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Yeast and Fermentation / WB-06 finishing sour in wheat beers
« on: June 02, 2012, 04:02:31 AM »
Hi all,

On my last 3 wheat beers I brewed with Safbrew WB-06 they all have finished really sour and stayed that way.  It's not an infected sour and the beers I brew alongside with us-05 all finish normally.  I have had to use kits recently because I have absolutely no time between work and work.  1 was a dunkelweizen from the beer nut in Salt Lake City, the other 2 were standard weiss kits from the same store.  I followed standard procedure, for a partial boil, cooled with a chiller and put them in a fridge with the temp controller set to 62.  I then kegged and all three were just sort of sour.  Almost tannin sour. As I said before, pale ales in the fridge right beside them fermented perfectly. 

Any ideas?

Beer Travel / St. Louis
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:40:33 PM »
Hi all,

I'll be in St. Louis for a conference this week and was wondering what good restaurants, tap houses, or breweries/taprooms I should try.  I will be relying mostly on public transit so that might be a factor. I did find that Schlafly is there and will absolutely be going, otherwise I am completely ignorant about what to do wise.

Oh yeah, I love good BBQ and the less commercial/more authentic the better.


The Pub / What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 03, 2011, 11:52:50 PM »
The first beer that let me know there was more to the world that the standard lagers and a few stouts was Edelweiss wheat beer from Austria.  It had a banana flavor that just intrigued me.  (It also made me feel really tipsy after 2 bottles but I found out later that some wheat beers do that to me.)  After that I started looking for that taste again and in the process found a world of different flavors.

What beer did that to you?


Beer Travel / Brewery/food reviews Vienna Nov 19-25 2011
« on: December 03, 2011, 11:48:23 PM »
I will try to give reviews of everything I had both food and beer related.  For a guideline I used the review at  The coolest thing was going during Christmas bock season.  Keep in mind though, that Austria is not for the picky eater. 

The first brewpub I went to was 1516 brewing.  The Weiss was a very good example of the style with a subtle fruity/phenolic/ester-y flavor.  The Oatmeal stout was thin with no stout flavor (I would think too little/no roasted barley) and lots of hop bitterness.  Too much for that beer I thought. The food was pretty bland and lacking for the most part with the exception of a nockerl dish my wife ordered.

Next was Salm Bräu.  The food was genuinely good with hearty, even by American standards, portions.  We both had the Kloster-Pfandel and it was impressive.  The deserts were good as well.  The Pils was great.  It was grainy, hoppy and clean even though it tasted a little too young and the märzen was fantastic.  They also make a single malt whiskey which was very good.  Sort of like a good Irish whiskey.

7*Stern/Siebenstern was one of my personal favorites, and not just because they serve wild boar.  I started with a rauchbier that was very tasty. Then I tried samples of the chili beer (way too hot) and the hemp beer which was not bad but really strange.  Next day I went back and had the Helles (good if a little too many esters), the Dunkel (solid example of a dunkel), and the Märzen (another good example) and my wife had the WeinachtsBock (Christmas Bock) which was probably the best beer they brew.  They also had a house beer-schnaps that tasted like a subtly flavored corn whiskey to me.

Next was Stadtbrauerei Schwarzenberg.  Yes, it was touristy but the lunch menu was good and inexpensive.  The beer was pretty meh.  Not bad but a little too sweet.

Wieden Bräu Was one of my favorites for beer.  Everything was perfect from the Helles to the Märzen to the nice and hoppy WeinachtsBock.  The food was good and well priced.

Schwarz Raben was an out-of-the-way place with a nasty house beer but a lot of good stuff in the fermenters.  The real highlight of this place was the selection of scotch and American whiskeys.  All of them went for around €4-5 even though I have seen some of them in the states for $12+.  There was also a very friendly dog that made sure you felt welcome.

The last 2 breweries were the Stiegel Alt Ambulanz, which I missed but is still going, and the University Bräuhaus, which I read later is not a real brewery but more of a Stiegel tap house. It was crowded and expensive but had good food and a great alt.

I tried for Eipeltauer Privatbrauerei but they were gone.

My wife I also tried several meads which were more in the Polish sweet mead vein.  They were all from private apiaries and were sold at the Christmas markets.  Most were pretty tasty but all were very sweet.  The Rose Liqueur from one of the stands was interesting.  Homemade schnaps and brandies were everywhere and cheap.  Also, if you've never tried Glühwein or a good rum punch while walking around on a cold day, you're missing out.

I'll look at my notes and try to post more information about other commercial Austrian beers I tried.


Other Fermentables / What to do with some chokecherry syrup.
« on: October 31, 2011, 10:27:17 PM »
I was recently given some homemade chokecherry honey syrup and frankly it's just not very good.  The taste is just a bit weird for me. There is about 56 oz of the stuff and I thought it might make a good mead.  Any thoughts about how to approach this since I have very little mead-making experience? 


Equipment and Software / Fridge breaking/broken
« on: October 26, 2011, 11:17:18 PM »
So, my fridge was working great, then I put a basic Johnson Controls temp controller on it, set it to 60*, put some fermenting beer in it, and left it.  Beer fermented, attenuated well, no major flaws.  Then I set it to cool down so I could convert it to a keg fridge.  That's when I ran into trouble since it won't go below 54* no matter what.

So, am I hosed and need a new fridge or do you have any idea what I can do?


Beer Travel / Vienna, Austria late Nov. 2011
« on: October 12, 2011, 10:47:32 PM »
Yay, I'm going! So what are some good Viennese/Austrian beers I should try? I will hit Schloss Eggenburg and eat/drink at some random brewpubs but any info would be appreciated.


Hi all,  

Backstory: I have a 5# aluminum Co2 tank from Midwest Homebrewing that came with a kegging setup.  Bad part about that is the gas suppliers here only do exchange, no fill up, and recommend against leaving a shiny new tank for an exchange. I have had it for about 6 months and it's just taking up space

So, I was wondering if anybody would want to do a trade.  I am thinking along the lines of kegs, a keggle/kettle with valve, grain mill (long shot I know) or something I haven't thought of.  The price of the tank is $84.95 from Midwest but I'm not to worried about getting exact value, just something that I'll actually be able to use.

I'm happy to ship anywhere in the US but if you live in Wyoming, Salt Lake City area, or northern Colorado I might be able to meet with you for drop-off/pickup. Please PM/Email me if interested.


The Pub / OOOH Space beer.
« on: September 30, 2010, 04:07:20 AM »
Make sure you know where your towel is and don't panic while you read this.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Belize beers
« on: March 13, 2010, 03:14:31 AM »
Hi all,

I just got back from Belize and I got to try some great beers and some OK beers.  Since the Belize brewing company owns the monopoly on beers there you can't find much.  They have a law regarding beer country of origin...something like a fine if you are caught with a non-local/authorized import beer (at least that was what the shop owners told me).

Belikin Stout-Nice smooth stout.  From the reviews, I expected something worse.  It was fairly dry and pretty well balanced.
Belikin-Nice example of an island lager, nothing to write home about but very refreshing and malty.
Guinness Foreign Export Stout-Wow, that was a bomb of sour-mash and black malt.  It was almost too much for my poor untrained palate.

Lighthouse Lager-a standard light beer
Belikin Premium-standard Euro-style lager. Not bad, not great.

Dragon Stout-I don't know if it was supposed to be a sweet stout or something but it was just sickeningly sweet.

On other notes, fishing there is great, snorkeling is too and the ceviche is to die for (especially if it's made with conch).


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