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The Pub / Re: Getting old
« on: December 14, 2013, 09:15:30 AM »
Don't feel bad. I watch commercials and say; "I can't afford a new car, I'm not looking to get engaged, I don't think I need to smell better, and I don't need a pill to make me better."

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't change any of it. But the only thing that is advertised that I say, "I need that," Is pizza.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:44:33 PM »
I wish I had more people to drink my brew with. The jalapeno brew put me on a long halt to my brewing, I hated it. A lot of my friends said they liked it, but no one would take any from me. Finnaly my dad tried it and asked if he could have a few bottles. I gave him the whole case and now my fridge is ready for a batch to be put in.

The Pub / Re: Doctor Who?
« on: November 23, 2013, 06:49:31 PM »
The SETI (search for extra terrestrial intelligence) institute received some clips of old BBC broadcasts. Some of them were of lost episodes of Dr. Who. The broadcasts went out into space and then bounced off of something and came back to earth. AND THE NERDS WENT WILD!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada Flipside
« on: November 16, 2013, 04:52:22 PM »
It's not bad, but I found Flipside pretty boring.  Nothing stands out about it.  It's just another beer.  I feel pretty much the same way about Torpedo.  OTOH, I picked up my first Celebration of the season yesterday and it's freaking fantastic!

Torpedo doesn't stand out at all? I think it's a bit thick for an IPA.

But now that I have typed it I realize you are a beer judge. SO, does thickness take points away from an IPA in competition?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ageing different styles of beer.
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:51:25 PM »
Good advice from you all. Thank you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Ageing different styles of beer.
« on: November 09, 2013, 08:16:06 PM »
I don't age any beer on purpose, but some times a bottle gets lost in the back of my fridge.

I was very pleased with how the flavor on my chocolate porter aged after three months. However anytime I open an IPA that is three months old I am not really happy with how it tastes.

Is there any reason why some beers age better than others?

The Pub / Re: Bottle Cap Floor
« on: September 20, 2013, 05:33:24 PM »
I have ten years of bottle caps saved up. Think I know what I will do with them now. Once I get a more permanent residence.

Ingredients / Re: One pound of cascade hops.
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:03:07 AM »

If you already froze them wet, it may be too late. They'll turn to mush.

Yes. My understanding is you have to pick them and either dry them or use them within 24 hours wet. Freezing them is not advised.

I froze them for about 16 hours and then brought them out and laid flat for three days drying.

They were very brown by the time they were dry, i would say a brown hop for every green hop. Still had a hop smell, and yellow at the base of the petals. Think I'll just scrap this batch and see if i can pick more.

I'm not asking Freud, but does size matter? I picked a lot of the larger hops last time. But the vine had lots more smaller hops on it.

I think as long as I look for the yellow base and stickiness of the base they should be good hops. Yet i still need to ask, does size matter?

Ingredients / Re: One pound of cascade hops.
« on: September 16, 2013, 09:44:49 PM »
I could see if the guy doesn't mind me picking more. Especially if I picked the bush clean for him and left what I don't want to use for his man cave potpourri.

That's some fast drying Klickitat. May hops are still a lil wet but firm and unmushy.

Ingredients / Re: One pound of cascade hops.
« on: September 16, 2013, 04:51:39 AM »
If you already froze them wet, it may be too late. They'll turn to mush.

Oh well. Just part of the learning curve. I'll know in a few days. But I will be less surprised if mush happens.

Ingredients / Re: One pound of cascade hops.
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:29:35 PM »
Honestly, with no way to vacuum seal, you can dry them but come brewing time I think you'll be disappointed with the hop quality.  What I would do is use all of them now, as in today if possible. Make an IPA, bitter it with something like Warrior (for clean bitterness) or Chinook (for a more coarse bitterness) and add those fresh hops incrementally over the last 15 minutes all the way down to flameout.

A few days drying. I can find a way to vacuum seal em by then.

Thanks for all the help everyone.

Ingredients / Re: One pound of cascade hops.
« on: September 15, 2013, 03:56:53 PM »
I will dry the hops. Was just concerned about oxidation. Any suggestions on how to dry hops. I assume it's just let them dry for two days. And I have no way to vacuum seal.

The kind of beer I am going for is pushing the lupulin limits.

Never had runny nose or sneezing by drinking a hoppy beer. But my dad had a lot more irritation from touching the plant than me. He said he wished he had someone he dislikes enough to fill their briefs with hops.

Denny posted when I was writing this. So should I not dry them?

Ingredients / One pound of cascade hops.
« on: September 15, 2013, 06:09:05 AM »
My brothers co-worker, who doesn't brew, let me pick his Cascade hops plant today and I got a pound of them. He was disappointed I didn't take more, but I only brew once a month. I put them in the freezer to prevent oxidation.

What I am wondering is, what do I do with a pound of fresh hops?

-How long will they stay fresh.
-I want to use them in one batch, but think I might be a bit over zealous.
-Will cascade hops be ok on their own, or should I pair them with another hop.
-Should I have picked more.

And a side question. What made me itch from picking hops. Think its the alpha acids, but it could just be the vines.

The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:24:45 PM »
Camping, needle felting, knitting, day hikes and studying the arts of nerdum.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 10:20:41 PM »
Sounds like a couple of hipster brewers. If you're not doing exactly what they are doing your wrong. If it wasn't the extract they would have said that capping is wrong, you need to use Grolsch-style swing-caps. Or  you're not kegging that's not brewing.

I'm a extract brewer for one good reason. Not enough room to store the stuff, and I don't think my girlfriend would want to sleep on my brewing equipment.

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