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The Pub / Re: What "Non Traditional" Instrument do you play?
« on: February 02, 2011, 12:46:36 PM »
I saw the title of this thread and wondered if didgeridoo was going to be mentioned. I have 6 didges, but really only play 3. I'm not great, but somehow picked up circular breathing pretty quickly. If you ever get into it enough, go see my friend Ben:

He made 2 of my sticks and they're awesome.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Calcium and Magnesium and their effects on mash pH
« on: February 02, 2011, 12:35:46 PM »
Wow, interesting stuff. All I know about calcium and magnesium is that they help relieve my heartburn.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Duvel Tripel Hop
« on: January 21, 2011, 01:32:30 PM »
What is balance?  Why can't a beer be considered "balanced" if it's balanced toward hops?  Why is balance such a big deal?


Commercial Beer Reviews / Duvel Tripel Hop
« on: January 21, 2011, 06:04:47 AM »
I tried this rarity last weekend and figured I should throw in a review before I forget what it tasted like.

The addition of amarillo definitely gives it a more citrusy nose. Both the aroma and the flavor is surprisingly un-Duvel-like. The saaz dominated on the tongue, which I didn't think was a bad thing. Despite the heavy-ish hops, the beer didn't seem to have that Duvel dryness that I like in the original. It seemed a bit more sweet and the high ABV was more apparent. All-in-all, I'd say it's an interesting and unique beer and deserves a try, but I think it's a bit over-hyped.

I want to comment a bit further on the hype. This beer is hard to find and in high demand in Belgium. I find this very interesting. Time and time again I hear about the need and desire for "balanced" beers. Belgian brewers pride themselves on balance as do the consumers in their choice of tipple. So, I find it interesting that on the rare occasion a hop-forward beer comes on the market, Belgians just can't seem to get enough of it.

The Pub / Re: European Homebrewers Association
« on: January 19, 2011, 05:38:57 AM »
Open Nederlands  Championship (ONK)

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.

 Walter runs this forum, nice guy and lives near Brussels, speaks better english then me :D

Do you know him? I actually think he lives really near me. I've introduced myself on that forum (in Dutch) and never heard a response.

The Pub / Re: European Homebrewers Association
« on: January 19, 2011, 05:34:59 AM »
Well if anything I think this is actually a "good" thing. As an American, I really believe in the whole e pluribus unum thing. Each state has its own rules and regulations, motto, flower, bird, etc, and people from one state identify with each other. But there's still a unity. the EHA would basically create links between those communities. There's nothing there right now, and certainly nothing -online- that shows you which club is closest to you. In France (and Francophone Europe, it seems) there's Brassage Amateur, which is basically a forum. They're super active and there are a lot of nice guys there, but I don't think they currently do much exchange between the other clubs in Europe, and I think that's sad. Plus, it seems that for a lot of the 'competitions' in Europe they don't even do judging according to the BJCP guidelines. Lots of room for improvement. Also, it's incredibly difficult to find a good HBSS, and that could be a good function of the EHA as well. Just a thought.

Well said and I agree on all points (almost - but we can argue judging guidelines later). I especially agree about the HBSS. That's something to work for, even if it's just resource pooling.

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:

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.

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.

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 It's something, I guess.

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

Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

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


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

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.

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.

I use one of these:

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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