« on: September 06, 2012, 03:25:45 PM »
Lots of bottling to do. Got all my single hopped APAs and a wet-hopped Amber to do.
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As I think about this, I've read lots of wine reviews that say "flavors of tobacco" along with other things like leather that you would never actually put in the wine.
Perhaps the flavors come from the oak? There's probably ways to get a similar flavor without actually adding tobacco.
Pats vs Titans on Sunday. I can't watch the game live because my BIL roped us into going to the Red Sox game...I can't believe I'm dreading going to Fenway Park. I think I'd rather watch the DNC...
Thank God for Tivo!
Why only 3.3 gallons? Are you kettle limited? If you are going to spend this much money on hops I would brew a full 6 gallon batch and plan on loosing 1 gallon to trub. Plus this recipe is way too much hops for 3.3 gallons to absorb (IBU wise) so you are basically wasting them. Probably the same is true for 5 gallons but at least you will have more beer when you are finished.
I like your style...
How are you doing the dryhops? Adding one addition, pulling them, then adding another?
Definitely stealing the "runoff hops" idea. I usually filter with just a strainer and fine-mesh bag, but why not use hops?!
If you have the space, what about a fermentation fridge/freezer with temp control? Also, a grain mill, love mine. +1 on kegs though, can never have to many and the way prices are getting....
Well, today it's good to hear that supply and prices shouldn't be affected, although I wonder if that only applies to commercial brewers with contracts.Ultra was bred from hallertau mittlefrueh, but being grown in the USA it might work for a saaz sub.
FWIW, if you're pressed for an alternative to Czech Saaz, I highly recommend Ultra. I got some from Freshops this spring and I've been using them in every recipe calling for a noble hop since. They are the closest thing to Saaz I've tried. They smell and taste fantastic, with a touch of that cinnamon note I get from Saaz.
Try Sterling sometime, that was bred from Saaz.