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General Homebrew Discussion / Gas
« on: July 08, 2011, 07:28:24 AM »
My current brew system is all electric and I've never used gas for a full-batch boil. I'm now in the process of building a house with a dedicated brew space and I'm wondering if it's worth it to bring natural gas to the room. Does anybody use residential gas for their burners? Would it be any different (BTU-wise) than a propane burner?

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing Basics Video for Download?
« on: May 03, 2011, 08:01:46 AM »
I'm testing out video server that the school I work for recently purchased. It comes pre-loaded with a bunch of educational videos, but you can also upload your own. There's already a "wine and spirits" category under "hobbies" and I thought it would be cool to add a brewing video. The problem is, everything I can find is streamed. Does anybody know where I can find a good video on brewing basics that can be fully downloaded?

The Pub / Ik Ben Belg!
« on: May 03, 2011, 06:45:21 AM »
Got the letter yesterday that I've been granted Belgian nationality. Pretty freakin' cool, huh? Toer de Geuze last weekend with friends (including philliplamb), Bin Laden distinguished and now this. What's next? Win the lottery?

The Pub / Understanding Global Warming Predictions
« on: April 14, 2011, 07:02:49 AM »

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General Homebrew Discussion / High final gravity - bottle or not?
« on: April 10, 2011, 09:34:39 AM »
I brewed a dark ale 2 weeks ago and just took a hydrometer reading - about 1.019. I would expect 1.016 according to beer tools. There hasn't been any airlock activity for the last couple days. To bottle or not to bottle? I did use a lot of high dextrin malts, but I assume (stupid?) that Beer Tools would account for that. Normally I'm a believer in being patient and usually do a secondary, so this 2-week primary-then-to-bottles thing is new to me.

Here's my grain bill. Don't laugh. It's a "leftovers" beer:
2.0 kg Munich TYPE II
414 g Belgian Pale
1.75 kg Pilsner Malt
150 g Molasses
200 g Biscuit Malt (Mout Roost 50)
113 g English Chocolate Malt
55 g Cara 20 - Caramel Malt
255 g Belgian Black Roast
100 g Special B - Caramel malt
170 g Oats Raw (boiled then added to mash)
68 degree mash, 1.25 hours

I'm also a little worried since I used sa-05 and fermented at the very low end - about 15 degrees C. It didn't appear to mind.

Events / Toer De Geuze
« on: March 09, 2011, 12:56:38 PM »
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, 01:04:47 PM »
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, 12:47:04 PM »
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, 07:11:33 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, 10:50:30 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, 10:02:16 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, 12:09:55 PM »
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, 12:44:59 PM »
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, 08:19:30 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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