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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: My first gruet
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:45:20 PM »
If you ever come to Belgium and visit Gent (Ghent), you should visit Stadsbrouwerij Gruut ( All her (yes, the brewmaster is a woman) beers are made with gruit instead of hops.
The brewery is more like a brewpub as the brewing equipment is located inside the café.

I really like the Gruut Wit.

- Niels
I'll make a point of visiting.  We haven't made it to Ghent yet but we will.  Does she only sell at the brewpub or can you find bottles somewhere?  I have inlaws who travel to Belgium for business who could bring some back to France for me.

Commercial Beer Reviews / My first gruet
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:28:15 PM »
On our trip to visit family in France a sister in law gave me a 12 pack of assorted beers from a brewery in Sancerre: Brasserie Sancerroise.  One of the beers in there was a gruet, Sanceerroise au Gruyt.  The back label says it's made with 15 aromatic herbs. It's not bad, but the sweetness would keep me from drinking a lot of them.  It is better slightly warm, once it's room temp it's a little cloying but not undrinkable at all.
This brewery's wheat is really very good, much more like a German hefeweizen than a Belgian wit.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Most frustrating waste of beer ever
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:01:14 AM »
Twice I've lost full kegs due to old o-rings on the keg posts. People tell me I'm anal about it but I change the o-rings with every refill.

I'll keg my latest ESB(hoppier than usual I hope) and then Saturday night we head to Midland TX so we can catch a flight to France and hopefully Germany for 3 weeks.  It's time to visit the inlaws, but we're hoping to get loose pretty fast and maybe head to the Bavarian region or at least the Black Forest for a few days.

Hop Growing / Re: 2014 hop gardens
« on: May 19, 2014, 07:58:29 PM »
Does the electric fence help stimulate the growth :)

Mine are barely 3 inches tall but they were under snow not that long ago.
No, but it's cheap and it lasts forever.  There's not much twine or string that can stand a whole year of our wind.

I have found using material that last forever is a PITA in the fall when harvesting.  I use coir yarn from the Farmer's Supply in Yakima.  Just cut down, harvest your hops, and compost it all together.

I've tried it but it won't last a whole season down here. I harvest my hops all summer, pretty much continuously so I don't have a fixed harvest.  I picked about a quart of ripe cones today, and I have burrs and more cones on all 12 mature Cascade bines.  Once they start producing I can pick at least once a week or probably a lot more this year.  So I need the string to last the whole season.

My BIL in France showed me a bunch of homebrewing catalogs from England and Belgium so you shouldn't have any trouble getting supplies.  Where in NM are you?

The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:31:48 PM »
Coors definitely has more value-you can get 12 of them for the same price as 6 Great Divide beers. 

"Mr. Coors sounds like he is towing the company line while secretly getting very nervous."

Well put Slowbrew

The Pub / Re: Blood Moon 2014
« on: May 02, 2014, 08:09:55 AM »
beautiful. I was lame and went to bed. planning on trying harder in october.
I was lame too,was in bed by 10 PM but I was running through work problems in my head and couldn't sleep.  I noticed it had started getting dark so I grabbed the camera, put a jacket on and went outside.  Luckily we live out in the country and there was nobody around to see me in my boxers and a jacket(it was in the low 30's).

Hop Growing / Re: 2014 hop gardens
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:41:38 PM »
Does the electric fence help stimulate the growth :)

Mine are barely 3 inches tall but they were under snow not that long ago.
No, but it's cheap and it lasts forever.  There's not much twine or string that can stand a whole year of our wind.

The Pub / Blood Moon 2014
« on: May 01, 2014, 07:23:35 PM »
I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago in my driveway with a Pentax K-r, 300mm lens on a tripod.  Not too shabby for a rank amateur if I do say so myself.

Hop Growing / 2014 hop gardens
« on: May 01, 2014, 06:44:28 PM »
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say I probably will have the first hop crop this year.  My Cascades are only 6' tall but I already have lots of burrs growing.

The rest of the garden is coming along slowly but surely.  I have 3 new Fuggles, one neomexicanus, one Amilla, and 3 Centennials growing along with 12 mature and 6 new Cascades.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio - Gus Addkison
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:29:10 PM »
Welcome to the site.  I'm the only New Mexico member of Raise Your Pints, I totally support all your efforts to make all beer and homebrew accessible to everybody in the state.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Epic mash fail
« on: April 20, 2014, 08:05:07 AM »
I think you could have made some nice dog treats with it but I doubt it would make decent beer.  I think you made the right decision before spending money on hops and yeast, wasting hours brewing and having a fermenter full for a couple of weeks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's in the Tun
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:57:56 AM »
I brewed an IPA last weekend so I'll keg it next weekend and pitch something onto the yeast cake. At 3 AM I knew what I wanted to brew(it came to me in a dream) but now I've lost it so I have the rest of the week to figure it out.

Many brewers filter out their proprietary yeast and use a neutral yeast for bottle conditioning so you may not be getting the yeast you want from the bottle.  I used to have a list of beers that were bottled with the fermenting yeasts but it was so out of date it's useless now.

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