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Ingredients / Wet Hop IPA Additions
« on: September 24, 2016, 08:52:11 PM »
Looking for some opinions about hop additions for a wet hopped IPA.  I am finally harvesting my Cascades and I think I'm going with the wet hop this year.  I hear ~10x normal quantity?  Should I go with a hop burst and dump them all at 5 minutes with some for whirlpool?  Spread them out throughout the boil?  60, 15, flameout, whirlpool?  What say the Forum?



General Homebrew Discussion / Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 18, 2015, 12:40:00 AM »
Fellow Brewers,

Just looking for some support in my battle against the last of the Octoberfest tonight so I can be full keg ready for my holiday party tomorrow night.  So far it's about an even fight but as always, it should have kicked about 2-3 pints ago.  Wish me luck!


Ingredients / Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 13, 2015, 04:24:15 PM »
Hello fellow home brewers!  It's been some time since my last log on, sorry.  But I need some opinions ASAP.

I'm brewing v.3 of my Heady Topper clone.  Version 2 was VERY close and I think I need slight hop adjustments.  That being said, I'm scheduled to brew tomorrow with my buddy, but life as usual got in the way and I forgot to order Pearl malt.  My LHBS has Maris Otter which I think will not make a discernible difference, but the purest in me needs to check with my peeps. 

What say you all?  How will MO change the outcome from Pearl?


General Homebrew Discussion / Flame Out vs Steeping
« on: March 23, 2015, 08:12:37 PM »
I was making a Heady Topper clone this weekend from a recipe I found online.  The recipe called for a flame out (0 boil minute) addition and then a steeping addition.  I couldn't figure out why.  Were the flame out hops supposed to be taken out and then the steeping hops added?  I just added them all at flame out and steeped both additions.

What am I missing?


Pimp My System / Finally!
« on: December 19, 2014, 03:17:40 PM »
After about a year, some $, a swollen hand from drilling out pots, and a lot of questions about why I'm doing this from my wife, the rig is done!  Thanks for all those that helped with posts.  Notice the badass plate chiller from Duda Energy.  Maiden voyage today at my "Man Day" celebration.  Can't wait!

Ingredients / Homegrown Cascade Analysis
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:53:35 PM »
Got my analysis back from Alpha Analytics the other day.  Alpha at 8.7% and Beta at 6.3%.  Pretty psyched.

I can't make out the HSI or Hop Storage Index rating.  I know Cascades are at the low end of the storage spectrum but what does .23 mean? 


Yeast and Fermentation / Mold in Mason Jar
« on: September 14, 2014, 06:55:17 PM »
I like to wash and reuse my yeast in mason jars.  Opened my fridge to see what yeast I had and saw that there was some mold floating in the beer on top of my 2633.  I poured it out and the yeast smelled just fine.  Thoughts on whether to reuse or should I just toss it?


Equipment and Software / Asco Valves for RIMS
« on: August 26, 2014, 12:56:05 AM »
I'm looking in to valves for my natural gas RIMS build and it looks like the Asco 8210G037 Lonnie Mac used on the Brutus 10 are now over $400 for stainless and close to $300 each for brass?   :o

Has anyone used other valves?  Seems like a steep climb from the $57 he has in the plans.

Could use some guidance here.  Thanks.


Pimp My System / 25G RIMS Burner Help
« on: August 23, 2014, 02:39:16 PM »
Looking at 32 tip jet burners.  Overkill?

Also, I have a 3/4" pipe which I guess I'll need to reduce to 1/2" to fit the burners.  Do you think that will work or should I look for 3/4" burners?

And what is the difference between the pipe size and the orifice size on the ASCO valves?



Equipment and Software / Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« on: June 29, 2014, 01:16:49 PM »
I'm going all in and building a Brutus 25.  I saw a deal on 25G pots and thought, "brewing 20G at a time would be really cool!"  Here are my initial thoughts:
1-25G pots to brew up to 20G
2-natural gas burners
3-Stainless steel frame

That's about as far as I got.  I'd really like to hear some updates on your rigs and advice on going about this journey.  I can't wait!


General Homebrew Discussion / Hop Burst Ideas
« on: May 11, 2014, 02:31:24 PM »
I have about 7-8 varieties of hops and am looking to do a hop burst Pale Ale today.  The mash is about ready.  When should I throw them in?  1 minute, 5 minutes, flame-out?  What does the forum say about this?  Should I use any bittering hops at all?


Yeast and Fermentation / When Should I Call It?
« on: May 02, 2014, 11:38:56 AM »
Made a 1G starter yesterday and pitched a 2/4/2014 2007 smack pack at around 2:00PM.  There is zero activity on the stir plate.  I should see at least a few bubbles by now.  Should I call it and pitch the 860 and if not, when?  I'm close.....


All Grain Brewing / Rye Saison
« on: April 26, 2014, 05:42:17 PM »
Finally using the Belle Saison yeast from last year's NHC!  I just mashed in at 146, on a target of 148.  Waddaya think?  Too low or RDWHAHB?  I can always Hochkurz it if need be.  But I'm thinking, why bother?

Enlighten me fellow brewers!   :)


General Homebrew Discussion / Reduction
« on: March 31, 2014, 04:47:35 PM »
Hey all.  It's been a while, hope you are well.

So I brewed my first batch since getting a new burner and my volumes were off.  I ended up with 6G so I decided to remove the hops and boil it down to 5G. 

My question is, will the beer get more bitter with the hops oils already isomerized or will it not change much since I removed the hops.  They were leaf.

Any other changes besides color?


General Homebrew Discussion / OK, Braggin a Little....
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:08:57 PM »
Just got this text from my neighbor.  It made me smile.....

In Hannover Germany, barman just poured me a killer bavarian beer and said "you
dont get this kinda beer in the states". I said "you dont know my neighbor..."

Gotta love this hobby..... :)


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