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General Homebrew Discussion / Dinner with Schell's President Ted Marti
« on: March 12, 2010, 04:42:01 AM »
babalu has pictures of him and Sam from DFH hanging out. I think this is what I love most about craft brewers. They seem to really enjoy hanging out with us common folk.

I was lucky enough to score a ticket to a Brewmaster's Dinner with Schell's President, Ted Marti.

I had a good time and learning about Schell's, the 2nd oldest family owned brewery in America, was really interesting. Good food, good people, good beer, equals a good time. 

Here is more information about the night if you guys are interested.

Dinner with Schell's President Ted Marti

I've found that the more I've taken an interest in beer the more fun I'm having in life! LOL

What kinds of dinners have you guys gone on?


Looks like a good time.

I recently had dinner with the President of Schell's Brewery. It was a pretty good time.

I really got to get out of Fargo...No one comes here and why would they...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
« on: March 09, 2010, 04:06:39 AM »
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 / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 09, 2010, 04:02:11 AM »
Wow thanks guys.

The response is awesome!

I've been hearing a lot about using the kegging system and CO2 to push the beer over. That sounds like one of the best and most logical ideas. Unfortunately I don't have the space for a kegging system so I'm forced to continue to rack beer from one place to another. At least, for now that is.

I suppose at some point I'll move up in the world and get into the kegging portion of all this. I just like the idea that I can drink my beer sooner! However, there are some brews I just like to age in bottles.

I would have to agree that the autosiphon is cheap and easily breakable, but for the 10 bucks I spent on it, I feel it is completely worth it. For some reason I kept losing my siphons. I even used pipe clamps to clamp down where the racking cane goes into the tubing in hopes of preventing leaks. Obviously to no avail.

I still think I've got a leak, and I'm working on getting that fixed. Until then though, I like that if I lose my siphon its easy to start back up without taking things out of the beer and refilling them up and such.

Thanks for all the responses.

*Janis-I'll look into the Wiki! Thanks!*

General Homebrew Discussion / How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 04:43:53 AM »
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?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Aluminum or Stainless Steel?
« on: February 11, 2010, 02:27:37 AM »
I would go with the full boil option and do what others have mentioned about boiling first.

I'm actually a little disappointed in myself for not picking up a bigger pot when I had the chance. I do partials in a 4 gallon pot. From what I'm learning a full boil can be one of my next biggest steps to making better beer.

One thing to mention as a first time brewer and using a turkey burner is that those things get really hot and you are going to have a major hot spot in the middle of your pot. Pull the pot off the burner before putting in your extract so you don't burn it to the bottom. Also, watch that hot break, a second can sneak up on you.

Happy Brewing


All Things Food / Re: Spent Grain Crackers
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:17:06 AM »
I tried this recipe on Superbowl Sunday.

I brewed up a Pilsner on Saturday and used my spent Dingeman's Caramel in this recipe. I followed it pretty much to a T except my dough would not rise. Regardless, I rolled them out and baked them anyway.

They turned out ok, nothing amazing, but they were tasty, a lil hard, but tasty. They were kind of like a thick flat bread cracker sorta thing. I actually used them in my chili. I dipped and ate chili off them or let them sit in the chili to soften up a little bit. I really dig this sort of thing, the more I can utilize the parts of my brew the better.

If anyone else has any more spent grain recipes, please post them. I'd love to give them a try.



Homebrewer Bios / Mike Biewer
« on: February 01, 2010, 12:56:22 AM »
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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