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Comment: Re:The real trade secret is the yeast (Score 1) 50

by QRDeNameland (#48501933) Attached to: Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

Don't know what to tell you, but I've toured I-don't-know-how-many US/Canadian brewpubs and they were all single-step infusion set ups. I can't speak to your buddy's homebrew machine, but in many ways a home brewery can be much more flexible than a small commercial brewery. Generally speaking, to do proper step-mashing you need a separate vessel for heating the mash in addition to the lautering vessel, which is obviously more costly and takes up more space. You can do limited step mashing in a single mash vessel set up by adding more hot water, but there are limitations to what you can do there.

Comment: Re:The real trade secret is the yeast (Score 3, Informative) 50

by QRDeNameland (#48498521) Attached to: Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

From my understanding, the most successful breweries are not as concerned about their recipes being stolen because they have a proprietary yeast strain that they own and no one else can get.

Not to mention...not all breweries are the same. For instance, many German brewers use a traditional method called decoction mashing where portions of the mash are drawn off and boiled and then returned to the main mash to raise the temperatures for various enzymatic reactions, which will yield malty flavors that are difficult to achieve otherwise. Very few breweries outside Europe have this capability, in fact many smaller US craft breweries only allow for one step infusion mashing (hot water added to grain where the mash can only have one temperature stage) which limits the kinds of malts that can be used as the lightest and least modified malts require multiple stages of temperature rests. This is why it is exceeding rare for N. American breweries to be able to fully reproduce the flavors of e.g., a German Pils.

So much of brewing relies on process that just knowing the "recipe" (i.e., just the specific ingredients) is not a guarantee of being able to reproduce the beer.

Comment: Re:school curriculums? (Score 1) 481

It's perfectly fine to use the English plural of English words, whatever language they're borrowed from ...

As with much of the English language, it depends on the specific case. If you were to use "datums", "agendums", "bacteriums", or "criterions" instead of "data", "agenda", "bacteria", or "criteria", those would be nearly universally considered incorrect. There is not much rhyme or reason other than how the usage evolved in practice.

Not trying to be pedantic, just pointing out that English has few hard and fast rules in that regard. And on that note, I'm off to meet up with some of my fellow alumnuses from college for a night at the opuses. :)

Comment: Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (Score 1) 554

by QRDeNameland (#48393583) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Actually, I would posit that "crazy-out-of-control-in-a-hurry-drivers" and the self-appointed vigilante traffic cops that feel obligated to thwart them are merely two different species of asshole drivers. If you think that you have a right to endanger public safety because you can't manage to allot enough travel time because you always assume perfect traffic conditions, you're an asshole. And if the person who thinks you are driving like an asshole thinks they have the right to endanger public safety by being an obstacle to you, that person is an asshole too.

I do agree that the latter behavior is not criticized enough, and it should be explicitly stated in driving instruction that retaliatory obstructionism is as dangerous as the drivers they are trying to thwart. But make no mistake, if you believe that you "have to take dangerous maneuvers to pass these fools", you shouldn't be driving, period.

The first time, it's a KLUDGE! The second, a trick. Later, it's a well-established technique! -- Mike Broido, Intermetrics