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Something a Little Different – Food Community

Hey gang – It’s John here. Thanks for reading our blog. It’s been a great run. We’re coming up on 10 years of putting out great information for you out of our sheer interest and desire to connect but things are getting expensive so this is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Here’s an interesting community to join if you’re into sharing your opinion.

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Waimea SMASH Beer Tasting

Waimea SMASH beer!!! John keeps rolling along with grinding out great SMASH beers for us to explore these hops. Waimea hops were part of our online voting poll that didn’t make the early cut.


Waimea SMASH Beer coming at you! Check it out!

Waimea Hops come from New Zealand and are listed as dual purpose hops. Primarily the breeding focused on bittering properties but, there are some unique aroma/flavor properties as well.

My first impressions on this hop was aromas of white grape and subtle blueberry floral qualities. Not very strong aroma presence for sure. Flavor was slightly different with tangerine and melon like qualities. Again neither was terribly strong and something that was easy to pin down or identify.

The commercial descriptors were focused on tangelo?!?!? What is a tangelo? Sort of a melon and tangerine mix, I suppose. There are also mention of pine needles and citrus.

An intriguing hop but I think it doesn’t have a distinctive enough character to be a showcase hop in your beer. We think this is a best reserved hop as to be blended into the a hop profile that fills in the gaps between maybe a couple more star player hops. I could see this working well with some Mosaic or Galaxy hops.

Have you brewed with Waimea yet? What’s your thoughts and do they agree with our assessment?
Let us know in the comments.


Russian Imperial Stout Tasting

This week John brings out a nearly two year old Russian Imperial Stout. He has two version of the beer. So we pour them both side by side and put my palate to the test.

October of 2015 we first time for this Russian Imperial Stout Tasting.

It was good then but as with all Imperial Stouts some age may do wonders for it. So John stashed away some bottles and this week he pulled out one of the last bottles of this version. Version? Yes there were two versions here. Some bottles have been quietly conditioning in the beer fridge. Sheltered from the mild swings of Johns basement temps. Another set of bottles were stored ambiently in the basement without active temperature control.

Upon first pouring both beers there was a wonderful chocolate and coconut aroma coming from the beers. Further inspection led to reveal that the cold stored version was the one with the real magical aroma. The ambient stout had a dulled roast note backed with some dark bread type of aroma. It was the cold stored beer that really sang in aroma with milk chocolate and coconut. The same differences held up in the flavor profiles.

The ambient beer is still a good stout. It was drier with less body. It was less sticky on the palate. The flavor was certainly more straight forward roast. A little aggressive actually. There was also a clear boozy quality to the ambient beer. The cold stored beer had a softer roast character with more chocolate and coconut. The body was bigger and more chewy. It ha d a complexity that was devine.

Hopefully, if there are any bottles left, the complexity will continue to improve and age out. Sadly there are probably no bottles of this left aside for some smaller format bottles for competition perhaps.

Oh well. I was surprised to see such a wonderful change in this stout. If one had simply aged the whole batch at ambient temps it would still be a great stout. Without the cold storage version however, you would have totally missed out on something very special.


Brew Dudes 2016 Year End Review

Last video of the year!!! This week we hit some highlights for us from 2016.

Beer, Mead and Cider we hit them all this year.

Some of the bigger accomplishments caught on camera this year were: More SMaSH brews with the latest hops on the market. Johns venture into kegging homebrew. Home brewer swaps!! Swapping beer with out readers, tasting them on camera and giving commentary.

We’ve been posting videos weekly for three years!!! Its still an evolving process as we figure out new content and play around with our audio/visual skills.

Please stay with us in 2017. We are planning more beer swaps, changes in A/V and more.
Got something you want to see more of? Less of? Let us know via email or with a comment below.

BREW ON 2017!

Brettanomyces Porter Experiment Tasting

It was six months ago that I brewed this high gravity porter. The beer drank nice but at that gravity for the start of summer, it was a bit too sweet. I saved some of that beer and pitched Brettanomyces C. into it. Here we are, 6 months later, giving it a taste. Check out this Brettanomyces Porter Experiment Tasting video!

At first pass, this beer had an aggressively off putting aroma. It took some time and a few sips before that aroma became a bit more balanced and not so….off. It is interesting to note because, when I put the flat beer in the bottle for carbonating, there were some subtle fruit aromas that one would expect from Brettanomyces Claussenii.

The first sip was fairly aggressive too. Not sour but truly a strange meld of Bretty funk and hidden porter. The roast character has faded away to nothing but there was an odd leathery and mildly fruity flavor profile that I sort of warmed up to as the beer warmed in the glass. I think we bother agreed that this experiment still needs something else to make it really palatable.

Not sure what to really make of this experiment. At John’s urging I guess I’ll keep it around a bit more and see where it goes in another 6 months… I am tempted to maybe split what little of it I have into two smaller growlers and doctor one with fruit or fresh wort or something. I might also see if I can just get the Brett C. up and going in a totally fresh wort just for kicks too.

So many choices but most of them just for fun. I don’t see a real path to something successful here. But that’s the joy of home brewing for you. Stay tuned maybe you’ll see some of these ideas pan out in reality in another 6 months!!!


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