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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:14:54 PM »
That's pretty cool man. Hope to get into judging after the Army moves me to Ft Lewis.  Good to see your wife get involved with everything. Did you have to twist her arm or she just that kind of person?

Ft Lewis actually has a rather large homebrew competition sponsored by the MWR. They are always looking for judges, so you shouldn't have a problem with it.

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 05, 2014, 08:47:34 PM »
No worries. I live here, and I'm not going anywhere soon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: COCA NIPS
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:13:15 PM »
I have been told by the head brewer at Cigar City that after four days they tend to develop off flavors, but I don't recall what flavors he mentioned.

In Vodka, I usually put the nibs in on the same day the yeast are pitched, so about 2 weeks. I have not noticed anything that I would consider an off flavor. However, it may be different in beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: COCA NIPS
« on: April 05, 2014, 04:53:13 PM »
I usually do Cacao Nibs in a vodka soak, but I think they will be fine in the beer. I would start sampling after about a week, and then do it every 2-3 days until it tastes right. I don't know for sure, but if you wait for a month, you may end up with too much flavor, or an off flavor that develops. I don't think you need to worry about them being in a bag, they will sink to the bottom, and you can rack off the top of them. I like cacao nibs in dark beers, but I find the more robust the beer flavor, the more nibs I need. I use 2oz in a mild, but 4oz in a robust Porter.

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 05, 2014, 04:49:47 PM »
Are you driving back today or tomorrow?

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:47:54 PM »
Nope. I had other engagements this weekend, but should be done by Saturday evening

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Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 04, 2014, 02:56:28 PM »
If you aren't completely burned out on beer, we could meet up tomorrow night for a pint or two somewhere. Send me a PM.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: cold crashing process
« on: April 03, 2014, 09:06:52 PM »
And the reason is that you don't want nasty oxidized starter wort in your beer.

Ingredients / Re: Favorite Flavor/Aroma Hops for AIPAs
« on: April 01, 2014, 02:03:48 PM »
Wow, that shows how far things have come !  When I started, Cascade was the dominant LHBS hop by far for ales. Recipe books had Cascade in most recipes, appropriate or not.

I think that's a lot of why I got burned out on Cascade roughly a decade ago and haven't really used it much (at home) since. Not that there's anything wrong with it per se; I just feel like with the progress that's been made in hop breeding over the past few years, I can cherry-pick whatever aspect of Cascade I want in a particular recipe, and select another hop to get me there.

I like the fact that cascade has a bit of everything (Citrusy, flowery, touch of piney), and it just adds complexity while sticking with whatever I want. For Example, if I want a citrus bomb IPA, I can use Amarillo and Citra, and the flower and pine support the citrus, but make it more complex. If I go the other way, and use Simcoe and Chinook, I can use the citrus to give me some extra complexity. It is almost guaranteed that I will have Cascade in any American style I make.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is my beer infected?
« on: April 01, 2014, 01:46:27 PM »
We've always said Denny is a Fungi!  8)

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 01, 2014, 01:44:15 PM »
I always try to meet up with local AHA members when I travel. You never know what kind of trouble you can get into when you know people in the local beer scene.

Ingredients / Re: Favorite Flavor/Aroma Hops for AIPAs
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:27:56 AM »
How is there no cascade on this list? ;)


I chose Cents and Amarillo, but those are actually 2 and 3

Ingredients / Re: Favorite Bittering hop for AIPA
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:07:29 AM »
I don't do too much bittering in an IPA (I like FWH, 10, 5, and flameout), but I like CTZ for the harsher bitterness that I expect in an IPA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reduction
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:16:09 PM »
Thanks Tom.  That makes sense.

You'll have beer  ;)

Hey Marc, I hope you are well. Was not really worried but it was the first time I've cooled and then re-boiled. Had to see if I was missing something.

I'm doing pretty well, but I won't be seeing everyone in Michigan this year. Hope to see y'all in San Diego next year. I figure the only difference you might notice is a lack of flavor, as some of the flavor compounds may be boiled off. I have a nasty tendency to run out of gas in the middle of a boil, and I haven't noticed too much of an issue.

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