HOMEBREW Digest #4939 Sun 29 January 2006

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  re: Paso Robles Homebrewing ("Mike Sharp")
  RE:  Questions from a newbie ("C.D. Pritchard")
  Denver Brew/AFC entries ("Chad Stevens")
  Suggestions for England trip? ("chris hofmann")
  cracking the beer codes; keeping fermenter warm ("Peter A. Ensminger")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 22:42:07 -0800 From: "Mike Sharp" <rdcpro at hotmail.com> Subject: re: Paso Robles Homebrewing Rick Weber sez he's Moving to Paso Robles... I hope you like hot climates! I lived in the area for 15 years, but moved away in 1998. And yes, it's definitely wine country. I did a lot of electrical and controls work at many of the wineries around that region. There's no retail outlet that I know of close to Paso Robles, but there are places in the area. Adam Firestone (of the Firestone Winery) bought the SLO Brewing facility in Paso Robles, but the Brewpub is still in San Luis Obispo under the original ownership. There were a lot of changes, but I think the big Paso Robles brewery is still there. If not, then they moved it to Santa Ynez, next to their winery. A real nice place, and tasty beer. Doc's Cellar is where I used to buy my HB supplies. They're at 855 Capitolio Way in San Luis Obispo, about 30 miles south of Paso Robles. It sounds like a long way, but you'll get used to the distances. He's probably your best bet. He has a website, but it's dreadful. Looks nice at first, if you like Flash. http://www.docscellar.com/ There was another shop in Santa Maria--he actually operated out of his basement--but I doubt he's still around. He was real cheap, though, so I'd pick stuff up from him whenever I could. There used to be a wine shop with some HB stuff near the Madonna Inn, but they had next to nothing, and I don't think they're still around. There was SLO Home Brew Supply at 383 Lemon St, which is near Santa Rosa Park, but I don't know if they're around, but it's worth checking out. SLO also has a U-Brew for a while, it was in and out of business, as I recall. They might still be around. I think they were on Monterey St. near the north end of town. I'm actually sort of jealous. SLO is a wonderful place to live. Even Paso is nice. Regards, Mike Sharp Kent, WA (where it's much colder and wetter) [1891.3, 294deg] AR Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 11:23:41 From: "C.D. Pritchard" <cdp at chattanooga.net> Subject: RE: Questions from a newbie I think Dave Miller's "The Complete Handbook of Home Brewing" is the best. c.d. pritchard cdp at chattanooga.net http://chattanooga.net/~cdp/ Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 19:27:44 -0800 From: "Chad Stevens" <zuvaruvi at cox.net> Subject: Denver Brew/AFC entries I'll be staying in North Denver (Broomfield ?) for a couple days in February. Any can't miss places? Bull & Bush? Wynkoop? SandLot? Your garage? Thanks, Chad Stevens QUAFF San Diego Time is running out! Ship your entries soon to win a chance to have your beer brewed commercially by John Wilson of Oggi's Pizza Mission Valley, or a commemorative T-shirt, free white labs yeast, etched glassware.... Registration is still open. http://www.quaff.org/AFC2006/AFCHBC.html Thanks and good luck! Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 09:22:12 -0600 From: "chris hofmann" <chrisrhofmann at hotmail.com> Subject: Suggestions for England trip? Greeting Fellow Brewing Enthusiasts... I will be in England next week for a wedding - specifically London for a couple of days and the rest of the time in the Cotswolds (Chipping Norton) - and want to make the most of it. So far my brewing related itinerary includes: Fuller's tour - possible Hook Norton tour - already booked (bride's father works there) Donnigtons - possible Any other "must visit" pubs and brewery suggests would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! -Chris Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 15:57:18 -0500 From: "Peter A. Ensminger" <ensmingr at twcny.rr.com> Subject: cracking the beer codes; keeping fermenter warm Greetings! There was an interesting article in the Jan 28-29 issue of the "Wall Street Journal" on beer freshness and the cryptic coding used by different brewers to say when their beers are bottled (or 'best consumed by'). For example: Anchor Steam: 5F8 = Feb 28, 2005 Bass: 23K54sx = Oct 23, 2005 Guiness Draught: L 5227 GH001 = Aug 15, 2005 That said, I have experienced minimal problems with freshness of domestic beers. However, imports (which apparently spend time on cargo ships with minimal temperature control) have occasionally been a problem for me. It might be nice if there was an easy way for consumers to decode these messages. - ---------- I am trying to save on my utility bills this winter by keeping my house at 50-55 deg F. Not a problem for me, as I simply need to wear a sweater and wool socks. But, this is too cool for fermenting my ales. Can anyone suggest a way to keep my fermenter at ~65-70 deg F? I make 5 gal batches. I'm not too eager to build a glycol-based jacket (with heater, pump, and thermostat) that fits around my fermenter. OTOH, the "Brew Belt" (see: http://www.ebrew.com/miscellaneous_equipment/brew_belt.htm ) seems like a very crude and unreliable solution. Any suggestions? Sincerely, Peter A. Ensminger Syracuse, NY Beer Data: http://hbd.org/ensmingr Return to table of contents
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