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Beer Recipes / Re: Today's Shopping LIst
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:38:42 PM »
So, obviously the Sculpin is great, the Big Eye is also quite tasty. I also got back in time for Nugget Nectar and liked it a lot. I think I made the point earlier that I don't have the greatest palate, or a flair for words. The Perpetual IPA  came in at the bottom of the bunch, but was still tasty. I would not hesitate to order it on draft anywhere I found it in that format. After living in Cleveland and close to Cleveland for 41 of my 45 years of life and within 10 minutes of downtown for 15 of the last 18 years, the Chill wave was easily the most pleasant surprise. It really just was not what I was expecting  from an IIPA. The label mentions honey malt, and while it is definitely  different than the rest of the pack, I would not just say that's because it's sweeter, but it is. My overall impression is "different" but a great different. It has plenty of hoppy goodness, but enough body to not just be a hop bomb which is what I usually find in IIPA. The other pleasant surprise is that after being in or around Cleveland for so long, I have obviously just taken them for granted. I loved this beer and. And can only hope I can find more this year before it's all gone. Overall,  if anyone were to ask me about these beers, I would have nothing bad to say about any of them. The good news is that with such a variety, I have plenty of each left to continue comparing

Nice feedback. Perpetual is a unique IPA in the fact that it is hopped with Mt Hood. It has a spicy hop character. The flavor of that beer changes a lot as the temp changes. I'll need to get some Chillwave this year and give it another shot.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:46:29 AM »
Just send the Galaxy to me. I have never used it.

You need to get some. Very tropical and tasty !

EDIT - They're a little dank and resiny, too. Good stuff.

Yeah, Galaxy is a great hop! It blends well with a lot of hops. I like it a lot with Citra. I get a nice bit of citrus from galaxy. Weird thing about it, it doesn't smell great out of the bag. It's a darker green almost brown color and smells a bit earthy.... but once it runs its course through some hot work, it transforms into awesomeness!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 12, 2015, 07:02:13 AM »
Thanks for the input. I love Red Chair!

I was going to just use Magnum for bittering but I thought I would make it a bit more interesting with the simcoe there. When you talk about Columbus being invasive, I have had that exact same experience with Bravo. I don't use Columbus outside of IPAs so I am not all too aware of how well it plays with other hops...

Don't get me wrong, I love Columbus in IPAs. I've used them to bitter most of my APAs in the past, but I've determined that it over powers the flavor hops a bit in an APA. I'm not sure if invasive is the best term, that sounds bad. Maybe this is better... Columbus, to me, adds another layer or dimension to the hop flavor, where other hops blend much better to create one layer or dimension. It's easier for me to pick Columbus out than other hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 11, 2015, 06:01:57 PM »
I agree with moving the 30 minute addition out to 0. I'm very intrigued by Jarrylo. I've done an all Zyghis IPA with a whole pound. It didn't do much for me, but it was by itself.

When first looking at the schedule, I was nervous about the columbus. Normally I'm the guy that puts the absolute stamp of approval on columbus in APAs and IPAs, but if you really want to taste these hops as is, it can be invasive of their flavors. Then you switched it to simcoe. Simcoe is strong, but I find it better to blend with others. Columbus, to me, adds another addition to as opposed to blending with other Hops. I think these beer with be good.

As far as IBUs go, I just had Deschuttes Red Chair NW APA. It's 60 IBUs of cascade and centennial.... Freakin amazing beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Tomorrow's brew - Double IPA
« on: March 10, 2015, 04:00:26 AM »
My brew day came out great. Nailed my SG. I pitched last night around 11pm and by morning the krausen was just barely starting to form. By 6PM things were really moving. I'll bump the fermentation up to 72 in a couple of days and then let it ride until I add the dry hops. I've been focusing on IPA for almost a year now. If this comes out as good as I hope then I think it may be a good time to focus elsewhere for a while.

Great job, Joel!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2015, 07:01:59 PM »
Stumbled across this thread while enjoying an ESB of mine.



