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Ingredients / Re: Aged honey
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:56:58 AM »
I was gifted a gallon of honey. It was originally in a rusty 60# tin and completely crystallized and had to be heated to reliquify it. I don't know how old it is, but judging by the tin it's pretty old. It smells ok and tastes ok except for maybe a slight tinny taste, which may be real or imagined. I eat a lot of honey, brew a few batches with honey per year, and make a few melomels, cysers, pyments, and braggot. Any thoughts on using this old honey? Would you brew with it?

Absolutely!  I made an excellent Kiwi Mead with honey that sounds just like what you described.

Ingredients / Re: home grown cider
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:55:42 AM »
  i have only done a few at most. and they were basic, however, one of my colleagues has an orchard and an over abundance of apples.  he wants to try to make his own cider. both alcoholic and not alcoholic.  does anyone have any recommendations on shredding the apples, pressing etc?
The only mass bottle explosions I've ever had were the from the one and only time I tried to make apple cider - whether you shred or press the apples, be careful and accurate with the sugar content - apples can vary greatly, as I found out...

Elysian Brewing on Pike St.

Gotta agree with this suggestion!  When I head south to Seattle, it's a necessary stop.

Beer Travel / Re: Germany spoiled me
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:47:58 AM »
Bamburg.  I don't think it's necessary to love smoked beer.

Definitely not - every one of the brewpubs in town has a selection of excellent beers in different styles.  Something for all tastes.

Beer Travel / European Beer Tour
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:40:04 AM »
I've travelled Europe professionally (as owner and guide of a "micro" tour company) for years, and my knowledge of and appreciation for European beer traditions has grown exponentially.  While many of my travelers are always asking about the best wines, I'm personally always looking out for the best beers (even in Italy - one of the best pubs in the whole world has got to be Birreria Pub Gambrinus in tiny Levanto on the Ligurian coast).  So the next logical step was to put together my favourite beer stops on the continent,  from Belgium to Germany to the Czech Republic.  I call it the Ultimate Beer Tour.  Perhaps you would like to join me in 2014?  :)

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