« on: November 29, 2013, 06:44:49 PM »
I'm very grateful to have a great wife who is supportive of all the time and $$ I spend on this obsession. I've known guys whose significant others were not so supportive (to say the least).
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Anybody who comes to my house is welcome to as much of almost anything I have on tap as they can handle. But before I let people pull a pint of a specialty beer like a rauchbier or something sour I give them a 4 oz taster glass.
Here's to hooking up the right amount for the right person. Sometimes gotta play matchmaker/cicerone to avoid waste of our precious creations.
It may just be me, but the real tropical hops like Citra and Galaxy don't seem like a good fit in a Black IPA to my palate. But I've never tried it and the Simcoe and Columbus may be resinous enough to balance it. If it were me I'd probably use Mosaic and Apollo in place of the Citra and Galaxy, but that's my taste.I felt that having the big majority of the dry hops come from Simcoe and (especially) Columbus would be a strong balance to the Citra and Galaxy. But you're right - the latter are fruity hops too. I think as intense as Simcoe and Columbus are as dry hops would make it work well though.
I believe Martin has done some work there so he might have some insights. IIRC, they take the local Chico water, strip it down to almost nothing, and rebuild it. Does that sound right, Jeff?We were in CA for a meet up with friends in Oct, and Mrs. R said, hey we can make the Sierra Nevada Octoberfest if you want to do the driving. Of course I said yes.
We got there on Thursday, so we did a tour. I asked the guide what they do with the water, as the Water book was out out. She said that they have the course filter, remove chlorine/chloramine, and UV filter. I asked if they had a RO system, she yes, but it was not in use. My guess is they use that for beers like Summerfest if they need to, and the other beers are fine with the treated feed water adjusted with phosphoric acid to 5.5. Then add minerals for the beer being brewed, in the mash and kettle as needed.
The Octoberfest had great beer and food. We got to see Bonearama and Left Over Salmon play. The next day we drove to Santa Rose for a meet up with friends, who are more wine people. I did get to Russian River twice.
Dad and four of his brother's joined the navy a few days after Pearl. He was 18. After the Sullivans were killed they split them up. After touring the med, he woke up one morning on the channel side of England. He says that within a day there were so many ships you couldn't count them. He drove a Hoggins boat to Omaha beach. 18 of them in his group, of those he and one other guy made it out. He told us the story one time on the day my brother came back from Vietnam.
Saturday is his 90th. Looking forward to seeing him again.
Some of the IPAd I've been trying lately, and liking, are not much more bitter than Stone, but they have gobs of hop flavor and aroma.That's the sweet spot for me.