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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Toasting hops...
« on: July 22, 2012, 12:33:07 PM »
Charlie also wrote about it in Zymurgy if you want to check the article index.

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I sent out beer to some of the guys on this forum, and the feedback I've received has been really enlightening. I've decided I have no ability to objectively evaluate small changes in my technique. I think I'm cool and smart, with a good palate, but it turns out I'm not capable at all to discern subtle differences in the beer I make. Other homebrewers also think they're cool and smart with a good palate, so I'm really starting to doubt the veracity of some of their claims regarding subtle differences.



Too few people take this objective viewpoint.  That's why I started doing blind group tasting years ago and why I so frequently question people who say that certain things make a definite difference in their beers.

Like decocting lagers, right?  I think that was one of your taste tests...Didn't some in the group actually prefer single infused over decocted lagers?

Yep.  and if you add together those who preferred the non decocted beers and those who had no preference, it was more than preferred the decocted beers.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Dark Ale - My first recipe
« on: July 22, 2012, 10:27:17 AM »
I THINK it is because dry is slightly more fermentable than even golden light liquid. but I could be totally off base on that. I like dry, can't really pin down why, except perhaps that I feel it stays fresher longer so when I have a mason jar full in the cupboard for a few months to makes starters with it is still good.

Theoretically, there should be no difference in fermentability.  It's becasue dry stays fresher longer than liquid, which can easily get oxidized and stale.

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I sent out beer to some of the guys on this forum, and the feedback I've received has been really enlightening. I've decided I have no ability to objectively evaluate small changes in my technique. I think I'm cool and smart, with a good palate, but it turns out I'm not capable at all to discern subtle differences in the beer I make. Other homebrewers also think they're cool and smart with a good palate, so I'm really starting to doubt the veracity of some of their claims regarding subtle differences.



Too few people take this objective viewpoint.  That's why I started doing blind group tasting years ago and why I so frequently question people who say that certain things make a definite difference in their beers.

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How long does it usually take for the presentations to get uploaded on the AHAconference.org site? I'm really interested in that Neva Parker presentation.

Kate had hoped to have them up this week.  Since that didn't happen, I'd guess they'll be there soon.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 5.2 PH Mash Stabilizer??
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:53:01 AM »
Not only did it not control pH for me, it gave my beer a weird(er) taste.  Is that Bob you're talking about, Jim?  You should know better than to listen to him.

Of course, it was Bob!  Ha!  I know he's a salesman first.  I'd just never heard of a "one size fits all" mash treatment.  Give me some credit, man. ;)

I do....I really doubted that you took him seriously.  If you wanna try the stuff, I have most of a container that I'll never use that you can have....

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe help please
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:00:11 AM »
I'm gearing up to brew sometime next week.  I think I'll use some Summit to verify my impressions.  Maybe even do Griffin Spit.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe help please
« on: July 20, 2012, 10:28:27 AM »
Just as a matter of interest, what comm'l beers are readily available that use Summit hops? I'd like to try a couple.

The one I always think of is Green Flash IPA.  I've definitely gotten onion/garlic notes from that, as well as the tangerine.

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It sounds like underpitching-for-more-esters is one of those "zombie" ideas. No matter how many times people kill it, it just keeps coming back.

If you believe any number of brewing scientists, you are absolutely correct.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe help please
« on: July 20, 2012, 09:51:42 AM »
Maybe he put his feet in it....

I've heard rumors that the character is crop dependent.  That certainly doesn't do us much good since you have to know if you're buying from a good crop.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe help please
« on: July 20, 2012, 09:00:01 AM »
Ya know, I keep hearing about how bad Summit hops are and the onion/garlic thing, and I've even tasted it in some beers.  But I get a great tangerine flavor and aroma from them.  Maybe I got a good batch.....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 5.2 PH Mash Stabilizer??
« on: July 20, 2012, 08:57:23 AM »
Not only did it not control pH for me, it gave my beer a weird(er) taste.  Is that Bob you're talking about, Jim?  You should know better than to listen to him.

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I can tell you that has been verified a number of times.  Neva Parker mentioned it in her AHA seminar last June.  It came up in a question I asked to Dr. Clayton of Lallemand many years ago in HBD's "Fortnight of Yeast". (http://www.danstaryeast.com/articles/yeast-growth).  The basic mechanism is that the same enzyme, acetyl co-A, is responsible for both yeast growth and ester production.  If it's doing one, it can't do the other.  So, if you pitch the right amount of yeast, you get cell growth but reduced ester production.  If you pitch too much yeast, the enzyme produces esters because it doesn't need to work on cell growth.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe help please
« on: July 19, 2012, 01:54:51 PM »
FWIW, I love Summit hops!

Bitter and/or aroma?

Both.  One of my all time favorite recipes is a past Big Brew recipe called "Griffin Spit" (it's in the wiki).  Uses all Summit hops, all at 20 min. or less.  Wonderful tangerine aroma/flavor.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe help please
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:10:10 AM »
FWIW, I love Summit hops!

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