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Ingredients / Re: crabapples
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:01:27 PM »
Every year I brew a Belgian beer of some sort with my crabapples, they are pretty much inedible but are great in beer.  I use about 6 pounds per 5 gallons.  Mine are small so cutting them is pointless, I just wash them, freeze them and when fermentation starts to slow down I add them to primary.  A couple of years ago I did a brett blonde with them that was really excellent, last year I left out the brett and just did a crabapple blonde.  It makes a very dry beer with a hint of apple aroma and flavor.

Ingredients / Re: Deep red color
« on: July 15, 2014, 07:31:43 PM »
For a great copper red color with no flavor add 1/2 pound or more of black patent or roasted barley when you begin the sparging. It won't extract any flavors but it will give you the reddish color.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit flies
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:09:38 PM »
I've read and tried dozens of solutions to the fruit fly issues over the years-every year my wife laughs at me when I read a thread like this and try something different, something that invariably fails to attract and kill my fruit flies.  So in the spirit of consistency I'll try the vinegar and yeast route this year.

The Pub / volume control for multiple speakers
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:44:25 PM »
I'm looking for an affordable way to control volume for 4 sets of speakers:  living room, garage, back yard and front porch.  I currently am using a passive device that lets me takes the signal from my Denon receiver and splits it, but if I don't keep everything exactly balanced it  shuts down the receiver.   Any of you audio experts(Denny for instance) have any suggestions.
Thanks in advance.

The Pub / The Onion's summer beer list
« on: July 03, 2014, 06:38:11 PM »

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: My first gruet
« on: June 30, 2014, 12:33:57 PM »
I had New Belgium's Gruet this weekend and it was excellent, that's a beer I could drink a few of.  Not sweet at all, but also not bitter it's very nicely balanced.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« on: June 25, 2014, 04:53:12 PM »
When I got my mill years ago I was routinely brewing 10 gallon batches of Imperial stouts and Belgian strong ales so 30-45 pound grain bills were common.  Hand cranking wasn't feasible so I have used a power drill for years.  I have a motor I want to mount on my mill table, but haven't gotten around to the mechanics of adapting it for grinding grain. 
I will say that once I started using the drill my efficiency went from mid 60's to upper 70's probably because the higher speed crushes the grain finer.
Look for a higher end drill, one with high and low RPM settings and higher torque so it doesn't burn up as fast.

Going Pro / Re: Do you suppose I'd get sued...
« on: June 24, 2014, 04:46:46 PM »
Our company fought a copyright infringement lawsuit a few years ago.  It was frivolous from the start but it still cost us 1 million dollars and change to win, plus it consumed 2 whole years and lead to my boss's death from the stress.  Hearing the judge ream the opponent for all the BS he put us through was gratifying, but we still were out a million dollars. 
Don't even think of infringing on somebody's trademark.  This thread would come in as evidence and you''d get hammered because you were aware of the situation and did it anyway.  I don't know what happened to the Thirsty Monk, but I'm sure it was unpleasant and costly.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: My first gruet
« on: June 22, 2014, 03:45:20 AM »
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 18, 2014, 03:28:15 AM »
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, 06:01:14 PM »
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 20, 2014, 02:58:29 AM »
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, 09:31:48 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

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