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wildoates
09-02-2009, 09:48 PM
Nice little piece! (http://www.realamericanstories.com/dogfishheadbrewery/)

wayneb
09-02-2009, 10:44 PM
Oh yeah! He's at least as interesting as his beers!! And one of our very own, the Gotmeader who goes by the name Brimminghorn, works there!

akueck
09-02-2009, 10:52 PM
See, you should have come to the NHC in June. He was there! Next one is in Minneapolis. I am totally going.

wildoates
09-03-2009, 12:04 AM
I probably should have, but couldn't get my son to go with me. I can pretty much guarantee I wouldn't go to Minneapolis--unless I could find some way to justify the expense.

Hee hee

akueck
09-03-2009, 12:39 AM
...unless I could find some way to justify the expense.

Hee hee

Um, all-you-can-drink beer? Where is the doubt? It probably won't snow in MN in June.

Shanecb
09-03-2009, 12:50 AM
That video was great. I love Dogfish Head's beer. I recently tried their Sah-Tea, and it was very interesting.

STLBrewer
09-03-2009, 09:58 AM
That was a great video. Every Dogfish Head beer I have had has been great...the only bad part is, you can't get it in St. Louis (or Missouri period). I have to cross the "creek" into Illinois if I want to pick any of their beers up.

I have had the pleasure of trying a few of them thanks a fellow brewer that has vacationed up that way, though...

Thanks for posting the link to that article!!

wildoates
09-03-2009, 10:30 AM
Um, all-you-can-drink beer? Where is the doubt? It probably won't snow in MN in June.

I don't like beer, Aaron! I know that's heresy and anti-American and perhaps even amoral, but I just don't do bitter, even coffee. And yet I'm fascinated by the whole process of brewing, which seems rather unfair, actually.

:angry3:

I especially liked how he said he'd done, what? Five batches of homebrew before he launched his brewery? Them's some seriously platinum-plated cajones he has.

Darter
09-03-2009, 10:41 AM
On a side note, buzzerj recommended I check out Delaware Brewing Craft - www.xtremebrewing.com for supplies. Turns out it's an adjunct of Dogfish Head Brewery, heh.

akueck
09-03-2009, 12:23 PM
I don't like beer, Aaron! I know that's heresy and anti-American and perhaps even amoral, but I just don't do bitter, even coffee. And yet I'm fascinated by the whole process of brewing, which seems rather unfair, actually.

:angry3:

I especially liked how he said he'd done, what? Five batches of homebrew before he launched his brewery? Them's some seriously platinum-plated cajones he has.

Not all beer is bitter!!! You can brew any beer you want, screw the Reinheitsgebot. How do you feel about sour? Did you say you don't like vinegar either? You're a tough nut to crack! Well still, there are lots of ways to do beer that would satisfy a sweet tooth.

And as far as Mr Dogfish, I believe he had the fortune of access to some family money for his startup fund. I've been looking for long-lost rich uncles for years now, so far no luck.

wildoates
09-03-2009, 12:55 PM
I've got some rich uncles, but hell'd freeze over before they'd part with any of it for me. :)

I have had lambics, and those weren't bitter at all and quite tasty. Tricky to make, though, right?

My e-mail to you asked for recommendations for books to read to learn more about brewing beer before embarking on my son's graduation amber ale-like braggot. But since that account seems to be defunct, maybe it didn't even get sent in the first place.

STLBrewer
09-03-2009, 04:22 PM
Depending on how much into it you want to get, Wildoates, there are a LOT of books on brewing...

For example...http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_0_8?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=home+brewing&sprefix=Home+Bre...shows 1,954 books that reference home brewing!!

But, there are a few that I would recommend to anyone interested in the addiction:

How To Brew - John Palmer
The Complete Joy of Home Brewing - Charlie Papazian
Homebrewing For Dummies (believe it or not!!) It explains it in normal English!!
Radical Brewing - Randy mosher
Extreme Brewing - Sam Calagione (the Dogfish man himself!!)

That's my top 5...there are plenty of others that get me through. Hope my input may be slightly helpful...

wildoates
09-03-2009, 04:39 PM
The reason I asked for recommendations was precisely because there about a million brewing books on Amazon. :)

Might have to try the Dogfish Head one just to keep on topic. :)

I want to make a fantastic braggot for my son to toast finishing the master's degree he just started, to be ready Mayish 2011. His favorite beer is an amber ale (I asked, because he makes lots of different kinds), so I want to make a braggot that is also an amber ale. Never made beer, so I need to do some homework.

wildoates
09-03-2009, 04:45 PM
Oh, and I DO NOT want to get addicted, so stop it.

Hmmmpf.

:angry1:

Corcis
09-03-2009, 06:34 PM
Oh, and I DO NOT want to get addicted, so stop it.

Hmmmpf.

:angry1:

You have to *try* it, otherwise you'll never know if it's any good.

akueck
09-03-2009, 06:57 PM
Lambic is not more difficult to make per se, but it does involve a large time commitment. The funk beers are slow to mature. I hope mine are ready by next summer. Better start now on yours!

STLBrewer
09-04-2009, 09:41 AM
The reason I asked for recommendations was precisely because there about a million brewing books on Amazon. :)

Might have to try the Dogfish Head one just to keep on topic. :)

I want to make a fantastic braggot for my son to toast finishing the master's degree he just started, to be ready Mayish 2011. His favorite beer is an amber ale (I asked, because he makes lots of different kinds), so I want to make a braggot that is also an amber ale. Never made beer, so I need to do some homework.

My thoughts on that are:

1) Good for you to make something for your son's Master's Graduation...that's what all awesome mom's should do!!

2) Brewing beer is pretty easy...and if you do extract it is almost as easy as dump, boil, ferment...

3) I am oversimplifying things today, but not by too much! :rolleyes:

4) Seriously...check out Homebrewing For Dummies first. The part that actually talks about Homebrewing is pretty informative (since you already have the sanitization and fermentation part down, it is a little faster to learn!!) and breaks it down in plain English.

5) I will dig through the brewing library at home and see what I can come up with on a possible direct source for an Amber base beer to "modify". By modify, I mean add honey to!!!

Oh, and the book recommendation is NOT an implication of any sort!! ;D

akueck
09-04-2009, 10:25 AM
How to Brew first edition is free online. I think the print edition is up to 3 now so if you like it, buy the book, but the online version will get you pretty far without having to go buy anything new.

Amber beer is a pretty broad category. Just throw some crystal 40 in there and some hops and the rest is just base malt. Easy. For the "extreme" version you could do something more Dogfishy and use some sucanat, flamethrower raisins, or red hot rocks a la Lost Abbey. That was an interesting beer!

STLBrewer
09-04-2009, 11:15 AM
That's right...How to Brew is free online! I forgot about that!

Ambers are a broad category indeed...it just depends on how malty or hoppy you want them and how Amber or "Red" you want it to be. Lots of options, but it is all pretty easy...and definitely a good one to tweak and play with!!

Gardenmead
10-12-2009, 06:21 PM
I really recommend "Radical Brewing" by Randy Mosher for a fun, informative read with tons of great ideas, weird recipes, history, pictures, old illustrations, etc.:icon_thumright: It was the most enjoyable brewing book I have read. He has great sections on different types of unusual sugars, herbs, and grains that can be used in brewing. A lot of stuff in this book is useful info for meadmakers.

"How to Brew" by Joe Palmer is my favorite nuts and bolts brewing book. It is comprehensive, packed with useful tables, charts, calculations, and organized in a helpful way.

Palmer has a pretty basic amber ale recipe that might be a good starting point for your braggot.

You are an awesome mom!!