Thursday, September 29, 2005


And another 3 gone...

My available keg space just increased dramatically. Last night the American Pale Ale and Black Honey both kicked, and I expect to see an end to the Abbey tripel this weekend. The APA unfortunately never made it into a bottle... there was one pint left last night, and my son accidently knocked it over so I didn't even get to enjoy it. The Black Honey Ale and Abbey Tripel both got 5-6 bottles filled so I'll have some to enter in the upcoming competition if need be.

I put the Oak Aged Vanilla Porter on tap last night (some may remember it as "Sex in a glass") and will get Ichabod's Revenge Pumpkin Ale on tap sometime this weekend. Donna's b-day is Monday, so she gets to choose the brews to celebrate. Not sure what the third will be - maybe the Native Rage IPA. I could use it to singe everyone's taste buds in the competition and sway things in my favor... mwaa haa haa. Or maybe the Phoenix ESB... That would be nice.

This weekend is 10 gallons of Belgian Wit, brewed early Sunday morning. A fellow brewer might sneak out of his house and come watch, if his wife lets him - he's looking into doing all-grain soon. I've also got recipes ready for 5 gallons of "Homegrown Pale Ale", that will use my Nugget and Cascade hops from this season, 10 gallons of many beers (my peated scottish is next up), and the Ommegang clone whenever I get around to it.

Monday, September 26, 2005


"Zicke-zacke, zicke-zacke, hoy, hoy, hoy,"

This news from Germany! Not exactly what you'd expect from Oktoberfest, I don't think.
Porn shoot stuns tourists
Sep 26 12:08 PM US/Eastern

BERLIN (Reuters) - Italian vacationers admiring the view from a fairground Ferris wheel at the Munich Oktoberfest got more than they bargained for when a porn shoot suddenly began inside their cabin, authorities said on Friday.

Having settled down to enjoy a leisurely spin on the wheel at the famous beer festival, the group of Italians were quite unprepared for the arrival of two men toting cameras and a woman who started to use a vibrator.

Unable to stop the shoot, the Italians informed local police, who promptly arrested the actress and her crew, a political scientist and a 25-year-old student.

"They said they weren't doing it for commercial reasons but that they wanted to see how visitors would react," police said. The three have been charged with public indecency.

Saturday, September 24, 2005


Another weekend off

With last weekend being completely devoted to the kids and installing our new Pergo floor, I am taking this weekend a little easy - and not brewing. By the end of the week I'll have nearly 50 gallons in kegs, so its not like I'm in danger of running out of homebrew sometime soon. Some of the things I wanted to have brewed by the competition aren't going to happen, but I've got plenty of candidates for submission, so I'll be just fine.

So my new schedule is to brew 10 gallons of Belgian Wit next weekend, followed by 10 gallons of Peated Scottish the following.... although that's just a rough timetable since Donna's b-day is coming up on the 3rd - and we've got plans to go to the Rehobeth / Lewes outlets for that. The kids also went totally ape for the ocean last time, and I imagine it will be no different this time.

Sometime soon I'll try to brew my Ommegang clone - but getting enough yeast to reculture and getting it stepped up will be a challenge.

Monday, September 12, 2005


C'est la vie

I will be unable to attend this month's meeting. My wife has another commitment that supercedes my need to go and wax zymurgic with the other club members and sample the fruits of their labor. So I will have to stay home and sample mine own.

I brewed a pumpkin ale this past Saturday evening - It went fantastic, the wort smelled heavenly (and extremely squashy / pumpkiny) going into the carboy. My wife swooned, which she is not prone to do. I think it'll be a good one.

This coming weekend is 10 gallons of Belgian Wit, followed by 10 gallons of Peated Scottish 80/-, and sometime very soon - Ommeclone, an Ommegang abbey ale clone using recultured yeast and the clone recipe from the latest issue of Brew Your Own magazine.

Will the fall bring a hiatus to the madness, once my kegs are completely filled? Who knows. There is always lagering....


Terry Daleiden from SANDALS

Terry Daleiden from SANDALS wrote this:
I'm hoping this gets to Scott Bieber , whom I spoke to at the AHA rally at Iron Hill.

