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Brew Link Brewing Supply Hop Sale – from $10/lb

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 18:00
Brew Link Brewing Supply is discounting select bulk hops as part of a hops sale.  Discounted varieties include – Glacier, Amarillo, Apollo, Bravo, Chinook, Cluster, Columbus, Crystal, Galena, Mount Hood, Nugget, Sorachi Ace, Summit, Zythos, East Kent Golding, UK Fuggle, AU Galaxy, Magnum, Northern Brewer, Willamette and Styrian Golding.  Prices start at just $10 per lb. […]
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Beer Friday #3

Seen Through A Glass - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:19
Okay, back to the music. I sang Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine a few years ago with the chamber group at St. Andrew's in Newtown, Penn., and lately it's been running through my head. I asked my choir director for a recording, and he pointed me to the Cambridge Singers. Quite peaceful, but at the same time energizing. One of my favorite bass parts, so well-matched to the words.


Relaxing, right? On to the beer!

Hijinx Pitch Penny ESB, 4.7%
My draft for the week, sampled yesterday afternoon at Isaac Newton's in Newtown. I've been to HiJinx and think it's one of the better examples of the recent new crop of breweries in eastern Pennsylvania...but I rarely see their beers. When I spotted this one — on the heels of a discussion with someone about how few ESBs there were available lately — it made what was looking like a tough decision (Isaac's usually sports a pretty great tap list) into a slam dunk.

Nice color; perfect copper penny look of an ESB with a coffe crema head. Not a ton of aroma; what's there is mostly malt. Mmm, and so it is on the palate. Not as fully malt-tilted as Fullers, and that's maybe a style issue (not as big a one as the jackass next to me, who smells like he's a Lebanon bologna that was smoked over Marlboros. Going outside is not enough, fella, try standing upwind of yourself next time!)

Okay, back to the beer. ABV is about dead-on, that's an up-check, the color nails it, another up-check, and if it's a bit too bitter, well...it's America. I'll tell ya...throw a different yeast in here, give her a touch more malt, maybe tweak the hops a bit, and you'd have a kick-ass altbier. Something to think about. In the meantime, I'd go back for more, and I think it's the best HiJinx beer I've had. Not enough ESBs, as we said to each other in that discussion I mentioned.

Verdict: Good

Starr Hill Reviver Red IPA, 6.2%
I remember when Starr Hill was a little storefront juke joint in Charlottesville, running an old, old JV NorthWest system, with Mark Thompson's energetic good-beer vibes flashing wildly around the place. They had a weirdly grand plan for blending good beer and indie music, and I know I thought, yeah, whatever, good luck with that.

Well, the joke's on me. Starr Hill's been pretty successful with that plan (didn't hurt that Mark won a damned sack-full of GABF medals over the years; good beer deserves success), and the label of Reviver — an octave of piano keys — is a reminder. Good for them! They still put out pretty damned good beer, though, as was the case before, it tends to get overlooked by the geekerie. Let's see if they're right or wrong.

Very aromatic, with pine and juicy citrus singing over it, but not like the Fauré, more like a gospel choir getting real busy...but when I take that first sip...almost all that lively is gone, smacked down in a double shot of bitterness and overdone specialty malt. The happy hops try to break through, like a couple rays of sunlight in the dark blood-red gloom, It's a big enough beer, but it's big like a mean sonofabitch in black overalls. I may not have been as hard on this if the hops hadn't smelled so damned good, and I wanted it to be that way, I wanted that piano to ring out "The Old Landmark" and get Jake to see the light. I'm just not feeling it. If they could have kept this lively and still big, I think I'd have loved it. But I'm left wanting it to be something it's not.

Verdict: Flawed


Deschutes Hop Henge IPA, 8.9%
Hop Henge is a new set of hops every year. Hop research is getting so advanced that this year, two of the three hops in Hop Henge don't even have names yet. That's the kind of shit you can do when you're Deschutes and you're so close to the green gold of hop country. The third hop is Mandarina Bavaria, which is supposed to "lend hits of orange, mandarin, and tangerine." Somebody wake the druids, it's time to try this.

