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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 12, 2016, 04:01:31 PM »
I got the same email from Label Peelers. I've gotten great deals and service from them in the past. Sucks that they're getting shafted by this situation.

What sucks even more is that this major player in the hop business is apparently putting homebrewers on the back burner. I'm hoping that it's mainly because they just haven't gotten their stuff together because of the new merger. Thankfully their are enough sources of quality hops that I can vote with my dollar and boycott HopUnion until they set this straight.

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I'm curious why you think this is necessarily the whole story. I've contacted the CEO of YCH Hops to get his side of things.  Hopefully Drew and I will present that in the podcast.
Thanks for that. I'm looking forward to hear what YCH has to say about this.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to look for in MA&NH
« on: January 12, 2016, 11:19:41 AM »
I have a friend visiting Maine and New Hampshire for work. He wants to bring me some beer. What suggestions do you have for what is available there that I cant get in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky?
A couple we get in Mass that you may not get out there are Peak Organic and Baxter, both from Maine. We just recently started getting Baxter and I had their Pamola Extra Pale Ale and liked it. I like every Peak Organic I have tried. Spencer Abbey Ale might be available there, I know their recent holiday offering is Mass only. Also, the Maine Brewing Co. makes some nice beers, mostly pricey.
BTW MA= Massachusetts, Maine = ME
He did say MA, now that I double checked it, so Massachusetts and New Hampshire, thanks Pete. I never mail anything to either, so I learned something today(that I probably new in grade school, but have long since forgotten)
Also, thanks for the tips
If he's going to Boston see if he can score anything from Trillium (Not sure if they sell in stores, I have only had some bought directly from brewery by someone else), also Element, a small brewery in Western Mass that sells statewide. I particularly like Dark Element and Red Giant. And if in Mass he should definitely be able to get Spencer Abbey including their holiday ale (a DBSA). I also like a pilsner (can't think of it) from 2 Roads in CT. Jack's Abby in Framingham MA makes all lagers and I like their "Smoke and Dagger".
Ol'factory Pils from 2 roads, maybe? It's a dry-hopped pilsner in the style of Pivo Pils from FW, good stuff.

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Ingredients / Re: Honey malt in an IPA?
« on: January 12, 2016, 11:12:32 AM »
I've seen recipes for O'Dell IPA that includes a small amount (3 oz) per 5 gallons. I recall reading that tropical and citrus are "enhanced" with a small amount of honey malt.
Maybe the sweetness from honey malt is different than the sweetness from residual sugar, but I've had some beers that were a little sweet (hadn't completed bottle conditioning yet) that were heavy on tropical hops and it gets gross fast. I've had some commercial DIPA's that have some sweetness and it ends up tasting like cough syrup. It certainly brings out the fruit character, but not in what I'd consider a pleasing way.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to look for in MA&NH
« on: January 12, 2016, 11:03:32 AM »
Not sure what you can get out your way, but Smuttynose and Moonlight Meadery from NH come to mind. If you can't get them out your way, I'd definitely search them out.

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The Pub / Re: Nfl,playoffs
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:05:58 PM »

If the Pats play like they have the past few weeks, they don't have the slightest chance. I suspect that their last game was played in "just don't get hurt" mode and to test out what they can expect out of Stephen Jackson in the playoffs. But who knows - they could just be too beat up and end up an easy W for KC.
It almost look like they intended to lose to Miami.....belichick strategy???
I don't get that strategy when you lock up home field with a win, but they certainly didn't seem too concerned with winning from my perspective.

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Ingredients / Re: I need a new hop(s)
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:03:23 PM »
Vic secret- Victoria secret??'

I believe it is grown in Victoria (Australia). I think the name was originally going to be Victoria Secret as a play on words, but there's probably some concern of trademark issues.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:58:37 PM »

Just ordered 2015 crop 1# each of citra, galaxy, columbus, and EKG...to bad I fell for that label peelers presale, I guess I'll never order from them again

They'll make whatever right.

Fwiw, not sure if it's their fault or not, but they really are a great lhbs. Super sales all the time and go above and beyond.
I've bought from them online quite a few times and I have had nothing but good things to say about them. Their sales can't be beat.

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The Pub / Re: Birthday Gift from My Better Half
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:34:38 PM »
I need to restock! 31 years old today.
Congrats! I hit the big 4-0 in October and I'm already debating whether I will celebrate with Westy XII or Thomas Hardy.

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The Pub / Re: Nfl,playoffs
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:32:24 PM »
If the Pats play like they have the past few weeks, they don't have the slightest chance. I suspect that their last game was played in "just don't get hurt" mode and to test out what they can expect out of Stephen Jackson in the playoffs. But who knows - they could just be too beat up and end up an easy W for KC.

