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The Pub / Re: Cigars
« on: February 29, 2016, 03:11:51 PM »
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.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Attention To Detail - Differences in Final Product
« on: February 29, 2016, 04:36:10 AM »
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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The Pub / Re: Cigars
« on: February 29, 2016, 01:41:49 AM »
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.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Attention To Detail - Differences in Final Product
« on: February 29, 2016, 01:37:09 AM »
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.

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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.

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Ingredients / Re: Clarity Ferm
« on: February 27, 2016, 07:08:40 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.

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Ingredients / Clarity Ferm
« on: February 27, 2016, 04:32:11 AM »
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

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlpool vs Flavor/Aroma/Dry Hop
« on: February 26, 2016, 09:24:30 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.

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Ingredients / Magnesium!
« on: February 26, 2016, 09:17:35 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!

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All Things Food / Re: Blue Apron
« on: February 26, 2016, 06:02:59 PM »
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.

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All Things Food / Re: Blue Apron
« on: February 26, 2016, 05:11:45 AM »
I agree, but one never knows.

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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.

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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.

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The Pub / Re: Boring 92 beer selection
« on: February 24, 2016, 03:31:14 PM »
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.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer and Efficiency Issues
« on: February 23, 2016, 04:44:21 AM »
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.

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