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Ingredients / Re: First Wort Hopping
« on: May 17, 2011, 09:32:29 AM »
OK, thanks.  Part of the problem is my inability to explain myself clearly and the lack of information about my set up.  I only have one pot.  So, I batch sparge into a pail while the sparge water is getting to final temp.  Then, after I've collected all the first runnings, I put the sparge water in and dump any excess I have.  I then add the warm first running to the brew pot and begin heating while I sparge the 2nd runnings.  These then get added to the pot.  I don't have the flexibility to add all the wort at once. 
So, I am going to add my FWH to the plastic pail that I use to gather my first runnings and then move them to the boil kettle while I get my 2nd and go from there.  Originally, I was thinking I'd add them when I started to heat the first runnings.

The other problem is that I brew while I work so if I get a phone call or something, timing can be disrupted.  Not ideal but it works.

I just wanted to be sure I understood that these were a flavour addition.  It's just a little counter-intuitive based on what I learned 20 years ago about flavour and boiling.  I'm gonna give it a go.
Thanks


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Beer Recipes / Re: How to classify a Black IPA for AHA competition?
« on: May 17, 2011, 07:35:23 AM »
I'm doing a Pale American Black IPA today.  Considering going really radical and putting a British twist on it...

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Ingredients / Re: First Wort Hopping
« on: May 17, 2011, 07:08:51 AM »
Does the quantity of hops added as FWH compare to what I would have added at 15 mins? 
For example, today I'm making an ale and I intended to use 20 grams of Northern Brewer at 60, 1/2 oz of Cascade at 30, 1/4 oz of Cascade at 15 and 1/4 oz at flameout.  The Cascade is leaf. 
If I switched up the Cascade to 1/2 oz FWH, added the NB as planned and put in 1/4 oz at 15 and 1/4 at flameout, how would it differ?  I really liked this last brew but want just a touch more hop presence.

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Ingredients / First Wort Hopping
« on: May 17, 2011, 06:45:50 AM »
I've been reading Gordon's book as well as other items and I want to be 100% sure I understand this concept.

As I read it, you add hops to the wort as it is coming to a boil (right after collecting) and then leave them in during the boil.  This is supposed to give an enhanced hop flavour.  Is this right?

What I can't follow is why hop flavour would still be present in the wort.  If I add hops at full boil for 60 mins, I get bitter but not flavour.  How come adding them earlier doesn't drive off the flavour compounds from the hops?  I'm gonna give it a try but I wanted to be sure I was thinking of the right procedure and that I am thinking of the right outcome.  I assume you want to add the same hops (or similar type) than I would add at 15 mins?  Not adding additional bittering hops unless you wanted that flavour (add Amarillo as FWH instead of Magnum or Northern Brewer for example).  Then add your standard bittering hop at 60 min as usual.
Thanks

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Beer Recipes / Re: How to classify a Black IPA for AHA competition?
« on: May 17, 2011, 05:51:18 AM »
They are everywhere around here.  I met a friend out and had one tonight. 
Was this one of those "Cascadian Take Over the World" meetings?  I think the FBI needs to start watching you people...

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All Grain Brewing / Crystal malt and corn
« on: May 16, 2011, 08:45:33 AM »
I'm working on a cream ale recipe and I'm wondering if adding both crystal malt and flaked corn makes any sense. My understanding is that flaked corn will add fermentable but will lighten the body of the beer.  Adding crystal 45 would add body and so does it make sense to do both?  I'm considering the following.

8.5 lbs 2-row
0.5 lbs C45
1 lb Flaked corn
1 oz Northern Brewer @60
1/2 oz Cascade leaf @ 15
1/2 oz Cascade leaf @ flameout
WLP001 slurry harvested last Thursday.
I made a very similar one that was very good with 100 g of Chocolate malt and I'm trying to make a similar but lighter beer.  Trying for a Sleeman Cream Ale style.  Made a darker one that is very good but want something a bit more "summery".

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 2 - Weeks to get it done
« on: May 14, 2011, 11:34:14 AM »
Today's the day.  Party is tonight and the beer is done.  I put it on CO2 at 30PSI for the night and shook the heck out of it.  Just poured the first glass and I have to say, I think that this is my best beer so far.  The colour is good, the flavour is nice, good hop/malt balance.  Darker than you'd think a Cream Ale should be but I'm trying to match a specific beer brand that is darker.  I'm very happy with this one and I definitely think that this is going to be going into rotation!  Clarity is not bad but I think all the shaking didn't help any.  More settling time would be good.

First time using WLP001 and I really like it. 
Thanks for all the advice.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 14, 2011, 08:46:58 AM »
Maybe they don't really like it and just think they're being nice to you by taking it.  The only way to know for sure would be to taste it.  Send me a couple growlers and I'll get back to you. :)

Just go over to their house and take something you'd like.  Power tools, food, car...whatever.  

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The Pub / Spider Video
« on: May 13, 2011, 03:27:58 PM »
I put this on another thread but I don't think anyone watched it not for long enough.  This is definitely how my government should be spending my tax dollars.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Six day IPA
« on: May 13, 2011, 03:25:55 PM »
  I see your point as well. I still know that it will be better than bud though. (not like that says a lot.  ;D )

Yeah, but IMO, water is better than Bud.

There's a difference?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Gelatin
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:20:53 AM »
One last question before I go do this.
Yesterday I racked into a spare carboy to help settle and the beer is now cold and ready to go into a keg where I will add gelatin.  I'm unclear how to mix well without oxygenating so if I filled the keg 1/2 way and then poured the 3/4 cup of gelatin into the keg and finished filling, would the siphon action be enough to mix the gelatin throughout?  Or does it have to go on the top for some reason?  Yes, I see that this is really two questions.

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The Pub / Friday the 13th Bike Rally
« on: May 13, 2011, 08:00:03 AM »
Any of you motorcycle riders out there ever heard of this?
http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/225881--20-000-bikes-expected-for-port-dover-s-friday-the-13th 
Happens summer/winter/rain/shine every Friday the 13th.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Six day IPA
« on: May 13, 2011, 06:40:40 AM »
10 gallons of Oreo Cream Stout.
Sounds tasty.  Recipe?

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The Pub / Re: Going to Scotland!
« on: May 12, 2011, 06:40:41 PM »

You don't have to swallow all of the whisky you taste.

But you can, right?

If I ever go, I'll be hitting the Lagavulin distillery.  That one's my favourite. 
My family got run out of Scotland a couple centuries or so ago...something about improper relations with sheep or something.  I wonder if I can get my family castle back?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Six day IPA
« on: May 12, 2011, 06:06:33 PM »
Pretty soon we'll be seeing posts about brewing in the morning, drinking in the afternoon ;)

Good luck and hope it turns out well.  What temp do you ferment at to get done that fast? 

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