Y'all got the bottom of the glass, but you get the idea. ;)

Very nice! I did the same thing with my first pic... So I poured another lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2015, 04:37:44 PM »
No wee little glasses for your barleywine I see...

Normally, yes. That's the reason why it's lasted so long. I'm having a tasting Friday and thought there was only a glass or two left, so I was trying to kick it. I ended up half filling a growler. This beer was on tap for my fall tasting so wanted to switch it up. Now I have a RIS carving up in its place.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2015, 04:25:58 PM »
Looks great, man. That's gotta be tasty at this point.

Thanks. My 2015 BW is fermenting now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2015, 04:11:55 PM »
Let's dig up an old thread...again!

This is my Barleywine that was brewed and kegged about a year ago. It was originally put on tap in October, but was taken off for the holidays. We put it back on tap last month. The keg is very light and is about kicked. Here are a couple pics taken today. It's as good as it looks!





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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chill Haze
« on: March 08, 2015, 10:17:13 AM »
I'd move the whirlfloc back to 10 minutes.

What style beer is it?
IPA and Pale Ale...same story.

I was going to suggest hop haze in the IPA. My IPAs are cloudy no matter what I do. All that concerns me is that they taste and smell good. I used to fuss over the haze. Now I just look at my IPA, and the haze just reminds me that it is full of hoppy deliciousness!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chill Haze
« on: March 08, 2015, 09:54:00 AM »
I'd move the whirlfloc back to 10 minutes.

What style beer is it?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Tomorrow's brew - Double IPA
« on: March 08, 2015, 09:47:30 AM »
I think this will be really good! You'll have to update us how it turns out.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on Black IPA recipe
« on: March 08, 2015, 07:37:32 AM »
What is Schwarzbier? A black Pils.

Yeah, that would've been a better description. And love the Wookey Jack. That is a great beer.

I had it in Vegas. They have really good beer. I haven't seen any of them in Ohio... Not sure they distribute here.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Tomorrow's brew - Double IPA
« on: March 08, 2015, 06:12:41 AM »
My two cents on the schedule... I love to bitter my IPAs with CTZ as opposed to a clean bittering charge like magnum. I think it adds a nice funky dimension to IPAs.

What sort of funk are we talking about? I don't mind a bit of onion/garlic bite in my IIPA's, or a more 'dank' character, if that's what you're talking about. You have me intrigued.

I have just enough Mosaic to double up. I may be shy just a couple of grams, but nothing beyond that.

If swapping CTZ in as the bittering edition I might try doing a FWH instead of at 60 min.

CTZ is all dank. It's not onion/garlic at all. However, I do pick a little of that up from mosaic (not as intense as summit). I'm in a very, very small minority of not being a big fan of mosaic. So, if you do pick up onio/garlic, it's not from the CTZ or centennials.

FWH or 60 minutes... Both work well.

Good luck!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Tomorrow's brew - Double IPA
« on: March 07, 2015, 08:09:14 PM »
4 oz per gallon  :o

Appreciate the advice. I'll have to weigh my mosaic to make sure I can double it up. Should have plenty of everything else though. My favorite commercial beers are the ridiculously hopped variety, so I can't imagine the amount would bother me. Just so long as the hop varieties play well together. Last attempt at a double IPA I dry hopped with too much citra (still half as much as the others) and it just overpowered everything. Once the dry hops died down several weeks later it got much better though. That sort of defeated the purpose of all the dry hops though.

If you can't double the mosaic, I'd just make up the difference with Centennials. Mosaic is a pretty strong hop and will be present.

My two cents on the schedule... I love to bitter my IPAs with CTZ as opposed to a clean bittering charge like magnum. I think it adds a nice funky dimension to IPAs. But if I did that, I would at least cut down  the 15 minute addition of CTZ with some Centennials. That's if I didn't replace it completely. The reason is that CTZ is a pretty dominant hop. It's one of my favorites, but it can wash out the other additions. If I bittered with magnum, I'd leave the 15 min CTZ as is though.

This beer will be good.

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