Smells like the non-alcoholic fruit punches my grandmother used to make. She was a genius at combining fresh fruit, canned and frozen juices, and a little bit of soda to make some really delicious drinks. Fresh, fruity, and no pine there a-tall. Nice.

Like drinking sunlight, boys and girls. Honestly, I took a glass, and I had this memory of walking through the woods behind my aunt's house 45 years, sunlight streaming through the trees. Light bright stuff this is, and the fruits are subtle in the mouth, the bitterness is trenchant but balanced (at 90 frickin' IBUs, it's balanced), and the finish does not put the pliers to my tongue, instead there's a lingering sticky resin pull and a nice undertow of those fruits. Sure doesn't drink like 8.9%, either, more like 5.9%. This is dangerously, drinkably delicious.

Look, you get it. I could go on, but to tell the truth...it's about 5:15, I'm done for the day, and I'm gonna go drink the rest of this. Cheers.

Verdict: Good




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Home Brewing: 70 Top Secrets & Tricks Kindle Edition – FREE

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:53
Home Brewing: 70 Top Secrets & Tricks To Beer Brewing Right The First Time: A Guide To Home Brew Any Beer You Want (With Recipe Journal) by Jason Scotts for Kindle. 2/5/16 2:45 PM Central: This title is selling for $0.  If you see a different price or if it’s free to borrow for Kindle owners […]
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10% Off at iCustomLabel – Personalized Beer and Wine Labels

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:00
iCustomLabel offers personalized Beer Labels, Wine Labels and quite a bit more.  They have many, many designs to choose from and have an online editor for customizing labels as you desire.  They also offer free shipping on orders over $50. Coupon code HOMEBREWFINDS10 takes 10% off your iCustomLabel order site wide. Visit iCustomLabel– remember to use […]
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Neiko Digital Caliper -$13.51, Best Price

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:30
Electronic Digital Caliper by Neiko.  Easy to operate.  One button switches between inches and mm.  Hardened stainless steel shaft.  Resolution: 0.01mm/0.0005 inch, Accuracy: 0.02mm/0.001 inch.  Large LCD display.  Take measurements from 0 to 6 inches.  1 year warranty. I use a caliper around my home brewery to… measure things.  Including… fitting sizes, o-ring sizes [See: Bulk […]
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Patent No. 3789622A: Ice Box For Beer Barrel

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:32
Today in 1974, US Patent 3789622 A was issued, an invention of Ralph Yanes, for his “Ice Box For Beer Barrel.” Here’s the Abstract: An insulated barrel shape structure for housing and suspending a beer barrel in the horizontal position surrounded by ice. The rear circular cover of the...

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Beer Birthday: Roger Protz

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:20
Today is the 77th birthday of British beer writer Roger Protz. Roger, of course, if one of Britain’s best-known beer writers, having authored over twenty books on the subject, including being the editor of CAMRA’s Good beer Guide for two decades. He’s also been very active in...

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(12) 5 Ounce Taster Glasses from Anchor Hocking – $11.94, $1 Each

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:15
Set of (12) 5 Ounce Heavy Base glasses.  Made in the USA.  5 ounce capacity.  Dishwasher safe. Perfect for sample sizes and taster flights of your favorite homebrew or craft beers. 2/5/16 11:55 AM Central: These have recently sold for $16.99.  They are down to $11.94.  That figures to just $1 each.  That’s also the […]
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Patent No. 667478A: Hop-Drying Box

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:33
Today in 1901, US Patent 667478 A was issued, an invention of Adolf Wolf, for his “Hop-Drying Box.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to boxes for holding loose material, such as hops, in the process of drying the same, and...

