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  • Let's go to the Chemistry Lab!

    The "let's go to the" series of posts is back, it has been too long and I figured it high-time to take a trip to the chemistry lab. It's a wonderful and welcoming place that offers lots of science-y stuff to look at: Anton-Parr machines, beakers, Erlenmeyer flasks, pipettes, distillation columns, Hoffman Foam Stability Testers, round bottom flasks, the list only gets nerdier from there... But the coolest thing in the lab, by far, is the Gas Chromatograph with a Spectrum Detector and Olfactory Port, or as I like to call it– the Smell-O-Meter. The Smell-O-Meter is an amazing tool. It can profile finished beer, in process beer, or raw materials (along with anything else you want to really (like really-really) smell). It takes a ...

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  • I went to GABF and lived to tell the story...

    HOLY SMOKES!  I almost didn't make it out of there alive.  GABF has come and gone for 2011 and it was truly a success.  But as promised, I took some photos and jotted some notes and I would love to present that information to you... and if there is time, my predictions for some of the categories winners (even though the medal ceremony is over and all the winners have gone home already).  This is a long one so hang on, here it goes---> I was running late, like super late, I was coming off giving a tour of NBB HQ and my ride was waiting and my phone was dieing and I felt flustered.  Her car was parked in the loading zone and ...

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  • I tasted Belgo IPA, and it is delicious.

    So a few weeks ago I mentioned that when Belgo IPA came out I would do a tasting and tell you all about it.  Well it's out and I tasted it and now I am going to tell you all about it. I poured this beer off the tap, a big globe glass.  The head was bright, like super bright white, just beautiful.  I managed to pack about 2.5 fingers of foam into the tapering top of that glass and it wanted to hang around.  It was a few minutes between the pour and the first sip because of the photo opportunity (and the slowness of my camera phone) but the head was hanging tough.  A small amount of dissipation but overall the head retention ...

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