Spent 3 hours calling St. Sixtus last night... didn't get through. I'll try again on the 13th (14th in belgium)... but this means I will not be able to get 3 crates of the 12, only 2 crates of the 8 :-(.
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subtle grist changes are more what makes vienna distinct from oktoberfest, not just gravity. vienna is typically all or mostly all vienna, whereas fest is usually base of vienna with munich and pils added.
no brewing this weekend, but we're doing a club brew next weekend - 70 gal in two days!
The exchange rate really sucks right now
This is all you need. http://www.europeanbeerguide.net/
Koeln - go to Malzmuehle for good beer and food. You are also a short train ride to Duesseldorf, which I have gone to rather than Koeln, but that is just me. Love the Altbier.
I've been thinking heavily on taking this trip. What was the overall costs with lodging and everything. Also, what language was spoken at most of the places. I want to learn the necessary conversational Dutch or French before I go so I can get around and have a good time.