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It was great to hang out at Spyglass today, Man.
No line to get in, but by the time I got there after lunch, both the Vortex and Aurora kegs had been kicked within the last couple of hours. That was a bummer because I'd planned to try both. I drank a Double Agent, and it was good, but I didn't love it enough to pay $4.50 a can to take home. I think $18 per 4-pack is getting to be a bit expensive unless it's something really special. I liked their Metadata IPA I had at Country Tavern with lunch better than Double Agent, but they didn't can that, and I don't like growlers much.
I paid $20 for a 4-pack of Other Half IPA in Brooklyn last summer, and it was definitely better than all of the Spyglass offerings I've tasted. I'd pay $20 for Other Half all day long.
A few years ago, I was in Burlington, VT and bought about $400 worth of Heady Topper (I think there are photos somewhere in this thread), and that's what got me onto the IPA thing. I paid $15-17 per 4-pack. What are they charging for Heady Topper these days? Maybe it's time for another trip up north.
Spyglass still had Vortex cans for sale when I was there today, but it's advertised as "0 IBU", and I passed on that since I prefer some bitterness, and I couldn't taste it first in order to decide if I like it. They said it was illegal to buy a can and open it in the tasting room because of tax laws. Yes, I could have swigged a can in the parking lot, but I decided against it.
BTW, who here remembers Blitz1, the OP of this thread? I've met him in person, but I haven't seen a post from him in a long time.
That's excellent. When I paid $15-17, Alchemist didn't have a tasting room open, and that's what the stores were charging. I had to visit many stores to get the 4 cases I bought that morning, and some were already sold out of their weekly delivery by 10am.I'm pretty sure Alchemist charges $14 for all 4 packs.
That term is still used out here in the Shire. Or more politely we say "get your drunk on"New Hampshire Craft Beer Week is March 29 to April 7, and I'll be going to events at a couple of different breweries I've wanted to visit anyway.
When I was about 15, as an older "friend of the family" handed me one of the first beers I'd ever consumed in a public setting, he said "Don't get cocked." I haven't heard that expression in years, and I think it's exclusively a New England thing (have only heard it in NH). Do people still say that?
I'd be interested from a learning perspective. This, as I said, is my first batch. I did enjoy making it.Wonder if there are enough homebrewers on here for a homebrew thread.
Yep. Get an auto siphon. It's worth it.Just finished bottling first batch. Two more weeks and it'll be ready for drinking.
Siphoning was a bit tough, I've heard of an auto siphon but haven't looked into it, might need to get one if I keep going.
Dang you're on a whole 'nother level.Yep. Get an auto siphon. It's worth it.
After using it rinse siphon and hose with hot water and pump starsan through it then hang it up to dry.
Not sure of your bottling process but racking beer from fermenter to bottling bucket with priming sugar will go pretty smooth. Started kegging couple years ago and have not looked back.
My only regret was not buying a larger freezer for a keezer. Mine only holds 3 kegs. Should have bought one that holds 8!
Kegged and shot 24 hours on 30 psi co2:
Dales Ale clone
Sam Latitude 48 clone
American Brown Ale
To be brewed next saturday:
Mosaic Mo Better IPA
Indian Red IPA
I run a 15.5 gallon SS pot with a 220v 5500w heating element indoors in the winter.
Then switch to 15.5 gallon keggle on propane in summer.