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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 10, 2018, 08:42:07 PM »
There's a lot of great IPA's out there, and the best ones are fresh out of the tap. 

There are so many milkshake IPA's in the Mid-Atlantic.  Some of these breweries are all of the rave.  I won't mention any brewery names, but there is an amazing amount of attraction to these haze bombs.  Just look on Untappd and you're head will spin.  I've had a few that were decent, but I'm thinking that this will all just pass, and they'll all come back around. Dunno... :-\

I love a good fruit smoothie, but a beer smoothie....well I'm still on the fence with that.  ::)

As Denny said, drink what you like...when you like, and as often as you like.  I certainly won't hold anything against you.  ;)

Who is this guy???

Yours truly baby!!!  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 10, 2018, 08:18:34 PM »
There's a lot of great IPA's out there, and the best ones are fresh out of the tap. 

There are so many milkshake IPA's in the Mid-Atlantic.  Some of these breweries are all of the rave.  I won't mention any brewery names, but there is an amazing amount of attraction to these haze bombs.  Just look on Untappd and you're head will spin.  I've had a few that were decent, but I'm thinking that this will all just pass, and they'll all come back around. Dunno... :-\

I love a good fruit smoothie, but a beer smoothie....well I'm still on the fence with that.  ::)

As Denny said, drink what you like...when you like, and as often as you like.  I certainly won't hold anything against you.  ;)


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 09, 2018, 09:09:04 PM »
I think we're witnessing an evolution of the style.  Not to say the style we've historically come to love and enjoy is evolving, but a new breed of IPA's is coming into fruit-ition (lol...no pun intended).  It's becoming hip.  There are so many breweries moving toward this new-found style, and the beer consumer seems to be embracing them.  It's hard for me to wrap my brain around this trend or fad or...., but it's definitely happening.  Love it or leave it....it's reality.

I think a few cans just exploded as I was typing this post.  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Brew Music
« on: April 05, 2017, 12:05:07 AM »
Unfortunately, I don't have time to brew at home anymore.  However while at the brewery we are all over the map with music.  From jazz, blues and indie-rock to R&B, country and punk rock...and more.  Music and brewing are like peanut-butter and jelly. The perfect pairing.  8)

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Ingredients / Re: How many ounces of hops in your American IPA?
« on: March 21, 2017, 09:37:10 PM »
Depends on the hop varieties (alpha acid), but on average about 8oz per 5 gal. batch give or take.

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The Pub / Re: My Christmas Present
« on: January 05, 2016, 04:05:47 AM »
That's a phenomenal present!  It's a great feeling to be part of a great brewery like YH. Haven't had the opportunity to get down there, but would very much like to. I see your untappd ratings, and know from sharing knowledge with you for at least a decade that your making great beer. The new brewery looks amazing. All the best brother!

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Going Pro / Re: Best books on commercial brewing?
« on: January 03, 2016, 05:29:37 AM »
Thanks Jeff! The brewery is doing well. We are moving and grooving. We've signed an agreement with the largest distributor in the state and have about a half dozen draft brands shipping. We also just released our first brand in bottles. I find it amazing that I have time to post on this awesome forum, but I'll never forget where I came from. Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: January 02, 2016, 04:23:25 AM »
Wow...great tips provided by all.  I think that the best advice is to learn from your experiences and not to make the same mistake twice. Take good notes and follow your intuition. If it works don't fix it, but understand that there is science involved and understanding the mechanisms involved is vitally important. Sanitation, calculation, good timing, fermentation temp. control, and yeast vitality are some of the more important aspects of brewing. In the end it comes down to a discipline that must be adhered to, all in effort to make the best beer that you can with the constraints at hand. Cheers Denny!

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Going Pro / Re: Best books on commercial brewing?
« on: January 02, 2016, 04:09:40 AM »
There are many books available some of which were mentioned, but my advice is to meet with and talk to as many professional brewers/owners as you can to get a first hand feel for the business. Commercial brewing is a tough business to crack and takes a lot of knowledge, some experience and the relentless pursuit to succeed. Certainly research the business as much as possible. All the best to you!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Need Assistance with Blichmann Fermenator
« on: January 02, 2016, 03:43:54 AM »
If you need help with assembly, I recommend contacting Blichmann Engineering, or emailing John Blichmann himself for help as he is very responsive and will put you on the path to success.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Acid solution for Beerstone
« on: January 02, 2016, 03:35:33 AM »
Starsan Acid #5 works like a champ at recommended doses.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Pico Brew
« on: October 26, 2015, 10:47:50 PM »
I need one in my kitchen.  It's got a cool factor going on.  If I only had the time to use it.  ;) 

 :)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Oxydized?
« on: September 04, 2015, 03:02:12 AM »
Have you confidently ruled out an attenuation issue.? Have you tried calibrating your thermometer and hydrometer. What's changed in your process, ingredients, water test?, etc...

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Ingredients / Re: Belgian Chocolate
« on: September 04, 2015, 02:01:18 AM »
Hey Keith...long time!

Powder in the boil seems like the best way to go. Of course nibs in the fermenter. Anyone ever try chocolate syrup in the fermenter? Chocolate extract? Liquor? Combination there of?

Man...I need to try reading some posts here more often.

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Or...A hoppy pale ale into an IPA style. Definitely happens. Certainly relative to the judges perceptions as to whether it fits or not.

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