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Commercial Beer Reviews / Leinikug Grapefruit Schandy
« on: May 25, 2016, 05:50:48 PM »
Can not be overstated, hands down, over the top, had to be there, beyond reasonable doubt.... most disgusting horrendous beverage I've ever tried.

Aroma: what the?
Appearance: bug killer
Flavor: inescapable fake grapefruit pitch and unwashed hands overly handled skins, which lingers on and on and on... even Listerine won't touch it.
Mouthfeel: I can't feel my mouth, or wait... hey, who's been feeling my mouth, and could someone tell them to please wash their hands next time?

Overall: give it a try, maybe you'll like it

Yeast and Fermentation / Still learning my yeast strain
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:37:08 AM »
As you know, I've been brewing my lagers with Wyeast 2352 since the PC release last October. I thought I knew it well, but I guess I'm still learning. For several batches I fermented at 50 till 50% then 68. Had pretty good results. But last time I started at 48F. That was the batch that after 4 days still had 0% ADF, so I pitched 1056 that I had on hand. We are drinking those now and they are amazingly lager-like. I don't detect any ale esters. Hmmm.

This past brew day I pitched propagated 2352 cultures at high krausen as normal, and again at 48F. Today is day 3 and I'm just starting to get activity. The German Helles Exportbier has dropped from 1.056 to 1.050... I think I found the issue. 48F is too cold for that strain. I knew that Wyeast says 52-62F but how often are their suggestions dead on? Seems to be the problem this time though.

Next time I will start at 52F and see if my hunch is correct.

Its crazy sometimes how just when you think you know something, you still have more to learn

Commercial Beer Reviews / Sam Adams - Heaven or Helles
« on: May 04, 2016, 03:11:59 PM »
You guys try this yet? It came in a summer mixer box. I just mowed the yard so maybe that plays into its drinkablity today. Don't expect a Munich Helles. And its a bit more bitter that how I like an Export. Not finding too much continental pils malt flavor.  Maybe just a touch too much fruity ester. But overall as just a good tasting light colored balanced beer, its pretty darn good. I would choose a 12 pack of this over many many others.

The Pub / Cool gift from my brother
« on: April 18, 2016, 03:50:24 AM »
What a talented guy! This beauty is entirely hand made. Only power tools used were a grinder and a drill. The blade is 440 stainless from scrap. Cryro hardened. All hand polished. The handle is from a walnut slab he cut out of a blow down years ago. He makes the sheaths too. Pretty jazzed to be the owner of this one!

Ingredients / (R) Hops
« on: April 11, 2016, 01:31:20 AM »
Just a thought that dawned on me today. Revolting against Big seems to be really... big these days. Anti-corporate this and that. We snub name brand stuff for their planet abusing puppy kicking ways. Anything that seems to try to steer our consumership. Terri and I are not immune. Our thing is anti-breeder. We have purebred dogs but they are rescues. Moral pat on the back I suppose. Even though a rescue ends up costing more than a mill doggy. Anyway... I got to thinking.

Why hasn't there been a move yet to snub the registered trademark, restricted planting, high dollar hops? Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo etc. What do you think would happen if suddenly people decided to protest Big Hops and quit buying beers with Big Hops in them? What if breweries pulled an Atlas Shrugged and just quit buying them? "No thanks, we'll take the cheap good ones though. But you can keep the double priced, trendy, hard to get stuff. We're done!"

General Homebrew Discussion / COHO Springfling
« on: April 06, 2016, 10:35:50 PM »
Shipping off my entries tomorrow. I was looking at their website. Cool grand prize for BOS! Brewing a batch of beer, at your home, on your brewery, with Ninkasi founder Jamie Floyd! How fun would that be?

General Homebrew Discussion / Master is too weak of a word
« on: March 29, 2016, 02:41:04 AM »
Holy smokes. So I thought I'd try to start studying for the BJCP written in hopes that sometime next year I might retest the tasting portion,  and if I do well maybe take the written.  I think I got some sticker shock when I realized that to score at the master level, among a multitude of other knowledge you must have, you also have to know OG, FG, IBU, SRM, hop aroma, malt aroma, fermentation aroma, appearance, hop malt and fermentation flavor, mouthfeel, historical significance, a classic example, and differences and similarities of 80 different beer styles.

