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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 08, 2018, 07:56:44 PM »
His 2017 Simcoe were the best I've ever used also FWIW. Still have some and they're stellar.


Edit for dumbassery - I  meant the 2016 Simcoe crop.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:34:59 PM »
When I first tasted Liberty Ale and Sierra Nevada, I recall a distinct lemony character.  Subjective, and memory dependent,  but I've heard others say that too.

You need to account for year to year crop variations and terroir.  A lot of Cascade from one farm will not be exactly like one from another farm.  Even on the same farm there can be lot to lot variations.  That's why brewers go to Yakima to sample from different lots and select exactly the lot they want.  Steve Dresler, from Sierra Nevada, is there every year...or was til he retired last year.

I recently got some cascade hops from Ted. Holy cow. Another level of delicious.


I used some of his Cascade in my current APA, too. Holy crap. Best Cascade I've used in years.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:09:07 AM »
New keg tapped tonight.  Pale malt and oats.  Citra, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin hops.  Fermented with Sacc Trois.  Aged on French oak and peaches.  Lots of peaches.  Two strains of Brett: lambicus and claussenni. 
It's pretty damn tasty y'all. 

  "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."




Looks awesome and sounds great! Love the foam.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:03:53 AM »
Looks good. What strain, out of curiosity?

Thanks, man.

I pitched one packet each of 3724 and 3711.  In my opinion, it gives you most of the flavor of 3724 with the mouthfeel/dryness/ease of use of 3711.


Yep, I agree. Done that many times.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 06, 2018, 06:50:51 PM »
A Saison that's pouring a bit too clear, but it's near the end of the keg. It still tastes good though (probably the best beer I brewed in 2017).





Looks good. What strain, out of curiosity?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Myth of the 100+ IBU IPA
« on: January 06, 2018, 04:59:49 PM »
Thanks for posting, Jeff. The arms race with IBU has been silly for a while.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Bitterness in IPAs
« on: January 06, 2018, 02:53:02 PM »
Agreed with the above. Also, mashing around 5.4 pH is said to enhance hop character. Having slightly elevated Mg content is also said to enhance bitterness per Brunwater. I keep mine no more than around 15ppm. More is definitely not better here.

Edit - Also, bittering with a hop like Columbus gives an IPA the assertive bitterness you're looking for, whereas a hop like Magnum might give the same IBU number in software but taste much less assertive.

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So Jon, I am assuming that when you rack to a spunding keg, you already have the clear beer system in that keg correct? I mean that you're not then racking after the spund carb is complete?

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Right, the kegs that get spunded have the Clear Beer in them and the beer stays in there. I'm sure you've probably seen but be sure to first clean the Clear Beer with a mild, unscented detergent and rinse with lots of hot water, to remove any possible machine oils. Then just pump sanitizer through like you normally would before kegging.

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Getting in here a bit late with this topic but I do have some changes in mind for this year. I bought some kegs in the last couple months, a couple spunding valves, and now 2 of the clear beer draught system jobbers Jon was talking about. Have made 2 batches since buying kegs, both were great and stayed fresher longer than bottles in the past. I have brewed once since the spunding valve purchase and that was a mixed bag trying to dial in the proper carb level. Definitely overcarbed to start with but dialed it down and enjoyed the hell out of a Oktoberfest recipe I copied from Wort-Hog. I have not brewed since buying the clear beer draft system, but seems like a brilliant idea. Only really brewed 6 batches in 2017, but it worked out well. Need to get something on the schedule right now as this Ofest is going to die when i pull a growler or hopefully 2 to take to a function on Friday and nothing else in fermenters. Happy Brew Year everyone


Let me know what you think of the Clear Beer, Frank. Definitely a good workaround for the extra yeast from spunding. I'm a big fan.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:34:14 AM »
I haven't had any in a couple years but I wanna pick some up now. It never seemed very British fruity by my recollection but that doesn't make me right. I wonder about the Chico thing - I always thought they used their own house strain. Could be wrong again. Regardless, it was always my favorite readily available RIS. Gotta pick some up now!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:29:08 PM »
Good info from all. Pretty interesting topic. I found it interesting that the hop we know as Citra would come from milder, lower oil 'parents'. Crossbred combos make for interesting possible outcomes. The world of mix breed dogs comes to mind.

Lemme tell ya, Hop and Brew School IS a real education.  Hope you can make it someday.


I'd love to, Denny. It's a bucket list thing. Someday!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:18:50 PM »
Good info from all. Pretty interesting topic. I found it interesting that the hop we know as Citra would come from milder, lower oil 'parents'. Crossbred combos make for interesting possible outcomes. The world of mix breed dogs comes to mind.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:13:39 PM »
And for the record, I wasn't suggesting that Brewers Gold + Mittelfruh directly = Citra based on the attributes of both only.  :) 

I do get that there's a fair amount of blind luck and tons of experimentation done to get the new hops we buy. But just as there is breeding to find out what produces disease resistant tomatoes or potatoes, or what promotes a crisper, juicier apple with great sweet/acid balance, I strongly doubt that successful companies like HBC rely on ONLY blind luck to develop Citra, Ekuanot, etc. If I'm wrong I'll gladly stand corrected.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:13:09 PM »
Citra has Hallertau Mittelfrüh in its breeding list.
https://ychhops.com/varieties/citra-brand-hbc-394-cv


I'd seen that. I wonder how Citra ended up so intense and oily with parentage of mostly less intense hops?
Same way Lemondrop is so much less intense than its mother Cascade?  Or that Cascade itself has changed so much?  Every hop is its own thing, it seems.


I get that. Just seems the jump in intensity from Citra's parentage to Citra is a lot bigger than the drop off from Cascade to Lemondrop. I'm sure the answer lies in our ability nowadays to manipulate genetic factors in forming new hybrids. Pretty interesting regardless.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 02, 2018, 03:57:11 PM »
Citra has Hallertau Mittelfrüh in its breeding list.
https://ychhops.com/varieties/citra-brand-hbc-394-cv


I'd seen that. I wonder how Citra ended up so intense and oily with parentage of mostly less intense hops?

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