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Beer Travel / Re: Seattle's best IPA's
« on: August 08, 2014, 09:55:20 AM »
that's a pretty good question, and one I might have to research next month too.  Cider and lager can afford to step aside for one day to make room for IPA.  ;D 
Hopefully our Emerald City members will chime in for us as I very rarely visit home anymore.

What days are you going to be there and how far are you willing to travel?

Other Fermentables / Re: Backsweetening my Triple Berry Mead
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:13:24 PM »
heh, I should introduce your Tripleberry to my 19.2% Superberry.

Eric's right, experiment and see what you like/how it balances.

Personally I keep big meads still; I don't need encouragement/drinkability.  Fizz generally doesn't make me sip slowly.

my last stupid-big melomel I divided into small batches and blended with less insane alcohol level other fruit melomels.

good luck...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Across America
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:57:43 AM »
Barrelhouse and Green Flash made a "Triple double session IPA"

"I'll have a half double decaffeinated half-caf with a twist of lemon" 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging vs. lagering for ales
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:08:07 AM »
fairly rare is the beer that is not improved by cold conditioning.  Hefeweizen that I'm drinking a couple weeks after pitching comes to mind; not much else.  Tasted a lot of green NHC beers that could have used some time in the fridge.

anyway, IMO cold is better than cool is better than warm.  So, I would expect your beer to still improve, but more slowly.

what was the context of the 50F storage comment?  Cellaring big pro beers, perhaps?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Across America
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:52:52 AM »
hmm, I thought you were going for an "absence of x flavor" angle.  To me an IPL hopped with significant fruity hops tastes like an IIPA with a very simple malt bill, fairly low FG, crisp and not too full-bodied, and a fairly clean-fermenting yeast.  It could be completely clean or have some esters; who can tell under the multitude of fruity hops. 
...Sorta like an Imperial Session IPA (please don't let that become a thing!)   ;D

reiterating - I liked the beer, but I don't think I'll ever love the style.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Across America
« on: August 06, 2014, 07:33:49 PM »
that's cool, but could you define what you mean by strong lager flavor?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Across America
« on: August 04, 2014, 04:14:06 PM »
the Ballast Point beer is basically a double IPA. (not that that's a bad thing)
very good beer.

so I guess I still don't get the point of Imperial Pale Lager if it's gonna have a bunch of fruity hops. 
again, it's GOOD, but...

Other Fermentables / Re: Session Mead
« on: August 04, 2014, 11:46:11 AM »
I have not added bittering hops to mead but have certainly dry-hopped a few.

You'd have to boil them in the water you were going to add to the honey.  Very high utilization, no proteins to grab those hop polyphenols, and the pH of the water will likely be significantly different than the wort...not an enjoyable bittering in my (admittedly limited) experience.

anyway, you could do it with a braggot I suppose, or get away with a small amount of DME that didn't really show up in the finished product.  I'd be more inclined to use acidity, tannin, CO2, and hop flavor to balance sweetness.  Basically the same 4 things I'd do with a hopped cider. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Denver County Fair Homebrew Competition
« on: August 04, 2014, 11:33:57 AM »
this is the same fair with the pot brownie competition, (oregano) joint rolling competition, and bong competition, right?

I'd give them another day to nap before trying to contact them.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2014 Alamo City Cerveza Fest Winners
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:09:32 AM »
wow, veritable Who's Who of great Texas brewers on that list...
must have been a tough competition!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Across America
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:00:39 PM »
just had the Oskar Blues beer...dry-hopped bock with wheat and rye sounds like a mess, but it worked for me.

The Scottish Asheville Brewers Alliance beer had that thick viscous pour kinda like a roggenbier; are there any beta-glucans in sweet potatoes?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Across America
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:31:43 AM »
The Pils and Alt were great and very good.  If the latter was closer to 40 IBUs it'd likely have been my favorite.  And the former made me once again wish Firestone Walker was distributed here.  ISO Pivo Pils!

still have 5 of 12 to go though...

love the idea but it sounds like there aren't a great many 12-packs in each market.  Bummer.

Events / Re: 2014 GABF
« on: July 29, 2014, 06:56:21 AM »
I got my code and link last week, right around the same time as the darkside. Is it ok to share those with somebody via PM as I have zero intent on going?

it's your personal code so I would say no.

however, you could buy (or, at least attempt to do so...) for a friend and demand a pint + ticket price in return. I've sold extra tickets at cost to fellow beer geeks before.  I just make sure they are not dicks/Ducks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scores
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:16:07 PM »

My thanks to the AHA for the competition and all their hard work on it, "Medal Winner" bar towel?  I'm not exaggerating to say I cared about this more than the medals.  I get medals from all sorts of great competitions, but this was actually something unique and cool.  :(

well if I'm gonna b*tch when I'm unhappy, I'll give props when they're due.
Today a "2014 Medal Winner" bar towel arrived in the mail...

nice job AHA.   
As stated before, this is something unique.  I hope they keep doing it.


Other Fermentables / Re: First time cider maker.
« on: July 18, 2014, 05:54:41 AM »
most any yeast you would pick is likely to go dry at the gravity range you've mentioned.  I like 1116 a lot in the summer.

there are some sweet mead yeasts that have a good shot of stopping that early, depending on your actual gravity and how you treat the yeast, but first it would help if you state what your goal is.  Are you looking for a fairly low alcohol beverage?  Something wine-like?  How sweet do you want it?  How soon do you want to be drinking it?

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