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Beer Recipes / Re: Amarillo Witbier hybrid
« on: July 31, 2013, 03:51:17 PM »
I actually stocked up on the Amarillo when I came across it since its been hard to find these days. I made an all Amarillo IPA, as I have been using the same recipe and just swapping hops to really see how I feel about each hop variety. That was really where the earthiness really came through. I still find it a bit fruity, but not citrus like in the slightest.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is liquid yeast significantly better?
« on: July 31, 2013, 03:48:05 PM »
For what its worth, when I want a clean American Ale, my best results have been White Labs 001. When I stock up or mail order, I still get us-05 though.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Amarillo Witbier hybrid
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:35:55 AM »
I just happened to get my hands on some Amarillo hops. I made an American wheat brew with 4lbs each of pilsner and white wheat malts to later rack onto strawberry puree. I decided to bottle 1 gallon before I racked to the strawberry secondary, and the the Amarillo hops really added a pleasant fruity and earthy character. It was almost berry like without ever seeing berries. I am personally having a hard time imagining it working well with coriander in a classic wit though. I would go with some hops that have more citrus flavors with a less earthy profile, IMO. 

Also, orange peel isn't all that fruity in the end product when added a few minutes before lights out. I used a peeler and tossed about 3 oz worth of fresh and carefully peeled orange peel to a saison recently. It didn't stand out much, and was almost nonexistent with a little age. The funky saison flavors were what really stood out.

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Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:25:46 AM »
I am 32, but with no kids in site. Not until the wife finishes up her degree at least. I recently found some commercial property for a good price with a 4 bed 3 bath apartment attached which I could rent out that would be perfect to start. I am also convinced that I can be successful at anything I really put my mind to, but there in lies the problem. I am not 100% sure I could handle it. Without quiting the day job, I could still produce enough beer in the beginning, but it would come to a point where I would have to quit. By that point, the financial still don't quite make sense. I will still be trying to pay off everything while having just said goodbye to most of my income. I think I am stuck waiting for that lottery ticket or wealthy long lost relative that just so happens to think I deserve their vast fortune to pass.

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