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Ingredients / Re: I need a new hop(s)
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:24:09 PM »
I'm a big fan of fruit-forward hops. I've been leaning towards a lot of the newer varieties, especially the Aus/NZ ones - primarily because I don't want my hoppy beers to taste like very other commercial beer out there. I also prefer hops that have one dominant flavor, so I can mix and match the specific flavors I want without getting too muddy. Here's my current favorites list:

Citra - oldie but goodie, pretty much straight-up mango, massive oil content and can easily dominate everything else if you're not careful

Meridian - totally underrated hop, lots of stone fruit (nectarine, apricot, sometimes bing cherry) with an undertone of citrus. It's a flavor I don't get in a lot of commercial beer, so I lean on it a lot at home.

Nelson Sauvin - I get a lot of white grapefruit out of it, with a bit of a vinous note that sets it apart from the C hops. It is reliably grapefruit-forward year after year, unlike something like Cascade that can be more floral some years

Motueka - lime zest and lemongrass. It's a shame that it's not more potent - it can easily get overpowered by oilier hops. But outside of IPA's it's a big go-to for me. Great in hoppy lagers as it is a Saaz derivative and gets some herbal/noble stuff going on as well. If you're a fan of Mandarina, I'd put this one in a similar category.

Vic Secret - this is a new discovery for me, but I'm already going to it regularly. It has a distinct passionfruit character that really stands out. This one is super tropical, without a lot of other background notes to muddy it up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:37:41 PM »
What sucks even more is that this major player in the hop business is apparently putting homebrewers on the back burner.

We're always the last to get hops because all but the 2-3 largest homebrew shops lack the purchasing power to move up the chain to have orders fulfilled. Wholesalers will always sell to their biggest clients first, which means breweries are getting their orders filled first. We're getting sold the least impressive lots of hops at unfavorable prices.

I know there is talk among the craft beer industry that there is a shortage (or a perceived shortage) and maybe this year's harvest wasn't great. Prices are apparently pretty bad right now if you can't buy under contract. I don't know if Hop Union was hit particularly hard in 2015 or if it's uniformly bad. Apparently even some of the more common varieties are completely sold out from the 2015 harvest.
I'm not sure what model stores like YVH, Farmhouse and Hop Heaven follow (I'm guessing that they have their own contracts rather than buying through a wholesaler like BSG or LD Carlson), but quality is consistently top-notch and the selection has never been an issue for me. It sucks that homebrew shops are getting shafted, but there are quality alternatives for homebrewers who want the best hops they can get their hands on.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: K97 & S189
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:00:54 PM »
I thought of this thread this morning. My LHBS just got K97 and S189 so I bought a couple packs of each. The S189 rang up at $59.99 instead of $5.99 and I was like "yeah, I heard that this stuff was expensive for dry yeast..."

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I have six 2.5 gallon kegs from AiH and recommend them highly. Unless this is going to be your only keg I'd recommend just buying a 100 foot length of beverage hose and cutting what you need. Ten feet is a good length for a picnic tap, IMO.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 11, 2016, 02:50:36 PM »
Double brewday going right now

Brew #2 - Bought what I thought was just a Mr Beer fermentor on Xmas clearance at Target for $12. Turns out there was a kit inside. It was their "Classic American Light" kit, which is just a can of hopped DME and a 5g packet of yeast and instructions to ferment at ale temps. I'm going to amp it up a little with an ounce of Tettnang as I bring the DME just to a boil, along with 5 ounces of rice syrup solids to boost the gravity slightly. I'm going to pitch a full packet of 34/70 at 45F and ferment at ambient in the coldest corner of my basement. Should be interesting. Also got a small packet of Coopers carb drops, so all-in-all this was a nice score even if the beer sucks.

This is awesome.  Enter it in to NHC!  It will probably take a gold!   ;D

Brewed a vienna lager today.  Hit all numbers dead on - mash temp, wort pH, and OG.  This beer is destined for greatness...
I'll enter it as a Helles. I'll win BOS for sure ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 11, 2016, 02:47:32 PM »
I got the same email from Label Peelers. I've gotten great deals and service from them in the past. Sucks that they're getting shafted by this situation.

What sucks even more is that this major player in the hop business is apparently putting homebrewers on the back burner. I'm hoping that it's mainly because they just haven't gotten their stuff together because of the new merger. Thankfully their are enough sources of quality hops that I can vote with my dollar and boycott HopUnion until they set this straight.

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