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Commercial Beer Reviews / Dirty Bastard - Ultimate Scotch Style Ale
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:12:32 PM »
This isn't a review.  It's a challenge.  I dare you to name a better Scotch Style Ale that can be purchased in the USA all year long.  If you can't, then you are welcome to provide your own recipe if you think it's better than the Bastage.

Equipment and Software / Fermentasaurus Unitank
« on: November 05, 2017, 08:16:36 PM »

Probably gonna have to buy one of these when the pressure kit becomes available in July.  Ferment, carbonate and serve 9 gallons from the same vessel for less than $200. 

Equipment and Software / Clear Beer Draught System - Questions
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:05:40 PM »
I've noticed a few people here use this.  My questions are:

1.  How much liquid does this device leave at the bottom of the keg?  Is it always the same or is it variable depending on how the device settles?  The reason I ask is I prefer to fill a keg with santizer and replace it with co2, then fill the keg with beer.  My current method leaves nothing more than a trace of sanitizer and a keg full of co2.

2.  Dry hopping in the keg with no bags and pellet hops - this is a potentially attractive feature, if it works.   How reliable is this in practice with heavy dry hops (at least 5oz in a 5 gal keg)?

All Things Food / Mesquite Smoke Powder - WOW
« on: January 21, 2017, 10:40:01 PM »
I bought this mesquite smoke powder recently and it exceeded my expectations.  So far, I've used it in taco meat a few times to give it a smokey Tex Mex flavor (in addition to the standard taco meat spices).  This stuff is a bullet train ride to flavor country!

It's smoked maltodextrin.  It's very strong.  1/2 tsp in 1.5# of ground beef and two cans of beans produces a lot of mesquite flavor.

I suppose it could be used in beer too.  I'm going to try it in a marinade for grilled meats next.

Highly recommended.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Hop Slam 2017
« on: January 21, 2017, 12:12:45 AM »
Not sure how long I've been able to buy Bell's Hop Slam.  It's been many years, but the first purchase happened this year.  It's a DIPA that has a well deserved controversial reputation.

At first, I was disappointed.  Then I found something to appreciate.

I can see why many people drink it for the first time and decide it's over hyped and over rated.  As far as modern DIPAs go, it's not very hoppy.  It has less hop flavor and aroma than Two Hearted which is a good IPA, but not definitely not a hop bomb.   

Does an IPA or DIPA need to be super hoppy in terms of flavor and aroma to be considered  very good?  Many would say yes.  I prefer these styles to be more hoppy than not.

My initial disappointment of lack of anticipated hoppyness was resolved by appreciating the super clean 10% abv and the flavor of the malt and honey balanced by the relatively conservative use of hops for the style.

I've had plenty of hyped California DIPAs that were hop and fusel bombs.  I like a lot of hops, but harsh booze ruins beer for me.  Especially big beers. 

Hopslam is about as smooth as 10% gets.  The same beer with more hops would be outstanding for the style.   

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