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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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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 02, 2018, 03:18:54 PM »
It doesn’t have the oil content of hops like Citra, but I have enjoyed the aroma of beers that I have made with it.


Same here. Definitely not as in your face (not surprising being a Hallertau offshoot), but it's a nice hop.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:29:18 AM »
This weekend I'm doing an English pale and an English stout. I'm hoping that I like 1028.

Oh and my old camp chef finally died so I'll be trying out a pair of new Gas One high pres burners. I had to buy a stainless table to put them on, so of course, I needed a new stainless head for my pump. Looks like I have some mechanic work to do before flame on

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Curious to see how you like the 1028, Jim. Makes a nice porter or stout and performs well. Nice esters without being overly fruity.
That 1028 is awesome. Smelling my starters I get massive grape lollipop! Totally Youngs style English. These are going to be fun beers


Awesome, Jim.  Makes a fine beer.
Just checked it. Less than 24hrs after pitching I have stream foam rolling out of my Speidel airlock. It's agressive


Yeah, it's a strong one. No worries about stalling this one.  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 01, 2018, 05:10:48 AM »
This weekend I'm doing an English pale and an English stout. I'm hoping that I like 1028.

Oh and my old camp chef finally died so I'll be trying out a pair of new Gas One high pres burners. I had to buy a stainless table to put them on, so of course, I needed a new stainless head for my pump. Looks like I have some mechanic work to do before flame on

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Curious to see how you like the 1028, Jim. Makes a nice porter or stout and performs well. Nice esters without being overly fruity.
That 1028 is awesome. Smelling my starters I get massive grape lollipop! Totally Youngs style English. These are going to be fun beers


Awesome, Jim.  Makes a fine beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Dunkel
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:25:15 AM »
^^^^
Munich can easily be 100%of the grist.   I have put Pils in just because others used to just because of that concern...but fact is the enzyme capacity of Munich is right up there, it's a true base malt (European ones anyway.)  If Munich does underattenuate at all (doubtful) it would probably be because of the slight bit of caramelization it gets in the kiln. I wouldn't be afraid to go all Munich and Carafa. Mash for dryness.  Search for other threads on these boards on this, I recall seeing others are taking this approach and liking it.  Oh and for a secret sauce? To adjust color instead of Carafa  try Briess Midnight Wheat.  Huge color at 550L, and VERY little flavor contribution. Super smooth and not roasty at all. Debitterd black similar.


Sinamar works well here as well. Easy peasy.

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