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Old 06-30-2011, 02:10 PM   #3076
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could someone who is familiar with these give me recs on what to try?
these two are very hoppy but also very different from your standard American Pale Ale/India Pale Ales which are most the most popular introductions to "bitter beer."


they're essentially the same beer but made with domestic ingredients - the Brooklyn version features Amarillo hops (and they're gorgeous in this beer) while the Schneider one has two different varieties of Hallertau.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:55 PM   #3077
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cardsman: If you feel like experimenting I highly suggest open fermenting half the wort of your Weizen. Open fermentation yields pretty good results for Weizen from what I've seen (most notably an extra bit of banana).
There's also a pretty good BrewingTV episode on open fermentation, it's episode 4, tasting notes a little later (episode 6)
http://www.brewingtv.com/episodes/?currentPage=7
All my brewing, fermenting, and racking is done at my friend's house, will have to see if he's open to this, but does sound interesting to try!!
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:56 PM   #3078
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I always use whatever noble hop I have lying around and keep the IBUs ~10-15, but honestly it really doesn't matter much since the main purpose hops serve in a Hefe is just to balance the maltiness.

I've tried a few Hefes w/ late hop additions and, personally, I'm not a big fan. I like to let the yeast do all the work.
I agree, was just thinking that some hops might lend themselves to hefes better than others. I definitely don't like late hop additions for aroma. Gumballhead has this and I think it tastes like grapefruit juice.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:43 PM   #3079
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hi guys

been trying to get into more hoppy beers, which i have found that i enjoy alot. could someone who is familiar with these give me recs on what to try?

my favorites i have tried so far are stone ipa and lagunitas ipa...any suggestions would be appreciated
Here's a really good resource:

http://beeradvocate.com/lists/style/116
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:23 PM   #3080
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hi guys

been trying to get into more hoppy beers, which i have found that i enjoy alot. could someone who is familiar with these give me recs on what to try?

my favorites i have tried so far are stone ipa and lagunitas ipa...any suggestions would be appreciated
Assuming your in the states and ever in Michigan, check out Huma-Lupa-Licious by Short's.

I would highly recommend any Short's beers to anyone who happens to wander in Michigan. They have some crazy ideas (Key Lime Pie) but hit the mark with them most of the time.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:57 PM   #3081
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hi guys

been trying to get into more hoppy beers, which i have found that i enjoy alot. could someone who is familiar with these give me recs on what to try?

my favorites i have tried so far are stone ipa and lagunitas ipa...any suggestions would be appreciated
Cigar City Jai Alai is one of my favorite IPA's. Sierra Nevada is a super accessible beer and a great Pale Ale and good for drinking tons of in a sitting. Lagunitas also makes a beer called Hop Stoopid which is one of my favorites.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:49 PM   #3082
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thanks for the advice guys,

wraths i literally just got home from the liquor store and picked up a hop stoopid....for 3.50 a bottle it definitely will be a go to beer, very good. thanks
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:35 AM   #3083
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+1 to the Hop Stoopid

I recommend Ithica's Flower Power too if looking for a good hop bomb.

and Green Flash's West Coast IPA


these two breweries also make excellent Reds..

Cascazilla and Hop Head Red, respectively.

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Old 07-01-2011, 08:36 AM   #3084
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I've been looking for Green Flash to no avail. I think I'm gonna go raid the local craft beer store today and try to search out some good stuff.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:20 AM   #3085
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/di...-the-pour.html

Good article in the NY Time about Kolsch as an overlooked style.

I brewed a Kolsch before summer and it turned out to be my best brew in 2 years of brewing, granted the first year was all extract and now I brew all grain but still. My wife and I flew through the 5 gallon batch entirely too quickly, will probably be a staple in my newly finished keezer.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:01 PM   #3086
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+1 to the Hop Stoopid

I recommend Ithica's Flower Power too if looking for a good hop bomb.

and Green Flash's West Coast IPA


these two breweries also make excellent Reds..

Cascazilla and Hop Head Red, respectively.
flower power is good, i want my house to smell like that beer

had my first firestone double jack last night, that is a fine brew as well

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Old 07-01-2011, 12:57 PM   #3087
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/di...-the-pour.html

Good article in the NY Time about Kolsch as an overlooked style.

