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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Juicy beer
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:49:13 PM »
Hard to describe except that it's not so much the taste as it is the mouth feel.  Imagine what juice feels like and that's what my beer sorta feels like.  The flavor isn't too citrusy, it just feels like juice in that when you taste it, your mouth waters in the same way it does when you take a drink of juice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Juicy beer
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:23:05 PM »
What is it, exactly, that gives beer that juicy taste?   The beer I just made is WAY juicier that I expected (or wanted). ???


All Grain Brewing / Re: How long do you cold crash your beer
« on: September 04, 2017, 01:04:33 PM »
"And as another said, use a blow off not a air lock."

Sorry, I'm new to brewing...could you explain why?


All Grain Brewing / six row
« on: August 26, 2017, 01:48:44 PM »
What is 6-row and in what way is it different than 2-row?   

Sorry, I'm just a beginner.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Melvin Brewing Homebrewer’s Hop Bomb
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:13:37 AM »
Well, I made a 5 gal batch of this beer.  Put nearly 22 oz of dry hops into it.  In the end, it was okay...good even, but not nearly as good as the “Sandy” American IPA, which is listed as the 2016 winner of the HomeBrewCompetition, and which uses a whole lot less hops--read cheaper and IMO, better beer.   My assessment, all those hops don't prove to be worth it :(.   Brew on!   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping/Whirlpool Hops
« on: July 29, 2017, 02:39:21 PM »
Okay, so you steep/whirlpool for as long as 30 minutes to 1 hour putting the heat to it periodically so as not to let the temp drop below 175 degrees?   BTW, presumably during that time you're stirring it all the while...correct?

General Homebrew Discussion / Steeping/Whirlpool Hops
« on: July 29, 2017, 01:25:04 PM »
Is there a general consensus as to the length of time Steeping/Whirlpool Hops should last?  Generally, I'm thinking 20 minutes, however, I'm interested to hear other opinions. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Melvin Brewing Homebrewer’s Hop Bomb
« on: July 22, 2017, 12:48:24 AM »
This recipe (for 10 gallons) was posted on the website (   

I'm wondering if there has been a typo.   13 oz each of Mosaic, Centennial and Galaxy dry hops?   That sounds like a disproportionately large amount.  Can anyone please clarify?

For 10 gallons
27.5 lb 2-row malt
1.7 lb Carapils malt
1.7 lb honey malt (or Crystal 15L/20L)
1.75 oz Mosaic/Simcoe hops (FWH)
1.00 oz Columbus hops (20 min)
0.4 oz Centennial hops (20 min)
3.5 oz Mosaic hops (whirlpool)
3.5 oz Centennial hops (whirlpool)
3.5 oz Galaxy hops (whirlpool)
13 oz Mosaic hops (dry)
13 oz Centennial hops (dry)
13 oz Galaxy hops (dry)
California Ale yeast

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping
« on: July 20, 2017, 07:47:27 PM »
All right then, will do. 

Thank you...I'm new to home brewing, just in case it isn't readily apparent.

General Homebrew Discussion / First Wort Hopping
« on: July 20, 2017, 07:31:28 PM »
When exactly, would one add, "First Wort Hopping" if one were employing the BIAB method?


Beer Recipes / Black IPA
« on: February 23, 2017, 10:28:36 PM »
I'd like make a black IPA. Why?  Because I like body and deep rich flavors of stouts and porters and also the hoppiness and aroma of IPA's. Initially I was interested in cloning the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA, however, I'm having a tough time getting a solid clone recipe that I'm confident will work.  Some of the clones call for 60 min while others call for 90 min.  So, any ideas/experience on/with Black IPA recipes with good reviews and solid histories?


All Grain Brewing / Re: Dark hefeweizen...Huh?
« on: February 17, 2017, 06:03:37 PM »
No, we used wheat DME.  That said, I just learned that I should have put the DME in during the last 15 minutes.  Instead, I put it in at the beginning of the 60 min boil, and, according to some, doing so will make the wort even more dark.  Is that the case?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dark hefeweizen...Huh?
« on: February 17, 2017, 05:50:41 PM »
"Any chance you used Breiss Bavaraian Wheat DME?"

That is indeed what we used.  And a whopping 1.65 lbs of it at that.  Okay, so that might explain the dark color which, I have to say, in the carboy, as best I can tell, more closely resembles the color of a stout or a porter than a hefeweizen.

Thank you gentleman, I appreciate your comments and knowledge.  Just one more indicator that I've still much to  learn!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dark hefeweizen...Huh?
« on: February 17, 2017, 12:32:03 PM »
Yes, still in primary.  Okay, thanks for the info.   We'll just have to wait-and-see.

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