I noticed your absence, Mark, and I'm glad there's a good reason! Hope you enjoy the new job and that it turns out to be everything you hoped it would!
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I prefer fresh zest.
Is it safe to pasteurize with no pants?Wait, you can pasteurize with pants on?
+1 on lots of labor. I know a guy here that has 8 acres planted and he has been at picking for a couple weeks, some times with as many as 50 people picking. Plucking hop cones by hand is time intensive.
Hope everything is alright.
Don't disount the labor involved with tending your hops through the season. The harvest can be tough. A guy in the club has about 1/2 acre planted with a partner, and they need the help of the brew crew from theh brewrey that buys them to harvest the hops that go directly into a beer.
Should I stick with the dried peel from the LHBS? Some sources suggest that this gives more pithy bitterness than flavour and fresh zest would be better.
I agree, I'll leave out the chamomile next time and see how it goes. I like it but it doesn't fit the "traditional" flavour profile, that's for sure.
A handy spreadsheet that does the corrections for you is here: http://morebeer.com/learn_vids/vids_refract
I'm barely a fan of chocolate and mint (hey, why destroy good chocolate), but I'm definitely a fan of beer flavored beer.
...and bourbon flavored beer, and vanilla flavored beer, ........
When and how did witbier come to be fruit punch?
Not trying to make it a fruit punch, just trying to bring out the citrus a little more.