« on: March 01, 2015, 07:28:31 PM »
Those are beautiful!!
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As far as 5-6 dollar pints go, I agree it feels excessive. But until brewers are driving BMWs I don't see that changing any time soon.And as long as the 5-6 dollar pints keep selling.
Beer is amazing! Thanks for all of the tips, comments, etc. Blow off tube was absolutely necessary, thanks fmader. Fermentation was spectacular!
Even with all of the hops additions, I will still up the dry hops a little next time. Working now on a chai stout.
This hobby is turning into a part time job...
....also WLP 001 is a very easy to use yeast, not at all temperamental. Great beginners yeast and again very forgiving of mistakes.
Grits is OK. Mash high pH to help maltyness. Weigh hops accurately, by grams if you can, a small error in weight can give an error in IBUs. Noble hops, HMF is good. Look at Martin's Munich Water article in Zymurgy for a good water profile.I was on my phone yesterday, and now want to explain a little more on the weight part.
The first couple of Helles we brewed were knocked for being too bitter. The amount of IBUs targeted was only 20, and when I tasted it, yeah the Master level judge was right the bitterness was too high. Even for a 10 gallon batch it seems you are just waving some hops over the kettle for a Helles! Recently I realized Mrs. R would weigh hops on the same scale we weigh grains on, and that there must be some sticktion at low weights that cause it to weigh a little low at 1 oz. It is fine with a 100 gram test weight, but a Hopunion 1 oz package only weighed about 22 grams on that scale, but weighed 28.5 grams on the small gram scale used for water salt additions. An "ounce" on the bigger scale would result in too large a bittering charge. The Helles that is carbing up right now will show me if I have found the root cause to my bitter Helles issue.
And you can save that bitterness for your next IPA. [emoji78][emoji481][emoji481][emoji481][emoji481][emoji481].Are you gonna let us know when you have a 72 hour lag? No? Didn't think so.Actually I've never had a beer lag more than 15-20 hours. I would be happy to let everyone on here know if/when that happens. I'll be sure to send you a special private message just to keep you in the loop buddy. [emoji481][emoji57] cheers.
great! cause it is only a matter of time. (save the pm. and the emojis)
Keith, how is the malt character from the all Vienna ? I'm really liking this idea.