Sprague Farm: Update

Wow! What a difference a year makes. The large, German beer hall-size, room that Brian showed us last time we were here is now an impressive, americanized, beer tasting space. It’s filled with brewania. I suggested they screw everything down: if I were less than honest I’d be tempted myself. This was confirmed by the fact that 30 of their unique beer steins: glass milk pints, had just been stolen a few days before I got there. Damn shame. I wanted to buy one.

The new tasting digs opened up about two and a half weeks from when we visited mid-August. The attention to detail is incredible if you’re looking for “unique,” which I usually do; like beer coasters made out of shale. Local? I forgot to ask, but I suspect so.
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Do the Mash, the TURBID Mash?

Story and link courtesy of byo.com
Story and link courtesy of byo.com

The Professor is feeling a little TURBID today…

Turbid Mashing

As Belgian-inspired beers grow in popularity and continue to nudge their way into North American beer culture, the desire to brew better, more adventurous, creations pushes brewers forward to find the next best ingredient or yeast for the style. Sometimes, though, it may benefit the brewer to look backwards, to see how some beers were brewed historically. Turbid mashing is a method that is still practiced in a few smaller lambic breweries in Belgium, such as Cantillon and Boon. If you have interest in brewing lambic-styled beers, wit beers, low-gravity or small session beers ó or you just want to try an experiment ó then utilizing a turbid mash may push your Belgian-inspired beer to the next level.


Club Update: Music City Brewers

Nashville, TN

Just a reminder to book your rooms at the Holiday Inn Select-Opryland/Airport -for the MCB Brew-Off by September 9.

We strongly encourage those who plan to stay for the evening festivities on Friday and/or Saturday nights, October 9 and 10, to stay over at the hotel. The special room rate of $99 per night will expire after that date. See http://www.hinashville.com/ for reservations.

Also, please see http://www.musiccitybrewers.com/brewoff.php for details for entries in the competition and for details regarding the dinner on Friday, October 9 with John Palmer as our guest speaker. You can also register there for the Pub Crawl on October 10. There will be a $5.00 fee for the van ride to the 4 pubs on the intinerary and they will bring you back to the hotel for the awards ceremony on Saturday night.


Ye Olde Scribe’s Incredible: Somewhat Edible, Links

“IBU. You not be Scribe. Drinking beer is better than a case of hives.”

Written by Ye Olde Scribe

Males unite! You have been banned! Hunted! Slaughtered! And far worse… IGNORED! Those female: male hating, snards now far too often have dominated the beer world!

No. This has nothing to do with MEN. Well, except men like BEER.

Little know fact: since the female is used for hopping, male hop plants have been banned many times throughout history… as have hops themselves.

Here are a few LINKS regarding hops.

Here are a few LINKS regarding hops.

Here are a few LINKS regarding hops.

Scribe thinks he repeated himself… repeated himself… re…

Editorial Time

Written by Joyce Lovelace

This will be an occasional feature here at The Professor’s site, often featuring guest writers.

Blame this question on too many hot, humid, sleepless nights and the erratic mind of a post-menopausal woman. This is a question about people in general and is not meant as a personal attack so please excuse the acerbic tone.

Why do we disdain people’s tastes in wine and beer but not other beverages? For instance I’ve never heard anyone say, “OMG you drink Grape Nehi?! That stuff is swill! Only Fanta is worth drinking! Only idiot neophytes drink Nehi!”

Now I am speaking of disdain for the person who likes it. A review of the beverage itself is fair game. If a person is reviewing a beverage they have every right to say that, to them, Tropicana Grapefruit Juice tastes like potato peels drenched in battery acid. But why put down the folks who like it?

I don’t recall running into this with hard liquor though maybe it’s there too.

It’s kind of like art, and I know that brewing beer or wine is an art, but darn it I like poker playing dogs! And yes Kincaid too, though I understand his personality is something awful, but then couldn’t that be said of some of the Great Masters too? I don’t think Pollack won any miss congeniality contests.

Would we have had the same blather over the “beer summit” if it hadn’t been beer? The President had a glass of Florida orange juice, Mr. Crowley had Maxwell house coffee (black, 2 sugars), Mr. Gates had Earl Gray tea with lemon and VP Biden had chocolate milk and cookies. OK yes – the media carnival would have had to make a production out of it.

Anyway -just askin- now I’ll go have a cup of organic coffee with local goat’s milk and stevia for sweetener – and yes dammit it’s instant coffee!

Message From Mr. Adams (No, not “Sam!”)

Music City Brewers: Nashville, TN area; but looking for judges all over; especially BJCP

Hello Judges,

We need your help. The 14th annual Music City Brew-Off is rapidly approaching and we are in need of as many judges as we can get to come out. I want to thank all of you that have judged at our competition in the past. Without your help our past competitions would not have been a success. I would like to extend this invitation out to all of you that can make it to our event. This year is going to be a blast. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have. Iím attaching the competition announcement. For more details and registration go to: www.musiccitybrewers.com

Tom Gentry is our judge coordinator this year. Iím copying him on this email

Look forward to judging with you all,

Johnathan Adams

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