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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality of All grain vs. Extract
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:23:06 PM »
I made some pretty good beers with extract/steeping grains. But you have so much more freedom and control with AG. Most extracts aren't as fermentable and even the palest have varying amounts of crystal/dextrin present, which can be difficult to judge as you add your own specialty malts. The control you have by choosing your own malts and mashing them at the temp you want just can't be duplicated with extract for many styles. You can control your own water chemistry with AG as opposed to extract, where the manufacturer has decided that for you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:13:59 PM »
I have beer drinkers ADD - I drink my beers plenty, but I like to sample good beer from brewpubs and beer bars as well. My brewing doesn't take away my interest in fresh quality beers nearby. It's nice to get out of the house, no ? :)

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Ingredients / Re: Lagers Again
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:03:43 PM »
Yeah, love the standard. I'm assuming that is a possible issue with the floor malted - I understand it's a little more under modified than the standard, so a protein rest would be pretty much mandatory, if I'm correct. I had great results with the standard, so there's no sacrifice to use it.

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Ingredients / Lagers Again
« on: March 20, 2014, 03:51:11 PM »
I'm just about to get a new lager fridge, to replace my old one that burned out a year and a half ago. Pretty excited about it ! So I'm gonna brew a BoPils to break the new one in, one of my favorite styles. My question is about the floor malted Weyermann BoPils malt. I used the standard Weyermann BoPils malt numerous times, but never the floor malted. Have you used it, and what were your impressions ?  I've heard mostly great things, but I either heard or read a report or two where the brewers felt that there were clarity issues with it. Any help is appreciated.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio - Jim Dabler
« on: March 20, 2014, 02:35:12 PM »
Welcome Jim !  There's plenty of great help and advice here. Don't be afraid to ask for it. Cheers !

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 20, 2014, 02:26:05 PM »
Rebel is 45 ibus, 6.5% so that may explain the lower hop perception to a degree.

Yeah, that gives it a BU:GU of ~ .69  .  Pretty pale ale-ish. And I love APA - it's a great style.  Just thrown by the West Coast IPA sales pitch. Having said all that, it's not a bad tasting beer.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: strawberry milk chocolate stout
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:29:25 AM »
Different schools of thought with fruit, but boiling any fruit for 15 minutes will drive off most of the fruit's aroma, as will adding to primary fermentation.  If you ever brew it again, I would add the thawed fruit (or puree) to a secondary fermenter and rack your beer on top of the fruit. I think you'll notice a big difference.

Not such a big deal with strawberries (or in a stout, for that matter), but boiling any fruit that contains a significant amount of pectin can lead to pectin haze in your beer as well.

.....and that !  Good call.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: strawberry milk chocolate stout
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:44:51 AM »
Different schools of thought with fruit, but boiling any fruit for 15 minutes will drive off most of the fruit's aroma, as will adding to primary fermentation.  If you ever brew it again, I would add the thawed fruit (or puree) to a secondary fermenter and rack your beer on top of the fruit. I think you'll notice a big difference.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:03:05 AM »
I've seen the 70qt go for as low as $39 w/free shipping from time to time on Amazon (that's where I got mine).  Been xtremely happy with it.

+1.  That's how I got mine. Really good deal.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:39:55 AM »

Yeah, 'IPA' is evidently getting to be a loose term to Jim Koch. Tried the new Rebel IPA last week. It was fresh - smelled and tasted like a Pale Ale at best.
I'd say more like we're all starting to expect our IPAs to taste like double IPAs. Lupulin threshold shift and all...

I don't disagree. There has to be some of that at work, but the Rebel, especially calling itself a 'West Coast' style IPA is pretty...umm....mild.
Any particular part that you thought was mild? bitterness? flavor? everything? My impression of west coast IPA's was an emphasis on hops with restrained malt and bitterness. But also, that there was a wide variety in IPA at each brewery too - from tame to sucker punch. It could be that that's what stood out the most as different from east coast IPA's.

Low bitterness and hop flavor IMO. The malt base was restrained and dry as expected, but very little hoppiness. West Coast APA would be more accurate, I guess.

EDIT  -  I perceive their IPL as being a hoppier, better overall beer. Pretty good for the $$.

I actually thought the Rebel was a decent IPA. It's definitely not "OMGWTFBBQ!!1!!!1!1!one!!11!!! HOOOOPPPPSSSS!!!!!!" level of hopping, but the bitterness was on par with an IPA and there was a decent level of hops to it. In the ballpark of Stone IPA, not "Enjoy by IPA".

Guess I better try another. I heard it's a little hoppier on tap. Don't know if it's true. But the bottle I tried didn't make me think of Stone.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:10:53 AM »

Yeah, 'IPA' is evidently getting to be a loose term to Jim Koch. Tried the new Rebel IPA last week. It was fresh - smelled and tasted like a Pale Ale at best.
I'd say more like we're all starting to expect our IPAs to taste like double IPAs. Lupulin threshold shift and all...

I don't disagree. There has to be some of that at work, but the Rebel, especially calling itself a 'West Coast' style IPA is pretty...umm....mild.
Any particular part that you thought was mild? bitterness? flavor? everything? My impression of west coast IPA's was an emphasis on hops with restrained malt and bitterness. But also, that there was a wide variety in IPA at each brewery too - from tame to sucker punch. It could be that that's what stood out the most as different from east coast IPA's.

Low bitterness and hop flavor IMO. The malt base was restrained and dry as expected, but very little hoppiness. West Coast APA would be more accurate, I guess.

EDIT  -  I perceive their IPL as being a hoppier, better overall beer. Pretty good for the $$.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:27:23 AM »


Whitewater IPA...
Wheat ale brewed with apricots and spices


Yeah, 'IPA' is evidently getting to be a loose term to Jim Koch. Tried the new Rebel IPA last week. It was fresh - smelled and tasted like a Pale Ale at best.
I'd say more like we're all starting to expect our IPAs to taste like double IPAs. Lupulin threshold shift and all...

I don't disagree. There has to be some of that at work, but the Rebel, especially calling itself a 'West Coast' style IPA is pretty...umm....mild.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:06:22 AM »
70 quart Coleman XTREME!!!

This. It will be my next Mash Tun, so I can do both 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches.

+2.  Get the blue one, so you'll get better conversion and attenuation.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:03:08 AM »


Whitewater IPA...
Wheat ale brewed with apricots and spices


Yeah, 'IPA' is evidently getting to be a loose term to Jim Koch. Tried the new Rebel IPA last week. It was fresh - smelled and tasted like a Pale Ale at best.


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: My last negra modello
« on: March 19, 2014, 04:27:20 PM »
Man, I agree. It's always been my go to at a Mexican place - the lesser of a bunch of evils. It actually used to be pretty solid IMO, but not so much lately.

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