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Reader Tip: 25% Off Lavatools Thermometers!

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 07:16
Thanks to HBF Reader Trevor for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Javelin Pro Ultra High Performance Digital Thermometer by Lavatools 3 second readings.  Large 2″ backlit display.  IP65 Splash Resistant Construction.  Intelligent,  Stabilization Alert + Temperature Hold + Min/Max.  Magnetic Refrigerator Attachment, 2/1/16 9:15 AM Central: Lavatools are discounting their Javelin Pro and Javelin […]
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Reader Tip: $6.97 Gamma Seal Lids at Menards

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 07:02
Thanks to HBF Reader Kent for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Pictured: Gamma Seal Lids from Emergency Essentials I store most of my grain in 5 or 6 gallon buckets with Gamma Seal Lids.  For recipe kits, I’ll store the whole kit (minus yeast and hops) in it’s own bucket.  Gamma Lids come with two […]
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(4) 5 Gallon Low Profile Ball Lock Kegs…. $149.99… $37.50 Each!

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 06:35
Set of (4) 5 gallon, low profile ball lock kegs.  Stainless steel construction, pressure tested (and guaranteed to hold pressure).  Each keg also comes with a brand new set of orings. Adventures in Homebrewing has marked down this set of 4 kegs to just $149.99.  That figures to $37.50 each. Set of Four, 5 Gallon Low-Profile […]
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(10) 10 CC Syringes – $3 Shipped + Star San Tips, Tricks and Guidelines

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 06:00
Why would these have anything to do with homebrewing, you ask?  Great question.  These are an easy way to measure 6 mL of Star San.  Put 6 mL of Star San in 1 gallon of distilled water and you’ve got sanitizing solution.  Fill up a spray bottle and you’re ready to sanitize for pennies a […]
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Beer In Ads #1807: A Wise Choice

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 23:46
Sunday’s ad is for Bock Beer, from 1948. This is kind of a freaky looking goat, lean and mean, with fire in his eyes. But I’m still mesmerized. I guess bock really is “A Wise Choice.” The post Beer In Ads #1807: A Wise Choice appeared first on Brookston Beer Bulletin.

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Historic Beer Birthday: William Hoffmeister

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 20:54
Today is the birthday of William Hoffmeister (January 31, 1827-1902), who was born in Germany, but emigrated to the U.S. in 1847, settling in Cincinnati, Ohio. There in 1856 he founded the William Hoffmeister Brewery, but it was only in production until 1873, when he closed it and opened a saloon....

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Milwaukee Instruments MA871 Digital Refractometer w/Padded Case – $123.20, Best Price

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 18:00
MA871 Digital Refractometer by Milwaukee Instruments.  Includes padded protective padded box. 1/31/16 8 PM Central: This refractometer and protective box combo is selling for $123.20.  That’s the best historical Amazon price I found.  Shipping is also free.  For comparison, this is selling (as of this posting) for about the same price as the version without a protective […]
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4 Pack of Libbey Belgian Style Taster Glasses – $21.99, $5.30 Each

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 14:46
4 Pack of Libbey Belgian Style Taster Glasses.  5 oz.  Made in the USA.  Designed with an inward tapered lip which captures and enhances the aroma and flavor of the beer.  Stackable design. Use for sampling your favorite homebrew or craft beer. 1/31/16 4:45 PM Central: These are down to $21.99.  That’s the best historical third […]
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Seen Through A Glass

Seen Through A Glass - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 14:15
I noticed this morning at mass that today's New Testament reading was the inspiration for the name of the blog: First Corinthians 13: 1-13. It's probably not all that surprising -- to me, at least, knowing how my brain works -- that I wrote the first post in Seen Through A Glass on January 31, 2007, nine years ago, when the Church's 3-year cycle of readings would have brought the same verses up that week.

The Catholic Church doesn't use the King James Bible, of course, but I'm a writer: I do. So...here's a bit of explanation about why it's Seen Through A Glass. ("Charity" has also been translated as "love," and I choose to interpret is in this context as "kindness," or perhaps the "loving kindness" of the Quran.)

