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Steve Roman brewed since May.

Might be out of season but brewed a Schwarzbier that pairs really well with barbecue. Also brewed Witbier, Homage to Magic Hat #9, Homage to Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA (Lower ABV), Homage to Victory Golden Monkey and a Czech Pils since late May.

Added by Stephen Roman on August 27, 2019 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Beer to Distill

Does anyone want about 4 gallons of 7.5% ABV beer to distill?

Added by Jeffrey Lewis on July 26, 2013 at 11:18am — No Comments

Do-over in Düsseldorf!

Had the chance to visit a few places in Düsseldorf the other day - travelling with friends from the Braustelle in Cologne and hitting no less than 7 brewereies and/or brewpubs.

A short train ride up, and then we went to work at Alter Bahnhof, or "Gulasch", a recent addition on the other side of hte Rhein:…


Added by Eivind Sandstrand on June 10, 2012 at 12:39pm — No Comments

2012 Bucks Happening List

Hey Guys - 

Someone nominated my little beer soaked blog on Bucks Happening's 2012 Happening List which means that apparently someone out there actually reads it! If you have a second and want to see me win, voting is open until February 29th! You can either vote for me in the Blogger or Twitter categories...or both if you feel real adventurous. We wouldn't want a non-beer-blog to win this would we?

The Hulmeville is also nominated in the Beer Bar category so you should…


Added by Kyle Park on January 19, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments

Malt Madness is almost here

Just a heads up, deadline for Malt Madness entries is 9/8/11. (details and entry form). See you guys on the 24th, cheers! 

Added by Rory McClure on September 6, 2011 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Bam! Bamberg Revisited!

Greetings ALEiens!


After being delayed by Ms. Irene for a couple of days, I finally made it back to Germany on Tuesday morning.  The week itself was pretty uneventful, but with the return of sommerwetter - summer weather - I decided to go for a little 4 hour drive to an old favorite - Bamberg in Franconia!

I've found a nice looking and cheap…


Added by Eivind Sandstrand on September 4, 2011 at 2:41pm — 2 Comments

Spring Homebrew Contest


Hello Fellow Brewers:

I’m writing to let you all know about the bi-annual Draught Horse homebrew contest. This year we have partnered up again with our friends from Philly Beer Scene magazine and Coronado Brewery. The event will take place on June 7th at 7PM. Last time we had 14 brewers and over 200 people attending the event. We would like to see this event grow this year and I’m sure that all of you can help us get there!


Please send me an email…


Added by Nate on May 4, 2011 at 1:26pm — 5 Comments

Motorized Grain Mill -

Check it out... Push Eject was kind enough to post the build of my motorized mill on his kick-ass homebrewing gadget site  Here's the link:   Sam's Motorized Grain…


Added by Sam Scott on March 25, 2011 at 4:37pm — 5 Comments

Saison du Senegal

It seems like forever since I've been able to brew but I've finally gotten my act together and am ready to brew again. One of my best and oldest friends is heading off to Senegal to join the Peace Corps where she'll be...oh I don't know...making the world a better place for about two and a half years. What better way to send her off than to brew a batch of beer in her honor.

Senegal is a semi-French speaking country in West Africa so I decided to go with a saison this time… Continue

Added by Kyle Park on January 26, 2011 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Adding some OG to an existing recipe

I have an existing recipe for a Pale Ale that I made back in August that I liked very much and would like to try it again except I want to add some more fermentables to bring the OG up a little.


1 lb US carmel malt

1 lb US victory malt

6.6 lbs LME

1 oz cent

2 oz cascade

OG = 1.046

FG = 1.016

ABV= 3.9%


So what I'm thinking to either add/increase something to bring the OG up to say 1.054-1.058. If I were to take a…


Added by Scott Murray on January 18, 2011 at 11:17am — 6 Comments

stuck oatmeal stout

Last Sunday afternoon I did up a Brewers Best oatmeal stout kit. The biggest problem on brew day was that i was supposed to steep the specialty grains for 45 mins at 160 degrees. I did that for about 25 mins before the temp had started to drop off so I turned the heat up just slightly on the stove to bring the temp back up, got pulled away from the kitchen, and the temp ended up going much too high, like above 180. So I killed the heat, topped the level off to 2.5 gallons and started boil…


Added by Scott Murray on January 17, 2011 at 11:57am — 10 Comments

Anchor Steam

Happy Holidays to one and all! I have never had an Anchor Steam brew before and was lucky to be at a Christmas Eve party this year and they had a keg of it. Well I love this beer and of course now I want to take a poke at brewing it. However from what I'm reading it is made with a lager yeast which ferments at 58 degrees and I don't have refrigeration to accommodate my carboy (not yet anyways :).



Added by Scott Murray on December 28, 2010 at 12:28pm — 5 Comments

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale at Resurrection Ale House

Just had dinner at Resurrection Ale House for the first time.  Great place! Had the Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale.  You know how, when you taste a wine or a beer, a particular flavor comes to the forefront of your palate? Well, the first thing that came to my mind was a red velvet cupcake.  Bizarre, I know, but I could not get that out of my head.  Then, I had a bottle of La Fin du Monde, one of my top 3 favorite brews.  May I say that, at this establishment, this selection is only $6?!… Continue

Added by Matthew Nathanson on December 21, 2010 at 8:58pm — No Comments

How I Am Storing Bulk Grains

Earlier this month, I got to take part in a bulk grain buy on Homebrew Talk. I picked up two 55lb sacks of 2-row base malt. Now that I got these grains, I was trying to figure out how to store them. I think I would be ok just leaving them in the bags until used, but I think the bags are vulnerable. I am keeping them down in my basement. My basement is not finished and could get wet if we had wicked rainstorms.…


Added by Jeff Louella on December 18, 2010 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

Autoclave on Craigslist

Just FYI...

Added by Todd Kimmell on December 8, 2010 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Philly Craft Beer Fest

Just a reminder to all you ALEiens, tickets for the craft brew fest go on Sale Dec. 6. The event is march 5, 2011.

Maybe we can organize to go as a group or something?

Also, the past few years I've volunteered to do setup on friday. That means taking a day off of work, but if you have the time to take it's worth it. It's usually it's not too labor intensive, hanging…


Added by Tom Cassidy on December 3, 2010 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

K-Cup Solofill Mod for Keurig Brewer

While this post isn't about beer, it is about brewing... a good cup of coffee, that is. I don't have…


Added by Sam Scott on December 3, 2010 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

Cliveden Beerfest

Yesterday at the meeting I mentioned the Cliveden Beerfest this Saturday, I got an email this morning saying that they're not holding it this year.

Added by Michael Czekner on December 1, 2010 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Holiday Brew

On Saturday I got my December edition of BYO magazine and saw a holiday brew in there for Better Not Pout Stout. Got all my ingredients that day and whipped up my first yeast starter. Brewed up the stout yesterday, my first stout, and so far so good. Less than 12 hours after pitching the yeast I already had an inch thick krausen that had formed and a swirling vortex of yeast activity. The aroma coming out the top of the airlock is amazing. The OG was supposed to be 1.068 and I came in close at… Continue

Added by Scott Murray on November 15, 2010 at 4:01pm — 12 Comments

State liquor sell-off to be ‘top priority’

State Liquor Sell-Off To Be ‘Top Priority’

Gov.-elect Tom Corbett hasn’t taken over the governor’s mansion yet, but he already has a battle on his hands as he tries to privatize the state’s liquor sales — something two of his predecessors tried but failed to do.

Already in favor of the move, Corbett now says there now is the political will to sell off the state’s…

Added by Jeff Louella on November 15, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments





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