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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Invincible Rumors
« on: April 09, 2018, 08:17:58 PM »
theres plenty of things homebrewers dont need to bother with that pros have to because of scale.
Absolutely true, but many processes we adopt in some fashion. Like hop stands/whirlpool.

I dont know many homebrewers stressing out about mash bed impaction because of the 2000 pounds of barley they just loaded in their tun or sheer stress on wort due to industrial pumps.

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Ingredients / Re: Wild hops
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:48:02 PM »
Growing and brewing with it will be the easiest test. Centennial is not too hard to distinguish. As it starts to grow you can also compare pictures of the plants. Some hop plants have distinguishing features.

Since hops are very terrior dependent, even if it was Centennial it might have none of the character usually associated with Centennial. I just returned from New Zealand, where they grow Cascade from rhizomes from the US.  It's so entirely different from our Cascade that they had to give it another name.  You would never recognize it as Cascade.

isnt  madarina bavaria just cascade grown in germany?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Invincible Rumors
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:44:58 PM »
theres plenty of things homebrewers dont need to bother with that pros have to because of scale.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: India black lager water adjusments
« on: February 21, 2018, 06:17:17 PM »
bootleg biology has a lager yeast?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:55:55 PM »
I was up in Sonoma recently and went to two different highly regarded breweries that make the neipa style.   

Which ones?  I'm heading up there in a few months and wouldn't mind giving them a taste.
Henhouse brewing, and I think the other was called spotted goat or something like that. Both seem to be well regarded breweries, I just really don't like the taste of that style. I appreciate the art of making them, just not the end result, I need crispness in my IPA. If you are near auburn Moonraker brewing pretty much exclusively makes that style of beer, Knee Deep brewing in Auburn has a huge tap list of many different styles as well. Where are you in the bay area, I can give you some good suggestions

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:40:00 PM »
I swear these "no IBU" fruit bomb "IPA's" are for people that would rather have a wine cooler but are too embarrassed to order one  :D  :D. But seriously, tons of residual sugar, huge body, no bitterness and fruitiness out the ying yang, that sounds like Bartles and James not an IPA.

Any specific examples you're talking about?  Obviously they exist but I think many other IPAs have improved vs 10 years ago due to better packaging/freshness, more late hops, and fewer residual sugars/crystal malts.

these neipa that use super fruity hop varieties, super fruity, low attenuating yeast and high chloride water. It makes for a fruity and insipid drink for my tastes. They taste like wine coolers.

Any specific examples? I've had some from Hill Farmstead, Trillium, etc. that are obviously crafted very well and taste great. Obviously you get turds as outliers but the well made versions are worth seeking out.

I was up in Sonoma recently and went to two different highly regarded breweries that make the neipa style. Both tasted fruity, sweet and insipid. I also went to an award winning brewery on my way to Tahoe that makes the style and same thing, fruity, sweet and insipid. I just don't like the style, its imbalanced, sweet, fruity and not very drinkable. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:26:46 PM »
I swear these "no IBU" fruit bomb "IPA's" are for people that would rather have a wine cooler but are too embarrassed to order one  :D  :D. But seriously, tons of residual sugar, huge body, no bitterness and fruitiness out the ying yang, that sounds like Bartles and James not an IPA.

Any specific examples you're talking about?  Obviously they exist but I think many other IPAs have improved vs 10 years ago due to better packaging/freshness, more late hops, and fewer residual sugars/crystal malts.

these neipa that use super fruity hop varieties, super fruity, low attenuating yeast and high chloride water. It makes for a fruity and insipid drink for my tastes. They taste like wine coolers.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxidized DIPA -again...
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:38:07 PM »
Winemaking isn't infinitely more forgiving in terms of oxidation than beer. We also have as close to a magic bullet there is in meta. I've done a lot of both, and a lot of winemaking best practices would make the average brewer cringe.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:32:03 PM »
I swear these "no IBU" fruit bomb "IPA's" are for people that would rather have a wine cooler but are too embarrassed to order one  :D  :D. But seriously, tons of residual sugar, huge body, no bitterness and fruitiness out the ying yang, that sounds like Bartles and James not an IPA.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: High temp fermentation
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:05:52 PM »
I'll bet you a homebrew that your beer is fine. I always crank the temps on Saisons (ramping one right now using WLP590 French Saison and WLP644 Saccharomyces Bruxellensis Trois) to make sure they attenuate fully. Drinking the incredibly delicious product of the last brew using those yeasts as a split batch saison. RDWHAHB!

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The key to making sure saison ferment fully (those made with the Dupont stain at least) appears tpo be open fermentation. 

https://www.experimentalbrew.com/experiments/saison-yeast-airlock-vs-open-ferment-does-it-prevent-stall

https://www.experimentalbrew.com/podcast/episode-18-saison-under-pressure

if the DuPont strain(s?) are so pressure sensitive, then how do people bottle carb with the strain? The more I've used the DuPont strain the more I become convinced it is a wild sacch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:57:56 PM »
That’s pretty I’ll grant you that. And nice photography too.


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the filters really set the photo off off   ;D

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really wish you guys would accept 22's or 750 ml bottles.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping.
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:44:39 PM »
2 days then keg.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:42:43 PM »
I know Ted and if he sold anything less than exceptional, I'd be shocked.

Indeed.  He doesn't sell anything he wouldn't use himself and he's picky!

a saison I made featuring his edelweiss hop blend took BOS at a comp a little while back.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 09, 2018, 12:07:18 AM »
Does he have a extra special talent for selection then? You are the one that recommended him to me, and holy smokes has his stuff exceeded all expectations.


I think his nose/senses (or whatever) have to be ahead of the curve. Superb hops.

have you tried his lager hop blend? He calls it edelweiss. I absolutely love it. the perfect amount of herbal, earth and spice


No I haven't but want to. I've tried his :  Azacca, Centennial, Cascade, Hallertau, Mt Hood, Citra, Simcoe, and maybe Crystal? All were absolutely stellar. I still love YVH for their broad selection and new/experimental stuff, but I keep buying more and more from him.

the edelweiss has darn near replaced noble type hops for me.

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