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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Howdy, and beer share review
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:08:57 PM »
Hey there!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Howdy, and beer share review
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:02:09 PM »
Hey there everyone!

Life has been way busy here. I survived a few months of "No forum", as well as the past 8 months with no tv news... (winky thing).

I paused brewing for a bit. Too hot, and too fat. I'm down about 35 lbs and I think by December I might actually really enjoy brewing a batch, rather than viewing it like some goal to be achieved.

I added a new hobby, steelhead fishing. Of course I took it up on a year that has been a near record low for fish returns... and I decided simply catching steelhead seems too easy, so I had to learn to spey cast flies for them. Which lead to me buying a drift boat. Last week was my first solo trip down the Klickitat. A whole other hobby in itself...

Anyway. I miss you nerds! I'm fine. All is well despite what the news may be telling you.

Jimmykx250 sent me a few beers! He got some leftover Simcoe hops from me and decided to reciprocate. UPS showed up one day and surprised me. Figured I'd been scammed, lol. Pleasant surprise instead.

One of the beers was some "forum recipe". Um, I bet he followed it precisely. But this forum needs some help apparently. But right now I am enjoying, honestly, one of the best old school Barleywines I've ever had. He gave me very little info, just that it's a Barleywine and it's 2 years old.

Holy smokes! I've judged big beers at pro level at a national competition. This would easily make mini BOS easily.

It's well made and clean. Nose is rich, brandy like. Malt fwd, hops... we ho knows. Deep copper appearance, and would have been near brilliant if I hadn't dumped a slug of bottle conditioning in the glass. Bright white, creamy head, that dissipates rapidly as expected to a long lasting ring. A little lace and lots of leg. Flavor is bold and balanced. Rich barley malty goodness,  reminds me totally of a hot schotchie on a wee heavy brew day. Warm but not hot at all. You could tell me it's oaked and is believe it, but probably it isn't. Which is perfect! It's a big badass beer, so of course it's not quaffable, and it's mega full bodied, but not cloying or off putting at all. Mouthfull... enjoy... swallow... enjoy some more... in a few seconds your looking for another pull. It's August and I did chores all day. I'm choosing THIS over light lager. He sent me two bottles. The second is getting cracked in November after a day of catching chinook and coho. THEN it will reeeeeealy shine!

Fantastic job Jimmy! I mean It! Thanks!

Jim

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General Homebrew Discussion / Howdy, and beer share review
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:01:54 PM »
Hey there everyone!

Life has been way busy here. I survived a few months of "No forum", as well as the past 8 months with no tv news... (winky thing).

I paused brewing for a bit. Too hot, and too fat. I'm down about 35 lbs and I think by December I might actually really enjoy brewing a batch, rather than viewing it like some goal to be achieved.

I added a new hobby, steelhead fishing. Of course I took it up on a year that has been a near record low for fish returns... and I decided simply catching steelhead seems too easy, so I had to learn to spey cast flies for them. Which lead to me buying a drift boat. Last week was my first solo trip down the Klickitat. A whole other hobby in itself...

Anyway. I miss you nerds! I'm fine. All is well despite what the news may be telling you.

Jimmykx250 sent me a few beers! He got some leftover Simcoe hops from me and decided to reciprocate. UPS showed up one day and surprised me. Figured I'd been scammed, lol. Pleasant surprise instead.

One of the beers was some "forum recipe". Um, I bet he followed it precisely. But this forum needs some help apparently. But right now I am enjoying, honestly, one of the best old school Barleywines I've ever had. He gave me very little info, just that it's a Barleywine and it's 2 years old.

Holy smokes! I've judged big beers at pro level at a national competition. This would easily make mini BOS easily.

It's well made and clean. Nose is rich, brandy like. Malt fwd, hops... we ho knows. Deep copper appearance, and would have been near brilliant if I hadn't dumped a slug of bottle conditioning in the glass. Bright white, creamy head, that dissipates rapidly as expected to a long lasting ring. A little lace and lots of leg. Flavor is bold and balanced. Rich barley malty goodness,  reminds me totally of a hot schotchie on a wee heavy brew day. Warm but not hot at all. You could tell me it's oaked and is believe it, but probably it isn't. Which is perfect! It's a big badass beer, so of course it's not quaffable, and it's mega full bodied, but not cloying or off putting at all. Mouthfull... enjoy... swallow... enjoy some more... in a few seconds your looking for another pull. It's August and I did chores all day. I'm choosing THIS over light lager. He sent me two bottles. The second is getting cracked in November after a day of catching chinook and coho. THEN it will reeeeeealy shine!

