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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops That Go Well With Galaxy?
« on: October 27, 2015, 07:48:18 AM »
Galaxy and Citra might be my favorite combo. I've done IPA's with it, a golden ale, APA's. I just had an imperial hoppy red by Rhinegeist out of Cincinnati last night that was amazing! I think it was called Duece.

I use them in equal parts.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm Ba-ack!
« on: October 22, 2015, 01:57:01 PM »
Human sacrifice, cats and dogs living together...

...mass hysteria!

Nice Ghostbusters reference!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm Ba-ack!
« on: October 22, 2015, 01:55:34 PM »
Crap. Looks like I need to start a new notebook.

Or do we have brewing secretaries now too? Because I'd be cool with that!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 16, 2015, 08:58:32 AM »
I have never got cat pee out of any hop.

It is amazing how many people know what cat pee tastes like.


The easy answer for me here is Summit. Same reasons for everybody else. But I'm going against the grain (except for Dave (but I love simcoe)). I hate Mosaic! I try to like it. I always buy commercial beers with it to see if I pick up the great flavors that everybody describes to me. I get the onion/garlic flavor from Mosaic. Same thing when I've used it in homebrews. It's awful. It smells fruity but tastes like butt.

some people say they think something tastes like butt.... ::)

long time no see Frank!

LOL touché, my friend, touché

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 16, 2015, 08:32:55 AM »
I have never got cat pee out of any hop.

It is amazing how many people know what cat pee tastes like.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 16, 2015, 07:47:01 AM »
The easy answer for me here is Summit. Same reasons for everybody else. But I'm going against the grain (except for Dave (but I love simcoe)). I hate Mosaic! I try to like it. I always buy commercial beers with it to see if I pick up the great flavors that everybody describes to me. I get the onion/garlic flavor from Mosaic. Same thing when I've used it in homebrews. It's awful. It smells fruity but tastes like butt.

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General Homebrew Discussion / I'm Ba-ack!
« on: October 16, 2015, 07:42:35 AM »
I'm back guys! After a several month hiatus from brewing, I've decided to return to the mix of things to get some beers on tap for the winter months. I really had no intentions on returning to the game yet. I moved over the summer and there is a novice homebrewer that lives a few doors down. He's got a handful of batches under his belt. When talking with him and giving him advice, I got the itch back!

I am brewing my 4th go round with my Good Morning Stout with several deviations from the original recipe on Saturday. This is one of my best beers. The biggest adjustment this time around is that I won't be cold steeping the dark grains. They will be going in the mash with the rest. Here's the recipe:

MBW’s Good Morning Stout (4)

Batch = 5.5
OG = 1.078
60 minute mash @ 154

Two Row Pale = 6 lb 3 oz
Maris Otter = 6 lb 3 oz
Flaked Oats = 3 lb
Chocolate Malt = 1.5 lb
Roasted Barley = 1 lb
Black Patent = 8 oz
Caramel/Crystal 120L = 5.5 oz

60 minute = 1.5 oz Nugget
30 minute = .5 oz Willamette
0 minute = .5 oz Willamtte
0 minute = 1 oz ground Colombian, ½ oz Costa Rican, and ½ oz Guatemalan coffee (Peet’s)
0 minute = 5 oz Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate

White Labs 001 California Ale

Rack onto 1 oz ground Colombian, ½ oz Costa Rican, and ½ oz Guatemalan coffee (Peet’s)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Today's Shopping LIst
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:38:42 PM »
So, obviously the Sculpin is great, the Big Eye is also quite tasty. I also got back in time for Nugget Nectar and liked it a lot. I think I made the point earlier that I don't have the greatest palate, or a flair for words. The Perpetual IPA  came in at the bottom of the bunch, but was still tasty. I would not hesitate to order it on draft anywhere I found it in that format. After living in Cleveland and close to Cleveland for 41 of my 45 years of life and within 10 minutes of downtown for 15 of the last 18 years, the Chill wave was easily the most pleasant surprise. It really just was not what I was expecting  from an IIPA. The label mentions honey malt, and while it is definitely  different than the rest of the pack, I would not just say that's because it's sweeter, but it is. My overall impression is "different" but a great different. It has plenty of hoppy goodness, but enough body to not just be a hop bomb which is what I usually find in IIPA. The other pleasant surprise is that after being in or around Cleveland for so long, I have obviously just taken them for granted. I loved this beer and. And can only hope I can find more this year before it's all gone. Overall,  if anyone were to ask me about these beers, I would have nothing bad to say about any of them. The good news is that with such a variety, I have plenty of each left to continue comparing

