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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The price of the Duvel
« on: March 10, 2011, 03:53:47 AM »
That's insane. But I'd guess that the increase is due to the exchange rate, which has been dropping steadily for the dollar against the euro for a while now.

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer gas
« on: March 10, 2011, 01:52:02 AM »
My first guess would also be the yeast.Other than that, it could be your carbonation levels. Or, maybe your beer is so good or so bad that people are drinking it really fast and swallowing large volumes of air while drinking.

I have noticed it worse with some beers, but really, everything makes me fart. My doctor said I'm probably swallowing too much air when I eat and drink.

All Things Food / Re: Beer vs. Wine Party
« on: March 09, 2011, 11:52:29 AM »
So when are you having us over for dinner?

When can ya come?

Oh and bring Brasserie de la Seine. That stuff is great. Have you tried their "Brussels People's Ale?"

You mean Taras Boulba? Yeah, I have a nearly empty case of it in the garage. Great beer from a great brewer. All their beers are good.

Thanks for the invite. I'm sure we'll see you one of these days before too long, especially since my wife's brother lives in Paris as well. I'm just not so sure about the big meat in the smoker (hm, someone is going to have fun with that line), since, besides the occasional fish/seafood, I haven't eaten meat in around 16 years.

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:

All Things Food / Re: Beer vs. Wine Party
« on: March 09, 2011, 05:37:40 AM »
So when are you having us over for dinner?

When can ya come?

All Things Food / Re: Beer vs. Wine Party
« on: March 09, 2011, 03:59:05 AM »
Great idea!  Although in fairness to the wine partisans, the choice of Thai food is hardly level...Thai food just goes with beer.  It's a bit like having an Italian dinner and squaring off rich red Italian wines against beer.   ;D

I disagree with that statement. Well, sort of. Thai food can work with red wine and Italian food and beer can be excellent. I love a big brown beer, like Gouden Carolus with just about anything with red sauce. I've done a lobster ravioli paired with Malheur Biere Brut that was freakin' divine.

The Pub / Re: Soon we can pack concealed
« on: March 07, 2011, 12:23:35 PM »
I'd like to thank Phillamb for enabling my laziness. You often seem to say what I'm thinking.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm kinda proud......
« on: February 28, 2011, 01:37:30 AM »
I think that would be bump and grind...  ;)

That depends...

The Pub / Re: Last Saturday
« on: February 21, 2011, 12:11:31 PM »
Scary! Glad it turned out ok.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: my Brewery on youtube
« on: February 17, 2011, 08:08:37 AM »
Nice! I have a space designated for a brewery in the house I'm about to build, but I'm not really sure how to set it up yet. There are some good ideas there. I especially like the lift.

The Pub / Re: The other "pork soda"
« on: February 17, 2011, 07:59:56 AM »
Huge fan! I saw them I think in '91. I remember holding my spot against the stage despite the mosh pit's attempts to dislodge me.

I was the "singer" in a very cool band in high school (I sucked, the other guys were pretty incredible musicians) that was very Primus (as well as Mr. Bungle and Chili Peppers) influenced.

On a beer related note, Primus is one of the better mass-produced Belgian lagers.

The Pub / Re: Geothermal Heating and Cooling
« on: February 17, 2011, 07:54:35 AM »
We're using:

We're meeting with them Monday night. I might have some better information after that.

The Pub / Re: Geothermal Heating and Cooling
« on: February 17, 2011, 05:09:39 AM »
Interesting topic. I'm about to build a house and am going geothermal, though I admit that I'm still not sure I fully understand it. From what I understand, we'll be doing the well method, going about 80m down. That will be used in combination with an electric heat pump. Cooling can be done as well, though for us it'll be passive, meaning the pump will only heat, not cool (that's the only way we get the massive tax breaks - 7500 euros/year for 4 years).

One thing I've heard and am a little worried about is that the ground can cool off over time, especially if you don't replace the heat during the warmer months.

Beer Travel / Re: Anyone been to Costa Rica?
« on: February 17, 2011, 02:56:11 AM »
I understand there are 2 recently opened craft breweries there. Read through Joe's blog:

I'm sure he wouldn't mind if you contacted him directly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lazy Monk Brewing LLC
« on: February 14, 2011, 03:20:58 AM »
Very nice! Congrats!

Damn. I'm making the trip back to the USA for a family reunion which, for the first time since I can remember, isn't being held in Chippewa Falls. I still have a lot of family there including a beer-geeky cousin (who also owns a construction company, should you be in need). I'll be sure to pass on the word.

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