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Old 02-09-2008, 06:54 AM   #41
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I like IPA's and IIPA's but I have not made one yet, The Hops are hard to find for me and I think it would take me forever to drink 5 gallons because im the only one around here that likes them. But I dont like them So much to where Ill sit around and drink 4 or 5 a day like I do with my other brews.

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Old 02-09-2008, 10:00 AM   #42
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I'm not a hophead, never have been. And if 10-some-odd years of homebrewing hasn't changed that, nothing will.
I don't know about that Bernie...maybe you should talk to Yooper.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:13 AM   #43
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IMO the IBU system of measuring hop presence in beer is seriously flawed. A GOOD IPA may have 100IBU and taste fabulous, but one made with the wrong hop variety could have 50 IBU and taste horrible. IMO the IBU content should be matched to the style, but the variety of hop used has WAY more to do with whether or not the hops overpower the malt.

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Old 02-09-2008, 12:49 PM   #44
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IMO the IBU system of measuring hop presence in beer is seriously flawed. A GOOD IPA may have 100IBU and taste fabulous, but one made with the wrong hop variety could have 50 IBU and taste horrible. IMO the IBU content should be matched to the style, but the variety of hop used has WAY more to do with whether or not the hops overpower the malt.
Yes, I think that's the key. Even though Brewtopia started me on the path to hopheadness, every hoppy beer that I love has balance. An IIPA has a malty backbone, for example. I would not like a flawed beer that covered the flaws with hops.

But, I really think you are on to something with the tasting. I LOVE spicy food. Thai food, African food, Indian food. I adore coffee. I can't stand anything sweet or creamy- I hate ice cream, chocolate, puddings, cake, frosting. So, the sweet-ish syrupy beers are not my thing at all. That's why I've gravitated toward the hops- it's a blast of things going on in the bitterness, the flavor, the aroma and the balance of malt that I love. Wow- it's not even 8 AM and I'm talking myself into an IPA!
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:20 PM   #45
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WTF? What's wrong with being close to 50?
Haha! Nothing wrong with it at all. It's just that around age 50, ye olde tastebuds start to die off and differentiating tastes begins to get more difficult. Sorry for any confusion!
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:10 PM   #46
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WTF? What's wrong with being close to 50?


Whoa There!! Back up the f-ing truck. You are MY age, and I am NOT close to 50!!!! I am still on the low side of the forties, dammit!!!!

for a few more months, anyway.........
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:19 PM   #47
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Whoa There!! Back up the f-ing truck. You are MY age, and I am NOT close to 50!!!! I am still on the low side of the forties, dammit!!!!

for a few more months, anyway.........
Well, you're right- I'm 44 (in a couple of weeks). But my husband is 53. And, actually, he's pretty hot! But, 50 is creeping up on me too! I have about 2 years until retirement, though- so getting older rocks!
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:08 PM   #48
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Well, you're right- I'm 44 (in a couple of weeks). But my husband is 53. And, actually, he's pretty hot! But, 50 is creeping up on me too! I have about 2 years until retirement, though- so getting older rocks!
LOL...I'm 43 myself.
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:32 PM   #49
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But, 50 is creeping up on me too!
I used to think it was creeping up on me...now it seems like it's running straight towards me, at Jesse Owens speed!

I'm just a touch older than you Yoop, turned 44 last September. At least I got to turn 44 in Paris, that took some of the sting out of it. Tell your hubby to take you to Paris for your birthday!
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:26 PM   #50
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I am completely new to homebrewing but I have to agree that I am not a huge fan of super-hoppy beers. I have been trying to increase my appreciation of hoppy microbrews for years, but I still find myself coming back to the maltier varieties.

In another thread, I came across this chart:
Hops-Gravity Relationship

You could use this chart to ensure that your beer ended up on the maltier side, even if you are brewing a higher gravity beer.

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