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Ends Soon: $19.99 Extract Kits (Buy 3) at Midwest Supplies

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:30
Buy 3 Extract Beer Recipe Kits (choose from Irish Red, Irish Stout, Autumn Amber, Fuggles IPA, Flat Tire and Liberty Cream Ale) from Midwest Supplies and they’re just $19.99 each.  No promo code is required. Grab the full details – Beer Kits For $19.99!
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Eaton Weatherhead Stainless Flare to NPT Fitting – $8.57, Best Price [Spunding Valve Build Component]

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:45
Eaton Weatherhead Stainless Steel Flare to NPT Fitting. This fitting is featured in our Spunding Valve Build and is used in option #2.  A Spunding Valve has a lot of great applications.  See: Build a Spunding Valve 2/5/16 9:45 AM Central: This fitting has dropped from $13.11 to $8.57.  That’s the best historical Amazon price I […]
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6 Gallon PET Plastic Carboy – $19.99 + Hands On Review

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:30
Product Description – Here  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount. I have this fermenter and it works great.  Check out my Hands on Review.  Stated capacity is 6 gallons, but I think it’s closer to 6.25 gallons.  Check out my review for more info on that. Specifications: Uses a #10 stopper or a 5 Gallon Carboy Hood, Rated to 140 […]
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Up to 50% Off at ThermoWorks for Valentines Day + Thermapen Open Box Sale

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:13
ThermoWorks is discounting select gear (thermometers, timers and add-on probes) by up to 50% as part of a Valentine’s Day Sale – ThermoWorks Sale Page They also have a private open box sale on their very popular and nearly universally lauded Thermapen Classic Thermometer.  This sale discounts these great thermometers to $63.  That beats the lowest price I’ve ever […]
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Ends Soon: Up to 30% Off Brand New, NSF Certified Kegs

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:15
Great Fermentations is discounting new kegs by up to 30% for “The Big Game”.  Both 3 and 5 gallon sizes are available starting at just $79.99.  These are also eligible for $8.99 flat rate shipping.  That means as many kegs as you want ship for $8.99.  Or… Add on a Pliny clone kit (those also […]
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Faucet to Hose Adapter – $4.99

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 05:00
Faucet to hose Adapter.  Allows you to connect a standard 3/4 hose to compatible faucets.  Converts standard male (15/16-Inch x 27 thread) or female (55/64-Inch x 27 thread) aerator to 3/4-Inch male hose thread or 15/16-Inch x 27 male thread. Handy for connecting a wort chiller to a compatible sink faucet 2/5/16 7 AM Central: […]
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Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs for Brew Day – $9.39, Best Price

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:00
I use two similar bus tubs on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry […]
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Beer In Ads #1811: Gouveneur Morris — “Father of the Penny”

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 22:56
Thursday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1915, No. 4 in a series they did in 1914-15 called “Framers of the Constitution of the U.S.A.” The fourth one features Gouveneur Morris (though it’s usually spelled Gouverneur Morris), and tells the story of Morris being a part of...

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Historic Beer Birthday: Louis Camille Maillard

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 21:21
Today is the birthday of French physician and chemist Louis Camille Maillard (February 4, 1878-May 12, 1936) who was the Doogie Howser of his era, joining the faculty of the University of Nancy when he was only sixteen. He rose to prominence thanks to his work on kidney disorders and later taught...

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1 Tap Jockey Box – $99 (Save $70)

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 21:15
via Adventures in Homebrewing.  One tap Draft Box/Jockey Box.  50′ by 5/16″ 304 stainless steel coil.  Includes: Beer nut with 3/16″ tailpiece and neoprene washer, 5′ of 3/16″ ID hose, MFL fitting to connect to optional pin-lock or ball-lock disconnect for homebrew. Add ice and serve your homebrew! Draft Jockey Box 1 Faucet – $169.99 $99!
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4 ft Fold In Half, Adjustable Height Folding Table for Brew Day – $38.91 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:15
4 Foot Adjustable 4428 Height Folding Utility Table from Lifetime This has folding legs and then the entire table folds in half to easy and compact storage.  I use a similar table as a brew day work table to hold ingredients, gear, recipes, notes and odds and ends. Features: Powder-coated steel and high-density polyethylene (hdpe) […]
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