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Reader Tip: Digital Water Quality Tester - $15.59

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:35
Thanks to HBF Reader Stephen for this tip!

from StephenI was digging around on Amazon looking for a hall water flow sensor (need to monitor my flow rate in my RIMS) and stumbled across this item. It got me to thinking about my filtration system and how often/not often I replace the filters. I think I am going to scoop this thing up since it's cheap enough to help me test my filtered water prior to brewing to see if my filters are still good. Anyhow I thought it might be worth sharing with you and our fellow homebrewers.

HM Digital TDS-EZ Water Quality TDS Tester, 0-9990 ppm Measurement Range , 1 ppm Resolution, +/- 3% Readout Accuracy - $15.59 + Free Shipping with $35 order - Filler Items

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Dogfish Head returns to Tennessee

BeerNews.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:14

Since last summer, when we announced that Dogfish was headed back to the four states we pulled out of in 2011, we’ve been grateful for all of the anticipation, kind words and patience from the craft beer community. Today, for all of the Dogfish fans in Tennessee, we can finally say … we’re back!

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Vice District Brewing Co. to open Chicago brewery and taproom

BeerNews.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:01

Press Release: 

(Chicago, IL) – Situated in a landmark-status building at 1454 S. Michigan Ave., Vice District Brewing Co. sits squarely in the center of Chicago’s South Loop. While the name Vice District is a nod to the area’s past, owners Curtis Tarver II and Quintin Cole are completely focused on helping build a stronger sense of community in the future. Tarver II and Cole plan to bring in communal seating that encourages conversation and utilize the space to help with community events.

“We want Vice District to help bring back the energy that the South Loop once had. We plan on being very involved with other businesses and non-profits in the area,” says Cole. “We want to encourage ‘positive-vices’ like volunteerism in the community.”

Longtime home brewers, Tarver II and Cole, secured their South Loop space late last year and plan to open the taproom to the public this July. The location’s 2,200 square-feet boasts 14 foot ceilings and ample room for their custom-built 7-barrel brew system. Eight functional serving tanks will be featured and visible in the space to make patrons feel like they’re a part of the brewing process. Once installed, the setup will feed 10 tap lines that will be responsible for quenching the thirst of up to 115 guests at a time.

Though no food will be offered on-site, Tarver II and Cole plan to encourage guests to bring in their own, utilize the food trucks that will be parked outside, or get something delivered from any of the 5 dozen+ restaurants in the area. “We’re all about supporting other local businesses and we feel like giving people the option to bring their own food in while enjoying our beers allows us to do that,” says Tarver II.

However, Tarver II and Cole aren’t ready to give up all of their secrets just yet. They’re keeping the identity of their brewmaster a secret for the time being as well as the names of the beers they plan on serving when the doors open in July. More information will be released in the coming months.

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Terrapin Hi-5 IPA cans debut next month

BeerNews.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:54

Press Release: 

(Athens, GA) – ‘Tis the season to be active, and active craft beer lovers gotta have the can. Terrapin Beer Co. will deliver with the release of HI-5, a second canned option on its year-round line-up joining session IPA RecreationAle.

HI-5 California Style IPA will fill out Terrapin’s year-round IPA selections and ensure that where there’s a will, there’s an IPA! At 5.9% ABV, HI-5 packs a bit more oomph than 4.7% RecreationAle but isn’t the 7.3% powerhouse of Hopsecutioner. As the IPA brewery of the South, Terrapin offers full flavor for all tastes.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, CaraMalt, Cara Pilsner
Hops: Zythos, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra

ABV: 5.9%
IBU: 80
OG: 13.9

Like a memorable adventure along U.S. Route 101, “HI-5″ California Style IPA leads you down a road of pure adrenaline and beauty. Capturing the majestic flavor of citrusy hops that roll off your tongue like a white cap on an ocean wave, this scenic wonder will keep you in awe, sip after sip.

HI-5 will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans throughout Terrapin’s distribution network starting in May.

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Odell Footprint RegionAle returns with new look, new ingredient on April 19th

BeerNews.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:46

Press Release: 

(Fort Collins, CO) – On April 19th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint.

“We added a new state to our footprint this year, so we had to add a new ingredient,” said pilot brewing and barrel aging manager, Brent Cordle. “Texas grapefruit was a scrumptious addition to this year’s beer.”

