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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Not clear beer
« on: January 27, 2016, 05:05:26 AM »
I'm new to kegging and recently discovered that pain.

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The Pub / Re: Magazine Subscriptions
« on: January 13, 2016, 05:41:21 AM »
Draft is decent.

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The Pub / Re: 10 Beer Names You Might Be Saying Wrong
« on: December 23, 2015, 03:37:45 AM »
Actually it's more like /düvl/ with the 'ü' being like in  German 'Düsseldorf' or French 'mûr'. But you guys aren't even able to pronounce 'über' correctly, so why do I even bother?  ;)

This reminds me of many conversations I've had with my (Flemish) wife over the years. Something like:
Her: Duvel.
Me: Duvel.
Her: Duvel!
Me: Duvel.
Her: No, Duvel!
Me: That's what I said. Duvel.
Her: DUVEL!
Me: DUVEL!

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The Pub / Re: 10 Beer Names You Might Be Saying Wrong
« on: December 23, 2015, 03:19:41 AM »
The abbey of Leffe is located in the French-speaking part of Belgium. French pronunciation is /lef/. Dutch pronunciation  (with AB-Inbev headquarters located in Flanders) in Belgium is /lef-ah/.  But apparently in the Netherlands they (not sure whether it's everybody, maybe just beer snobs) pronounce the name the French way, /lef/.

Completely logical, no?  ;)

This having been said, I never drink it, and I never pronounce its name except when I talk to foreigners in Belgium who, for some reason I don't understand, think that Leffe is the creme de la creme of Belgian beers. It isn't.

Wise words all around. I haven't had one in ages, but I used to occasionally drink a Leffe Brune if I were craving a coke.

As for the pronunciation, it physically hurts me when I hear someone say Leff-ay. Oh, the pain.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 1st Time Kegging Frustrations
« on: December 21, 2015, 03:00:37 AM »
You guys are awesome. Thanks. I think I got it figured out. I'll find out for sure in a few days.  :)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 1st Time Kegging Frustrations
« on: December 20, 2015, 08:51:44 AM »
Thanks, all. I think you answered my next questions as well. I took the keg and tank out for an hour or two and noticed the pressure on both gauges going up. But, I have a couple  more questions:
4. With the gas off, does the keg gauge show the pressure in the keg? (Sometimes you gotta ask stupid questions)
5. When force carbonating, do you leave the gas on?

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Kegging and Bottling / 1st Time Kegging Frustrations
« on: December 20, 2015, 02:47:21 AM »
After more than 20 years of bottling, I finally decided to give kegging a go. I read instructions, I watched videos, but I think things are still going wrong.

So, I filled a keg last night, pressurized, soaped up the fittings and everything seemed to be ok. I had lagered the beer before filling the keg (so it was chilled) and put the works back in the fridge at about 4C. I left the gas connected and on overnight and this morning, it looked like the bottle pressure went down quite a bit (no, I didn't weigh the tank. I know, I know...). I turned the gas off this morning. After a while, I went and turned it back on and heard gas flowing. I took everything out, sprayed with soapy water and didn't notice any bubbles. Help?

My questions are:
1. Did I do anything wrong?
2. Does it sound like there's a leak, and if so,
3. How do I find the leak?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: First Duvel
« on: December 19, 2015, 05:14:21 AM »
In Belgium it's our pils. We don't drink anything weaker than that ;)

Totally true. And most modern homes have special kitchen taps with 3 settings - hot, cold and Duvel.

What Belgians have yet to discover is how awesome Duvel is with a tuna melt.

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All Things Food / Re: Anyone like Morels?
« on: December 03, 2015, 08:14:38 AM »
Pore people.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brü's Views | On Craft Brewery Buyouts
« on: November 30, 2015, 02:13:06 AM »
But I can certainly see the cause for concern by the little guys. Not every craft beer drinker is as discerning as me. A good friend of mine likes good beer, but his fridge is always stocked with Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. I fell like most beer drinkers are the same way - who has the biggest display, best packaging, most familiar name, etc.

On the flip side, I've been buying Sam Adams BL regularly simply because it's the only decent beer I can find fresh in my area besides BMC and Yeungling. (Yeungling isn't bad, but to me Sam Adams BL is better.)

I don't mind buyouts, if the parent companies understand good beer. Look at Guinness, PU (though they're part of InBev now), Duvel, heck, even unskunked Heineken isn't bad. There are companies out there that care about making good beer, craft beer doesn't have the market cornered for quality beer. That being said, InBev I'm not a fan of, due to their seeming attitude toward craft beer.

I'm hoping buyouts increase the amount of good, fresh beer on my local shelves. For whatever reason, even in high turnover shops most craft beers are close to their drink by dates, or past them.

Word. And I don't think there's any need to defend your Sam Adams purchases.

I recently visited the US (DC and Virginia) and tried every lager I could find. Then I had a crappy lunch at a crappy chain who's only decent tap was Boston Lager. It was easily the most well-made, flavorful lager I had on the trip. I had better luck with the pale ales and IPA's, but a Firestone Walker something-or-other stood out as a favorite.

That original quote above makes me cringe. So this friend likes good beer but only keeps Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada in his fridge. This proves to me that he likes good beer, but maybe he also prefers to get the most for his money. And/or he's just not that interested in trying all the local beers, hoping he finds something he likes, hoping that he can afford it and hoping that the next time he buys it it'll be just as good.

I think it's great that there are so many small, local breweries and I'm not advocating buying from the big boys, but I think sometimes we need to take a step back and look at the big picture. Some breweries attract attention from investors for a reason. Being big or bought doesn't automatically make a beer bad (pats self on back for alliteration).


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brü's Views | On Craft Brewery Buyouts
« on: November 27, 2015, 05:22:27 AM »
Capitalism will do its thing. As long as it doesn't interfere with my brewing at home, I'm not too concerned about it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Should I dryhop? - what say you?
« on: November 16, 2015, 05:28:31 AM »
Do or don't. If you're thinking Styrian or Tettnanger, I wouldn't bother. I don't think you'll get enough out of it vs. the risk of oxidation and floaties. If you just want to use up some hops, go for it.

Speaking of not bothering - I wouldn't rack to secondary at all, let alone after only a week.

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Bit late to pick up this thread but yay Denny!
Also siding with homoeccentricus here: Belgian homebrewers are even more set (stuck) in their ways than Belgian commercial brewers.
They'll frown and make tssk tssk noises if you dare to add salt to a gose.
They'll throw a tantrum if you even contemplate not using sugar in whatever beer you're brewing.
Hissy fits ensue when you attempt to brew something that is not either a tripel, a dubbel, or a Duvel clone.

But at least they don't outright diss peated malt, so maybe we should count or blessings, hidden as they are beneath the curses.  8)

Question everything. Not just in brewing, but especially in brewing.  Thanks for that message.

I'm laughing because it's true.

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Beer Travel / Re: Weekend in Belgium area
« on: August 14, 2015, 12:22:17 AM »
Definitely pick up a copy of the Good Beer Guide Belgium.
http://www.amazon.com/Good-Beer-Guide-Belgium-Webb/dp/1852493119/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439536573&sr=1-1&keywords=good+beer+guide+belgium

For a trip like that, it's perfect. Pick some random town along the way, grab the book and find the best place for a beer. You'll find some interesting places with excellent beer, completely void of tourists.

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Beer Travel / Re: a Belgian in Vienna
« on: August 06, 2015, 02:42:24 AM »
I'm heading to Munich in the fall. Now I know what to avoid :)

The fall?

Autumn.
Harvest.
Anti-spring.

LOL. I'm planning a Franconian beer tour in the anti-spring.

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