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Ingredients / Re: agave
« on: March 21, 2011, 01:45:16 PM »
My old man brewed a pale ale with agave, and though the flavor was extremely subtle to begin with, it added a great flavor as the beer aged a little more (and presumably the hops mellowed). I don't know how much he used, and I don't know if a dubbel is the right platform for it, but I am certainly going to try it in a pils or golden with just a hint of lime for a nice refreshing cerveza for the summer. A little experimentation is definitely worthwhile with it. Good luck.

Ingredients / Re: Cardamom?
« on: September 07, 2010, 03:08:12 PM »
If you still want to try chamomile in your next wit or another beer, try your local health food store. I put some in my wit and it added a nice character I thought, seemed to fade or at least was overpowered by the other spices with time, but early on it was nice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So. Many. Hops!
« on: September 07, 2010, 02:21:23 PM »
If you have any brews in the secondary you could always dry (or rather "wet") hop.

IIPA gives to the most hop consumption probably, hop it all along, in the mash, first wort hop it, add to boil, pass it through a rigged up hopback if you can and if you still got more throw another batch on!

You might even be able to make a hop tea, vacuum seal it and freeze it.

There seems to be differing opinions on freezing fresh hops, my brother advised against it so I did not try it.

Good luck and hoppy brewing!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/3 Edition
« on: September 06, 2010, 02:06:36 PM »
My last attempt at an IPA came out as more of a pale ale, my last DIPA came out as more of a strong IPA (my first partigyle batch), so tomorrow is going to be an IIPA and if time permits and American Wheat or Standard American Lager (6 gallons). If I do the lager I'm gonna broke it down to 3-2G batches for secondary, one with no additions, one with a dry hop, and one racked onto raspberries (for the ladies).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Fresh Hops
« on: September 01, 2010, 01:47:43 PM »
I made it home without any ill effects. Left the hops in open brown paper bags with a layer of paper towels on the bottom. They are now drying properly spread out thinly on my dining room table. They are going to make the apartment smell GREAT! Thanks for the feedback, seems like there are some different opinions on the matter, maybe this would be a good idea for a future Zymurgy issue (if it isn't in an old one that I am unaware of).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Fresh Hops
« on: September 01, 2010, 04:20:06 AM »
My brother recommended against the freezer as well. I am going to run out and grab some brown paper bags. I am not feeling real comfortable with plastic right now, moisture is just condensating inside. I am trying to be an unobstructive guest, but I just might have to tell my sis in law to deal witht the smell if she dislikes it as much as my wife. I can't let this many hops spoil after I saved them from the garbage!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Fresh Hops
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:47:17 AM »
Way more!


I have Friday off and am planning on brewing a few batches.

I will be home tomorrow where I can dry them properly, I am just looking for a short term storage option until I can try back home in the morning.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Fresh Hops
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:07:16 AM »
So storing them overnight in the freezer should not cause any issues if they are still wet? I can dry them when I get home, but I am still about 3hours away.

General Homebrew Discussion / Storing Fresh Hops
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:05:04 AM »
I pick a big ole bag of hops from a family member's house (they grow them for suncover in the front of their house not for beer brewing), I plan on using them (or at least a large chunk) this weekend. Do I need to do anything special for storing them? My biggest fear is mold since they are fresh moist hops. Do I have to worry about mold that quickly? Any storage recommendations? Ziplocks? Open bags to air out? Room temp? Fridge? Freezer?

I keep my dried hops in the freezer, but not sure if they are the same since they have not dried yet. Would brown paper bags be better than plastic?

No brewing, but bottled two 5G batches and uncovered a relative whose house is annually covered in hops vines, but just cuts them back each winter, so headed over this week to look at the harvest cut it back for her!

+1 to the mobile brewstand, Brutus 10 style. Currently brewing with one turkey fryer, slowly beginning to aasemble the components for my own Brutus 10, which should greatly increase productivity, since the wife isn't a fan of me brewing inside.

Pimp My System / Re: Arctic Brewery and Mobile Fermentation Trailer
« on: August 28, 2010, 04:01:19 PM »
Great story, congrats!

Where did you get the fittings on the bottom of the pot from? Love that style, but haven't found them yet (except in breweries).

Ingredients / Re: Ginger
« on: August 28, 2010, 03:51:28 PM »
Randy Mosher points this out in Radical Brewing that candied ginger is 'milder and purer-tasting than fresh' ginger, obviously no experience myself.

My experience has shown that spice will dramatically increase with age. I brewed a Wit that whose coriander was not noticeable for first month or two, was perfect IMO between 3-4 months, and now is a little over spiced 5-6 months in.

Looks like this is my recipe, appreciate any thoughts:
8 lbs Lager Malt
6 oz Crystal - 20L
1 oz Saaz (60 min)
1 oz Candied Ginger (5 mins)
1 tube of White Labs East Coast Ale Yeast

Mash will be a single infusion at 153-154 degrees to leave some residual dextrins (to add body and keep alcohol low).

I was originally thinking of force carbonating, but an considering adding some dry champagne yeast for bottling/kegging to get a little effervescence and a little extra carbonation. 

I switched to an ale yeast because my second fridge wasn't delivered as scheduled and is probably going to be a few more weeks and my fridge is full of kegs with two beers that need to get cold conditioned still prior to Oktoberfest. Time to grab a beer I guess!...

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: August 26, 2010, 11:55:38 PM »
Get well soon Jeff, thoughts and prayers are with you...

Ingredients / Re: Ginger
« on: August 25, 2010, 11:28:41 PM »
With just a hint of 20L crystal.

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