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Beer Travel / Re: London, Munich, Prague, Brussels
« on: June 27, 2010, 03:20:40 AM »
Holy crap, where to begin? Look into the 80 beers books. There's Around Prague in 80 Beers and Around Brussels in 80 Beers. I think there's one for London, too. I own the Brussels version and it's excellent. Also for Brussels, if you like, drop me a PM with some details and I'd be happy to show you around a bit (if I'm here). Same goes for anyone else.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing Abroad (Germany)
« on: June 27, 2010, 03:13:58 AM »
It'll be possible, but not as easy as you're used to. There's Brouwland in eastern Belgium that seems to be the supplier for homebrewers in the surrounding countries (I get my stuff from them - I'm in Belgium). They do have distributers all over Europe. If a nearby distributer doesn't carry what you want, they can usually special order it or you can mail order direct from Brouwland. For yeast, you might want to consider expanding your use of Safale 05.

I always add the priming sugar dissolved in boiling water and syphon on top, too. One thing that might have happened is what I'm afraid of with my latest brew. I calculated the sugar for 20 liters and only got 16 or 17 pulled off to mix with the sugar. I guess that would be one advantage to the syringe method.

The Pub / Re: Another 'Beer Makes You Smarter' thing
« on: June 23, 2010, 12:30:56 PM »
We can say s*** on this forum?

The Pub / Re: Anyone following any of the World Cup?
« on: June 18, 2010, 02:13:05 AM »
I definitely dig the World Cup. I enjoyed some Tripel Karmeliet during the USA vs. England match. I might have to bring out the New Glarus Raspberry Tart for the Slovakia match. It's the only American beer I have (I have an American pale ale I just bottled that I'll probably crack on July 4).

I'm participating in a pool at work. I drew Cameroon, so I'm cheering for them as much as the US. I think the US has a better chance.

I'm also a fan of the MLS, though I follow it much less now that I'm not in the USA. Go Rapids!

The Pub / Re: Long live beerfest!
« on: June 06, 2010, 08:20:41 AM »
So I see it's too late for the advice I just posted in your other thread. Anyway, glad you enjoyed it!

The Pub / Re: My first beer fest.
« on: June 06, 2010, 08:19:15 AM »
Definitely pace yourself. Whether you think so or not, you will have plenty of time to try plenty of beer.

If you don't like a beer, dump it. That's a hard one, I know. But trust me...

Try to have a plan. You probably won't end up following it, but it's good to start with one.

Equipment and Software / Re: Post images of your brewing system
« on: June 06, 2010, 06:23:32 AM »

Here's my current wort chiller.  The blue tub holds ice water that is recirculated through an immersion chiller.


That's awesome! I might have to borrow that idea. It drives me nuts how much water I waste during chilling.

Beer Travel / Re: Brussels - where to shop for beer?
« on: June 06, 2010, 06:13:48 AM »
Beer Planet ( - if you spend 100 euros or more on beer, you get a bottle of Westvleteren 12 as a gift. Beer Temple is a good option. If you're a fan of lambics, go straight to the Cantillon brewery, easy walking distance from the midi station. There's also Beer Mania ( and Delices et Caprices.

Those places should help fill your suitcase. If you have a car, there are more options, of course.

When will you be in Brussels?

General Homebrew Discussion / Floating seeds?
« on: May 29, 2010, 05:09:55 AM »
This is a new one for me. While brewing a couple days ago, I suddenly noticed a bunch of hemp-looking seeds floating on top of the wort. I assume these are from the hops. I'm not really alarmed or anything, just a bit surprised. Has anybody else had floating seeds?

I just let them float, but I kinda wish I would've fished them out and had a taste.

The Pub / Re: Who ARE You?
« on: May 29, 2010, 04:59:47 AM »
Ha ha, Black Label in the can... I stole plenty of those from my old man. Lucky for me I'm a quick learner. My first trip to Belgium (or anywhere, really) was when I was 18. On that trip I learned a bit about good beer. I also learned a bit about not trying all of them in one night.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Questions after first all grain
« on: May 09, 2010, 09:18:45 AM »
Congrats on going all-grain!

I had a bit of the opposite problem with my latest batch. I was going for a nice, easy drinking, low-alcohol pils. My efficiency is normally in the low 70's, so that's what I planned for. For this batch, I tightened my grind a bit, added a stir to the mash, let it rest a bit longer before sparging and slowed the sparge down compared to what I normally do. I accidentally got near 85% efficiency.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wilco Tango Foxtrot
« on: May 08, 2010, 05:23:45 AM »
Wilco is "Will Comply"...

Well waddaya know...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wilco Tango Foxtrot
« on: May 02, 2010, 12:24:35 PM »
Sounds yummy! Maybe the name is a nod to the band Wilco, who have an album called Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Beer Travel / Re: Road trip!
« on: May 01, 2010, 12:16:43 AM »
If you make it to Boulder, you might not leave. I was stuck there for 6 years. I agree on Avery. Then there's the Mountain and/or Southern Sun for the experience (though I admit it's not my favorite beer), and I suggest checking out the Drafthouse on 13th. It's what used to be the Redfish. I was there on a recent trip and was really impressed with their beers. Food menu looks good, too.

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