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Ingredients / Re: Experimental grapefruit hops
« on: Today at 08:46:56 AM »
No, but I'd like to. May have to order some.

For some reason I thought it might have been you that posted about them before. But my mind is lost so that's my excuse lol.

They seem interesting and have a super high alpha.

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Ingredients / Experimental grapefruit hops
« on: Today at 08:39:26 AM »
I know these have been posted before within the year, but I couldn't find the thread. Did anybody ever get them and are they good?

http://www.yakimavalleyhops.com/mobile/Product.aspx?id=38500

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's in the Tun
« on: Today at 05:34:06 AM »
Brewing a Kona Big Wave Golden Ale Clone‏ tomorrow with a friend who is brewing an IPA. It's spring and it's great to be outside!

I had a Kona Big Wave yesterday for the first time - really good ale - almost lager like.  I would love to see a clone recipe, as it had some very interesting esters that I'd describe as a medley of tropical fruit.  I wondered out loud as to whether it was mainly a hop created flavor or was yeast/fermentation created.

Here's what I did. I never had the beer, just took what I info I could get from the Kona website...

5.5 Gallon Batch
OG = 1.047

92% American Two Row = 8 lb 8 oz
5 % Caramel/Crystal 10L = 8 oz
3 % Caramel/Crystal 20L = 5 oz

FWH = 6 g Citra and 6 g Galaxy
10 Minute = 6 g Citra and 6 g Galaxy
0 Minute = 16 g Citra and 16 g Galaxy

White Labs Cali 001

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's in the Tun
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:46:57 PM »
My weekend started Wednesday. I brewed an IPA that day. Yesterday, I brewed a 10 gallon batch if a pale ale. I also kegged my cherry wheat. Interesting that Kona Big Wave was mentioned, because I have 10 gallons of my version of that fermenting. I currently have 25 gallons fermenting.... All of these mentioned beers will be on tap at my wedding at the end if May.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Was it something I did?
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:46:46 PM »
If you are calculating your recipes at 70% efficiency for 2.5 gallons and you're ending up with 2.75-3 gallons post boil, your gravity will be slightly lower than expected. You will lose beer when transferring, but what you lose is gone. The goodness of that wort doesn't carry over. When I brew 5 gallon batches, I calculate my recipes as 5.5 gallons so I can account for the loss in transferring and bottling. My 10 gallon batches get measured as 11 gallon batches.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Was it something I did?
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:25:42 PM »
+1 to double crushing the grain. Other things to consider... Are you hitting your post boil gravity. You said you're going 2.5 gal batches. Is your volume 2.5 when dine or is it 2.75 or 3? Also check the accuracy of your hydrometer. Sometimes the paper in those things get shifter around

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Hop Growing / Re: Hop Growth question
« on: April 17, 2014, 04:38:06 AM »
As a follow up, I'm reading a brochure that came with the Rhizome. It mentions that "this is when the flower is receptive to pollen and if males are present, wind-borne pollen will fertilize the female flower and result in a seeded female hop cone".

Does this mean you have to have a male plant around in order to get hop cones to grow?

No. You don't want males around. The females will produce cones regardless. But if a male is present, the cones will get pollinated and produce seeds. You don't want seeds. But good question.

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Ingredients / Re: Fruit in 2ndary
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:25:10 AM »
I have tart cherries in a wheat right now. The airlock still bubbles every now in again after 12 days at 70 degrees.

I'm thinking about brewing a quad in the fall. I was thinking sweet cherries. Are you planning on aging at all, Jim? Jon mentioned Three Philosophers... I recently found a four pack of 2011 Three Philisophers stashed in the back of the "beer cellar." It tasted like a little slice of heaven. I wouldn't expect you, or me to age a beer for 3-4 years before drinking it, but maybe try "losing" a few bottles somewhere in the house for awhile if it turns out good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I'm becoming obsessed
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:14:15 PM »
It seems familiar. Everything you have said. Except our whole family gets in on brew day. The dog loves when I spill spent grains

You probably know this already, but keep the dog away from the hops.
Didn't know that actually. Hope the little guy doesn't ever get into them. What happens if they do get into some hops?

They can develop malignant hypothermia where their temperatures will rise uncontrollably, which in turn can cause their organs to shut down. Once organs shut down, you can probably figure out the rest. I'm by no means a professional, but I do believe certain dog breads are more vulnerable to this condition than others. Rule of thumb us to keep hops (even spent hops) out of the reach of your dogs.

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Ingredients / Re: Whole hops
« on: April 15, 2014, 05:37:29 PM »
Yeah, you'd probably have to order these from the Southern Hemisphere somewhere since I would imagine that it's about harvest time there.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on another IPA
« on: April 15, 2014, 05:33:21 PM »
While a FWH addition will add as much IBU (slightly more, actually) as a beginning-of-boil addition, some brewers say that it *tastes* like a 20 min addition.

This is what I was trying to describe. Like Jon said, I also like ctz as a dry hop if I'm looking for "dank." If you're looking for dank/resiny/piney, you'll certainly get that with ctz/Simcoe/chinook. Seems like you got those hop profiles down! Good job with the recipe!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on another IPA
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:44:13 PM »
I think your hop combo will definitely get you the dank/piney bitterness that you're looking for. I don't know anything about Vienna so somebody else can weigh in on that.

Your FWH is more of a flavor addition than an actual bittering hop IMO. What I would do is move your ctz to 60 minutes and maybe bump it to 1/2 oz. Then I'd combine all of your F7 additions and add that to FWH. Calculate your FWH as a 20 minute IBU addition to determine your desired amount. Your flameout and dry hop schedule is solid. So maybe a schedule of something like this....

FWH F7
60 min 1/2 oz Ctz
0 minute
Dry hop

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Ingredients / Re: Dry hops Prior to Finished Fermentation
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:35:30 AM »
+1

Hop flavor also drops out with the yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Weekend Brewing 4/11/14
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:46:38 PM »
That tang thing has really got me thinking...seriously.  Crazy how jacking around can lead to creative bursts.  And I gotta get a saison in at some point in the next couple weeks!

Please use tang in a beer.

Done. On my way out the door, but details to follow.



Shut the front door! A joke lead to an idea, then into something tangible. Looking forward to seeing the recipe... Even more looking forward to hearing how it tastes!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on an IPA
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:51:04 PM »
Looks solid!

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