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Monthly Archives: June 2011

We got back from the AHA’s National Homebrewers Conference.

It was fun and informative. We learned a bunch, drank LOTS of beer and met many interesting people.

The seminar sessions were hugely informative. The Pro Brewers and Club Night events were fun. The Banquet was tasty and great to meet new people. The Hospitality Suite was serving good homebrew and had vendor tents with lots of good products on display.

Highlights of extra-conference frolics included great curry mussels, excellent beer and a tour of the Stone Brewery, an inside tour of a Rock Bottom Brewery, excellent hot wings and craft beer at Regal Beagle, meeting the brewer and getting an unfiltered Kolsh straight from the brite tank at Gordon Biersch.

Stone Anniversary Lauter

Stone Anniversary Lauter

Stone Bottling Line

Stone Bottling Line

Regal Begal Beer Spin

Regal Begal Beer Spin

Waiting for Pro Night Doors to Open

Waiting for Pro Night Doors to Open

Rock Bottom Brite Tanks

Rock BottomĀ Tanks

Club Night Creepiness

Club Night Creepiness

Banquet

Banquet

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Inspired by Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp #8 California Common, we decided to brew a similar beer.

There was no recipe to be found so we worked off what we could find. We started with an Anchor clone recipe (from an ancient BYO magazine). We knew the ABV of the camp beer was 6.5% so we upped the grain bill by 4.5 pounds and the hops by a half ounce (30 min) to balance.

Should be a fun beer to drink.

Our Saisons are not finishing. We are stuck at 10 brix. We pitched some champagne yeast and have put the fermenters in the chamber at 25C to try to get the beer finished.

Hopefully the new yeast does its job. Even if we don’t get our desired super dry finish, it still tastes pretty good so we will keg and gas it and drink away.