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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Finishing hops question
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:49:52 PM »
no. contamination will still be an issue. when i used hops bags i would sanitize them. but now i just open them and pour them directly into the finished beer.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Finishing hops question
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:44:43 PM »
beer will not suffer with no secondary. I used secondary for my first few batches but plenty of discussion here turned me away from them.

just toss the hops into the fermenter. you can take a hydrometer reading to see when beer is finished and add dry hops then. I usually wait 2 weeks from pitching and dry hop for 1 week.

The Pub / Re: Best tablet not made by Apple
« on: April 28, 2013, 03:19:53 AM »
i have no need for a tablet, but i have bought two. one for my mom and one for my dad. they were both ipads. they work the way they should. they are easy to use. my dad has no technical savvy but was navigating the ipad in no time. office is coming soon i believe for the iOS. it's a little pricey but the great thing about apple is the software and hardware work very well together because they are designed to work well together. they execute a rock solid operating system. not telling you to get an ipad, just giving you my indirect experience. yes, i am an apple owner and bummed about some of the direction they are taking but i know their products will work, crash free.

hoping i'll get a 3g biab stove top batch of pale ale with mosaic done.

Ingredients / Re: Amarillo
« on: April 24, 2013, 04:34:29 AM »
I did a couple batches of pale ale that was 50 Maris/50 2 row and 50 centennial/50 Amarillo. great beer. I also just first wort hopped an ipa with 50 amarillo/50 centennial and used simcoe and warrior all late. it's pretty tasty.

General Homebrew Discussion / amazing brew day
« on: April 22, 2013, 01:12:24 AM »
I just got home from my buddy's place. we brewed 3 5 gallon batches today. his rye cream ale, our big hoppy dark ale(in the vain of sublimely self righteous) and my bubblegum head clone.

we had ups, we had some downs, we missed some numbers and we had lots of fun. we learned lots about his new(used) brewing rig. we had a couple good beers and I killed it grilling some buffalo steaks.

it was a pretty rad day and I just wanted to share the bliss.

have a great week everybody.

Ingredients / Re: black hoppy ale hops
« on: April 20, 2013, 05:02:37 PM »
thanks for the thoughts everybody.

we decided last night to do something along the lines of sublimely self righteous since i've got plenty of chinook and simcoe and amarillo on hand.

Ingredients / Re: black hoppy ale hops
« on: April 20, 2013, 03:49:52 AM »
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.

Ingredients / black hoppy ale hops
« on: April 20, 2013, 02:22:35 AM »
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.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second thoughts on brewing
« on: April 20, 2013, 12:40:51 AM »
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.


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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:52:58 AM »
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.

Ingredients / how long for dry hop pellets to settle out?
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:57:51 AM »
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.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Oops...Session IPA
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:13:29 AM »
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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 23, 2013, 02:40:19 PM »
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.

Ingredients / Re: dubbel with rye
« on: March 17, 2013, 10:34:00 PM »

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


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