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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: May 02, 2016, 01:28:05 PM »
I use a hop blocker and have a lot of success with it.  As Denny pointed out, I typical whirlpool and then slowly drain the kettle.  You may want to try slowing your drain speed and see if that helps any.
Slow drain is by far the biggest difference maker in my opinion. It takes about five minutes for me to pull 5.5 gallons.

Getting all the break and hop material in the fermenter might not be a huge deal quality wise, but that extra 1/4 gallon makes a difference when fermenting 5.5 in a 6 gallon fermenter. There is also the added benefit of getting less garbage in my repitches.

+1 - I've been using a hopblocker for ~3 years now - I really like it, but you have to use it properly - throttled back when running off, and throttled back even more after pulling up the screen.  added benefit of a bit more efficient cooling for me though.

 I just made a DIPA 2 weeks ago with over 24 ounces in the kettle and had only about a quart or so of liquid plus a ton of hop/break sludge left.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager X
« on: May 01, 2016, 01:19:57 PM »
Really wish this wasn't a limited strain.  I love it!

kegging a dortmunder that was my first use of WL835, and using slurry to make a German Pils. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Scotch Ale - Cloudy?
« on: April 24, 2016, 07:47:50 AM »
How long did u mash @ brewinhard? 60 min here

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Scotch Ale - Cloudy?
« on: April 23, 2016, 10:12:10 AM »
Starting to believe it's the Simpsons Golden Promise I used.  I used it in a California common as the base malt (same sack) and it is cloudy as hell.  WL810 is usually a great floccer. PH on the Mash for this one was 5.35 and final pH is 4.3.

Last wee heavy I made with Simpson's GP and Wy1728 dropped crystal clear.

Yes - and I too have made clear scotch ale with Simpsons before.  But I think it may be this particular sack/lot, given that two highly flocculent yeasts were used and my pH was spot on.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Scotch Ale - Cloudy?
« on: April 22, 2016, 03:28:06 PM »
Starting to believe it's the Simpsons Golden Promise I used.  I used it in a California common as the base malt (same sack) and it is cloudy as hell.  WL810 is usually a great floccer. PH on the Mash for this one was 5.35 and final pH is 4.3.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dry hopping
« on: April 19, 2016, 11:04:36 AM »
Seems like I always end up with a green mass floating on top with pellets anyway.

These things are awesome:
At that price they better be. :)

I have a couple of those - great for smaller amounts of hops (<2oz) but anything over that and they seem to just become big slugs of green turd, often dry in the middle.  YMMV.

I use a keg as a 'secondary' and put a surescreen over the dip tube.  cold crash when done and jump over to a fresh keg to serve.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Split batch different dry hops
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:57:54 PM »
I have an IPA I collected a little too much wort on (6G).  I did a bunch of research about dry hopping and am a bit psyched to try some stuff.  Think I might rack into 2 5G carboys and try different dry hops in each.  I am sort of the opinion that the dry hop might play a larger role in IPAs than the whirlpool.  I deliberately backed off the whirlpool for this.  Curious if anyone has done this and has an opinion.  Any thoughts appreciated.

so every now and then I get lucky and have a little more than what fits into 2 kegs and get to fill a SS growler (equipped with a corny gas in and picnic tap) with the 'leftovers'.  recently I got some extra house IPA and carbed it up, drank a few days later.  I was astonished at how much hop aroma and flavor the beer had pre-dryhop, all from the whirlpool additions.

One of the dryhopped kegs went on tap sunday evening, and I was equally surprised at how different the beer has become with the dryhop.

My opinion is that neither method is superior, and in fact, 1+1 might equal 3 here.

I do hate the extra brew day time though.

Equipment and Software / Re: SS Concial sizes
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:51:19 PM »
I agree with Paul that boiling sanitation isn't necessary. However after about 13 years of use, I noticed a very thin layer on the interior of the fermenter. If I really worked at it with my fingernail, I could wear through it. I then realized I needed to clean a little more thoroughly on occasion. The SST did allow me to circulate 160F PBW solution through the vessel and that took that layer right off. I have a pump and RIMS that makes heating and recirculating the solution easy.

I've found a warm pbw cycle for 1 hr  followed by a rinse and then an Acid #5 recirculation for 20-30 min 1-2 times per year helps turn it back to new condition, fyi.

Amarillo and equinox IPA with wlp007 - 95.2% pale ale malt, 4.8% carared.

very cool - I'm doing  a Citra/Equinox IIPA with 96% 2row/4% carared next month.  be interested to compare notes.

Sorry, Paul. That's just not going to be a good beer. You didn't run your hochkurz mash long enough and high enough for your hochmash. Also, where's the carahell???
Just kidding, dude! Sounds tasty. Prost!

haha - I know you're ribbing me, but is that what Bryan meant when he said 60/60?  I've been doing 20-40 min at each step based on kai's recommendations, but I guess I've been doing it wrong.

funny, I did consider carahell but I figured I'd give myself a break on that one - last 3 lagers have all had it.

made a dortmunder on Saturday with 835 Lager X, mostly pils, a bit of munich, smidges of carafoam and acid malt, german magnum for bitter and HM for flavor/aroma.  145df/40 158/30.  could have drank the entire sample of unfermented wort.  can't wait.

Equipment and Software / Re: SS Concial sizes
« on: April 12, 2016, 09:48:31 AM »
i have 2 blichmann 14.5s and they are perfect size for me.

I'd go with the sanitary fittings if you can, I don't have them, but if I could do it all over, I would.

figure out a way to pump into the conical in place if you're doing anything bigger than a 5 gal batch.

I don't sanitize with boiling - seems kind of unnecessary - iodophor or starsan is pretty easy to use.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Methyl anthranilate (Grape Ester)
« on: April 11, 2016, 06:39:02 AM »
Is anyone on the forum familiar with this ester and its formation in beer?

I recently brewed a Helles that had a significant corny DMS aroma and flavor when it was young.

have one on tap right now that has some of that.   never had the corny DMS aroma or flavor though.  just a light hint on concord grape.  that same yeast (830) was used on a marzen before it and a Vienna after the helles, and neither of those have the grape ester at a detectable level.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Scotch Ale - Cloudy?
« on: April 06, 2016, 08:49:32 AM »
As close as I get to Scotch ale is wee heavy. 

I made a wee heavy, I guess I always thought Scotch Ale and Wee Heavy were one in the same.  my bad.

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