Before you read about my daily events in homebrewing beer, I should shed some light on what my goals are and how I got them in this hobby of mine.
Drinking beer can be a hit or miss experience. Half the time you order a beer you don't like. My limited travels in Michigan lead to some great beer by brewmaster Fred Scheer. Scheer used to work for the Frankenmuth Brewery. At least, he had the same taste buds as mine.
He produced really great Oktoberfest and Dark from the Frankenmuth Brewery. I loved it so much that I was able to find the recipe (or the supposed recipe from others that had re-engineered it). Frankenmuth Brewery had gone through a tornado and a fire. Scheer left the brewery to work somewhere else. I have the recipes on www.brewtoad.com from what I've been able to put together. I miss his beer.
At another time, my local beer store was selling Paulaner's Wesn beer shipped in from Europe. It was a kit with a huge beer mug and miniature canister of this Wesn beer. It was a light golden color and it tasted like heaven. Could I say that if beer was served in heaven it would taste like this? It was unlike all the hoppy bitter beers out there. The malt came through.
So, now you see why some of the styles I am going to focus on are a re-engineered Frankenmuth Dark and Frankenmuth Oktoberfest. I've tried other beers but they can't compare. Dark beers and other Oktoberfests just miss. I'm not a "hop head": a person into strong bitter tasting beers. The other style is Paulaner's Wiesn. My attempts to make this meadow beer may be more futile than the other 2 styles. I've done my homework off the web. Recently, I have found another brewer trained in Germany that has come up with his version of good German beer. It had some good reviews and I found a few hints as to how the brewmaster makes it. You can see his beer at: