HOMEBREW Digest #4543 Tue 15 June 2004

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  Belgium brewery visits: Witkap, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Rodenbach (Raj B Apte)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 22:38:06 -0400 From: Pat Babcock <pbabcock at brew.hbd.org> Subject: Mail repaired... but.... Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... Well, by removing Spamassassin, Razor, DCC, and Pyzor, mail is now functioning as "programmed" and Users (that'd be me) can actually READ the mail in a mail client. The downside of this is that the queue is once again manually filtered for spam :^( I am planning to migrate the whole works to postfix, so, once I get the time to do that, we'll be in better shape... Sheesh... Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 06:23:26 -0600 From: "pddey" <pddey at netzero.net> Subject: 10th Annual 8 Seconds of Froth Its not too late to pack up your entries and get them to Cheyenne! Got a summer wheat you want some feedback on? Want to see how that Bock you laid down is progressing? Then send them to the High Plains Drafters where our expert panel of BJCP judges and brewing pros will provide solid feedback and compare your efforts to other homebrewers across the country. And you just might win a great prize from any one of a heap of sponsors! Get the details from our 8 Seconds of Froth web site: http://www.vcn.com/%7Ebbriggs/8seconds.html Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 14:37:48 -0700 (PDT) From: Raj B Apte <raj_apte at yahoo.com> Subject: Belgium brewery visits: Witkap, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Rodenbach Hi All, I just returned from Belgium and wanted to share some notes on brewery visits: Witkap, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, and Rodenbach. Witkap: This was a very fun tour. The brewery is old and the equipment simple. They have a museum with lots of bottles and Witkap paraphernalia from the last 100 years or so. We sampled the Stimulo, the triple, and the EKB. The latter was my favorite--something like a dryhopped double. A very nice regional brewery. Cantillon: Traditional lambic brewing at its best. Jean van Roy graciously spent time talking with us and poured samples. The tour can be either self-led from a brochure or with a guide (Jean). We wandered through, unsupervised, and soaked in the ambiance (and Brettanomyces). One suprising thing was how small is the cellar (its above ground). Secondly, they are doing lots of fruit experiments (cherries, raspberries, red grapes, white grapes, cloud berries, &c) and hopping experiments (dryhopping lambics and spontaneously fermented pale ale). For the hopped experiments, Hallertau aroma hops are used after the aged hops. Just before bottling, Goldings are used dry. The taste is excellent--very citrus and floral. Cantillon is located in a grimy and industrial part of Brussels: any claim that regional microflora contribute to the spontaneous fermentation is hard to believe. The germs come from the brewery, either from the coolship or the barrels. This is a fun place. If you come, try to visit on an open brew day and watch the old machines in operation. 3 Fonteinen: The second of the three traditional lambic houses. This is a small brewery attached to the gueuzestakerij (gueuze blending operation) and cafe, all of the same name. Although Cantillon emphasizes that they steam clean the barrels between fillings, 3 Fonteinen was less clear. They have the coolship in the loft, but with no fancy way to 'control' the inoculation. The mashing is done with a very nice, modern setup (Debelder denied they use turbid mashing, but did not elaborate). As a blender, they have barrels from Boon and other commercial lambic makers in addition to their own worts. The cafe is very nice and features some good beer-based dishes. The tap Lambic (I think it's force carbonated; not sure if its a blend), has a great deal of smoothness without the saccharin or sweet taste of the sellouts. Debelder reveals that the smoothness is partly attributable to a lactic acid addition (in kettle?) to correct the pH to 4.5. At this lower pH, fewer funky microorganisms (enteric?) are involved and the taste becomes a bit simpler and much smoother. A very elegant gueuze (I can't wait to try the kriek). This is not sugary like the sell-outs. Don't forget to visit Beersel castle. Rodenbach: The tour is very commercial and you never see a brewer, much less speak to one. Palm basically made a museum of the old brewery and built a new one next to it. Lots of stainless here--a real commercial operation. But the aging tonnes are unchanged. The cellars are many times that of the Lambic brewers and do not have the Brett smell. They give a taste of the aged beer straight from a cask during the tour, and the tour ends with a glass of Rodenbach and the Grand Cru. The former is 25% Grand Cru and 75% base beer. The Grand Cru itself is hard to find in Belgium, but Rodenbach claims to be trying to sell/export it. For lovers of sour ales, the Grand Cru is available in 750mls, but not bottle conditioned. The tonnes are much larger that the barrels (650L) used for lambic, have much thicker walls, and--I guess--admit much less oxygen during the aging (2 years). Belgium has other things to do besides brewery visits--it took two weeks to just cover the basics. US law permits the import of $800 worth of personal goods. The more relevant limit is weight: 2x32kgs per person. In my case this meant 2 boxes of 6x750ml bottles (20kg total) in each of my suitcases. With the carryon and a bit of help from my girlfriend, I brought 36x750ml of beer. enjoy, raj Return to table of contents
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