[GLLUG] Penguicon Beer Brewing

Charles Ulrich charles at bityard.net
Thu Sep 4 18:35:17 EDT 2008

I'm for the chocolate beer. I can probably make it either day.


On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 4:50 PM, Clay Dowling <clay at lazarusid.com> wrote:
> At the last meeting we talked about plans for the room party next year at
> Penguicon.  Instead of buying beer it occurred to us that we could brew
> it, which would be completely in keeping with the open source conference
> idea.
> Last year we went through 15 gallons of beer.  My brewing setup is capable
> of brewing 5 finished gallons at a time, which would mean three brewing
> sessions.  I figure to make the brewing a group event (or events) at my
> house.
> The current beer plan:
> 1. Czech Pilsner - The original golden beer.  Light in color, strong in
> flavor.  The best commercial example is Czechvar, which many grocery
> stores are now carrying.  Sapporo is also in this style.
> 2. Scottish Wee Heavy - similar to the beer we drank last year.  Expect
> this stuff to wreck your head and your guts the next day if you drink
> unwisely.
> 3a. Schwarzbier - A dark german ale.  My recipe is good with chocolate,
> and if we make this we should form a partnership with the chocolate/fudge
> people.
> 3b. Heffewiezen - Similar to Schwarzbier, but light in color.  There are a
> lot of variations in flavor, but my recipe is pretty mellow and eminently
> drinkable.
> A choice would have to be made between 3a and 3b (at least in theory).
> The pilsner needs to be brewed first, and soon, because it needs a few
> months in a refrigerator for proper secondary fermentation.
> I propose either the 13th or 20th of September for the first brewing party
> at my house.  You do not need to know anything about brewing to
> participate, you'll learn as we go, and you'll be a better brew-monkey for
> the next session.  If we can round up a couple of people and some
> equipment I'm not opposed to expanding the beer offering (e.g. we make
> both 3a and 3b) by brewing a couple of batches at each brew session.
> Post a note on the list or contact me via email if you're interested in
> helping out.
> Clay
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