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Hi beer lovers, happy Friday! Come on in and share a cold one with FNBB.

here's the World Cup connection, h/t Beerpulse as usual:

FIFA "pressured Brazil into passing a so-called Budweiser bill, allowing beer sales in soccer stadiums."

Brazilians are famous for their passion for soccer, though the fervor sometimes is so intense that people die. The country’s lawmakers banned alcohol at stadiums 11 years ago in effort to curb game-related violence.
But sponsors are much more important than mere local laws. Politifact's checkers found that although no one but John Oliver ever referred to it as the "Budweiser bill", FIFA had indeed told the Brazilians flatly that beer was a requirement if they wanted to host the Cup.
"Alcoholic drinks are part of the FIFA World Cup, so we’re going to have them,"[FIFA secretary general Jerome] Valcke said in January 2012. "Excuse me if I sound a bit arrogant, but that's something we won't negotiate."
Besides the American giant, Brazil's Brahma lager will be sold -- also a product owned by the InBev brewing empire.

Anyway, from what I've heard, ticket prices will effectively keep the local drunken troublemakers away from the games.

Are you watching futbol? If so tell us who you're rooting for. USA, or another underdog, or someone like Brazil with a chance to win? I don't care much about soccer, but the 2006 Cup was a good memory; I was still working for Siemens, and we must have had people from at least 8 countries rooting for their teams, just on my floor.

Sierra is on special this week so I have that IPA variety pack again. Good value for 12.99. What are you drinking? Who's brewing?

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

    by esquimaux on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 06:45:17 PM PDT

  •  Hello, hello (2+ / 0-)
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    Grainpaw, tofumagoo

    Did you hear that InBev and SABMiller are talking merger? From two huge crappy beer companies to just one huge humongous crappy beer company. Ug.

    The kids and I were at the beach today, stopped at Pizza Port Solana Beach for lunch. They had Bell's Two Hearted IPA on tap, pretty rare for this part of the country so I had one of those with my pizza.

    Now I'm drinking a Coronado Brewing Company Black Sail. It's a Black IPA and I have to say it's pretty damn good. I'm one of those that thinks calling everything an IPA because you added more hops is a gimmick, but no matter what you calll this beer it's still really good.

    I'm just about out, need to go get something else out of the garage fridge.

  •  By weighing and crushing the malt (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, mickT

    the day before, I'm able to brew on a weekday, before I go to my greenhouse job at around 5:00, to 8:00 (they're happy to see me whenever I get there). My one day off a week when I don't have to go anywhere is often pre-empted by gardening, mowing, going somewhere anyway, or some project that my wife considers more important than a steady beer supply to keep me happy.
    My brewpal Sofraj brought me a corny keg of ESB and one of a Scottish 80 Shilling. He has our ten gallon all-grain system. Here's the email I sent him about my brew day, Wednesday. This was a ten-gallon partial mash Kentucky Common Ale, brew #685.

    Denise woke me at 7:15 and said dogs out, chickens out, going to work now. So I got
    up about 7:45 and started a pot of water heating about 8:15. Nearly fell asleep in the
    chair 4 times between 9:30 and 10:00. Started mash with bags I crushed yesterday at
    10:15, Mash done at 11:45. Stir in dry malt and Breiss CBW Rye liquid extract, and got
    water in a burner, some delay to get it dry and going again. Bring to boil at 1:30, end
    at 2:30, start cooling, all while cleaning as I go, doing a BeerSmith recipe for it, and
    doing some other stuff, such as chickenry (like falconry, but more gritty and down to
    earth. Well, shitty, not gritty. And some eggery. Again, shitty). Cold water and
    crawlspace both 65 degrees. Several changes of water, etc., beer in primary at about
    5:45, I filled one primary to 5.5 gal and it had a SG of 1.036. The other was 1.043,
    after getting about 4 cups of the first to correct the volume. I think I'll try some
    bourbon soaked oak chips in the stronger one and try to let it age longer. Safale US-05.
    I was all done except labeling the primaries and schlepping them to the crawlspace when
    Denise dropped in for a short pit stop between work and doing some Jin Shin Jyutsu
    sessions in Bridgeport. I said I've brewed, and she said, somewhat sarcastically, it's
    not like there was any thing else that needed done. Then we had a half-hour downpour, she
    left, I went to work. I got the primaries into the crawl space later, just before dark.
    I spent a lot of time getting down to 80 degrees. I have a Therminator chiller, but no
    way set up to use it. Going down the steps and over to the crawl space and in was no fun,
    either. This is getting harder than it needs to be.

