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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sour Beer Tastings
« on: October 28, 2015, 02:25:36 PM »
Almanac's Pumpkin Dark Sour is also a solid choice from Almanac. It's on the short list of pumpkin beers I like and probably Almanac's best beer IMO.

Beer Recipes / Re: First Saison Attempt
« on: October 22, 2015, 02:07:15 PM »
As far as yeast go WLP565 will be more finicky than the blend but IMO a more obvious saison flavor.

I also like to go higher on IBUs on my saisons although you will find many on the market that fit around 20-25. I'm not a fan of FWH for saisons. I think saisons needs a harsher bitterness you get out of an early boil additions to help drive that dry perception. I've tried FWH in saisons and I think it ends up too soft. I like FWH in many other styles. I would do a sixty or ninety minute addition and then add the other hops at flameout.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: October 22, 2015, 01:53:04 PM »
Next year I'm going to grow some "mild hots", or versions of super hots that have only the flavor and a very mild heat. I found a mild habenaro "NuMex Sauve Orange" and a few peppers from Trinidad that supposedly aren't hot. I'm looking at Shis***os as well. Maybe next year I can get in on this hot sauce fun.  :D

This year I picked up a Craig's Grande Jalapeno which were not marked as mild jalapenos but turned out to be mild. They are barely hotter than a bell pepper. They have good flavor and not bland like the TAM milds but I need some heat. I'm not sure that plant will make the cut for next year's garden so I can plant something spicy but I would recommend it as a mild option.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Finding my Style
« on: October 20, 2015, 02:38:00 PM »
I'd say based on the variety that you have brewed that you enjoy bouncing from one style to another. You can keep doing this and just focus on improving your technique.

Ingredients / Re: Adding essential oils
« on: October 19, 2015, 09:43:16 PM »
I would think of them in the same way as dry hopping, in which you are also adding the essential oils from the hops to the beer.

The Pub / Re: Ballast Point files for IPO
« on: October 19, 2015, 09:35:10 PM »
I don't think that number is out of line for any brewery with a clear flagship product like that. BBC probably earns a significant sum from Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sierra Nevada from SNPA, etc.

Ballast Point is diversifying into spirits which is another rising craft industry with the potential for even greater profits than beer. Once they really get that arm up and running into wide distribution that will probably become a significant portion of profits if only still a small portion of total revenue.

Ingredients / Re: Avangard Malt
« on: October 18, 2015, 03:41:20 PM »
One of the local shops sells Avangard at reasonable prices. (It's about the only thing I will buy from that shop because the markup on everything else is absurd.) I think it's at least equal in quality to Weyermann but you shouldn't be paying Weyermann prices for it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Suggestions on Belgian Dark Strong?
« on: October 18, 2015, 03:31:15 PM »
Slightly off topic, but has anyone tried a bourbon barrel aged Belgian dark strong?

I ask because my belg dark strong is just about done fermenting and at 12%abv. I have a RIS in my bourbon barrel now and will likely take it out in a week....I'm thinking the Belgian dark strong would do well with some bourbon and oak notes

I have not done it but I have tasted several. It works well as long as the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the beer. In a stout you have that roast and bitterness counterbalancing against the sweetness of the bourbon and big flavors versus the bourbon. In a BDSA you have more nuanced flavor and less contrast from the bourbon. Most of the commercial examples I've had spent too much time in the barrels and picked up too much bourbon.

Equipment and Software / Re: hop blast aroma tool?
« on: October 17, 2015, 02:46:12 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Suggestions on Belgian Dark Strong?
« on: October 17, 2015, 02:43:01 PM »
I'm still hopeful that this can turn violent.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 16, 2015, 02:56:25 PM »
Cluster is probably my least favorite. It's definitely blackberries and catpiss to me. I also find it fairly harsh.

Simcoe is not far behind. It's often catpiss on a cheap pine air freshener. I'm not a huge fan of citra to begin with but I find it's completely ruined in those simcoe/citra combinations.

Not too big of a fan of centennial either. It's got a fake floral taste to me like somebody dosed the beer with Glade. I do like it wet hopped though.

Ingredients / Re: pairing american hops with noble hops
« on: October 16, 2015, 02:44:38 PM »
I like to take this approach with saisons. Just keep in mind that the American hops are more aggressive and need to be used in far less than a 1:1 ratio.

Hops with a citrus flavor tend to work well with noble character. Take a look at recipes using styrian goldings with noble hops and you could easily sub in amarillo or any other citrusy American hop.

Piney or herbal hops will work well with saaz where the earthy spice of saaz is an easy fit.

There are quite a few non-noble European hops both old and new that also work well with American hops. Many can be bought cheaply because there isn't great demand for them but they have some of the noble-ish character with other unique flavors.

The Pub / Re: Deschutes here for Beer Week
« on: October 16, 2015, 02:29:13 PM »
Dissident and Abyss are both annual releases. Once they come and go that's it.

I believe the annual Black Butte (27 I think) release is rolling out or about to roll out so that's something else to look for.

I keep trying to get Deschutes to admit Woody (the giant barrel on wheels) is a transformer but apparently it's quite the secret.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop Chronicles | Delta
« on: October 15, 2015, 03:27:48 PM »
It an interesting combination from fuggles and cascade. EXP 4190 is also a child of fuggles and cascade and definitely tastes like it. That's probably a good reason why delta became a regularly sold hop and EXP 4190 hasn't.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Infection IN the serving keg??
« on: October 15, 2015, 03:12:20 PM »
Death rays are effective options.

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