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I've spent the last 30 minutes trying to come up with something, to no avail.  there are things I do which may be different than what others do, but I apparently have no unpopular brewing opinions.  I have jettisoned some, for example the spice/fruit/whatever additions.  I don't typically go for those but it depends (I just had a terrific Abyss last night).

I also don't think there are too many IPAs in the world.  I guess I am Switzerland.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: December 29, 2016, 12:45:07 PM »
You're a hop guy, no? Pales and the like? That may be worth it for you alone.

I am, but not totally.  My favorite beer on tap right now is an American Brown Ale.  Tremendous depth of malt flavors, with an excellent though subdued hop finish.  I alternate, but my two favorite styles are Stouts and IPAs.  I have a nice IPA on tap now too, its flaw is not enough bitterness for the style, but does have excellent hop flavors and aromas.

But more to your point, I am still watching from the sidelines.  I have not washed my hands of LODO.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: December 29, 2016, 12:25:24 PM »
To me it comes down to diminishing returns.  Though IMO not yet proven, for the sake of making a point let's say that LODO does improve beer.  By how much?

For example:  I really enjoy a particular $8 bottle of wine.  When I shop for wine a have the choice of a full range of prices from which to choose.  But is a $16 bottle twice as good?  No.  Is a $400 bottle exponentially better?  No.  They *might* actually be better, but at what cost?  Am I willing to pay double for an increase in quality of 5%?  No.

For me, as is by now overly obvious, I see no compelling reason to add LODO to my process.  That may change as more info comes out, but I am doubting it.  I will watch from the sidelines.

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The Pub / Re: Horrible beer products
« on: December 28, 2016, 10:27:30 AM »
I didn't have the heart to tell her I really didn't want anything to penetrate my beer before I enjoy it, but you can guess how that went.

Now that's funny!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration 2016
« on: December 27, 2016, 03:56:45 PM »
So continuing on the thread derailment...

I was just reflecting on this today.  I found myself wondering if the early flavor hops were really that much better than the flood coming out now, or have we (myself included) been conditioned.

I don't think we have been conditioned, but I find it odd that Columbus is my favorite hop given that it's been around for 25+ years.  True, I do like some of the new ones, but the old "Three C's" are still dominant. 


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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 24, 2016, 11:40:42 PM »
The new bottle of 12 year old blended scotch whiskey from Costco is delicious.  Complex, layered flavors, and smooth.  The best of the three I have tried.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 21, 2016, 09:18:04 PM »
I bought 4 for my son-in-law, but have never used them.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:42:12 PM »
Given the recent notes indicating glassware, I'm curious if anyone has tried the new Norlan whiskey glasses.

https://www.norlanglass.com/?gclid=CJSfzv7VhtECFZ26wAodVtEEeQ

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All Grain Brewing / Low Oxygen Conclusions?
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:39:25 PM »
My intent is to ask a simple question to elicit a simple answer.

The question is: What can be conclusively said about the benefits of Low Oxygen brewing?

I have not been following the conversations here because frankly it seems like a lot of hassle for what may be debatable results... but that is just my first impression.

There are other threads for the how-to.  I'm just curious about the payoff: the why-to.  Someone enlighten me.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick Carbonation Techniques Question
« on: December 20, 2016, 09:33:51 PM »
If you only have a day the only way to do it is the roll/shake method.  If you have a little more time, what I like to do is to connect the gas to the liquid out post and turn the pressure up to about 20 psi.  That causes the CO2 to bubble up through the beer, carbonating faster... though not as fast as if had a diffusion stone on the end of the tube.

Also the colder the beer is, the more rapidly it will assimilate CO2.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Brew Years Resolution
« on: December 20, 2016, 08:56:54 AM »
We're planning on moving states in 2018 so my goals for 2017 mostly involve winding down my current brewing and using the ingredients I have on hand without buying much more. I'd rather move beer than grain so I'll have something to drink while getting settled into a new living environment.

My 2017 beers will mostly be dialing in working with my mixed saison culture, brewing a little more spontaneously fermented beers (very early 2017), a few more sour beers and a handful of hoppy beers to exhaust some of the hops in the freezer.

To what region are you moving?

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The Pub / Re: New hop field next door
« on: December 19, 2016, 10:02:13 AM »
I saw a bunch of new hop yards out Nob Hill last time I was out there

That's the above pictured field - just from the other side.

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The Pub / Re: ever changing palate
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:59:47 AM »
My palate never changes. I don't like 95% of the homebrews I taste (including the ones as an apprentice judge) :(
Over time this only gets worse (so my palate does change!) Most of my homebrews are in the 5%, so at least that's good news ;)

Like all of life and all people, homebrewers assume brewing beer is easy and don't put the thought, research and *work* into brewing.  The easy path seldom results in quality outcomes.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:55:54 AM »
I'm getting the impression that Kirkland is not going for consistency.  It may be that they are just buying up the leavings of various distillers, blending those and bottling...but that is just a guess based on the variation observed.

I'm headed there today, and plan to pick up another.  It may be my last.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Brew Years Resolution
« on: December 18, 2016, 07:42:22 PM »
I want to nail my house IPA recipe.  It is all about the right hop combination/ratio.  This one issue is the brass ring just outside my grasp.  I think I've been too caught up on new varieties - too much experimentation.

That and I want to buy another Rye Whiskey Barrel from Woodinville Whiskey Co. and give that another go.  I find that I am really enjoying barrel-aged beers a lot.

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