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Ingredients / hops aroma while drying not there
« on: September 14, 2011, 02:23:20 PM »
Picked my 4th year cascades last weekend and have them drying on a window screen in my laundry room (like I have done for the previous years).   The hops "seemed" ready to pick...  Papery, not spongy, yellow glands previlant and sticky.   But even when I broke some open while picking, they didn't seem to have as much of an aroma as I remembered from past years.   

now while they are drying, there is no aroma again.   In the past years, it hasn't been overwhelming of a smell, but you would definitly smell them when you walked into the laundry room.

Anyone else who has been picking hops notice a difference in the aroma of the drying hops from year to year?   

I am thinking of making a starter size batch with these hops, to see how they come through in a beer, before assuming what flavor and aroma contributions they would make to a full 5 gal batch.

General Homebrew Discussion / dry hop an Alt to add life to it??
« on: June 03, 2011, 04:35:45 PM »
Brewed 10 gal of a German ALT, which came out perfect for Alt.   Problem is the beer just seems a little boring now and I am only about 1/2 way through it.

I have a full 5 gal keg of it sitting ready to go on tap as soon as the first keg empties (1st probably has 1 gal or so in it still).

Question... I am thinking about opening the full keg and adding some (qty ??) cascade home grown whole hops for a dry hop in order to change the beer.   I know it won't give any bitter change and very, very little flavor change if any.   But, maybe even a slight change in the flavor and a aroma addition would make the beer more interesting.   Do you think adding a couple ounces of cascade at this point will do anything positive to the beer ?   I don't care if it falls out of style, just looking for something "extra" in this last 5 gal's so I can get excited about getting through this keg.

Beer was originally kegged in early March.   Made from mostly pils malt and some munich with magnum and tettnag.

Kegging and Bottling / thread size for tap handle
« on: May 19, 2011, 02:01:00 PM »

Tap Handle Insert

Kind of a last minute idea.... I am looking to wip together a homemade tap handle for a get together tomorrow afternoon.   My local shop doesn't carry these inserts to make your own.   Anyone know what the thread size is of a tap?   I know I can pick one of these up at HD or similar place.

All Grain Brewing / higher efficency w/ 10 gal batch than on a 5 gal ?
« on: April 13, 2011, 06:06:29 PM »
90% of the time I do 5 gal batches and batch sparge using a 52qrt extreme cooler as mash tun and a keggle to boil.    But, my last to beers were 10 gal batches on this equipment of moderate (1.050 - 1.060) OG's. 

When I do my 5 gal batches, I am consistantly in the 70 % range (+- couple percent.)    On these last 2 each 10 gal batches, I came in between 80 % and 85 %.

I crush my malt myself, and did not change anything regarding that.   I believe my volume measurements are accurate.   

I don't stress out about this too much.  If anything, would prefer to expect higher gravity and get lower, so I can adjust with extract if needed.   On a 10 gal batch, I didn't want to add water before the boil to dilute due to the limited space in the kettle, so I just went with it.

Has anyone else seen an improvement in efficiency by just doing larger volumes?

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