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General Homebrew Discussion / Pliny the Elder Dry Hopping
« on: October 04, 2015, 04:34:25 PM »
I am the only beer drinker in the house so a 5 gallon batch lasts me a few months ...

I have brewed a Pliny clone several times now with a recipe that has ~5 ounces of dry hops staggered 7 + 5 days. While Pliny is intended to be consumed fresh, it's just not possible given my situation.

Since it takes me a while to finish the batch, I've been thinking about dry hopping for 7 days then the other 5 when the keg is half consumed. My thought process being that the second later dry hop will provide aroma/flavor that may perhaps have been lost as the beer aged.

The issue however, is that the second dose is intended for 5 gallons, not 2.5 or less and I am wondering if the beer will be lacking flavor and aroma by going only with the first addition in the beginning.

So if you were me ... would you follow the recipe and load-up on dry hops as the recipe intends or try something new.

Will a 5 ounce dry hop dose have significantly more flavor & aroma than 2.5 ounces?

Your thoughts?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Does A Longer Mash Give Maltier Beer?
« on: September 30, 2015, 01:55:13 PM »
I generally mash for 90 minutes while I am getting everything else ready for the brew day. It does make for a slightly longer day.

It gives me time to do other things too while the mash does it's thing.

I have always had good results so I'm sticking with it ... :)


Ingredients / Re: Hops question
« on: September 09, 2015, 12:12:29 AM »
So the whirlpool additions impart longer lasting flavor/aroma than dry hopping?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP001 Starter Lag Time
« on: September 04, 2015, 08:37:01 PM »
Frank, why not try a starter with what you have? My starter was slow to take off, it is rocking and rolling right now. I am confident the yeast is still good, just older and dormant for a while. A fresh dose of wort resuscitated the slurry.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP001 Starter Lag Time
« on: September 04, 2015, 06:04:53 PM »
Mark, I am brewing a Pliny the Elder clone that typically 1.072 - 1.078 depending on crush.

It's moving along well now, perhaps too little viable yeast in the beginning.

Thinking back, the bottle of yeast is at least 6 months old. A friend at a local brewery gave me a Nalgene bottle of yeast drawn from the bottom of their conical.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP001 Starter Lag Time
« on: September 04, 2015, 05:35:20 AM »
Finally, approximately 26 hours after pitching, the fermentation has begun. The starter is taking off.

Yeast and Fermentation / WLP001 Starter Lag Time
« on: September 04, 2015, 01:00:59 AM »
I built a 2L starter last night with a 6 month old slurry of WLP001 from a local brewery. The yeast was stored at 40 degrees and tasted/smelled ok.

For the starter, I dumped approximately 200ML of the slurry into the starter. The starter is in a 4L flask and on a stir plate.

It's been approximately 24 hours now with no signs of activity in the starter. Nothing.

Sure, it is a bit old, but given the volume of yeast, I was expecting some decent activity by now.

I have only used WLP001 a few times - none with a starter. Does this yeast take off slowly in low gravity wort?

I've got about 800 ML of slurry left in the container. If you were me, would you pitch more or let it do its thing?

My brew day is Saturday ...

If you do try this recipe, consider caramelizing the raisins. When I did my clone, I blow torched the raisins in a cast iron pan until they started smoking (not burnt however). This method via The Lost Abbey.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: This sucks!
« on: June 21, 2015, 05:23:20 AM »
The faucet failed or you didn't close it all the way?

The Pub / Re: Will this get me kicked off the forum?
« on: May 16, 2015, 03:59:52 PM »
When is the last time you poor souls had 'some'? Clearly, it's a vagina.

The Pub / Re: Brew Dogs
« on: May 13, 2015, 12:31:30 AM »
I don't like the Brew Dog show - over-the-top nonsense in the my opinion.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxygenating Wort
« on: May 12, 2015, 01:18:46 AM »
JT - that's fancy. Where did you get the meter?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pliny the Elder with Amarillo?
« on: May 04, 2015, 02:02:57 AM »
I posted the same question on HomeBrewTalk a few weeks back and struck gold ...

A fellow HBTer was on a Firestone Walker brewery tour when they were contract brewing PTE last October. He was able to take a photo of the actual 65 barrel PTE brew sheet.

Anyone interested?

The Pub / Re: Blood Iron Surplus - Anyone?
« on: April 24, 2015, 01:12:04 PM »
heavydeadlifts - thanks for the feedback. My Dr. mentioned hemochromatosis but wanted me to moderate my diet and ethanol intake and test again in 6 months.

My father confirmed it is not something that runs in his side of the family. I'll check with my aunt/uncle on my mothers side.

I plan on donating blood today to start the de-ironing process. Not sure yet if I'll go with whole blood or the double red blood cell (DRBC). From what I have read, whole blood will drop hematocrit/hemoglobin by one point while DRBC ranges from 1.5-2 points.

Now I need to figure out what that relates to from an iron perspective. Perhaps 30-50 mcg/dL reduction.

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