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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: and one day it happens...
« on: October 16, 2015, 07:10:39 PM »
I have been trying to nail down a few different brews. Saison, bitter, and braggot. With the saison, I brewed one which hit all the spots for me. Earthy, spicey, some fruit, and a nice noble hop aroma.,as well as low gravity. I used four different yeasts in no measured proportions, and have not been able to duplicate.

Bitter- still searching. Looking for that Burton snatch, and nice big EKG aroma, or Fuggles. Just haven't found the balence I am looking for without making it an esb.

 Braggot - not even sure quite what I am looking for. But I brew them a lot, and have a different concept for each one that is just not quite met.

4 different yeasts will be hard to replicate. Bitter is a great one to seek excellence on - recipe, mash temp and hop rate can make it elusive...I love to try to replicate Marston's Pedigree (I've gotten close, but it's just not the same as cask-served with a beer engine and sparkler).  Braggot is an area in which I have yet to delve - but you may just find what you like even without being certain what you are looking for!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 16, 2015, 07:02:56 PM »
The hop I hate is whatever is in any overhopped beer...I like balance and understand that other folks like carpet bombed palate crushers, which is what makes this hobby and the human sense of smell and taste so subjective.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: and one day it happens...
« on: October 16, 2015, 06:20:46 PM »
I love this success story.  If you are critical enough, you reach the point where the beers you make are good enough to be really satisfactory (and so much better than the average commercial example), but every so often they are exactly what you hoped for.  That is an "AHA" moment for sure.  I entered one such beer that got a 45 from a commercial lager brewer - it didn't even medal, but I knew what he was digging and I was digging it, too.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2000 Lag
« on: October 15, 2015, 04:19:28 AM »
I know an award winning lager Brewer in my club that does the same thing.  I just fear ester formation at warm temps.  Now I tend to pitch at fermentation temperature or just a couple degrees above it as it is dropping.  Old habits are just that....thanks for the input.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Distilled Water, salt additions and PH
« on: October 14, 2015, 07:30:19 PM »
At what point does the Epsom additions become a laxative?  I used it only a few times and then very little of it out of fear that the Mg would become detectable and minerally at that point.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Infection IN the serving keg??
« on: October 14, 2015, 07:18:42 PM »
Please keep in mind that Star San does not kill Brett (Star San does not kill yeast or mold).   Star San only kills bacteria.

Yes, I have experienced both a Brett infection (though the "infected" beer was quite good as a clean sour) and a mold on lighter beers that were held at room temp for an extended period after reaching terminal gravity.  One time it was a residual effect from a Star San (Brett) and the other was from a dry airlock (aargh).  That's the problem you face with reliance on Star San, if you have sours going in your brewery, and running short of kegs and forgetting to watch the airlocks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New German Only site and forum
« on: October 14, 2015, 07:00:35 PM »
Sounds like a fun site.  If nothing else some nice dirndl's there on the right side photo!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 12, 2015, 05:01:00 PM »
Generalized impressions on Jeffy's (Jeff Gladish's) Witbier, without specific regard to BJCP style or scoring:

Orangey-lemon citrus aroma big on the pour, with mild pepper and substantial coriander aromas on second whiff.

Gold with orange tint, cloudy, but with a thick, rich white foamy head - well carbonated - held up well and modest lacing

Sweet and orange zesty citrus flavor, combined with malt sweetness in the later palate and further spiciness in the aftertaste lending to a dry finish; hop bitterness evident, but not highly expressive in flavor - nicely balanced.

Effervescence in the mouthfeel is refreshing; slightly dry in the near aftertaste, but not harsh or astringent.

Overall, quite quaffable, good balance in Wheat to base malt; third to fourth sip brought out the citrus in terms of lingering into the aftertaste to cut back on the initial impression of dryness.

This was a fine beer, which led me to try to find what Jeff didn't like about it - was that an intentional mislead?  I call it a solid witbier.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: blending
« on: October 11, 2015, 05:37:26 AM »
I was at a beer fest where Left Hand  Brewery was serving its Sawtooth Ale and its Milk Stout both nitro servings, which the server offers as a blend he called a "Moo-tooth ale".  It was quite good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Compliment a brewer can get
« on: October 11, 2015, 05:28:13 AM »
I have encountered similar situations with commercial brews on tap at specialty beer bars.  The bartender will suggest a beer to me and it is poured very flat and when asked about the beer, I let him know that it needed additional carbonation to be evaluated properly.  The bartender will often get quite defensive and say something like "it comes carbonated by the brewery"...duh, so what happened to it while it was on your system, then?

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I have always commented "no DMS" when judging (because I don't find it except in the rarest situations), but maybe it is superfluous for judging comments....

It's something you really don't need to mention unless a) it's there, or b) it's not unusual to find it in the style.  So, if you're drinking some sort of light american lager or pre-prohibition pilsner and don't detect any, it would be appropriate to mention it.

I do the same with diacetyl - of course that I frequently find in abundance!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 08, 2015, 06:31:27 PM »
Just received a big box from Ynotbrusum!  Five homebrews and eleven commercial beers (mostly 12 ounce bottles/cans).  Jackpot!
Thanks, Jerry

Back at ya Jeff - all intact - 8 homebrews and 4 really nice commercials.  Yea for Cigar City, Tampa Brewing and and Green Bench collaboration with Trinity - that last one looks pretty intriguing (almost as intriguing as the homebrews!)

Pic if it posts right:  https://www.flickr.com/gp/131183133@N07/V5z1B4

Can't wait to start the sampling after I get back in town Tuesday!

Man do I feel lucky!
Well, you might not feel so lucky after a some of my less successful homebrews  ;).
Seven homebrews actually.  Some of the commercial brews I bought as growlers and carefully poured into bottles and recapped, so they look a lot like homebrews.

Ah, I see.  No problems there - mine are not the best of my brews either, but what I had on hand.  That's why I sent a fair share of commercial brews to hopefully make up for it. (Or to cleanse your palate from the homebrews, if necessary.). Enjoy!

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Boy do we have it lucky here in the lower 48.  Even with the inane alcohol laws occasionally limiting us in many ways, we don't have the problems of the far north...though he can lager all year round, I bet!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 08, 2015, 05:45:03 PM »
Just received a big box from Ynotbrusum!  Five homebrews and eleven commercial beers (mostly 12 ounce bottles/cans).  Jackpot!
Thanks, Jerry

Back at ya Jeff - all intact - 8 homebrews and 4 really nice commercials.  Yea for Cigar City, Tampa Brewing and and Green Bench collaboration with Trinity - that last one looks pretty intriguing (almost as intriguing as the homebrews!)

Pic if it posts right:  https://www.flickr.com/gp/131183133@N07/V5z1B4

Can't wait to start the sampling after I get back in town Tuesday!

Man do I feel lucky!

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I have always commented "no DMS" when judging (because I don't find it except in the rarest situations), but maybe it is superfluous for judging comments....

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