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The Pub / Re: European Homebrewers Association
« on: January 19, 2011, 01:27:58 AM »
BTW, the closest thing I could find to a homebrewers association is in the UK:
http://www.craftbrewing.org.uk/


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The Pub / Re: European Homebrewers Association
« on: January 19, 2011, 01:23:50 AM »
PL's take pretty much covers my thoughts as well. As an optimistic pessimist and a cynic, it's the problems that pop into my head. The biggest problem being language. I've attempted to connect with local homebrewers (hobby brouwers, as the call themselves in these parts) with very minimal success. Building a European community will be difficult, as I think others have discovered before us. But, the optimist part of me thinks maybe this doesn’t matter. Maybe it’ll be an association of expats. So what. At least they’ll be homebrewing expats. Or, the worst-case scenario I can come up with is that the three of us might end up sharing a homebrew at some point.

So I guess my answer to my own question is: Why not?

As for wives, mine speaks French and Dutch and organizes conferences for a living. I'll beg her for help if we get to that point.


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The Pub / Re: European Homebrewers Association
« on: January 18, 2011, 01:45:40 PM »
I think we need to ask some questions of ourselves. Let's start with: Why?

I'll try to contribute an answer or two after some sleep.

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The Pub / European Homebrewers Association
« on: January 18, 2011, 05:47:04 AM »
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 homebrewersassociation.eu. It's something, I guess.


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All Things Food / Re: My new discovery
« on: January 18, 2011, 02:48:45 AM »
Salt rocks!

Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

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Sorry for the brief sidetrack, but I had to comment:

"Douchiest"

We're watching the evolution of the English language right here, on this forum. Fascinating.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Kronenbourg 1664
« on: January 09, 2011, 11:44:22 AM »
I've been to the brewery, which was pretty cool. Didn't make the beer taste any better.

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Great question, PL, thanks for asking. I'm interested in this, too. I found some local rhizomes a couple years ago, but nobody knows what variety they are. That's the best I've been able to do.

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I use one of these:
http://www.brouwland.com/shop/product.asp?cfid=4&id=2398&cat=396&dt=24&l=2

I did a quick search and couldn't find it in the USA. It's a Weck kettle made for making jams and stuff, with a hole drilled in it and a tap added. Now it's a brew kettle. Works great.

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Beer Travel / Re: More Amsterdam......
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:22:11 PM »
Cool place. I was there a a year or so ago and thought the beers were pretty damn good.

I might be a bit late, but if you're bored, I'd say hop a train for the short trip to Leiden. Very nice little town. There's also a tiny brewery there that brews one of the better American IPA's I've had (definitely the best I've had outside the USA). I had it at a really cool English bar called the North End. Excellent (but expensive) choice of whiskies as well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An alternate-historical style
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:53:30 AM »
Cool! Covers most of my genealogy.

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The Pub / Re: Language Revived
« on: December 15, 2010, 04:45:32 AM »
Alright. No more.


Don't give it up completely. Your use of the semicolon was exquisite.

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The Pub / Re: Poor Miley
« on: December 13, 2010, 12:35:14 AM »
I didn't watch the whole video, but the guy behind her who couldn't keep his hand out of the Frosted Flakes was pretty funny.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Orval
« on: December 11, 2010, 02:42:05 AM »
Every bottle I drink seems to be different, but I always like it. My most recent must've been very fresh. I was surprised by the maltiness and didn't detect any brett character at all.

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The Pub / Re: scotch
« on: December 11, 2010, 01:06:01 AM »
I went to my local liquor store to pick up some belgians today and was looking at Laphroaig 10 year old Original Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml. It was $58 a bottle. Does this sound about right for a ten year old bottle of Laphroaig?

For the cask strength, that's probably right. BUT, that's not the standard Laphroig and unless you're an experienced and very dedicated scotch drinker, it might put you off whisky for good. Basically, it's straight from the cask and not diluted. That might sound nice, but to me it's pretty harsh.

If you're new to the Islays, give Lagavulin 16 year a try. That's probably my favorite. It's still plenty peaty, but a bit smoother with more fruit/butterscotch notes than Laphroaig.

And since I'm dishing out advice: Use your legs when picking up Belgians.

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