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Ingredients / Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« on: March 20, 2017, 04:42:44 PM »
In my opinion, galaxy is the best citrusy hop. Also, Amarillo has a great orange/grapefruit taste. Like noted Citra has a mango/pineapple with a spin of resin flavor. I love the Citra/galaxy combo. It's probably my favorite combo and works well 1:1.

Just remember, everybody's taste buds are different and interpret flavors differently.

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Ingredients / Re: How many ounces of hops in your American IPA?
« on: March 07, 2017, 06:03:30 AM »
The most that I've used in a 5.5 gallon batch is 18.5 oz. This was also before I practiced water chemistry and would add extra hops to bitter with. But I'd say I average 12 to 16 oz per 5 gallons now. I brew 11 gallon batches now.

Here is my last hop schedule:

FWH = 1 oz Southern Cross and 1 oz Columbus
60 Minute = 1 oz Southern Cross and 1 oz Columbus
5 Minute = 2 oz Cascade, 1 oz Amarillo, 1 oz Centennial, and 1 oz Equinox
175 degree whirlpool = 4 oz Cascade, 3 oz Amarillo, 3 oz Centennial, and 2 oz Equinox
Dry Hop = 2 oz Cascade, 4 oz Amarillo, 4 oz Centennial, and 2 oz Equinox

33 total ounces which is a few ounces more than normal, but it was also considered a hop clean out IPA before the new crop came in. I don't typically use Southern Cross, but I had a couple ounces that Yakima Valley had tossed into an order. I use Columbus 80% of the time for bittering an IPA. Chinook would be the other 20%. I'm also not opposed to using my flavor hops at the FWH addition either.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Top 3 - Bottom 3
« on: March 06, 2017, 08:34:48 AM »
Honorable mention: A BLUE cooler for mashing. The blue cooler obviously increased my mash efficiency to approximately 247%.

For sure, and that's a conservative estimate.  :)

Of course... I had to leave a margin of error for poor crushes lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Top 3 - Bottom 3
« on: March 06, 2017, 06:23:28 AM »
Worst:

1. Extract brewing. I did 8 batches. They were all dumpable. It was a complete waste of 4 months. My suggestion to any new brewer would be to put in the extra time and learn how to all grain brew first. You have to learn how to do it anyways, you might as well learn how to do it sooner than later.

2. 5.2 stabilizer

3. 5 gallon "secondary" Better Bottle carboys. I don't use a secondary hardly at all. When I do, a 5 gallon carboy won't do the trick.

dishonorable mention: All of the stupid crap that I bought or built in order to contain hop matter during the boil or for dry hopping. Filtering through a $.19 leg stocking into the fermenter and/or the carboy works perfectly to catch hop matter.

Best:

1. AHA membership for access to this forum and all of you wonderful resources.

2. Kegging system... If I was still bottling, I probably wouldn't be brewing any longer.

3. Bru'n Water... I went from brewing good beer to great beer with this gem of a tool. It makes water chemistry stupid easy. I like stupid easy.

Honorable mention: A BLUE cooler for mashing. The blue cooler obviously increased my mash efficiency to approximately 247%.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:28:49 PM »




My low O2 Dunkel @ 6 weeks-ish. Still some clearing to do but it's getting there. Gonna send it to NHC Indy. Really curious to see how it does, I think it's excellent.

Looks great man. I totally spaced on the NHC this year. I hope it does well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:00:20 PM »
My first Bo-Pils and third lager ever. It's pretty damn good. Thanks, Jon! I just kegged it on Monday with gelatin added Wednesday. The pictures aren't the greatest. The beer is still about 32 degrees so I couldn't keep the condensation off. I hope to get a better pic this weekend.






Yea, mon!  Looks great, Frank. Saaz coming through nicely? How's the malt balance?

Yes. The saaz flavor is perfect. The carbonation essentuated the bitterness that the hydro sample lacked. The balance is very nice. I think this will be a January regular for me. Here's a better picture after it warmed. Crystal clear. Head retention is amazing too.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 17, 2017, 03:08:12 PM »
My first Bo-Pils and third lager ever. It's pretty damn good. Thanks, Jon! I just kegged it on Monday with gelatin added Wednesday. The pictures aren't the greatest. The beer is still about 32 degrees so I couldn't keep the condensation off. I hope to get a better pic this weekend.




