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General Homebrew Discussion / Looking for a Cerveza Bohemia Clone Recipe
« on: September 21, 2012, 02:03:48 PM »
Last week while visiting with my Uncle he mentioned a beer he really enjoyed when he and my Aunt were visiting Mexico many years ago. It's called Cerveza Bohemia. He's getting up in his years and I was hoping to brew a clone of one of his favorite beers. My research has found it to be based on a Czech Pilsner but that's about it. I was hoping someone might be able to help. I'm thinking a basic Czech Pilsner recipe to the stated 5.3% ABV but wasn't sure about malt (other than pilsner), the hops (Saaz?) or the yeast (WLP940 Mexican Lager Yeast  or Wyeast 2278 Czech Pils. 

Here's a link to their website:

I'd really appreciate any feedback you can offer.  Cheers!!!

Kegging and Bottling / Portable Kegerator
« on: February 02, 2012, 04:41:57 PM »
Here's a quick & dirty portable kegerator I put together recently. I used the garbage can a few times last summer with picnic taps on the kegs. It worked pretty good so I decided to take it to the next level and add faucets and a bit of insulation (camping pad). I need to add a drain so I can attach a length of tubing to drain the water away from it. I'm thinking a bottling bucket spigot might do the trick. Other ideas are most welcome! Here are a few pics.  Cheers, and thanks for looking!!!

The Portable Kegerator fully assembled:

Top view from the front:

Top view from the back:

Rear view with the hole for the CO2 line:

I used the leftover camping pad material to insulate the lid a bit:

All Things Food / Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: January 15, 2012, 11:27:06 PM »
Using a hot air popcorn popper roasting 1/3 cup at a time ending up with 4 pints. Cheers!!!

NE / Kearney Area Brewers
« on: October 19, 2011, 01:55:53 PM »
WHAT: Kearney Area Brewers will be hosting the AHA Learn to Brew Day, sharing various techniques for extract and all-grain brewing

WHEN: Saturday, November 5th, 2011, commencing at 10:00 AM (Potluck @ Noon)

WHERE: Home of Emmett Maul - 201 E. 26th Street, Kearney, NE (Brewing in the garage behind the house)

For more information please email us at or visit our web site at


All Things Food / Buckboard Bacon
« on: September 13, 2011, 03:05:10 PM »
I cured two Pork Loins last week and then gave them a light smoke last night. They turned out really good! Here are a few pics.

The two on the left got a healthy dose of coarse pepper:

Ready to take off:

All wrapped up:

Thanks for looking! Cheers!!!

All Things Food / Yardbirds
« on: August 01, 2011, 02:09:08 PM »
Brined & stuffed a couple of yardbirds (chicken fryers) last weekend. Turned out fantastic! Here are a few pics...

Stuffed & ready for the smoker:

Smokin' away with an IPA:

Ready to come off @ 165F:

Simple but delicious, and the brine made them so moist!

Thanks for looking...  Cheers!!!

The Pub / Triplets!
« on: July 19, 2011, 10:36:40 PM »
The last couple of weeks we’ve been seeing what we thought were twins until this morning. Sort of a rarity I guess. Definitely keeping Mom busy! It was fun to watch them chase each other around in the yard. They definitely have no worries. Pics were taken out of our Kitchen window and the screen sort of makes them blurry, plus it was still a little dark out. Cheers!!!

Mom & the kids...

On their own for a while...

Takin' a break...

Fellow Brewers,

Please consider entering the 2011 Buffalo County Fair Beer/Mead/Wine Competition, an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned event hosted by the Kearney Area Brewers, Kearney Nebraska.

The entry fees is only $4.00 per entry.

Entries will be accepted between Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 18, 2011.

Here's a link for additional details:

Tom Hamilton
Kearney Area Brewers

The Pub / It's Started Already...
« on: May 02, 2011, 01:30:55 PM »
 I was busy Friday night so the Wifey set out for a walk on her own. A few minutes later she was back. “There’s a snake on the road!” It was about a block from our house. (We live out in the country on a gravel road) I grabbed the closest thing I could find, a broom and went down the road and there it was, curled up in the middle. Yep, a rattle snake about 3 feet long. I whacked it a few times & brought it home & shared it with the Wifey. Not impressed! 

We used to walk the ditches & pick up beer cans & rubbish until we realized there were Rattle Snakes out here. Now it's down the middle of the road.  I've lost count of how many I've actually killed... Anyone else have have to deal with Rattle Snakes or other venomous snakes?  Cheers!!!

Homebrew Competitions / 2011 NHC Regions Filling Up
« on: March 23, 2011, 02:55:17 PM »
Closed As of this moment:

Filling up:
Seattle, WA - Entries: 586
Lodi, CA - Entries: 739
Denver, CO - Entries: 620
Dallas, TX - Entries: 643
Madison, WI - Entries: 709
Nashville, TN - Entries: 749 (Basically Closed)

Good Luck to all those who enter!!!  Cheers!!!

Here's the URL to check:

General Homebrew Discussion / Walgreens Big Flats 1901
« on: January 28, 2011, 09:36:06 PM »
Looks like Walgreens has come out with their own brand of beer...

It appears to be a rebranded Genesee?

I'm thinking I might have to stop by & drop $3.00 for a 6-pack just to see. I've blown 3 bucks on worse things, I think...


Here's the link.

Just a cursory look through.  Am I understanding the new guidelines for the Bock & Doppelbock. Seems like it would be quite difficult to tell the difference, and such a narrow OG range for the Doppelbock??  Cheers!!!

All Grain Brewing / Braggot Questions
« on: December 13, 2010, 07:54:15 PM »
Questions about brewing a Braggot.  I've been told that unless the Braggot base beer is of the "light" nature, such as a wheat, that it's just a waste of good honey because the honey won't be evident in something like a Porter. All I'll end up with is a strong, alcoholic Porter. Maybe that's true if the honey is added somewhere in the boil. So I thought, "What If?"

What if I brewed the beer & mead separately & blended them after they were fermented. Which means the mead would have to be done in advance of the beer of course.


What if I brewed the beer first and when the fermentation was complete racked it to another fermenter, added the honey, nutrients and mead yeast and fermented it as a mead. Incorporating oxygen at this stage has me a bit concerned though.

In either case I'm thinking forced CO2 might be the safest and most consistent way to carbonate??

Thanks for your thoughts & ideas!!  Cheers!!!

The Pub / Learn to Homebrew for Babalu!
« on: November 03, 2010, 05:29:59 PM »
The Kearney Area Brewers is challenging every Homebrew Club across the world to take advantage of the AHA Learn to Homebrew Day event & take up a collection for Jeff Fuller A.K.A. Babalu.

Click here for additional information:


Tom Hamilton, Secretary
Kearney Area Brewers

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