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Commercial Beer Reviews / New Belgium Rolle Bolle
« on: April 21, 2013, 07:46:15 AM »
I bought some of this and then found out it has fruit in it. I wasn't looking forward to trying it after that but when I did I was pleasantly surprised.

It is a light Belgium Ale. It pours light in color and extremely clear. Very nice white head. I didn't notice much aroma. The taste was very clean and balanced. I honestly did not detect the soursop in it. The Cascade and Centennial hops did have a presence but it was subtle.

On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this beer as delicious and refreshing.

Just a note on safety. Lifting and moving a pot of boiling hot liquid is not wise. Buy or build a chiller to get the wort down to 100F or less before immersing in the ice bath. That way you don't risk 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

Ingredients / Simcoe hop question
« on: April 18, 2013, 10:47:40 AM »
I wasn't sure whether to post this in recipes or here. But given the question mostly involves a variety of hops I decided to brew it here. I picked up 3 oz of Simcoe hops. I am trying to figure out what I want to brew with them.
My favorite beers are reds, ambers, and browns. I do an occasional IPA but mostly for my friends who like hoppy beers to enjoy when they come over. I have plenty of Columbus, Cascade, Fuggle, Sterling, Goldings, and Williamette on hand. Do Simcoes play well with any of these?
Whatever I brew I pretty much want the Simcoe to dominate so that I can learn what they taste like. I don't know that I have enough of them to do a single hop and really get a feel for them.
How would they be in a white wheat beer?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Angry Beer?
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:34:07 AM »
I have had Nottingham and S04 do the same thing. Without rehydrating either

All Grain Brewing / Re: Angry Beer?
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:27:37 PM »

Ingredients / Re: citra with?
« on: April 15, 2013, 01:23:01 PM »
I love citra in my white wheat. I single hop it. One ounce does the trick. 1/4 for bittering the rest for flavoring.

Going Pro / Re: Arsenic in beer caused by filtration
« on: April 14, 2013, 02:32:08 PM »
Ao when someone says "name your poison" I will say beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Holy Attenuation Batman!
« on: April 14, 2013, 01:27:31 PM »
I had already done that with one of my hydrometers. And I hope I don't run into the too dry thing you are talking about. I really expected to see something closer to 1.012 to 1.015 on this beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Holy Attenuation Batman!
« on: April 14, 2013, 12:20:14 PM »
My New World IPA started at 1.063 and finished at 1.006. I had been having some doubts about my hydrometer so I bought another one Friday. I had both of them in the beer at the same time today and both read identical. If this was a malty beer I would not like that much attenuation. But I wanted this to be a hoppy beer and the higher the attenuation the less malt gets in the way of the flavor of the hops. I think the reason for this attenuation was I mashed at 148F for 90 minutes, and I used Nottingham yeast.

 I had dried krausen from the level of the beer to the top of the bucket and completely covering the lid. It was a lot of work to clean up. In 2 weeks we shall see how tasty the beer tastes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Attire
« on: April 12, 2013, 07:43:06 AM »
I just now looked utilikilts up. This site pretty much sums them up

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A few ideas for better beer.
« on: April 11, 2013, 10:43:58 AM »
I pour my beer through a strainer into two buckets. This makes it easier to carry 5 gallons of beer down stairs. Then after pitching the yeast in one bucket I pour the other bucket into it. This areates like you would not believe. I don't think a pump and stone could match it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Rough Draft
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:45:12 AM »
My OG was 1.063 and Beersmith has my IBU at 140.9 and my bitterness ratio at 2.204.

Beer Recipes / Re: Rough Draft
« on: April 11, 2013, 07:15:18 AM »
I tasted a sample of this stuff when I went to dry hop it. Holy smoke is it hoppy! Complete with what I consider a nasty bitter bite. Very piney. I decided to change my plans and dry hop it with Cascades instead of Columbus to maybe tone down or balance out the piney character. I know it will be way too hoppy for my taste so I hope my friends enjoy it.

All Things Food / Hot tip
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:48:42 PM »
Sliced strawberries are absolutely delicious in a salad.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Attire
« on: April 09, 2013, 07:11:50 AM »
It was a nice day and my little brew garage gets pretty warm with 6 gallons of liquid boiling.

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