Fantastic job Jimmy! I mean It! Thanks!

Jim

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:28:22 AM »
Well, I apologize for any perceived negative input I gave.

Frankly, there is enough turmoil in my world. My Facebook is about dead from having to unfollow so many people. I've deleted all news channels from my TV. Now it's found its way into my beer forum. Fortunately I've learned enough that I can make drinkable beer. Maybe it's just time to call it a day.

Great people, great brewers, great info, used to be a great place to discuss beer 24/7.

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Ingredients / Re: Wheat beer with cocoa nibs? Bad idea? Worth a shot?
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:24:14 PM »
I have no idea how much... never brewed with them. But I have a lot of tasting experience, not always by choice. Another thing that comes to mind is that the stellar examples have all been one with the nibs paired with something else, like vanilla bean. But that's just personal preference and probably useless info

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:11:12 PM »
I do BIAB with a good squeeze or three.  My wort never starts out clear but my beer ends up clear and tastes good.  I see some comments from folks who say they love how clear their wort is going into the boil.  Why is that a good thing?  Can I improve my beer by improving the clarity of my wort?

I used to BIAB and do the same, never worried about it. I used to skip vourlauf and not worry about it. I can't say I ever really noticed an impact, I don't know if there is benefit for one or the other. I recently put together a HERMS and do a constant recirculation and the resulting wort is extremely clear, as you would imagine. I only have 2 beers with this new process so I can't comment on anything from that just yet, still waiting to taste the beers, not just for that but overall. I believe if you can keep a clear product through your process, it seems it would make sense to help with the finished product but I have zero comparison.
OK, I am the OP, damnit, and here is a post that tries to answer my question! And there's been some others.

Here's what I think I got from this thread (aside from the derailing junk):
Clear wort into the BK is not a big deal but may have an incremental improving effect on my beer. There is  some science there but can my taste buds agree?  Try it and decide if it's worth the effort.
YUP!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:03:20 PM »
I must have missed a few nasty posts or they got deleted... seems like a fine thread to me. Except for all these screwballs that like cloudy beer.

At last Jim! Our paths converge!
No, you still suck

Edit: that's a winky icon just in case your computer doesn't recognize it.

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Ingredients / Re: Wheat beer with cocoa nibs? Bad idea? Worth a shot?
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:50:59 PM »
I recently had the opportunity to sample a light colored beer with cocoa nibs and coconut. This one was a gose, so it also was tart and had salt in it. It reminded me of tanning lotion. This was in a flight of about 20 other beers with cocoa nibs and it really became work after about 5 or 6 of them. But done right, meaning noticeable but restrained, they do make interesting and tasty beers. Too much and they are just... interesting. Way too much and they become a stunt, novelty. Gross.

Good luck and let us know how it goes

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:42:45 PM »
I must have missed a few nasty posts or they got deleted... seems like a fine thread to me. Except for all these screwballs that like cloudy beer. 😉


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How many packets of dry yeast
« on: February 16, 2017, 04:10:52 PM »
How do we know with no volume numbers, other than assuming 5 gallons?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 16, 2017, 04:08:45 PM »
That Bamforth interview I mentioned earlier would drive you fellas nuts. In summary, he says beer should be brilliant with the exception of Heffe. And no beer should look like chicken soup lol.

I'm of the brilliant beer group, but I allow for low levels of haze if it's readily understood where it's coming from, such as high hop aroma. But a low haze with low or no hop aroma is just bad juju.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:36:57 PM »
Back then they also didn't care about washing their hands except after surgery

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:00:24 PM »
Personally, I prefer brilliant beer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 16, 2017, 01:21:57 PM »
I'd suggest going to Beer Smith and listen to the 2/9 podcast on Clarity with Bamforth. Then take the suggested steps at eliminating each cause.

Or RDWHAH



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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 16, 2017, 12:54:37 PM »
No, just posting an observation is all. Generally speaking. If I lead you to believe I was speaking specifically to this I apologize. I'm talking about how we, as a forum in general, not everyone, not specifically you necessarily... the royal we... tend to hash out little things that may or may not make much difference, and accept more elaborate things more easily, regardless of if they make much difference.

On that note, maybe the forum has lost is brew pub feel and loose discussions are no longer well received.

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