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Events / Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
« on: November 15, 2013, 07:35:05 AM »
Wait for conference rates when the website goes live, and with the size of the conference there will be more than one hotel.

I think the Amway Grand is connected to the convention center. A little work with Mr. Google found this.
grsymphony.org/experience/it-s-down town/hotels

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iron and IPA's
« on: November 13, 2013, 05:25:00 PM »
Anyone ever brewed a batch with just plain old RO water? I had someone at work ask me if that was possible.
I think you would end up making beer.

The Congress mash uses distiller water, for example. Ca helps the enzymes, aids the yeast, etc. so it would not be optimal for some aects. No flavor ions might lead to a bland beer.

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Ingredients / Re: simcoe
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:14:53 PM »
Amarillo was the hop Mike was thinking of, it was grown on one farm, but a year or 2 ago I heard that another farm was brought on to help meet demand.

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Ingredients / Re: simcoe
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:12:57 PM »
Could it be a "terroir" kinda thing, like the onion/garlic perception of Summit?  I have gotten batches of Summit where that was overwhelming and others where it was non existent.  The explanation I have been given was that it depends on growth conditions.  Could it be the same kind of thing with Simcoe?

This might make sense except I believe Simcoe is a proprietary variety and only grown on one farm.
Simcoe is proprietary. It is grown on at least 3 farms according to the Hopunion Hop Variety Handbook. On a video, Vinnie Cilurzo sais he uses Simcoe differently (boil, dry hop, etc) depending on which farm it was grown on.

I don't have a "bow down" emoticon.  ;)

How can we know as consumers what farm ours was grown on? Are they all close to each other (same climate, similar soil, etc) or is one in Utah and the others in Washington?
From memory, the farms are, Carpenter, Loftus, and Perrault. I don't know the exact locations of those. I know that hops are grown near Moxee, Toppenish, and from Sunnyside to Prosser. So different sections of the valley.

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Ingredients / Re: simcoe
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:03:59 AM »
Could it be a "terroir" kinda thing, like the onion/garlic perception of Summit?  I have gotten batches of Summit where that was overwhelming and others where it was non existent.  The explanation I have been given was that it depends on growth conditions.  Could it be the same kind of thing with Simcoe?

This might make sense except I believe Simcoe is a proprietary variety and only grown on one farm.
Simcoe is proprietary. It is grown on at least 3 farms according to the Hopunion Hop Variety Handbook. On a video, Vinnie Cilurzo sais he uses Simcoe differently (boil, dry hop, etc) depending on which farm it was grown on.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iron and IPA's
« on: November 13, 2013, 07:16:32 AM »
The one I buy from is RO, and the Ward Labs test had it with the brewing ions <1ppm.

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Ingredients / Re: simcoe
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:55:07 PM »
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You have to use it and see for yourself. I like it, my wife does not.
  +1

I think it is about personal smell/flavor.  And I really do believe the ability to detect cattiness and dankness is genetic to some degree.  For me, simcoe is all cat-pee and I will avoid using it. In fact, I know of award-winning commercial beers that generously use Simcoe and I nearly gag when smelling/tasting, while the person next to me is in hop euphoria. I am not arguing with those that love the aroma and flavor.  I'm sure that's what they experience.  So, long story short, use your own judgement.  And there are a lot of commercial beers to help with Simcoe research ;)

We all have different thresholds for 4MMP, which is the cat pee compound. Many women are sensitive to it. I generally get pine and citrus, but if it is really skanky, I see what the wife is objecting to. Full disclaimer, I clean the cat boxes in our house.


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The pico system was/is made by Mike O'brien, who is in my club. I have a mostly pico system from Mike, as does a multiple Ninkasi winner. I don't know how many Mike is making these days? Contact him for a quote.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home beer and wine survey- results?
« on: November 12, 2013, 03:12:19 PM »
I wonder what % WERE highly affluent until getting hooked into homebrewing?   ;D
What I got from that is that I am an old fart.

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Ingredients / Re: simcoe
« on: November 12, 2013, 03:05:56 PM »
You have to use it and see for yourself. I like it, my wife does not.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Building Water
« on: November 12, 2013, 03:04:09 PM »
Bit the bullet and ordered my Ward Labs test. It won't be done by my next brew day obviously, but it won't be long till I get to retire from this guessing game. Woo hoo!

Me too! I sent in samples of pre-softened and post-softened water to the lab and they're on the way. Just wanted to see the delta. I live in Beavercreek, OH so I suspect pretty crappy results (as Gordon Strong has suggested) and I expect that I'll start using RO water as well.

Brewed my last few batches (IPAs and a Pumpkin) with post-softened water. They weren't bad, but not great either.

Post the results when you get those. Always good to see water profiles from around the country.

There is the sticky thread in the ingredients section with many posted there.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iron and IPA's
« on: November 12, 2013, 03:01:30 PM »
Thanks for the info :0)
Jon, do you buy your RO water or have your own RO filtration system?

Martin, we're both pulling from the same water supply. How do you handle it?
I buy it at a local grocery for ~ 29 cents/gallon. Makes a nice consistent base to build on.
BTW that price is based on using the big RO dispenser where you fill it your self.  I live near a Meijer and they happen to have a machine. Pretty cheap.

The Meier in Novi MI recently went up to 39 cents/gallon. I still use it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iron and IPA's
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:39:53 AM »
Martin should have some input on this one, as he lives close by.

I would think the alkalinity might also be a problem.

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Ingredients / Re: Water from Berkely Springs WV Good for beer? What kind?
« on: November 11, 2013, 09:49:11 AM »
Oh... you just lost me. Lol!
He means to break them down to the ions they dissolve in and add them up.

Calcium Sulfate to Ca and SO4, sodium chloride to Na and Cl.

I will leave that to the pros.

Hey Martin - any idea as to why these data are expressed that way?

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The Pub / Re: A salute to our veterans
« on: November 10, 2013, 06:58:37 AM »
Thanks for the link Keith.

We will remember the men and women who served the country. There have been many in the family.

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