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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.

good luck man!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
« on: February 19, 2010, 12:47:20 PM »
with a lot more time now to have had some and consider, I agree with what euge said - its about noble hop showcase, witha  pilsner malt stage - I don't really like the term "homebrewey" though.

I'll pose this to you though kai (and I agree with your assessment of the beer) - I don't really find this all that much different from Victory's Prima, which many, many people use as their benchmark for the style.  To me, VPP has never tasted anything like Bitburger or some of the other examples (though I've never had Jever).  I guess what I'm saying is, if not SA Noble, then why Victory?

Disclaimer/Disclosure:  Victory Prima is my favorite pils.

Beer Recipes / Re: Water profile for a maibock
« on: February 19, 2010, 11:39:03 AM »
kai or others probably have a different approach (and are probably more right than me), but at the bottom of this page is the profile I use for this style, FWIW:

Beer Recipes / Re: Stout Recipe
« on: February 19, 2010, 11:28:13 AM »
guess its a case by case thing: the rolled oats I buy look virtually the same as the ones I get from NB.

I've used quick oats a few times before I found Kris's notes (wit, oatmeal stout) and I seemed to get a better end result - but that could have been due to a number of other variables.

That said in the grand scheme of it, I don't find that oatmeal is all that big of a contributor to any beer aside from some of the 'oiliness' in the mouthfeel, so it probably doesn't make a whole heckuva a lot of difference so long as they aren't steel cut or instant.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hefeweizen - SUCCESS!!
« on: February 19, 2010, 09:20:35 AM »
congrats tex!  looks tasty.

so were you drinking it in the bathroom so in case it was bad you weren't too far from the toilet?  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: a black ipa... how does this look?
« on: February 19, 2010, 08:19:42 AM »
that's a good point Ryan N - theres a lot of hop flavor in the Sublime, and I can't imagine that you'd get all that much from that schedule without a whirlpool (which they apparently do for a an hour?).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain Order Smell Like Smoke!
« on: February 19, 2010, 08:16:48 AM »
that's gotta be the fed ex guy - I've gotten at least 20 separate shipments from NCM thus far, and never noticed sucha  thing.

smell the grain when you open - if it still smells like smoke, give them a call.  I would open it now so you can fix the problem before brewday.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: February 19, 2010, 08:10:16 AM »
Thanks cap - i will have to make this very soon!

Heavy on the soy sauce and molasses, please!  ;)

Is that your review of the SA Triple Bock?  I've never had it, but I saw the recipe in Microbrewed Adventures and found it intriguing.

that's a pretty common description.  that stuff is only good in cooking, IMO.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Modern German Brewing Practices
« on: February 19, 2010, 08:00:04 AM »
I'm just throwing this out there, but don't many german brewers have malt made to their exact specifications?  so for example if ayinger wanted to continue its decoction traditions, perhaps they have malt made specifically to benefit from decoction?

Just food for thought - I have no knowledge of this being true.

Beer Recipes / Re: Stout Recipe
« on: February 19, 2010, 07:00:50 AM »
I would use the quick oats.  Natural food store oatmeal will work, but you will need to gelatinize (par cook) it to get anything from them.

that is incorrect, sir.

in fact, rolled oats are what you are buying from a homebrew store, not quick oats.  I would not use quick oats.

here's a very good description that I keep bookmarked:

BTW - what hokerer recommended was just fine, I just like buying from the bulk bins at whole foods since they turn over quickly, are organic, and I can buy exactly the amount I need for the recipe.

All Things Food / Re: Fish Batter Etc?
« on: February 18, 2010, 03:35:51 PM »
Matt - made your recipe for fish fry last night - used sheepshead - was excellent.  Might need more salt in the batter next time.

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