Hey Scott,

I just wanted to touch base with you about the December meeting at Fordham Brewery in Dover, that we discussed at the AHA rally in Wilmington. We've set it up for Thursday, December 8th - since our club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. I have not nailed down an exact start time yet, and one our members is checking with them about bringing in some food for the get-together - I'll let you know the status on that, as well as everything else as soon as I find out anything.

Doug and I had a great time talking with you and Marty at the Iron Hill event, and hopefully it can open some doors to further joint events down the road. Have you heard any more from Mark at Iron Hill about the checks he was going to send out? I received an email from him shortly after the event and he said he would mail the check out, but I haven't gotten it yet. I guess I better send him a note too.

That's all for now, and I'll keep you posted about the Fordham tour as well as other stuff our our club is planning. By the way, we meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth, starting at 7pm - in case you or any of your members are ever down this way, feel free to stop in. Cheers!

Dead Terry (aka Terry Daleiden from SANDALS)

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Lew Bryson email

I just got this email from Lew Bryson!

The Occasional Half-Pint #1

From Lew Bryson, author of the Breweries travel guides: "Pennsylvania Breweries," "New York Breweries," and the brand-new "Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Breweries."

I've got an emergency Pint for you. I know I just sent one out a few days ago, and I'm sorry, but we've got a chance to help some people down in the Katrina-hit areas while drinking some great beer, and I think you ought to know about it. My apologies to people who are receiving this outside of the immediate Philadelphia or Baltimore area; you can just delete it now...but after you do, why not go to and make a donation?

Opportunity Number One: Next Tuesday, September 13, please consider attending the Greatest Beers of The World, a benefit for the American Red Cross at the Village Hall, in Spread Eagle Shopping Center, Wayne, PA. From 5:30 to 9:30, you'll learn about beer and Red Cross relief efforts from keynote speaker and Anchor Brewing president FRITZ MAYTAG - that's right, Mr. Microbrewery himself, the single most thoughtful and articulate spokesperson for the craft brewing movement (and believe me, I've heard plenty of them; Fritz rules).

If you've never heard Fritz Maytag talk about beer, that alone would be worth the $100 per person donation. But you also get a smorgasbord of great food.and BEER from some excellent microbrewers: Anchor, Victory, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Stoudt's, Magic Hat; imports like Duvel, Hacker-Pschorr, Newcastle, and the broad portfolios of InBev USA and Merchant du Vin; even Anheuser-Busch is backing this with their Michelob line. And you should back it too, because it all benefits the Red Cross.

Advanced tickets (which are the way to go) are available: call Olivia Whitt at 215-299-4022 or e-mail her at Don't overdo the eating and drinking: if you head over to Georges' (503 W. Lancaster Ave.) for dinner after, they'll donate 10% of your tab to the Red Cross. They're making a real effort on their beer selection there, too: time to show 'em a little love.

Opportunity Number Two: If you're a serious beer geek and you want to help out, I've got just thing for you: a rare beer benefit auction. On September 24, from 1-5 in the afternoon, Sean Bolan's (1236 Light St.) will host a charity beer silent auction at their bar on Federal Hill in Baltimore.

This is a chance to score some seriously heavy collector's beers: verticals of Thomas Hardy's Ale, Samichlaus from the early 1990's and even 1980s, early Anchor OSA, some big 750s of Belgians, breweriana, and some truly rare bottlings, including one I contributed: what is probably the last bottle of an excellent pseudo-lambic done by the long-defunct Blue-N-Gold brewpub in Clarendon, Virginia. Whiskey-lovers, don't pass it up: I'm also contributing a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel 1994 Vintage, signed by both Parker Beam and his son Craig, the two master distillers at Heaven Hill. I've got some of this stuff (and the ever-changing details; this is coming together on the fly, although the participation and donation ends are solid) up on a webpage at

Admission is free (a donation is encouraged; why not make it $10?), Sean Bolan's is contributing the proceeds of beer sales from the afternoon (and THANKS to the breweries that are donating draft beer), and EVERY dollar from the auction goes to hurricane relief, split evenly between the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Come on by...there's a good chance that some of the winners of the auctions will pull a "Year of the Comet" and crack open what they've bought for immediate shared consumption. If you'd like to donate some great rare beers or breweriana for the auction, contact Sandy Mitchell (Mid-Atlantic Brewing News Baltimore correspondent, who's putting all this together) immediately at

Two chances to really do good in a really good way. Help out if you can, and again, sorry for the extra Pint. Never more than 12 a year, that's my promise to you.

