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Beer Travel / Re: Weekend in Belgium area
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:43:08 PM »
Go to Bruges. Find a small alleyway called De Garre the width of a "horses ass" as they say, go inside the bar and order their house tripel.  Then drink the 2 more that your allowed to drink. Words cant describe.  Also, wandering the Orval grounds is an awesome experience, definitely recommend that.

Ingredients / Re: simcoe
« on: November 13, 2013, 05:50:19 PM »
Okay, but if you'd never heard anyone else describe it as "catty" (which that description drives me up the wall), would you have come to the same conclusion on its description? Some descriptions people use are crazy. Bready, doughy, earthy, spicy...I get. But catty? Might be a genetic thing, but there is certainly no ammonia in your hops. And I'm sure they don't burn your nose either when you smell them.
But either way, I think I'm complaining to a brick wall here. You smell what you smell. The only constant is the thing you're smelling. Simcoe smells like Simcoe, regardless of what you perceive.  This reminds me of the Matrix...

I don't understand your point.  Whenever we describe tastes and smells aren't we always trying to compare it to other things that gave us similar experiences?  When I smelled cat pee it had NOTHING to do with other peoples experiences, but the smell to me best compared to times when I have smelled cat pee.   In the end, EVERY taste and smell we experience is relative, and so that's the only way we can describe it to others.

Ingredients / Re: simcoe
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:36:44 PM »
It smells like Ammonia? You have a f*cked up sense of smell!

How do you know what I smell?  And how do we all know we are smelling/tasting the same things?  As I said, I don't doubt that others only get awesome smells from Simcoe, but I get a totally different experience.  To me,this means there has to be a genetic component.  And I am sure that these catty smells will vary from batch to batch, but I have drank the same beer next to others that get zero cattiness, and all I get is urine.  Sad, but at lease there are plenty other hops out there for me to enjoy!

Ingredients / Re: simcoe
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:25:21 PM »
You have to use it and see for yourself. I like it, my wife does not.

I think it is about personal smell/flavor.  And I really do believe the ability to detect cattiness and dankness is genetic to some degree.  For me, simcoe is all cat-pee and I will avoid using it. In fact, I know of award-winning commercial beers that generously use Simcoe and I nearly gag when smelling/tasting, while the person next to me is in hop euphoria. I am not arguing with those that love the aroma and flavor.  I'm sure that's what they experience.  So, long story short, use your own judgement.  And there are a lot of commercial beers to help with Simcoe research ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:10:19 PM »

My Vacation IPA with Simcoe, Centennial,and Cascade hops

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian IPA
« on: August 28, 2013, 05:17:53 PM »
Just checked the O.G. and it is correct.  The ABV should be in the 7.5 range.

The Pub / Re: Anchor expansion plans
« on: February 21, 2013, 12:11:35 AM »
Sounds like an excellent plan.  Of course, having toured Anchor and being awed and amazed by their traditional english-style open fermentation system for all their brews, I sure hope they continue this tradition!!  It sounds like they are doing the expansion right, so I will be optimistic!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Labels?
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:34:10 PM »
I really like  They have some nice free software called Maestro.  Often times I'll build images in powerpoint and add them into their software.  They have a great selection of label shapes and sizes.  I really prefer their waterproof laser labels.

Here the latest label I made that I'm pretty proud of!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 02, 2013, 07:44:42 PM »
A Black IPA dry hopped with Amarillo.  First time using Carafa III malt and loved the creamy mounthfeel it created.

Gonna enjoy some white house recipe homebrew tonight with friends!  Made an all-grain version of the honey pale ale.  Celebrating a big victory for.... those who participated in the voting process ;) ;)

The Pub / Re: White house beer brewed by Garret Oliver
« on: October 17, 2012, 02:23:59 PM »
Great article.  What I don't understand is the color that they ended up with.  I just brewed this and ended up with an srm of about 7.  And if you look at pics of the white house beer you'll see it's a pale yellow.   I know there is variation in the honey color, but I can't see getting a brown-red color with that grain bill.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/14 Edition
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:21:29 PM »
I'm brewing the President's honey pale ale to have it ready in time for election night, and my first Black IPA.  Should be fun!

Equipment and Software / Re: Aeration? How important is the method?
« on: June 22, 2012, 08:49:12 PM »
Different aeration methods were actually tested scientifically.  Google "Effectiveness of Various Methods of Wort Aeration."  The study basically showed that rocking/shaking the wort for 2 minutes was as effective or better at aerating your wort than any other method.

Brewing a "kitchen sink" stout to clean out my ingredients before moving across country.  Hoping to make up for a carbonation snafu with my last oatmeal stout - let's just say the spoon for mixing in the sugar never touched the beer  :(

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