PM   #12
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Do a search for the Fermentap I wanted to get one as well, but the reviews from others have made me hold off to purchase a real fermenator

Good recipe choices, but dont be afraid to use 'well known' recipes from here on this board as well as other places around the web. My first 4 brews were with 'kits', because they seemed to be easier. Any decent LHBS will have no problem helping you pick out the ingriedents for your recipe

I saved money by not purchasing a propane burner and just use the electric stove to do partials for now. So far everything has come out really well. My favorite is the MoreBeer (B3) Honey Pale Ale we did.

As for kegging, its something I want todo but of you are like me, and arent rich, itll just have to stay on the 'wishlist' until I hit the lotto

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Old 10-22-2006, 03:42 AM   #13
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Kegging isn;t reallt that expensive. You can rent a 10lb tank from Praxair for 60-70 bucks and fills are under $45, whcih should last you a year.

Kegs can be scored cheap sometimes. I got one free, paid $30 each for 2 others. Kegs are hit and miss price wise. Know anyone who works at Pepsi? They can probably score you some for free since they are slowly getting rid of soda kegs and switching to a syrup in a box system.

You need a regulator and connections for your keg(s).

Under $300 for sure. That's less than an xbox.

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Old 10-22-2006, 04:23 PM   #14
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Yeah but some of us cant even afford an xbox, thats on my wish list for when I win the lotto too

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Old 10-23-2006, 07:26 PM   #15
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I dunno...personally, I like bottling it. I can take it wherever I want...which is pretty often.

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Old 10-25-2006, 01:22 AM   #16
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Thank god for homebrewing in Canada! The quality of beer available here is pitiful compared to what's available to Americans. The microbrewery industry in the US is amazing! In Canada, they call Keith's an IPA!!! (I had the opportunity to taste a real IPA in Colorado recently. Wow!)

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Yeah, the Micros on the West coast were great until they started getting bought out by the big guns; Labbatt's and Molson an Sleemans. All of which are now foreign owned.

There is a resurgence of micros happening out west right now, but are mostly small market breweries and serve a local area's pubs. Near me there is Cannery out of Pentictan. Hard to find their beer at liquor outlets but is available at a lot of pubs. Their Anarchists Amber is great. Very friendly brewing team as well. Met the at FestofAle in the spring.

I worked for Tree brewing a for a bit. They have a great IPA called Hophead. It has won a number of brewing awards. They are always fighting to distribute their products in BC and in fact sell close to 40% of their beer in Alberta.

The single biggest problem affecting micros in Canada is distribution. Their are many many micros out there that a lot of us have never heard of because their product doesn't get the same distribution as the big boys do. Canada wide distribution is nearly impossible unless you have big bucks and a large operation.

In BC Shaftsbury was bought by Okanagan Springs which was bought out by Sleemans which was recently bought by Sapporo (or another large Japanese dry beer maker). Shaftsbury used to make great beer, but when they were bought out the recipes all changed. Their Cream Ale was fantastic but now it's run of the mill average for a micro.

There are brewpubs popping up all over in BC. Victoria alone has, I believe, eight brew pubs and at least three micros.

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Old 10-25-2006, 10:00 PM   #18
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Soon we'll have to do a poll to see how many of us canucks are on this board.

grinch...the're a lot of brewers in the Ottawa region. Most of the guys on the
http://barleyment.wort.ca/biz/?biz=48 are from Ontario. There are a few of us east.

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:19 PM   #19
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A few years ago I went t the Beer Festival downtown T.O. It mainly featured Cdn micros. One complaint I heard from several owners was that the Ontario owned Beer Store would not allow the micros into the store since they wouldn't accept their bottles for deposit...I think this was a combo of the big breweries and their influence on govnt that held back a lot of the micros.

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:43 PM   #20
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Axe.. you may have something there. A local micro Storm Brewing don't have beer in any Gov. owned stores but do have them in corner stores, etc. I never figured the size of the bottle as per return deposit would have anything to do with it.

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