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The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 08, 2011, 05:13:07 PM »
Up until the point i first had a Shiner Bock, I never cared for beer. Although it is not the best beer, it was the first one I could taste and actually liked.  It has been smoothe sailing ever since.

The Pub / Re: woo hoo! We win!!!
« on: December 06, 2011, 09:06:25 PM »
I am stationed in England so you all lose.  Bellingham is like the damn French Riviera compared to here.  Who wants a bitter!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Speckled Hen
« on: December 04, 2011, 07:53:48 PM »
It's also a long time to brew an average beer from a brewery (Greene King) who took over the original brewery (Moreland).  OSH is an ok, old fashioned malty beer, drunk by the last few old CAMRA drinkers here in the UK.  It will stick around as long as it is still delivered world wide.  I had it for the first time in Japan, back in 2002.

The Pub / Re: Tinnitus
« on: December 04, 2011, 07:45:37 PM »
HAHA, I laugh at tinnitus but of course I can't here my laugh because of my tinnitus!  Air Force fire fighter = loud equipment, loud planes both taking of and walking around them and of course, the every now and then loud concert.  Just one of those things I have learned to live with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: moving my hops plants
« on: November 24, 2011, 10:29:29 PM »
Nature tends to overcome. Dig them up and take care of the roots until you plant them again.  If they die then oh well, nothing is really lost.

Getting rid of secondary would help unless you are using it for a specific reason.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 21, 2011, 07:11:56 PM »
Definitely going to be making a porter as my first batch when I get back home, and I love the Willamette idea. I'll be dry hopping with some after reading this thread.

Well tell us how it ends up. I wasn't able to make it happen how I wanted so I held back this time. I am happy how the stout turned out and look forward to drinking some in a few weeks and a few months.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Westy in the US!
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:50:30 PM »
All I know is I just came across this in my local Belgium Beer shop here in England (everyone has a local Belgium Beer shop, right?) and it is 20 pounds for a bottle.  It is apparently pretty hard to get hold of over here and we are just a little waterway away from Belgium.  I'll get a bottle to see what it is like.  Merry Christmas to me!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 17, 2011, 02:04:10 PM »
Glad you didn't, after I read you were contemplating the Nelson Sauvin dryhop.
That hop might actually clash.


So am I.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 16, 2011, 09:36:07 PM »
Sooooo, I didn't dry hop the porter. I wasn't able make it work but in the end, the porter ended up being an extra stout at 6.8%. Has a nice flavor but is going to need some time to condition.  I need to get another vessel to dry hop.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 15, 2011, 10:18:16 PM »
I held off for a week and I am clearing the beer tonight. Good taste and is more of a strong mild than a porter (minimal hop character). I will still be dry hopping a gallon or so.  The hop choice is wide open, or at least what I have on the shelf.  Maybe a nelson savin from New Zealand.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many Military Home Brewers on here?
« on: November 15, 2011, 09:33:31 PM »
.  I have a friend that does wine to thank for getting me started.



I found a few sites that will ship to England (APO).  Label Peelers is no issue as are a few others.  I really wanted Northern Brewer to do the same but it took the companies who do the ship it to APO's for a fee to make that happen.  There are a few good companies here in the UK that may meet your needs such as good life hombrew in Norwich.  I'd stick with the APO thing though as I think it may be cheaper if you find a good source.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glass rinsing & cleaning
« on: November 13, 2011, 08:51:22 PM »
Honestly, and I am a beer lover, after a three pints of strong beer, I am less worried about the previous beer leftovers screwing up my next beer.  I like the idea of specific glasses for certain beers but eventually, I am happy to just be drinking good beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many Military Home Brewers on here?
« on: November 13, 2011, 08:45:33 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.

Are you at Lakenheath in Suffolk?  My BIL was stationed there a few years back and we had a nice visit.  Green King and Adnams are not far away.  I don't mean to hijack, but it brought back some fond memories.

Did The Heath for the last five years and I am now at Mildenhall.  Yes, those are tours I have done and many beers drank from them.  My local is in Bury at The Cannon.

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