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    Suggest a Brew for My Wife

    My girlfriend loves wheat beers. She really likes Kawartha Lake Brewery Raspberry Wheat Beer and St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale. I don't know if you'll be able to find either of those in Virginia, but wheat beers with natural fruit flavourings are probably a good bet.
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    Bud's Famous Claim

    This whole idea makes me imagine a scenario. Someone brings paperwork proving that a certain beer costs more to produce than Bud to AB's head office. The receptionist, realizing the messenger's intent, sounds an alarm. Two security guards come bursting into the room with their fingers firmly...
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    Bud's Famous Claim

    I'm not talking about costs when they started brewing Bud. The claim on the label is in the present tense. There is no inaccuracy in asking a question, as I have done. Please don't take the conversation back to Bud-bashing. The difference that I see is that Bud's claim is objective, while...
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    Bud's Famous Claim

    I guess I derailed the conversation 'cause I detected some humour in the second post and wanted to reply in kind. Elephant piss? No... but its a funny image. As I said in post #7, Bud isn't the worst nor is it the best. But what I would really like to know is if you guys really believe that...
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    Bud's Famous Claim

    True enough. I guess that constitutes "beer" in the AB dictionary.
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    Bud's Famous Claim

    Bud really isn't the worst beer in the world, but they make a great target since they're the largest, and the whole macro approach to brewing is the real 'cause of bad beer, Bud or not. Macro-ing is focused more on profit than beer, and so it is in their interest to lower people's expectations...
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    Bud's Famous Claim

    I guess its expensive to keep stables and stables full of elephants, getting them drunk on vodka, and bottling their urine.
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    Bud's Famous Claim

    "This is the famous Budweiser Beer. We know of no brand produced by any other brewer which costs so much to brew and age. Our exclusive beachwood aging produces a taste, a smoothness, and a drinkability you will find in no other beer at any price." I've read this on the label of the odd...
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    Basic Question: Bubbles in Secondary

    I was under the impression that leaving the beer in primary with all those dead yeast cells for a long time gives the beer an off-flavour known as "yeast bite". I read that in The Joy of Homebrewing. You don't have any problems with that?
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    Basic Question: Bubbles in Secondary

    Thanks for the replies guys - very fast and helpful. The gravity was 1.019 when I racked it to secondary. I guess that might have been a bit high. But would fermentation still be dribbling along one week later? I never noticed any bubbling of the air lock while in secondary. I think EvilTOJ is...
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    Basic Question: Bubbles in Secondary

    I've had a black and tan in secondary for 7 days, and I can see bubbles rising along the sides of the carboy and gathering at the neck. What does this indicate? Should I wait until these go away to bottle?
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    Fermentation done after four days; super-high original gravity

    Yeah, I can only imagine that my messed-up thermometer caused me to take a reading at the wrong temperature. That, combined with some other unknown factor, must have thrown my reading, 'cause I couldn't believe 1.098. Thanks a lot for the replies guys, you're a great resource.
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    Fermentation done after four days; super-high original gravity

    Hello all, I'm in the middle of my first brew and (of course) am worried about the fermentation. I used an open-air pail (with a lid, just not air-tight) for the primary fermentation and there was definitely activity going on after the first day - the krausen was four to five inches high. The...
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