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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Victory Swing - Session Saison
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:28:28 AM »
3711 throws so much character off that is tastes nice and refreshing everytime I make one.

Yes.  Swing is so lifeless it makes me think they used whatever house yeast they have and called it a saison.  I'm a big fan of many of their beers, so this was very disappointing.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Victory Swing - Session Saison
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:56:16 AM »
I struggle making low ABV beers I really enjoy, in general.  But I've made a pretty good very simple low ABV saison.  I believe I used T-58.  Came out great.


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Victory Swing - Session Saison
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:13:51 AM »
Ew.  I really wanted this to be good.  It is not.

Almost no aroma.  Almost no flavor other than "soapy" followed by a lingering hop bitterness.

If I brewed this, I would be disappointed.  And it actually reminds me of a light lager that I brewed a number of years ago that I dumped.

I gave the glass to my wife, she said "it tastes like soap."  I poured it out. I have five in the fridge for anyone who wants them.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another Starter Question
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:29:29 AM »
the claim is nothing but conjecture masquerading as fact.

I think you're drawing bright lines where reality is a continuum.  Rather than go by "rules" I will follow my experience.

My beers typically sit in the fermenter for up to a month.  I have not experienced autolysis.  Perhaps, as you say, my beers are not getting better by being exposed to the trub but experience tells me they are not getting worse.  I'm sure there is an outside date at which this would change, but I haven't hit it yet (not that I am trying to or tempting fate).  I do my aging in cornies, so for anything that will get extended aging it comes off the yeast.

Bottom line is you should try it both ways and do whichever you prefer.  But I don't think anyone is well served by being alarmed at bugaboos that may not be relevant at the home level.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another Starter Question
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:12:15 PM »
Go ahead and transfer if that's what you want to do.

I've yet to observe off flavors from autolysis and I haven't used a secondary in years.

So, in my experience your facts are irrelevant.  They may still be facts but not ones  concerned with.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:30:44 PM »
Hey, we're all adults, in a way.

I may be aging, but I am not maturing.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:37:21 PM »
Janis,
How about a ball park on when the other judge centers results will be posted. I'm afraid we'll all wear out our refresh buttons LOL
Hi Jim,

It's going to take a lot longer if I have to keep answering Forum posts and e-mails asking me about this.  As of this afternoon there are 7 sets of results posted.  I'm stuck on one competition today, so that may be all that gets posted tomorrow.  I was hoping to get all of them posted this week.

Cheers,
Janis

Ok, I took one for the team there guys. Leave Janis alone. :o

I was going to say we clearly have you to blame, but you're faster at typing than I.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:25:54 PM »
Woo Hoo! it's official, I got two out of four through to finals. my 16E (1st) entry and my marzen(3rd.. but with a 41.5) are headed to grand rapids without me. Take good care of them Mr. UPS guy.

Congrats.  Waiting to see Chicago.  Hopeful, but not expectant.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another Starter Question
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:23:17 PM »
I dunno.  I like my LHBS and the people there seem really nice.  But the couple of times I've had questions (one was about the Belle Saison yeast, I think) they haven't been particularly knowledgeable.  I've come to the realization that I probably have more brewing experience than they do. 

Of course, their largest customer base is also new brewers, so simple easy answers are probably the best way to go.

That said, they're probably fed up with know-it-all douches coming in and acting like they know everything.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:47:28 PM »
It causes their body temp to rise crazy fast. Hyperthermia?

I have read cats are the same. Anytime I'm in the kitchen messing with hops, my butthead of a cat is clawing at me thinking I am messing with cheese or treats.
I asked my vet about this and she consulted some of her professional sources. She told me cats are not at risk from hops and most dogs will just get sick. Greyhounds have the greatest risk and almost all reported fatalities have been greyhounds.

I've seen a dog die from eating chocolate so I, personally, would not take a chance.

Not my dog, for the record. Upstairs neighbor at the time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:12:28 PM »
I believe their body heat goes out of control and it can be fatal.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:31:31 AM »
It seems familiar. Everything you have said. Except our whole family gets in on brew day. The dog loves when I spill spent grains

You probably know this already, but keep the dog away from the hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:57:54 PM »
Maybe that's more of an issue when using dry heat in an oven, where you generally use higher temps for a longer period of time. I'm thinking that if the "Sanitize" setting on dishwashers lead to weakened glass, there'd be some kind of cautions on the machine. It would just take one glass baby bottle breaking in some kids face for some serious law suits.

I always understood this to be one of the main reasons crystal should not go through a dishwasher, but be washed by hand.  Crystal glasses, being thinner, may be more susceptible to cracking/weakening from heat.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:16:05 AM »
For me it's the raspberries survived the winter!!

Paul

Yes, they survived the winter.  Now they need to survive the rabbits.

And deer.

I don't typically need to worry about deer within Chicago.  But the rabbits are fat and plentiful.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:42:28 AM »
For me it's the raspberries survived the winter!!

Paul

Yes, they survived the winter.  Now they need to survive the rabbits.

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