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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Oktoberfest 2015
« on: September 17, 2015, 01:49:43 PM »
funny to me I get a lot of well balanced, toasty type malt character that is blended with hop bitterness to lend a crisp finish that begs the next sip.  I'd agree that the hop aroma is a bit on the higher end of the range but not intrusive. 

Sierra's is pretty close to a good, fresh Ayinger.

in my opinion, several of the American craft interpretations of the style are borderline bocks with lots of rich dark fruity type maltiness and full mouthfeels, leaning decidedly towards malt without the counterbalancing hop bitterness in the finish. Lefthand, Samuel Adams, Highland Clawhammer, Harpoon all come to mind as examples this year.  If that is what fits your idealization of the style, you are definitely going to be disappointed.

One final note - I did find the malt to be a bit richer in later batches - the 6/30/15 packaged batch was a bit more bitter and less balanced than the more recent one that I've had.

Was the color darker on the later batch? In the video review I saw, the color was very light; like 6 SRM. He commented on how bitter and out of balance it was.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: September 17, 2015, 09:38:23 AM »
I was planning on a North German Pilsner tomorrow night.  However, my order from NB did not arrive, and I don't have the time to make a run to the LHBS.

Instead, I'm going to try a batch of cider for the first time, though I'm not sure I even like cider.

That's funny. I did a graff last year and by the end of the keg I was like; do I even like this?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Grog-style Beer
« on: September 16, 2015, 08:27:52 PM »
I like the idea as well. My worry would be the hops clashing with the rum but at that amount maybe it wouldn't be an issue. You could always do some lemon and lime zest instead of trying to get that from the hops.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Oktoberfest 2015
« on: September 16, 2015, 07:22:55 PM »


I have recently started to enjoy Sierra Nevada's offerings much more. I will have to give this a shot. I saw some bad reviews about it and was a bit wary but now it appears that good reviews are starting to roll in. A couple of the common complaints I saw was a strong 'corn' flavor and too hoppy for the style.

I tried Nooner after the praise it received here and really like it. I have been trying to track down their Kolsch which was in a mixed pack but haven't been able to find it.
That was the Summer mix pack, it was surprisingly delicious!

How dare they call that a Kolsch! It has simcoe hops in it.
It does? Huh.

According to their website. I was surprised to see that. I was just joking around because I have a kolsch type beer with Amarillo hops. I try to avoid calling it a kolsch although no one who drinks it knows what real kolsch is. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Oktoberfest 2015
« on: September 16, 2015, 07:31:18 AM »

I have recently started to enjoy Sierra Nevada's offerings much more. I will have to give this a shot. I saw some bad reviews about it and was a bit wary but now it appears that good reviews are starting to roll in. A couple of the common complaints I saw was a strong 'corn' flavor and too hoppy for the style.

I tried Nooner after the praise it received here and really like it. I have been trying to track down their Kolsch which was in a mixed pack but haven't been able to find it.
That was the Summer mix pack, it was surprisingly delicious!

How dare they call that a Kolsch! It has simcoe hops in it.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Oktoberfest 2015
« on: September 15, 2015, 08:00:14 AM »
I really liked their Vienna and American brown in the fall variety pack.

Is the American Brown called "Tumbler"? I had that years ago...

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Oktoberfest 2015
« on: September 15, 2015, 07:37:43 AM »
I have recently started to enjoy Sierra Nevada's offerings much more. I will have to give this a shot. I saw some bad reviews about it and was a bit wary but now it appears that good reviews are starting to roll in. A couple of the common complaints I saw was a strong 'corn' flavor and too hoppy for the style.

I tried Nooner after the praise it received here and really like it. I have been trying to track down their Kolsch which was in a mixed pack but haven't been able to find it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mini Fridge
« on: September 14, 2015, 09:12:09 AM »
I was looking into this a few months ago and was unable to find anything that would work. The biggest issue is that most do not have a flat bottoms because that is where the compressor lives. Normally it juts out creating a shelf and then height becomes an issue.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonation for 9% ABV beer in bottles
« on: September 12, 2015, 11:49:55 AM »
I am getting very little carbonation in a 9% beer that has been sitting in bottles at 70-75F for a couple of weeks. At bottling, I used 70g of table sugar per beersmith's calculations for 3.25 gallons of beer. I dissolved the sugar in one pint of boiling water, added to the bottling bucket and stirred well. I know my capper is good and realize that it sometimes take more than 2 weeks to get adequate carb however I am getting basically none in the two that I have tried.

Any ideas why this might be happening? The beer was fermented with US05 and I did not add extra yeast at bottling. Could that be the problem? I don't bottle very often anymore and I rarely brew higher gravity beers so I am wondering if I am missing something.

S-05 can handle way higher than 9% so you probably just need more time.
Isn't 70 grams a little over two ounces? The last big beer I brewed (10% barleywine) I used close to 90 in 3 gallons and had great carbonation.

70 g is about 2.5 oz. I just went with what beersmith recommended for my ferment temp. I had one last night and the carb had improved so I am less worried. Assuming it continues to improve it should probably be pretty good in a couple more weeks. This is just a Xmas test batch so I am not worried about tasting before it is perfectly carbed.

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So, have you done a triangle tasting with the beer brewed with and without pumpkin?

This needs to be done if it hasn't yet. I am drinking uinta's punk'n right now and I feel that pumpkin is detectable in flavor and mouthfeel.

I am not sure if anyone brews a pumpkin beer without spices but it would be nice to see a comparison to see if there is any difference in an unspiced beer.

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Thanks for the link. I brew one once a year for my wife and dialed it in with more subtle spicing. This year I plan to added the oven roasted pumpkin to the fermenter as noted in #6.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonation for 9% ABV beer in bottles
« on: September 08, 2015, 04:57:16 PM »
Thanks all. When I used to bottle exclusively; 1 week would provide more carbonation than I have now and 2 weeks would be very close to fully carbed. I will give it another week and check the progress. Hopefully it will get there at some point.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonation for 9% ABV beer in bottles
« on: September 08, 2015, 11:19:58 AM »
9% isn't too high to worry about IMO. Is there a "pfft" when you pop the cap? If so, just give them some time.

Thanks. There is that noise when cracking but it is very minimal. I have I have shaken one bottle to re-suspend the settled yeast and will try that in a week or so to see if there is any difference.

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Kegging and Bottling / carbonation for 9% ABV beer in bottles
« on: September 08, 2015, 11:06:50 AM »
I am getting very little carbonation in a 9% beer that has been sitting in bottles at 70-75F for a couple of weeks. At bottling, I used 70g of table sugar per beersmith's calculations for 3.25 gallons of beer. I dissolved the sugar in one pint of boiling water, added to the bottling bucket and stirred well. I know my capper is good and realize that it sometimes take more than 2 weeks to get adequate carb however I am getting basically none in the two that I have tried.

Any ideas why this might be happening? The beer was fermented with US05 and I did not add extra yeast at bottling. Could that be the problem? I don't bottle very often anymore and I rarely brew higher gravity beers so I am wondering if I am missing something.

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Beer Recipes / Re: help me classify this - baltic porter?
« on: September 04, 2015, 10:16:08 AM »
That works! Yes it looks like I am 6 points below the low end of the style guidelines.

Anyone got any recommendations for widely available commercial examples of Baltic Porters? I think I have maybe seen Zywiec and maybe Baltika #6 around...

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