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Beer Travel / Cologne and Dusseldorf trip in the works
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:26:53 PM »
My wife and I will be going back to Germany later this year to stay with some friends in Frankfurt.  I am planning on heading up for some Kolsch and Altbier in Cologne and Dusseldorf, and I'm taking suggestions from anybody who has a "must visit" place to get some of the local beverages.  Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

The Pub / Another Lost Buddy
« on: May 10, 2011, 05:28:43 PM »
Today, because of health issues over the last couple months, I had to take Soileau's Kei Gogi Wetzel to the vet for the last time.  She was with me for my first brew session in 1998, but unfortunately, she won't be with me for any more. 
She was the typical pit bull- strong, smart, loyal, friendly to people and dogs, and the best foot warmer in bed during the winter months.

Please raise a pint in her honor as I already have tonight.  Thanks.
Paul Wetzel

The Pub / Looking for unique bottles
« on: July 03, 2010, 04:52:07 PM »
I am looking for vortex bottles in which to bottle my triple hops brewed beer.  Can anybody send some help my way?  Thank you for your help.

The Pub / How to prepare for newspaper interview?
« on: May 25, 2010, 03:56:58 PM »
I am going to be interviewed by a local reporter for an article about homebrewing.  I will be going through a FG brew session and give a quick overview of the process.  Also, for the photographer, I will set up a display of the ingredients and equipment used throughout the process.  The reporter is obviously going to ask lots of questions, but he told me to think of 5 or 6 things to tell him about such as when I started, why I started, etc. 
Is there anything else that I should do or prepare for before they show up?  The house will be cleaned and I won't fart when they are here.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Yeast and Fermentation / Mr Malty question for starter
« on: April 20, 2010, 11:41:17 AM »
I have some old 1450 that I am going to use for Denny's RIPA on Sunday, and Mr. Malty says that I need a 3 liter starter with 5 yeast packs, even with the settings at the less yeast packs setting.  Would I be able to get away with stepping up one pack with 15 liters in a few 5 liter flasks?

The smack pack is from October of last year, BTW.

The Pub / Completely pathetic or completely AWESOME?
« on: April 14, 2010, 09:15:46 AM »
I was digging out my yeast starter from the back of the fridge and noticed that I have a bunch of beer.  Not a bunch of one kind, but one, two, or a few of a bunch of different varieties.  Out of curiosity, I grabbed one bottle of each variety and set it on my counter to get some sort of an idea of what I have.  If I see something that looks interesting at the beer store, I grab a six pack of it, and it may or may not get finished, and this is what has accumulated.  Each one is different, and there are even 3 or 4 different hoome brews in there.

So, pathetic or awesome?

Yeast and Fermentation / How much of the 125 ml is yeast?
« on: April 01, 2010, 02:28:21 PM »
On the smack packs, it says that it contains 125 ml of liquid yeast and nutrients.  How much of that 125 ml is liquid yeast?  I am starting to harvest yeast from fermenting batches, and I would like to start making guestimates on how much slurry should go into a starter when it is time to brew again.  Thanks for any help.

The Pub / Kyrgyzstan is the happiest place in the world!
« on: March 12, 2010, 02:28:57 PM »
I am on my way home after 11 1/2 months in Afghanistan!  It has been a long (almost) year without beer, home brewing, and lots of other stuff.  I placed an order last week with NB for enough ingredients to keep me busy for a few weeks at least. 

To make up for the last year, I am planning a 4 or 5 week road trip around the USA checking out mountain biking and brew pubs around the country.  I'll be asking for some ideas when the time gets closer.  See you all soon.

Beer Recipes / What is Snowcap?
« on: December 11, 2009, 08:58:14 AM »
It has been about 16 years since I was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and I consumed my fair share of Pyramid's Snowcap Ale.  That was back in the transition from BMC, so all I knew is that it was a good freakin' beer.  What style of beer is it, and would anybody know of a good AG clone recipe?  Thanks in advance for any info. 

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