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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/19 Edition
« on: February 17, 2010, 11:39:34 AM »
Yes, that's right.. what's fermenting away...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Saison Dupont
« on: February 15, 2010, 02:58:31 PM »
I just finished some Hennepin (after some vielle provision Saison Dupont) and I find it to be just as dry and quenching.  I had not ever had them back to back before.  Pretty comparable minus the skunk.

Ahh, good ole Vermont. :)

And yeah, I think Hennepin is helped by being owned by Duvel Moorgat!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Color
« on: February 15, 2010, 01:55:32 PM »
The problem in general is going to be hops, so for non-hopped things - no problem.

In reality though, you can bottle your beer in green bottles. Just don't leave the bottles exposed to the sun or other source of UV and you'll be fine. Keep them in the box and you're good.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Saison Dupont
« on: February 15, 2010, 11:07:13 AM »
As far as I'm concerned,skunk is not a desired part of the flavor profile and is really just a sign of mishandled green bottles.

If in the Kingdom, you have a good Belgian beer bar they should be able to get all of the Dupont products on draft with a little bit of work. The pub down the road from me currently has Dupont Saison Vielle Provision (aka Dupont 1), Moinette Blonde, Moinette Brune, Avec Les Bon Voeux, Foret and Biere de Miel all on draft. It helps that its his two week Belgian Beer Festival, but he typically has at least 2 of them on draft year round.

What makes Dupont stand out? In my mind it's the dryness they create in their beers mixed with that earthy spicy character. To my perception, most American Saison attempts end up still being too sweet in the finish and still want to nail them with a ton of spices. Dupont claims to use no spices, but I've heard rumors of beer writers finding a cabinet filled with coriander in the farmhouse.

Ingredients / Re: Citra Hop Rhizomes or Plants
« on: February 14, 2010, 09:26:15 PM »
Doubtful, Citra appears to be proprietary to a small set of growers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Worst oversight you've ever done!
« on: February 13, 2010, 05:10:51 PM »
I think my best one involved firearms and beer.

I just picked up a new to me Springfield 1903A3 (what can I say.. I'm a well armed liberal who likes to shoot for the challenge of it).

Set it on my chest freezer above a couple of carboys of almost finished cream ale (I was letting them come up for a d-rest). Pulled the bolt to inspect the barrel and set it down on top of the freezer. Turned my attention back to the barrel and heard that ominous metal rolling sound. Looked down in time to see the bolt come rolling off the freezer lid and start falling right towards one of the carboys. Time did the slow down thing as I tried to reach for the bolt, but to no avail. *ping* *crack* and 5 gallons of fresh cream ale pouring out onto the dining room carpet through a carboy length crack.

Again.. firearms and beer just don't mix.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Going to rehydrate
« on: February 13, 2010, 02:48:21 PM »
if it isn't going by 24 hours, you can have my next batch!   ;D

I would think he'd want some good beer?  ;D

The Pub / Re: I defy you to not smile
« on: February 12, 2010, 01:03:59 AM »
I cant stop playing

All I know is I can't get that damn Erasure song out of my head.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 30
« on: February 12, 2010, 12:57:56 AM »
I'm well famaliar with the legacy of Jack McAuliffe. The ?!?!? was registering surprise since he seemed to go into self-imposed hermitage after New Albion collapsed. So much so where Don Barkley, his assistant brewer who went on to Mendocino and now Napa Smith, has served as the guardian of New Albion's legacy.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Sierra Nevada 30
« on: February 11, 2010, 05:10:42 PM »
Ok, they're not real and out yet - that I know of, but just how badass is this whole series?

Beers brewed with: Ken Grossman, Fritz Maytag, Fred Eckhardt, Charlie P and Jack McAuliffe(?!?!?!?) in large format 750's with proceeds to various charitable foundations as directed by the participants.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/12
« on: February 11, 2010, 05:06:48 PM »

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Incorporation As A Non-Profit
« on: February 11, 2010, 05:02:54 PM »
Do you think that the AHA would be willing to assemble a pamphlet or whatnot that would guide a club through all the necessary steps for clubs who want to provide some sort of legal shielding, etc.   

I think we actually started on something. Let me check and then pick it up if it's not there.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Incorporation As A Non-Profit
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:20:30 PM »
Fortunately, we have a CPA in our group who volunteered to walk us through everything. Made the whole process a relative breeze.

The thing to make sure is that you're going for the non-charitable np status.. 501 c 7 I believe is what we are. And make sure your appointed treasurer stays up on his work to annual file the paper work that says "Nope, we didn't bring in too much revenue this year"

As to why: for us it was liability shielding, tax shielding and oddly enough.. a number of groups out there seem to be more willing to work with you if they see that you're enough a part of the system to have jumped through their hoops and aren't just a bunch of quasi legal 'shiners looking for an excuse to party in the woods.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bourbon added to secondary
« on: February 11, 2010, 01:23:35 AM »
Your 14 oz addition of Bourbon will raise the abv of the beer by ~0.8% I wouldn't sweat it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter for Brett?
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:02:32 PM »
I tend to do them. Give the beasties a leg up and then I toss in extra food into the fermenter (either sugar or starter wort)

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