A hearty Hoosier "Hey" to you Amanda!
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Where's all the Steeler fans this morning?
In the end, brew for what YOU like to drink. If you find your APA is too malty/sweet or not enough, you can make adjustments next time.
Brewed an IPA yesterday. All went well. Enjoying the sun, watching wife paint. Then a thunder storm rolled in. Slightly distracting. I just realized I didn't add nutrients or whirlfloc. So an accidental test is in progress. Will see if it's really needed in an IPA.
Second thought. If yeast pulls some hop character out why wouldn't whirlfloc? Maybe one shouldn't use finings in an IPA ?
Anyone ever figure that one out?
Keg it. I usually like my beers better in the keg, fully carbed. I don't think the bitterness will mellow out, but I think other flavors will come to the fore and balance the beer more nicely.
What is your method now?
Three - I currently am going back and forth on two methods/equipment:
1). Commando - no screen or other filter, just whirlpool warm for 15 min, let settle another 15 min and then begin runoff. Then I chill and transfer to fermentor. When yeast is at high krausen, meaning all the good guys are in suspension, I do a valve dump (conical) and probably retrieve 3-4 quarts of muck for a 12 gal batch.
2). Blichmann Hop Blocker - this tends to leave about 1 gallon of hop, break and other sludge riddled wort in the kettle. However, on my last run, I went to do a dump at high krausen to see how much gook was in there and it only took a cup before it ran clear.
I guess I am still undecided. there is also a method of using a hopback as a filter, that Tasty McDole promotes and while I have a hop blocker, I'm too lazy to hook yet another apparatus up during the most hectic stage of brewing (for me anyways).
My trick question is this. Are the folks that are just sprinkling the yeast in adjusting their pitching rates?
Nope, there's no need to. I get great performance from a single rehydrated pack on beers in excess of 1.075. Statistics are great, but it's performance that counts.
Did you read the link to Sean Terrill's experiments?For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, this is interesting:
some good info on exactly the effect of water v wort and dry yeast. if you are going after accurate cell count estimates this is the info you need (well actually for accuracy you need the cytometer etc.)