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Events / Re: 7th annual Brewing up a Cure
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:04:16 AM »
One month to go before event. Make sure to get your tickets.  This very good event for a very good cause. 

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Events / 7th annual Brewing up a Cure
« on: August 25, 2013, 07:45:16 AM »
This year's 7th annual Brewing up a Cure event will take place on
Saturday October 12th from 7pm-10pm, with a VIP session prior to the
event from 6pm-7pm. We are pleased to have the PPG Wintergarden as our
home for another year. Last year's event was a tremendous success and
we look forward to an even better event this year. Tickets for this year's event are available NOW!
Last year's event sold out so make sure to get your ticket as early as possible!
http://www.brewingupacure.org/index.html
Brewing up a Cure started as a way for the members of Three Rivers
Underground Brewers (T.R.U.B.) to both promote homebrewing and to
support a cause that was close to all of their hearts. A member of the club, has a daughter who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. With this in mind, the original intent of the event was to provide an
enjoyable evening of homebrewed beer tasting and to donate whatever
proceeds were made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In this the sixth year, the event has definitely surpassed those
original goals. The event now features well over 75 different
homebrewed beers made by various club members, as well as beers from
great microbreweries such as , Stone Brewing, Erie Brewing,
Lancaster and Pittsburgh's own East End Brewing Company and Arsenal Cider House.
In addition to all of the great beer, there is a ton of great food from local
eateries, great live music, and some fabulous auction items to bid on. The event has grown to 650 attendees, and the donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has grown to over $142,000

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Ingredients / Re: Rakau Hops
« on: January 28, 2012, 01:49:48 PM »
I bought four ounces of Rakau hops (2011 crop). I was curious to hear if others have brewed with this? How would you describe it? What brews does it do well in? I was thinking of using it in an IPA or Saison, both styles I think the description would do well in.

Here is a description I found on Rebel Brewer:

Usage: Dual
Description: Suitable for use both as bittering and aroma. Developed as a true dual purpose variety typically with alpha acid above 10 % delivers soft bitterness through low levels of Cohumulone less than 25 % of alpha acids. Can be used for multiple additions with late hop character delivering tropical fruit aromas of passionfruit and peach. Quite high levels of oil with an H/C ratio typical of classical aroma varieties.

Where did you buy Rakau Hops.  Can never find them

This variety has a lot of typical New Zealand fruity character so would be best suited to new world styles of ale and lager such as Pales and "big" IPA's.

Thanks a lot,
Kyle

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
« on: January 15, 2012, 06:34:54 AM »
I'm organizing Paris' first ever (maybe?) homebrewer meeting but am not sure what to talk about. I figure a tasting or two of some recent beers, but what else could be done besides that? Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Since most people go to one store, see if the store could give you a gift certificate to give thru a drawing away at the meeting.  To enter the drawing all one would need is their name, email address and phone number.  

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boza recipe?
« on: January 07, 2012, 05:49:28 AM »
Does anybody have experience making boza? I've heard it's pretty interesting stuff and would like to try making a batch.

One of our club members made a Boza.  Send me you email and I can give it to him at our next meeting

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st Saison
« on: January 07, 2012, 05:45:49 AM »
Hey everyone! I'm getting ready to brew my first saison. Anyone have any recommendations on how long it needs to age? Is it better fresh and green like an IPA or should I go a week for every 10 points of gravity? Thoughts?

To me it is not so much the aging but time of fermentation.  The yeast will almost stop and then start again, that seems to be when the spice flavors from the yeast come out.  I was always one who added spice to a saison. Then I tried no spice just ferment with saison yeast.  Hard to believe the flavor that comes from yeast.  Be patient.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: homebrew club officer advice
« on: December 21, 2011, 05:46:01 PM »
We are planning start something new when sampling member’s beers at meetings.  Rather just tasting all the beers at the end of the meeting, we are all going to sample each beer at the same time, the brewer will take a few minutes and talk about what and how they brewed their beer.  Should make for good discussion and also let the brewer take pride in their brew. 

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