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Beer Recipes / Re: German themed IPA
« on: May 01, 2015, 08:00:51 AM »
Sounds awesome! I have a ½# each of Mandarina & Hull in my freezer that I plan on pairing with 100% pils malt. Just haven't decided yet if I want to lager it and turn it into a hoppy pils or go your route and go APA/IPA (maybe with a bit of munich). I hear they're mild by American hop standards so I was gonna go fairly heavy at around ½ oz/gal steeped and 1oz/gal dry hopped.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Dry hop vs post boil
« on: April 29, 2015, 07:51:52 PM »
Similar to Jim I've become a big fan of the hop stand. In my case I cool to 170f and let them sit for an hour or so. Hell one night I went out to dinner and just let em hang. So far I like a hop stand of around ½ oz/gallon and two ½ oz/gallon dry hop additions (once towards the end of primary and again in the keg) most for hop forward brews. No negative effects yet that I can detect from a slow chill. Letting the hops sit at warmer temperatures, as in just after boil, will result in more bitterness for sure.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Refractometers in Heat?
« on: April 22, 2015, 10:21:44 AM »
I just picked up a refractometer thinking it would be easier to take gravity readings during the mash & boil but noticed its ATC feature goes up to the 80s - my question is does that mean I still have to cool the sample or is it easy enough to temperature adj reading?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Old World Hops?
« on: April 20, 2015, 09:12:35 AM »


On the times I dry hop a lager, I wait until the lagering is mostly done - ie., a week or so before tapping, to dry hop.
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That makes sense, probably give that shot.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Old World Hops?
« on: April 20, 2015, 08:17:04 AM »
Nice, last night I picked up ½# each of Mandarina Bavaria, Hull Melon, Boadicea-UK, and Galaxy.

Starting to lean towards brewing my first pils with the German ones (assuming I can close a deal on a cheap second chest freezer on craigslist), a low ABV Marris Otter Smash with the Boadicea (or maybe Boadicea and a bit of Galaxy), and an APA with the Galaxy.

Excited to give these a shot.

Yeah, I've been thinking of doing a 'German IPA' -  all German hops (Mandarina, Hull Melon and Saphir), German pils and Caravienne or Caramunich. Sounds fun.

Yea, I've been bouncing around something like that, a pils, or an IPL. I imagine the duration of the lagering process would allow a lot of the hop aromatics to fade though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Old World Hops?
« on: April 20, 2015, 07:20:01 AM »
Nice, last night I picked up ½# each of Mandarina Bavaria, Hull Melon, Boadicea-UK, and Galaxy.

Starting to lean towards brewing my first pils with the German ones (assuming I can close a deal on a cheap second chest freezer on craigslist), a low ABV Marris Otter Smash with the Boadicea (or maybe Boadicea and a bit of Galaxy), and an APA with the Galaxy.

Excited to give these a shot.

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General Homebrew Discussion / New Old World Hops?
« on: April 19, 2015, 05:43:37 PM »
So I'm browsing around yakima valley hops and decided to try out some imports. After adding some Galaxy to my cart I started looking at a few new relatively new German varieites like Mandarina Bavaria, Halertaue Blanc, & Hull Melon. Has anyones experimented with any of theses (or any new UK varieties) and can comment on if the flavor can compare to the US/Australia stuff?

I was thinking it may be fun to do something like a hoppy pale ale with pilsner and a mix of German hops.

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Beer Recipes / Re: APA Malt Help
« on: April 10, 2015, 11:47:35 AM »
I've become a big fan of just 85% Marris Otter/Pale Ale Malt/or US 2row & 15% flaked oats in my APA's. Got the oats in a pale idea from a local brewery and while it may be unconventional and results in a haze it adds a great character.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbing while Cold Crashing?
« on: April 09, 2015, 02:07:42 PM »
Yea, the trouble I experienced with cold crashing/serving in the same keg was after it all settled I'd be pulling up gunk for awhile and potentially clogging the dip tube. I know theres workarounds involving shorting the tube or adding a screen but they always seemed like more work than a transfer and shortening the dip tube would result in less pints being pulled anyway. Haven't had any oxygenation issues yet. 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbing while Cold Crashing?
« on: April 09, 2015, 06:56:03 AM »
duboman - Makes sense but cold crashing in the primary would be tougher for me since carboys/buckets don't fit well in my kegerator. The first transfer leaves most of the gunk behind and allows me to dry hop again off most of the yeast (I dry hop x1 at the end of primary, x2 in the conditioning keg that gets cold crashed after a few days, and x3 in a container in the serving keg).

jim - Makes sense, I may look into one.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbing while Cold Crashing?
« on: April 08, 2015, 03:24:01 PM »
Filtering would drop some hoppiness, but if you think about it so does cold crashing, right?

Very true. Yea, clarity isn't very important to me (or I wouldn't add Oats to pale ale) but I still hope to avoid any off flavors by having too much sediment/yeast in suspension and pour a clean tasting brew.

Since filtering and cold crashing/transferring essentially serve the same purpose I guess my next questions are:
 
1) Do you loose less beer by filtering? I seem to loose about ¼ gallon or so when I transfer from keg to keg.
2) Does filtering do a significantly better job?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbing while Cold Crashing?
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:56:50 PM »
I should add though that most of the beer I brew is meant to be hop forward - doesn't filtration strip some of that flavor out? I know some brewers like The Alchemist avoid filtration. Then again I'm also thinking that transferring from keg to keg through the lines instead of siphoned would reduce oxygen exposure.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Caring while Cold Crashing?
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:19:57 PM »
Thanks for the advice - filtering is an interesting option but I don't even know where to begin. Is it relatively cheap and easy?

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Kegging and Bottling / Carbing while Cold Crashing?
« on: April 08, 2015, 12:42:24 PM »
My usual process involves transferring from primary into a serving keg - cold crashing the keg - transferring into a serving keg then caring. A thought just came to me, would I be able to get a jump on carbonating the brew during the cold crash or would to C02 activity disturb the gunk I'm trying to let drop?

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Carb for a shorter period of time and allow the keg to set at temp and serving pressure for a day or two before pouring.
Yup. Lately, I put fresh kegs in my lagering chest freezer till theres an opening. I carb by hitting it with 30 psi once a day for about 5 or six days. When I put them in the kegerator I release the PRV and attach the serving CO2. Give it a day and stsrt pouring. Works fine.

Hmm so you don't leave the gas hooked up? Just a quick dose at 30psi then disconnect for the day?

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