Nice feedback. Perpetual is a unique IPA in the fact that it is hopped with Mt Hood. It has a spicy hop character. The flavor of that beer changes a lot as the temp changes. I'll need to get some Chillwave this year and give it another shot.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:46:29 AM »
Just send the Galaxy to me. I have never used it.

You need to get some. Very tropical and tasty !

EDIT - They're a little dank and resiny, too. Good stuff.

Yeah, Galaxy is a great hop! It blends well with a lot of hops. I like it a lot with Citra. I get a nice bit of citrus from galaxy. Weird thing about it, it doesn't smell great out of the bag. It's a darker green almost brown color and smells a bit earthy.... but once it runs its course through some hot work, it transforms into awesomeness!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 12, 2015, 07:02:13 AM »
Thanks for the input. I love Red Chair!

I was going to just use Magnum for bittering but I thought I would make it a bit more interesting with the simcoe there. When you talk about Columbus being invasive, I have had that exact same experience with Bravo. I don't use Columbus outside of IPAs so I am not all too aware of how well it plays with other hops...

Don't get me wrong, I love Columbus in IPAs. I've used them to bitter most of my APAs in the past, but I've determined that it over powers the flavor hops a bit in an APA. I'm not sure if invasive is the best term, that sounds bad. Maybe this is better... Columbus, to me, adds another layer or dimension to the hop flavor, where other hops blend much better to create one layer or dimension. It's easier for me to pick Columbus out than other hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 11, 2015, 06:01:57 PM »
I agree with moving the 30 minute addition out to 0. I'm very intrigued by Jarrylo. I've done an all Zyghis IPA with a whole pound. It didn't do much for me, but it was by itself.

When first looking at the schedule, I was nervous about the columbus. Normally I'm the guy that puts the absolute stamp of approval on columbus in APAs and IPAs, but if you really want to taste these hops as is, it can be invasive of their flavors. Then you switched it to simcoe. Simcoe is strong, but I find it better to blend with others. Columbus, to me, adds another addition to as opposed to blending with other Hops. I think these beer with be good.

As far as IBUs go, I just had Deschuttes Red Chair NW APA. It's 60 IBUs of cascade and centennial.... Freakin amazing beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Tomorrow's brew - Double IPA
« on: March 10, 2015, 04:00:26 AM »
My brew day came out great. Nailed my SG. I pitched last night around 11pm and by morning the krausen was just barely starting to form. By 6PM things were really moving. I'll bump the fermentation up to 72 in a couple of days and then let it ride until I add the dry hops. I've been focusing on IPA for almost a year now. If this comes out as good as I hope then I think it may be a good time to focus elsewhere for a while.

Great job, Joel!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2015, 07:01:59 PM »
Stumbled across this thread while enjoying an ESB of mine.



Y'all got the bottom of the glass, but you get the idea. ;)

Very nice! I did the same thing with my first pic... So I poured another lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2015, 04:37:44 PM »
No wee little glasses for your barleywine I see...

Normally, yes. That's the reason why it's lasted so long. I'm having a tasting Friday and thought there was only a glass or two left, so I was trying to kick it. I ended up half filling a growler. This beer was on tap for my fall tasting so wanted to switch it up. Now I have a RIS carving up in its place.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2015, 04:25:58 PM »
Looks great, man. That's gotta be tasty at this point.

Thanks. My 2015 BW is fermenting now.

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