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Homebrew Competitions / National Homebrew Competition in England
« on: August 23, 2011, 11:06:05 PM »
I have not seen anything yet on the National homebrew competition taking place in Bristol, England but this guy is looking forward to it.  This will be my first one I have entered and for my second batch I have nothing but hope.  Hopefully I will do more than I expect and also do the States proud as a Yank!

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 22, 2011, 08:14:21 PM »
To me shandies and radlers are not necessarily bad, but should be mixed fresh!  Premixed beer and lemonade in a bottle sounds more like a malt cooler...not something very appealing.

OH I agree that shandies can be better.  I am living in England and until I moved here, I had never heard of one.  I don't drink them but what I had that day was the bottom of the barrel. 

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 08:35:49 PM »
I tried a Summer Shandy by Leinenkugel for sh**s and giggles since the only beers available were  Blue Moon,  Summer Shandy or Harpoon IPA.  Made a heroic effort to drink it and finally my wife said, "give me that" and proceeded to get it swapped out for a Harpoon IPA (She disliked it more than I did).  I have a GREAT wife!  I will never let a sip of that past my lips again!

Tried this last week while in Michigan and I am not sure it is even a beer.  It was more like a beer syrup used to induce a gagging reflex.  The waitress asked us how we liked it and was shocked when the four of us sent it back and called it horrible.

Beer Travel / Re: London
« on: July 19, 2011, 07:15:21 PM »
Was on our way to The Craft Beer Co but we never made it.  We did get to the Rake which was a good spot even if it was an expensive one to try out some American Beer.  Da Hehms in Soho (China Town) is not too bad.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Screw-Up Confession
« on: July 16, 2011, 04:39:21 PM »
In regards to my screw up, it looks like it may turn out as something decent to drink.  I opened three bottles after 2 weeks and although it needs more time to condition the taste was good and the hops is starting to mellow out. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Screw-Up Confession
« on: July 01, 2011, 05:10:12 PM »
The OG was 1.055 and the FG was 1.010 (5.9%).  I had a quick taste as I bottled it and it was drinkable.  It was hoppy but nowhere near what I thought it would be.  It had a sweet taste and the Cascade and Mt Hood came out with a nice flavor.  I will open one in two weeks and one every week after that to see how it ages.  I think I may have pulled it off as it tasted more like beer than anything else. 

I look to do the correct the things I feel went wrong but who knows, maybe it will be my first recipe to make my beer book.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Screw-Up Confession
« on: June 25, 2011, 08:14:16 PM »
I did my first AG last weekend and made several screw ups but I also believe I recovered from three of those and won't know about the fourth until I taste it.  First off, I meant to make a pale and it will be a dark red or brown (too much crystal in the pale).  Secondly, I couldn't get my water temp for the mash right for at least an hour but prevailed there.  Thirdly, I ended up with three gallons of beer as I didn't account for mash retention and lastly, I added way too much hops.  It has 6 ounces of cascade and mt hood instead of half that so the IBU is way off the chart.  Regardless, I am full steam ahead to see what it turns out to be because who knows, maybe i screwed up in just the right way.

I am also prepared for the worst so we will see.  The best and worst thing is, I can just do it over again and learn from my mistakes!!!!

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