I drank one out of a sixpack I bought. I agree with you about the "lingering malt finish" but kept looking for more of the sapphire hops. On a hot summers day I could see passing the "two test", but not sure about three.
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Alexanders extracts are fairly low in all ions. They have good water quality in the area of California that its made in.
Since I don't have information on the ionic content of the spring water, I would go with the distilled water if you really want this batch to shine. You will want to add 100 or 200 ppm of sulfate using gypsum to make the beer dry better and enhance the hopping.
WTF is a "Refactometer"?
It's a device for measuring how many times people repeat trivia.
Another lesson learned is to NOT force carbonate a keg >50psi with the out post connected to a QD. Beer will sneak past the o-ring and onto the floor. I can attest to this outcome.
As long as I calibrate mine at the temp I'll be using it, don't use it outside when it's extremely cold or hot, and adjust for the difference between sucrose and maltose, mine usually reads within a couple of points of my hydrometer. I've been using it pretty much exclusively on the hot side for awhile now.
Now that right there is funny.