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ZOMBIE HOPS!!!! back from the dead!

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All things die

This year, after having a wonderful early spring with sun and warmth a plenty,  Mother Nature decided to be a real dick for about 5 weeks. With cool temperatures and more rain than i knew what to to with, all my my hop plants died.  Or so I thought.  After a good amount of care, fertilizing, and pruning of dead leaves, my hop plants have recovered, starting to grow once more.  Hopefully I can still get some harvest out of my two second year hops, but the first year are really struggling. Here are some pics:

Nugget second year

Goldings second year

Sterling year 1

Willamette year 1

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Coconut Porter Tasting

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Coconut Porter

Brewing with coconut has been an a desire of mine for some time.  I’ve only have had a few wonderful coconut beers, so this was my first shot in the dark. It tasted ok, but really, not too impressive.  I toasted the dried coconuts on the stove for about 15 – 20 min before putting them into the secondary for about 10 days.

Appearance: A wonderful Dark brown that has a honey/amber undertone to it

Nose: Big time Chocolate and some coconut aromas.  Malty with hints of dark fruit and plum

Taste: easy start with a big coconut, hop , dark chocolate mid flavor. the blend of flavors gave an almost metal taste.  Kinda weird, but if i cut the hop character, I think it would just be coconut flavor

Mouthfeel: nice carb, but the flavor is a bit cloying

Overall:  6/10.  Kick up the coconut and drop some hops.  The base beer was a great start on this beer.