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Commercial Beer Reviews / Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
« on: March 08, 2010, 09:06:39 PM »
Tired this last weekend. Thought it was pretty good. Wish I would have saved some to age, it was just to darn good to save.

I really liked the sweet vanilla and chocolate mixed with the bourbon flavor. I didn't get much oak, but my batch was from 2009 so it could have needed a bit more time.

What are you guy's thoughts?

I did a full review with a friend on my blog if your curious and want to see the beer.

Review of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Love to hear your take on it!

General Homebrew Discussion / How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 04, 2010, 09:43:53 PM »
I know there are many ways to do this, but when I first started brewing I did it manually. After I realized that was a huge pain in the butt, I moved on to carboy cap. That didn't turn out as well as I liked so I moved on to the auto siphon.

For $10 I solved my problem and minimize the amount of time my beer is exposed to the possibility of being infected.

Some of the new brewers may walk the same path so I decided to make an article that goes through all the ways I tried siphoning and what worked and didn't work.

How to Siphon Beer

What methods do you guys use?

Homebrewer Bios / Mike Biewer
« on: January 31, 2010, 05:56:22 PM »
There isn't a place to introduce yourself so I decided the best way to do it would be to just post my bio.

My name is Mike and I live in Fargo, ND and recently I found the joyous art of homebrewing. To be upfront and honest, I'm still pretty new to homebrewing, but I've been digesting homebrewing content at a crazy pace for the last few months. Currently I have four batches under my belt and two in the fridge and two still fermenting.

I spent the last year to year and a half debating on homebrewing. I couldn't decide if I wanted to invest the time and money into it and I hymmed and hawed about it for months. Once my father in law heard about it he told me that he had an old kit that he never used anymore that he'd love to give me. So I got a partial kit from him and spent another 50 bucks to finish it off. I grabbed a extract/specialty grains kit from a local store and I haven't looked back since.

I've become so obsessed with homebrewing and how easy it is, and just the lovely flavors of beer that I started a Beer and Homebrewing blog.

My blog is where I document my homebrewing, it is where I keep notes and try to show other people how much fun and how easy it is. I am surrouned by a lot of people in Fargo, that think Bud Light is the greatest thing ever. I, personally, am not a fan, and its ok that they are. However, I am trying to show them that there is more out there that is delicious. So my blog was born. I do video reviews of homebrew and craft brews while trying to connect with people who brew or want to brew.

So my obsession has quickly turned into a passion and I am constantly reading about, making, or drinking homebrew. I suppose that is why I've decided to join the AHA to find out even more and to be apart of the community.

It is a pleasure to meet you all and I hope to learn a lot and hopefully help out where I can.

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