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Events / Toer De Geuze
« on: March 09, 2011, 05:56:38 AM »
This is a fun even taking place in Pajottenland, just outside of Brussels. I went to the last one in 2009 and it was a blast. This year there are 9 lambic breweries/blenders taking part. You can book a seat on a bus that will take you to a certain selection of them, depending on the bus you choose. Let me know if you think you might be in the 'hood on May 1 and I'll book bus tickets when they become available.

Here's the website:

Commercial Beer Reviews / Duvel Tripel Hop
« on: January 21, 2011, 06:04:47 AM »
I tried this rarity last weekend and figured I should throw in a review before I forget what it tasted like.

The addition of amarillo definitely gives it a more citrusy nose. Both the aroma and the flavor is surprisingly un-Duvel-like. The saaz dominated on the tongue, which I didn't think was a bad thing. Despite the heavy-ish hops, the beer didn't seem to have that Duvel dryness that I like in the original. It seemed a bit more sweet and the high ABV was more apparent. All-in-all, I'd say it's an interesting and unique beer and deserves a try, but I think it's a bit over-hyped.

I want to comment a bit further on the hype. This beer is hard to find and in high demand in Belgium. I find this very interesting. Time and time again I hear about the need and desire for "balanced" beers. Belgian brewers pride themselves on balance as do the consumers in their choice of tipple. So, I find it interesting that on the rare occasion a hop-forward beer comes on the market, Belgians just can't seem to get enough of it.

The Pub / European Homebrewers Association
« on: January 18, 2011, 05:47:04 AM »
I just read the convention thread and saw the idea for the European Homebrewers Association. I love it! I've thought of this before but never very seriously. I'm still not thinking about it very seriously, but I did take a step and registered It's something, I guess.

General Homebrew Discussion / How quickly to skunk?
« on: December 05, 2010, 12:11:33 AM »
I just got up this morning and noticed that I left the florescent light in the cellar on last night. I'm usually fairly careful about covering my beers, even down there. I was less careful with this latest brew. Most are in brown bottles, but I do have some in green 75 cl bottles that I was planning to give away as gifts. Should I start shopping for other gifts?

All Grain Brewing / Spreading Out the Process
« on: August 19, 2010, 03:50:30 AM »
Is there any good reason why I shouldn't mash/sparge one day and brew the next?

General Homebrew Discussion / Corn Syrup?
« on: August 14, 2010, 03:02:16 AM »
Has anybody ever used corn syrup in a beer? I have some laying around that I don't intend to use for anything else, so I thought I might use it in a tripel-ish recipe. Any reason why I shouldn't?

General Homebrew Discussion / Floating seeds?
« on: May 29, 2010, 05:09:55 AM »
This is a new one for me. While brewing a couple days ago, I suddenly noticed a bunch of hemp-looking seeds floating on top of the wort. I assume these are from the hops. I'm not really alarmed or anything, just a bit surprised. Has anybody else had floating seeds?

I just let them float, but I kinda wish I would've fished them out and had a taste.

The Pub / Beer tracking app?
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:44:59 AM »
Does anybody know of a decent beer tracking app for either android and/or iphone? I'm looking for something where I can simply take a photo of the beer and add related notes.

General Homebrew Discussion / A brief intro
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:19:30 AM »
Hi All! I just got here and will probably be around a while. It's great that the AHA got itself a forum. It'll be the first homebrew forum I plan to stick to.

About me - I've been brewing for 15 years or so and have been an AHA member for 6 or 7 years or something like that. I'm a recent convert to all-grain (2 years), mostly because it's the only reasonable option in my adopted homeland of Belgium. Yes, I live in Belgium and yes, I still brew my own. In the USA, I usually preferred to brew bigger, more Belgian-like brews. Here, I've been sticking to lower ABV, American-ish/German-ish styles with perhaps a Belgian twist. My latest was an IPA-ish sort of beer brewed with a hint of rye and yeast harvested from a Saison Dupont.

I'm off to explore the forum...

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