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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rye Water Adsorption
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:14:35 PM »
I use Brew in a Bag, and I find if I use wheat my grain absorption is less because of no husks. My normal rate is .07 gallons per pound of grain. If half my grist is wheat the the absorption is more like .03.

This means I come out with more liquid not less. I am actually brewing with rye for the first time today. Well see if its the same.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: regular beer line up
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:51:38 AM »
This is the hardest yet probably best thing I think I could do as a brewer. I do have a few recipes I have done 3 or 4 times, but that was me just also trying to dial in my system. Each time the beers have come out different and perhaps flawed due to one reason or another. I really want to make a rocking American Wheat so I can add fruit to it each time and it doesnt get boring.

CHeers bro!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: preboil vs postboil gravity
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:16:36 AM »
You can use this to figure out your efficiency.

Beer Smith uses Brewhouse in the eff field.

Also to figure out how much you boiled/changed gravity use this:

Hope that helps. I use these all the time

Beer Recipes / Re: Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:42:08 AM »
Haha, good point. Those percentages dont quite match up do they

Beer Recipes / Re: Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 05, 2014, 06:53:06 PM »
That does make sense that they would see how the hops are coming in and adjust. A reliable source told me that Vinnie actually just modified the grain bill in this last batch, so he definitely is keeping it as a work in progress.

I find it interesting about the simcoe flavor because the most recent bottle of PTE I had a overdone simcoe flavor. I imagine the last batch of simcoe they got was pretty potent.

Beer Recipes / Re: Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 05, 2014, 06:19:46 PM »
Thank you for your recipe cheshire. May I ask how long ago Vinnie gave you the recipe. I know its an evolving process. I get a lot more simcoe in the aroma and taste now.

Beer Recipes / Re: Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 03, 2014, 05:52:27 PM »
Hey guys thanks for the replies. I'm a big fan of Scott's blog at Bertus. I was planning to brew his recipe, but I showed it to a reliable source that told me the recipe is much different now (could not tell me more, sorry). I did email the brewery and have yet to hear back from them. Also the recipe on Morebeer kit is the old version of Blind pig from temecula with the oak. I've scoured the forums through google searching, but nothing has come up. If Vinnie does email me back I will post back with the results (with his permission of course).

I'm headed up to the brewery for the first time this February for the release of Pliny the Younger. Maybe I'll get to ask him then!


Beer Recipes / Re: Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 03, 2014, 04:51:45 AM »
Thanks for the reply, I'd love see anyone else recipes too. Also Milli what temp do you mash at?

Beer Recipes / Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 03, 2014, 04:23:08 AM »
Hello there! I have been trying to find a good Blind pig recipe. The closest one I have is from zymurgy 2012 and bertus brewery. I hear the recipe is different now. Any Ideas?

Ya I would really like to try the Prieta, but I've never seen it here in Socal. I recently had a fresh bottle Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere and it was awesome (which is also NZ hops). I think the next IPA I brew im going to play with NZ hops. I heard Mitch Steele talk about using some Motueka mixed with Centennial to get a Fruit Loops Flavor!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Results from IPA and Double IPA tasting night.
« on: December 06, 2013, 05:42:13 PM »
So some friends and I decided to do a IPA and double IPA taste testing night. Here are my personal notes.

I rated each beer on a point scale from 1-5 and wrote down initial aroma and tasting notes.


1. Angle city brewing IPA - Had a dusty copper aroma, Taste was light in flavor not much hop flavor, only a copper like bitterness. Score -1

2. Goose Island IPA- Aroma was also coppery with a touch of fruit ester. Taste was slightly fruity with a caramel back ground. bitter finish. Score - 2

3. Drakes Aroma Coma - Aroma good mango and papaya. Taste was light caramel and bitterness with a smooth fading bitterness. Score - 3.5

4. Bootleggers Ruthless Rye - Aroma of malty copper and slight fruit. Flavor was caramel with a round body sweetness. Score - 3

DOUBLE IPAS (all double IPAs immediately seemed brighter and had more flavor)

1. Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds - Simcoe hops, oily pine aroma, taste of similar with a bitter start and flavor in the middle. Score - 3

2. Ninkasi Tricerahops - Aroma of pears and pineapples and hit a of chili. taste of slight caramel with muddle fruit flavors. Score - 3.5

3. Avery Maharja - Aroma is super malty reminds me of malt extract, Flavor is overwhelmingly malty but has a nice hoppy skittle like flavor hiding underneath. Score - 2.5

4. Firestone Walker Double Jack - Aroma of Starburst fruit punch candy, flavor is light toasty biscuit, with fruity flavors of hint of dank from simcoe but a nice crisp finish. Score 3.5

5. Racer 5 X double IPA - Smell of simcoe hops and malt, Taste was overwhelmingly danky with a diesel fuel taste. Malt was present medium body. Score 2.5

6. Heady Topper - Aroma was of apricots and candy, Starts with a crisp fruity bitterness. Malt is present but clean and stays outta the way. After the swallow the bitterness stays on the palate and fades away. Score - 3.5

Overall my favorite beers of the night were (in order) Double Jack, Aroma Coma, and Heady Topper.

In the end I mixed together all the leftover ipas from the bottles to a mug. Was actually quite tasty and seemed to round out some of the flaws of the others. Only down fall was flavors will also not as bright.

A few things I learned about my preference of flavors. I do not like my ipas overly malty. i like them dry with a grainy background but not too much malt. As for hops I really enjoy the fruity citrus flavors and a SMOOTH bitterness. Simcoe dankyness can be welcome but has to be done correctly. I had Pliney The Elder on tap a few weeks ago and I think has the right combo of all these. To bad I couldnt get Pliney in the mix here, but Pliney and Double jack would be my favs.


This might sound bad. I have 4 kegs and just use one picnic tap that I pull on and off. I clean it every once in a while =)

Beer Recipes / Re: Mild APA - can it be done?
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:55:37 AM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help hitting my OG with Brew In a Bag.
« on: October 06, 2013, 12:29:47 AM »
About 20 batches ago I made a thread about helping me improve my process. Its very detailed and with pictures. I am doing most of the same but have ironed out a few of the issues.

I can post you more numbers of many of my previous batches when i get home and look at my brew log.

I'm sure there has to be some sort of math or logic behind this question. I really want to consitantly hit all my numbers.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help hitting my OG with Brew In a Bag.
« on: October 05, 2013, 09:49:36 PM »
Thanks for the replies guys. Yes I do squeeze the bag. And my efficiency is mash not brew house. I have measured my grain absorption to be 0.07 gallons/lb of grain, however sometimes its .10 and sometimes its .03 (with the wheat).

I guess if i dont have as much grain absorption I can add water to my preboil so i can focus on keeping the volumes of pre/post boil the same, but will that mess with my OG anyways lol?

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