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Ingredients / Re: Additional Dry Hops
« on: May 03, 2015, 12:49:28 PM »
I dry hopped an ounce of Citra in my 3 gallon pale ale. It's been dry hopping for 3 days, it may go out to five or so to ensure a stable fermentation.

I'm curious if any of you have sampled beers and decided to add additional dry hops? My only concern is an extended dry hop on the original addition would lead to vegetal off flavors.

Have you experienced vegetal off flavors?  IMO, it's one of the bigger myths of homebrewing.  Not that it never happens, but my experience is that it happens very infrequently. 

I agree, Denny. I rarely notice it and I dry hop fairly often.

+1 I dry hop in the keg, and rarely remove the hops / rack off them. Typically they'll end up in there for a month until the keg kicks. Once the keg is at serving temp, there's not a lot of chemistry going on.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Location
« on: April 29, 2015, 07:48:20 PM »
Garage. My wife likes it better..,'s a really nice spot for it there.    ;)

Haha. This +1

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 27, 2015, 02:33:48 PM »
Just got my sheets.  Once again, the beers I filled off the tap got infected.  I guess I need to learn my lesson this time.  Two years in a row I lost 3 beers!   >:(

At least my Steam Beer got through which was the only one I bottled from the start.   :)


Hmmm... Time to check what you're doing when you bottle off the tap.  I sanitize EVERYTHING and use a new picnic tap if I'm bottling for competition.

I only spayed the Perlik inside and out with StarSan.  I need a better process for sure.  Next year I clean the lines and tap and flush with sanitizer.

I've been doing the same thing and never put 2+2 together. Usually I bust out the beer gun, or at least a picnic tap, but there are times I get lazy and use the faucet. Never again.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: How best to describe 22C?
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:47:57 PM »
Well I got my white whale. I took 1st in category 22C in MCAB XVII. I've been chasing a medal in that comp for years!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 19, 2015, 09:00:30 AM »
18E and 20A. My 22C scored a 38.5 but didnt place.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 19, 2015, 07:43:35 AM »
Saint Paul is posted.

Sweet. 2 going forward!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 08, 2015, 04:27:35 PM »
If its a good tank, not falling apart, the fire needed to cook off the tank will be destroy the garage/shop/shed by the time the tank cooks off. You might tell the fire department that theres a tank in your fully engulfed building. But if you forget, they will assume the worst.

A healthy propane tank is not going to just suddenly explode all on its own.

If a full/ over full tank warms up it can vent, and it can pool. Then if there is a spark from something starting up, like a fridge, you can have problems.

A properly filled tank will have sufficient ullage to cope with the increased in headspace pressure from heating. Bottom line, don't overfill your tanks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Caring while Cold Crashing?
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:03:01 PM »
If I went to the trouble of going from keg to keg I would do it through a filter and drop the cold crashing.

Just dont carb before you filter, otherwise you'll end up with a foamy mess. Ask me how I know  :o

Beer Recipes / Re: California Common malt ratio assistance
« on: April 03, 2015, 10:24:20 AM »
I like a touch of pale chocolate in my Cali Common, maybe 1%

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in a Minute
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:00:32 AM »
If I use a different brand of blender will the beer taste different?

Make sure it's a blue blender

Not sure you need the heat. I use a chest freezer and dual temp controller as well with a 2 degree variance. When the temp warms the unit kicks on and chills to set point as designed.

Perhaps adding the heat made the temps fluctuate more frequently and caused the unit to cycle more frequently than needed.

This +1. You have a very tight temp window of 68 +/- 1 degree. This means that either the cooling or the heating overshoot, then it yoyos back and forth and short cycles your freezer compressor. In the winter, plug in the heating cycle. In the summer, plug in the cooling cycle. Set your hysteresis to +/- 2 degrees.

The Pub / Re: The new Food Pyramid
« on: March 31, 2015, 01:23:20 PM »

I resent beer being lumped in with cigarettes and cheese puffs. Beer, coffee, whiskey?

Where's the bacon fit in?

That's brilliant.

Beer Recipes / Re: Smoked American Pale Ale
« on: March 30, 2015, 10:05:57 AM »
They have the Cherry and now a Mesquite smoked malts on their web page. I have not used the mesquite.

I haven't used the mesquite malt from Briess but if it is anything like what I have created at home smoking malt with mesquite then a little will go a very long way.

That matches my feeling on smoking meat with mesquite. A friend usually mixes it with oak.

Yeah, mesquite is pretty assertive. I sometimes mix it, too.  While I like it in Bbq, I'd probably use little or none in beer.

I stick with hickory or apple when I'm cooking.

For the recipe I ended up going with 10% smoked malt. Smelled strong in the mash but not so much at the end of the boil. Still, this is round 1 of the recipe, and we'll see where it goes from here.

Beer Recipes / Re: Smoked American Pale Ale
« on: March 28, 2015, 12:52:23 PM »
Thanks for all the input. I gave the briess cherrywood another sniff, and tasted a few. Maybe it was too cold last time because now I'm definitely picking up the smoke. I'll give the home smoked malt a go next time, but I think for now since I want to knock out the brew tomorrow I'll stick with the briess but dial it back to 10%. I'll look into the smoked wheat too though.

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