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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:21:15 AM »
It could be that I haven’t had a good NEIPA yet, but I’m really starting to think that it’s really not to my tastes. Let’s see if they stick around or start fading away like the Black IPA.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:30:43 AM »
I have been brewing for over 10 years and the one style that I always go back to and brew the most is IPA. I’ve gone through phases of English, Scottish, Belgian, Sour, and German beers and I always find myself coming back to American IPA’s. It’s the one style that I never get sick of and I prefer the West Coast IPA. I’ve tried the commercial NEIPA’s and have even made some, but they seem to have hop harshness to me. I like a firm bitterness up front followed by hop/malt  flavor. Even though I brew IPA most often, I still like variety and need a break from hoppy beers.
 I think the frustration for me can come from balancing the science and art/creativity. I’m a science teacher, but the science part of brewing doesn’t interest me as much as the artistic side of creating recipes and playing with different styles, ingredients, and techniques. Science needs creativity in order to advance and creativity needs science to be grounded.
     I think some people are feeling more hesitant to post lately in fear that things will get derailed into the same debates over and over again. Sometimes you need a guy like Jim to remind us that it is still fun to be able to make our own beer at home and enjoy the rewards.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 25, 2018, 10:35:15 PM »

My Sour Rye dry hopped with Amarillo. My take on a NEIPA...kettle-soured with Goodbelly, then Amarillo at flameout and dry hop, finished with WY 3789.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:24:51 AM »


Red rye


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Nice looking beer!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pelican hits a dinger again
« on: January 17, 2018, 01:10:31 PM »
Who puts gin into barrels to begin with anyway?  Gin is all about the botanicals and not about aging.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/07/top-10-barrel-aged-gins/

Cool.  I am going to look for some Ransom Old Tom.

Slightly off topic, but Gigantic makes a gin barreled IPA that uses Old Tom barrels.  I am not a fan of gin at all, but I've had two gin barrel aged beers that I've loved.  I saw the Queen of hearts at a bottle shop and almost bought it for a friend of ours.  She likes saisons and gin, so it seemed perfect.  Might have to grab it if I can still find it.

I visited Pelican last June and I believe it was near the coast. Good stuff, but pretty much par for the Portland area.

This part is true, but I don't think that's a negative.  They are keeping pace with Portland.  Pelican used to be a pilsner and Tsumani stout and that was pretty much it.  They've released a lot of new beers in the last few years or so and really expanded their repertoire. (at least as far as what has caught my attention)   Beak Breaker DIPA is really good, this years version of Bad Santa was better than years past, and these barrel aged beers are really top notch.  Even if it's just "on par" with Portland, that's pretty damn good.
I meant it as the bar is raised high in the Portland area and I didn’t have any bad beers at any of the breweries that I visited. I wish that I had that kind of choice where I live.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:14:42 PM »
I made my annual Barleywine this year with WY 1450 for the first time.


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Works great for me!
I usually use 1056, but I was looking for a little more mouthfeel. I got exactly 75% attenuation and a FG of 1.024, so I think I’ll get what I’m after.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:01:12 PM »
I made my annual Barleywine this year with WY 1450 for the first time.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First sour - blowoff!
« on: January 13, 2018, 06:56:23 PM »
Or clean up with bleach.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pelican hits a dinger again
« on: January 13, 2018, 02:04:57 PM »
I visited Pelican last June and I believe it was near the coast. Good stuff, but pretty much par for the Portland area.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Defect Diagnosis
« on: January 08, 2018, 01:35:11 AM »
It could be wild yeast contamination. I had some yeast over a year ago that I had stored from a previous batch that ruined two batches before I figured it out. They both had a rubber, phenolic taste that was unpleasant. I had to dump both batches. You might want to switch sanitizers to idophor which works better against wild yeast.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What happened to Homebrewpedia?
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:49:31 PM »
Yes, thank you!


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General Homebrew Discussion / What happened to Homebrewpedia?
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:21:33 PM »
Just wondering were this link went? I still liked looking at some of the recipes from some of the old timers ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:31:39 PM »

Bottle conditioned Dopplebock. Stay warm my friends.


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Beer Recipes / Re: Dunkel
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:11:04 AM »
I would leave out the Melanoidin malt and let the Munich malt shine as the star.

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Beer Recipes / Re: red rye ale
« on: December 29, 2017, 01:00:04 AM »
It's always nice when a plan comes together. Glad it worked out for you. I have a Rye IPA on tap now with 22% Rye malt and Columbus/Mosaic hops that is tasting good. I like to use at least 20% Rye malt so I can get the flavor coming through.

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