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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fat Head's Hop JuJu
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:25:09 AM »
I thought I posted about this beer last year. Sorry to bring up an old thread.

Fat Heads Hop JuJu is my favorite IPA ever. There I said it. This year's is particularly DANK! Love it. It showcases an irresponsible amount of chinook, simcoe, Columbus, centennial, and Citra. The aroma reaches out of the glass, slaps you in the face, and calls you a B word. It's extremely dank up front and then the Citra dominates the back it leaving that beautiful Citra flavor lingering on your palette. It's a 9% beer that drinks like a 7% beer. I look forward to this beer every year. I was lucky and got it the day it was distributed this year on Tuesday. My bottles were bottled on 2/3/17. Uber fresh!

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Ok... Yeah... I've already imagined this... Mader's Burgers and Beers will feature a variety of house brewed beers and huge variety of gourmet, hand-patted burgers.

I'll probably have 8 handles. 6 of them will be staples, while the other two will rotate.


1. Pale Ale
2. American Stout (Breakfast style)
3. IPA (House)
4. American Amber
5. Czech-Pils
6. American Porter

7. This tap will be a rotating IPA tap. There are way too many hops out there to settle on one IPA. So, this tap will be more of an experimental tap.

8. This tap will rotate monthly with specialty beers.
       -January - RIS
       -February - Barleywine
       -March - Irish Red
       -April - Saison
       -May - Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
       -June - Berliner Weisse
       -July - Golden Ale
       -August - Kolsh
       -September - Black IPA
       -October - Ocktoberfest
       -November - American Strong Ale
       -December - Quad

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I don't want to brew sour beers anymore. Too many crap sour and Brett beers out there. I don't want to be mixed in that noise.

You can flavor it with a sour beaver butt!

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Bananas aren't really good until about Thursday.



Yeah, for sure. And on a different note, I really like duct tape. It's pretty useful for stuff.
Penalty!!...5 yards for delay of thread.  NOT an "unpopular" brewing opinion.


Ok in that case, duct tape's adhesive is actually derived from beaver anal gland secretions.

Wow.... that's a blast from the past!

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Bananas aren't really good until about Thursday.



Yeah, for sure. And on a different note, I really like duct tape. It's pretty useful for stuff.

It works especially well in adhering my ferm wraps to my carboys!

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Bananas aren't really good until about Thursday.

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Ingredients / Re: complimentary hops with Ekuanot/Equinox/366
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:27:16 AM »
I'm planning to do two beers with my pound of ekuanot (13 gal batches give me enough beer for two kegs with a kittle wiggle room for dry hops). My thoughts were a single(ish) hop pale ale (bittering with CO² extract) using 9 oz of Ekuanot, split between whirlpool and dry-hopping; then 7 oz in an IPA blended 1:1 with chinook (understanding that Ekuanot will dominate the hop character). Here I would bitter with CO² extract, then drop 2 oz of hops at 5 min, 6 oz whirlpool, and 6 oz dry. Both beers would have fairly dry/neutral malt profiles, with CaraHell or perhaps CaraBlonde as the sole specialty grain (though some wheat malt and acidulated malt may be added for body/pH). And both would be fermented with a neutral American yeast (probably BRY-97 or Imperial Joystick).

Do these sound like reasonable approaches to get the most out of this pound and get to know Ekuanot better?

These will both be really good. Ekuanot is very good as a single hop. I'll be using it in an imperial hoppy amber within the month with 1:1:1:1 Ekuanot, Chinook, Cbus, and Centennial. Last year I did it with Simcoe instead of chinook, but I'm fresh out of Simcoe and seems to be a slight shortage on it with the places that I order from, so Chinook it is. This is one of my favorite beers.

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Ingredients / Re: Malt choice
« on: January 11, 2017, 05:38:03 PM »
I'd pick the C45, Caramunich 80, or Caramunich II - any could be used in a large number of styles.


Edit -  Or you could use the peated malt for traction if your driveway gets icy. I just wouldn't put it in beer under any circumstances.  :)

It's good to carry bucket of peated malt, a shovel, and a blanket in your truck during the cold winter months.

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