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IN / Columbus Area Classic Alers
« on: November 04, 2011, 12:55:05 PM »
The club barrel project brewing will be a good chance to see what goes into making beer. We'll begin at 9:30am and brewing is expected to last past 1pm.

2719 13th St. Columbus Indiana

We're having a pot luck lunch anchored by chili and fresh fried cheese curds. Come and get it.

Ingredients / Acidified Lemongrass?
« on: February 28, 2011, 05:41:26 PM »
In searching for dried lemongrass to replicate a beer from Myrtle Beach's Southend Brewery, my friend found the best deal at an Asian market where the lemongrass was in 2 oz bags for $.33.  Since a quarter ounce at the supermarket was soemthing like $7 and we needed 2 ounces, it was a steal.  He bought all they had.  And we used one bag in a 10 gallon batch.

When the beer was done it tasted just like we'd squeezed lemons in it.  It didn't have a pellicle and everything should have been sanitized adequately.  Actually, we fermented in two carboys and the flavor is the very same between the kegs.  The acidity is so clean the only thing I'm left with is that the lemongrass was processed with citric acid or something else as an antioxidant. 

Now the obvious thing is to make a tea with it and see, but my friend isn't going about that with any speed.  3 months ago, we talked about that.  Since he has it all, I'm just making guesses. 

Has anyone heard of dried lemongrass having a sourness to it from additives?  It's so strong that I'd probably be better off calling it lemon AND lemongrass instead of just lemongrass for NHC.  It's pretty good and is so clean and refreshing, it stands out.

All Grain Brewing / Belgian Malt sources
« on: January 08, 2011, 02:15:18 AM »
I'm looking at buying some bulk Belgian Malt, pale and pils.  What brands am I looking for?  My LHBS carries Dingeman's.  But I'm not seeing it everywhere.  I've seen Franco-Belges but I'm not sure how "Belgian" their base malts are.  And before anyone asks, there does appear to be a difference.  I could taste a difference just tasting the malt.

Beer Travel / HELP!!! North side of Detroit and the World Cup!
« on: June 24, 2010, 03:22:20 AM »
About two hours ago, we decided that I was driving my wife to Farmington Hills, MI for a meeting in the morning.  I want to find a brewery or beer pub that will be open for the 10am kick off tomorrow.  (and that will have screens for the WC matches.)  We should land in the area at 9.

I'm prepared to call Dragonmead if nothing else pops up as a sure thing.

We'll be driving 3 hours to get up there, so I'm hoping for some luck.

Wood/Casks / Port Barrel
« on: May 18, 2010, 10:54:54 PM »
Anyone have experience with a port barrel?  I might be getting a couple (one for a solera cider and another for beer) in a month or two.  They've held a commercial American Port for a year and I'll get them when they're retired.  Lots about wine and bourbon barrels.  This seems a hybrid of the two. 

Initial thoughts are to age a Wee Heavy or Imperial Stout in it.  I don't know that a lighter beer would be bad with the port flavor adding more grapiness.  Like a mild or bready brown ale. 


Fort Wayne, that "other" city in Indiana...

June 12th is the homebrew competition judging.  June 13th is the Botanical Conservatory's Brew & Q event.  Admission includes tickets to sample beer from a range of regional breweries. 


Judge Registration:

This is the first year that Fort Wayne's Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory is hosting a sanctioned homebrewing competition.  Registration ends on May 21st.  Judging is June 12th.  We will have a strong BJCP judge roster.  Entries are $8 for the first entry and $4 for each additional entry.  The first entry includes admission to the
Conservatory's Brew & Q event on June 13th when winners will be announced and the Best of Show judging will be done as part of the activities.

While our local club, Mad Anthony Serious Homebrewers (MASH) is not officially involved beyond some brewing demonstrations, we have worked hard to improve the event and competition.  The last several years, this competition was judged by radio personalities and there were no score sheets.  Last year we got them to use score sheets, to add a BJCP judge in the panel and to have a way for entrants to retrieve their score sheets.  This year, it's the real deal.  We hope you can help us convince them that it's the right way to go.

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