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Old 04-02-2006, 09:21 AM   #1
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Even though I am uncomfortably busy these days, I still manage to steal a few days for my most enduring pastime: brewing. Making a cream ale today. As a student of beers from days of yore, I do a full double mash (cereal mash boiling the corn meal plus the regular mash), which makes for a long brew day. But there is something about doing things right and in the old ways that makes an excellent beer.
Target OG 1.056
Target IBU 19
Target ABV 5.5 to 6%

Yummy stuff for the warmer weather after 6 or 8 weeks of 33F lagering.
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brewer,
Here is a link to a former colleague of mine's brewing page. He is by far the strangest person I have ever met. By far. I have a feeling he will make CNN headline news one day. BUT, he is an accompished brewer and actually traveled to many European breweries to discuss beer making with them. Even some Belgian monks met with him.

You might find that contacting him would be fun. It will be an experience you will never forget, believe me.

http://members.aol.com/manimal200/homebrew.html
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OAP, this is a sickness, not a hobby. In my prime, I was a member of a homebrewing club, ran the club's competition/near-death experience, competed myself, and I became a national-ranked beer judge. Yes, many of the club members and competitors were "unusual".

When I eventually have more time, I will likely get back into competing and judging. Gonna be awhile with two small kids running around.
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Gave it up about twenty years ago.

"Yer stinking up the house."
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Gave it up about twenty years ago.

"Yer stinking up the house."
no, no, no. You're messing up the brewery by trying to live in it. Besides, if your spouse enjoys beer, it is a much easier sale.
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Oh, then you and this guy would hit it off. He has a little micro in Vail and that's worth a look see.

He was growing hops over in Knaresborough, England and the neighbors almost lynched him because they didn't like the smell. And he was totally obscuring the view of the castle.

He's a real nut case and if you ever run across him, ask him about getting a medal for being a Chinese Space Hero from some Chinese General in Chengdu. He was over there helping the Chinese launch spy satellites.
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The Best Beer in the World comes from England, all the rest is coloured water.

I miss Pubs tremendously.
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Brew

No choice in a fish camp.

Now fast forward twenty years - now inland a 1000 miles - WITH an unfinished basement.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm?

heh heh heh heh heh heh heh - !!Quit posting this stuff - I haven't finished reomdeling upstairs yet!
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No choice in a fish camp.

Now fast forward twenty years - now inland a 1000 miles - WITH an unfinished basement.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm?

heh heh heh heh heh heh heh - !!Quit posting this stuff - I haven't finished reomdeling upstairs yet!
Better yet, does the new house have a garage? You could help deal with that "what do I spend all this money on?" issue by setting up a nice little brewery in the garage (or the basement). If you are ever interested in doing so, feel free to ask either publicly or via PM and I would be happy to advise.
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He has a little micro in Vail and that's worth a look see.
He was over there helping the Chinese launch spy satellites.
That's some of the most impressive fermentation that I've ever heard of!

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Brew - not yet! - maybe next year.

Max

Twenty years ago me and Coop(A Brit) use to sit and cross sample our "best and finest".

Lets just say - we agreed to disagree on what "good tasting" was.

He pretty much got his malts and stuff from England whereas I tended toward German and Danish. WE both played around with water and yeasts.

Consensus - Kentwood spring water. German yeast with German malts and English yeast with English malts.

Room temp beer didn't faze him a bit. I tended toward the American mythical 33 degrees.
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Max, drank a pint in everyone of these:
http://www.nidderdale.fslife.co.uk/nidderdale.html

Ever have any of this:
http://www.blacksheepbrewery.com/

I liked Old Legover severed at the Queen's Head pub in Kettlesing Bottom.
http://www.legendslimited.com/legover.html
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OM, 5 years ago, I would have said you were crazy to bother with domestic malts (hops another matter). But since some of the Merkin malteries figured out it would be good to use barley that is better than cattle feed, I would have to say its a viable option. Briess makes a very nice pale ale malt, and I am trying their pilsner malt today for the first time.

I like just about every style, although I'd take larger or smaller servings of some types. Doing mostly ales at the moment as I am pressed for time and trying to lay in supplies before the summer and the new baby come. But oh, is it nice to have homemade German-style pils or decocted weizenbier...
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That's some of the most impressive fermentation that I've ever heard of!

Unclemick, you might have missed your true NASA career...
Here's the guy.* http://members.aol.com/manimal200/myworld.html

http://members.aol.com/manimal201/oddities.html

Nords,
Notice the last wav file in oddities. The rocket explode. Very impressive fermentation indeed.
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****! Second boilover! I gotta go pay more attention. See you later, guys.
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I liked Old Legover severed at the Queen's Head pub in Kettlesing Bottom.
http://www.legendslimited.com/legover.html
Interesting slip

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Even when you write about beer (peace be upon it), it looks like investment numbers....
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Cool Dood,
ooops, I could get accused of being anti-Brit. Fruitian slip on my part.
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Even when you write about beer (peace be upon it), it looks like investment numbers....
OK, translation:

Pale yellow beer with a slightly sweet grany characer, a little fruitiness, some fine hop aroma, lightly bittered, with a light body and about 6% alcohol.

Actually came out at 1.060, which translates to 6 to 6.5% alcohol.
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8%.


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Max? You're back after the "Ciao" message yesterday?

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I was going to write some stuff, but , what the hell.

Tired of nastygrams. :
Was that message a belated April Fools Day joke, or is the forum experiencing our own version of "Ground Hog Day"?

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