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. I believe in beer, O Lord; help me in my unbelief.Why did I subject you to a Bible reading, and what does it have to do with beer, or whiskey? It has more to do with writing about beer and whiskey, more about the intent of the blog. It's an admission that I don't understand or know everything there is to know about these subjects, that I see only parts of them, and those likely imperfectly. It's also an explanation that despite the simple fact that the blog is a marketing tool for my writing and public appearances (surprise!), it's still not really about me, because of "charity." Drinks writing without charity can be vicious, self-serving angriness, aimed at brewers and distillers, aimed at drinkers, aimed at purveyors and publicists, aimed at other writers. It can be caused by a lack of understanding, by seeing through the glass darkly (a reference to the low-quality mirrors of the day, compared in the verse to seeing clearly, face-to-face), or an overabundance of pride.I try to practice charity in my drinks writing. I try to see what the brewer or distiller or blender was trying to do, I try to understand it, and I often give them the benefit of the doubt. I don't always succeed, but the intent's there, at least at the beginning. I'd like to see everyone make better beer, better whiskey. I'd like to see better bars, better stores, better restaurants. This is the point of good criticism. It's not to write something snarky just for the personal fun of it. It's to explain what the critic sees as shortcomings as a guide to what may be wrong. At least, it is if it's done with charity.Charity doesn't mean you don't say what sucks, sucks. Because if it sucks, well, buddy, it sucks. Period. But you try to do it without gratuitous bloodshed. I'm sure you'd be able to find examples of where I've failed to show charity in my writing; I'll admit I'm not perfect. But I try, and I encourage others to try. Give something more than one sampling; give a new brewer a chance to get their act together. Don't prejudge a whiskey just because it has no age statement, or because it's blended, or because you don't like a company's politics. Try to understand a drink in its intended context. When we exercise charity, when we embrace kindness, we find that people will listen, will try to cooperate, to change. When we try to listen to what a beer has to say instead of yell and boast of our skills and favorites, we learn, about the beer, about other drinkers, about ourselves. I'm glad that this came along now, as I restart the blog. Good timing. To those of you who wished me well on my health issues; thank you. I'm feeling better, and the tastings will be out on time this week. It's a busy week, too: I'm at a Garrett Oliver panel discussion at City Tap Monday night, Tuesday morning is Groundhog Day at the Grey Lodge Pub (I'll be back after a two year absence, and I'm really looking forward to it!), I've got a ton of writing to do for Whisky Advocate and a collaborative project, and then Saturday I have a private Tasting Whiskey event at St. Andrew's in NYC. I'll try to do it all with charity. 


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2 Gallon Polypropylene Lab Jar… $10.47, Best Price

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 12:00
2 gallon Scienceware Wide Mouth Mason Jar by Bel-Art.  Extra large, Heavy duty and leak proof design.  Highly shock resistant polypropylene.  Can withstand high temps – autoclavable up to 121 deg C (250 deg F). At 2 gallons you could use these for a number of homebrewing related tasks.  Maybe even a small batch fermenter. […]
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$10 Off $30 at Petsmart – Vittles Vault Containers for Grain Storage

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 11:30
Petsmart offers $10 off orders (ends 2/1/16) when you use promo code TAKETENOFF Petsmart offers 40 and 60 lb sizes of stackable Vittles Vault Containers.  The Vittles Vault line of stackable containers are very popular for bulk grain storage.  They are food grade, airtight and pest proof.  They also have a large easy access opening […]
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Patent No. 2496079A: Keg Puller Loading Device For Industrial Trucks

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 10:35
Today in 1950, US Patent 2496079 A was issued, an invention of Daniel Wessman, for his “Keg Puller Loading Device For Industrial Trucks.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention relates broadly to industrial trucks, and, more...

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Half Price Keg with a Kit Sale at Keg Connection + Keg Overstock Sale

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 08:00
via Keg Connection… “RIGHT NOW, order any keg kit and use the drop down menu in that kit to pick up your choice of homebrew keg for HALF OFF! That’s 50% OFF the normal every day pricing on pin locks, ball locks, and converted ball lock kegs!” That means kegs start at just $24.97.  This […]
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Ends Soon: Inkbird Dual Stage Temperature Controller… $14.39 with Instant Coupon

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 07:00
Inkbird Dual Stage Digital Temperature Controller.  Displays in deg F and Deg C.  Features 2 Relays (switch between cooling and heating modes). Use for your kegerator, fermentation deep freeze and more. 1/31/16 9 AM Central: This dual stage controller is selling for just $15.99.  Use promo code 7B5RRJ4J and the price drops to $14.39 at checkout. […]
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10 Gallon Mash Tun – $139.99 Shipped (Save $30)

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 07:00
10 Gallon Cooler Mash Tun from MoreBeer.  Features stainless false bottom, spigot and barb as well as FDA approved food grade plastic and FDA approved silicone tubing. Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.   Cooler (10 Gal) – Mash Tun AG330 – $169.99 $139.99 + Free Shipping Availability: This is a […]
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Ends Soon: Free Shipping at Northern Brewer

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 05:00
To celebrate “National Hobby Month” Northern Brewer is offering free shipping for most orders of $49 or more.  A few exclusions do apply. Grab the full details and coupon code – Free Shipping On Orders Over $49
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Beer In Ads #1806: F. Klemm’s Bock

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 22:44
Saturday’s ad is for F. Klemm’s Bock Beer, from around 1880. F. Klemm was located in Baltimore, Maryland. But the scene if pretty amazing, if a little surreal. I bock parade from the brewery includes a float with a giant goat and a large barrel of what I can only presume is F....

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4 Way CO2 Manifold…. now $24.28 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 20:06
4 Way CO2 Manifold.  Aluminum body.  5/16″ Barbs.  Each trunk has a ball valve and integrated check valves.  Check valves stop beer or other liquids from back feeding into other lines or your regulator. Use to pressurize multiple kegs off one co2 regulator. 1/30/16 10 PM Central: My general rule of thumb on manifolds is $10 […]
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Patent No. 642548A: Bottle-Filling Machine

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 18:49
Today in 1900, US Patent 642548 A was issued, an invention of Thomas Howard, for his “Bottle-Filling Machine.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to machines for filling bottles with beer or other liquids and is designed to...

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Patent No. 513694A: Apparatus For Drying Barley, Malt, Etc.

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 14:06
Today in 1894, US Patent 513694 A was issued, an invention of James White, for his “Apparatus For Drying Barley, Malt, Etc.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention has reference to apparatus for drying barley, malt, oats, wheat or other...

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