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Beer Travel / Re: Great British Beer Festival
« on: July 28, 2011, 10:49:50 AM »
I've never been to a beer fest before, and we had planned to go to London without seeing that the fest was going on... Are the crowds really that bad?

Well, it depends on the festival and you. I have an especially low tolerance for crowds. I really didn't like Zythos the last time I went. GABF has usually been ok, but I've always gone to the Saturday afternoon session. The evening sessions get a bit more crazy.

Hasselt Beer Weekend sounds interesting ... website?

Now that I see the dates, I might not be able to go. I gotta double-check with the Mrs.

I might also go to the Kerstbierfestival (, since I have a friend coming to town and is planning his trip around it. I think it's the same format as Hasselt, not the fight-to-the-front idea like Zythos or GABF. One thing I'll say about Zythos - it's usually the brewers manning their booths, so you often get a chance to chat with them if the line isn't too crazy (gotta go early).

Beer Travel / Re: Great British Beer Festival
« on: July 28, 2011, 09:02:56 AM »
Might be fun, but no. I decided that I I'm not really a big fan of beer festivals. I don't like crowds and I don't like to drink too much. I'd go if I could plan a trip around it anyway, but nope, I'm not going to make too much of an effort to get there specifically for the festival.

I will go to Zythos next year, since they moved to a bigger location which happens to be a 15-20 minute drive (30 minute bus ride) from me. And I do like the Hasselt Beer Weekend. You don't have to fight with any crowds since they bring the beer to you, and they do a good job of picking interesting beers.

The Pub / Re: Belgian Luggage Handler
« on: July 28, 2011, 08:50:14 AM »
You'll have to be patient with that beer. It might seem that the yeast will never start, but it'll probably get there eventually.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Aftertaste
« on: July 26, 2011, 11:26:58 AM »
And make sure you don't boil the steeping grains.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: this forum is awesome
« on: July 25, 2011, 08:39:59 AM »

I even learned how to make soap.

The Pub / Re: Vibrams
« on: July 19, 2011, 07:30:39 AM »
I ran 6 miles in them once at a 10 mile per min. pace...

Holy crap! I gotta get me some of these shoes!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: mikkeller 1000 IBU
« on: July 13, 2011, 12:19:29 PM »
Interesting. I once had some Russian 100% cocoa chocolate to which I had a similar response.

Classifieds / Re: Asst. Brewer Opening in CO
« on: July 13, 2011, 12:16:40 PM »
10 hours without a charge? That's asking too much. Everybody needs a break. Plus this robot would be coming from FRANCE so it's only a 7-hour workday not including 2 hours for lunch and 30 minutes at morning and afternoon for coffee breaks. Also it'll take five minute smoke breaks every 30 minutes.

I'll bet people think you're exaggerating.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gas
« on: July 09, 2011, 05:46:27 AM »
Thanks for the tips, guys. OK, I'll plan to run gas into the room. I'm not too worried about ventilation. It's a small, isolated room in the basement that will have an extractor fan as well as a 1mX1m window.

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?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison Brew Day
« on: July 07, 2011, 08:11:42 AM »
150 is fine, I think, if you want a bit of malt character in your saison. If you want a drier, more traditional saison, maybe mash lower. If you go with the Dupont yeast, most of the aroma comes from the yeast, so I think you're right to be careful with the dry hops. I'd avoid the citrusy stuff, but I wouldn't be afraid of the higher AA hops, depending on the strain. I bet Nelson Souvin would be awesome. Northern brewer might be good, too. Or, stick with a goldings for they dry hop. I'm pretty sure that's what Dupont uses in their seasonal dry-hopped saison and it's damn good. Personally, I'd try a higher AA hops, especially if I mashed at a higher temp. But that's just me. The beauty of dry-hopping is that it's easy to change your mind at the last minute. Give the beer a taste/smell after a week or so in the fermenter and use your instinct.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The latest in French brewing
« on: July 05, 2011, 11:21:19 AM »
Point taken, although the Flemish speakers will tell you THEIR side of the line is the REAL Belgium.... Of course they would join us.....(Dutchman here...... ;) ) Allez.....

Haha... I think the Walloons would join the Netherlands before the Flemish would.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The latest in French brewing
« on: July 05, 2011, 10:06:26 AM »
The Wallonians would like to be part of France, but aren't at this moment in history. (Have been in the past, and may well be again.)

I hate to get into politics and semantics, but that's a huge overstatement. I have yet to meet a Walloon who would agree with that statement. IF the country were to split, THEN many would prefer to join France, but many would also prefer to be independent. For now, Walloons are the most fiercely Belgian of the Belgians.

But I do agree: Saison is Belgian.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The latest in French brewing
« on: June 30, 2011, 06:02:51 PM »
Very cool! Getting the French interested in good beer is an impressive undertaking. It's hard enough with Belgians.

The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: June 22, 2011, 07:29:44 PM »
I just finished The Third Policeman this morning. That was interesting. Currently, I'm reading In the Rooms by Tom Shone and God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens. I'm not far enough to recommend the former yet but I definitely recommend the latter.

Thanks for the Hiaasen recommendation. I'm a fan but haven't read anything of his in quite a while.

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