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  1. Farls

    Dutch Heineken longnecks $1.75 each

    Made out like a bandit there mate. I wonder what a home brewer could do with a dozen long neck bottles...
  2. Farls

    Aldi's Flensburger wheat and Pilsner

    Yep, very good little bottles, I have a dozen and might grab another 6 pack. I have another dozen grolsh 450ml swing tops, they’re good too. But I really like the altenmunster 500ml swing tops. Very thick glass and look great but a bit pricey.
  3. Farls

    Tip my hat to my dad

    My dad brewed at some point in the 80s or early 90s and by all reports of people who drank it, including himself, it was rubbish. I’m no master brewer but my old man often comments that my beers are better than just about anything he buys. And these days I’ve converted him from a tooheys red drinker into a seeker of fine ales, and he now he is back brewing himself doing the odd batch in the little craft fv I gave him. and +1 to Hairys comment on top of all that!
  4. Farls

    Craftier than Craft

    Not bad at all
  5. Jeez, belushi’s bars take me back. I used to often go to the “ain’t nothing but blues” bar near Piccadilly for an arvo open mic (I recall lots of Neil young, Beatles, Hendrix and stones being covered, some well and some not so much) then on to belushis (I can’t remember which one). And lots of good bars and pubs in places like Camden too. I quite enjoyed the Heineken brewery tour in Amsterdam, but I was possibly still under the influence of the previous night’s space muffins... Obviusly Munich has the beer halls covered (hofbrau hause etc), can’t go wrong there. But overall I loved the little local pubs and bars. I don’t remember any specifically secret, the-place-to-be spots but I reckon you’ll stumble across some real gems yourself, and it won’t take much effort. Just ask a local or the hosts where you’re staying. As you say it won’t be tough to find a good beer!
  6. Farls

    Best cleaners

    The force is strong with this one...
  7. Farls

    What are you listening to right now????

    I think there could be something in pairing music and beers...
  8. Farls

    What are you listening to right now????

    Amorphis. Gojira. Between the buried and me.... Hairy, King Rud, other legends. How is it just now that I’m realising there’s a bunch of metal heads on here? Perhaps I haven’t been on this thread before... Is it possible there is some kind of positive strong correlation between liking to quaff your own tasty brew beer whilst listening to brutal tunes? I’d say it is very likely due to some shared Viking ancestry. But to be honest, as much as I love metal (especially 90s era metal when carcass were at the top of their game and bands like at the gates were hitting their stride) I don’t get to listen to it much. My 3 year old daughter is currently dancing around the lounge room to Taylor swift.
  9. Farls

    What other hobbies do brewers have??

    I was keen to join a local group of apathetics anonymous, but lost interest...
  10. Farls

    The Friday Night 6 Pack Session

    I got a 6 pack of the hop thief 9 on a Dan Murphy’s members special. I was a bit disappointed too, expecting more from the citra and calypso. And I also preferred the 7 with the mosaic. It’s an ok drop, at the discount price, but not full price. Maybe my palette has changed in the last few years where what I used to think was a good whack of hops, now barely hits the sides.
  11. Farls

    What other hobbies do brewers have??

    That sucks mate, sounds like you have a bit of natural talent for it too.
  12. Farls

    What other hobbies do brewers have??

    Yeah, I’ve met a few of those kinds of meat-dodgers. I reckon getting up on the high horse is the main aim for that type, rather than the more valid reasons. I am interested in what that horse may taste like though...
  13. Farls

    What other hobbies do brewers have??

    So much meat being made. I love meat, maybe I should look into that hobby as it obviously goes hand in hand with brewing. I really do understand and appreciate the environmental and ethical reasons of vegetarians and vegans. BUT MEAT IS SO FREAKIN’ GOOD. Like others I used to play guitar. I rarely play anymore as my two young kids want to get involved and pretty much beat the guitar up, so it usually sits out of reach and gathering dust. I actually had a crack on it yesterday though. Very rusty. I get into the garden as often as I can with a few veggie patches and lots of weeds to stay on top of. Plus the usual home diy jobs that us blokes like to do - paving, small woodwork projects like repurposing pallet wood into stuff etc. I enjoy those so I guess they’re kind of a hobby, but they are also things that just need to be done around home. Apart from brewing, the only other thing I do that is just for me is martial arts - Muay Thai and BJJ. That extra J is important, otherwise... I think martial arts and brewing are the only things stopping me from going on a completely insane, unhinged rampage of trying to beat people to death with their own shoes. So therefore brewing and martial arts are probably more of a community role I provide. You’re welcome people of sth west Victoria. Oh yeah, I actually gave stand up comedy a few cracks too. Did a few gigs at pubs etc. At one pub I got $30 and a free meal. Think I spent about $70 on beer though, the place brewed its own and had some nice ones.
  14. That was my mum’s name too... Ha!
  15. Farls

    Coopers Dark Ale kit questions

    Maybe wineries, or something similar. Never even heard of a perch for land measurements.