First brewed in 2012, Footprint is a complex medley of regional flavors from each of the eleven states in which Odell Brewing distributes blended together to make one unique harmonious beer. The indigenous ingredients include hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho, Arizona prickly pear juice, wheat from Kansas and Wyoming, Minnesota wild rice, Nebraska corn, New Mexico green chiles, South Dakota honey, oak staves from Missouri, and new this year, Texas grapefruit. The final blend boasts a floral citrus nose with bright grapefruit up front on the pallet and just a hint of green chile and fruit from the prickly pear in the finish.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Footprint in the tap room on Saturday, April 19th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer paired with local food truck fare, as well as live music by Tallgrass from 4-6pm. Footprint RegionAle will be available in 750 ml cork and caged finished bottles throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint.

About Odell Brewing: Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by minimizing its environmental impact, sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was named a “Best Company to Work For” in 2013 by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2014 World Beer Cup® – gold for Runoff, 2013 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale, 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for Friek, 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 14 to be released starting Monday, April 28

BeerNews.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:27

(Houston, TX) – Saint Arnold Brewing Co. announced in its newsletter that Divine Reserve 14 will be released on Monday, April 28th. More below…

Strong Belgian Golden Ales can be quite tasty, but we wanted to make one with a little more complexity and depth and wanted to do so without digging into the spice cabinet to achieve this. Ultimately, the key to the recipe is the addition of rye and finding the right yeast. Oh, and 10% ABV. Here are brewer Casey Motes’ thoughts on this recipe:

“The goal of this beer was to make a Belgian/American hybrid using West Coast American hops and rye to emulate the fruit and spices often found in Belgian beers.

The beer pours a bright golden color. The nose is a mixture of phenolics from the Belgian wit yeast and light citrus from the American hops with a touch of graininess. Rye adds sweetness and complexity to the pilsner and aromatic malts. The spice of the rye is somewhat subdued at lower temperatures but becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Cascade and centennial hops were used for both flavor and aroma, adding floral and citrus notes to play off the strengths of the yeast.

Belgian candi sugar was added during fermentation to bump up the alcohol while allowing the beer to avoid finishing too sweet. The dry finish hides the 10% alcohol nicely and makes you want to take another sip.”

This release is ready to enjoy today. How will it age? Ask us in five years.

Learn more about DR14 here.

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Beer & Women By Anonymous

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:23
Today is the birthday of the late Alan Eames, one of the first Americans who wrote extensively about beer, especially in a serious way, mining history and culture for his topics. I never met Alan, though I talked to him on the phone a few times. When he passed away a few years ago, my […]

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Reader Tip: Igloo 10 Cu Ft Chest Freezer - $249.99

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:55
Thanks to HBF Reader Travis for this tip!

via Best Buy.  10 Cubic Ft Chest Freezer from Igloo.  Regular price is $399.99.  It's marked down $150 to $249.99.  In store pickup is free.  I'm guessing the product page photo is a stock image for the line as the ratios don't look correct to me for a 10 Cubic Ft Freezer.  Just a guess, but maybe it's just... really tall.  :).


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Strange Craft and Strangeways Brewing Co. forge friendship over familiar foe

BeerNews.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:30

Richmond’s Strangeways Brewing and Colorado-based Strange Craft Beer Co. tossed a collaboration beer into the fermenters last week, months after they each separately fought trademark lawsuits against a New England opponent.

More >> Richmond BizSense.

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Small Commercial Brewers Giveaway - Win a Corrected Scale Refractometer

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:22
This Dual Scale Refractometer (w/Corrected Scale) is selling for $19.98.  It ships for $4.99.  This refractometer is a Top Find.
Corrected Scale - Gravity to Brix AccuracyTypical refractometers use a linear 4 x gravity to Brix conversion.  That's fine and dandy up until around 1.049.  At that point this linear scale starts to become inaccurate.  Brix 11 does equal 1.044, but Brix 12 does not equal 1.048.  It is 1.049.  It's only 1 point off here, but up at Brix 24, it's up to 5 points off.  Brix 24 equals 1.101 not 1.096.
All this to say that this model of refractometer uses a more accurate, non-linear gravity to Brix scale.
From the manufacturer: "This is the only inexpensive Wort SG to be corrected. The only other corrected refrafractometers in existence are the BREWfractometer and the BREWfractometer Extreme."

Use Throughout the Brewing Process
Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Northern Brewer's Refractometer Calculators.

