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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.

The Pub / Re: Cigars
« on: February 28, 2016, 06:41:49 PM »
We need a thread on cigars.

Anyone else smoking a stogie tonight?

Agreed.  My favorite when I feel I can spend the $$ is the Liga Privada T-52.  I usually smoke in the $5 range; Perdomos, CAO's, or Gurkhas.  Tonight will be a CAO Brazilia Gol, though this box is not as good as previous boxes.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Attention To Detail - Differences in Final Product
« on: February 28, 2016, 06:37:09 PM »
I don't think it is that difficult to brew decent beer.

I agree.  It is harder to brew genuinely good beer, and really hard to brew great beer.  I think attention to details and being a little OCD is the only *consistent* path to great beer.  It can happen once by serendipity, but it takes a great deal of effort & thought to make lightening strike more than once in the same spot.

It is the way life works - beer is no exception.

The bottom line is that I don't know.  But I will pass one tidbit along even at the chance that it is obvious.  If soldering works on stainless, be sure to use silver solder.  Regular solder will leach lead into your beer.

Ingredients / Re: Clarity Ferm
« on: February 27, 2016, 12:08:40 PM »
Used it for about 15 batches in a row. Doesn't do much for clarifying if you don't have the problem it supposedly fixes. We aren't gluten intolerant so I don't know about that but it is supposed to work, and I've heard its what Omission uses.

So now I'm curious why you use it if it doesn't clarify and you aren't gluten intolerant.  Maybe the same reason as me?  Which is to experiment.  We are going to try a gluten free/reduced diet over lent to see if it makes a difference.  That and we have some friends that have requested gluten free beer.

Ingredients / Clarity Ferm
« on: February 26, 2016, 09:32:11 PM »
Has anyone used Clarity Ferm from White Labs?  I just ordered a couple of vials because I want to try reducing the gluten in my beers.  Just wondering if there are other effects I won't like

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.

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