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When you're in the bay area again, I recommend Anchor Steam, quite a good local brew and one of my favorites around here. Pyramid makes a decent Hefeweizen, although it's still not quite at the same level as what I'm used to from Germany
You can buy either of those beers from the package store, down the block from here, and I live over 3000 miles from the "bay area" Shoot if you are willing to walk a few blocks you can get either of them on draft.
Maybe he also should buy a loaf of generic sourdough bread and put on a pair of levis's too, to get that genuine artificial california feeling
Nice! I haven't done a batch in a few months. I'm thinking about a red soon. What type of chiller did you get? I'm running a custom copper coil fed by an old water pump, pulling from an ice bath.
It's a copper coil chiller with 3/8" ID hose that I picked up at the local brew supply store. Fits nicely in my 4.5-5 gallon brewing pot and has a hose connection on the one side which I can adapt to fit my sink faucet. I just run from the sink as a cold water source, through the chiller, and then straight to the drain in the sink on the other end. The hose is all long enough that I don't even have to move the pot from the stove, which also reduces chances of any accidents/burns.