Monthly Archive for January, 2003

Odd e-mail

I got an e-mail from a dude in Brazil who had an argument with a local importer about Pilsner Urquell. He wanted me to prove that Pilsner Urquell wasn’t bitter like the importer said it was. I gave him a history on the beer, a lesson in bitterness, and commented on personal taste. He can’t get Pilsner Urquell in Brazil anymore. Did you know they’re owned by SABMiller too? What’s this world coming to?

Racking Cane

I busted my Racking cane while shaking it dry. Damn.

Anyone ever have any luck with soaking old hoses to get wort scum out?

Tumwater Brewery Closing

The Tumwater Brewery, at 107 years of age, is being closed by Miller. Formerly the home of Olympia, it now brews Henry Weinhards, Hamms, Mickey’s and Old English 800.

Sorry to heard another NW institution is being closed due to conglomeration and capitalization. Soon, if you want to drink a NW beer, all that’ll be left are Micros. Oh well.

Yakima IPA 2

Michelle and I are both doing a batch this time. Its the first time she’s brewed since 2000. She’s doing a Scotch Ale, and I’m doing a variation on a previous IPA.

Here’s the revised Yakima IPA:

  • 6lb light malt extract
  • 1 lb. Victory Malt
  • 1 lb. Munich Malt
  • 1 lb. Domestic 2-Row Malt
  • 1.5 oz. Nugget Hops (14% alpha)
  • 1.0 oz. Cascade Hops (5.3% alpha)
  • 1.0 oz Cascade Hops (dry hopping)
  • White Labs English Ale Yeast WLP005

You know the rest…

Blackbeard Update

The Blackbeard Oatmeal Stout came out, well, deliciously. Final Gravity, 1.020 – so its a bit sweet, but the sweetness goes well with the full body and dry feel of the stout. If you wanna try some, stop by.

Institutionalized Racism

The French government is proposing to tax all beers over 8.5% ABV. This is part of a national program to curb alcoholism. I’m so glad that the United States isn’t the only government with its head up its ass.

There must be some alterior motive, since wine, wich has a higher % ABV, has less tax than beer in general. State sponsored racism, or however you’d qualify it. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though France does make some great beers.

Fortunately the EU will probably strike this down as an unfair tariff. I might have this wrong, but it also seems sorely misguided to target higher alcohol beers, since they are generally luxury type goods. As the article points out, it would be easier and cheaper to buy cheap wine, or even cheap beer if you’re really in it for the Alcohol. My guess is the AAP (average alcoholic person) doesn’t pick the 8 dollar bottle of Chimay when they want that funny feeling, especially since they can get a 12 pack of cheapo American Lager. Its everywhere, man.

Battle of the Beers

Last year had a battle of the beers where anyone could log on and vote daily on one of two beers. Out of 32 beers from 32 different breweries, Alaskan Smoked Porter won. Well their doing in again this year but with 64 different beers. The tournament starts around mid Feb, but right now you can go to the sight to nominate which beers you would like to see on the list.
I nominated Bridgeport IPA, Grant’s Scottish, and Rogue’s Shakespeare Stout.