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After realizing that Easter is quite early this year I decided to hold my annual Maerzen-Brew one weekend before that on March 15. This is a Saturday and the rain/snow-day will be Sunday the 16th. It is also 2 weeks before Paulthenurse's Boston Beer Brewday.

Last year's fare was BBQ pork and I may repeat that unless I come up with something more authentic German to make.

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C'mon, who else is in? Anyone who hasn't had a chance yet to sample Kai's brews.... man, Ray McNeill was absolutely RAVING about them. I don't remember a lot about that night, but I do remember the term "Gold Medal" getting tossed around quite a bit.
 

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I would love to go, but I am on thin ice with the wife right now. She thinks I am disappearing every weekend to drink beer. She is way off base, it's only been every other weekend.
 

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Vermicous said:
I would love to go, but I am on thin ice with the wife right now. She thinks I am disappearing every weekend to drink beer. She is way off base, it's only been every other weekend.
Maintaining a positive domestic tranquility index is a delicate balance.
 

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I'll be there.... :ban:










Oh....



Wait...........



...checking google maps...Distance = 1,221 miles, Drivetime = about 19 hours 18 mins....




Nevermind..................:(
 
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Little more than two weeks now. Anybody else interested besides the Bird and Glib?

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C'mon, Boston folks! The drive ain't far. If you've got ANY interest in learning to decoct, this is a RARE OPPORTUNITY to brew with two of our resident decoction experts (I think I'm doing my EuroPils).


EDIT: Glib and Kai, not myself!
 
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BTW, while I was lurking around on the NB board, I found that there is no free decoction mashing video available. So I decided to change that. I'm writing the script now and will be using the decoction mash of my Maerzen as the example. But I will only be covering the mash, not the whole brew.

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Awesome, simple awesome. I can't wait to see the video. I am planning on decoction for my first couple of lagers and will be using a pressure canner with a pot inside, but I would love to watch a real one done again. The LHBS in Lubbock did one once and it was very interesting to say the least. Much more involvement the whole way through than just a regular single infusion mash schedule.
 

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I've never done a decoction but am very intrigued. I look forward to the video. I think that day will have to be National Maerzen/Oktoberfest brew day as I've got my Oktoberfest brew session scheduled for that same day. This was my best beer ever last year and it disappeared in one evening. :( I rebrewed it in Nov. and will be testing it in two weeks to see if I could brew it again and then make any recipe adjustments prior to brewing two 7.5 gallon batches for this coming fall. I'll have to consider how much could change with 2 months of lagering for the remake versus 6 months for the original.
 

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You may have to wait on observing my decoction expertise in actions.
It looks like I'll have family in town visiting that weekend. We'll likely be skiing/riding on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. If this is the case, I'll have to bow out.

I'll keep you posted.
 
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If you want to brew and would like me to put some R/O water aside, please let me know.

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I'm planning on coming out, and I'll bring my own water again (unless you want to teach me how to build some Pilsner water). I *might* not be doing the Pils now, depending on whether I have any Saaz in the freezer or not.
 
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the_bird said:
I'm planning on coming out, and I'll bring my own water again (unless you want to teach me how to build some Pilsner water). I *might* not be doing the Pils now, depending on whether I have any Saaz in the freezer or not.
Pilsner water is simple. You can your just straight R/O or add some calcuium for the yeast.

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I'll be there, not brewing however. All my equipment is in pieces right now waiting for a stand and new fermentor to be built. Let me know what time and where. Also let me know if there is any food/beer I can bring.
 
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I sent PM with directions to brid, beergears and vermicous.

Am I missing anyone or are there others who want to come?

Kai
 
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Looks like we will have some early snow/rain tomorrow, but it is expected to end around 10.00a. I'll still be brewing but Bird won't be able to make it.

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Hey Kai,
I was hoping I could make it, but had a long weekend of work & recovery... maybe next time. I hope it went well.
 

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I skied Stratton Friday, then rode my snowboard at Mt. Snow on Saturday and Sunday. I trust you all enjoyed yourselves brewing as much as I did making turns all weekend long. I will need to brew this week, as my stash is getting light.
 
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paulthenurse said:
Hey Kai, how did your day go?
Only Beergears made it and it was a little rainy in the morning. I hope the turn-out for your event will be better. I plan on making a wheat since I should have my wheat malt by then.

Kai
 
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