HopfenUndMalzGottErhalts
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HopfenUndMalzGottErhalts

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    My first taste of really good beer came in 1984 on a trip to Germany. The beer on tap was unlike anything I'd ever had, full of malt flavor with appropriate hop bitterness to bring out the best flavor. Plus, waiting for the 8 minute pour to properly finish probably helped me appreciate it better.

    A couple of trips later, I had the best beer of my life, before or since, at the Andechs Monastery outside of Munich. The faucet turning that produced the perfect glass with correct foam in seconds led to the malt magic that had wave after wave of maltiness roll over the tongue. That was beer heaven.

    From 1985 to 2005 I homebrewed beer and was the ultimate beer geek for much of that time. I met Charlie Papazian at a Brews Brothers club meeting, learned that a well made extract beer can be great, and entered lots of competitions, by then doing exclusively all-grain batches, some with home grown hops. Buying in bulk saved a lot of money.

    Although English ales got me some awards, my passion was for German style lagers and alts. Decoction mashing took time, but made the finished product taste more authentic compared to the German brews I enjoyed there.

    After noting that my body was starting to look like a keg, and that 4 taps in the basement might be excessive, and that I was too dependent on alcohol, I scaled back and sold most of the equipment to eager beginning homebrewers.

    These days, I try new brews in one of many small breweries all around the Seattle area. Most are decent, few are awesome, and most have too many hops that erase any potential malt flavor.
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