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Reinheitsgebot craziness
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:25:21 PM »
I was describing how to brew Belgian beer to one of the guys I met on the German homebrewer forum.
rough translation:
Me  "Strong Belgian beers use between 10 and 20% sugar."
Him  "Sugar? Like, table sugar? White sugar."
Me "Exactly."
Him "But, that's against the law!"
Me "Then don't tell the police!"

It's really crazy to me how even German homebrewers take the Reinheitsgebot seriously. He also has a haze problem, (I suspect) because he never uses Irish Moss or any other clarifiers. He does have an amazing HERMS BK/MLT system with like, ropes and pulleys and stuff, though.
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Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2013, 03:44:19 PM »
I believe Irish moss is R'gebot compliant since it doesn't end up in the finished beer.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2013, 05:20:58 PM »
Laws or no laws, you have to agree they brew some mighty fine beer:)
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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2013, 06:41:51 PM »
I don't know about arresting someone for using adjunct,  but in my taste buds opinion the best beer is made with water, barley, hops, and one other thing can't remember right now.

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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 06:45:10 PM »
It's all in good fun (blödsinn erzählen). He makes fun of my pronunciation (he thinks the way I say "deer" is hilarious), and I make fun of his fear of adjuncts. Also, he'd never heard of an "IPA" before today, so I had to give him s*** for that too.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2013, 06:53:25 PM by nateo »
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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2013, 06:46:24 PM »
Ah, do remember that the finest beers are from the US and Belgium where brewers aren't limited by arcane and outdated rules.
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2013, 06:59:40 PM »
Ah, do remember that the finest beers are from the US and Belgium where brewers aren't limited by arcane and outdated rules.

+ 1.060, Martin!
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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2013, 07:08:53 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2013, 07:19:29 PM »
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2013, 06:37:30 AM »
I think the discipline that Reinheitsgebot has instilled is a beautiful thing. Not to mention the fact, that I also really love a well brewed Dopplebock or a fresh Pilsner. On the other hand, the pioneers of American Brewing from the past and present day are heros of mine as well. Thinking/brewing outside of the box is the heart and soul of homebrewing.  :)
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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2013, 07:01:28 AM »
One must first have the box to be able to think outside of it

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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2013, 07:05:34 AM »
Not to mention the fact, that I also really love a well brewed Dopplebock or a fresh Pilsner.

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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2013, 07:14:12 AM »
+1.  A great dopplebock is amazing, but the creativity and freedom Belgian and American brewers have has led to some stunning results.
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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2013, 07:40:29 AM »
I think the discipline that Reinheitsgebot has instilled is a beautiful thing. Not to mention the fact, that I also really love a well brewed Dopplebock or a fresh Pilsner. On the other hand, the pioneers of American Brewing from the past and present day are heros of mine as well. Thinking/brewing outside of the box is the heart and soul of homebrewing.  :)
so in general, beer is good?
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Re: Reinheitsgebot craziness
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2013, 08:36:01 AM »
so in general, beer is good?

That's a controversial position to take around here. . .
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