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Simcoe hops are delicious and in no way taste or smell remotely like cat pee!

I agree that they're delicious, especially when used together with other hops like Amarillo. BUT, I used to agree with you, thinking that people were crazy to equate the aroma with cat pee. Then I went to a cat shelter and visited their enclosed outdoor area. Totally smelled like Simcoe.

When you have 5 cats.... you don't want that in your beer.  While I can't say I know what cat pee tastes like, I sure as F know what it smells like, in all its forms, whether fresh in the litter box, or dried up and nasty in the corner, and everything in between.  It's nasty.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A year late, but it's great
« on: January 05, 2017, 02:00:03 PM »
I have this book, and while I have not read it in detail yet, when I was browsing it at the book store I was like OH MY GOD, FINALLY someone put a great book out there.  I would say it's best for intermediate to advanced homebrewers.  But I suppose it would help if I would actually pull it out and read the thing now.

Beer Recipes / Re: wheat beer
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:08:42 PM »
Mash and boil for 60 minutes each.  90 minutes is overkill IMHO.

Lime or other citrus zest is best added at the end of fermentation in the form of a vodka tincture.  I have done this with great success.  Zest a fresh fruit, soak in a couple ounces of vodka for at least 6 hours or overnight, then add the flavored vodka to your batch a little at a time before packaging until it tastes to your liking.  The vodka extracts the flavors and aromas AND sanitizes all at the same time.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP white IPA
« on: January 04, 2017, 11:28:57 AM »
Are you referring to a witbier as well?

I wouldn't dare consider myself an expert on witbiers, Mr. Guy Who Lives in Belgium.  ;)  I should clarify my statements by saying:

A) I don't trust an average judge's ability to be able to differentiate ingredients under just about any circumstances;

B) I seriously doubt that even a National or Master level judge could taste a difference in malted vs. unmalted wheat when covered up in an IPA under a buttload of hops; and

C) I think in a low hopped witbier, a good judge might be able to taste a difference in malted vs. unmalted, but am uncertain.

These opinions may not reflect those of any others or that of my place of employment.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP white IPA
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:59:27 AM »
Stupid question: BJCP says to use wheat malt to brew a white IPA. Is that an error - as witbier is normally brewed with unmalted wheat...

It doesn't matter.  The judges can't taste the difference.

My unpopular opinion - *Balance is an overused, underachieved term with most new breweries and Homebrewers.


Going Pro / Re: Helpful Bachelor's Degree
« on: January 03, 2017, 06:56:22 PM »

Sours are only good when they are world class. And that, my good friends, is a fact, not an opinion.

Heh heh heh.  I'm right there with you, man.

I don't understand how someone can love brewing and beer so much and only drink 2 beers a week. I try to limit myself to 2 pints a night.

I stand behind that theory!

Maybe if I was actually any good at brewing, I would drink a lot more!   ;D

I once brewed 2.5 gallons thinking I could brew more often. The brew day was just as long and what a disappointment when I looked into that 1/2 full bucket at the end of the day...5 gallons is just right for me...

Smaller batches do actually save up to about an hour on average -- less time to get to a boil, less time to runoff, no need to make yeast starters in a lot of cases, yadda yadda.  But I'll agree, there are definitely some tradeoffs to consider with small batches.  For me personally, I might have less beer at the end of the day, but overall my beer is fresher as it isn't sitting on the shelf for (as many) YEARS before I drink it.  Unlike most folks, I am not a heavy drinker at all, I drink maybe 2 beers per week on average, and contrary to popular belief, I really don't have many friends to give it away to either (doh!).   ;D

So why do I obsess over homebrewing if I'm such a putz, anyway?  I'm really in love with the whole process, and the creativity of it.  It's really a creative outlet.  Plus it satisfies my love for mathematics.... in fact I almost majored in Math in college but my family told me to "be an engineer instead, they make more money and can find a job ANYWHERE".  Good advice, I wouldn't change a thing.  But I do love doing math more than just about anything.  I'm sick, I know.  I can teach you how to do square roots by hand the pseudo-long-division method sometime if you're curious -- ha!

Beer Recipes / Re: Helles Lager
« on: January 03, 2017, 04:51:09 AM »
For hops, I would stick with just one bittering addition.  You do get spicy flavor from the bittering addition alone, believe it or not.

My unpopular opinion is that too many people reach a comfort level in brewing, stop learning, and think polite praise is a sign of quality. A lot of homebrew sucks. (Not that I go around saying that).

And I don't like Amarillo and Mosaic.

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A lot of homebrew does suck.  Come on over, I've got some here for you!  ;)

I totally agree about Mosaic.  That is one hop I cannot stand.

Beer Recipes / Re: Helles Lager
« on: January 02, 2017, 01:50:47 PM »
First off, let me say that this will not be LODO

When we have to preface every post with "I am talking about LODO" or "I am not talking about LODO", I have to wonder whether that is a good or a bad thing.  A matter of perspective I suppose.   ::)

The Munich isn't doing anything for you in that tiny amount.  The Carahell maybe is, or maybe you should use more of one or the other.

New England, Hazy or Juicy IPA's are a fad that need to stay in 2016.  Happy Brew Year.

Agreed.  I expect them tp go the way of the Black IPA.
to those who like big hops flavoroma but want a smoother drinking beer, they are a big improvement.
So it's an APA.

Ha!  Can't say I disagree!

I remember when Anchor Liberty Ale was considered to be one of the original American IPAs, and too bitter for some palates (including my own).  Heh heh.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 01, 2017, 11:37:06 PM »
Jalapeno Porter.  I think this is the fourth time now that I have made this.  People seem to like it.

(Please don't be offended if I don't accept a friend request.  *Usually* I only "friend" people I know in real life.)

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