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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Hop Slam 2017
« on: Today at 05:17:15 PM »
Too sweet for my tastes. Reminds me more of American Barleywine. I like a drier, hoppier IPA for the sake of drinkability. Just personal preference, though.

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The Pub / Re: Sierra Nevada Sidecar
« on: Today at 04:51:56 PM »
did try the new Tropical Torpedo and thought it was excellent - top 10 IPA for me - very easy drinking, up there with Blind Pig for me.



Damn Paul, you weren't kidding. Picked some up on the way home - bottled just over a month ago. I expected it to be really good with your endorsement, but it's just outstanding. Pale, dry, fantastic Tropical hop character. The dry finish is perfect with the tropical hop character. That's the kind of IPA I shoot for when I brew. I agree, it's a top 10 IPA. Mediocre breweries, please try this.
 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Achouffe strain
« on: Today at 07:52:35 AM »
Well this brew has surprised me.  82% Attenuation.  Smells great.  Nice spicey aroma.  I look forward to using this strain again.


One of my favorite strains, especially of the Belgian ones.

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The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: Today at 07:36:15 AM »
This helped secure my disdain for The Eagles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JlmvtAHhnc
A running joke with the wife and I when an Eagles song comes on the radio.


Great scene (and movie).  ;D

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Beer Recipes / Re: Going to try my hand at IPL
« on: Today at 07:34:12 AM »
People need to start thinking of better names for beer styles, rather than variations on India Pale....
I call it "New World Pilsner", FWIW. The best ones drink like a German Pils, with a significant late/dry hop character that is often from either US/Aus/NZ-type hops, or newer noble-derived varietals like Sterling, MB, Motueka, Kazbek, etc. The key is firm/crisp bitterness and good hop flavor, but still allowing the malt and fermentation character to come through.

If it's simply an American IPA brewed with a lager strain, then it's still an IPA in my opinion.



I don't disagree. But even though it's now considered a 'style', it's a style with room for interpretation, and I think that's pretty cool. Use ale hops, lager hops(or both), APA level late hops, IPA level hopping. I tend to like mine like you describe yours ( I love a pils/Vienna base), but I don't feel limited to that approach. I've hopped them up more so a few times for fun and really enjoyed them.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Going to try my hand at IPL
« on: Today at 06:32:39 AM »
There is a brewery in ANn Arbor that makes some hoppy lagers, and an IPL is one of their popular ones. The house lager yeast is WLP-940 Mexican Lager. Look at the Gulo Gulo.
http://www.wolverinebeer.com/india-pale-lagers/


That's one of the strains I've liked best in mine. Looks good.

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The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 19, 2017, 06:17:12 PM »
And the Eagles over rated? OMG ... I would have punched you in the nose had we been drinking together. ;)


Keith, they're like vanilla ice cream, except the generic store stuff, not the vanilla bean. :)   And I can bob and weave defensive style with the best of them.  ;D  Seriously, to each his own. I'm sure I like stuff you'd hate.

you've obviously only listened to radio played stuff and never "Desperado" in its entirety. One of the absolute best albums ever made.


No, I used to listen to them in my younger years. I liked songs like Out On The Border better because they didn't get played every five minutes, like a lot of those bands. Just kidding and having fun anyway.  😆  We like what we like.

Like I said, you haven't listened to it so your quote "Any eagles song" should have been limited to the few songs they play on the radio. ;)


Fair enough. But I dispute that a 'few' of the Eagles songs are played on the radio. It's half the content on some classic stations, at least around here. Better said would've been that I just don't think any band holds up to that level of airplay. Kind of the Free Bird /Stairway syndrome. I know a lot of those bands had great songs that didn't get played much.

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The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 19, 2017, 06:03:32 PM »
And the Eagles over rated? OMG ... I would have punched you in the nose had we been drinking together. ;)


Keith, they're like vanilla ice cream, except the generic store stuff, not the vanilla bean. :)   And I can bob and weave defensive style with the best of them.  ;D  Seriously, to each his own. I'm sure I like stuff you'd hate.

you've obviously only listened to radio played stuff and never "Desperado" in its entirety. One of the absolute best albums ever made.


No, I used to listen to them in my younger years. I liked songs like Out On The Border better because they didn't get played every five minutes, like a lot of those bands. Just kidding and having fun anyway.  😆  We like what we like.
 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Strain and Beer Color
« on: January 19, 2017, 05:01:02 PM »
There was an article in Zymurgy on this very thing a long time ago.A large batch of wort was split several ways and each container pitched with a different strain. Lots of difference in final beer color. I could be wrong but I believe the conclusion was that the varying yeasts affected color differently because of their effect on pH, some more so than others. pH is known to impact color. Again, IIRC.

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Equipment and Software / Re: IBU Experimental Brewing Podcast
« on: January 19, 2017, 04:53:16 PM »
Yeah, pretty interesting. Good info!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast List: Poor Choices for LowO2/LODO/LO2
« on: January 19, 2017, 04:51:45 PM »
I used 1056 in the APA at 50ppm SMB and got zero sulfur during fermentation or in the final beer.For anyone who has gotten sulfur, the trifecta mixture lowers the overall SMB dose and seems to work extremely well.

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The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 19, 2017, 01:06:56 PM »
And the Eagles over rated? OMG ... I would have punched you in the nose had we been drinking together. ;)


Keith, they're like vanilla ice cream, except the generic store stuff, not the vanilla bean. :)   And I can bob and weave defensive style with the best of them.  ;D  Seriously, to each his own. I'm sure I like stuff you'd hate.

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Looking at all of your tap lists makes me never want to go to your breweries. IMO the best breweries brew a few styles well with the occasional special. Anything past a half dozen is noise and confusion.

And I like to go to a place where they do everything well, not just a few.

Not to toot too loudly but most of the beers I've named up there above have won at least one or two medals.  Those are my top ones out of almost 150 batches, most of which will never see the light of day ever again.  To be fair, I have dumped a LOT of beer over the years.


I took license with the word 'Imaginary'. Real world, 5 flagships and 2 rotating seasonals.

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The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 19, 2017, 12:05:13 PM »
I have a nickname for all the crappy classic bands that I hate hearing now (not limited to the bands in the name):


'REOStyxJourneyWagon' - it's a style of overrated, sh#%%y music.

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The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 19, 2017, 11:38:37 AM »
ANY:

Eagles (most overrated band in the history of the planet)
Steve Miller
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bob Seger
REO

In short, the classic rock that you liked that they pummeled you over the head with for decades.

Also, bands that started out great and devolved into sissy ballad bands (see Aerosmith, Def Leppard,etc.)

Lastly, any hair metal band that I may or may not have embarrassingly liked in the 80's.

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