I brewed a Kolsch before summer and it turned out to be my best brew in 2 years of brewing, granted the first year was all extract and now I brew all grain but still. My wife and I flew through the 5 gallon batch entirely too quickly, will probably be a staple in my newly finished keezer.
Thanks for the article. I've really enjoyed the few Kolsch's that I've been able to find locally, and I've brewed variations of them myself a couple of times.

I just finalized a recipe last night to be brewed this weekend that I'm hoping is very close to a traditional Kolsch. The major difference is I'm using American hops of noble lineage just because I prefer whole hops and it's hard to find fresh whole German hops.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:33 PM   #3088
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Hopsdirect has Saaz and Spalter leaf hops in stock for ~$10 a lb FWIW.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:47 PM   #3089
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Gonna order a lb of each and divvy it up among my friends. Managed to get a 12pk of Sierra Nevada Best of Beer Camp beers today.

Also got Southern Hemisphere Harvest and Blue Point Brewery Pale Ale.

Looking forward to tonight!
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:59 PM   #3090
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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/di...-the-pour.html

Good article in the NY Time about Kolsch as an overlooked style.

I brewed a Kolsch before summer and it turned out to be my best brew in 2 years of brewing, granted the first year was all extract and now I brew all grain but still. My wife and I flew through the 5 gallon batch entirely too quickly, will probably be a staple in my newly finished keezer.
That was a pretty cool article. I really would like to meet Garret Oliver on a side note.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:00 PM   #3091
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The beer camp pack is pretty legit. I <3 me some Weizenbock.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:19 PM   #3092
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Anyone in here got magazine subscriptions to beer magazines and willing to pass on some old ones?
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:00 PM   #3093
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Also thoughts on the Juniper Black Ale:
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A - Very dark black like a stout. Tan colored head with great head retention.

S - Smells like a hoppy stout. Can detect a lot of sweetness in it as well.

T - Pretty bitter, don't really detect juniper. Toffee/caramel notes are in there as well, but the bitterness really shines. Burnt popcorn towards the end.

M - Alcohol is prevalent, warms my mouth throughout even after not sipping for a minute.

D - It's got a really strong, bitter taste. I don't think I could drink a lot of these in a single sitting.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:02 PM   #3094
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Also, I'll have to check into the acid rest w/ respect to enhancing clove flavors (<3 <3 <3 cloves if you can't tell). I can't really figure out why that would be the case, but then again there are a lot of things about brewing that we can't totally explain w/ science but it just seems to work (i.e. First Wort Hopping).
I just happened to come across this tonight while reading Gordon Strong's "Brewing Better Beer."

He calls the rest for a hefe weizen at the 111 F to 115 F range the "ferulic acid" rest, and says to rest there for 10 minutes which will "develop ferulic acid which weizen yeast metabolize to produce clovelike 4-vinyl guaiacol." (pg. 31)
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:08 PM   #3095
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Ballast point skulpin is the nectar of the gods. Quite possibly my favorite ipa ever.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:50 PM   #3096
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heys guys.i want to start brewing beer at home.i want to read some books before buying any equipment.sooo any suggestions on what books to buy?
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:52 PM   #3097
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´´homebrewing for dummies´´ has great ratings.good book to start with?
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:39 PM   #3098
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The Papazian book is the bible for homebrewers.

btw - had Brooklyn Summer Ale (comes in a can) and was very impressed. i don't normally like that style, but this one has a real nice lemony finish but a decent amount of hop flavor. highly recommended.
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heys guys.i want to start brewing beer at home.i want to read some books before buying any equipment.sooo any suggestions on what books to buy?
"How to Brew" by John Palmer (The 1st edition is available free online)

If you're interested in eventually going all grain also read:

"Brewing Better Beer" by Gordon Strong

It's a new book so you won't find a ton of people raving about it like you will Palmer's book, but its a great book for all grain brewing.
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The Papazian book is the bible for homebrewers.

btw - had Brooklyn Summer Ale (comes in a can) and was very impressed. i don't normally like that style, but this one has a real nice lemony finish but a decent amount of hop flavor. highly recommended.
Yessssss. Their Summer Ale is the best beer of theirs that I've tried yet. +1 on highly recommend.
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