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Classifieds / Re: whisky barrels need homes
« on: October 06, 2011, 12:26:34 AM »
You won't be disappointed. I called Chip today to thank him, and to ask him some questions about these barrels.

Chip, the Head Distiller for Balcones Distillery in Texas, is the one who posted about these being available for homebrewers on the AHA Forum. He said these were the sort of barrels he wished he could get his hands on when he was homebrewing.

There is a lot of information on one end that has clues about the prior contents, dates of emptying, and alcohol levels previously in the barrels. Mine say’s “Blue Corn” and what I think is an alcohol measurement (60.4% or something like that) and date, then “Malt”, another measurement and date, along with the dump date (early September).

So I am guessing that, along with the info on their website, that these held their “Baby Blue”, a Blue Corn Whisky, and then their single malt. Their website:


Classifieds / Re: whisky barrels need homes
« on: October 05, 2011, 04:09:58 PM »
We received the whisky barrels last week and I was thrilled wirth their pristine condition, the beautiful aroma behind the bung, and the fact that they came with their own stands! Our local homebrew shop (Adventures In Homebrewing) facilitated the deal, and several dozen of us were able to obtain one or more at a great price. I immediatly racked over an Old Ale that I had sitting in secondary, and when I tasted a small sample just a day later, it had a rgeat flavor already!

Thanks for thinking of us homebrewers these personal sized barrels rock!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Serving homebrew at beer events
« on: September 28, 2011, 01:37:14 AM »
MI HB 4061 will not allow for the serving of homebrew to non-homebrewers. If passed, it will allow licensed establishments within Michigan to invite homebrew clubs to have meeting, compitions and do brew demos at their facilities. However, it will still be illegal to serve homebrew to non-members at these events.

It passed through the House Regulatory Reform sub-committe, the House, the Senate Regulatory Reforem sub-committe, and when it got to the Senate floor, the Michigan LCC asked that it be withdrawn as they had objections. Without going into the details, behind the scene activity by my friend, homebrewing partner and bill sponsor, House Representative Doug Geiss, along with the House Majority Leader and the LCC is occuring, and we hope to see it back for a vote shortly.

I agree with the other cooments as far as the organizers just knowing the rules.

Classifieds / Re: whisky barrels need homes
« on: September 27, 2011, 10:23:47 AM »
My understanding is this week, but I think that they were all pre-sold and paid for by members on-line.

Classifieds / Re: whisky barrels need homes
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:54:12 PM »
I worked with my local homebrew supply store (Adventures in Homebrewing- Ann Arbor, MI) and collectively through a number of local clubs, Jason (the owner) is obtaining 2 full pallets of barrels. He set up a nice on-line pre-order form that allowed him to gauge interest and get financial commitments from club members. We are looking forward to obtaining these in a week or so.

Classifieds / Re: whisky barrels need homes
« on: August 29, 2011, 12:41:50 PM »
Hello Chip. If you would, please contact me and let's discuss what a pallet of barrels would cost. My local homebrewing supply shop (Adventures in Homebrewing) may be interested. You can reach me either through a message here on the Forum, or at crispy275 at comcast dot net.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:15:29 PM »
Legally - 100 gallons annually as an individual, 200 gallons as a household.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA
« on: June 21, 2011, 04:18:35 PM »
There was another request from the AHA last week through their Legislative Action Alert for Michigan homebrewers to contact their local Michigan Senate & Rep. officials.

Rep. Doug Geiss indicates that it will be on the House floor either tomorrow (Wednesday, June 22) or Thursday. If you can spare 2-3 minutes, this is the final push and we need all the support we can muster! And if you know microbrewery or brew pub owners/employees who would be willing to do the same, let them know that thier voices are important to this bill as well.

Who knows, it could be legal to have a homebrew club meeting in licensed Michigan establishments before the 4th of July if things go our way! Keeping my fingers crossed!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 09, 2011, 12:45:25 PM »
Jeff - after three days in a truck crossing the country att scorching heat, I am crossing my fingers that they do not get badly affected by the ride. The proof will be in the pudding during our Hospitality shift next Thursday!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 09, 2011, 10:47:48 AM »
Jeff mentioned that the Michigan coalition will serve his CAP - fantastic beer indeed! We also will be serving a ccider made by Jeff Carlson, who has won the national award for cider making 4-5 times, Ken Schramm's Cherry mead (he wrote a book on the subject and will be presenting), and many other solid beers at club night. Huge shout out to our local homebrew supply store owner, Jason Smith, of Adventures in Homebrewing for organizing and heavily subsidizing the cost to ship a dozen or so kegs from Michigan to San Diego!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA
« on: June 09, 2011, 10:40:59 AM »
And thank you Rep. Douglas Geiss, both a good friend and fellow homebrewer who has worked on this legislation for two years now, meeting with the LCC, various sub-sommittee members and continued to keep this effort going amidst all the other important issues that our state faces - cheers friend!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: In Memorium, Ant Hayes, 1970-2011
« on: May 04, 2011, 02:31:03 PM »
Intelligent, sharing, inquiring, sharp and sincere are just a few attributes that come to mind when I recall Ant.

Ant and I once had a spirited on-line discussion/arguement a few years back. Funny how I can't recall what it was all about. We did it through the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild email distribution list, with the club getting the benefit/detriment of our discussion. As I recall, it was all good natured and eventually led to agreement that homebrewers are a wonderful people or some similar conclusion.

Then in Minnesota he presented me with a Guinness Stout tie as a gesture of reconciliation. I explaimed that there was no need for that, but he insisted. Ironically, it has been the only tie I have worn on the few occassions where I have needed to wear one at work.

Sigh...he will be missed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Big Brew: May 7
« on: April 30, 2011, 06:36:50 PM »
The Big Brew / National Homebrew Day has always been a tribal event with my brewing friends.

This year is no different as 15 different brewing systems and their teams from the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, ranging from basic to absurdly complex will participate as Site 113 at Original Gravity Brewing Company in Milan. Our host, Brad, will cook up some pork shoulders and brewers are encouraged to bring a side dish or snack.

I find myself racking to secondary with virtually all of my brews after two weeks or so, so I am adding some risk to aerating or contaminating my beer. But I am also careful when I do perform these transfers, and to date, I have not run into these sort of issues.

Granted, I will leave a Kolsh or Blonde Ale alone in primary and these can be directly bottled or kegged. But even with my house pale ale or triple, I just find myself compeled to transfer. I suppose part of it is to remove the beer from the trub, cold break and floculated yeasts. Due to the frequency that I brew, I am not always on a "schedule" of when I will be able to bottle or keg at a specific time. I can have 10+ carboys fermenting at any given time.

I find personal satisfaction when I see the beer moved over to the secondary, in a carboy that doesn't have krausen spooge above the beer, or a ton of settlement on the bottom. For several years I have read that this step is not necessary, so am I just following directions that I learned over 15 years ago when I started? Probably. But odd to say, I enjoy doing this, getting the hydrometer reading and tasting to determine how the beer is coming along. If I see any airlock activity I wait to transfer, being careful not to transfer too sone.

Better brewers than I say it is ok to just leave your beer alone and just use one carboy, so if nothing I have said resonates, go for it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Governing Committee Election
« on: April 07, 2011, 07:49:07 PM »
Ve vill find de leak and treat it like a bug and squash it!

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