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by GuardianBrew
Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: Tasting & Experiencing
Topic: Brewers sensatized to hops? Noooo.
Replies: 10
Views: 63070

You don't need the hops to be "off the charts" to make a less malty IPA. Change your malt bill a bit. Keep caramel malts to a minimum, possibly change your base malt out for some pilsner malt. Experiment a bit. Hops aren't always the answer :)
by GuardianBrew
Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:16 am
Forum: Tasting & Experiencing
Topic: Brewers sensatized to hops? Noooo.
Replies: 10
Views: 63070

Totally in agreeance with the statements so far! I love me some big, hoppy, bitter, extreme beers. But like has been said so far, the lack of experience in so many of these brewers is incredibly apparent. One thing that really gets me is the competition that seems to be going on around my area of "m...
by GuardianBrew
Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Understanding my Water Analysis
Replies: 44
Views: 67183

i'll definitely try downloading that spreadsheet so see what i can figure out. i had thought about running through the mill twice as well. i think i'll leave everything the same and try that out to see how it helps.
by GuardianBrew
Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Anyone ever try hickory in their beer?
Replies: 5
Views: 10898

i do have a park with pits very nearby that I could try. Right now, rauch malt is what i'm going to be doing, but we'll see. I might try to smoke my own at some point with hickory
by GuardianBrew
Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Anyone ever try hickory in their beer?
Replies: 5
Views: 10898

Thanks guys! There are certainly a few ways I could go about it, I'll have to kick around some ideas for a week or so. I wish I had a smoker... Perhaps I could fashion one out of stuff I have laying around to just do a little stovetop smoking? I do think that toasting the hickory chips in the oven w...
by GuardianBrew
Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:22 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Understanding my Water Analysis
Replies: 44
Views: 67183

Thanks guys! I've read through that John Palmer chapter a few times, but I'm one of those who still doesn't quite "get it." I have worked for a few breweries around here, and from what I remember, none of them modified the water at all. But then again, I wasn't that excited about their beers either....
by GuardianBrew
Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:18 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Anyone ever try hickory in their beer?
Replies: 5
Views: 10898

Anyone ever try hickory in their beer?

So I am preparing to brew a beer for my buddy who just shipped out to Iraq. The idea is to brew a big, strong smoked stout, and age it until he gets back early next year. I asked him what he wanted, and he said "make it as close to bacon as possible." The man is obsessed with bacon, and as a result,...
by GuardianBrew
Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:58 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Understanding my Water Analysis
Replies: 44
Views: 67183

Hey guys! Been following these threads for a while and greatly appreciate the info. I figured I should chime in sooner or later, so why not now? I moved to the Seattle area a little over 2yrs ago, and the water here is from another world from where I learned to brew. My beers all have a very differe...