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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop addiction
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:22:59 AM »

I seem to recall Ted Hausotter saying on several occasions that the effects of temperature on hops was overstated.
I've heard Bamforth say that keeping hops cold is more important than keeping them sealed.


I don't doubt there is some truth in both. But I'd rather be OCD and keep them vacuum sealed and frozen. It would seem, between the two, that being vacuum sealed might be more critical than absolutely frozen. But I think the results we all have speak for themselves, though -  properly handled hops are good 2+ years later.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:12:24 AM »
Looks great, man. Love the Mosaic.

I'm loving this batch.  Been tweaking my (D)IPA recipe for a while now.  I've become really happy with the current incarnation.  Basically 88% 2-row, 7% Bonlander Munich, 1# Carafoam, and 8 oz Carastan for a 10 gallon batch with the base malts scaled for my target ABV.  I only do FWH in the boil and do whirlpool and dry or keg hops.

Yeah, I've pretty much abandoned late boil additions for American styles. I really like whirlpool, dry and/or keg dry hops for these beers like you. My bittering addition is usually FWH, too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: November 26, 2015, 07:38:51 AM »
Looks great, man. Love the Mosaic.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
« on: November 26, 2015, 07:24:19 AM »
I'm not particularly dazzled by most of the saisons I've been tasting.

I agree, Pete. While I think Tank 7 is a pretty good beer, it doesn't stand up next to the saisons I've had from Belgium. It's a good, drinkable beer IMO. The thing I find funny is that saison is the new style du jour right now, but many of them that I've had aren't actually made with a saison strain. Can't count how many brewpub and even bottled American versions I've tried that seem to made with 3787 and finish mildly sweet - pretty annoying and innacurate. Whatever.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop addiction
« on: November 25, 2015, 05:42:54 PM »
Mine too, but in limited varieties. Otherwise it's weighed out of mason jars - open, close, open, close,etc.

I have been thinking about getting the wide-mouth sealer for my FoodSaver and using Mason jars for my pellets.


So have I. I have a Food Saver, too, and that option would be really nice. So many purchases to prioritize.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thin brew
« on: November 25, 2015, 05:04:40 PM »
I can't claim to know what 'Young's beer enhancer' is, but a kg of sugar would explain the thin body. I use 1/2 that amount of sugar to lighten body in 5 gallons of 1.080 IIPA. Don't know your batch size.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop addiction
« on: November 25, 2015, 04:29:05 PM »

Honestly, even if I dump or give away half of what I buy, I'm still paying less compared to buying at my lhbs by the ounce.

No joke. Far better quality than the LHBS too, who opens containers repeatedly to sell by the oz.
My primary shop does sell Hop Union ounce packs, but it's expensive.

Mine too, but in limited varieties. Otherwise it's weighed out of mason jars - open, close, open, close,etc.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop addiction
« on: November 25, 2015, 04:27:29 PM »
Centennial, Galaxy, Chinook, and Mittelfrueh

You could open a brewpub with just those right there and I'd be a very happy customer.


Yeah, it'd be a good start for sure ! Citrus, tropical/resiny, pine, and killer noble floral/spice. Covers a lot of territory.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop addiction
« on: November 25, 2015, 04:21:04 PM »
Honestly, even if I dump or give away half of what I buy, I'm still paying less compared to buying at my lhbs by the ounce.

No joke. Far better quality than the LHBS too, who opens containers repeatedly to sell by the oz.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: RO water pH of 5 good for brewing?
« on: November 25, 2015, 04:12:09 PM »
Yeah, I remember. I'd be curious how much variability there is area to area, with your RO water remaining so consistent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop addiction
« on: November 25, 2015, 04:07:44 PM »
Mark, you are preaching to the choir! I just bought 4 more lbs of hops last week that I couldn't have needed, as there were 5 lbs of perfectly good ones in the freezer. But I get excited like a kid when the new crop comes out every year. So that excitement netted me Centennial, Galaxy, Chinook, and Mittelfrueh to go with the others. My wife doesn't share the excitement.   ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: RO water pH of 5 good for brewing?
« on: November 25, 2015, 04:01:01 PM »

last brew with my RO water was bru'nwater projected 5.6 and actual 5.45 (right where I wanted it). perhaps as Martin said, carboninc acid in play and not accounted for in his software.

That carbonic acid thing is a very real possibility for RO water. Its already taken down one brewery that I know of. It will drive pH down.

I guess I need to figure out a way to assess and account for high carbonic acid content (from high dissolved CO2 content) in RO water. It will likely be assessed via a pH reading from the RO water and I'll need to figure out how to account for it from there.

Thanks for keeping a tab on that performance.

no problem-thanks for giving me a possible answer.
confirmed again today that when using distilled, my acutal PH is almost dead on to bru'nwater target PH. today bru'nwater projected 5.43, actual 5.41.

last brew with my RO water was bru'nwater projected 5.6 and actual 5.45 (right where I wanted it). perhaps as Martin said, carboninc acid in play and not accounted for in his software.


Ken, have you noticed your pH coming in consistently .15 under predicted in your RO beers ? Across light/med/dark colored beers? Just curious. I used to spot check with colorpHast strips, not so much now. I always seemed to get readings very close to predicted and stopped checking as often. I check a new recipe most times, but not a recipe that I've brewed before if it's unchanged.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: black friday deals
« on: November 25, 2015, 10:53:26 AM »
Farmhouse just put theirs up:

http://www.farmhousebrewingsupply.com/friday-night-lights/
Nice prices. Hard to justify with my supply, but.......
I hear ya. What's really keeping me from stocking up is that a lot of them are still 2014 supply. That 2015 Meridian is calling my name, though...

Same here. FWIW, YVH has a pretty decent number of 2015 crops available now. Just got a big box from them last week.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: black friday deals
« on: November 25, 2015, 10:28:05 AM »
Farmhouse just put theirs up:

http://www.farmhousebrewingsupply.com/friday-night-lights/


Nice prices. Hard to justify with my supply, but.......

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