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All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain-like bitterness
« on: Today at 02:30:08 PM »
Definitely.  The older I get the more all my senses mess with me, then throw in some allergens or whatever...  Some days I guess you just have to throw out the results.  You know, things taste funny today, I'm not taking any tasting notes.  On a day when I think my senses are more trustworthy, I'll make critical assessments of my beer.  But even on a bad day, I think we can still rank beers relative to each other. The playing field is still even.
I find myself having to relearn all the smells I used to know, not because of old age, but because I had surgery to remove nasal polyps a little over a year ago.  Before that, unless I was on big steroids, I had anosmia.  Now I find myself blind to some things, but overall I'm really enjoying the sense of smell I have regained.

Beer Recipes / Re: Simple Cream Ale
« on: June 14, 2019, 08:08:26 PM »
Peach? I’ve never experienced that in any of the beers I ferment with US-05. I would like to have that note in my beers.

I've gotten it with every beer I've made with 05.  To the point that I won't use it any more.
I find it pretty common when judging American pale ales.  Sometimes it works, other times not so much.

Equipment and Software / Re: Shipment from More Beer
« on: June 06, 2019, 02:51:22 PM »
I once ordered a three-gallon glass carboy from them which came in hundreds of small pieces.  They sent me another box with hundreds more pieces and then finally sent one packaged properly.

Beer Travel / Re: Mendocino Coast
« on: June 05, 2019, 11:23:58 PM »

Unfortunately, Mendocino Brewing went out of business in 2018

Sorry to hear that, I didn't know.  I knew they were acquired by foreign ownership more than 20 years ago and production expanded to an upstate NY site, which was initially to my advantage, but I hadn't seen their products in some time.  They were one of the pioneers and truly one of the greats, as evidenced by their successes over the years at the Great British Beer Festival.   Red Tail and Black Hawk were early benchmarks.  But I suppose hopelessly untrendy.
I remember drinking a Red Tail in Mendocino on a trip up the coast in the early 90’s.  That beer bottle was the first in what turned out to be an extensive collection of American craft beer bottles.  Its a great label.

The Pub / Re: What is it with ukuleles and beer?
« on: May 31, 2019, 07:14:29 PM »
My landlord's roommate just got a ukulele for her birthday. I'm not sure yet if that's good or bad.
I guess it's better than an accordion.

The Pub / Re: Domestic Premium?
« on: May 31, 2019, 11:11:15 AM »
"Premium" is an industry term that differentiates this class of brands from "Subpremium", which would include brands like Busch and Keystone.

Back when I was in HS, Busch and Keystone were premium, too.
Generic, no-name Beer in a white can with black stripes, now THAT was sub-premium.
Years ago, on a trip to England, I found small cans marked "Barley Wine" with no other brand label at the grocery store.  They were actually quite good, but probably not premium.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Spunding advice needed
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:19:24 PM »
Some of those saison yeasts tend to stall real bad when pressurized.  I wonder how well this would work....

Beer Recipes / Re: American blond ale
« on: May 20, 2019, 06:52:25 PM »
Mosaic is currently my favorite hop.  I just bought a pound of it from Hop Heaven and used it as a whirlpool addition yesterday.  I used Sterling as a first wort hop in this beer.  Although I have never smelled 4MMP in Mosaic, I may perceive it differently than others.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoking Grains
« on: May 19, 2019, 02:29:45 PM »
Cold smoking works well for me, keep the grains below 100 F. If you spray the grains with water (avoid chlorinated tap water, use RO or distilled) the smoke will stick to the husks better.

How much? Oak and mesquite have stronger flavors. I'm tempted to say start at 1/4, but you want pronounced smoke, so use 1/2.

Let us know how this turns out.
^ This is good information.  I also smoke the grains cold and find that 25% of the grain bill works for me.  Use less if you have to smoke the malt over heat.
My normal contact time with the smoke is about 45 minutes, but it’s pretty arbitrary - that’s how long it takes to burn through one of those packages of wood chips.

Light struck flavor comes from MBT.  The original compound comes from hops but is not an alpha acid.

If the beer was hazy, possibly the haze provided some protection from the light.  Prehaps it was a fluke.
This beer was clear and light enough that I can rule that out.
The article that Jeff posted above may explain where the bitterness comes from.  I have to assume that the acids need to be isomerized in the boil in order to be light struck.
I certainly did not expect this and now I want to brew a no-boil-hop addition APA.

General Homebrew Discussion / APA with no light struck character
« on: May 12, 2019, 08:36:53 PM »
I was out and about this afternoon and had a clear plastic Go Cup of Hiddens Springs ZFG (Zero F’s Given), a local APA, for a little stroll on the Tampa River Walk.  Normally I try to hide my hoppy beers from sunlight or don’t even order them when outside, but this beer, after 15 minutes in direct sunlight still smelled hoppy.  No skunk.  It made me think about the process a little bit.  The reason for the name of the beer is that all of the hops are added post boil, which, according to calculators, shouldn’t provide bitterness.  So here I was drinking a hoppy beer, bitter to my taste, that didn’t get light struck. 
I guess there is something to this isomerization thing, eh?  Late hop additions, to me, still add bitterness, but that bitterness, without isomerization, may not be susceptible to degradation from light.
Or is this just a fluke?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain-like bitterness
« on: May 03, 2019, 01:03:27 PM »
I brewed my first beer by BIAB method last month.
But I felt grain-like bitterness, probably derived from malt, and it was little bit unconformable for me.

What are possible causes for that kind of flavor?
Dark roast malts will taste bitter, especially if used to excess.
Another flavor that is confused with bitterness is from tannins.  It is more like biting grape skin and less like bitterness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 03, 2019, 01:00:56 PM »
Wow.  Nice selection and excellent photos.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 03, 2019, 11:12:07 AM »
I selected in Tampa store:
ABC #019 - W. Kennedy

Cool. I can stop there on my way home this evening.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 03, 2019, 12:56:44 AM »
60! Ouchy.It's showing at $25 at ABC in FL SKU 470705

When I hit that link it says $32.99, which is still a good deal.  I will see what’s on the shelf soon.

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