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No brewing this weekend...I'm helping run a BJCP tasting exam on Saturday and painting on Sunday :(

Wood/Casks / Re: beer style for red wine barrels
« on: April 05, 2012, 08:31:22 AM »
I am surprised no one has mentioned a Flanders red?  Napoleon did call it the 'Burgandy of Belgium,' afterall.  That is what our local club did with a fresh red wine barrel a few years back and the results were fantastic!


This or something along this style.  I think Red wine character blends nicely with the subtleties of Lambic or Flemish style ales.

I completely agree, we were planning a flanders red or lambic for the second use.

The Pub / Re: regional Sayings
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:42:02 AM »
One phrase that confused the hell out of me when I moved to PA was when waiters/waitresses ask if you would like somehting to drink they usually say, "Can I get you something to drink a while".

Wood/Casks / Re: beer style for red wine barrels
« on: April 05, 2012, 06:10:05 AM »
Thanks for the ideas guys.  These will be fresh red wine barrels, having done only bourbon barrels in the past we were'nt sure how much wine character we would get out of the barrles and how that flavor would work with a english barleywine or old ale (2 styles we considered). 

Wood/Casks / beer style for red wine barrels
« on: April 04, 2012, 12:58:09 PM »
For this year's Big Brew our club will be brewing up something to age in a red wine barrel.  We brewed a dubbel last year and a quad a few years before that, so we don't really want to do another belgian ale.  I'm just looking for ideas of what styles would go well in a red wine barrel....thoughts?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Best practice for WY3711?
« on: April 04, 2012, 06:32:21 AM »
3711 is my go-to saison yeast.  I pitch in the low 60s and keep it there for a couple of days and then let the beer climb to 70.

Congratulations Ron, Debbie, and Denny!

They are judging tonight and tomorrow.

No brewing this weekend; judging the first round of NHC northeast region on Friday night and leading a hawkwatching trip Sat/Sun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On This Day in 1989...
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:54:40 AM »
My first batch was in the spring of 1998 and was a honey porter recipe from the local homebrew store in Tampa, FL.  I don't know how many batches I've brewed since I didn't keep good records until I went all-grain 6 years ago, 137 batches since then.

On Saturday, I'll be brewing 4.5 bbl of my schwarzbier at the Appalachian Brewing Company.

Brewing up an imperial stout for next winter and fining some beers for the NHC.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entries closed....
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:31:04 AM »
What occured this year was unprecedented, people had a resonable expectation to sign up at their leisure.

I agree that the entries maxing out in 3 days is unprecedented, but so was the conference selling out in 2 days.  Given that, people should have had a pretty good idea that entries were going to fill up fast.

Yup, been there, done that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Entered my first contest
« on: March 05, 2012, 01:36:05 PM »
Good luck and don't be too disappointed if you don't do very well or the feedback looks it was written by a hallucinating junkie as most judges seem to leave feedback like that. Hope your beers will be judged by the rare lucid ones.

Have you ever judged a flight  category 19, Strong Ales in the morning?  That will do that to you!

Nothing like barleywines for breakfast :o

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