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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belle Saison Stats?
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:18:42 AM »
I'm not going to go so far as to recommend to intentionally underpitch, but Belgian & Saison strains are much more sensitive to overpitching compared to other ale strains. I'd be less concerned with needing to pitch an additional pack with the Belle Saison than something like US-05 that I want to ferment really clean. And with US-05, I don't start thinking about using a second pack until the OG gets into the 1.070 range (for a 5-gallon batch).

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 02, 2014, 08:54:47 PM »
Broccoli seedpods? Like little edamame perhaps? Wondering how to prepare them as there are plenty.



Interesting - I've never seen them go to seed like that. I'm thinking the younger the pod, the better. I'd probably treat them like a snow pea, but expect them to taste more like broccoli. I'm thinking stir fry would be my first recipe. If they're not tough, maybe toss them in some mac & cheese?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Miller Fortune
« on: April 02, 2014, 08:41:07 PM »
yeah it's suppose to be a 6% bourbon flavored beer that they wanted served out of whisky glasses instead of pint glasses...

Yeah, I wonder if it's bourbon or 'bourbon flavoring' . I would guess the latter looking at the source. Either way I hear it sucks.

It probably has a crap load of corn in it, so it's on its way to bourbon, right?

Crap load and corn are not descriptions I seek out in beer

Could be worse - it could have a load of corn crap in it.

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Ingredients / Re: Favorite Bittering hop for AIPA
« on: April 02, 2014, 08:36:29 PM »
I tried Belma too.  It is high enough in AA (10.4%) to be a bittering hop, but I was intrigued by the flavors ("very orange, slight grapefruit, tropical  pineapple, strawberry, and melon aroma.").  Unfortunately at only .08 for total oils you'd have to use a lot of it.  So it is now in the category of 'meh'.

I think you mean 0.8, right? Which is still pretty low for a modern IPA hop. And total oils isn't the final word. For example, Centennial has more total oil than Mosaic, but Mosaic is a much more dominant hop (at least to my palate). If Belma is truly 0.8 mL/100g oil, then that's the same as Motueka, which has a lot more flavor/aroma impact in my experience.

Total oil is a good starting point, but there is certainly a lot more going on that we just don't see good data for (or even understand yet).

Maybe I'll have to just use up all of my Belma in a small batch to see what happens if you really push the limits.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Yeast Hypothesis
« on: April 02, 2014, 08:16:01 PM »
I have to admit, I'm definitely not familiar with enough technical detail of yeast genetics to follow everything in your post. If I am following this correctly, the suggestion is that Chico may actually be a lager strain (or at least a strain previously used by a lager brewery). Is that correct? If so, that's very interesting and actually makes a bit of sense to me.

Also, this brings up another tangential question. I am not too familiar with Siebel's yeast strains, (or Ballantine, for that matter - a bit before my time), but is the yeast that Danstar is currently marketing as BRY-97 the same as the BRY-97 from Ballantine?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Miller Fortune
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:52:00 AM »
yeah it's suppose to be a 6% bourbon flavored beer that they wanted served out of whisky glasses instead of pint glasses...

Yeah, I wonder if it's bourbon or 'bourbon flavoring' . I would guess the latter looking at the source. Either way I hear it sucks.

It probably has a crap load of corn in it, so it's on its way to bourbon, right?

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Ingredients / Re: Favorite Bittering hop for AIPA
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:48:58 AM »
I bought two pounds of Belma when they were first released so I've been using Belma to bitter all of my beers until I run out of the stuff.

Yeah, I don't know what I'm going to do with the other 15 ounces I have left from the pound I bought. Not horrible, but nothing I have any real use for either.

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Ingredients / Re: Favorite Bittering hop for AIPA
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:10:38 PM »
I like Columbus and Chinook pretty interchangeably for a pleasantly coarse IPA bitterness.

+1 - If I use a bittering addition, then it's usually one of the above. I use Nugget as well - it's not quite as coarse, but not as smooth as something like Magnum.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Conversion time trame
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:01:13 PM »
In the end, everyone needs to determine what is right for their system and calibrate to that. I mash for 75 minutes on most beers because I was getting lower efficiency on small beers. I no sparge and have a relatively thin mash, so that's what works for me in my system.

You get today's Gold Star of Pragmatism!



I'm honored. Maybe I can convince my 3 year old to clean up his toys after dinner so we both can rock the gold stars tonight :)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Conversion time trame
« on: April 01, 2014, 12:08:39 PM »
In the end, everyone needs to determine what is right for their system and calibrate to that. I mash for 75 minutes on most beers because I was getting lower efficiency on small beers. I no sparge and have a relatively thin mash, so that's what works for me in my system.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Miller Fortune
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:45:22 AM »
Mmmm Steal Reserve. If you chug two 40s it becomes Stealth Reserve. No one can see you so you can do anything you want.

Hmm... Is this RealTree's new pattern - malt liquor vomit camo?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Lemon Pepper Kolsch Extract Recipe
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:38:29 AM »
Try reaching out to the brewers. Many of them are very willing to share their recipes, or at least give you some helpful info to get you started.

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Ingredients / Re: Two hops...
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:28:46 AM »

Is OP just looking for two hops to build hoppy beers around or two hops to be the only hops in several beers?
Looking to just stock up one two versatile hops. Ones that can be used often in IPAs and PAs. So perhaps yes to both of your questions!

If you're looking for versatility, then Sterling gets my top vote. It works for continental styles quite well, as its noble parentage really shines through as a bittering hop and at low amounts as a late hop. But if you start to push it to APA/IPA amounts you will pick up citrus notes in the vein of a west coast hop.

I'd stick with Apollo as my second choice for bittering and late hops in hoppy beers. But I will admit that this is partially because I want my own beers to stand out from commercial APAs and IPAs.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:35:47 AM »
Johnny Walker Black should run you under $30 for a bottle and IMO the best scotch at that price point. It's a good mix of smooth flavors plus a little smoke.

There are decent single malts under $30 especially if you have access to a bottle shop with really good prices. I can get Macallan 12 for $40 but under $30 you can find decent single malts like Ardmore, Glenmorangie and maybe Glenlivet. There is a wide variety among single malts based on their geographic origin, barrel type, use of peat and so forth. If you want to try something interesting and crazy oaky try out Deanston's Virgin Oak.

Worthwhile blends I'd suggest trying include Johnny Walker Black, Ballantine's, Dewar's White Label, Dewar's 12, Famous Grouse Black Grouse and Pinch.

The price has gotten out of hand, but Sheep Dip remains one of my favorite blends.

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The Pub / Re: Give it up for Michael Jackson....
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:33:57 AM »
I think this was it: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Jacksons-World-Beer-Hunter/dp/1563313812

I'll have to see if I can find it anywhere.

Sounds cool!

Found my disk.  It's The Beer Hunter Field Guide.  The complete interactive guide to the beer renaissance.  Copyright 1995.

It requires a 486SX CPU with a minimum of 4MB RAM and Windows 3.1.

I feel old.

Crap. Can I run it on a Pentium running NT?

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