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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

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

Building an Airlock to Ferment in a Corny Keg

I was lucky enough to take part in a small group that obtained a Bourbon Barrel for the use of aging beer. For our first batch, we brewed an Abbey Dubbel and I contributed 10 gallons to fill the 55 Gallon Barrel. The beer aged in the barrel for about 4 months until we pulled the Dubbel and replaced it with a Russian Imperial Stout. This left me with 2 5gallon corny kegs full of Abbey Dubbel.

Since I had 2 kegs of the same beer, I wanted to do something different in one of them. I… Continue

Added by Jeff Louella on March 6, 2010 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

February Meeting - It's all about the Hops!

Hop Discussion

The February meeting’s topic will be all about HOPS. For anyone who knows me, this is one of my favorite subjects. I will be doing a presentation outlining hop varietals and characteristics, hop chemistry, different ways to use hops, and growing your own hops. I will also be serving different varieties of hop teas to evaluate hop aromas/tastes and giving away a couple ounces of hops from my private hop collection.

Review the Brew

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Added by Jeff Louella on February 12, 2009 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

Sly Fox's Brian O'Reilly At Our Next Meeting

This is the first ever ALEiens Pro Brewer Forum

Brian O'Reilly, the Head Brewer at Sly Fox, will be visiting the ALEiens and discussing Sly Fox beers and brewing. Jeff Lavin has ordered us a bunch of Sly Fox beers for the lecture and tasting. There will be 2 Sly Fox beers on tap (Gang aft Agley and Saison Vos) as well as 4 different 750ml Bottles.

There were 2 cases of the 750ml Bottles ordered and I would… Continue

Added by Jeff Louella on January 23, 2009 at 2:56pm — 4 Comments

War of the Worts - Get your Beers Ready

The War of the Worts is coming in February. Get brewing now if you want to enter. Last year there were over 550 beers entered. If you have any questions about competitions in general, shoot me a message.


Added by Jeff Louella on January 3, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments





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