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Drew, I'm curious to see what you think of the Yeast Bay saison strains.

I am curious about your thoughts also.

I have a saison using Wallonian Farmhouse that I plan to bottle this weekend. Tasted good last week when I checked SG. Went from 1.055 to 1.005. Tasted good and looking forward to tasting it after it has been in the bottle.

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Events / Re: 2017 NHC Date and Location.
« on: June 12, 2016, 02:20:13 AM »
I might have to go there.

It would be great to see you!  Although NHC is ostensibly about beer, for me it's really, about seeing friends.

Totally agree. And, I would add, making new friends.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 12, 2016, 02:13:14 AM »
It was great to meet evrybody and there were some truly great beers
I misread that. I read "and there were some truly great beards" .
That too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 12, 2016, 02:00:44 AM »
I'm the guy in the front left, kneeling, wearing the checked shirt and ball cap. Another grey beard!

Great time meeting others from the forum that are helping me make better beer.

Hope to see everyone next year in Minneapolis.

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The Pub / Re: How bout them Pens
« on: June 07, 2016, 05:12:16 AM »
Jim, can you imagine the poor baseball fans that have to watch 162 games and then the olayoffs, ending in the World Series to figure out who the best team is? If MLB really wants to fix the game, shorten the season. There is no reason to play that many games except to see who can survive playing 25 games a month or more.

Never happen. The owners won't give up the added income from all those games.

I'm a big baseball fan and I agree the season is way too long.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: How do I start all grain brewing
« on: June 07, 2016, 05:03:02 AM »
Look for brewing classes at the local homebrew supply store. Many places offer them for a nominal charge.

Ask around at the homebrew club in the area. Ask if you can help someone the next time they brew.

Its a ways away, but learn to homebrew day is in November. https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/learn-to-homebrew-day/  It seems like you are ready now and don't want to wait until November.

My suggestion is to check with your local homebrew supply store and the local club. Lots of people are willing to help a person learn.

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Events / Re: Beer Trade at HomeBrewCon
« on: June 03, 2016, 05:41:39 PM »
Hey Tom, Sent you an email.

I have a Goose Island Backyard Rye Bourbon Barrel Stout. Maybe you would be interested in a trade.


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I would second WLP585.

I would also recommend Saisonstein Monster. Like this one a lot. Nice spice flavor with some pepper notes.

I have a saison in the fermenter now, using Wallonian Farmhouse from The Yeast Bay. http://www.theyeastbay.com/brewers-yeast-products/wallonian-farmhouse   Looking forward to how this one comes out. I hope I get the funky and tart character the website says. Not too sure if I want any of the mild smokey flavor.

So many good yeast out there that it's fun to try different strains and see which one I like best.

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rye saison using Yeast Bay Wallonian Farmhouse yeast.

Have you brewed with this strain before?  If so, how is it?

This will be the first time using this strain.

I have heard some good things about it and intrigued by the description on the website:
        "Isolated from a unique farmhouse-style ale that hails from the Walloon region of Belgium, this yeast is one
        of the funkiest "clean" yeast we have in our stable. It imparts a slight earthy funk and tart character to the
        beer, and is a very mild producer of some slightly spicy and mildly smokey flavor compounds."

Not so sure about the mildly smokey flavor, but the other descriptors sound nice, and I think the earthy funk and tart will play well in a saison.

Then recently I read this: http://www.alesoftheriverwards.com/2014/04/the-yeast-bay-wallonian-farmhouse-strain.html  and decided I would have to try it and see for myself.

No matter what, it will be beer.

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rye saison using Yeast Bay Wallonian Farmhouse yeast.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Live: Brewing Local with Stan Hieronymus
« on: May 25, 2016, 05:09:39 AM »
Loved the idea of this event. Thanks to Stan for taking the time to put on the presentation and tell us about his new book. Really looking forward to this being a regular thing.

+1 to this. Really enjoyed the talk and looking forward to other talks.

It worked fine for me. (on Opera)

I had no problems, unlike the OP.


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Ingredients / Re: Whole Coffee Beans
« on: May 12, 2016, 05:44:53 PM »
Mike Tonsmeire and the Modern Times team presented on coffee and beer at the last NHC. The audio and PPT are online here. They suggest whole beans @ 2-5 oz / 5 gallons for 24-48 hours right before packaging.

I tried this on a small scale by adding a couple grams of whole beans directly to a bottle of Boulevard's - The Sixth Glass, recapping, and storing for 24 hours. It was delicious. I'm also thinking of making a mild with some coffee added just before kegging.

Online here where? Have a link?

Try here:http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/resources/conference-seminars/
      Look in the 2015 presentations for:  Brewing with Coffee: Approaches & Techniques from Dry-Beaning to Home Roasting by Jacob McKean, Amy Krone & Michael Tonsmeire

Note: You have to be an AHA member to access past presentations.

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Thanks for sharing your experience Amanda. I have told you before how much I value your contributions here.
I do read the occasional comment here that is clearly sexist and I hope this makes people think twice before posting. I hope woman everyone feels comfortable here.
Tell us what you mean. Do you mean that you hope other marginalized groups feel welcome here? I certainly don't want bullies, sexists, and racists to feel comfortable here.
The point is that 1. We are talking about women's experience 2.Sometimes people say things here that might not make a woman feel comfortable here and Amanda just shared some unusually personal stories about what that can feel like.

Yep. I agree with you that I also don't want bullies, sexists, and racists feel comfortable here sharing those views. I think none of us would welcome those views.


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Thanks for sharing your experience Amanda. I have told you before how much I value your contributions here.
I do read the occasional comment here that is clearly sexist and I hope this makes people think twice before posting. I hope woman everyone feels comfortable here.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Software - Recommendations?
« on: April 24, 2016, 06:30:05 AM »
My brewing log is more than a brewing log.  It is used for everything, including, but not limited to, recipe formulation, brew day logging, media preparation, yeast bank maintenance (plating, subculturing, and propagation events), and collection of fermentation and sensory data.  It is basically a combo brewing/laboratory log.

+1

Mine isn't nearly this extensive but it does what I want it to do. Mine has notes about the brew day, what went wrong, and specifics of the fermentation and bottling.

For a more detailed log, check out this: http://horscategoriebrewing.blogspot.de   Dave Janssen will be speaking at NHC---er, HomebrewCon--this year and I plan on hearing his talk on saisons and grisettes.
   


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