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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentis Tips & Tricks
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:27:46 AM »
I like the bit on recycling yeast, which seems to try pretty hard to discourage one from doing so. They should just say, "Why bother? Our yeasts are cheap."

I never recycle Fermentis yeast, but now I'm going to out of spite.

The Pub / Re: Test
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:25:42 AM »
Oops. Now I really apologize. I thought I'd be able to delete the thread. Sorry!

I still can't post a reply to the Fermentis thread in the yeast topic. Hm...

The Pub / Test
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:24:18 AM »
Sorry about this. I'm getting errors when trying to post to the forum.

Beer Travel / Re: Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« on: May 23, 2014, 12:11:08 AM »
"Around Brussels/Brugge in 80 Beers" - I bought the Brussels version before our trip and its perfect for traveling without a tour group.
Yep, great book. There should be a new edition (of the Brussels version) coming out this fall. There are some fantastic bars that have opened since the last one, not to mention a few new noteworthy beers.

Also just released is this:

My copy has yet to be broken in, but I also have the previous edition which is well used.

I don't get to Brugge often, but I always end up at

For specifics on Brussels, all of kylekohlmorgen's suggestions are excellent. He mentioned Bia Mara. Good place, but the parent company has recently opened a bar at Place Flagey called The Black Sheep ( Also great fish-n-chips, better beer selection. The beer list keeps getting stronger. I celebrated my 40th there last week :-)

I'll stop myself now, 'cause I could just keep going. Feel free to PM me at anytime.

Get used to not having nearly the selection in yeast that you have back home. Brouwland carries the largest variety of Wyeast. White Labs from what I've seen can only be got from the Swedes or the Danes. Brouwland also does not handle their stock very well. I have had several bad or expired yeast batches from them.

Yeah, I've had mixed results with Wyeast from there. They do have a good selection of dry yeast, though. Online ordering has been painful in the past, too. But, they supposedly recently revamped their ordering and shipping procedures. We'll see... Maybe that means they're handling their yeast better, too.

Brouwland ( is probably your best bet. I hate recommending them, as they're pretty much the evil giant of homebrewing in western end of Europe, but they are the best I've found. I've also used these Swedes, but the exchange rate and shipping can be a bit harsh:

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle conditioned lager
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:19:19 AM »
You could try making a thin slurry of yeast to add to each bottles.

You and your simple solutions...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle conditioned lager
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:11:14 AM »
Bummer. That hurts. I would've went with the better-safe-than-sorry solution. Adding a bit of yeast at bottling won't hurt anything. Now, either drink it flat, cook with it or re-bottle with yeast (oxidation pretty much guaranteed). Maybe if you really want to save it, dump the bottles into a fermenter, cook up some DME or make a little mash, include some sugar, add yeast, mix it all up, hope that the yeast will take care of the oxygen and rebottle as an imperial pils.

The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:58:01 AM »
Funny, but I'm surprised they didn't include the bathtub comment. "So do you just mix it up in your bathtub?"

The Pub / Re: Computer - XP
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:49:05 AM »
I have no problem recommending Windows 7.

If I were trying to keep an old machine going, I'd opt for one of the light Linuxes.

If I were to get a new laptop, I'd seriously consider a Chromebook.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Step up times
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:59:23 AM »
What's the consensus on lager yeast?

Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:24:07 AM »
I might have to try the buy-two solution. I went years without breaking one, and suddenly I'm going through them like candy. It usually happens during clean-up. The last one I was trying to be extra careful. I cleaned it and let it dry, then when I was going to put it away, I bumped it and it fell to the floor. Sigh... I do wonder if the ones I've been buying are particularly fragile.

I could just skip the hydrometer reading, but then I wouldn't be able to drink the sample.

Equipment and Software / Re: Recipe designer software
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:17:43 AM »
I use Beer Tools Pro for Mac and have always been fairly happy with it. I just signed up for a trial of Brewer's Friend and I'm diggin' it. I might have to give in to the subscription fee, which I'm not really diggin'.

Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 06:25:40 AM »
I've gone through 3 in the last year. I'd pay good money for something more durable.

Equipment and Software / Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:55:31 AM »
Does it exist? I need one.

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