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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping sours
« on: September 25, 2013, 02:02:49 PM »

Were the Cascade hops still wet hops or were they dried?

They were dried (over 3-4 days between window screens).

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Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping
« on: September 25, 2013, 01:34:32 PM »
Your amounts seem reasonable, perhaps on the low end, but I can't really say without knowing the rest of the hopping schedule.  Ultimately, if you add the amounts of hops you are suggesting and find that you want more hop aroma, you can add more hops to the fermenter.

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Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:41:42 PM »
I think the "received wisdom" is to dry hop only 2-3 days before bottling to minimize polyphenols/grassiness from the hops.  I tend mostly to keg and I am quite happy to leave hops in cold, serving kegs until the keg kicks; I haven't noticed any grassiness.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping sours
« on: September 25, 2013, 08:07:43 AM »
FWIW, I think my Cascades are weak.  After boiling a wort, I split it into 3 equal portions and did a hopstand with each portion with 4 oz of homegrown whole Cascades, 2 oz of Citra, 2 oz of Summit, respectively.  The Cascade split is tasty but nowhere near the intensity of the Citra and Summit.  Obviously the Citra and Summit are very powerful hops, but I thought I that doubling the Cascade would somewhat compensate.

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Hop Growing / Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« on: September 24, 2013, 10:59:50 AM »
I checked my Goldings.  They do not smell of electrical fires.  I just noticed while bagging some of my Cascades that there was a faint electrical fire smell that I hadn't noticed in my earlier Cascade.  I made an IPA with my earlier-picked Cascade and it tastes great but not as intense as desired.

So I think that the electrical fire does not come from pollution, but may be due to terroir, farming skill (or lack thereof) and C hops.  Possibly late picking of hops intensifies the electrical fire taste but I wasn't looking for the electrical fire earlier in my Cascades.  I haven't ruled out the possibility that I am perceiving C hops in a way that is somewhat unique; I'll have to dry hop one gallon of beer and try it on other homebrewers.

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All Things Food / Re: pig roast
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:30:35 AM »
So guys I gotta ask, what sort of reaction would you have if someone said 'hey I'm having a pig roast, do you wanna come? There's gonna be a ton of beer too'?

Because while we've gotten some responses, most of the time people are kinda like, 'Oh, ok, that's interesting.'

Sometimes I wonder if it's just me, or if it's the country.

Maybe you need to make friends with more Americans in France?! 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Ball lock connector inner gasket
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:16:40 AM »
Try this thread http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=5086.msg60717#msg60717
I think there is also a thread for silicone o-rings which I believe seal a little better.

That was easy, but what about a McMaster-Carr part number o-ring for the plastic firestone gas dip tube?

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Hop Growing / Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« on: September 18, 2013, 11:18:02 AM »
So to followup on my Sept. 17 post,  I picked five Columbus hops.  The smallest, immature one which did have some of the yellow stuff did not smell like an electrical fire when I tore the hops in half.  The other 4 all smelled of an electrical fire when torn in half.  The yellow stuff looked normal.  I didn't see any sign of mold.

I don't get that electrical fire smell from Columbus hop pellets that I purchase. 

I might try to dry hop an IPA in the keg when the keg is mostly empty to see if the odor/flavor ages out.

The plant seems to be healthy and producing well so I will probably "repot" the Columbus in some compost next year.

I'll probably check to see if the East Kent Goldings have that electrical fire smell this weekend.

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Hop Growing / Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:42:07 PM »
I picked a bunch of Columbus today.  When I opened them up they appeared normal, but all had the electrical fire smell.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:55:15 PM »
I'm not aware of any correlation between heat loss and headspace.  I suspect that your 5-gal batch looses about the same amount of heat as a 10-gal batch but since your batch is smaller you would get a bigger temp drop on the order of 1.5 deg F.  In any case my mash volumes were not dramatically bigger than yours because I used to mash at 1.25 qts/lb until I got a bigger cooler.

If you are really worried about temp loss and headspace, use still more water!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:19:51 PM »

If you have stirred everything in really well the temp should not drop much more than your measurement.

+1.

I had a mash tun from the same Rubbermaid cooler.  I would loose only 1 deg F over an hour for 10-gal batches.  The lid should be fine.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:36:28 AM »
I looked at your plan.  Step 3 involved opening the tun and adding Midnight Wheat.  If you mixed the Midnight Wheat in well, you probably lost the bulk of your 6 degrees at that time.  Because you had already mashed for nearly an hour, the consequences of a temp drop at that time would be inconsequential.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:13:40 AM »
I usually loose 1 degree F during a 1 hour mash for a 10-gal mash after the water and grains are thoroughly mixed.  Your 6 F temp loss is not normal unless you left the lid off the mash tun for 1 hour.

However, I heat up my strike water 6-8 F hotter than what I calculate which compensates for evaporation and cooling during the water transfer and mixing, and heating the mash tun.

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Hop Growing / Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:41:17 AM »
Wonder if the fan is getting too hot and burning some of the oils in the cones.

I don't use a dhydrator and I don't have a fan blowing on the hops.

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Hop Growing / Re: My Columbus hops smell like an electrical fire!
« on: September 13, 2013, 07:59:39 AM »
Any hint of electrical fire with the goldings?

Hermaphrodites tend to happen when the plant is stressed or confused. Hops are sensitive to dark period length and when the dark period gets interrupted too much it can cause a few male flowers to show up on an otherwise female plant. I can't imagine why this would cause nasty smell though. I would at least try flushing the soil really really well with very soft water and then switch up the fertilizer (Try some fish emulsion or similar, maybe mix in some michorizae (sp?)) and give it another year. Unless your desperate for the space.

I wasn't going to pick the Goldings due to their immaturity and lack of production as a comparison.  Maybe I'll repot the Columbus if the Goldings also smell of electrical fire.

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