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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Session IPA
« on: February 05, 2016, 04:53:38 PM »
Thanks for pointing that out. Just printed out a copy of the 2016 NHC Guidelines.

Homebrew Competitions / Session IPA
« on: February 03, 2016, 05:08:44 AM »
Trying to decide if a hoppy Pale Ale could go into the Specialty IPA category as a Session IPA. Session IPA isn't listed in the sub titles. Is that even a thing? This is a 1.052 OG beer with a lot of late hops, but not too much bitterness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: December 31, 2015, 12:49:00 PM »
Around here the amount of chlorine or chloramine in our water vary depending on the amount of rain. Campden is cheap insurance against Band-Aid beer.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Pilsner malt in a stout
« on: December 30, 2015, 01:51:48 PM »
You may be confusing attenuation with conversion. Diastatic power controls conversion, but if you're doing a standard 60 minute single infusion mash, either 2-row or Pils will have plenty of DP to get the job done. More won't get the job donner .

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Simplest Yeast Storage Procedure
« on: December 26, 2015, 01:22:56 PM »
Most of the time an airlock is unnecessary for harvested yeast. It does nothing but take up space in the fridge, but you don't want a sealed container either. The nice thing about using foil is that if pressure does happen to build, it can burp around the rubber band.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Simplest Yeast Storage Procedure
« on: December 24, 2015, 02:47:46 PM »

Ingredients / Re: Calypso and Citra for a Pale Ale
« on: December 24, 2015, 12:22:14 PM »
I wouldn't worry about the apple character - it's not way up front.
That's good to hear. I'll rework my hop schedule to match the 2:1 ratio that Sean uses. Might even go 3:1 given Citra's tendency to dominate. It sounds like a better starting point than what I had planned.

Thanks for the help. Planning on brewing this coming weekend. I'll pass along results if anyone is interested.

Ingredients / Re: Calypso and Citra for a Pale Ale
« on: December 24, 2015, 10:09:12 AM »
The only descriptor that worries me is apple. I don't know how dominant it is in Calypso, but it's not something I enjoy too much of in my beer. Any idea where in the hop schedule it would be more pronounced? I was hoping that the tropical fruit from the Citra would bring that character out in the Calypso and compliment it.

Ingredients / Calypso and Citra for a Pale Ale
« on: December 24, 2015, 08:29:55 AM »
Back when Hops Direct was trying to get rid of 2014 harvest, I bought a pound of Calypso to justify shipping and want to use it soon. Thinking of a 2 C's (neither of which is part of the 4 C's) Pale Ale. The other C being Citra.

My plan is Calypso early and late boil, Citra late boil and flame-out/whirlpool in a medium body ale using a clean American yeast. Roughly 1.050 OG and 40 IBU. Any experience/opinion on how they'd pair?

I've read a lot of mixed reviews of Calypso, so wanted to throw this out there for opinions before committing to something that may not be worth the effort. Also wondering if the harvest year has much to do with what Calypso will bring.

What make and model is that mini fridge? How was the freezer modification? What is the max height?

It's a really old Danby. It was my daughters when she was in college in the early 90's. Safe bet would be that the model is not available, but for what it's worth, the dimensions are 20"D x 19"W x 33"H.

The picture above was from around 2007. After that I hacked out some of the plastic and insulation in the hump so that it would fit a carboy with an airlock in front of the hump. You can see a little of my ugly work on the right of the carboy in this picture. I very carefully twisted the freezer element around and fastened it to the top.

Still using it today.


Equipment and Software / Re: Opinions on SS Mesh Hop "Spiders"
« on: December 23, 2015, 05:16:42 AM »
Supposedly, if you add the hops too early, bittering compounds will bind to proteins as they coagulate and precipitate out later. . . .   I have to guess that the phenomenon that Noonan describes is responsible for the physical/chemical effects during FWH, and related to the perceived changes people observe when FWHing vs. not.
Percieved bitterness is lower for FWH, but measured IBU's are higher, so I'd think the binding and dropping out thing would not apply.

I've used the elbow of a racking cane in a standard bung by cutting off the long part and attaching tubing. Worked fine for normal fermentation since it's about the same diameter as an airlock, but my have clogging problems with a lot of blow-off.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool/ 0 Minute Addition Difference
« on: December 19, 2015, 08:18:38 AM »
Whirlpool and flame-out additions are not always mutually exclusive. You have the choice to do a whirlpool addition at flame-out in addition to any lower temperature. A flame-out addition can be done with or without whirlpooling, but is a single addition done at flame-out. As erockrph says, whirlpooling will increase the efficiency regardless of when you do the addition.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool How-To
« on: December 19, 2015, 08:03:52 AM »
Stirring (mechanical, pump or spoon) isn't necessary, but it sure helps with both chilling and hop oil extraction. I leave my IC in and whirlpool with a pump starting just before flame-out, for both my hop stand and chilling.

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