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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:48:04 PM »
Those beers are absolutely gorgeous. Any particular tips for such great clarity + outstanding foam?

Beer Recipes / Re: 'Black witbier'
« on: June 02, 2017, 01:18:54 AM »
haha wow looks like I opened up a can of worms on this one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 31, 2017, 02:04:01 AM »
Rustic/3726 Saison late hopped with a little Lemon Drop. Has an earthy, peppery, slightly fruity yeast character, with the added slight lemony hop character. A really good beer.

Very interested in playing around with lemon drop hops. I wonder if anyone has tried using them in a hoppy sour a la Mike Tonsmeire's #2 recipe in this article:

I wonder if the lactic acid & lemon drop hops would work well together in the style... I may have to try it myself sometime!

Beer Recipes / Re: 'Black witbier'
« on: May 30, 2017, 05:54:26 PM »
I also like the idea, I would drop the munich and add the lion's share of the dark malt at sparge (and sparge a little cooler than usual <160F) like with a black IPA. I would also drop it to ~2 tangerines and maybe 3 star anise stars. You could also add brewers' licorice, if you wanted. FWIW, I like my witbiers around 1.048 and with ~15 IBUs.
Yeah def going to drop the # of tangerines. I was only thinking of adding Munich since it's a darker beer and may give that impression of cola that I sometimes get from Munich malt... thought it would compliment the licorice.

Beer Recipes / Re: 'Black witbier'
« on: May 20, 2017, 09:59:31 PM »
Last time I used anise it was at an attempt to make a Pennsylvania swankey... and I used about 4.5g which I guess is about 0.15 oz. Couldn't taste it at all. I want to at least triple it... maybe 0.5oz is a good next point to try.

Did you use star anise or anise seed for the swankey? Swankey was made with anise seed.

Actually looking back on my notes in more detail I used both - 3.0g of anise seed and 1.5g of star anise.

Beer Recipes / Re: 'Black witbier'
« on: May 15, 2017, 08:21:26 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions guys! I'll definitely cut back on the midnight wheat and tangerines, and ... consider starting the star anise lower.

I only hesitate on the anise because I find that what most people consider way too much licorice is just at the low end of the threshold for me, since I love the flavor and can't get enough of it.

Last time I used anise it was at an attempt to make a Pennsylvania swankey... and I used about 4.5g which I guess is about 0.15 oz. Couldn't taste it at all. I want to at least triple it... maybe 0.5oz is a good next point to try.

Beer Recipes / 'Black witbier'
« on: May 15, 2017, 12:54:26 AM »
Hi all,

I'm working on a concept beer - a 'black witbier.' The basic idea is to be a witbier but black in color (which I realize is an oxymoron), with minimal roast of course and with a heavy charge of anise to give it a strong black licorice impression in addition to coriander/orange peel. I've heard people say tangerines work particularly well for witbiers so my recipe in the making thus far is as follows:

40% pils
33% flaked wheat
10% midnight wheat (550 SRM)
8% flaked oats
8% Munich II
Mash @ 153F
21 IBUs hallertau @ 60min
0.5oz of Indian coriander, zest of 6 tangerines, and 1oz star anise (crushed) at T-5 minutes before end of boil.
Ferment with WLP410 Belgian Wit II at 68F

Note I am a man who LOVES black licorice so if 1oz of star anise sounds like way too much to you... I might be in the right ballpark for my tastes ;)

Any thoughts? Thanks!

Beer Recipes / Re: Tropical Stouts
« on: May 15, 2017, 12:39:33 AM »
I've never brewed one, but my current 'to-brew' recipe formulation is as follows:

75% Golden promise
10% turbinado sugar
5% roasted barley (550 SRM)
5% extra dark crystal (160 SRM)
3% Carafa special III
2% Chocolate (430 SRM)
Mash @ 153F
34 IBUs of EKG hops @ 60 min
Ferment with Cry Havoc (WLP862), which I believe is a lager strain, at 62F

Should give me something OG 1.073, FG 1.017, 7.5% abv
With those specs I'm expecting something on the sweet side but hopefully not cloying, with just enough roast so you know it's a stout and hopefully a rum-raisiny impression from the crystal malt + turbinado sugar.

Just a shot in the dark though, basically I slightly tweaked Gordon's recipe in BYO.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:12:54 PM »
Some recents:
Hefe Weissebier




Give. Me. Those. !!!

Really enjoyed the episode!  I've never had an Oz Sparkling, but it has definitely moved up a few spots on my to-brew list!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 17, 2017, 07:52:58 PM »
I'm curious to see my scoresheets, particularly for the ones that didn't advance (well... most of them, I KNOW my Baltic Porter wasn't my best effort and I shouldn't have entered it).  Haven't received any score sheets yet (Philly).

Edit: spoke too soon. My scoresheets were waiting for me when I got home!

Man... I was all over the place this year.  2 in the 20s, 2 in the 30s, 1 40.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mt. Rainier hops discontinued?
« on: April 17, 2017, 07:50:15 PM »
Mt rainier was released a few years ago when a number of other varieties were released, and the supply of hops far exceeded demand. We put in about an acre of them last spring, and they seem to be a nice aromatic hop. We really don't get much production here the first year, but should get reasonable production ( 1000 lbs?) this year. We got the rhizomes from Brulotte farms, should be some hops available someplace.

That's good to hear! I look forward to this year's harvest! :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mt. Rainier hops discontinued?
« on: October 21, 2016, 07:49:59 PM »
I got a bunch of free Mt. Rainer hops some years ago.  I made good beer with them, but I don't recall any licorice flavors.  I don't like licorice so I think I would have noticed.  Other than getting them free, I've never seen them and frankly I haven't missed them as I've simply used other hops.

The odd thing is, I got them from the Goose Island brewery so at least they were using them 10 or so years ago.  Dunno what they used them in or what they replaced them with.  GI alone isn't likely a big enough customer to keep someone growing them if no one else wants them.

Denny sounds cranky today.

I used them in a porter and I definitely got some spicy licorice aroma from them, but yeah I suppose they weren't as pungent or in your face as a lot of the newer hop varieties coming out nowadays.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mt. Rainier hops discontinued?
« on: October 21, 2016, 07:26:37 PM »
Yeah... I know it isn't the hop growers' job to cater to our every need.

I just wanted to express my sadness.  Didn't want this varietal to pass on unlamented.

General Homebrew Discussion / Mt. Rainier hops discontinued?
« on: October 20, 2016, 06:35:41 PM »
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone here has used Mt. Rainier hops?  I was thinking with the licorice descriptor that they would work well in a Black IPA, but it took me forever and a day to find a shop that still had them in stock.

I then contacted YCH Hops to check about this variety's availability, and found out that the variety has been discontinued.

I'm kind of sad.  I always feel alone as a lover of all things licorice, so I suppose it doesn't surprise me that a licorice-y hop like that wouldn't exactly be a top seller, but I was still looking forward to using it.

Was anyone else a fan?  I don't know how much of a voice we homebrewers have in the matter, but I'd sure like to see Mt. Rainier come back...

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