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Ingredients / Re: black hoppy ale hops
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:49:52 PM »
thanks! I think it's the citrusy/roast malt combination I don't like. but haven't had enough examples to figure out why I don't like it.

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Ingredients / black hoppy ale hops
« on: April 19, 2013, 07:22:35 PM »
my buddy and I are going to do another collaboration brew on Sunday. not exactly sure of his grain bill as yet but trying to get a sense of hops(I'm the hops guy, he's the grain guy) people like to use in black hoppy ales(bipa/cda I suppose). please share any and all likes, dislikes and grain bills too, if you'd like. I'm not crazy about the few examples I've had of this style but gotta push my brewing boundaries some time. I have a few thoughts but just am not sure.

thanks!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second thoughts on brewing
« on: April 19, 2013, 05:40:51 PM »
relax. don't worry. have a (home) brew!

take delivery of the kit. make the beer. don't worry about a burner or big kettle or chiller. enjoy the process. it is simple and fun. take a step back and don't get caught up in advanced things before you've even brewed a single beer. it may not be perfect but, if you choose to move forward, learn from any and all mistakes. it's only beer.

RELAX. DON'T WORRY. HAVE A (HOME) BREW!

i didn't get a chiller until about beer number 8 or 9. and i didn't get a burner until further in on the process. you don't need these things to make beer. i have done 3 gallon biab batches on the stove top. don't feel like you need any single piece of equipment until you figure out your brewing process.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:52:58 PM »
I suggest you get something with a sight tube or sight tube ready. my volume levels got better instantly. and yes I tried using a stick to measure but like being able to just glance.

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Ingredients / how long for dry hop pellets to settle out?
« on: March 26, 2013, 08:57:51 PM »
i dry hopped an ipa with 2 ozs of pellet hops last thursday evening. there is no sign of anything settling out yet. it's just a giant green cover on my beer. fermentation was over. i've never just tossed the hops in to dry hop so i'm curious. i was planning on dropping another couple of ozs in the next day or so before bottling but this weekend but now think i need to wait longer.

or do i? can i just siphon from underneath the floating hops? seems like this would work.

thanks.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Oops...Session IPA
« on: March 24, 2013, 06:13:29 PM »
yes! it's all beer.

one of the best things i love about home brewing is i don't have to follow any rules if i don't want.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 23, 2013, 07:40:19 AM »
ive got two. a 50/50 2 row/maris with 50/50 amarillo/centennial dry hopped with those 2 and simcoe and a dash of citra pale ale. it was the first all grain beer i brewed with biab. the other is the first beer i brewed because without it, i wouldn't be here. it was an extract wheat porter that turned out pretty good actually.

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Ingredients / Re: dubbel with rye
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:34:00 PM »
cool!

how much rye? I've never brewed with rye either but have read that 15-20% is a good start. how does that sound?

Thanks!

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Ingredients / dubbel with rye
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:08:45 PM »
anyone try brewing one? never brewed a Belgian but the idea, from a bartender friend, sounded intriguing.


cheers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whatcha all drinkin on St Pat's day?
« on: March 16, 2013, 10:00:57 AM »
irish porter i brewed in january for the occasion.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: pitching on a yeast cake
« on: March 15, 2013, 11:31:52 AM »
thanks for all the input!

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Yeast and Fermentation / pitching on a yeast cake
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:01:26 PM »
is it really what it seems to be? put fresh chilled wort into a fermenter with just previously used yeast? no need to wash the yeast? what is the time frame?

i know it seems like such a simple step, yet, i've not done this. it keeps popping up in some threads so i thought i'd ask about the process.

thanks & cheers!

 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Switching to All Grain
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:58:09 PM »
I started all grain by doing 3gallon biab batches and had a blast. I knew I also wanted to try batch sparging and have since moved to it using the Denny link above. I love it. the last brew day I had was my best go at it and I think I've got my system just about dialed in. I still biab on occasion just to change it up. my only regret was buying a small chest freezer because I can only ferment 2 beers at a time!

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Equipment and Software / Re: deck planter box for hop rhizome
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:09:13 PM »
I have room to build probably a planter cube as big as 36". sound about right for 1 rhizome? now, finding the time to build is another story.

thanks for all the input.

cheers!

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Ingredients / Re: 2012 Citra Hops (pellets)
« on: March 08, 2013, 12:15:50 PM »
i picked up the phone, called morebeer and asked about their hops before i ordered.

citra is 2012 harvest along with near a dozen other varieties. the ones that aren't are 2011 but only until they get the rest of their 2012 harvest order.

cheers.

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