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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: June 16, 2014, 09:10:27 AM »
Just saw on the news that Tony Gwynn passed away. What a terrible loss for baseball. Seems like he just retired.

What a sweet swing he had.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this week?
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:49:09 AM »
I'm thinking something like: All Pils, All Mandarina Bavaria hops, and Bell's Oberon Yeast. Should have a nice orangeyness to it that should be pleasant in July.

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Ingredients / Re: Choke Cherry Juice
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:50:57 PM »
What does it taste like? (Edit: I see Mort already asked this. I am still very curious about it.) The Chokecherries I have had come across as very tannic. Personally, I have always wanted to make a stout with chokecherries. Maybe use some American Oak, and Brett C as well. Seems like a lot of flavors that would go well together there.

As for the adding it aspect. Seems like you would want to ferment your base beer, and then make some samples in a glass with it. That would give you a good idea as to the amount you want to use for the full batch.

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Ingredients / Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:13:33 PM »

Another hop I like is Glacier.  Makes a real nice flavor/aroma hop in APA.

+1 I love Glacier! Works really well in an English IPA with EKG, or First Gold. Another two I don't see get mentioned are UK Sovereign and Bodaciea. They are showcased in Left Hand's 400 lb monkey.

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Ingredients / Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:02:54 PM »
A lot of good posts here, but some of you have been naughty and neglected to tell us why you like to use these hops.  How do you use them?  What qualities do they have?

I'd like to know something about Bullion, Target, Northdown, Warrior, Cluster, Serebrianka, Perle, Santiam, Celeia from the people who use and like them.

I know Warrior is good for bittering, but have you used it for finishing?  The others are unfamiliar to me.

Sure thing!

Serebrianka - Very lovely aroma that is reminiscent of fresh tobacco. A nice spiciness to it. I like this in pretty much everything: Scottish and English Ales, Saisons, Pale American Lagers. I think it is particularly good in darker beers.

Perle -  I get herbs like English Thyme, and Rosemary, with a really nice noble spiciness. It has a smooth bitterness to it. Some people say they get a prominent mint note from it. I do not. I like it in German Lagers and ales, Saisons, and as a compliment to American hops in AIPAs.

Celeia - A lot like Styrian Goldings, but with a more lemony aroma. I use it as a single hop in a Patersbier type brew. All pils malt, all celeia and wyeast 3787. Nice refreshing beverage for the summer.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Uerige Doppelsticke
« on: May 25, 2014, 05:52:23 PM »
I would love it if I could get this fresh. Every time I have purchased it, it has been skunked.

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Ingredients / Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« on: May 25, 2014, 05:48:43 PM »
Serebrianka, Perle, Santiam, Celeia. All very nice and versatile.

+1 to Brewer's Gold and Cluster.

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I've got a nice four day weekend here, so I will try to do a little of everything. Kegging a CAP, which I hope has come out nicely, since I apparently used Cluster and a mystery hop. Also kegging a sour and a braggot. Going to then brew up another sour and braggot. Then plant the rest of the garden and do some kayaking as well.

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Ingredients / Re: Need help for a authentic baltic porter.
« on: May 21, 2014, 12:04:00 PM »
I would a "Black Strap" version of molasses, and blend it with an invert sugar (or use Lyle's Golden Syrup).

This site has the dilution method for it:
http://www.unholymess.com/blog/beer-brewing-info/making-brewers-invert/comment-page-1

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All Things Food / Re: Where to buy spices online
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:25:08 AM »
http://www.thespicehouse.com/

They are my favorite for what I cannot find locally. I met the owners, and they are really excellent folks. Quality of ingredients is also better than what I find around town as well.

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Hop Growing / Re: 2014 hop gardens
« on: May 16, 2014, 09:18:10 AM »


I am new to growing hops, but mine took off like a rocket compared to last year.  Should I be concerned or am I just going to have an early crop?

-Tony

No concern at all! You have a much more established root system. You may get an early crop, but I have found hops to have a pretty predictable harvest time, which I believe is more related to the amount of sunlight the plant is getting. You should get a bigger harvest this year though!

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 12, 2014, 05:03:28 PM »
Just did the Buffalo Trace tour. Really well done, and what a beautiful location. Was a bit of a tease watching them bottle Pappy van Winkle 23 year. Gonna have to buy that ASAP. Going to Four Roses tomorrow.

Good luck finding Pappy.  It's on allocation and a lot goes over seas.

Yup. They were bottling it for the Japanese buyers who were standing by watching them bottle it.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 11, 2014, 05:19:33 PM »
If you are in Kentucky try to find Town Branch bourbon. That's a special treat, not very expensive either. Has the most wonderful cinnamon character. It's one of my favorite whiskeys right now.

Will do! They were recommended to us when we were in Frankfort. I will pick up a bottle on the way home.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 08, 2014, 03:39:51 PM »
Just did the Buffalo Trace tour. Really well done, and what a beautiful location. Was a bit of a tease watching them bottle Pappy van Winkle 23 year. Gonna have to buy that ASAP. Going to Four Roses tomorrow.

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The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 07, 2014, 08:05:02 AM »
Let's face it, we all buy light beers from the main brands and they have a place in our beer economy.
No we don't, and they don't.  I know that what you're saying applies to many people, but I don't buy and drink their beers.  I doubt I'm alone.  It's not snobbery, I just genuinely don't prefer that kind of beer.  I think it is only suitable for 100+ degree days and drinking games, and since I live in the NW and I'm no longer in college . . .

Yeah, the implication that "we all drink BMC" is a bit absurd. I'm not saying I would never drink a BMC but I can count on one hand the number of BMCs I have had in the last 5 years.

Agreed. Also, if someone just hands me one, I will just hold it as a prop rather than drinking it. I don't feel the need to drink it, and would often prefer not to have "that conversation" with my family again.

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