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:18:11 PM PDT

    •  Sounds painful (2+ / 0-)
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      Grainpaw, suka

      you need an off site location to brew your beer. Name that place "My Office." When your wife asks where you are going, just say, "to My Office."

      •  one of the classic (3+ / 0-)
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        bsegel, Grainpaw, suka

        bar names. I think the famous one in Santa Monica is "My Father's Office". a couple towns away from me we have "The Bank".

        "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

        by esquimaux on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:33:42 PM PDT

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        •  Yep (2+ / 0-)
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          Grainpaw, suka

          I used to go to My Father's Office in the day when all they had was five taps of beer and a popcorn machine. You could play Monopoly or Life while you drank your beer.

          Now, while still a really small place, it's got a kitchen. One of the best burgers on the planet, seriously, it is. Much larger beer selection now too. My beer drinking buddy Scott lives about two blocks from there. He's there all the time.

        •  We had a college bar (3+ / 0-)
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          Grainpaw, bsegel, suka

          Called the Library

          We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers - thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams. - Peter S. Beagle

          by jk2003 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:48:36 PM PDT

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      •  We have a room called the office (2+ / 0-)
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        bsegel, suka

        which became filled up with the stuff she banished from the rest of the house during cleaning frenzies. I can see why people go to offices, though. Sometimes getting away from home is the only way to get anything done.
        When she is done remodeling and selling her old house which some of my money is tied up in, I get to build a garage at home to put my brew supply biz in, and to have some garage/workshop/storage space. But she'll still be telling me what to do with it.
        Current brew space plan is to build an enclosed shelter at the bottom of the back steps against the crawlspace wall and back deck, with a sink that can be shut off in freezing weather, and brew there. A new doorway into the deep end of the crawlspace would be handy for cool summer fermentations, beer and wine cellaring, etc. That will get me out of the kitchen into a dedicated and more functional space with fewer disturbances in the Force. I built a plastic tent in that spot when I moved here, and after three brews, it collapsed in a wet snowstorm. I was so disgusted I didn't clean up the wreckage for about eight or nine months. It's been mostly five gallon partial mashes since then, ten years, and that just doesn't keep the kegs full. In my old house there was a dedicated kitchen not far from the basement, and I wasn't married, and that was my most productive period.

        The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

        by Grainpaw on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:51:23 PM PDT

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    •  hi Grainpaw (3+ / 0-)
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      bsegel, Grainpaw, suka

      that's a solid day's work all right.

      "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

      by esquimaux on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:35:20 PM PDT

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  •  Far flung tonight... (1+ / 0-)
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    Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, then Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale, rounding out with Sixpoint Resin....

    Hoptimum is the leader here.  However, I'm impressed with Sixpoint.  Between Resin and Bengali, they have a couple of very decent beers.

  •  I used to coach my daughter's soccer team (1+ / 0-)
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    but brewing is way better fun.

  •  Bridgeport Hop Czar for me (1+ / 0-)
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    I have too many hobbies to brew my own, but I appreciate those that do.

  •  Way late Sidhe Update (0+ / 0-)

    I'm in Ireland until the 22nd. Found out that our state and fed licenses are accepted and being reviewed. City license will be issued August 8.

    Michele Bachmann
    is a manipulative homophobe. And soon to just be a bad memory!

    by Transactivist on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 06:12:05 AM PDT

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