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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Radiating beer experiment
« on: February 12, 2016, 05:52:19 AM »

Interestingly, not the first mention of beer and radiation. The US Govt exposed beer to nuke tests to determine if beer and soda remained safe to drink after an explosion (aka emergency potable water)

http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/09/18/161338723/u-s-explodes-atomic-bombs-near-beers-to-see-if-they-are-safe-to-drink

Found this same link this morning which made me decide to do it.  I need to present the results in class so that's why I was asking for advice on recording tasting notes.  I'm not trained to taste off flavors, but I can tell you when a beer taste s***ty



As a CT/Xray tech, I wish I'd had a project like this in school. What beers are you using out of curiosity? I would have one of them be an IPA with lots of hop aroma - hop aromas can oxidize in a matter of seconds in the sun. Might be interesting to see what happens here.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 12, 2016, 05:44:33 AM »
My ScifIPA, brewed with Millennium, Galaxy, Horizon, and Challenger. Not the clearest but very tasty.


Great looking beer. That's pretty clear for an IPA.

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The Pub / Re: BA letter to Peyton
« on: February 12, 2016, 05:42:50 AM »
If I was thirsty enough and someone handed me a Bud I'd be thankful and drink it. But I'd prefer a real Helles, Pils or Kolsch. And then after one or two of those I'd be ready for that IPA. ;)



This^

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 11, 2016, 06:02:13 PM »
Looks really nice.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Still waiting on NHC Entry email.
« on: February 11, 2016, 05:38:09 PM »
You have to pay within 3 days of getting your confirmation. In that case, and in my case, I got notification on the 9th. I had to pay by the 12th. If you get your notification tomorrow, you'll have to pay by the 15th. This is all in efforts to not big the system down. They've learned from past mistakes and the new process is working so much better. I've not encountered any web glitches or didn't have to refresh 18964 times just to try and get entered. You'll get your email.



Yep. No worries. I didn't encounter any issues or delays when editing or printing labels either. That was the point of staggering people.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Minimizing Oxidation During Dry Hopping
« on: February 11, 2016, 01:51:40 PM »
I have dry-hopped a lot on day 3, 4 or 5 of fermentation with no negatives perceived.  I would think the same oils are there in presence of fermenting yeast in a big whirlpool hopped beer as in dry-hopped during fermentation.

I will say that I often am more generous on dry-hop quantities if my only dry-hop is during active fermentation, but I've been doing a lot of split dry-hops; where I put the first addition during fermentation and the second once kegged.

It is interesting the different 'results' we get doing seemingly the same thing.



Yeah, the same oils are there in a whirlpool as are there for dry hopping during fermentation. What we're talking about is the difference in hop character between beers dry hopped during fermentation and those dry hopped after crashing and/or fining the yeast out of suspension. Dry hopping in the presence of yeast can cause biotransformations of hop compounds into slightly different hop character - some like it more, some less than others. Nobody's right or wrong, we all just have our own preference.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Minimizing Oxidation During Dry Hopping
« on: February 11, 2016, 12:58:02 PM »
And some do it because there are compounds formed from dry hopping in the presence of yeast that some find desireable.

Interesting. Any info on what these desirable traits might be?

Personally, I've found undesirable effects from dry hopping with yeast present.


I agree. I know some brewers feel differently.

Pinnah, this article gets into some of the biotransformations of yeast on hops without going too technical :

http://allaboutbeer.com/article/flavor-hops/

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 11, 2016, 12:20:45 PM »
and to stop at Claus's Market for some German style meats.


Amen to that. Awesome stuff !

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Minimizing Oxidation During Dry Hopping
« on: February 11, 2016, 11:44:44 AM »
What about this dryhopping prior to the end of fermentation?

Doesn't that lessen the dry hop charge because the yeast take down the effect and additionally hop goodness is blown out?

Do people do this only to eliminate the effects of potential oxidation from dryhopping?


Personally I'm not a believer in the dry hopping itself causing oxidation, more the beer's exposure to outside air. But some people dry hop as krausen winds down to push out any oxygen (along with some hop aromas). And some do it because there are compounds formed from dry hopping in the presence of yeast that some find desireable. I dry hop crashed, clear beer to greatly reduce the loss of aroma to yeast absorption, then yeast dropping out. Lots of ways to get there.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: To hydrate or not
« on: February 11, 2016, 11:36:36 AM »
I've used dry and rehydrated, many times each. The only difference I can see at all is in lag time, not beer/cider quality. So the laziness has won out and I just pitch dry.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Guinness Nitro IPA
« on: February 11, 2016, 08:41:56 AM »
I have yet to have a nitro IPA that I like.  From anyone.


Same here. It just seems to mute the hell out of the hop character. I'll try their coffee stout and pass on the others.


EDIT - Wrong thread. Thought it was the SA nitro thread when I mentioned the coffee stout.

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The Pub / Re: BA letter to Peyton
« on: February 11, 2016, 08:34:21 AM »
No doubt. But wouldn't you respect him more if he just owned it by simply responding in song, "Chicken Parm you taste soo go-od."?  Drop the mike and head for Disneyland on the Budmobile.


Awesome.  ;D   Or "Bud-weis-er you taste like pi$$."

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Minimizing Oxidation During Dry Hopping
« on: February 11, 2016, 05:55:51 AM »
I have become so adamant that minimizing o2 during dry hopping is so important that when I do 10 gallon batches I add hops, purge kegs and then rack beer. It may not be necessary on beers that will be consumed quickly but if you have the ability to do it (like anyone who dry hops in a corny) I think it is a good practice to follow.



Totally agree. That's pretty much what I do. The oxidation doesn't have to get to the 'cardboard/wet dog' stage to eliminate your dry hop aromas.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 10, 2016, 05:48:19 PM »
Now this is sticky gooey meringue!



Is that your IPA ? Fantastic foam regardless. Hopefully the one I tap Friday has foam that good. If not, it won't be for the shortage of hop oils.   ;)

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The Pub / Re: BA letter to Peyton
« on: February 10, 2016, 05:43:44 PM »
Though I have heard he has a distributor in Louisiana. Anyone know?


The local media reported that both of his distributors are in Louisiana. There is still a ton of interest and support for Peyton here.

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