All I can say is YES! I can't make Philly this year, but Grand Rapids is very close to me and I can't wait.
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Brewed up a first runnings Quad with 90%pils/10% Munich only. Added 1lb of D2 yesterday to it. Happily chugging along at 68F on a repitch of Westmalle yeast. Debating adding another pound of D2 versus the dark candi sugar?You just gave me a great idea. I was planning on making a quad in a few weeks and two beers are better than one
Topped up the mash with pils, munich, vienna, caramunich, and carafa II for a Dusseldorf Alt for the second runnings. Fermenting along well at 58F with WY1007.
You know, in the past that when the hops I wanted weren't available, I took my bad luck as an opportunity to try out different hop varieties. A few years back during the hop crisis (was it 2008?), there wasn't as much demand for Nelson Sauvin, and I was pretty happy with the beers it made. Two years ago, I wasn't able to get any Simcoe, so I bought a pound of Apollo and was surprised by how bold and interesting the flavor and aroma was (I still consider it to be the #1 most underrated hop). So I say, try out some varieties you aren't familiar with. I know that, despite the "onion/garlic" thing many people get from Summit, I love that hop, and it is usually pretty readily available. And for every wonderful Simcoe/Amarillo IPA out there, there are plenty of delicious Summit/Apollo beers waiting to be brewed.I agree with you and I'll have to try some Apollo. I did order some Simcoe and Amarillo from Fresh hops though because I just can't do without them.
Thanks Jeff! I prefer pellets, but I will take what I can get at this point.I'm coming to the realization that I won't get any Amarillo hops this year and it feels like I've lost a loved one.Turn that frown into a smiley?