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Equipment and Software / Re: Best grain mill available today.
« on: August 19, 2018, 07:38:37 PM »
Do they work with a cordless drill?


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Yep...just fine.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Best grain mill available today.
« on: August 19, 2018, 06:37:39 PM »
I've been using an adjustable JSP for nearly 20 years.  It's still works perfectly after milling thousands of lb. of grain.  I don't think I'll ever need to buy another mill, but if I did, I'd buy the same thing again....https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Brew-Schmidling-Adjustable-Maltmill/dp/B0064OEVHE

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I looked at the recipe. Fuggles? Really, Jim? There are some people who say they don't like Fuggles...

Yeah, go figure...;)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from keg
« on: August 18, 2018, 05:12:59 PM »
I've used nothing but picnic taps for 20 years.  To bottle, I put a piece of tubing through a one hole #2 (maybe 2 1/2) stopper.  The diameter of the tubing is such that it fits inside one of the picnic taps, and and it's long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle while sticking up a few inches above the stopper.  I unscrew a QD from one of my CO lines and use that line to purge the bottle.  I put the end of the tubing into a picnic tap and seat the stopper in the bottle.  I open the picnic tap and the bottle fils about 1/3 of the way before back pressure stops the flow.  I then use my thumb to gently crack the stopper just a bit, so the flow starts again. When the bottle is full, I close the picnic tap, remove the stopper and cap.  Easy, cheap, and effective.

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Ingredients / Re: YHC "American Noble Hops"
« on: August 18, 2018, 02:57:50 PM »
It seems like they should produce a vegetal character. Maybe Denny can correct me, but aren't they a byproduct of cryohops? If cryohops is the lupulin powder, and the debittered leaf is the remainder, isn't there a significant vegetal matter:hop oil ratio?

From the press release:
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Debittered Leaf is the concentrated bract of whole-leaf hops which has been separated from the lupulin glands. It is a high-quality, low-alpha product which retains variety-specific aroma and flavor characteristics and can be derived from any hop brand. The result is an enticing Northwest twist on traditional, low-alpha (noble) hops.

Is the debittered leaf pelletized like a normal hop cone afterwards? Similar to a T-90 pellet? Whats the difference between that and using much less of the normal pellets? I really just don't understand it as a product. For what its worth, I also can't seem to buy it from anywhere. Maybe they can't get retailers to buy into it.

There is no vegetal character from them.  Can't explain why, but there isn't.  Yes, they are pellets also.  The difference is that it has very little lupulin.  As I said, they just released them about the time of HBC.

We got "debittered" Amarillo about a year ago at the brewery, and the "ANH" is now just a new brand name. We were disappointed by them but admit that we didn't know how to use them. To be fair I'm still not exactly sure how to use them. They seem like they should be used more as a flavor/aroma kettle addition as opposed to dry hop.

I tend to us3 them for low impact buttering as well as late in the boil for flavor.  I haven't tri3d dry hopping with them because that just doesn't seem like where they'd shine.  I don't know if Drew has dry hopped with them.

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Ingredients / Re: YHC "American Noble Hops"
« on: August 18, 2018, 02:55:44 PM »
It seems like they should produce a vegetal character. Maybe Denny can correct me, but aren't they a byproduct of cryohops? If cryohops is the lupulin powder, and the debittered leaf is the remainder, isn't there a significant vegetal matter:hop oil ratio?

From the press release:
Quote
Debittered Leaf is the concentrated bract of whole-leaf hops which has been separated from the lupulin glands. It is a high-quality, low-alpha product which retains variety-specific aroma and flavor characteristics and can be derived from any hop brand. The result is an enticing Northwest twist on traditional, low-alpha (noble) hops.

Is the debittered leaf pelletized like a normal hop cone afterwards? Similar to a T-90 pellet? Whats the difference between that and using much less of the normal pellets? I really just don't understand it as a product. For what its worth, I also can't seem to buy it from anywhere. Maybe they can't get retailers to buy into it.

There is no vegetal character from them.  Can't explain why, but there isn't.  Yes, they are pellets also.  The difference is that it has very little lupulin.  As I said, they just released them about the time of HBC.
Can I dry hop my APA with them?

Sure, but it seems like it would take a buttload to get much aroma

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Ingredients / Re: YHC "American Noble Hops"
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:44:51 PM »
It seems like they should produce a vegetal character. Maybe Denny can correct me, but aren't they a byproduct of cryohops? If cryohops is the lupulin powder, and the debittered leaf is the remainder, isn't there a significant vegetal matter:hop oil ratio?

From the press release:
Quote
Debittered Leaf is the concentrated bract of whole-leaf hops which has been separated from the lupulin glands. It is a high-quality, low-alpha product which retains variety-specific aroma and flavor characteristics and can be derived from any hop brand. The result is an enticing Northwest twist on traditional, low-alpha (noble) hops.

Is the debittered leaf pelletized like a normal hop cone afterwards? Similar to a T-90 pellet? Whats the difference between that and using much less of the normal pellets? I really just don't understand it as a product. For what its worth, I also can't seem to buy it from anywhere. Maybe they can't get retailers to buy into it.

There is no vegetal character from them.  Can't explain why, but there isn't.  Yes, they are pellets also.  The difference is that it has very little lupulin.  As I said, they just released them about the time of HBC.

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Ingredients / Re: YHC "American Noble Hops"
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:42:50 PM »
Well it sounds like they have been having a hard time selling them. I'm going to try them in some lager style beers. The aroma is interesting, it does kind of remind you of noble hobs.

Actually, they just started pushing them about a month ago. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How to get a little fruity with 34/70
« on: August 17, 2018, 05:15:58 PM »
I may have missed it, but all the information I’ve seen on 34/70 fermented warm is that it does not produce esters.  Not sure about the others.


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I currently have 2 beers on tap fermented with 34/70 in the 60s.  No fruitiness.

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Ingredients / Re: YHC "American Noble Hops"
« on: August 17, 2018, 02:42:36 PM »
Drew and I have been playing with them for the last year or so.  I use them in my American Mild.  Drew has made some stunning saisons with them.

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Just listened, and while I tend to be verbose, the extra verbosity was due to my friend, crappy expensive satellite internet. I apologize for talking right over you guys a few times, but there was a gnarly delay. And I talk a lot lol

Dude, Drew and I record via internet a couple times a week.  We understand the problems and just appreciate you taking the time to talk to us.

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Made time to listen to the interview so far.  After hearing Denny & Drew describe the richness of the beer, I'm thinking again I have to motivate myself to try this on a Doppelbock one of these days.  Congrats, Jim!

Man, I think it would be GREAT for a doppelbock!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Racking Wand Storage
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:34:39 PM »
I hang mine up on a nail

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judge experience
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:02:19 PM »
Based on my experience, any generalization about judging is bound to be wrong.....Dave....;)

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https://www.experimentalbrew.com/podcast/episode-73-click-clack-and-klickitat

As summer wends it's way to it's end - sometime around the fifth of never here in Los Angeles - we start thinking about bigger, better beers for those cold winter days. Friend of the podcast,  Jim Leininger, joins us (after our usual shenanigans) to talk about making his very amazing Imperial Stout with reiterated mashing. But first, the news...

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