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Beer Recipes / Re: Judgment Day Clone (provided by Lost Abbey)
« on: March 16, 2015, 06:35:08 AM »
norcaljp - I did not get around to brewing this yet.

General Homebrew Discussion / Double Dry Hop Process?
« on: March 11, 2015, 06:40:43 PM »
Looking for feedback from those who double dry hop their DIPAs.

Following Vinnie Cilurzo's process of two doses of dry hops for Pliny the Elder or Younger's four doses, would it be best to use two or more mesh containers for each dose to keep the hop mass 'loose'?

For Elder, the 1st dose is 12 days and the 2nd 5 to 7 days, with a total of 4 ounces.

As I am dry hopping in the keg, the hops will be contained in a stainless mesh Dry Hopper (see link) to keep the wort clear.

Would it be best to simply add the 2nd dose on top of the wet mass of the 1st dose or add the second dose to a second container?

Or in simpler terms, if using a hop bag, are you adding it all to one bag or employ a second bag for the second round?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dryhop DIPA with Perle?
« on: March 05, 2015, 07:21:57 AM »
Perle in Rouge Dead Guy is subdued; these are left-over hops from a Dead Guy clone.

I am looking to use these in a Pliny base loaded with Chinook to add additional depth to the dry hop - not sure how it will work out though. IF anything, an ounce during dry hop, .5 oz. for 14 and .5 for 7 days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Dryhop DIPA with Perle?
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:05:47 PM »
How would Perle be as a dry hop addition in a double IPA?

Will it work with Simcoe, Chinook, and Centennial?

The Pub / Re: Vegas!
« on: March 04, 2015, 07:26:28 AM »
There are two Yard House's here, one off the LV Strip and the other in Red Rock. The sheer volume of beer at YH is inspiring. They often have St. Bernardus on tap too.

The Pub / Re: Vegas!
« on: March 03, 2015, 08:42:35 PM »
I'm in Vegas ...

Millers Ale House
Aces and Ales
The Yard House

All Grain Brewing / Pliny the Bastard?
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:55:38 PM »
I plan on combining my two favorite beers, Pliny the Elder and Arrogant Bastard into Pliny the Bastard.

The recipe below is the base for Pliny (More Beer), with CaraAroma subbed for C40, bittering by Chinook, and dry hopped with Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial. SRM will be a bit darker from the CaraAroma. The beer fermented with WLP001 (Pliny) instead of WLP007 (Bastard).

Do you think 147 IBUs of Chinook will be overpowering? The Pliny recipe with Magnum, Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial is 153 IBU (per Beersmith).

The resulting beer should be dry, like Pliny, but bursting with Chinook goodness.

Looking for feedback.

Batch Size: 6 gallons (to account for dry hop absorption)
Est Original Gravity: 1.073 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.012
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.0 %
Bitterness: 148.4 IBUs

13 lbs. Pale Malt (2 Row) - 84.5 %
1 lbs. Carapils - 6.5 %
1 lbs. Corn Sugar - 6.5 %
6.1 oz. Caraaroma - 2.5 %

3.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 90 min
1.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 45 min
1.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 30 min
2.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 0 min

Ferment with WLP001

Dry hop
2 oz. Columbus
1 oz. Centennial
1 oz. Chinook

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CaraPils and CaraAroma in Same Beer?
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:24:45 PM »
With proper fermentation temperature and attenuation, do you find 'cider' flavors from table sugar?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CaraPils and CaraAroma in Same Beer?
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:00:13 PM »
This is for a Pliny clone. I am not trying to replicate Pliny exactly and would like to use what I have to fill the Crystal bill. At 6 ounces, and the sheer amount of hops, the flavor should be negligible. Color is another thing.

Any issues using table sugar instead of corn sugar? This recipe calls for 1 pound.

General Homebrew Discussion / CaraPils and CaraAroma in Same Beer?
« on: February 24, 2015, 07:30:00 AM »
Does anyone have a problem with having CaraPils and CaraAroma in the same beer? It seems like the two might compliment each other.

CaraAroma: Imparts fuller body and improved malt aroma.

CaraPils: Increases foam, improves head retention and enhances mouth feel without adding flavor or color to your beer.

An upcoming DIPA calls for 6 ounces of Crystal 40 and I have CaraAroma on hand. It's a 6 gallon batch.

I am not concerned with color.

Would 6 ounces of CaraAroma completely affect the flavor where Crystal 40 is called for?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 31, 2015, 05:51:23 PM »
Thank you JT.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 31, 2015, 02:57:37 PM »
Found it.

This keg is my Pliny the Elder brew which had a hop bag for dry hopping. The bag was attached with dental floss and secured to the underside of the relief valve with a small stainless worm clamp.

Somehow, a small bit of floss found its way unto the relief valve opening and compromised the seal. One tiny little piece of floss had me chasing a leak for weeks now.

Only when I saturated the relieve valve with soapy water and let it sit did the leak become apparent.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:13:26 AM »
Yes, kegs with liquid in them will absorb the gas.  That's why your beer carbonates, it absorbs the gas.

Yeah, I get that ... but only one keg seems to continually require gas after sitting w/the gas off for a few days. It has been under gas since mid-November, surely enough time to reach equilibrium. The other two kegs do not take on gas in the same way. The suspect keg, exhibits the same behavior with all three of the CO2 lines, taking on gas. There must be a leak somewhere but I'll be damned if I can find it.

The posts are tight, greased, and not visibly leaking.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:24:07 PM »
This is a slow leak, one that doesn't dump a tank overnight, but one that will slowly kill it.

I believe I have narrowed it down to one keg. With the gas off for a few hours, it is always the one that takes gas. Although I cannot see any visible leaks with soapy water. The keg is 1/2 full.

Perhaps it is absorbing the gas - I don't know ...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Help Me Root a CO2 Leak
« on: January 29, 2015, 09:05:17 PM »
Are you using the fiber washer between the tank and regulator?
* no fiber washer, the Taprite has a o-ring built into the stem.

There is no leak, and you just got a low fill on your last tank;
* it's been happening tank after tank.

The fact that the low pressure gauge is dropping when you have a keg connected is because the beer in the keg is absorbing some of the CO2, and if there is a leak, it's either between the regulator and the gas cylinder or somewhere in the regulator itself?
* makes sense but these kegs have been sitting @ 40 F for many weeks now. I am uncertain that the beer will continue to absorb CO2 past it's saturation/equilibrium point.

Every time I have had a Co2 leak it has been something simple.
* it's all taped-up and wrench tight. I even tightened the center stem of the QD gas connectors (little slot on top). As I mentioned earlier, when the gas is not connected to a keg, it maintains pressure for quite some time. Only when it is connected does the gauge "go flat" relatively quick.

Bear in mind that the kegs keep pressure, and expel gas when the pressure relieve valve is opened. I could understand if it didn't blow off gas, that makes sense, but to have it hold pressure over time is odd.

O-rings have been my main source of CO2 leaks. Once replaced, no more leaks.
* which ones? I have replaced the lid o-ring, gas post or-ring, and beverage O-rings. External and internal O-rings.

The beverage side gauge also drops from 10 PSI to 0 PSI, when pressurized and the tank off, whether or not the line check valve is opened or closed. The little valve under the regulator body, the feed to the manifold.

It would be helpful for someone to tell me how their gauge reacts and if it looses pressure over time with the bottle off and kegs connected and/or disconnected.

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