I... aye yai yai... I'm going to try. But I'm not sure I've got the brain pan for this.

Kudos to Master judges! My hat is off to you!

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop combo
« on: March 27, 2016, 02:22:50 AM »
The pile of hops I got from YSO191 have suddenly sparked my interest in IPAs, or Session IPAs, or hoppy pale ales... whatever. I looked up a few threads on Summit. And I recently tried Eldorado in a blend, but I think it got lost. I also think i discovered the line of too much amarillo causing that metalic thing. It was faint, but there, and not something i want to try to recreate. I'm interested in your thoughts on this combo in a 6 gallon batch.

~42 IBUs from 30g Summit @ 60 min

25g CTZ / 25g Amarillo / 50g Eldorado wirlpool 15 min @ 170f

50g CTZ / 50g Amarillo / 50g Eldorado dry hop

What am I hoping for? Pine, citrus, tropical, dare i say watermelon? And no garlic.

Im also thinking about doing away with the Amarillo this time and going 50/50 CTZ/Eldorado in both whirlpool and dry.

Yeast and Fermentation / 2016 April-June Wyeast PC
« on: March 22, 2016, 01:51:44 AM »
Anyone have insider info? It looks like they usually release a Belgian, a Lager, and a Bug. I'm hoping for some really amazing saison and brett strain that would go with it.

The Pub / Drew's Weight Loss
« on: March 17, 2016, 07:43:16 PM »
I've suggested to Drew that a lot of folks, me included, would benefit from and be interested in hearing his story and how he did it. I asked him to consider doing a special podcast on Experimental Brewing about it. It sounds like he's maybe willing, but he mentioned that he thinks maybe no one would be interested. I don't see him making a big deal of it, shying away from being perceived as grandstanding, so I am going to ask you folks.

Would you be interested, like me, in hearing his story?

Ingredients / Simpsons New Labeling?
« on: March 11, 2016, 04:41:06 PM »
Yesterday I picked up another sack of Golden Promise. When I got it home and dumped it in my storage bin I noticed it said Finest Pale Ale. I emailed my guy and he said they changed the labeling but it shows GP on the sticker. Anyone else see this yet, or is it a mislable?

General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 07, 2016, 10:35:19 PM »
Just a couple questions. I thought about PMing Steve, but decided that more folks might gain knowledge if it was out in the open. So, I've judged with the qued method before and I understand how it works up to the point of mini bos. Since there are multiple teams judging the flight, how do they determine which beers move on to mini bos. I vaguely recall that our table moved a couple on to mini bos. But I was thinking that it was possible and maybe likely that other tablee saw much better beers. Then I thought, what if each table moved 3 beers onto mini bos, well its possible 1st 2nd and 3rd could all come from one table. But if they only moved two on, the 3rd place beer could get dropper from mini bos. It crossed my mind that maybe they use scores to pick for instance the top 6. But how do you know that every table scores similarly?

So, here ya go someone. How does BJCP Qued Judging work when it comes to mini bos?

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop growing
« on: March 03, 2016, 02:21:06 AM »
Just FYI James Spencer has a great recent podcast about Hop Growing. Worth it if you grow hops. Go to Basic Brewing and check it out.

Ingredients / First Pils
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:21:44 PM »
Im going to take a swing at a pils. Im not really trying too hard to nail the guidelines, not trying to IT the heck out of... it. Moderate bitterness and lots of hop flavor and aroma is what im shooting for.

95% Best Pils
5% CaraPils
Mashed low and long
Will build my water, CaSO4 mostly
German Magnum at 60 for about 25 IBUs
40g Sapfir and 40g Tettnanger 170/30
40g Saphir and 40g Tettnanger dry hop 4 days once I hit TG and no D
Then I'm crashing and gell fining.

Anyone ever wirlpool or dry hop a pils?

Yeast and Fermentation / Another generous home brewer!
« on: March 02, 2016, 03:33:59 AM »
I just found a half gross of high quality borosilicate culture tubes in my mail box! All I had to do was learn to bank yeast LOL. Thanks Mark! I hope all is well with you and yours.

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