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Old 03-31-2007, 09:10 PM   #1
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Like everything, by the time your done, you know how.

I'm taking a personal tour of the local micro next week (when it's a good day for the 'meister-guy is really cool-young, laid back), and I wondered if anybody could tell me some things to look for, ask about, or make sure I find out about. I know that I'll be kicking myself for not asking this or looking into that, AFTER about a week...but can you fellers give a 'find out this, check out that' primer on brewery touring...?

I know I want to learn what they do to make the IPA (hop schedule), it ROCKS!, and I love the Imperial Russian Stout. They have been doing a lot of bourbon barrel aging-just tried a wowzer bourbon barrel aged double IPA-OMG! They have their house normal/regular brews, but play a lot with whatever the BM feels like he wants to do-lotta latitude.

Where should I linger and ask ...WHAT....exactly.... ?
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Old 03-31-2007, 09:20 PM   #2
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Find out what their base malt is and who supplies it.
Ask about yeasts.
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Old 04-01-2007, 01:41 AM   #3
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Ask if they can supply you with a bit of their spent yeast slurry...........
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Old 04-01-2007, 02:04 AM   #4
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Take a sterilized mason jar with you. Boil the lid, ring, and jar; remove from water and allow to cool in an oven that you preheated to 200°F, I like to keep a piece of foil in there as well.. After everything is cool take you mason and assemble it and wrap it with the aluminum foil. If the brewers will share their yeast you have a clean, sanitized vessel to harvest some of their yeasts.

 
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Old 04-01-2007, 02:47 AM   #5
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See if they might tell you what percentage of specialty grains they use in their beers. They may not answer but some brewers will even give you clone recipes.
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Old 04-01-2007, 02:55 AM   #6
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so which brewery ya going to?
bells
dark horse
arcadia
new holland
g.r. brewery
etc
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Old 04-01-2007, 02:52 PM   #7
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Cool idea on the yeast jar-wouldn't have thought of that.

Michigan Brewery.
Not much around here for local choices-the Blue Coyote (Lansing) has been gone for quite awhile. The one in Auburn Hills has been dead for a couple years. Lot more choices on west side of state, and I'm Central.

OH YEAH, that reminds me, just heard a radio ad for a band playing at the Blackforest in Frankenmuth; I thought they had went out of business and/or moved to Calyfornya. ???

What's up with them?
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is that lansing or even further east

you can also use a baby food jar. fits easily into a pocket
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Old 04-01-2007, 08:14 PM   #9
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MBC is just on the edge of Webberville, I-96, exit 122, M-52, about 17 miles SE of Lansing. Only about 8 miles south of me, down M-52. I can get back home before the last one, generally a IRS, kicks in.
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:23 PM   #10
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I was told but have yet to investigate but anyway I heard Pierre Celis sold his kettles and other items to Michigan Brewing Company when he left Austin, TX. His Wit Bier was nice and I heard they're still using a similar recipe. His tour in Austin was always fun and gosh those copper kettles were beautiful. I hated that Miller forced him out or whatever the circumstances were but I certainly miss his wit bier.

 
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