This really should have been done earlier in the week, but life happens and it just didn’t happen when I wanted. But better late than never, right? As I mentioned last Friday, Saturday was the national Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day. As such I went over to St. Louis Wine and Beermaking to purchase some yeast to homebrew a Scottish 80 Shilling.

To celebrate National Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day, St. Louis W&B was putting on an all-grain homebrewing demonstration. Luckily I was smart enough to bring my camera to snap a couple of pictures:

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What was originally going to be a 5 minute trip turned into an hour of standing around, watching a pot try to boil and talking homebrewing techniques with novices and experts. It was nice being able to help new guys out and give them some tips and also pick up some tips from people more experienced than I.

When I got home a small homebrewing task awaited me. I needed to move my Belgian Dark Strong from the carboy to a corny keg for aging. Usually this goes pretty easily, but for whatever reason I ended up with a lot of water on myself and the basement floor. Oh well, it least the beer is being aged now.

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I cleaned myself up and let myself dry out a bit and then headed over to The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton to visit with Paul and to sample the 06 Schlafly Barleywine vs the 07 Barleywine.

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It’s amazing what a year can do, I found that the hops on the 06 have really dropped out and the malt character has really started to come into it’s own and develop a really amazing beer. That’s not to say the 07 isn’t ready to drink right now. It’s a fantastic beer that may make hopheads pretty happy.

I’ve never been to the Clayton Wine and Cheese Place as the Rock Hill location is right down the street, but I’m here to tell you that this is a dangerous place for a beer lover.

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Everywhere you turn you think, “Oooh, I want that! And that! And That!” and the next thing you know you’ve given Paul 60 of your hard earned dollars. That’s if you’re lucky to keep it less than that.

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One last thing that’s not all beer related (except it goes fantastic with it) is that Wine And Cheese Place is selling salami that has been created by the wonderful Salumi Cured Meats out of Seattle. If you’re a fan of salami, you’ll do yourself a huge favor by ponying up the dough and picking some of this up. It’s absolutely delicious.