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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.

The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 10, 2011, 06:23:52 PM »
In my high school yearbook from my senior year, under my "plans for the future" it says: Music and Mickey's. I didn't stick with either.

The Pub / Re: Scotland Beer Stampede
« on: June 09, 2011, 09:12:12 AM »
Every single time I hear the word Michelob I think of either Stever Martin or Pizza Parlors from the '80s. I also remember seeing adverts from them about three years ago with a bunch of "new" recipes - dopplebock, weizen, that sort of thing - anybody try them?

I remember having my brother buy a friend and I a 6 pack of Michelob Dark when we were 16. I think the commercial sold me: "Dark beer: not just for thick-necked guys named Gunther". That was 21 years ago. I haven't touched the brand since.

The Pub / Re: One of the most important topics of our day
« on: June 03, 2011, 05:30:02 PM »
Over the top, but I also have a bidet.

Maybe not the cheapest, but Crate & Barrel has some decent glasses.

It does sound delicious! For some reason I have yet to make it to the brewery (I know they've been crazy busy getting it going, so I'm trying not to be annoying). I did ask about that beer a week or so ago at ML Fontainas and even they didn't have it yet.

How's the bitterness? I love Taras Boulba, but I'd love it even more if they shifted some of hops toward the end of the boil.

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