Sunday, May 29, 2011

2011 vlog #12 | Let's have a Beer VLOGGERS Conference!

Beer Vloggers of the world - unite! Seriously, if the beer bloggers, writers, journalists, critics and other beer webophiles of the world can have both an American and European conferences, why can't we beer vloggers do the same? And I don't just mean BeerTubers, but EVERYONE who regularly make videos about beer for the web.

This is an idea I've kicked around with other BeerTubers for well over a year, but no one has ever put the ball in motion - until now. This vlog isn't an announcement of an exact place and time for a conference, but more of a "feeler" vlog asking who would be interested, what they would want to do at such a conference and what it would take to make it worth their while. Whatever ideas you have for things to see and do at this conference - by all means - let me know in the description box. Of course, a good date you'd be available to come would be very helpful too.

I REALLY think we could make such a conference happen easily and fairly cheaply by having it here in Albany instead of New York, Boston, etc..

So let's do it! Let's have a Beer VLOGGERS conference THIS SUMMER! I'm thinking Labor Day weekend might be a good idea, although having it BEFORE the college students return might be a better idea as the bars (craft, macro or otherwise) tend to be very crowded as soon as they get back.

Watch the entire video for details and for the ideas I have in mind. Anything you can think of to make it bigger and better let me know!  Can't wait to see everyone at this thing!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

"The Blackest Hop" by BrewAthlon | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #15

Yes, another homebrew made by friend Chad aka "BrewAthlon". Being the comic book geek Chad is, he named this beer after the recent Green Lantern story arc "In Blackest Night." It IS a black IPA, after all so the name is appropriate I'd say. Here's Chad's description:

Brewed the Blackest Hop to take with me to a comic book show is named for the Blackest Night storyline which took place in the Green Lantern comic. I deviated from the original recipe and upped the hops and hopping schedule and used the Carafa III instead of roasted barley...

Brew Type: Extract
Date: 2/4/2011
Style: Cascadian Dark Ale aka American Black IPA

Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU
6.60 lb Amber Liquid Extract (12.5 SRM) Extract 79.04 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 11.98 %
0.75 lb Carafa III (525.0 SRM) Grain 8.98 %
1.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (60 min) Hops 34.9 IBU
1.00 oz Columbia [14.50 %] (45 min) Hops 36.4 IBU
0.75 oz Cascade [7.50 %] (30 min) Hops 11.8 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [7.20 %] (10 min) Hops 7.1 IBU

Beer Profile:
Measured Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.011 SG
Estimated Color: 36.9 SRM (6.0-15.0 SRM) Color [Color]
Bitterness: 90.3 IBU (40.0-70.0 IBU)
Alpha Acid Units: 32.9 AAU

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2011 vlog #11 | Albany Craft Beer Fest

Usually I make an entire video about a beer fest, but this is half vlog/half event vlog. I explain why in the first half. I also explain what's happening with the two channel crossover and even give you a date on when things will change for good! I tell you about a new camera I'm getting tomorrow. And I explain why I only got about 3 1/2 minutes of footage from a 4-hour long beer fest.