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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Basic question about splitting gas line
« on: October 13, 2017, 08:27:52 AM »
Gas line length is inconsequential. Make the length long enough to be useful and short enough to not be in the way.


Yep

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If all the diacetyl is gone, it doesn't really matter.  If you are looking to keg when you get back then why not store cold?


Agreed

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Ingredients / Re: Are my BSG Amarillo hops old?
« on: October 12, 2017, 05:42:40 AM »
I went back and found the top that I cut away and... damn... Gonna be checking my hop bags more closely when I buy them.




Yeah, that sucks. 

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Ingredients / Re: Are my BSG Amarillo hops old?
« on: October 11, 2017, 04:12:16 PM »
I assume you kept them frozen as well? Amarillo has been pretty hit and miss the last couple years IMO, and I've bought from 2 or 3 different suppliers. Having said that, I've used hops many times that came across much better in the finished product than in the sniff test from the bag. Now having said THAT, I don't use hops that smell noticeably bad. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help Me Make a Better Brew Day
« on: October 11, 2017, 04:06:36 PM »
Washers and corn hole. Smoke meats.


Yep, pretty much the same here.

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I always hold especially Belgian beers up to the light  before I buy them. Floaters are almost always a sign that the beer's best days are behind it and flavor is diminished IMO (even most aged ones).

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe critique.
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:07:58 AM »
Yes, if it's 300:100 or 150:50 so4/cl IIRC produce indistinguishable beers.

That has not been my experience.  I fond that the absolute values are more important than the ratio.

100% agree with Denny. Forget ratios, focus on concentrations.  A ratio is just a byproduct of the concentration anyway.  While the example in quotes above actually uses the concentration values, they are technically both 3:1 ratios but will produce significant differences in the final beer.

As for how chloride and sulfate will affect your perception of the beer, it's not about sweetness vs bitterness.  It's more along the lines of fullness vs dryness.  Chloride does not make a beer sweeter, however it does increase a perception of a fuller (bodied) beer, and since it doesn't enhance the dryness then it may be perceived as "less dry" which folks might construe as "more sweet".  A similar but opposite thing happens with sulfate where it enhances a dry finish which has the potential to increase perceived bitterness, and in turn reduce perceived sweetness (but that takes decently elevated levels in my experience).  Some similar but different explanations can be said of sodium and magnesium as well in regards to perception of enhancing flavors and increasing minerality and/or bitterness.  And, no, reduction of sulfate/chloride to low (but reasonable) levels does not make a bland beer or increase blandness.

Totally agree.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: October 08, 2017, 04:32:14 PM »
Those look and sound great, Pete.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: October 08, 2017, 12:47:24 PM »
After months of lagers (a good thing), doing a Citra/Mosaic/Simcoe AIPA this weekend. 94.5% Rahr 2 row, 3% Carahell, 2.5% Caramunich II, 1.064/68 IBU. After that, my tweaked version of Janet's American Brown in a week or two. Having American hop withdrawal.   :)


Felt great to brew up an IPA today, hitting the numbers nicely. The hops are all excellent quality (especially Ted H's Simcoe). Wort smelled and tasted stellar. Looking forward to this one.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beware the Homebrew circa 1920
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:17:21 PM »
"He who makes a beverage made by the novice courts ptomaine poisoning, biliousness, and a host of other ailments."

"Try as you will, the experimental homebrew is green, unclean, and injurious".


That's just flat funny as hell. Thanks for posting!   ;D

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The Pub / Re: A Nice Surprise
« on: October 06, 2017, 10:26:01 AM »
Yeah, very nice. She's batting 1,000 as far as I can see.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3522 questions
« on: October 05, 2017, 10:17:09 AM »
I've used 3522 many times. At ~ 64F I think it gives a nice balance of fruity and spicy character. I haven't used it much warmer than that as I don't like overbearing esters and phenols. I think it's an excellent, well balanced Belgian strain, suitable in most Belgian styles. Never used the WL version. I wouldn't be surprised if there are noticeable differences between the two.

This, except for the last part.  I haven't used the White version, either, but I wouldn't assume there are no differences between the 2.


Yeah, that's what I was saying, Denny - that I wouldn't be surprised if there are noticeable differences.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3522 questions
« on: October 05, 2017, 05:09:50 AM »
I've used 3522 many times. At ~ 64F I think it gives a nice balance of fruity and spicy character. I haven't used it much warmer than that as I don't like overbearing esters and phenols. I think it's an excellent, well balanced Belgian strain, suitable in most Belgian styles. Never used the WL version. I wouldn't be surprised if there are noticeable differences between the two.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 03, 2017, 04:29:48 PM »
A Thing About You - Tom Petty and the Heatbreakers

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: October 03, 2017, 03:35:33 PM »
After months of lagers (a good thing), doing a Citra/Mosaic/Simcoe AIPA this weekend. 94.5% Rahr 2 row, 3% Carahell, 2.5% Caramunich II, 1.064/68 IBU. After that, my tweaked version of Janet's American Brown in a week or two. Having American hop withdrawal.   :)

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