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All Grain Brewing / Re: Silly bitterness in Grapefruit IPA
« on: December 11, 2017, 12:38:19 PM »
what they said ^^^.

To be honest, in 'green/young' IPAs, I often find the samples to be completely different from conditioned, mature beer even moreso than other beers.  My presumption is that there is still a lot of resin residue that hasn't flocced to the bottom yet. 

On a different note, I tapped a helles that before lagering I felt was too bitter for the style.  It is incredible and perfectly balanced now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:34:31 AM »
been about 6 weeks since my last batch; time to get back at it.  brewing a dortmunder this weekend.  looking forward to it.

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Ingredients / Re: Crisp Heritage Malt - Chevallier suggestions
« on: December 06, 2017, 11:56:38 AM »
Didn't Bell's do an English ale with Chevalier a while back?

I'd think a Best or Extra Special bitter or an Old Ale would be best suited to emphasize the flavor of what you have there.

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Ingredients / Denali
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:39:45 PM »
Haven't seen much commentary on Denali hops.  Parented by Nugget and Zeus, high oil content; looks pretty interesting.  Anyone used them and care to share their impression?

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Cherry in german lagers is dark Munich. 

that has always been my take.

What color rating of Munich? Isn't "dark" is dependent on maltster?

most german maltsters' dark or II munich is in the 8-10L range.  I predominantly use Weyermann's which is in that range. 

Some American maltsters dark is much higher L and is more like a specialty grain rather than a base malt.  I wouldn't use a high % of any of those.

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Cherry in german lagers is dark Munich. 

that has always been my take.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:23:45 PM »
At one point in time, I was enamored with Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. Haven't had it in 5-6 years, maybe more and I was excited to see it as a 'brewery direct' limited offering at Total Wine, along with a lot of their other flagships. 

man this was not the beer I remember.  Its amber in color - darker than a lot of marzens I've had of late (and made) and is border line an American amber ale in color.  has a nice toasty malt quality, but to me sort of reminds me of a mixture of Brooklyn Lager and Samuel Adams Boston Lager.  A tasty beer, but wasn't the golden lager I'd expected, and thought I'd remembered.

At least Edmund Fitzgerald was as good as I recall.

Anyone else feel like the beer is different than in the past or am I way off on this one?

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Other Fermentables / Re: Choice of honey for mead
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:12:36 PM »
local wildflower or orange blossom or tupelo. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Dirty Bastard - Ultimate Scotch Style Ale
« on: November 07, 2017, 12:25:00 PM »
Love DB, and agree its prob the best overall but I would say that Oskar Blue's Old Chub stands up there with it.  Great Divide Claymore also right up there, as far as US year rounders are concerned.

Cigar City Big Sound is my fave US SA but its seasonal.

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Beer Travel / Re: D.C. Area Beers
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:34:02 PM »
Oops in my head I thought that was a bar not a brewery.  Tx


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Beer Travel / Re: D.C. Area Beers
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:03:35 PM »
Sorry I meant any six packs. Nonbeer friend wants to grab a six or 2 for me during my stay.


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Beer Travel / D.C. Area Beers
« on: November 03, 2017, 02:38:19 PM »
Anything worthwhile that is popular in DC area? Going to be there for a few days and my friend asked what beers to pick up?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 02, 2017, 08:00:56 AM »
I felt the same way last year and I bought it on the day it hit the shelves here (I was in the minority in this opinion last year)- for the first time ever. Hearing this posted again, I doubt I'll buy any.

hopefully the $7 a pop I spent on a couple bombers of Estate at lunch today don't have the same outcome.  doubt it though - SN historically has been one of the most consistent;  just makes me wonder if the hop crops themselves, in terms of quality for Cascade and Centennial, are subpar in recent years.



I wonder the same. SN makes some great beers with other hop varieties. I know Centennial is pretty temperamental.  On that note, I posted part of Stan H's recent hop e-newsletter recently where he said that Centennial is being cross bred to improve its consistency and viability.  IIRC he called it Super Centennial. That could be a good thing.

happy to say, the same malady did not befall the Estate ale - I really enjoyed that last night while I was grilling up some salmon.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: November 01, 2017, 12:24:43 PM »
I felt the same way last year and I bought it on the day it hit the shelves here (I was in the minority in this opinion last year)- for the first time ever. Hearing this posted again, I doubt I'll buy any.

hopefully the $7 a pop I spent on a couple bombers of Estate at lunch today don't have the same outcome.  doubt it though - SN historically has been one of the most consistent;  just makes me wonder if the hop crops themselves, in terms of quality for Cascade and Centennial, are subpar in recent years.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ratcheting up malt flavor
« on: November 01, 2017, 12:01:27 PM »
Interesting how perceptions vary.  I find a neutral yeast like 1056 lets the other flavors shine through, not mask them.

I always find that 1272 or 1968 gives a fuller (NPI) mouthfeel and softer finish, similar to 1450 which complements a maltier beer, along with the higher ester levels.  but if you just want to straight taste the nuances of a particular malt, 1056 is your huckleberry.

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