For me, getting a refractometer was one of those upgrades that made a lot of difference.  With a refractometer you need a sample size of two drops.  I figured that this would pay for itself in beer savings alone.  I also had just broken my hydrometer and came to the realization that hydrometers are made of breakable glass that can break! :)
Magnum Media DUAL SCALE 0-32% Brix and 1.000-1.130SG Wort Refractometer RSG-100ATC Beer Home Brew - $19.98 + $4.99 Shipping

Small Brewer Giveaway!
Magnum Media is giving away 10 RSG-100ATC Refractometers to small commercial brewers.  
How to Enter: Just follow Magnum Media/NISupply on Twitter - Here before 11:59 PM Pacific Friday, April 18.  Winners will be randomly chosen from new commercial brewery followers.  You must operate a commercial brewery to qualify for this giveaway.  There is no yearly barrel production maximum.  If you're interested and you're a commercial brewery... you can enter.
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15 Gallon Heavy Duty Stainless Brew Kettle with Ball Valve - $214.95 Shipped (Save $35)

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:10
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Heavy Duty Brew Kettle - With Ball Valve (60 Quart/15 Gallon) BE315 - $214.95 + Free Shipping

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

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Jester King Encendía Farmhouse Ale Aged in Mezcal Barrels coming soon

BeerNews.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:03

(Austin, TX) – Jester King Brewery announced on Tuesday an upcoming beer release. More below via email blast…

We are excited to announce the release of Jester King Encendía — a dry, well-attenuated, farmhouse ale brewed with agave nectar, epazote and ancho chiles and aged in Mezcal barrels from Oaxaca, Mexico. Encendía was made in collaboration with our dear friend Kristina Bozic, who owns West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, Illinois.

Encendía was brewed on January 28th, 2013. Agave nectar, epazote and ancho chiles were added to the boil kettle. The high gravity wort (1.084) was initially fermented in a stainless steel tank with farmhouse ale yeast for three weeks. It was then racked to oak barrels previously containing Mezcal and inoculated with native wild yeast, Brettanomyces yeast and souring bacteria. Following eleven months of maturation in the Mezcal barrels, Encendía was naturally conditioned by refermentation in bottles, kegs and casks. Encendía is 11.1% alcohol by volume, 12 IBU, 3.4 pH, and has a finishing gravity of 1.000.

Encendía will be released at Jester King Brewery during Memorial Day Weekend. Bottles (750ml, $16) will go on-sale at Noon on Friday, May 23rd and will remain on-sale while supplies last. The bottle limit is two per customer per day. Approximately 2,700 bottles will be available for sale at Jester King. Several cases of Encendía will also be sent to West Lakeview Liquors and will go on-sale at a later date.

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Beer In Ads 1162: Come And Get It

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:53
Tuesday’s ad is by the beer industry, from the later 1950s when things were friendlier. This pro-beer industry ad is from after the “Beer Belongs” series ended its run in 1956. Showing a group of campers by the side of a lake, I love the tagline (it’s such a creature of its...

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Deschutes summer releases update: Twilight, Foray Belgian IPA, Black Butte XXVI

BeerNews.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:10

(Bend, OR) – Deschutes Brewery shared some info regarding summer releases this week. Be on the lookout for Hop in the Dark and Not the Stoic this month. These three beers will follow…not to mention, the Doppel Dinkel collab that the brewery hasn’t announced yet.

Twilight Summer Ale

When: May to September

What: Summer Seasonal (6-packs, 12-packs and draft)

When Twilight Summer Ale starts to show up on the shelves of your favorite store (or tap handles of your favorite bar), then you can be sure that summer is on the way. The vigorous, yet easy-drinking hop essence of this brew is as essential to the season as baseball, BBQs and the smell of freshly cut grass. Twilight Summer Ale’s crisp wafer-like body complements its clever medley of four hops and malts. Whole cone Amarillo, Northern Brewer, Cascade, and Tettnang hops sing next to subtle Cara-Pils and Carastan malts. Twilight Summer Ale is magic guaranteed to make the summer even more rewarding.

Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information: 5.0% ABV | 35 IBUs

Foray Belgian-Style IPA

When: June

What: Bond Street Series (22-ounce bottles and draft)

A brand-new addition to our lineup, this beer made its way into bottles the same way all our Bond Street Series beers do – by being a popular “experiment” at our pubs. When our “focus group” of pub patrons rave about one of our pub exclusive beers loud enough and for long enough, we make every attempt to make it more widely available to our fans. Foray is a journey during which Belgian yeast delivers hints of apples and pear, and a citrus Galaxy hop aroma make this a trip worth taking. Bon Voyage!

Where: Limited availability everywhere Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information: TBD

Black Butte XXVI

When: June 27th

What: Reserve Series (22-ounce wax-dipped bottles and draft)

Every year, we celebrate our anniversary with a huge double version of our flagship Black Butte Porter. Our brewers love to experiment and they always add some fun new ingredients to this beer to celebrate. In the past, you may have found chilies, chocolate nibs, dates, figs and other such goodies. This year, our brewmasters tell us that they’ve added cranberries, pomegranate molasses and Theo’s cocoa nibs to this 50 percent bourbon barrel-aged wonder. Like all of our Reserve Series beers, we encourage you to drink one upon its release and put some away for later. Some things just get better with age!

