2 beer mails today, one from Australia the other Norway. Thank…

2 beer mails today, one from Australia the other Norway. Thank you Mick & Morten

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #AustralianCraftBeer #AustralianBeer #NorwegianCraftBeer #NorwegianBeer @littlebrotherbrewery @cervisiamno @hopnationbeer @sailorsgravebrewing @foxhatbrewing (at Victoria Park, Barry)

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Some @ueberquell beers just arrived! Thanks Toby. #CraftBeer…

Some @ueberquell beers just arrived! Thanks Toby.

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #überquell #uberquell (at Victoria Park, Barry)

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Last of the FreshiesHere’s one last fresh hop beer for the…

Last of the Freshies

Here’s one last fresh hop beer for the season, Sodbuster V: The Simcoe Strikes Back. As you might’ve guessed, the guys at Gigantic Brewing picked up a ton of fresh Simcoe from Sodbuster Farms hops to give their IPA a mighty hop flavor. It’s still tasting super fresh. It’s full of tangy citrus and a heaping handfuls of fresh herbs. Lemon grass and lemons. It’s got that same fresh bell pepper flavor I was talking about, but again, I don’t mind it.

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#Beer 439. Infra Red by Hardknott. 7/10. Earthy #Hardknott…

#Beer 439. Infra Red by Hardknott. 7/10. Earthy #Hardknott #Millom #Cumbria #InfraRed #IPA #ArtPlusBrewing #BeerArt #BeerDiary #BeerGeek #BeerGram #BeerPorn #BeerReview #Beerstagram #BrewPix #CraftBeer #CraftNotCrap #Fanaticbeer #GraphicDesign #Helvetica #illustration #InstaArt #InstaBeer #RateBeerBest #RealAle #spreadthebeer #vector

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BACK IT’S THE MUTHAHOPPIN BREW GODSUm, yes, that is a reference…

BACK IT’S THE MUTHAHOPPIN BREW GODS

Um, yes, that is a reference to the worst– and that’s saying a lot– Limp Bizkit song.  Did you expect anything less?

After not posting (but still brewing) for way too long, here comes another double dose of hop insanity!  Over a year after our last quintuple IPA marathon, after countless solo experiments, Chad and I have reunited to irresponsibly use hops!  We’ve got two sides of the same lupulin drenched coin– a monster West Coast Double IPA and a new school juice machine NEIPA.  This time we’ve got several secret weapons:  years of disolved oxygen reduction experiments (thanks carboy caps and CO2 tank!) and the most deadly weapon:  CRYO HOPS!  PHENOMENAL LUPULIN POWER! Itty bitty pellet space.

First up comes Destroyer of the Universe:  Born of a fever dream of Chad’s (as in he really had a dream that the best IPA brewed ever used honey) and my excessive love of Amon Amarth and Double (Triple?) IPA.  Citra and Centennial hops were selected to compliment the Orange Blossom Honey.  We used a 225 ppm SO4/ 75 ppm Cl ratio, plus some old school resinous hops to make this monster give some dank double kick bass and death growls to it’s melodic tremolo picking of citrus and floral.

  • Grain Bill:  .5#honey malt, 14# Rahr 2-row, 3# Rahr Pale Ale Malt
  • 1oz Centennial, .5 oz Nugget First Wort boil 90 min
  • Extra second runnings added after 30 min of boiling down the wort
  • 1 oz Chinook boil 15 min
  • 1 oz Simoce boil 10 min
  • 1.5# Orange Blossom Honey flameout
  • 1 oz Centennial, .1 oz Citra, .5 Nugget Flame Out
  • 1 oz Chinook, 1 oz Simcoe, 1 oz Centennial, 1 oz Cryo Citra whirlpool
  • 2 packets of US-05
  • 1oz Citra, 1 oz Centennial Dry Hop day 4
  • 2 oz Simcoe Cryo dry hop 4 days before bottling.

Our as yet untitled but soon to be cleverly named NEIPA went the opposite direction.  150 ppm Cl/ 75 ppm SO4 ratio, no Irish Moss, and super juicy hops will make this a hit with all the #HazeBros.  A little Nugget and Simcoe should add that little hoppy edge that reminds you that you’re still drinking an IPA and not 8% orange juice.  I don’t know if it was the 30 minute boil, the wheat, or the lack of irish moss, but this looked like straight hop haze going into the fermenter.

