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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 12, 2016, 03:18:50 PM »
Yeah... This happened to me for my NHC entries in 2014.

Ingredients / Re: (R) Hops
« on: April 11, 2016, 02:46:47 PM »
I have no issues buying the proprietary hops. The demands of the market drive innovation. Without innovation, in any market, products become stagnant. I have never brewed the exact same recipe twice. Innovations and experimentation are what drive this hobby for me. Don't get me wrong, I like many of the public domain hops, but if they were all I, or any commercial brewery, had to use, I would get bored real quickly with this hobby. That being said, I get what you are saying. I'd rather spend $13 a pound for Citra than $25-30.... But I'll pay the price in the end.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 55% Efficiency after Batch Sparge
« on: April 09, 2016, 05:12:00 PM »
See if your LHBS will double crush your grains.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 55% Efficiency after Batch Sparge
« on: April 09, 2016, 03:20:18 PM »
I don't think batch sparging is your issue. Like said above, I'd increase ratio to at least 1.5 lb/qt. I go bigger myself. My real concern is your grain crush. Is your grain being crushed fine enough?

Hop Growing / Re: 2016 hop growning season
« on: April 08, 2016, 10:34:49 AM »
I dug a couple of rhizomes last week for couple of coworkers. I had no visual growth. We had snow on the ground this week in NE Ohio with 2-4" expected tonight. I checked the hops yesterday. I have visual growth on all 9 plants with magnum and chinook with 12-18" shooters.

FWIW, the Thyme Garden always sent me my rhizomes the second or third week of March. They are out of Oregon I believe. The first year (2012) was the warmest March on record here, so I planted the day I got them. The next year, different story. They stayed in the fridge for almost a month before I could put a shovel in the ground.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 07, 2016, 03:33:38 PM »

$200 for 5 bottles is a lot of money for any beer!!!

It is but it helps that the ticket included a food/drink credit for the event. Still, those beers are not cheap.

Food and drink for the event helps, otherwise it's $40 a bottle.

Yeah. I think it was $50 food and drink voucher, 5 beers, a tote bag, and maybe a tshirt for $200. I was more intrigued with this all inclusive price than they way it was done in years past. It also shortens lines and what not.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 07, 2016, 03:28:34 PM »
I'll be camped out on the porch waiting on the UPS guy on the 4/30  :P

Really. I don't care if it's a little late. I'm just uber stoked to try your beers!

This is my first swap since my hiatus stretched across the last two. So, I'm a bit excited. Looking to be inspired to broaden my horizons a bit with this.

So Frank, how would you feel about your local-commercial beer being a sour fruited beer? A friend of mine (Michael Crane) started a brewery with a group last year and they've been doing some amazing things. Featured in DRAFT recently: The Orange Gose is probably my favorite beer in existance. It's perfect.

I trust your judgement! Sounds great!... I was just hoping that it wasn't Bud Light lol

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to ship homebrew?
« on: April 07, 2016, 03:26:23 PM »
Yeah. I line my boxes with a giant ziplock and package well. UPS always asks what's in the box. With this type of swap, you can just say "wedding gift" or something. It's a little more tricking when you're shipping to "Great Fermentations" for the NHC. "Uhhh... I'm returning brewing supplies."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 05, 2016, 06:08:37 PM »
This place is growing on me.  Literally...

Yeah... Topics tend to get a little juicy around here.

Ingredients / Re: Cleopatra Hops
« on: April 05, 2016, 03:03:19 PM »
New one to me.  Apparently they have some from the 2015 crop on ebay with the following description:

“Cleopatra hops are new American hop. Hop Heaven has the entire crop again this year. It has pleasant Citrus notes and light pine/ resinous character. It also has some tropical and German spicy tendencies. Not as big in oils as Citra, more in line with Cascade. It is one of my favorite single hop beers, making a very pintable beer. Don’t use this hop if you need your kegs to stay full!”

I'm tempted to try some...

By this description, it almost sounds like a less powerful/more subdued version of Equinox. Which if it is, it might be a better option to combine with traditional C hops than Equinox based on pure potency. I'll have to keep an eye open for it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 05, 2016, 02:47:26 PM »

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fat Head's Hop JuJu
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:02:35 PM »
Having lived in NE Ohio for a few years, my go-to DIPA has been GLBC Chillwave.  Love that beer, but...


Almost pains me to say it but Hop JuJu is besting it to me this year.  Chillwave just seems a tad bit sweeter to me this year, and it was already walking the line of 'too sweet'.  But FatHeads has delivered again.

(also, no catpiss for me!)

I've always thought chillwave was a bit sweet. It also is hopped with mosaic, which I'm not a fan of. To be honest, I think the best year for Chillwave was it's first year when it was still called Alchemy Hour.

I don't get the whole catpiss thing lol.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 05, 2016, 12:39:31 AM »
Jesus, wtf is with this weather? Who's your team? Cubs all-the-way for me!

I agree with the wtf on the weather, and with the Cubs being my favorite team. They're gonna be really good.  Gonna be 28F tonight here with colder wind chills. BS in April !

The NL Central is going to be stacked again! I'm a Bucco fan, and being that baseball is my favorite sport, I tend to get a bit obsessive now that they are good. Cubs are going to be very tough, and the Cards are the Cards. They'll be towards the top. It's crazy to think that three teams in a division could very well have 100 wins.

Beer Recipes / Re: 3 Floyd's Yum-Yum
« on: April 04, 2016, 01:21:14 AM »
Yum yum is about as consistently distributed 3Fs beer in northeast Ohio as any. By consistently, I mean it shows up on occasion lol. I have a couple bottles remaining from a six pack. This beer is one of my favorite sessions. This is a beer that I wish that I could have in cans all summer long. (I like canned session beers such as All Day as I do work around the yard).

3Fs does not give out too much info about their recipes though, but I would think this to be a relatively simple recipe.

If I were to attempt to clone it, which I've not exactly try to clone it, but I make several beers along these lines, I would do something like this...

OG 1.054ish
Mash at 152 for 60
90% pale malt
10% Munich

FWH (60ish IBU) with Equinox, Galaxy, and Amarillo (or a combo of any fruity hops - Azacca, Citra, mosaic, centennial would all work in any combo)
0 minute with the same hop combo and let it soak with a nice hopstand. - an ounce per gallon
Dry hop with the same combo - also an ounce per gallon.

Chico yeast... Start it cool around 63-64 and let it rise up after a week or so.

Damned, thank you. You are way beyond be in terms of expertise. I have printed this out though to refer to. Yeah, I could live with this one all summer long. Jeez- I really like!

Lol I don't know how much of an expert I am. I guess I didn't consider if you were a grain or extract brewer. Like I said though, this is a beer to keep relatively simple. I brew beers along these lines for parties and family reunions and such. Many people will drink this beer even if they aren't a "beer" person. Even though it packs a hop punch, it's light and dry, which gives it great drinkability.

Beer Recipes / Re: 3 Floyd's Yum-Yum
« on: April 04, 2016, 01:08:50 AM »

Yeah, I have looked it up and it looks like 10 bucks for a six. That is high for me but I have been drinking swill so I'll pay it. Gladly I will. I could just sit down with one or two of these and all will be well!

$12 or $13 here in Ohio.

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