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Old 10-14-2008, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Back from Europe and ready to brew!

Thanks to everyone for all the help/suggestions/advice. The two week trip was great from beginning to end. I won't go into full detail right now, but in regards to the beer; there was no shortage of quality brew. In Greece it was Heineken, Mythos, and Amstel (not light), which all tasted fresh and worked in the warm setting. Once we got to Austria, I went from Trumer Pils to Murauer Marzen, Stiegl, Ottakringer, Franziskaner, and Augustiner. Once we hit Germany it was Ayinger, Andechser, Hacker & Pschorr, Spaten, Paulaner, and of course Hofbrau. The attitude towards beer over there was so much better than here. They treat it with much more respect and normalcy than most of us here do. Even on some of the Intercity Trains, they would serve the hefeweizen in the proper glassware with the proper 5 minute procedure. It was great to see and I think we as homebrewers share that similar way of viewing beer. Even the lightest beers they have are much more complex than our light "beer". I really hope their beer culture rubs off on ours more and more. It was great to see and inspiring as some who has actually brewed beer. I can't wait to experience it again...prost!

Andechs Hefeweizen



Biergarten in the English Garden of Munich



Eine Trumer pilsener

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It's great to have you back! Now....Knuckle down and get a thread with pics started for this trip.

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Welcome back. I hope your "system" handled all that beer without many negative effects.

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Welcome back. I hope your "system" handled all that beer without many negative effects.
I wondered about that too. I was hoping that the trip cured him, as he said he was ready to brew again!
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Welcome back, Ben! So what are you going to try and clone first?

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Welcome back. I hope your "system" handled all that beer without many negative effects.
Thanks Ed, I was able to pace myself so its all good...

Here are some more pics...

Hop Wreath (they decorated with hops everywhere)



Santorini doesn't have the best beer, but it does have the best views

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Welcome back, Ben! So what are you going to try and clone first?
Thanks, the Andechser Weißbier Dunkel will probably be my first clone attempt. Besides the maltiness, it has nice raisin and chocolate notes that I've never tasted in weizen before...
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Thanks Ed, I was able to pace myself so its all good...

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They decorate with hops? No wonder there's a shortage.
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They decorate with hops? No wonder there's a shortage.
one sconce (60 mins)
Dry hop with a christmas tree.
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They decorate with hops? No wonder there's a shortage.
I thought the same thing! Who knows what varieties they were, but yeah they used hops very creatively for decorative purposes. It was nice to see beer being celebrated rather than disdained...
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