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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Belgium
« on: June 11, 2015, 11:13:06 AM »
If you don't have a vehicle it will be difficult to make it out of the cities to, say the Trappist monasteries. Several (Chimay, Westvletern and La Trappe) have wonderful restaurants that serve amazing local food and of course the Trappist beers. Brussels is not my favorite city, but Cantillon, Moder Lambic and a couple other spots are worth spending a day if you enjoy sours. If I had my druthers I'd spend the whole time in Brugges. Wonderful restaurants and amazing beer bars in a beautiful old city. Cambrinus and Belgian Beertje are my favorite spots there.

Beer Travel / Re: Belgium, Ireland - Where do I drink?
« on: April 18, 2015, 03:30:11 PM »
Cambrinus and Belgian Beertje in Brugge. You'll never forget it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Is Saniclean ok to sanitize caps?
« on: March 30, 2015, 09:26:27 AM »
Yes. Been using it for years without an issue.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Double batch blunder
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:01:51 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books About Hops
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:20:12 AM »
My first hop book was "Using Hops" by Mark Garetz. Lots of information has come up since then, but it is a good read with great base information. It's hard to find a copy, but worth it if you can.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Double batch blunder
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:16:27 AM »
I brewed a Cal Common and a alt a couple weeks ago. I fired up the kettle for a brew this weekend and discovered one of my hop cups sitting on the shelf with one of my additions from the previous brew day. For the life of me I can't remember not adding them and to which batch i didn't add them to. I don't even know how I got distracted so badly I forgot an addition.  I wasn't even drinking.

Probably my Common. There is irony being that I had just adjusted the Common recipe to accommodate the continuous "not enough hops" comments from judges. Damn.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Laziness Test
« on: July 11, 2014, 05:58:26 AM »
Don't even open it up. just rack it into the out-post and call it a closed-system transfer. It might just be crazy enough to work...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Secondary CO2 regulator
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:24:53 AM »
I have the style you pictured in the OP. It's great. Easy to set up and use and allows so much more style variability.

Ingredients / Re: Equinox Hops
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:22:59 AM »
I tried an Equinox single-hopped beer from one of the vendors at NHC. The main aroma that jumped out was "gasoline". Not kidding. Did not come through so much in the flavor, but it was definitely there.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Am I being to anal?
« on: May 19, 2014, 07:49:51 AM »
I heard somewhere recently of a guy using a cask breather on his fermenter during cold crash to avoid oxygen influx. Seems a bit of overkill, but then again, that's what we do.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: ferm wrap question
« on: May 16, 2014, 07:42:17 AM »
Electrical tape is easy and safe. You can also go to the local home improvement store and grab a roll of velcro, attach some to the ends of the fermwrap and bridge the gap with the other side. Easy.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: High Fill, is this a thing?
« on: May 08, 2014, 10:35:41 AM »
The fill level shouldn't really make a difference in most cases, most especially if the bottle is more full than standard.

I judged in a pair a few months ago where the other judge (National Rank) was obsessed with the bottle fill. Every bottle he judged a low fill (which was about 1/4 of them) he would make some snide comment and go open the bottle over a sink expecting it to gush. He was immediately overly negative from that point on with each entry he treated as such. It was a shame as some of those beers were very good and it made for an uncomfortable spectacle and long judging session.

Classifieds / Wanted: Chimay round ceramic pitcher
« on: December 05, 2013, 01:57:10 PM »
Hello All,

Until recently Chimay sold a round-bellied 0.5 L ceramic pitcher. The potters also made similar ones for Orval and Cantillon. If anyone out there has one they'd like to part with please PM me. Much thanks.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Poor mash efficiency on paler beers? (Water Chem?)
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:53:26 PM »
Agreed. Also a good point.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Poor mash efficiency on paler beers? (Water Chem?)
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:13:46 AM »
I get the wheat malt efficiency decrease, but have you also checked the pH of your sparge water? Treating the mash to get to a good pH is one thing, but I noticed a significant improvement in my pale beer efficiency when I started acidifying my mash water to about 5.4-5.5. My untreated sparge water usually runs about 8.0. Just covering all the bases.

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