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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Could we have moon beer?
« on: November 14, 2009, 09:00:12 AM »
I don't know if they'll brew in space, but the rules haven't prevented people taking alcohol with them into space. In my former career I designed air quality monitoring equipment, and I had a few conversations with some people involved in designing equipment used on the shuttle. They were primarily concerned about the possible presence of toxic compounds, primarily as outgassing from components. What they found was traces of ethanol, on every flight. For obvious PR reasons, NASA never publicized the data, but a quiet investigation turned up evidence that there was some booze smuggled on most flights, going back to Gemini. No word on whether they found any trace hop aromatics.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The hoppiest beer in history?!
« on: November 13, 2009, 11:28:17 AM »
The recipe? Well, 18' pale malt, 1.5' Caramel 20L, 1.5' Munich 10L, mash at 151° for 90 minutes. Boil 90 minutes. 4' corn sugar added at end of boil.
4 oz Columbus pellets in mash
4 oz Columbus pellets first wort
4 oz Columbus pellets in 75 min.
2.5 oz Columbus pellets in 60 min.
1.5 oz Cascade pellets in at 50, 45, 40, 25, 15, 10, and 5 min., and at knockout
1.5 oz Centennial whole at 35, 30, 15, 10, and 5 min, and at knockout
1.5 oz. Simcoe whole at 20 min.
3 oz each Centennial whole, Simcoe whole, and Cascade pellets dry hops. These were put in sequentially (ie not all at the same time) for 5 days each.
1 gallon starter of Wyeast 1056 American Ale

OG 1.098
FG 1.025
10.0 % abv

I originally intended to use more Simcoe, but on brewday found out I did not have the unopened bag I thought I had. With a brewery named after a cat, I intended to get more "cat urine" in there. :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The hoppiest beer in history?!
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:22:45 PM »
Jeez, Rob ... make it a bit easier!

Rats! I forgot my email was in my profile. I should have had you try to figure it out after drinking a couple pints of Hop 50.

General Homebrew Discussion / The hoppiest beer in history?!
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:30:47 PM »
Ruination? - Light beer!
90 minute? - Your time has run out!
Pliny? - Please!

I hereby lay claim to having made the hoppiest beer in history! I welcome your stories to come knock me off my perch!  :D

I turned 50 last week, and my party is Saturday. My wife turned 50 back in March, and she asked for an Orval clone for her party. (It came out really nice.) So back in March I was already thinking about what I should make. I knew it had to be a hop bomb, but what exactly to do? 50 years, 50 ibus? Nothing special there. How about: 50 ounces of hops? That's right, I used 50 ounces of hops in one ten gallon batch of what I'm calling Hop50. I took my Double IPA recipe and increased the gravity a little, and started acquiring hops. Columbus, cascade, centennial, and simcoe. Despite being advised to cheat by using a bunch of low alpha hops to get to the 50 ounce level (I was offered 25 oz of 0.6% alpha Tettnang), I stuck with varieties appropriate for a Double Imperial. Mash hops, first wort hops, additions every 5 minutes, plus dry hops. It calculates to 362 ibu, but I'm well aware that this is way past the level of solubility for bitterness. The OG was 1.098, FG is 1.025. I ended up with about 7.5 gallons in the fermenter. I lost nearly three gallons to wetting the hops, and that's using mostly pellets!

The finished beer is certainly the highest hop flavor I've ever experienced. However, the perceived bitterness is not as high as I expected. My wife says there's so much going on there that you just can't experience it all (she's a BJCP Master, so she's probably right). The aroma is strong, but not overpowering. If I could afford to do it again, I'd move more of the hops into dry hopping. The malt character (yes, it has detectable malt!) supports the beer really well. I wouldn't change a thing there.

Finally, for the record, Siamese Moose is a new name for my on-line activities, and this is my first post under that name. I'll send a party invite to the first person who names me!  ;D

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