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The Pub / Re: Things that are not illegal
« on: September 29, 2012, 05:55:40 PM »
Yet it is illegal to brew your own beer in your own home in the state of Alabama.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Boulevard brewing yeast strains
« on: September 28, 2012, 01:28:44 PM »
I harvested yeast from Saison Brett recently, and am about to keg my saison that I brewed with it. It's supposedly fermented with the French Saison strain (3711) with Brett added to bottle condition. Now it sounds like T-58 could be in there too. So I probably started with a mixed culture of all three. I'll let you know how it turns out in a week or so. I'm thinking I might actually bottle this batch to see how it develops long-term.

I look forward to your results as Saison Brett is the one I am most curious about.  Unfortunately, I live in England right now so access to Boulevard beers comes when ever I am in the states for vacation (like I am now).  I may swap out one of the other beers I am taking back and pick up another Saison Brett.

Events / National Beer Drinking Day, 28 Sept
« on: September 28, 2012, 10:59:05 AM »
Apparently today is our day!  Well, it is one of 365 of these days but this one has an official title.

It is NATIONAL BEER DRINKING DAY!  It is time to do our duty and fulfill our nations calling!

It shall be Boulevard Saison Brett 2012, a Widmers Drifter Pale Ale and some Lagunitas to meet my needs!

Could not resist on that one!



Yeast and Fermentation / Boulevard brewing yeast strains
« on: September 28, 2012, 06:45:37 AM »
Has anyone reused/harvested the yeast from Boulevard Brewing, specifically Tank 7 or Saison Brett?  If so, what kind of results did you have?

The Pub / Re: Finding a city
« on: September 26, 2012, 06:27:39 AM »

Look at Ann Arbor, MI. Meets many of the criteria you have. Except for the chicken thing.

I grew up near Ann Arbor and it was always a step ahead of the rest of Michigan.  Western Michigan has a few hot spots too and Michigan is a big brewing state.  Raleigh, NC is where my girlfriend's family live and it meets pretty much everything on any kind of list.

Beer Recipes / Re: Anyone brew Graff?
« on: September 22, 2012, 06:32:35 PM »
I've brewed a number of batches of Graff, maybe ten or so with different yeasts, ciders and base beers.  It was fun to play around with, especially in small batches with some Belgian yeasts.

I am going to be using my stout recipe and switching out the US-05 for the white labs Belgium Ale yeast that is in the fridge.

Beer Recipes / Re: Anyone brew Graff?
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:15:25 PM »
It's either a fictional beverage created by Stephen King in the Dark Tower series or a beverage made of a mix of cider and barley wort.

Yes, the fictional drink in the S. King series.  I am looking to see if this is a feasible and worth while pursuit in something different.  I hope homebrewers are not wrinkling their noses because I am just looking for people who may have done the wort and cider experiment.

Beer Recipes / Anyone brew Graff?
« on: September 21, 2012, 12:11:34 PM »
I just watched a quick video about brewing Graff on NB and was curious if anyone on here has done so.  If anyone has, what were the results, would you do it again and was it any fun to change it up?

The Pub / Re: Football Season!!!
« on: September 09, 2012, 03:17:16 PM »
Yeah, the Firmans 4 is a pretty solid beer.

I was happy to see the Texans turn it on today after a slow start.

Commercial Beer Reviews / North Coast Scrimshaw
« on: September 09, 2012, 12:29:19 PM »
Has anyone else got thoughts on North Coast, Scrimshaw?  I tried it last night and it has "all day long" written on it.  Great pilsner that makes you want more but then again, great pilsners do that, at least for me they do.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To Share or Not to Share
« on: September 09, 2012, 12:25:46 PM »
It's always good to get new people hooked on something good but in the masses I find it lost on some so I tend to keep it to a circle of friends who give honest feedback.  I also tend to like my beer and when I give away too much of a good batch I get a bit disappointed that there is little for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Youtube Videos
« on: September 09, 2012, 12:22:16 PM »
There is a lot of good youtube stuff out there but there are also a lot of people who brew that equate it to thinking it should go on youtube.  I'd say go to Northern Brewer and their video section.  Lots of good info on there.

The Pub / Re: Football Season!!!
« on: September 09, 2012, 12:19:43 PM »
First day back in the states (Texas) for a class and it is tamales, football and Real Ale Brewing Firemans #4. Ahhhhh, life is good.

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