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Ingredients / Re: Gravity contributions of Raisins, Dates and Figs?
« on: March 22, 2016, 10:46:46 AM »
Gotta say, I really like the date/fig/raisin/Turbinado idea. Personally, I would take the 'caramelize the fruit in wort, then puree' approach. I'll be curious to see how it comes out.

I did this with raisins, dates, dried cherries, and prunes..... Needless to say, the beer did not advance lol

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fat Head's Hop JuJu
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:10:18 PM »
I don't get the cat pee from simcoe.  If I did, I'd never use it again.  I've been told it's cat pee, etc, but if it tastes like piss smells and you use it.... gross.   

Should've said it better - I can get what people are saying when they talk about it being catty. I don't personally think it smells like a litter box remotely, but there is a character (of some sort) there that's not in the other piney hops IMO. I think Simcoe is a great hop.
I'm probably in the minority here in all honesty.  I've heard many people describe simcoe as cat piss, but to me, cat piss is a terrible smell that I've yet to associate with any hop. 
Garlic, onion, yep had 'em.  Just not cat pee.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fat Head's Hop JuJu
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:00:07 PM »
You sure is doesn't smell like this....

" a bunch of different fruit trees planted in a field of cannabis.  ;)"

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 19, 2016, 06:18:57 PM »
The light of the setting sun caught this one just right for sure.   Citra/galaxy/Mosaic IPA .

Are you sure that's not Mad Dog 20/20?  :P

Very cool pic!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fat Head's Hop JuJu
« on: March 19, 2016, 05:31:32 PM »
Had hop juju for first time tonight. I hate this beer. Cat piss hops and way too sweet.

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Interesting. I find it to be one of the most drinkable imperial IPAs out there being that it's big but still plenty dry to drink. The hops present are chinook, simcoe, centennial, cascade, and Citra. I don't get cat piss in any beer lol. It's one of my favorite commercial IPAs. I have 10 in the fridge and probably need to get another 4 pack.

It always amazes me how we all taste things differently. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain, need help hitting gravity!
« on: March 19, 2016, 09:12:11 AM »
Like said above... Crush your grain about as fine as you can get it. As far as efficiency goes, I would start toying around wit 70-75% as you make your recipes.

Beer Recipes / Re: First time/design American IPA
« on: March 18, 2016, 04:38:23 PM »
Bitter all your IBUs with simcoe. Then divide you simcoe up and use it proportionately with your late additions and dry hops. Cascade will never hurt anything. I'd add it in the the Amarillo/ simcoe. The more hops, the merrier!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Indy
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:48:52 AM »
No luck for me. Try again next year. Looking forward to scores.

Better keep that on the down low, Jon.... People are going to quit taking excellent advice from you  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Indy
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:41:44 AM »
Yeah, super tough categories with a lot of entries in each one! Out of five, I only got one through.  Old ale took a gold. I really thought I had some better chances this year, but at least one made it. Tough competition with lots of people making some great beer!

Congrats to all!

Yep... I had a Belgian Quad in and an American Porter. I'm anxious to see the score cards now.

Beer Recipes / Re: First time/design American IPA
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:40:25 AM »
I only have these hops available at the moment and I am brewing on Sunday. What could I do to bitter instead for 60 minutes? I'll try and look for in my local shop for columbus

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If you only have amarillo or simcoe, I'd bitter with simcoe over the amarillo.

General Homebrew Discussion / NHC Indy
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:38:46 AM »
Indianapolis results are posted.... I had amazing beers entered, but I did not move on. Hats off to the brewers who are moving on in those categories!

Beer Recipes / Re: First time/design American IPA
« on: March 18, 2016, 06:32:23 AM »
I'll be honest here. I don't like the 45 and 30 minute hop additions. Get all of the IBUs that you want at 60 minutes. I would suggest a neutral hop such as magnum or warrior, or if you'r like me and want to add an additional layer of hop flavor to it, go with Columbus. Move all of your Amarillo and Simcoe out to be utilized in the last 10 minutes of the boil. Make sure you have a heavy dose of 0 minute hops and allow for a 30 minute hop stand. You will get much more hop flavor from late hop additions. I'd mix your amarillo and simcoe in equal parts for these additions. It looks like you have a pretty solid dry hop schedule.

Some will argue the carapils. You might be fine without it considering you are using MO as a base and up your munich a tad. Either way, I don't think that it will make or break you. But the hops, for sure, I'd consider some adjustments there.

Nice start to a recipe design. I wouldn't worry about a mash out. Just run off your mash and then sparge.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starsan question... bear with me
« on: March 17, 2016, 07:38:45 PM »
To the OP. You only need to sanitize the surface of your fermenter. Filling it with diluted starsan is a complete waste. Like said above, use a designated 5 gal bucket to house your sanitizer. Swishing about a cups worth in your fermenter is plenty enough. It's all about contact, not volume.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: When "hot" breweries get stale
« on: March 17, 2016, 02:41:22 AM »
I also don't want it to sound like I was bashing Great Lakes. I just used them as a local example of what the OP was describing.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: When "hot" breweries get stale
« on: March 17, 2016, 02:39:27 AM »
Im a little late to the Great Lakes decline diversion but it seems awful fitting to read some thoughts after dumping an infected 6 pack of Edmund Fitzgerald down the drain last week. I can't get their beer around here and seek out the Ed. Fitz. whenever I am out of town. I had not enjoyed EF in quite a long time so you can imagine how disappointed I was when I opened that first bottle and it was foamy, tart and harsh.

Wow! I think that they should know of these occursnces. All breweries should be let known if their beer is infected. Not so much to bash, but in the effort to promote better quality control. Eddy Fitz can be a real treat. That would be disappointing.

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