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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlpool vs Flavor/Aroma/Dry Hop
« on: February 26, 2016, 02:24:30 PM »
At last year's BSG Humulus U a professor of taste/flavor perception took us through some very interesting exercises.  The most dramatic was with cocoa nibs.  She had us put some in our mouth and chew/taste with our nose pinched shut.  Almost no flavor, mainly texture.  If I didn't know it was cocoa nibs I am pretty sure I wouldn't have guessed correctly.  Then after a short bit she had us let go of our nose.  Chocolate!

Very instructive, and a fun exercise for those who doubt the role of smell in taste.

Ingredients / Magnesium!
« on: February 26, 2016, 02:17:35 PM »
Well I think I finally cracked the code on IPA's.  I have had success in every aspect of IPA brewing with the exception of perceived bitterness.  I've tried 100+ (calculated) IBU's, different bittering hops, hop shots, higher pH, different yeasts, Chloride to sulfate ratio (64/300)... and always my IPA's come out tasting like a darn fine Pale Ale.

Then on this last iteration I bumped the magnesium to 23.5 ppm.  Voila!  I have bitterness!

All Things Food / Re: Blue Apron
« on: February 26, 2016, 11:02:59 AM »
Yeah we tried one of those assemble-your-dinners places.  It worked pretty well and the recipes were OK.  The thing that turned me off was cheap ingredients.  I remember the cheese just turned to oil when cooked.  Seriously gross.  Like mentioned above, it lasted maybe two years here...about two months as far as our house.

All Things Food / Re: Blue Apron
« on: February 25, 2016, 10:11:45 PM »
I agree, but one never knows.

An excellent point Denny.  I want to make good beer more than I want to experiment I guess.  So I think the only context in which I can say my brew is an experiment is to say that I changed one variable, and I'll decide whether I like it or not.

I just did my own similar experiment, but I chose a hop stand at 140* because I knew that the oil that boils at the lowest temperature (myrcene), does so at 145*.  Adding weight to this is the fact that myrcene is the oil that has the flavors that are the most popular with me, and as far as I can gather, the rest of the brewing / beer consuming public.

So that is why I chose 140*.  I don't know yet how it will turn out, because today is dry-hop day.  I'll report back when the beer is done.  I also did not do a control batch.  So I guess it wasn't much of an experiment other than to decide if I like the result or not.

The Pub / Re: Boring 92 beer selection
« on: February 24, 2016, 08:31:14 AM »
I'm going to agree with you.  I *think* the reason is distributors and/or the corporate heads of restaurants.  For them, beer selection is a bottom line thing rather than a beer experience thing.  Think the movie Office Space with a required number of pieces of 'flair' on the waitress's uniform. Flair = number of taps.

I can go to the local (insert big name chain restaurant) and have a hard time finding a beer I want out of 30 taps.  I can go to the local beer shop owned by a couple that loves good beer and out of the 25 taps I have a hard time deciding which beer to drink because the good choices are too many.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer and Efficiency Issues
« on: February 22, 2016, 09:44:21 PM »
Hydrometer and refractometer errors are an old rant of mine.  I seriously dislike inaccuracy in measurement tools.  Having said that, my OCD is finally somewhat at peace with it.  I have just decided to use one hydrometer (I have 4, including three that are narrow range 'scientific grade').  Consistency is something.

General Homebrew Discussion / Every send your beer to a lab?
« on: February 22, 2016, 11:57:07 AM »
Just curious.  If you have sent beer to a lab, or think you might, for what test(s)?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aeration and OG
« on: February 21, 2016, 10:00:34 AM »
And did you mean thirty MINUTES of aerating?  If you did, that is WAY too much.  By that I don't mean to imply you've ruined anything, just that you've wasted your time.  A lot of really good beer is made without aerating anything under ~1.070.

Another question: what method are you using to determine OG?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aeration and OG
« on: February 21, 2016, 09:08:23 AM »
I don't think aerating your wort caused a drop in gravity.  And I wouldn't worry about being a couple of points under your target.  That could just be the error in your measuring device.  Pitch the yeast and be happy!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How come Starsan turns cloudy?
« on: February 21, 2016, 09:05:13 AM »
It is because of minerals in your water.  If you use 100% RO or distilled water it will remain clear.  I don't think it will degrade its effectiveness in the short term.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: YCH Hop and Brew School
« on: February 20, 2016, 10:55:24 AM »
Usually the first week in September.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: YCH Hop and Brew School
« on: February 20, 2016, 12:05:08 AM »
Hilton rocks. The one right next to is great too. Or we could all crash at Steve's

I have room and would enjoy having homebrewing company!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting frustrated. Can you help?
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:59:59 PM »
It may be that the critters are hiding on something that you have not sanitized, or not sanitized thoroughly.  Another thing to consider is what are you using to sanitize.  Some sanitizing solutions are not good on certain bugs.  Try another type of sanitizer.  Some of these bugs are quite resistant to dying.

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