« on: December 17, 2012, 09:29:21 AM »
I have killer hard water as well. Use rinse aid but have not seen any issues. I only bottle high gravity beer though. I keg everything else.
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Looks like you might be ready for a two stage controller (Ranco). I've been using one with a reptile heat lamp in my chest freezer this fall and it's been working great.
Quite curious about this; please keep us posted. I've never done a massively late-hopped beer using a noble hop variety like this, and I'm curious how it will turn out. I'm planning a "Noble Heritage" IPA using Sterling, Crystal and Ultra, but I'm wondering if the noble hop character is enough to carry an IPA if you really hit it hard with late hops.
What was your OG? I got around 51 IBUs figuring you were around 1.056.
The best beer I ever made is the next one....