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Commercial Beer Reviews / Green Flash Rayon Vert
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:06:52 PM »

"If Green Flash were founded in historical Belgium, Rayon Vert would have been our flagship brew. A bold layering of hops finds balance from traditional malts. Bottle conditioning with fresh ale yeast and Brettanomyces finishes the beer, adding a delightful effervescence, dryness and continuously evolving character. Rayon Vert is Green Flash."

Had the first 12oz bottle of the 4 pack last night.  First impression - dang, these bottles are awesome!
Pour carefully - this one has lots of carbonation and will easily fill your glass with stark white fluff.
Smells fantastic.  A combination of sweet pils malt, floral/spicy hop and an almost smack you in the face leather from the brett.  Some tropical fruit hints as well.
Taste is all the aroma and then some.  Brett and hop up front with a lingering bitterness.  Carbonation dances on your tongue.  Brett is much more assertive than orval (the best comparison I've tasted).  Bitterness is in the same range as Orval as well.
Finish is dry.  Real dry.  With a firm bitter linger.
Being that I've never had fresh Orval, I'm not one to say, but it seems like the brettanomyces is much more assertive in this - even at this stage. 
We'll see what the other 3 bottles do with a little bit of age.

The dregs are being cultured as we speak...

Brewing Pliney the Elder clone
Dry Hopping my AmIPA
Bottling English IPA

"Brewing" Apple Pie Mead

man, the mead bug bit me hard

Other Fermentables / Re: Grape Juice (source request)
« on: February 20, 2012, 08:27:21 PM »
Well, I'll be participating in a buy-in fresh crush this fall through the lhbs but I wanted a head start to begin experimenting.  I'm not sure how that really differs from frozen must.  This is a whole new realm for me.

Other Fermentables / Re: Grape Juice (source request)
« on: February 20, 2012, 07:11:45 PM »
The $63 shipping for a $115 bucket of juice is way too cost prohibitive...  :o

I'll look harder for a local source.  Unless someone knows of free shipping!

Other Fermentables / Grape Juice (source request)
« on: February 20, 2012, 06:18:22 PM »
Where do you guys source grape juice?
Wine kits at the lhbs?
online somewhere?
I've found 5 gal frozen pails for around $115 -- that seems pricey, maybe not though?


"Brewed" a slight variant of Joe's Ancient Orange Mead.
I didn't want to go to the store, so I used clementines since that's what I had.
Chugging nicely this morning.

This weekend I'll be drinking in the backcountry...

Ingredients / Re: Honey bee adjunct
« on: February 14, 2012, 11:06:36 PM »
How can you tell the difference between a social drinker, a problem drinker, and an alcoholic?
A fly (or bee!) flies into the social drinker's beer and he kindly asks for another.
A fly flies into the problem drinker's beer and he pulls it out and drinks his beer.
A fly flies into the alcoholic's beer and he pulls it out and yells, "Spit it out!"

Sorry, had to.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Pliny the ...
« on: February 13, 2012, 11:01:52 PM »
Younger that is.

On tap @ Falling Rock taphouse, Denver, 2/12/2012 (ternary day!)

Quite a scene in the bar.  Doors open at 11am, tapping at 1pm.  Get there early to get a ticket.
When I got there around 12:30, my wife and I got 2 of the last 8 blue tickets.  Blue tickets guaranteed a glass, red ticket most likely.

To kill the 30min wait, I get a 2008 Bigfoot on draft in a snifter (still from Barleywine month).  Wow.
Super rich malts.  Some grassiness and indications of hop, but very subdued.  Malt rocks my nose.  Creamy tan head trims down to a fine lace coating the top of this copper beauty.  Bitterness has faded considerably, but provides enough contrast to the sweet malt to procure near perfect balance.
I'm glad I started collecting in 2010... a good sign of greatness to come.

12:55pm:  Manager gets on top of bar and starts talking over the speakers... "The time has come!"  It's an orderly environment.
People start lining up with tickets in hand.  We had met up with friends at a table, so the waitress brings ours to our table.
We sit there, looking at all these beers.  I can smell it just sitting there.  We are all nervous.  This is a beer consistently ranked one of the top in the world afterall...  Hops.  Hops.  Lots of freaking hops.  Smells of citrus oil, pine forest, fresh hay.  Clearer than I had envisioned. 
A hearty "Cheers" from all at the table.
First sip is crisp, clean, BIG hop.  No perceivable alcohol.  Impressive at 10%.  Hop lingers.  Flavor very similar to aroma... pine, citrus, hay, hint of malt.  Dry finish.  Very dry finish -- quite nice for the hops to rain dance in your mouth.  Bitterness lingers but is not harsh.  Very smooth.  Stays on the tongue a long time. 
I think I can drink the rest of the glass..

I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this exclusive, elite beer.  Was it everything that it's hyped up to be?  No.  Was it a fantastic beer?  Yes.  Anything to improve upon?  I think I would like a bit firmer bitterness.  It was pretty soft.

Overall, a great experience and we (my wife and I) ended up drinking 3 glasses.  They sold out eventually, but it was pouring for quite a while.


The Pub / Yet another use for bacon...
« on: February 09, 2012, 07:38:26 PM »

Except they need to step it up a notch and serve it with a slice of bacon as garnish.

jeffy's key lime mead

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/3 Edition
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:35:09 PM »
Baltic Porter.  I've got a big cake from a helles (wyeast hella bock)

This is a killer recipe and I've got 3 golds out of it (in 3 comps)... we'll see what it does at NHC.

Beer Travel / Re: Anybody in Paris Sunday, 22 April?
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:13:03 PM »
I wish...

'twill indeed be a special occasion

German helles -- extract style.  Limited time, and all the attention extract has been getting recently made me decide to do it that way.  I figure a clean beer like helles will show how good I can make it.

Equipment and Software / Re: borosilicate flask and ceramic cooktops
« on: January 20, 2012, 09:34:42 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: IIPA recipe / how's it look?
« on: January 20, 2012, 06:46:40 PM »
When you see a good IIPA recipe the aroma hop addition should look almost ridiculous.

fixed that

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