« on: May 05, 2016, 11:45:44 AM »
I received Mort's box today, which included not only two large commercial beers and three homebrews, but some homemade maple syrup as well. Very nice!
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From Jeffy's box. Disclaimer: I'm not a beer judge. Just a guy that likes beer!Nice presentation! I felt this one was a bit underattenuated for my taste. The other versions (whiskey bbl and coffee) seemed to cut the sweetness a little better.
Aroma: greeted with dark chocolate, some dark fruit. Smells like a treat, I want to take a sip, but first...
Appearance: bottle was generously filled, very little headspace. Poured dark brown, almost black, but holding my glass to the setting sunlight there are ruby highlights. A tan head stayed around for a bit before fading to a ring that stayed for the duration.
Flavor: at last! Sweet dark, chocolate with slight roast and bitterness to balance. This is one of those beers that you suspect is high in alcohol, but you can't taste it. Dangerous! Tastes like a treat. No diacetyl or other off flavors. Clean fermentation.
Mouthfeel: This beer is full with a creamy mouthfeel. No harshness or astringency. Slightly warming, but no hot alcohol.
Overall impression: Tonight is cold and windy in Ohio. A storm just passed through. I'd love to build a fire and sip another glass of this beer. Well done, thank you Jeff!
Yeast product worked fine. Figured I would just do USPS if I have to lie from now on.I used to send beer USPS because it was cheaper and very reliable, but I felt bad because of the lying. Knowing that no harm is done shipping homebrew through the mail doesn't make it legal, so I now fill out a UPS form on-line and drop off the package at one of their sites. That way I don't have to lie. When you register a package on line they do not ask what is in the box.
Came across the Corsair Ryemageddon on sale at a good price last weekend and gave it a whirl. A really interesting rye whiskey. It's whiskey distilled from rye and chocolate rye and aged for six years (it's the aged version of their normal rye). Nice depth of earthy flavor. Probably the second most earthy rye I've had behind High West Rendezvous Rye.I wasn't too fond of Ryemageddon myself, but I have used three of their barrels for various club project beers. The barley wine from the Triple Smoke barrel was awesome.
FYI - Corsair sells 10 and 15 gallon barrels on their website at extremely reasonable prices if one is looking for a larger barrel.
A few weeks back I also picked up a bottle of Alberta Rye Whisky Dark Batch for a little under $30. It's 91% Canadian rye whisky, 8% rye-heavy bourbon and 1% sherry. It's smooth, spicy and fruity. Sweeter and heavier than the Corsair. It's not garbage Canadian rye that's often not rye at all. It's genuinely rye whisky. If the Corsair rye is a solid expression of the earth side of rye then this is a solid expression of the spicy and subtly fruity side of rye. Between the two it's an excellent range of rye whisky.
I am aware this post my be "too politicy" for this forum, so feel free to police it if you want.Idiots.
My issue with the post is that it is a qualified woman's expertise is ignored in pursuit of something related to the gender. Being a woman can really suck, especially when you work really hard to become respected in a male dominated field just to be ignored or marginalized. Unless you've experienced it in real life, there's no real way to explain it besides that.
I'm better at examples, so I'll give you one from my own life. To set the stage, I work as a Project Controls analyst in Construction. I have become an integral and respected member of our team (manager's words, not mine). Lately, I have worked my way into proposals. On a recent proposal, I worked directly with the lead estimator. I found tens of millions of dollars in errors, oversights, and general crap on a $50MM proposal. The VP of Construction requested that I be in the room when the "top brass" came in to review the proposal. I was excited to be invited, hoping to show my expertise and perhaps help answer questions about this subject that I was very familiar with. When all the upper management (all men) came in, they looked at me and the only other woman (a secretary) and asked why we hadn't made coffee yet. Queue the heart sinking. I went and made coffee. I could come up with at least 50 other examples of stuff like that, but that's the freshest one.
Anyway. My initial response had nothing to do with Annie herself or how she responded. It was more about how we (meaning women) are sometimes treated when all we want to do is to be taken seriously. I know that it is unintentional in many cases, but that doesn't make the action any less sucky. :/ Did the execs mean to belittle my contribution? Probably not, but it still sucked.
Well, now you guys know a bit more about me than is probably needed, but I had to say it.
Looks like 19 January, 2016, which is probably correct. They used to have this in stock and I thought since I may have been the only person buying it, that they decided not to reorder. It wasn't on the shelf six or eight weeks ago. Now they have at least a case.I was in the Spanish supermarket today and found among the Corona and Modelo a six pack of 16 ounce (half liter) cans of DAB Export for $6.99. Such a deal! I remember this beer, which is the first one listed as a classic example, as having a sharp, minerally character. I will try some again after work today.
This doesn't mean that all of the beers in this category need to have this character, but it is what I remember about this particular beer and the old style descriptions.
Is there a packaged date on those at all? Best by? What a steal. I have never even seen those in the can.
You would have to have a test first to identify the judges who can detect "it" and of course that test would be administered by an "it" expert, most likely from the GBF.Perhaps those forums rules are the reason why the paper lacks any actual data or analysis beyond mere conclusion.
well sure- its the ol' " i could tell you bit i'd have to kill you"
I'm calling for a blind test between an AHA forum Helles vs. a GBF forum Helles. Grudge match?
You could always enter it as a Helles Export and as a German Pilsner and see where it scores higher. You might be surprised!Entering competitions is always a surprise.
Reading the new guidelines leads me to think my G. Pils tastes more like a H.E.. I'll see how it does in the next competition.Hey Jim, congratulations on the win.
I usually find the style formerly known as Dortmunder to have a mineral character, but I don't see you had any particular water additions to emphasize that unless I missed reading it.
I am still trying to get used to the new guidelines, so it may not be as important.
The reason I am wondering about this is that the German Pilsner I recently made may better fit into the Helles Export descriptors according to the new guidelines, except for the notes about minerally water.
Maybe JT can comment on this when he gets my beer exchange package.
Helles Exportbier should have a fuller malt profile when compared to traditional german pilsner although hop bitterness levels and flavors can be similar.
My brew was also a bit more efficient than usual. It measured 1.060, but was a half gallon short of 10 gallons. I have been trying lately to actually measure the amount of water needed for the entire brew and I was short a little bit.I brewed a CAP yesterday with 80% Rahr 6-row and 20% Quaker Grits. I did a cereal mash and used Clusters for bittering, Sterling for first wort hops and German Hallertauer at knock out. It seems to be fermenting nicely with half the batch on 2308 and half on 34/70.
My last CAP with 2308 came out great. A bit strong at 6.2%, but I'm not complaining. I think the 3# of flaked maize provided me with better efficiency than expected.