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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Many Hops are too Many?
« on: March 08, 2016, 04:45:07 PM »
That question is going to take some serious meditation.  All the Ultimate Questions do.

Ingredients / Re: Idaho 7 hops
« on: March 08, 2016, 09:12:57 AM »
I am finally at the drinking stage for this beer.  I really like the flavor and aroma, but IMO it is not the new Citra.  On the nose I mainly get pear with a bit of marijuana.  On the palate I get stone fruit and pear complimented by tangerine.  The last thing I will note is that this hop is delicious all by itself.  It is certainly blendable, but totally unnecessary.

As I said I really like it, but I don't think this is going to be an IPA hop.  I think it will make an outstanding Pale Ale hop.  The flavors aren't big enough for an IPA.  They are wonderful, just too soft or delicate.  And that is with a 9 oz. hopstand and 5 oz. for the dry hop.

Also FWIW we did do a total oils distillation on this hop.  It came out at 1.2 (mL/100g)

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead in a Conical
« on: March 07, 2016, 06:16:40 PM »
Thanks guys.  I should be able to get this started tomorrow.  The local honey place only had blackberry honey which sounded good to me.  I was thinking about doing a peach melomel but given the honey is blackberry I bought a can of blackberry squeezins (blackberry puree made for winemakers).

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead in a Conical
« on: March 07, 2016, 12:04:03 PM »
Thanks Pete.  You spoke against carboys but said nothing about conicals, so I infer that they are OK.  Thanks also for the idea of mesh bags for fruit.

Other Fermentables / Mead in a Conical
« on: March 07, 2016, 10:21:01 AM »
OK, time for another dumb question.  Is there any drawback to doing the primary fermentation of melomel in a stainless conical?  In my research I only see fermentations in carboys. 

Events / Re: Homebrew Conference T-shirt
« on: March 06, 2016, 08:55:08 AM »
I have not been able to find a picture of the offending T-shirt though.  Can someone direct me?

Events / Re: Homebrew Conference T-shirt
« on: March 06, 2016, 08:49:31 AM »

Ingredients / Re: Check out the color
« on: March 05, 2016, 11:58:47 AM »
I am doing a SMaSH brew with Red-X and Cascade hops.

Looks great!  Please post the finished beer too.  I've been interested in doing a Red X beer for some time.

Beer Travel / Re: Florida
« on: March 02, 2016, 09:01:57 PM »
Excellent!  Thanks guys!

Beer Travel / Florida
« on: March 02, 2016, 11:38:57 AM »
I am making a trip this month to Florida for a wedding.  I'm flying in to Orlando and staying in Titusville.  I may also make a day trip up to Jacksonville to pick up a friend.  So are there any great breweries I should stop at in those areas?

The Pub / Re: Boring 92 beer selection
« on: March 01, 2016, 11:05:54 AM »
I mean, seriously, how much IPA can one take? There's more to beer than hops.

My bride and I went to dinner last night to a local restaurant/bar that boasts 18 taps.  There was one Pilsner, two winter warmers, three pale ales... and all the rest were IPAs.

I love IPAs - I drink more IPAs than anything else, but wow.

I get why people arrive at the 170* hop stand temperature.  I recently tried it at 140* specifically because Myrcene boils at 145*.  So instead of choosing the temperature based on SMM/DMS conversion and maintaining enough heat to kill stuff floating on dust, I chose the temperature based on flavor considerations. 

I have not done a side by side comparison.  That would be interesting.

The Pub / Re: Coors being sued for not brewing all beer in CO
« on: February 29, 2016, 08:14:14 AM »
Ha! I love when I see a Coors commercial and they give the impression that it is brewed high in the rocky mountains far from civilization. I work in Golden a few blocks away from Coors. Although a great city, Golden is not in the mountains...

I was there 2 years ago for a wedding.  I spent a couple of days in Golden.  A very nice town, but I had to tell my family about 17 times, "No I don't want to tour the Coors facility."

The Pub / Re: Cigars
« on: February 29, 2016, 08:11:51 AM »
I used to smoke cigarettes and I'm afraid smoking cigars will result in cravings so I abstain.

I used to smoke cigarettes too.  It was a long time ago though.  I smoked from about age 12 to 19.  That was in the 70's.  So after ~25 years of not smoking I picked up cigars.  I don't inhale, and have NO desire to, and NO desire for cigarettes.

There are two contexts where I really enjoy a cigar: one is while having a conversation.  It makes me less antsy to get up and do something because I am doing something while talking.  It also is a great way to get together with a guy friend.  Rather than saying "Let's get together and talk (shudder), I say "Got time for a stick?"

The other context is as a reward for having finished some job or a hard day of work - that sort of thing.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Attention To Detail - Differences in Final Product
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:36:10 PM »
For sure. I use my touch of OCD to my advantage ;D. I do agree that it's not hard to make good beer. Consistently really good, another story. Every time I make a beer I ask myself "Would I pay $ for this?". If the answer is no, I'm pissed. There's room for lots of approaches.

I brew for my taste, but the test I have, known only to myself and my wife, is this:  When family and friends come over I show them the taps I have brewed and a well stocked beer fridge.  I am successful when they choose my beer over the commercial stuff.  Only recently have I been successful in this regard.

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