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Title: Denny...
Post by: dean on December 23, 2009, 10:14:46 PM
I used tot think you were nuts with your signature... "life begins at 60.... 1.060"/  Well, I think I'm starting to agree with you.   :D
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Post by: denny on December 23, 2009, 10:45:20 PM
Dean, buddy, all that means is you're nuts, too!   ;) ;D
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Post by: ndcube on December 23, 2009, 11:32:52 PM
It's closer to 80 for me.... but I love me some Tripel.
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Post by: bruck on December 23, 2009, 11:44:08 PM
Could not agree more...I rarely brew under "1.060!"
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Post by: bonjour on December 23, 2009, 11:51:59 PM
I don't know what you guys are talking about ;)
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Post by: dean on December 23, 2009, 11:52:22 PM
I know for some it will be hard to believe, but there is so much more flavor in the higher OG beers.  I like only high OG stouts otherwise they just seem dry to me... same with ales pretty much anymore.  I drink for the flavor more than the buzz anymore... I'd rather drink two Good beers than six mediocre beers.  I don't drink to get drunk anymore either... though it Does happen from time to time.   :D
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Post by: bruck on December 24, 2009, 01:55:22 AM
Yeah...I don't get drunk anymore either. Except when I drink beer. And booze.
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Post by: denny on December 24, 2009, 02:01:02 AM
I don't know what you guys are talking about ;)

Fred, I KNEW this would draw ya outta the woodwork!   ;D
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Post by: majorvices on December 24, 2009, 02:03:46 AM
I guess I am the opposite. Most of the beers I brew are under 1.060. I like higher gravity beers very much (and always have a few kegs of tripel, Barley Wines, RIS, etc, laying around), but I am more of a session drinking guy. If I really want something with some alkyhaul I just go for bourbon.  ;)
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Post by: denny on December 24, 2009, 02:05:32 AM
I know for some it will be hard to believe, but there is so much more flavor in the higher OG beers.

I agree, and that's one of the reasons I tend toward them.  I really believe there's a lot more skill (albeit of a different type) involved in brewing a subtle beer rather than a monster.   Truthfully, I envy the guys who can brew a perfect American light lager, because I think that would be a lot tougher than some of the beers I tend towards.  Not that I won't drink a big beer, you understand..... ;)
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Post by: denny on December 24, 2009, 02:08:06 AM
I guess I am the opposite. Most of the beers I brew are under 1.060. I like higher gravity beers very much (and always have a few kegs of tripel, Barley Wines, RIS, etc, laying around), but I am more of a session drinking guy. If I really want something with some alkyhaul I just go for bourbon.  ;)

I've never been able to develop a taste for bourbon or Scotch.  I came to realize a while back that the average beer around here is 7.5%.  A while back, I brought home a bottle of IIPA and warned my wife ( a small person) that it was 10%.  She said "So what?".
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Post by: majorvices on December 24, 2009, 02:10:21 AM
.  A while back, I brought home a bottle of IIPA and warned my wife ( a small person) that it was 10%.  She said "So what?".

What a woman!! She's a keeper!!  ;D
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Post by: bluesman on December 24, 2009, 02:12:24 AM
I have to also say it's more difficult to perfect a low gravity lager than it is to make a good DIPA. I am currently trending toward bigger beers but that will change as the weather changes. Big beers in the colder months and lighter beers in the warmer months.
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Post by: denny on December 24, 2009, 02:17:43 AM
.  A while back, I brought home a bottle of IIPA and warned my wife ( a small person) that it was 10%.  She said "So what?".

What a woman!! She's a keeper!!  ;D

33 years so far!
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Post by: bonjour on December 24, 2009, 02:41:45 AM
The trick is to brew a starter (some brewers call these small beers) with flavor.  Try working on a mild.  That can have quite a bit of flavor

Fred
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Post by: Hokerer on December 24, 2009, 03:28:20 AM
I guess I am the opposite. Most of the beers I brew are under 1.060.

I'm with you there.  1.060 is more like my top end.
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Post by: tom on December 24, 2009, 04:32:55 AM
Oh, I thought it was 60 IBU!
I always kid about my wife Melissa (soon to be 20 years, heck she got me my first homebrew kit - it's all her fault!). When we walk into the Falling Rock Tap House (our local) - she asks "why don't you get me something light, like a Hercules".
http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=32751
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Post by: blatz on December 24, 2009, 02:51:56 PM
I guess I'm 'diversified'.  I have 3 taps in the house and 2 party taps in one of my lagering fridges - the 3 in my house are usually <1.064, with really on my IPA bringing it up that high, otherwise its usually 1.050-1.055 or so.

Then in the 2 picnic taps outside, I keep big beers in 3gal kegs - Old Ale, IIPA, Baltic, RIS, etc. which is all >1.080.  The rest of the batch I bottle.

I just don't like feeling 'it' after one pint anymore, I still brew, buy,drink  and love big beers, but much more conservatively than I used to. 
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Post by: ndcube on December 24, 2009, 03:30:40 PM
I just don't like feeling 'it' after one pint anymore, I still brew, buy,drink  and love big beers, but much more conservatively than I used to. 

You could always pull a half pint.  ;)  ...Not that I would.
Title: Re: Denny...
Post by: dean on December 24, 2009, 03:34:57 PM

I just don't like feeling 'it' after one pint anymore, I still brew, buy,drink  and love big beers, but much more conservatively than I used to. 

I don't drink as many as I used to either, generally 2 beers a night now but every once in a while I'll drink 3 to 5 beers... like last night.   :D


I suppose I just need to use more specialty malts and I'll get more flavor but I do like having a nice little buzz going without having to drink 4 or 6 beers.    ;D   
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Post by: blatz on December 24, 2009, 04:02:03 PM
I just don't like feeling 'it' after one pint anymore, I still brew, buy,drink  and love big beers, but much more conservatively than I used to. 

You could always pull a half pint.  ;)  ...Not that I would.

that's the problem - I like drinking beer.
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Post by: dhacker on December 24, 2009, 04:56:41 PM
that's the problem - I like drinking beer.

Your kidneys and bladder thank you.
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Post by: majorvices on December 24, 2009, 05:05:17 PM
What is really ironic is that I only have two beers on tap that are under 1.060, and one is 1.059.  :-\
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Post by: tomsawyer on December 24, 2009, 06:24:06 PM
My house beers are all under 1.060, but I enjoy playing with big beers too.  I generally bottle those so I can have a pint or two of something substantial when I feel like it.

I'm definitely moving up the OG and IBU scales though, my tastebuds must be getting worn out.  I still remember posting what I thought was a hoppy pale ale recipe a couple years ago, and Denny said to call it "Wheres The Hops".  Now I have about six pounds of hops in the freezer, so I know where they are at this point.
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 24, 2009, 07:27:56 PM
I am in low alcohol beer camp.
I usually brew beers that are around 1050.
Recently I got idea to brew MaiBock so it will be 1066 beer.