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CCHBS News for March 2007

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  1. Recipe Specials for March
  2. Half-Gallon Growlers Still on Sale
  3. 5 Liter Mini-kegs in Stock
  4. Seasonal Yeasts in Stock

Recipe Specials for March

Bocks are the May club style of the month, so we'll continue withour Bock special for another month. We're also adding a recipe that's historically associated with the month of March, and a couple of Brown Ales to round things out.

Our first recipe special is a classic Bock recipe and perfect for the home brewer just starting with lagers. Das Bock is a traditional bock recipe, dark, strong and malty. Purchase if for $30 this month.

The second special is another lager, My Favorite Märzen. Since Märzen gets its name from the month of March, it's a natural for brewing this month. While it is a lager, a successful example can be brewed with a neutral ale yeast. Try it for only $26.

Brown Derby Ale is a long-time store favorite. It's an example of the classic Northern Brown Ale style, best exemplified by Newcastle Brown. It sells for $22 in March.

Malibu Brown Ale represents one of the few styles actually created by homebrewers: American Brown Ale. It's similar to its English cousins but with more dark malt and much hoppier – what else did you expect? Purchase it for $22 this month.

Half-Gallon Growlers Still on Sale

Our mistake is your good deal. We meant to order 3 cases of half-gallon growlers for a total of 18, but instead ordered 18 cases for a total of 108! These brown glass growlers usually sell for $7.95, because the brown glass is more expensive. But we've got too many and are short on storage space, so we're selling them for $4.95 each. They're perfect for making yeast starters because the brown glass allows you to add a hop pellet or two for their anti-microbial value.

5 Liter Mini-kegs in Stock

If you're looking for an alternative to bottling but not ready to make the leap to corny kegs, consider mini-kegs. Each mini-keg holds 5 liters of beer, so it only takes 4 of them to keg a 5 gallon batch. Plus, they'll fit inside a refrigerator without removing shelves.

Seasonal Yeasts in Stock

We have a number of seasonal yeasts available. The newest from Wyeast are the Flying Dog Ale yeast and the West Yorkshire Ale yeast. Flying Dog is the Colorado brewery that features Ralph Steadman designs on their labels. The West Yorkshire strain is most likely from the Timothy Taylor brewery. Meanwhile, in White Lab's platinum line, we have Essex Ale, Australian Ale and Bastogne Belgian Ale. White Labs isn't as helpful with the hints, but I'm sure somebody can figure these out.

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