That's all for now. I'll write more when I have it.


Lew Bryson

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Saturday, September 10, 2005


Kennett Square Microbrew Festival

Kennett Square Microbrew FestivalOnce again the time of year is here for microbrew festivals! On October 8th, Kennett Square will be hosting another microbrew festival to showcase the many excellent beers produced by our professional brewing brethren in the local area. This year they are also getting some folks from the west cost, namely Stone's Brewing Company, who have international fame for their high-quality ales. I hope I have an opportunity to try some Arrogant Bastard.

There is a connosieur tasting as well for those true beer geeks among us, but for me, starting the day off with high-octane brews just means I gotta watch myself for the rest of the day, so I'll pass.

Both my wife and I are going, I think we've got several other folks interested as well, and its going to be a blast. You don't want to miss this one!

Thursday, September 08, 2005


Double blowout!

Note To Self:

Self, if you brew a 5 gallon batch of beer, and the yeast blows out that single carboy, repitching that yeast cake into 10 gallons will have the same effect or worse - except it is now in 2 big glass jars instead of just 1. Double the yeasties, double the mess!

Man, this Burton Ale yeast is nuts! The kraeusen is so thick, sticky and gummy that overnight it will go from no kraeusen to clogged airlock. Last night before I went to bed, I swirled both carboys so there was nothing, and this morning both were totally clogged with yeast that was blown off. If I were prepared I could have easily vacuumed out the kraeusen / yeast into a sterile container and used it to either culture more or give it away, but alas... I have no such apparatus.

At any rate, depending on how good this beer tastes I will have to remember that WLP023 is a fantastic strain for top-cropping. I can't even imagine how much yeast I'd have if I had sucked all that kraeusen out... alot, for sure.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


More brewing madness (imagine that)

This past weekend was a 10 gallon batch of Nut Brown Ale. It is currently downstairs fermenting away. I've got an imperial stout and ESB in secondaries. This coming weekend - "Ichabod's Revenge" Pumpkin Ale. Next weekend will be 10 gallons of Belgian Wit (yeah, so what if its late in the season for a wit) followed there after with 10 gallons of Peated Scottish.

Gotta fill those kegs somehow, right?

Sunday, September 04, 2005


Samuel Adams Utopias

Anyone want to split the cost of one of these bad boys? If it really is $100.00 per bottle, it would be cheap enuf if shared in the club. Especially if it isn't your "cup of tea", one person wouldn't be out that much.

Here is what their write-up says:

Sweet fire, with rich malt and wood complexity.

Truly the epitome of brewing's two thousand year evolution,
Samuel Adams Utopias offers a flavor not just unlike any other beer but unlike any other beverage in the world. Its warm, sweet flavor is richly highlighted with hints of vanilla, oak and caramel. Our 2003 batch topped out at a record breaking 25% ABV, beating the records that Samuel Adams® Triple Bock® and Samuel Adams® Millennium had set before it. And like those groundbreaking brews, Samuel Adams Utopias is not carbonated and should be served at room temperature. In one
of many examples where Samuel Adams Utopias pushed the boundaries of beer, it received the highest recommendation (96-100 points) from the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Magazine (November, 2003 edition).

Just a thought . . .


How Do You Brew? Update

Stopped in Friday for some stuff, and to see how they're doing.

How Do You Brew? How Do You Brew? will remain, with different owners. Everbody was there when I stopped in, and were really great.

The new proprietor will be Joe Gallo (I didn't catch Mrs. Gallo's name). The "changing of the guard" is set for September 7.

I was really hoping they would have a Monday - Saturday (Tuesday - Sunday?) operation, but things will be pretty much the same as we are used to.

The Gallos mentioned an October grand opening, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.