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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping/Whirlpool Hops
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:50:06 PM »
For an IPA, in addition to boil additions, I add about 6oz to whirlpool at 175 for 30 minutes and love the flavor.  (For 5gal batch)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 30% pilsner malt, 60 or 90 min boil
« on: July 08, 2017, 07:56:10 AM »
Thanks everyone

General Homebrew Discussion / 30% pilsner malt, 60 or 90 min boil
« on: July 06, 2017, 09:17:33 PM »
 I'm getting ready to brew a beer with 30% Pilsner malt and 70% Vienna. Does anyone think I need to do a 90 minute boil, or can I get away with a vigorous 60 minute boil?

General Homebrew Discussion / Oregon brew lab
« on: May 30, 2017, 02:16:53 PM »
 For those who are interested in correlating their calculations with lab results, I highly recommend Oregon brew lab.   I heard about Dana and her lab on one of Denny's podcasts and sent my samples (IPA and Porter) in last wed for ABV, IBU etc.   I had previously used another lab and it took three weeks to get results. She got me my results in one week and it probably would've been sooner had it not been a holiday weekend. Her website and payment methods are easy and her reports are nice and professional.   I will definitely use her again. Cheers.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Starting to think about water
« on: May 27, 2017, 09:47:44 AM »
 Got the report for my local water. Problem is our water here is soooo hard I have to use a house water softener. The water report showed too high sodium I think. So I guess I have to use RO water and rebuild?

All Grain Brewing / Starting to think about water
« on: May 27, 2017, 07:32:13 AM »
 I've been brewing all grain for about seven years now and have obsessively tweaked all parts of my Brewing set up/process, all except one..........Water chemistry.
I use arrowhead Springwater and to my taste buds my beers of turn out good. But I think I'm ready to embark upon figure out water chemistry.  I've glanced at Bru'n water and it seems a bit complicated. Just wondering if anyone knows of a good primer source that is a good place to start?  ( something a little more manageable than Palmers 300 page book. )

All good advice, thanks.  I do have a pump and whirlpool while chilling.

Cool, thanks.   I listened to Denny's podcast recently and you/he talked about the hydra, I've been looking into it. Looks very cool.   In Southern California my groundwater is between 75 and 80. So I was thinking about getting the hydra, quickly chilling to around ground water temperature ( with garden hose ), and then using a pre-chiller to quickly get it down to 65.   My current set up is a three eights pre-chiller in a bucket of ice and then a three eights immersion chiller. It works well but still takes me about 20 minutes to get down to pitching temperature. The pain in the ass is I have to buy about 60 pounds of ice and continually drain the icewater in the pre-chiller and keep adding ice . So I am trying to find a quicker better solution to where I don't have to use so much ice.

 Why does no one make immersion wort chiller's greater than 1/2 inch diameter? It would seem that greater flowrate with increased diameter would be a big plus. Am I not thinking about the physics correctly, or is it just expense?

This beer has been in the keg for 2weeks and I am very happy with it.  Doesn't taste too thin to me.  Thanks for all the input.  Next time I will mash a couple degrees higher and see what happens.

All Grain Brewing / Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« on: May 11, 2017, 05:31:29 AM »
 In my mind,  flameout is a zero minute addition and then you immediately cool to pitching temperature. Whirlpool/hopstand is an addition at or after zero minute where you let the hops steep at some temperature for sometime before rapidly cooling. (With or without stirring or pump whirlpooling).

All Grain Brewing / IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:21:37 PM »
IPA hopping technique survey/poll?

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry hopping with hop extract
« on: May 06, 2017, 08:07:07 AM »
 Has anyone thought of this? I know there are hot shots for bittering but I was just thinking that if there were individual hop extracts that contains all of the oils from that hop, it might be an interesting way to pack more hop flavor and aroma post fermentation instead of dry hopping. You would loose less beer too. They could come in sanitized viles so you just open and pour them in.   On a base level I don't actually like this idea because I like using the original bass ingredients in making flavor through the chemistry of Brewing. It's the reason I like all grain versus extract. But with everyone trying to cram as much flavor and aroma in, I was just thinking?......

All Grain Brewing / Re: Very low FG, does this make sense to anyone?
« on: April 28, 2017, 12:02:19 PM »
 No, they actually drop out crystal clear after about a week in the keg.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Very low FG, does this make sense to anyone?
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:21:35 AM »
 That's a good point.  I do always do starters but usually try to get the calculated numbers close to the ideal pitching right. This last batch I did over pitch though.   On my IPAs I do always use Chico.   Come to think of it, I made a stout recently and used 007 and it finished right where I thought it should so maybe that is the issue.

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