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    Is there a good book on reading for advanced brewers?

    I was just like you - I wanted something a little more advanced, something that starts out assuming you at least know a little bit about brewing. I sure didn't want to read another book that started out by explaining what the words "liquor" and "wort" mean. I found Brewing Better Beer to be a...
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    Anyone haerd of these new Yeasts from Mangrove Jack's (New Zealand)

    Definitely lager like. Probably even more than the cream ale blend, which actually has some lager yeast in it. Totally 100% neutral, no esters or sulphur to speak of. And it was pretty clear right away, even without cold crashing. The corn in the recipe shows through a bit more than in past...
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    Anyone haerd of these new Yeasts from Mangrove Jack's (New Zealand)

    I made a cream ale on big brew day and used the workhorse. I normally have used the White Labs cream ale blend on this recipe. I fermented at around 64 and it is very clean tasting and dropped clear very quickly. It was a quick worker too, took off within 4 hours after pitching. I had it kegged...
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    Anyone haerd of these new Yeasts from Mangrove Jack's (New Zealand)

    The LHBS where I work also got some unsolicited samples from this company yesterday. We each took a couple to try. I got the "workhorse" strain, which sounds like kind of a cry havoc thing, where you can do lager or ale temps. I also got the "Newcastle dark ale" strain. It says its for dark...
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    HomeBrewTalk 2013 Big Giveaway!

    Count me in! Those are some serious prizes, good luck to everyone. (especially me :D)
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    Bells Brewing Homebrew Expo 2011

    Congrats to HopRodGR, his Belgian black IPA took the grand prize. I came in third, and got a 50$ gift card. Hard to complain about that , but it still kinda hurts to be so close and not come out on top. All I've wanted for so long has been to win a comp. where the winner gets to brew on a...
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    Bells Brewing Homebrew Expo 2011

    Yeah, a good portion of those who get wort don't end up turning anything in. I think I remember hearing last year that only 90 or so turned in beers out of over 200 who got wort. Some people just want the free wort, but I think a lot more just don't turn them in if their beers don't turn out...
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    Bells Brewing Homebrew Expo 2011

    Just got back from the Bell's store on a supply run. I was told only 10 beers made it to the final table.
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    Bells Brewing Homebrew Expo 2011

    I actually didn't end up using any oak chips at all. I made a smoked brown ale fermented with Irish ale yeast, and it turned out really tasty so I didn't want to mess with it any further. The Nelson SMaSH turned out well too, but I thought the smoked brown had a better shot in the competition...
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    Bells Brewing Homebrew Expo 2011

    I also got an email saying I made the final table. Now I can't wait for Sunday!
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    We no need no stinking beer gun...

    It keeps the contents of the bottle under pressure while you're filling, thus further reducing foam. that's why you have to poke the side of the stopper to keep it going, because the pressure inside the bottle gets to where the beer will stop flowing. I have used my BMBF with and without a...
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    We no need no stinking beer gun...

    Nothing wrong with splitting up the batch and bottling some the old-fashioned way. It's just a bit more work is all. Plus, the beer gun is just flat-out cool and fun to use. It is also nice to not have to wait for bottle conditioning. I have settled in to a routine where I keg everything, drink...
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    My Founders Brewing Co Story

    I enjoy that as well. In fact, I have seen some craft breweries (although I can't seem to remember which ones right now) put right on the labels what types of malts and hops are in each beer.
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    My Founders Brewing Co Story

    It's not necessarily that someone is right and someone is wrong - we're just kind of arguing different points. You're arguing that it is their right to keep secrets if they want (which nobody is disagreeing with). I'm arguing that their business wouldn't be harmed by sharing. Really, we're both...
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    My Founders Brewing Co Story

    DING DING DING!!!!!! We have a winner! I think this says it best.
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    My Founders Brewing Co Story

    You're not getting what I'm saying. Let me say it AGAIN: Nobody, myself included, is saying that the information is not theirs to share or keep. Nobody is saying they are not within their rights by keeping secrets. Nobody is saying they have to tell us exactly how to brew their beer. We are...
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    My Founders Brewing Co Story

    I don't think anyone is necessarily saying that they should release recipe info, just pointing out that any argument that says it would hurt their business to do so is flawed because so many successful breweries do it with no adverse effect on sales. As you yourself said, it's not like there's...
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    Bells Brewing Homebrew Expo 2011

    The new bar with the stage is awesome, the thing is ever since they opened it all of a sudden they want 15-20 dollars for every show. I used to go to Bell's to see music at least a couple times a month - now I only go if it's someone I REALLY want to see. Sorry, but that is just too much for a...
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    We no need no stinking beer gun...

    It works OK, I have seen some places that fill growlers at the bar that way. You get a bit more foam and lose a bit of carbonation, but for the short-term it is fine. I actually sometimes get lazy and if I'm going somewhere and want to bring a few brews with me, I'll just fill a few chilled...
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    My Founders Brewing Co Story

    Bell's is WAY bigger and more successful than Founders. I mean, we're talking about the biggest true craft brewery east of the Mississippi (sorry Sam Adams). And their 2 top selling beers BY FAR(Oberon and Two Hearted) both have the recipes out there. Doesn't seen to have hurt them much, judging...
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