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+2.  I do the same. I get what's on sale that I can live with, and splurge on the pricier stuff when I feel it's worth it.

Gonna hopefully do a West Coast IPA this weekend.  Dry, pale, 1.065/70ish IBU, Columbus to bitter, big hopstand with mostly Equinox (my favorite new hop) and some Columbus to balance the fruitiness. Will dry hop plenty of the same. Should be good.

I won't say that will never happen, but I would be insanely shocked if it ever does.

I agree for now. But as he gets older and wants to spend more time with family, traveling, etc., I could see him agreeing to a buyout as a big 'ole nest egg. Who knows, maybe he'll stick to his guns, though.

I used to be an adamant "don't sell out to the big companies" guy. And I still respect the breweries who choose to resist that and do things their way. But it's easy for me to make that judgement when I'm not being offered a pile of money that could change my family's lives. My hope now in this era of acquisitions is that Duvel (or whoever) stays out of the way of the vision and quality of the brewery and lets them make the beers they choose. If FW's beers were to suffer as a result of the buyout, that would be a real shame.  But my feeling is that, if a gifted brewer like Matt stays on board, it means he has the freedom to do it his way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first brew since april
« on: July 17, 2015, 07:50:42 AM »
Sounds tasty, man !

So when are we going to start hating on Duvel?

When Duvel (the beer) starts to suck?

That'd be my guess, too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW enough?
« on: July 16, 2015, 08:05:46 PM »
FINE!  I guess I really knew that, but was trying to short cut...  Thanks man!

Good luck! Your beer will thank you.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW enough?
« on: July 16, 2015, 08:04:09 PM »
Not enough for me. I rinse thoroughly with hot water, use PBW and scrub (if need be) right after emptying to remove all sediment. Then I sanitize with star san. Gotta remember that cleaning and sanitizing are two separate steps.

Wow. Can't be too surprised these days, though. I assume Matt is staying on board.
One would hope that he had some wording in the contract to keep him on.

I can't believe there'd be any scenario where FW or Duvel would want to lose him. I guess you never know, though.

Wow. Can't be too surprised these days, though. I assume Matt is staying on board.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: July 16, 2015, 07:21:16 PM »
Mine are up now.  Berliner Weisse scored 45.  Kinda proud of that one.

Man, that's fantastic. Awesome work !

Beer Recipes / Re: Gordon Strong Presentation on Dubbels
« on: July 16, 2015, 05:25:11 PM »
Having brewed many dubbels the "traditional" homebrew way, I'd advise people to not bother.
Cliff hanger? What is the traditional way and modern way and why isn't it worth it?
The old way was to use a lot, or a ton, of specialty malts. The new way is one or two base malts, a specially malt or two, and a couple sugars. Keep it fairly simple.

Yeah I brewed some dubbels the old way. No surprise they finished too high from using too much specialty malt and just weren't near as good (or drinkable) as the ones I make now using dark syrups and a few malts. Definitely nice to have the variety of stuff to brew with today !

Ingredients / Re: Need help with water adjustment
« on: July 16, 2015, 02:52:33 PM »
Download Martin's spreadsheet and plug in your Wards water profile.  It will fit perfectly.  Play with the spreadsheet until you are familiar with it.  It works very well.  You will be surprised how much better your beer will be. 


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kegged lager too soon?
« on: July 16, 2015, 12:01:27 PM »
That sounds more like it!  Hopefully the OP checks back...They will be pleasantly surprised.

+1.  1.014 makes a little more sense, barring some major issue.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA TV
« on: July 16, 2015, 11:40:29 AM »
I like chop and brew, but some of the videos are just too long. The best are those with Dawson and Don O.

+1. Or that homemade bacon episode.


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