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Ingredients / New school Euro Hops and Saison
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:24:07 AM »
Hi Friends,

I am planning several farmhouse-esque beers , bit I want to feature new-school european hops.  My first beer was single hopped Grisette with a fair amount of Hallertau Blanc at flameout. I will be doing about 5 more beers with the same yeast (Inland Island Farmhouse/Saison).  Does anyone have other good euro hop varieties to try?

Ingredients / Re: Fishy Hops?
« on: September 16, 2017, 03:24:35 AM »
I assume so. They felt like dried hops. I'll ask my buddy.

Ingredients / Fishy Hops?
« on: September 16, 2017, 01:59:34 AM »
A friend had me come to his house today to try a flavour that he found disagreeable in his most recent wet hopped IPA. He couldn't identify what the off flavour was, but when I tasted it, I tasted a bad fishy taste, kind of like seaweed. When I mentioned it, he agreed.  The hops were his home grown Cascades. Anyone else have fishy hops?
I should clarify, we then opened a vacuum sealed bag of said hops, and they had a soft, fishy aroma.

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 29, 2015, 03:22:38 AM »
I think I have a  guess, but have no desire to start Rumours.... Back to the topic!  See everyone at the welcome toast (fest)!

Events / Re: NHC- Anyone bringing the fam?
« on: April 29, 2015, 03:21:29 AM »
Wonderful input, thanks guys!  Also, I started under the demographic (21), but am now firmly entrenched in the demographic (34).  I went to the conference in Philly, but we had a babysitter then.  See you all then!  Also, if someone is taking a roadtrip to White labs, I'm a really fun Co-Pilot!

Events / Re: NHC- Anyone bringing the fam?
« on: April 25, 2015, 03:54:50 AM »
I guess I ask because I wonder if anyone will give me the stink-eye for having a 4 year old at the Hotel...

Events / NHC Thursday night?
« on: March 07, 2015, 08:49:51 PM »
With the Brewing Network Anniversary Party on Wednesday, and there being no Pro-Night, does anyone know of any Thursday night events for the NHC?

Events / NHC- Anyone bringing the fam?
« on: March 05, 2015, 04:44:00 AM »
Hi everyone!  My super-rad wife agreed to plan our summer vacation around the NHC this year!  I would like to know if anyone else is planning on having kids come along (of course not to beer events), since San Diego is pretty family friendly.

I think Martin's advice is spot on.  You might have flavor or aroma compounds in your beer that you just can't place.  Tasting it next to scoresheets might give you words for those flavors.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Colorado Homebrewers and judges
« on: June 03, 2014, 03:37:53 AM »
I would like to extend my call for judges... We're a little light on BJCP judges, so if you are in the area and are interested, please e-mail me at
The comp is this Saturday, we will have judges show up at 8:00 am.
Please e-mail me for more details.
Thank You!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Colorado Homebrewers and judges
« on: May 28, 2014, 05:03:16 AM »
Also, you could e-mail me at  For anyone who hasn't participated in a comp, this would be a great experience!

Homebrew Competitions / Colorado Homebrewers and judges
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:23:38 PM »
Hello all!  I just wanted you to know about the Pro-Am competition that Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada, CO) is hosting.  I'm attaching the flyer, but registration is due May 30th, entries due June 5th, judging takes place June 7th and 8th. Categories for judging will be based on color!  We are also looking for Judges and Stewards, if interested, please e-mail
Cheers, and Good Luck!

Ingredients / Difference between WLP007 and WLP017
« on: February 03, 2014, 04:46:04 AM »
Hey gang,
WLP 007 is reportedly the Whitbread yeast, but the platinum strain, 017 is called Whitbread Ale.  Does anyone know the difference?

Ingredients / Re: Is my water too minerally?
« on: February 01, 2014, 04:56:56 PM »
Thanks guys!
Martin, I've learned a lot about water from your posts, articles and spreadsheet... Thanks a lot!
As far as Hops, I dry hopped with Columbus pellets, bittered with Calypso, and used homegrown Cascades and CTZ.  I usually have pretty good luck with that combo.  Funny thing is, the off flavor I tasted was diacetyl...

Ingredients / Is my water too minerally?
« on: February 01, 2014, 06:24:33 AM »
Hi Gang!
Within the last year, I have been trying to pay attention to my water.  The main reason being that my water does not lend itself to malt-forward dark beers, but I've tried to apply water treatment to every beer.
I have a copy of my water report, and I've input that into the calculator on brewers friend.  To determine my desired water profile, I use Bru'n water, that speadsheet allows you to put in the type of beer your making and gives you a desired water profile.  I then take that info and input it into the Brewer's friend calculator, and adjust my ions with salts from there.
Recently, a friend of mine, who's opinion I value a great deal, said that my pale ale tasted minerally/metallic.  After tasting the beer, I'm not sure if I taste that or not.  I just entered it into competition, so we'll see. 
My water started out with 23 PPM of Calcium, 23 PPM of Chloride and 16 PPM of sulfate. I added 6g of Gypsum and 2g of Cal Chloride to 48.32 qts of water (7 Gal Batch) to end up with: 65.5 PPM of calcium, 44.1 of chloride and 89.2 PPM of Sulfate.  The chloride:Sulfate ratio is 2.0. Everything I've read says you'll really notice a bitterness increase after a sulfate presence of <200 PPM of sulfate, so I feel mine is still low, I was just going by the Chloride:Sulfate ratio.   
If anyone who is familiar with water additives could let me know if my math and/or logic is flawed, that would be great.

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