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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 31, 2016, 11:17:13 PM »
Amanda- the northern german pils I'm sending is with weyermann Barke pils malt. im digging this malt so if you haven't tried it, you will soon.
Hell yeah! I'm about to try out a new one here as well: Ireks. I honestly didn't plan having you being my shipper, but I am super stoked about it. German Lagers are my jam.

And Frank, I'll be on the later end of the shipping window but it's only because I'm particularly excited about one of the American Wilds I am about to bottle. I want to bottle some of it plain and try dry hopping a small portion of it with Amarillo if I can figure out the logistics. If I can figure it out with my equipment, you'll get both. :D

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.

Equipment and Software / Re: New gun
« on: March 31, 2016, 11:36:36 AM »
Are you still pleased with this product, Ken? After my score sheets came back and said my beers were oxidized, I think I'm in the market for a beer gun. Northern Brewer conveniently sent me a 20% promo code yesterday too.

Ingredients / Re: Equinox Hops
« on: March 31, 2016, 11:18:37 AM »
Just got a pound from Yakima Valley Hops and excited to try it out. Also got a pound of Fuggles so I can make a Saquatch Repelant - CDA by blending with Northern Brewer. Looking for cedar-earthy-campfire/roastiness. But anyway... also got a pound of Crystal to try on a summer blonde.

I need to be careful, I dont want to become a hop head

I think you'll like Equinox, Jim. It's become a staple in many of my hop forward beers. Equinox kinda wants to conform and hang out with all of the other fruity hops, but he's still a little too cool for that. You get a nice citrus kick up front, but it balances out with a slight dank/resinous finish.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:07:25 PM »
To be honest I don't even have interest in becoming a judge at all.  It just doesn't appeal to me for some reason.  That being said I have a pretty busy life these days and the idea of studying for anything during my down time does not sound fun.

Pretty much.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 28, 2016, 11:37:03 PM »
Got scores in the mail today for Indy. The best was a 41 for my 30A cider.  I didn't move on, so there were clearly some great ciders here. Kudos to Michael and those who did !

I didn't get mine yet. I've been anxious to see my scores. Maybe tomorrow.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 28, 2016, 07:24:09 PM »
Hey @Wort-H.O.G. I exceeded my PM limit - go figure!

So before I forget to reply back: Yes - I do love German lagers!  8) And no, we don't get Fatheads. I think we get Great Lakes? Idk anymore.

ok good. I will send you hop juju-fat head's imperial IPA. will be shipping next week and will send tracking.

Lol... I would have guessed you were getting rid of that. I'm actually sending Hop JuJu out as well

I like my hot scotchies to be clear and grain free. I'll continue to vorlauf.  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 28, 2016, 01:42:53 PM »
For some reason I get a bit anxious about waiting to see who I am sending mine to. I guess subconsciously I'm afraid it will be Hieronymus J. Fussbudget III, hard-ass beer connoisseur.

Lol... I'm anxious too. In fact, I had just checked all the "new" threads... Then I saw this had a new tag afterwards. It was just you haha

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop combo
« on: March 27, 2016, 10:45:10 PM »
You might be onto something here, Jon. Let's blend them with some sour cream and make some Wavy Lays dip!  :P

We'll call it High Alpha West Coast Onion Dip

I guarantee if I did, it would taste like straight tangerine.   :)

Isn't that the truth!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop combo
« on: March 27, 2016, 10:30:41 PM »
Can you do a rub/smell and detect the onion/garlic? Or is it hidden and roll of the dice?

I only have about 6 ounces of it, and it was free, so I'm not set in stone on using it. By the way the AA was 13, kinda low, so im hopeful that they harvested early

I can usually smell it just by smelling in the hop bag. Doesn't mean it couldn't be in the final product, but the times I had it the worst I could smell it just from the pellets. If you don't notice it, I'd just blend away and try it. Definitely wouldn't single hop with it.
I actually just cut open the bag, and it strikes me as dry onion skin and garlic. I sealed them and put them back in the freezer so that I can get rid of them in a year. Lol

Yeah, never a good sign when they smell like onion dip, lol.

You might be onto something here, Jon. Let's blend them with some sour cream and make some Wavy Lays dip!  :P

We'll call it High Alpha West Coast Onion Dip

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop combo
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:45:42 PM »
I like the idea of 50/50 Amarillo and el dorado. And I'm guessing that you probably don't want this advice, but I'm going to give it anyways. Sub the summit out with CTZ. First step of using summit in your hop schedule: Thtiw it I the trash.

But I understand that you want to give it a shot. Who knows, YOU might like it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fat Tire
« on: March 25, 2016, 10:49:01 PM »
Fat Tire is my wife's go to summer beer. I really don't care for it either. However, New Belgium Ranger and Rampant are very solid IPAs at a nice price (usually $8.99 a six).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: You Might Be A Homebrewer If....
« on: March 25, 2016, 10:46:43 PM »
.... Yakima Valley Hops hijacks this thread and uses your alarm clock schedule as the front of their Facebook post linking to this thread...

Ingredients / Re: Gravity contributions of Raisins, Dates and Figs?
« on: March 22, 2016, 05:46:46 PM »
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 20, 2016, 02:10:18 AM »
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.


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