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BA Yeti?

Discussion in 'Mountain' started by hopfacebrew, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. hopfacebrew

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    Is Great Divide not releasing the Barrel Aged Yeti this year as a result of the infections of last year's release and Stranahan's deal with Breckenridge or is this just a nasty rumor?

    I hadn't seen any information pertaining to BA Yeti in quite a while but perhaps I have been living under a rock?
     
  2. crusian

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    last I heard it is every other year, so next year.
     
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    Not sure but they still need to release BA Hibernation as the last installment in the BA series.
     
  4. hopfacebrew

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    Good to know.
     
  5. SteelersX

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    And I had one Saturday and it wasn't infected
     
  6. hopfacebrew

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    I personally didn't experience any infections in any of the bottles I bought or shared either. I know that some people have, which is extremely unfortunate.
     
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    All the Stranahans deal with Breck means is that Breck is the only brewery allowed to say they're using Stranahans barrels on the label. If a CO brewery advertises a beer made in a whiskey barrel and doesn't say which whiskey... it's a really good bet that its a Stranahans barrel anyway.
     
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  8. Prospero

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    Yes, I asked GD about this last month, BA Yeti will not be released until this time next year. All their BA-series are every other year.

    BA Hibernation is next and from what I've heard it's bottled but they were awaiting the label approval or printing (can't remember exactly what they said) and were still deciding how to handle QC for this release, there was maybe talk of buying a flash pasteurizer... but chances are it will likely be next month (November)... maybe... December.
     
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    Terrific, thanks Prospero!
     
  10. FishPondManager

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    I've heard this same thing from a bottle shop owner.
     
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    To anyone worried about their ba yeti being infected I will gladly take the bottles of your hands. BM me.
     
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    BA Hibernation has been bottled and should be released anytime now.
     
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    heard the newest ones that havn't been released are all already infected:)
     
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    Hmmm does anyone have any barrel yeti that they would be interested in selling?
     
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    This is correct, except that what I heard from Stranahan's was that they sell their used barrels to barrel brokers who then sell them to breweries without disclosing where they're from, so really, any BA beer that isn't specifically named could be a Stranahan's barreled beer. It doesn't really matter in the long run though.
     
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    The bottles are infected so you likely wouldn't want it. I'm sure there are people who would be happy to unload a bottle, but you're better off waiting until next year.
     
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    why don't they just re-label them as "sours"
     
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    As previously mentioned by others, I will gladly accept any unwanted possibly infected BA Yeti.
     
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    I'm dumb enough to pay at a discount and hope for the best, but I guess you're right. BA hibernation should be interesting.
     
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    Correction: SOME bottles are infected. I have yet to have one and I've cracked 10+ bottles, one as recently as a few weeks ago.
     
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    2009 Abyss, every vintage Double Pecan, etc. People have traded me bottles claiming they've had a bunch of good bottles. Every time the one they sent me was infected. I'm not saying you are lying, just that so far I've yet to get a good bottle from someone making those claims. It just isn't worth giving up anything of value.
     
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    Not a claim, it's a fact: SOME bottles/batches were infected. Very common these days even with the biggest and best breweries, i.e. Deschutes, Odell, Boulevard, New Glarus, lots... But understand why someone would be hesitant to trade or buy. But I would! Loved the 2 bottles I had and the BA Ruffian! Funny thing is some people like the infected bottles! I enjoyed the infected Boulevard Imperial Stout, wasn't what they meant it to be but was good!
     
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    Between tastings and my own stash, I've had 6 bottles of BA Yeti, none of them infected. Have 3 left, but not much interest in getting rid of them through any other means than pouring them into my belly
     
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    I'm with you^^^ Have 3 bottles left myself and they are not leaving the house!
     
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    Guys, there is a very large thread where the infected bottles appear to have been peggd to a bottle number range (big ups to numbering bottles), so just search the forum for "infected yeti." I had an infected bottle in April, and it was not pleasantly sour in the slightest possible way - it smelled like an unkempt dumpster and tasted like gasoline. Trust me, you don't want any part of it. However, I traded the remains in at GD for a new bottle in the 4000's, which I've heard is well clear of the infection range. There are no guarantees, but the range guide can allow anyone to feel reasonably confident they're getting a good bottle.

    On the next run, I would hope that the crew there does something this time to avoid another infection. Avery has taken to not putting any beer in a barrel that's less than about 13% give or take from what I heard from a brewer, just to be sure it could kill it. A lot of breweries take higher ABV beer from the barrels and cut it with younger, lower ABV blending beer. Unfortunately, I don't know that GD could change the recipe like that and still know it will come out like Yeti, so they might be stuck. Even an expert at Firestone Walker I talked to at GABF told me there's not a ton that can be done.
     
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    Have had some this year that were outstanding but the last one I had was similar to Josh's experience, not a good sour in any way. Thin, watery, and just bad. Have two more from the same range and I would be open to sharing or trading at least one of the two I have left from 2011 just to have the dialog.
     
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    Call me crazy, but I think I'd start worrying about quality control before I bottled the beer, not after.

    I do think it's crazy that they charge $25 a bottle for their barrel-aged beers and just seem to wing it on the QC. I've hear Matt Bryndleson talk about the lengths they go to at Firestone to avoid contamination (like plating out samples from their DBA union every day), and they seem to be able to barrel age a crap-ton of beer and sell it for far less than Great Divide without many reports of ill beer. If Parabola is $15 a bottle with great QC, I just don't understand why BA Yeti is $25 a bottle with shoddy QC.
     
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  28. Prospero

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    Totally agree, just repeating what I was told. Heck even Bligh's is $18
     
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