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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 10, 2013, 11:04:06 AM »
similarly i have problem with the concept of dark india "pale" ale 8)
I knew someone would say it! That's not what this is about, dude!

Either way, it's silly to get super technical about a name. The name tells you what to expect, no need to get your panties in a twist arguing the semantics. IPA or APA, you know that it's a hoppy beer. If you like hoppy beer, then choose that. Who cares what it's called? You like it right? Then shutch ya face and drink it!

Same with music genres. Metal for instance...I don't know if there's any other style, save for maybe electronic music, that has so many different genres. I think there might be 50 different genres of black metal alone...it's dumb. "Oh but this isn't like that other black metal, this is symphonic!" oooooooo! It's annoying. But that's how you know what it is. Black IPA, so what if it's not "pale"? Many IPA's and pale ales aren't very "pale" anyway. So shut up about it. You know exactly what to expect if you ordered a black IPA. Even if it is called Cross Dressing Amateur, I'll still drink it and enjoy the hell out of it because I love that style of beer - dark hoppy beer.
Same for IPA or American IPA or whatever. Let's not talk about where it came from and what it was originally, but where it's going. Can't change the past.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:27:57 AM »
I never rehydrate 05 and I get great performance from a single pack on beers even in the 70s gravity range.

+1

Using it dry in a fermenting bucket has always worked for me as well.  It may be an extra step but I find it easier to hydrate before I pour it into a carboy......
Agreed. The way I described it above doesn't feel like more work than just sprinkling.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:25:31 AM »
I guess I was wrong. I read that book, but don't think that IPA's back then were anything like they are today, especially those typically brewed in the US.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:06:29 AM »
Hear that. It doesn't have anything to do with India anymore. It's kind of like Kentucky Fried Chicken is just KFC now. Doesn't really have to do with Kentucky anymore. Silly analogy, I know, but whatevs. I actually like calling them APA's, since many American Pale Ales I've had are pretty much IPA's...might as well call them APA's instead of IPA's, since the style they evolved to today was pretty much created in America. Did that make sense? I don't know, does in my head, but reading it is kind of weird.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:32:52 PM »
I don't know...not as well as you purport it does, I don't think. Maybe I should try it again. I usually just rehydrate by boiling 8oz of water in a mason jar for 3 minutes in the microwave at the beginning of the brew session, wait for it to come down to 95F, dump the yeast in, and let it rehydrate for the rest of the brew session. It's pretty easy. My last lager, I did that with 34/70, and stuck it in the fridge over night with my wort while it cooled to pitching temp. That worked out pretty well also.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:16:53 PM »
I guess I'll follow this thread around the corner it's taking...

I have been brewing about a year.  Only once have I used dry yeast (S-05), and as in everything else I do, I researched rehydrating exhaustively and followed what I learned to the best of my ability.  It was a bust.  Nothing.  I ran down to the LHBS and picked up some wet yeast and off it went.

I have been hearing about a peachy flavor that one can get if one ferments with S-05 at low temps, so I want to try again on an IPA I will be brewing this weekend.  I am seriously thinking about following some of the advice I read which is to just pour 2 packets straight into the wort without rehydrating at all. 

Thoughts?

I never rehydrate 05 and I get great performance from a single pack on beers even in the 70s gravity range.
This is just crazy to me. You're some kind of anomaly, Denny.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:29:20 AM »
Thanks for your input, Three. I will do this the next time I brew and see how much better I fare.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 08, 2013, 07:24:57 PM »
Oh, no I didn't aerate the yeast; the wort, then pitched the yeast. The yeast didn't build up the foam on top when rehydrated, but I don't think I gave it enough time. But it was milky looking. Mr Malty says 12 grams if I put the yeast as a few months old and a hybrid beer setting. Half a gram is nothing, yeast could've been dead or I shocked it pitching 95F yeast into 55F wort?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 08, 2013, 07:06:50 PM »
Good luck, fellas! The only reason I'd want one is for pre-boil gravity readings. Otherwise, I'm fine using a hydrometer for my OG readings.

FWIW - that's pretty much what I intend to use it for. I also rarely take gravity readings mid-fermentation since I brew smaller batches. I'll probably be more willing to check on beers every once in a while if I can just take a refractometer sample instead of a full hydro sample. Personally, I'm just looking for another tool in my arsenal rather than a hydrometer replacement.
Fair enough. How small of batches do you brew? One gallon? Small batches are cool, I've settled on 4 gallon batches. Three gallons might be even better because turn over is much faster, but sometimes it's just not enough, especially if I'm taking a lot of growlers to parties.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 08, 2013, 01:47:27 PM »
Good luck, fellas! The only reason I'd want one is for pre-boil gravity readings. Otherwise, I'm fine using a hydrometer for my OG readings.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 at low temp
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:53:00 AM »
I made a mistake of under pitching (I think) this weekend into an Altbier. Chilled the wort in the fridge over night down to 55F. Rehyrdrated one packet of US-05, aerated for a minute with pure O2. 36 hours, no activity, raised temp to 60, nothing. Ended up pitching another packet last night and have a krausen forming this morning. I probably should've pitched 2 packs. Gravity was 1.050 for 4 gallons (that's the batch size I brew these days). Plus I rehydrated at 95F for 15 minutes, then pitched right into the wort, that probably wasn't the best idea either...

Thoughts, anyone?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wheat malt...poor extraction
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:47:01 AM »
There is a previous thread on efficiency loss with adjuncts, but I can't find it.

Most replies noted a loss in efficiency when using wheat or rye. I tend to see a 5-7% loss when using a considerable amount of either.
Same here, it's kind of a bummer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer Sale
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:43:32 AM »
That refractometer sure didn't get very positive reviews. Kind of apprehensive after reading some of those. Usually there's one or two bad reviews, but that one has quite a few.

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Equipment and Software / Re: anyone use a hop spider
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:20:28 PM »
Couldn't you just use a muslin bag that fits around your kettle? Like a BIAB bag? As long as it doesn't drag on the bottom of the pot?
That's what I do with the 5 gallon painter strainer bag.  And the turbulence of the boil keeps the bag suspended - never touches bottom. 
Ah, I figured you had a false bottom. In that case, it wouldn't matter.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing hiatus
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:11:18 PM »
I dread the day either of my parents die. Sorry for your loss, man. Welcome back to brewing! We can brew beer the way we like it, that's why I love it!

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