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  1. Then if those are business, you still get vacation time, no?
  2. Per request, I'm updating this post with the details of the meeting What: Mr.Beer User Group meeting in Munster, Indiana. When:: Friday, April 13 through Monday April 16 Possible attendees: @Creeps McLane, @MiniYoda, @hotrod3539, @C-ya. @scouterbill, and perhaps a member of Mr. Beer Hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott. 9651 Calumet Ave. So new that Google maps doesn't show it, and Google Street view shows it under construction. It is located on a golf course, and is the closest to 3 Floyds (a 10 minute walk to/stagger back). For reference, 3 Floyds is at 9750 Indiana Pkwy Proposed schedule (open to suggestions) - Friday evening - Bar/Room hop. There aren't many bars in the area, most places frown upon bringing outside alcohol into a bar, and most police frown upon open containers in public places. So, to avoid the hassle, we will "bar hop" between our hotel rooms, which each guest hosting a local/home brew sampling. We can call for pizza delivery. If the ladies prefer wine, let me know what type and I'll get a bottle of Kentucky wine. Also might be able to find something from Kentucky for the kids. - Saturday morning - After sleeping in a bit (we'll probably need it) and breakfast, we'll work on a care package for our thirsty friends in Arizona. - Saturday afternoon - Head to 3 Floyds. Tours are offered every hour between 12:30 and 5:30. Once we get a head count of who is going, I will call the pub and see if they can schedule a private tour for us. Regardless, we'll be there for a while, so we probably can do more than one tour. Note that the Cubs host the Braves at 1:20pm CDT and the White Sox visit the Twins at 1:10pm CDT, so things could be crowded at that time. - Saturday evening - Open. Stay there, go back to the hotel for more sampling, or go to True BBQ. - Sunday morning - Again, sleep in late (we'll probably need it again, and it *is* a vacation). Finish care package for Arizona with 3 Floyds beers. - Sunday afternoon - I'm open to suggestions. There is a place called "Brew and Blooms" a bit north in Hammond IN. Per the pictures on Google, they indicate that they are "home brewing and urban gardening". Their Facebook page indicates that they are open 10am to 6pm Sunday. Also Byway Brewing company isn't very far either. - Sunday evening - One last gathering at 3 Floyds for a final toast. - Monday - Back home again, unless you need to leave Sunday.
  3. We can chip in
  4. At least I wouldn't have to mail you the KY beers
  5. finances are a bit tight for me right now, but next pay check should be good, and I'll reserve the hotel room at that time
  6. It would only happen to rice beer if it has hops to cut down the sweetness of the malt. Based on this thread and going out on links on it, it does not appear that true rice beer uses hops, so I doubt the green bottle is an issue here. Plus, considering Asian cultures love jade, the green bottle does make a nice effect. Still brewing rice beer doesn't sound very easy.
  7. There were a beer for a very long time. Then came micro brews that showed Miller what *beer* should be
  8. "Apart from storing beer in light-proof containers, the photosensitivity of beer can be reduced by chemically altering the iso-α-acids so that the chemical precursor to the photochemical reaction responsible for producing the lightstruck flavour is not present within the beer." And no, this isn't something for the average Mini Yoda
  9. And Canadian Blue bottles aren't much better
  10. Historically, green bottles have disappointed me ( @RickBeer can preach about this), but it does look interesting
  11. No, I don't think they have anything that would be a rice beer. Honestly, I personally haven't hear of rice beer, but I don't get out much. But it does sound very intriguing
  12. Being half Castilian on my mother's side, I know about Estrella Damm. Their beer that is gluten free is "Daura". Estrella Damm normal is very tasty, but make sure you ask for Daura if you want the gluten free version. Second, Gluten Free beer is in a league of its own. I'm not NEARLY close to being able to explain how to brew it. All I know is that to brew beer that is gluten free, you must use only rice, corn, millet and/or buckwheat. II would refer to those on here who know more, and web research. I doubt very much that any beer product by Mr. Beer is gluten free. However, their hard cider and root beer products should be gluten free, as long as you don't add certain grains. I leave the floor to @MRB Rick and @MRB Josh R for further input Correction. Apparently there is an Estrella Galicia that is also gluten free. Just goes to show you can never stop learning M.Y.
  13. First, it is very hard to clone a commercial beer. for the most part, but not always, you have to go all grain. Secondly, lagers are a very tricky beer to brew. Be prepared to ferment for 3 weeks at the lower 50's. Personally, I have a dedicated fridge with a temp regulator to take care of fermentation temps. Ale yeast is more forgiving. Third, what you listed were not "styles", but commercial names. To know what to brew, study the style, not the name on a bottle. Good luck, and we're here for ya. Yoder
  14. Milled was the correct decision, unless you have a way to mill yourself. and no, I don't Grain dust should be absorbed by the wort and enjoyed by the yeast. anything bigger should fall down into the trub, and go away nicely. Do make sure you cold crash for two days, as @RickBeer has recommended As this is a porter, probably won't be critical for clarity. But, in the future for lighter colored beers, consider Irish Moss, sold by Mr. Beer, to help clarify the beer when using grains.
  15. just ordered three of these, To make a nice six gallon batch of stout. Now, I'm having second thoughts. Each one requires 3 oranges, which means I have to buy nine oranges for this 6 gallon batch. I'm reconsidering what I want to do. First, I can do what I did, an buy the oranges. Second, I can buy orange peal from the spice isle in the grocery store. Second, I can do "something else", such as PB2, Oregon Cherries, or......I dunno. Keep the chocolate, but add "something" What y'alls think? "suck it up, buttercup" and buy the nine oranges, short cut with orange peal from the spice rack, or some other flavor?
  16. Always feel free to ask, and glad that you are learning from this forum. That's why we're here. Consider us "been there done that".
  17. chocolate bourbon stout?
  18. Oh I don't doubt that chocolate goes with orange. Chocolate also goes with blueberries, raisons, and things that I'd rather not mention (think...insects). Just thinking I'll drop orange and go with Oregon canned fruit of something else.
  19. one possible option, which I won't try, is to go to the spice rack of the grocery store and buy orange peel already made. I've seen it, and lemon peel, and it looks dry. Probably still has some of the oils needed for flavor, but being dry I wonder how much of the flavor might be lost in the pre-zested stuff. When it comes to citrus beers, such as orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit, the best is fresh. But anyone who cooks for a living or love of the art will tell you, fresh is best. My thing is this. It isn't about zesting 9 oranges to make three batches of Barley's Chocolate Orange Brew, it' well does orange go with chocolate. I've had chocolate with cherries, raspberries, and peanut butter. I'm not so lazy that I won't zest nine oranges, I just wonder if there is a flavor that would be better, and more appreciated by women, who love chocolate and have a stronger sense of taste than I do. Again, just me overthinking things.
  21. Does this suggest that you would be mashing 18oz of grains in a 2 gallon LBK? Don't think any of Mr. Beer's recipes have that much grain.
  22. Doubt we'll have to do anything for planning a hotel, as I don't think we'll need enough rooms to justify requesting a group discount. My vote is that we all call the Spring Hill Suites and reserve things on our own.
  23. groan
  24. Just ordered three of these
  25. the work involved in peeling/zesting nine oranges. I'll do it, but just wondering if a bottle of orange zest from the spice rack would be okay. Or, should I drop orange and go with cherry or peanut butter. It's just me....drunk as a skunk me