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Questions about the forum? / Re: did the board go wonky?
« on: February 23, 2010, 05:12:18 PM »
yep firefox works just fine. IExplorer issue.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long to age an Imperial IPA?
« on: February 23, 2010, 03:55:56 PM »
Prof and Denny are right, it subjective.  Don't let anyone tell YOU what tastes best.

that said, the fresh hop characteristics deteriorate (or mellow, dependent on your perspective) from day 1.  You've spent a lot of cash on the hops in that recipe to enjoy all the hop goodness - do you really want to age it away?  I think you owe it to yourself to get it dryhopped and packaged, and start tasting it as soon as its carbed - if its too green/harsh, then let the keg sit a while and try again.

FWIW, Vinny Cilurzo implores people to drink PTE as quickly as possible - if you've ever had the real deal, you can see all the "DO NOT AGE" warnings on the label.

Questions about the forum? / Re: did the board go wonky?
« on: February 23, 2010, 03:28:46 PM »
Seems OK to me....anybody else experiencing wonkiness?

yep - same exact thing.

I was going to post something, but saw deepsouth already did.

I have to use MS Explorer here at work - maybe that is it?  I'll check with Firefox at home.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kraeusen removal, what difference does it make
« on: February 23, 2010, 11:54:59 AM »
What is the best way to remove the Kraeusen from a carboy?

allow it to blow off.

The Pub / Re: Why is Dead Guy Ale so expensive?
« on: February 23, 2010, 09:53:15 AM »
Rogue in general is wayyy overpriced, IMO.

$6.49 is the FLOOR for bombers. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash temperature differences
« on: February 23, 2010, 09:39:19 AM »
ahhhh my eyes, my eyes...

The Pub / Re: OxyClean your thermos
« on: February 23, 2010, 07:21:49 AM »
Plus homebrewers would become Gods as we know how to make beer ;)

yes, but wouldn't we have to, in turn, worship at the feet of the maltsters and hop growers?

"Our Puterbaugh, who art in Oregon"

Beer Recipes / Re: Unspiced Witbier?
« on: February 23, 2010, 07:14:45 AM »
I personally like the punch of fresh citrus zest and coriander, but to each their own.

Gotta ask - why are you including rice hulls as a percent of your grist?

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Decoction Results
« on: February 22, 2010, 03:05:21 PM »
way to go man!

that's something I've never tried.  I will one day, I just have to work up the nerve to put a batch at risk!

Equipment and Software / Re: Vacuum Sealers
« on: February 22, 2010, 01:22:24 PM »
Another +1 on the Foodsaver

A tip for freezing meats.
Partially freeze the meat first, then it holds its shape AND liquids. Prevents having to clean up the vacuum channel

wow.  that is brilliant.  thanks!

All Things Food / Re: The Sandwich Thread.
« on: February 22, 2010, 12:05:14 PM »
a well made pbj on fresh doughy, crusty, country bread with a tall glass of ice cold whole milk can be just as divine and satisfying as some of the pics above.

now if you have plain ole pbj on wonderbread thats in a ziplock baggie that was made about 6 hours ago and is now all smashed under your juicebox, well, that is NOT good eats.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping and age of hops Q?
« on: February 22, 2010, 09:11:22 AM »
Btw... the Hopslam is definitely a "hop flavor lover's" beer.  I didn't think it was all that bitter but absolutely fantastic to drink no-less.   8)  I'd like to make a few like it!  

agreed - I'm usually an anti-Hopslam guy b/c I feel its overhyped and doesn't stand up to the likes of Pliny, Maharaja, Exponential, Big-A etc. but I picked up a case while I was in Tampa (am divying it out to my brewclub buddies - not all for me) and I must say, it is very impressive this year.

still not my ideal IIPA, but I will be enjoying the bottles I got.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping and age of hops Q?
« on: February 22, 2010, 09:00:21 AM »
dean - you should always try and save your freshest, best kept hops for the aroma/dryhop additions and if you have any questionable ones, use them with more boil time.  I think that goes without saying. 

in terms of what you're doing, if they looked okay and smelled alright - they are probably just fine.  2 days in to dryhopping is often a 'green time' IME, so I wouldn't put any stake in what you perceive at this early of a stage.

Go drink one of those Hopslams you have - that'll a). keep your mind of it and b). probably knock you out.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yeungling Bock
« on: February 22, 2010, 07:53:49 AM »
I had the opportunity to buy this over the weekend in Tampa, and had I seen the post I may have, though I think it was only in 12packs.  I already had too much in my cart - Hopslam, Expedition, Old Foghorn, Anchor Bock, La Rolla, couple of Bruery beers.

so much for my NY resolution to only buy 1 6pk commercial a month  :'(

Thanks for posting the review redbeer - hopefully it makes it down the parts so I can grab a single sometime.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency and esters.
« on: February 21, 2010, 02:12:50 PM »
Well put mdixon - astringency and diacetyl arte the most overdiagnosed flaws - its rather annoying to many competitors.

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