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Old 09-02-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Inspired by a Men's Journal article their "top 25 beers in the world," which is as arbitrary as you'd expect, but whatever where they describe Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA with this passage: "It should be impossible for a beer that's been hopped for 90 solid minutes (an average IPA gets 60) to be delicious; in fact, each sip should be like snorting aspirin" I decided to write an in-depth article explaining in the simplest terms and silliest metaphors how IBUs and hops work.

Come for the outdated DragonBall Z references, stay for the thorough beer nerdery. Comments / complaints / feedback / insults are welcome. Hope you enjoy it!

And here is the link: http://www.bear-flavored.com/2012/08...about-how.html



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Old 09-02-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAND!!!!!!

Fellow DBZ geek lol. Great article!



 
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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Excellent article. Very well written. And very detailed and thorough.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:13 PM   #4
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Your article has me wishing I went to high school in KS. It was a great read and the article mentioned in The Men's Journal would only encourage me to try DFH 90, if I was not already knowledgable of brewing science. I have also started snorting my aspirin daily and am considering freebasing Nyquil.

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Old 09-02-2012, 06:50 PM   #5
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Nice article. The IBU race is pointless if breweries aren't also focusing on making good beers. I had a triple(!) IPA from Knee Deep that smelled like a hop field pouring into the glass and had a really unpleasant (spoiled meat?) flavor in it. Sure they hopped the living crap out of it and the aroma was second to none, but the beer didn't taste good.

 
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:16 AM   #6
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Quote:
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Inspired by a Men's Journal article
Come for the outdated DragonBall Z references, stay for the thorough beer nerdery.
As my wife can attest when considering my girlfriends before her, I've come for less.

I'll check it out.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:14 PM   #7
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Your article has me wishing I went to high school in KS. It was a great read and the article mentioned in The Men's Journal would only encourage me to try DFH 90, if I was not already knowledgable of brewing science. I have also started snorting my aspirin daily and am considering freebasing Nyquil.
Hahahah.

Thanks for the feedback guys, I really appreciate it!

 
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:19 PM   #8
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"it taste like sticking your head into a cage full of bees that are covered in aspirin" -Lol

 
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:33 PM   #9
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OK, so I thought that IBU's only measured the 'converted' bittering alpha acids, so adding aroma hops or dry hops doesn't increase IBU at all. But your article seems to imply that this isn't so?

 
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OK, so I thought that IBU's only measured the 'converted' bittering alpha acids, so adding aroma hops or dry hops doesn't increase IBU at all. But your article seems to imply that this isn't so?
Any hops added during the boil will have some effect on bitterness, it depends on how long they boil and how long it takes to cool afterwards. Hops added at flameout will add very little IBUs, but they do contribute slightly



 
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