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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What makes it "Belgian"?
« on: August 04, 2012, 01:07:07 PM »
BTW: According to your argument Jackson Pollock did you create because he used paint and andy Warhol was not an artist because he used silk screen. It's not the canvas, it's what you do with it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What makes it "Belgian"?
« on: August 04, 2012, 12:59:21 PM »
Nate - you are talking to an art major here, and a professional graphic designer and artist who has made his living at it for over 20 years. And I can assure you there is nothing new under the sun. Just because you are not the "first" to do something, doesn't mean you are not creative. The fact that one borrows an idea to build something is still an act of "creation". The saying amongst artist and designers is "Good artists innovate, great artists steal". The fact that the belgians created the Tripel to compete with the invading pilsner (using the local ingredients available to them at the time, including the yeast) is in itself an act of creation and is, by itself, extremely creative. A 9% abv ale to compete with a 5% golden lager? Come on! That is extremely creative!

The argument can be made that all beer styles were developed because of the needs and demands of the environment and the ingredients and attitudes that prevailed - that doesn't mean that the people who came up with that beer style did not create, even if they borrowed heavily from something or somewhere else.

Equipment and Software / Reversed Immersion Chiller
« on: August 04, 2012, 12:18:36 PM »
That's funny, when I started brewing going on 17 years now I misunderstood and did the exact same thing. I think you will find the regular Immersion Chiller set up to be just as efficient and way more easy to use. To sanitize an IC you just hose it off and dump it in the boil during the last minute and whirl pool with a spoon or pump while chilling. I have a counter flow chiller as well and both work great but I always preferred the convenience of the IC, personally.

General Homebrew Discussion / What makes it "Belgian"?
« on: August 04, 2012, 12:13:59 PM »

For me if a beer is from Belgium it should be classified as so. Made elsewhere with the yeast it should be termed "Belgian-style" or inspired if you want as the aforementioned Belgo indicates. This will at least alert the consumer if strong yeast byproducts are apparent in the flavor and construed as intentional.

For you and the TTB/state ABC as well. You can't label a commercial beer :"Belgian". Has to be labeled "Belgian-style". One of the few regulations that make sense.

General Homebrew Discussion / What makes it "Belgian"?
« on: August 04, 2012, 12:11:16 PM »
I love that strange beer they make, but it's not creative.

Thought I'd chime in on this. How is it "not creative"? Just because they used ingredients that were available to them? Using spices and candi sugar is not creative? Making a 9% golden beer to compete with pilsner is not creative? We are talking about the nation that invented the smurfs. ;) . Belgian beer is certainly creative. I don't see where you are coming from.

General Homebrew Discussion / What makes it "Belgian"?
« on: August 04, 2012, 12:22:43 AM »
What makes it Belgian?  Um....if it's made in Belgium.

I have been told that "Stella Artois is the best beer in the world .... and it's Belgian" (or they may have said "it's Belgium", actually). ;)

The Pub / Hi there
« on: August 04, 2012, 12:16:53 AM »
Hi Kai, welcome back.

I just brewed a German Pilsner with Hochkurz decoction.  This time I lowered the kettle pH to 5.35 with lactic acid to try out the supposedly positive effects of a lower wort pH.  I think I got the idea from some German brewing blog you may have heard of  :)

But ... but .... what of the Reinheitsghebot????

The Pub / I'm sick of summer.
« on: August 03, 2012, 06:34:34 PM »
I actually love the weather is Seattle. If I didn't have roots here I would consider moving there.

General Homebrew Discussion / What makes it "Belgian"?
« on: August 03, 2012, 11:01:33 AM »
I find that in most cases the hops or roast clashes with the yeast character.

+1. In most, but not all.

The Pub / I'm sick of summer.
« on: August 03, 2012, 10:58:56 AM »
Today - high 79, low 65

I work for myself. 

I'm not mad as hell, and I'll take all of it I can get!


Anyone besides me ever feel like kicking Carl in the shins?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Alabama Beer Success
« on: August 02, 2012, 11:59:08 PM »

One sour note: Arrogant Bastard has been denied in Al due to the name. (insert eyeroll).

Guess the "Bastard" ban has been lifted! :o

Going Pro / New monastic beer in Italy
« on: August 02, 2012, 05:19:58 PM »
Very cool!

The Pub / Hi there
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:37:42 PM »
Great to see you back on the forum! We all feel a little more intelligent as a result.

or a little less, as the case may be. ;D

The Pub / Olympic Divers ...
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:31:38 PM »

The Pub / What is your Bench?
« on: August 02, 2012, 12:50:51 PM »
Major, I always thought you were tall, like me. I'll be damned. Funny how you get images of people you never met in your head, then are shocked to learn they are all wrong. Are you sure you're not over six foot?
He's definitely not!

But my ego is 7' 8".

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