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Yeast and Fermentation / Dry yeast for English styles
« on: September 20, 2014, 03:17:27 AM »
Which is your favorite one? I don't have many to choose from from my LHBS but currently the selections are S-04 and Nottingham. I've used the former but not the latter.

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All Grain Brewing / MOVED: Yeast
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:51:21 AM »

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Duvel Tripel Hop
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:43:32 AM »
First off, this is a great tasting beer. Too many hoppy high gravity Belgian style golden beers just don't taste right IMO. To often the citrussy hops clash with the fruity Belgian character. But I have been experimenting with some of the new hops (that I don't always enjoy in American Pale Ales/IPAs/IIPAs) in Belgian style ales and, using them almost like spices to accentuate the Belgian character, they can work great.

Duvel has done this with their Tripel hop. The Mosaic dry hopping really accentuates this beer nicely. In fact, I really like this hop in this application. The description says "tangerine and blueberry" but to me it is more mellon/mellon rind. It's the kind of beer that you want to enjoy more than one of.

But there is a big problem with this beer as well. We all know that Duvel is well known for its "head forming properties" and that it's supposed to be impressive because the malt bill is just "pils and sugar". But there is something strange going on with the foam here. The foam is more like "dish soap" foam. Large bubbles, unlike anything I have ever seen in beer before. As the tighter bubbles fade (and they do rather quickly) a swath of very large, translucent bubbles rush in to take their place. It's almost like foam stability was a problem, so they added a foam enhancing additive. It definitely detracts from the experience.

I'm also curious as to wether hop extracts were used in this application. The hops taste a bit too "clean" like some other hop extract derived American pale/IPAs I've had. I am assuming that this could also account for the strange foam.

Anyway, it's a beer worth searching out both for its fine complimentary dry hop and for its bizarre foam qualities.

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The Pub / Natural Born Losers
« on: August 20, 2014, 06:16:32 PM »
Why is it that some guys (and I'm assuming gals are out there too) just never outgrow the age of 17? A guy who works for me - and let's put it out there he's a pretty hard worker for the most part, especially considering his pay - but he can't get his act together. He's 37 years old.

Yesterday he got pulled over for expired tags. And he asked for an advance in pay, which couldn't happen, because he asks for an advance in pay every week. Literally. No exaggeration. So I asked him why he didn't just go get new tags when they expired? And he said he couldn't afford it. And I said, but you have to afford it now! And the fine! And he got mad and said he just didn't have the money at the time. And I said, but you always have the money for cigarettes! And when you go out to the bars I'm assuming you are paying your way there, too!

I don't get it.

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Going Pro / Yellowhammer Article
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:24:42 PM »
Sorry about the over abundance of self promotion this week. But I thought this was a good article and it shows some of the big changes we are currently in the process of making. Plus you get to see how gosh darn handsome I am.  :D

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/07/yellowhammer_brewing_releases.html

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The Pub / Yellowhammer in All About Beer Magazine
« on: July 21, 2014, 06:25:45 AM »
Got one of my beers featured in All About Beer magazine and tasted by Stephen Beaumont!

Page 72. Kinda cool.

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The Pub / Best Album of All Time
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:04:33 PM »
I allowed each participant to have multiple choices, Choose wisely.

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The Pub / Wireless router suggestion
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:33:08 AM »
Fist off, I have crappy satellite internet (the pice I pay for not having neighbors and walking nekkid to the hot tub on my backdeck. You are welcome for the visual.) I don't know if this is part of the problem but my iPads and iPhones work fine with my current router but my PCs keep getting kicked off.

I need a router that works better. The one I have now is TP-Link. The router I had before had conflict issues as well, with everything. This one still works well on my iPad which is what I primarily use but something that wouldn't conflict with my PCs would be better.

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The Pub / "Brewery shut down after band sprays pig blood"
« on: June 28, 2014, 06:11:36 AM »
Hey, it could have been worse. At least it wasn't cow semen.

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/brewery-metal-band-pigs-blood/

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The Pub / Beer Name Poll
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:05:34 AM »
As many of you who have the time to fill out this poll as possible, I need it by tonight's meeting at 6. Thanks.

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Going Pro / TTB formula approval greatly simplified
« on: June 07, 2014, 10:49:55 AM »
As of yesterday TTB has greatly loosened it's formula approval regulations. Fruits, spices and even bbls holding wine or liquor in previous use are no longer required to be approved.

http://www.ttb.gov/beer/exempt-ingre.shtml

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Ingredients / Polaris
« on: June 05, 2014, 01:31:27 PM »
This is an odd hop indeed. I guess it is supposed to be similar to simco. I'm not sure I think it is very much line simco at all but not sure what it is like.There is some pine but it is overwhelmed by an aroma I want to call "damp basement". Not really "dank", but "damp".

There is also some fruitiness here that I can't really describe. A faint melon or maybe it is kiwi.

Flavor is melon or kiwi. Very smooth bitterness. But not a very enjoyable aroma hop, at least not for me.

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