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Beer Travel / Re: Where to go in Amsterdam, Belgium, and Cologne?
« on: January 14, 2010, 04:49:36 PM »
Got back a couple weeks ago. We went to Amsterdam, Leuven, Cologne, Mechelen, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Bruges, Lille, and Antwerp (Dusseldorf, Mechelen, Lille, and Antwerp only very briefly). It was a great trip. I think I could live in very happily live in Lille, Antwerp, or Mechelen. We hung out a bit with my Belgian friend in Leuven (she is studying law there), which was fun. She and her boyfriend (and most Belgian people, I suspect) are fun and hilarious.

The beer highlights: Scoring some Westvleteren (did not succeed in making it to the abbey, though), discovering the deliciousness (and variety) of Geuze, having a dozen or so glasses at Zum Uerige, the new trend (in Belgium) of "hoppy" beers, the variety of great Dutch and Belgian "brown cafes," my girlfriend finally learning to love with Belgian beer (she prefers Lambic beers, Dubbels, "hoppy" blonds, and Rochefort 8).

I would post pics, but I didn't put them on photobucket (only facebook), and I'm too lazy to do that now.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: What's your favorite funky beer?
« on: January 09, 2010, 11:12:16 AM »
Jacobin Geuze is excellent, as is Liefmann Kriek.

Beer Travel / Re: Westvleteren 12 and other belgian beers
« on: December 13, 2009, 09:54:07 AM »
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 :-(.

Are you calling from a land line or cell phone? I've heard they block calls from voip, skype, etc.

I was calling with my cell phone.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Stable
« on: December 13, 2009, 02:17:13 AM »
i ziploc bag of 1007, and ziploc brand jars of 1450 and WLP037

In my experience, the fermometer always reads 5 or more degrees above ambient when the beer is at high krausen. That's why I only ferment in ambient temp when ambient is likely to remain at least 5 degrees below the highest temp I am willing to ferment at. I just had too many funky beers, ESPECIALLY when using "American" style yeasts, which especially benefit from low fermentation temps.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to D-rest and Lager NEED HELP!
« on: December 11, 2009, 05:09:58 PM »
My fermentation fridge holds two carboys. Along with the Oktoberfest in primary and an Altbier (made with WY 1007) in secondary in the same fridge. I was hoping to lager the altbier at the same time as the Octoberfest (but possibly kegging it after a month of lagering, while letting the Oktoberfest lager for longer). In retrospect, I should have brewed the Oktoberfest first, since the 1007 finished primary in 4 days at D-rest temp. If I leave the Altbier in secondary at about 50F for a month (it's been in secondary for a month already), will that beer be ready to drink, or should I let it lager at 32F for a month or two (or three)?

Yeast and Fermentation / When to D-rest and Lager NEED HELP!
« on: December 11, 2009, 01:54:42 PM »
So I had my time-management all wrong (final exams are to blame) and I am in a bind. I brewed my first lager, an Oktoberfest, on the 2nd of December. Now it's the 11th, and it's not done fermenting (still plenty of airlock activity and a little krausen). Tomorrow morning I am leaving for a month. Should I leave it in primary (current temp is 52F) the whole time, then D-rest in January and lager throughout Feb and March? Should I D-rest today, even though it's not done, and then transfer tomorrow? Should I rack it without a D-rest tomorrow morning and lager?

Used 2 packs of W-34/70.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forbiden fruit yeast
« on: December 11, 2009, 12:17:25 PM »
This is a yeast you can be creative with. A Christmas ale would be nice, or anything in the "Belgian Specialty" category.

Beer Recipes / In Search of a Great Partigyle Recipe
« on: December 10, 2009, 05:38:49 PM »
I wanna try a partigyle this winter break. Ideally a Barleywine/Bitter, as simple as possible. Does anyone have a good Partigyle recipe they'd like to share?

Thanks in advance.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Maple Nut Brown Ale Recipe
« on: December 10, 2009, 05:21:17 PM »
I actually have a Maple Nut Brown on tap right now. It's quite good and very sessionable, but I would probably increase the amount of crystal if I did it again, to increase the sweetness a little bit. It's a little higher gravity than a proper "nut brown" at 1.055, but well within the standards of an "American Brown Ale" anyway.

What I made (adapted to 75% efficiency):

8 lb Maris Otter
9 oz Special Roast
8 oz Carastan
5 oz UK Chocolate Malt
4 oz Simpson's Extra Dark Crystal
2 cups Maple Syrup (grade B) at flame-out
1 cup Maple Syrup (grade B) to prime keg

.5 oz Mt. Hood (5.1% AA) FWH
1 oz Mt. Hood (5.1% AA) 90 min

WLP037 Yorkshire Squares Ale

OG 1.055, FG 1.010

Mash at 153 60 min
Fermented around 66F

You could just use another British yeast, since 037 is seasonal. Also, I would increase the amount of crystal by a half pound or so, maybe more. And maybe lighten up on the chocolate by an oz or so to lighten the color (I accidentally used an oz more than I wanted to). Still, this is a very good beer, that I have been preferring time and again to the other one I have on tap, an all-summit IPA that is also quite good (I'm very impressed with the depth of flavor I get from Summit hops).

The Pub / Exams
« on: December 10, 2009, 04:54:39 PM »
Is anyone else suffering through final exams this time of year? What exams do you have? I am in my third and final year of law school, and I have Federal Income Tax I tonight and Estate and Gift Tax tomorrow evening. Tax law, really? Have I become that boring?

Also, does anyone want to hire an inexperienced tax attorney in about a year?

Beer Travel / Re: Westvleteren 12 and other belgian beers
« on: December 09, 2009, 02:11:36 PM »
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 :-(.

Beer Travel / Re: Oktoberfest in Munich
« on: December 09, 2009, 02:10:18 PM »
I suspect the developed countries of the west adopting a unified (or pegged) currency in the not-too-distant future. If Britain and Scandinavia make the switch to Euros, that would really be the first sign that a post-dollar currency may be on the horizon. If commonwealth nations adopt the Euro, as well... not altogether unlikely... then I would strongly suspect negotiations to unify the ECB and the Fed.

Homebrew Clubs / Good Club in the Bay Area?
« on: December 07, 2009, 02:40:40 PM »
I'll be moving back home to the bay area, specifically to Oakland or Berkeley, come this May. I want to join a club that will be a good fit for me. I'm 26, an all-grain brewer, and I have a pretty sophisticated palate. I'm interested in a club that's fairly social, but takes brewing seriously, as well. And I want to be able to enter frequent club competitions.


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!

I have little experience with Vienna lagers, other than occasionally having a Negra Modelo or a Bohemia at a taqueria in San Francisco's Mission District that serves alcohol illegally after 2 am. I actually went to summer school in Vienna when I was 16 and only ever drank Pilsner there (along with tequila shots Wiener-style, with cinnamon-sprinkled Orange Slices rather than salt and lime).

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