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That's looking really great.  Well done!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 23, 2017, 12:07:53 PM »

"Far Far Away" Pale Ale

94% 2row
6% carared

magnum for bittering
rest Galaxy

Are you going for a Chewie texture?   ;D

haha - another name I was thinking was "These Aren't the Hops You're Looking For" lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 23, 2017, 12:03:00 PM »

"Far Far Away" Pale Ale

94% 2row
6% carared

magnum for bittering
rest Galaxy

Are you going for a Chewie texture?   ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch sparge efficiency
« on: March 19, 2017, 05:45:53 PM »
Also helpful:

Mash at lower end of mash temp range and at least full 60 minutes
Sparge temp (grist + sparge water} = 166 - 169F
Stir well the sparge (before vorlauf/runoff) for at least 4 minutes
if doing single mash and sparge, shoot for mash grain ratio of 1.6 - 1.7 quarts water per lbs grain, and remaining needed water volume in the sparge.

For me (cheap n.easy batch sparge) for a 1.072 beer my brewhouse effciency is around 72 -73%.  That includes a good crush and water manipulation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Celleraring vs storage
« on: March 19, 2017, 05:05:32 PM »
I believe the recommended temp for cellaring (not refrigerating) beer is 50 - 55F.  I converted a basement room into a wine/beer cellar and keep it at 51F in cold winter, 57F in hot summer, and 55F the rest of the time and it cellars beer just fine.  I also make wine.

That said, AFAIK most beers suitable for cellaring are +6% ABV, give or take.  I also recommend oxygen scavaging caps for cellared beers.

Ingredients / Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« on: March 16, 2017, 11:48:33 PM »
Thanks good to know. Maybe in a Saison

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I will say as a Lemon Drop fan that it's one of the hops in Stone Delicious IPA, along with El Dorado. That beer isn't exactly a lemon meringue pie, it's tasty IMO. I like it with hops like Amarillo, Citra, and others. Each his own. As for it in a saison, it's very good - I'm using some more in a saison soon.

I don't mean to cast a negative spin - in my limited experience it's just not to my palate.  And oddly enough, it was worse when it was super fresh, and again six months after kegging.  In the middle 6 months I enjoyed it.  Weird, right?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Best filling volume for keg
« on: March 16, 2017, 11:41:59 PM »
To prevent fear of beer going up the gas line, I fill to just beneath the gas poppet diptube.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 16, 2017, 09:49:28 PM »
Too "hands off" for me. I enjoy brewing more than drinking and I like to have my hands in every aspect. This seems to me to be more of a coffee pot. Put your grounds in, add water and turn it on. Plus, more than brewing, I enjoy building 90% of my equipment.

I get this.  Although my base approach and technique have always followed Denny's cheap n' easy set-up and process, my unique modifications and tools and improvisations, and built-by-me equipment come together to satisfy my creative side to hit numbers, make better and better beers, and feel like I'm not following the same manual as the thousands of people who buy a designed and mass-produced system with parts that may or may not limit what I can brew in at least a full 5-gal batch.  That said, many designed systems make me drool, and the efficiencies and control they offer definitely provide a greater range of control than I have with my system.

I definitely would consider a Grainfather if I didn't have ample room to store multiple propane burners, keggles, picnic cooler mash/lautertuns, yadda-yadda-yadda.  Gee, I'm a lucky, if somewhat frugal and engineering-deficit guy!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Testing....1,2,3...
« on: March 16, 2017, 09:27:20 PM »

Weazletoe makes such nice toys, er, I mean brewing equipment.  I still remember your old basement hood exhaust photos long time ago.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Matured Beers
« on: March 16, 2017, 09:21:23 PM »
So truly... "It depends" :P

Thanks guys!

It's up to you...when it tastes good, it's ready to drink!

This.  Also, I typically wait at least 2 weeks after kegging for my IPAs/PAs, to come together.

Ingredients / Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« on: March 15, 2017, 01:07:49 PM »
I like to bitter w Nugget.  Then 5 min w Citra and Columbus. I finish w Amarillo and Cascade in whirlpool and also for the dryhop. I'd also add 4-5% sugar to get it to finish dry.
I've not used Ekuanot, Idaho 7, Lemon Drop, and other new hop varieties. Too many in the freezer already.

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I found lemon drop to impart a flavor somewhat like the lemon custard in lemon meringue pie, and it dominated and clashed with the other hop flavors when I made an IPA also with Columbus, centennial, amarillo, cascade and simcoe.  YMMV

Ingredients / Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« on: March 14, 2017, 10:27:31 PM »
Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic, and Azzaca in a late hopping schedule make for a serious juice bomb. I used them in an APA together last summer that included the Vermont Ale/Conan yeast strain. The Pale Ale served as a yeast starter of sorts for a bigger DIPA and I preferred the Pale after all was said and done.

I have also had a great, juicy IPA with El Dorado, Amarillo, and Citra. Cashmere and Lemon Drop would also be interesting options if you wanted to push more into the lemon-lime citrus territory.

Hmmm, interesting combos.  I might have to try something on that order - either of the combos you mentioned. 

FWIW, I found out that my tastebuds are not suited to lemon drop, which I've only used in combo with other hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 04, 2017, 09:12:51 PM »
I bought my Czech Saaz hops from Hops Direct.  They are leaf, not pellets.  Pleasantly surprised that they were rated 4.0% alpha acid - the last couple of pounds I bought have been around 3%.

Roger that.  Mine(2016 hops)  were 3.4%. No complaints.  I've bought lots of hops from Hops Direct, and have been to their site - great folks.  And honestly I got very good hop expression from the ones I bought from YVH - just trying to learn something.  Glad to hear things are melting in Helena.  My sister-in-law said they still have four feet of snow at their place just outside Kalispell.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 04, 2017, 04:26:45 PM »
Brewing for the first time today since November!  One of my longest dry spells in 27 years of brewing, mostly caused by the severe winter we had starting December 1, which buried my garden hoses under 2 feet of snow.  Finally spring is in the air.

Brewing 10 gallons of Bohemian pilsner.  Opened up a fresh pound of Saaz hops, they smell really, really good.

I hear ya, although here in Spokane I was able to get in a first brew 2 weeks ago.  It too was a Bo Pils and I opened and used a new lb of CZ Saaz pellets.  Were your hops moist upon arrival? 

I got mine from YVH just a week or so before brewday and when I got it the foil pak had lost its vac seal or never had one.  The hops smelled good but were very dry and not super aromatic.  I since ordered another 8 oz pack from them and again, it arrived loose pack or lost its seal, not sure which, and hops didn't clump at all (I felt them thru the foil pak).  I just vac sealed that and threw it in the freezer. 

I racked the beer to kegs last night and it tasted good so I think all is well.  I re-used the yeast today for a vienna lager.  I'm just curious what was going on with my 2 CZ Saaz orders and when I called them after the first purchase she just said they probably opened in transit -- sent via softpack priority mail.

Just wondering if that variety is typically dry and doesn't clump in the original packaging.

Happy spring brewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 02, 2017, 10:09:19 PM »
Saturday will be 10 gal of vienna lager - shooting for something similar to Negra Modelo.  I will use a repitch of WY 2001 Pilsner Urquell yeast. Targeting 1.052 OG, 26 IBU, 11 SRM, and using Hallertau Mittelfruh (60 and 15 minutes) and grist from vienna, Best pils, flaked corn, light munich, caramunich, and Blackprinz to hit color.

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