Where: Limited availability in all 25 states where Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information: ~11% ABV

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Ending...Win a Beer Trip to Belgium from More Beer - Reminder Enter Daily

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:03
Just received an email letting people know this giveaway is drawing to a close.  Also a reminder that you can enter daily.

Win a Beer Trip to Belgium courtesy of More Beer.  You can enter... once per day.

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Learn Beer in 10 Easy Sips, Kindle Edition - Free

Homebrew Finds - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:04

The recently released Learn Beer in 10 Easy Sips: A Step-by-Step Liquid Tour has dropped to... free.  This title is also available in paperback.


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Woodchuck Mint Cider joins Cellar Series, Summer Cider now in cans

BeerNews.org - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 05:41

Press Release: 

(Middlebury, VT) – Woodchuck Hard Cider is excited to announce the release of two new products, which represent the craft cider makers’ commitment to both innovation and their passionate fan base.

Woodchuck Cellar Series Mint is the most recent cider to be released in the Cellar Series line. Mint is handcrafted from fresh Vermont McIntosh and Irish bittersweet apples. The twist turns up in the form of fresh mint as whole spearmint leaves are added to the tank a week before bottling. Spearmint oils slowly permeate the tank, leaving a subtle mint note on top of the full apple taste.

“This is a really interesting mix of apple varieties that results in a bright and fresh cider,” said Woodchuck cider maker John Matson. “Using whole leaf organic mint also brings a great freshness to this cider that we think pairs perfectly with the spring season.”

Mint is 6.9% alcohol by volume and available nationally through May. For more on Mint and the other ciders of the Woodchuck Cellar, visit the Woodchuck Blog.

Woodchuck is also introducing its popular Summer Seasonal in a 12-ounce can. The cider, which features an infusion of blueberry, is also available nationwide in a 12-pack format.

“Our summer cider is one of our most popular varieties, and after we put Woodchuck Amber in a can, fans started clamoring to get the summer cider in a package they could bring with them during their summer adventures outdoors,” said Communications Manager Nate Formalarie. “We are fortunate to have such a committed and passionate fan base, so we answered the call.”

These ciders represent a great transition happening here in Vermont. The snow, ice, and cold are receding, making way for warmer days ahead. Additionally, Woodchuck will also be opening a new state of the art cidery soon. Details about the project and the official opening will be revealed in the months ahead, but to check the current progress the Woodchuck Construction page.

For more information about Woodchuck Hard Cider, please visit www.woodchuck.com.

About Woodchuck® Hard Cider
Woodchuck Hard Cider is a hard cider handcrafted with apples. Woodchuck Amber was developed in a Proctorsville, Vermont garage in 1991. Its recipe and creator, Greg Failing, remain at the core of the product. Woodchuck Hard Cider now operates in a state-of-the-art cidery in Middlebury, Vermont, and its lineup of styles has grown to include a variety of seasonal and limited releases. Distribution, which started in a single Vermont country store, now stretches across all 50 states. The Woodchuck family is dedicated to providing exceptional quality and premium taste in every bottle and can. A naturally gluten-free beverage, Woodchuck Hard Cider lends itself well to food pairings and recipes. For more information, visit www.woodchuck.com.

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Rogue Farms Honey Kölsch returns on June 1st

BeerNews.org - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:45

Press Release: 

(Newport, RI) – At Rogue Farms we know spring has arrived by watching our 7,140,286 honeybees.

Our honeybees are the first to notice the blossoms that appear in our Hazelnut trees and Big Leaf Maples; and the daffodils and tulips that grow near the barn. Soon they’ll be foraging for nectar in the flowering cherry, apple and plum orchards.

No one knows terroir like the Rogue Farms Honeybees. The honey they produce is a sampling of all the flavors of the Wigrich Appellation – a unique taste of place.

Taste our place for yourself with Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch, brewed with the honey we grew at our farm in Independence, Oregon. John Maier’s recipe also includes Rogue Farms grown DareTM & RiskTM barley, plus our Alluvial hops. Honey Kolsch will arrive nationwide on draft and in yellow 750 ml bottles June 1st.

Honey Kolsch is made in collaboration with Mother Nature and the Rogue Farms Honeybees.

Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agricultural based brewery with farms in Independence and Tygh Valley, Oregon. We grow more than a dozen ingredients, creating a proprietary palate of flavors of known terroir for Brewmaster John Maier to craft beers and spirits of distinction.

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