  • Grain Bill:  .25# honey malt, 1.5 White Wheat, 10.75 Rahr 2-Row, 3# Rahr Pale Ale Malt
  • .5 oz Nugget First Wort boil 30 min
  • .5 oz Simcoe, .5 oz Nugget boil 15 min
  • 1 oz Mosaic Cryo, 1 oz Citra Cryo, 2 oz Galaxy, .5 oz Simcoe Whirlpool
  • 2 smack packs Wyeast 1318 London Ale III
  • 1oz Mosaic Cryo, 1 oz Citra Dry hop day 3
  • 1 oz Mosaic Cryo, 1oz Citra cryo  Dry hop 4 days before bottling.

During the Brew Day we sampled some tasty brews from Bearded Iris, Creature Comforts, Blackberry Farms, Monday Night Brewing, Green Bench, and Evil Twin.  It was a surprisingly non-disaster brew day, the only hiccup we encountered was that I left my scale for measuring the mineral additions back in Georgia.  We were unsuccessful in finding a scale that measured fractions of a gram until we decided to hit up the local head shop.  Success!

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#Beer 437. The Lawn Mower by The Backyard Brewery. 7/10. A…

#Beer 437. The Lawn Mower by The Backyard Brewery. 7/10. A crisp, pale and light tasting lager #TheBackyardBrewery #TheLawnMower #Falkenberg #Sweden #ArtPlusBrewing #BeerArt #BeerDiary #BeerGeek #BeerGram #BeerPorn #BeerReview #Beerstagram #BrewPix #CraftBeer #CraftNotCrap #Fanaticbeer #GraphicDesign #Helvetica #illustration #InstaArt #InstaBeer #RateBeerBest #RealAle #spreadthebeer #vector

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Perlenbacher WeissBier. Watch the video beer review here…

Perlenbacher WeissBier. Watch the video beer review here www.youtube.com/realaleguide

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #PerlenbacherWeissbier #Perlenbacher #WeissBier #Germancraftbeer #GermanBeer (at Victoria Park, Barry)

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Harbour Antipodean IPA. Watch the video beer review here…

Harbour Antipodean IPA. Watch the video beer review here www.youtube.com/realaleguide

#CraftBeer #RealAle #Ale #Beer #Beerporn #HarbourAntipodeanIPA #AntipodeanIPA #HarbourBrewingCompany #HarbourBrewing #Harbour #BritishCraftBeer #BritishBeer (at Victoria Park, Barry)

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Two For OneIt wasn’t supposed to be a vertical tasting. I…

Two For One

It wasn’t supposed to be a vertical tasting. I grabbed an old bottle of The Dissident out of the closet on a whim – the fridge was empty. We still have two bottles from 2014, so it didn’t seem like it would be a great loss from the collection. I poured a couple glasses, took a few sips, and then Sarah tipped my glass over. In my haste to absorb the mess, I knocked Sarah’s snifter off the couch.

In five minutes we soaked the house in beer, three year old beer at that – the couch still smells faintly of sour, stale beer. We really need a coffee table. To make amends, Sarah grabbed out a second bottle, this one from 2015. And that’s how we ended up tasting two vintages in one night. 

Happily, I actually prefered the 2015. Neither vintage was showing signs of age – well, no positive signs of age. Without the secondary fermentation Brettanomyces creates, the beer doesn’t change all that much year to year. The fruit faded more from the 2014 vintage, though it also had half as much fruit to begin with. The 2015 was far more lively and bright. Both have thinned out substantially. I remember the Dissident being rather burly for a Flanders style thing.

Has the beer grown in the last few years? No. Has it gotten worse? No. They’ve gone a little grey around the temples. The fruit has gone down along with the sweetness, but the acidity level stays the same. I wish there was a new funk to fill in the gaps, but alas I fear the beer has peaked.

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#Beer 436. Tiger by Everards 6/10 Copper ale #Tiger #Everards…

#Beer 436. Tiger by Everards 6/10 Copper ale #Tiger #Everards #Leicestershire #ArtPlusBrewing #BeerArt #BeerDiary #BeerGeek #BeerGram #BeerPorn #BeerReview #Beerstagram #BrewPix #CraftBeer #CraftNotCrap #Fanaticbeer #GraphicDesign #Helvetica #illustration #InstaArt #InstaBeer #RateBeerBest #RealAle #spreadthebeer #vector

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