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Events / East Anglia Beer Fest coming 25-28 April
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:32:45 AM »
The first of four beer rests in Bury St Edmunds starts in two weeks. Always a good selection and even better if you get their the first two days.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Stone IPA
« on: April 07, 2012, 11:38:28 PM »
Found Stone IPA at Cambridge Blue in England on draft. It has been one of my favourites in bottle and it was even better on draft. It's a great IPA and what I look for in a beer (good standard quality). I sure long for another Stone brewery tour...

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast starters are for real
« on: April 07, 2012, 11:26:06 PM »
I know the mafia will say I told you so but yeast starters are for real. I did one for the first time this brew and there was zero lag time. Set the Starter on Tuesday and by Saturday, the brew is fermenting like crazy. I have now seen the starter light! :P

Yeast and Fermentation / point/counter point yeast experiment.
« on: March 24, 2012, 03:04:35 PM »
I assume someone else has had this thought and gone through with it.

I brewed a Belgium Abbey Style Red 1.084 OG 1.026 FG, with a smack pack of Belgium Ardennes.  Out of curiosity, I decided to put a gallon of it in a 1 gal carboy that had one tablespoon of honey mixed with 100ml of water (both boiled) which took it back up to 1.034 and then pitched a hydrated Safale US-05.  I would have liked to use another Ardennes but I had none left so I rehydrated the US-05.

Am I up for disappointment or could this work out?  Will the yeast play nice?  Will/could the two different yeast strains make for a crazy flavor?

The original beer needs some time to condition but it tastes like I had hoped with the seeds of paradise and orange zest really coming out right now.  I know they will mellow out which is what i want but the gallon of it in secondary is my cause for excitement/curiosity.

Any thoughts are more than welcome,


General Homebrew Discussion / 1st bad brew = sweet release?
« on: March 08, 2012, 07:02:24 PM »
I finally did it!  I brewed a batch that will never be good enough to drink!  It was a "what ingredients do I have left" sort of brew and to be quite honest, I am happy it was shyte!  Some Golden Promise, some Rauchmalt, wheat, middle of the road carmel malt, orange peel, summit and fuggles (the summit was a loss to me) and some San Diego Super Yeast that I messed up.  The beer seems to have actually done alright with the yeast mess up but in the end, it all sucks.

So my question is, has anyone else been happy that they finally brewed something that was dry-heave worthy?  I am not saying all of my previous batches were godsends but you could drink the whole glass.

Ingredients / Muntons English Pilsner Malt
« on: January 28, 2012, 01:33:26 PM »
Has anyone ever used English pilsner malt (Muntons)?  If so, how did it work out for you in whatever you brewed?

Homebrew Clubs / Bury St Edmunds, England brew club
« on: January 28, 2012, 12:32:34 PM »
If you live in the Bury St Edmunds area, we are looking to have a meet up at Beautiful Beers on St Johns St.  No date has been set but we are looking to see who is interested.  Rene gets plenty of inquiries at the shop about brewing so we are looking to see who is out there.  If you are interested, stop by his shop and let him know or leave a message here and we will get the wheels moving.

More than likely, the first meeting will be bring a beer and some ideas of what we may be looking to do.



Beer Travel / Bury St Edmunds goes American!
« on: January 25, 2012, 08:38:41 PM »
So our local beer shop here in Bury St Edmunds, England now carries a few American craft beers! Apparently, other Americans have been asking if he would add some to the shelves and it has worked! Great Divide Hercules DIPA, YETI IP, Left Hand Black Jack Porter and a couple from Anderon Valley (first encounter). Not the biggest selection but this place is around the corner and doesn't require a trip to London for a taste of home.

Yeast and Fermentation / Second wind in the primary
« on: January 01, 2012, 11:02:01 AM »
My current batch has been in primary for 4 days and has caught its second wind.  Is the cause different sugars the yeast is working on? It has a nice head on it again and is bubbling fairly steady. I have been able to maintain the temp at 68 degrees.

I know I have read this before but I can't seem to find it.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Bristol Beer Factory Southville Hop
« on: December 28, 2011, 03:45:03 PM »
Anyone else over here in England tried the BBF Southville Hop yet? Really nice take on Amaerican IPA at 6.5%. They used Columbus, Simcoe and Citra.  Good stuff coming out of the west country.  Also had a couple of their 12 stouts of Christmas which were really good, too.

Beer Travel / Something great about living in England
« on: December 17, 2011, 11:50:56 PM »
Here is an article from over here in England that as an American who is lucky enough to live here, can find these treasures all over the country. This is something that is amiss in the states. Not to say you can't pub crawl in a city but this is beer drinking with the great added feature of getting to hike from country pub to country pub.  Also, with the growth of microbreweries over here, the reward keeps getting better.

General Homebrew Discussion / How many Military Home Brewers on here?
« on: November 13, 2011, 08:18:14 PM »
It may have been covered in another thread so here it is again.  How many Military Home Brewers are here?  Me,  Air Force stationed in England.  It never hurts to ask so the local community over here can be built up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 08, 2011, 05:08:38 PM »
So i am racking my porter to a secondary fermenter tonight. I am putting 4gallons in one fermenter and a separate 1 gallon batch in another.  I am going to dry hop the 1 gallon batch in the name of science.  I plan on using Willamette and no more than an ounce.  The IBUs right now are 25.5 and the projected ABV is 6.3.

Has anyone done this and if so, any comments or thoughts are much appreciated.  If I lose the gallon I am not to unhappy as I will still have 4 gallons in the other container.


Kegging and Bottling / Does anyone use Growlers to bottle with?
« on: September 21, 2011, 05:39:48 PM »
I am looking to use larger vessels for bottling and was wondering if anyone uses growlers?

Yeast and Fermentation / different yeast experiments
« on: September 10, 2011, 11:33:00 PM »
How many people have brewed and then when it came to fermenting have broken down the brew into smaller batches and used different yeast strains for fermentation?  I am looking to do that and was wondering what different types of beer you ended up with from the original wort.

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