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All Grain Brewing / Re: El Dorado Pairings?
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:51:55 PM »
Well, the fruity esters from 1968 paired with fruity hops would definitely give you a fruity IPA for sure. Fruity IPAs are all the rage nowadays obviously. As for the hops themselves, El Dorado is fruity and strong like Citra - a 1:1 ratio would work there. Amarillo is a lot less strong than those two so you'd need to use twice as much Amarillo not to lose it in the mix. Obviously a little Simcoe or Chinook would help balance out these hops, if desired.

As for the grist, it looks fine. I don't use wheat in IPAs but no major harm there. Pils can be nice in IPAs. Done it several times. Good luck.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin finings and oxidation?
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:39:44 PM »
This is IMO the best way to gelatin fine with minimal O2 exposure. Better results come from starting with very cold beer, of course.

1/ Boil a cup of water (or a little over) in a small pan long enough to reduce to around 2/3 cup - the amount I used back then.

2/ Cool the mixture in an ice water bath to around 160F and stir in gelatin.

3/ Vent the keg and set regulator to 1-2 psi.

4/ Unscrew and remove the PRV, and use a syringe to add the gel mixture through the open PRV hole. I placed a dish towel around the hole as I injected because the positive CO2 pressure can cause a little splattering. The positive pressure also greatly reduces any potential O2 concerns. 

5/ Replace the PRV and gently rock the keg a few times.

Having said all this, I no longer use gelatin. I've switched my kegs over to the Clear Beer Draft Systems, which draw from the top not the bottom. With this system, a couple days of crashing (strain dependent) leaves clear beer with no oxidation and stripping of flavor concerns. Spunding also helps greatly with cold side/kegging oxidation, among other things. Just $0.02 .

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 12, 2017, 05:26:29 PM »
APA with Centennial, Citra and Amarillo

I think it cleared up nicely considering the 3 oz. of dry hops.  I did a side by side against SNPA.  Mine had a better hop aroma and flavor, but the SNPA had a better finish.  I don't know that I really like Citra that much anymore. 




Looks and sounds great.

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Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Barke Munich?
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:05:40 PM »
^^^^
Right, just noticed that.  Pils and Vienna show same color ratings -- so same color, richer flavor?


Yup. Just better malts.
Jon where do you get your Barke?


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I had my LHBS order it for me. Long time customer there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 12, 2017, 01:05:19 PM »

Saison Rustic
Brewed in July and split 2 kegs. One primed, one force carbonated. The force carbonated one just had its remains dumped. I’ll never go back to force carbonating. Fresh, I doubt you could tell them apart. 5 months you can tell a difference. Spunding would only be better.


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Looks great! I agree on spunding - makes a huge difference. O2 scavenging, foam, preservation of flavors. Not going back either.

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Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Barke Munich?
« on: December 12, 2017, 01:02:21 PM »
^^^^
Right, just noticed that.  Pils and Vienna show same color ratings -- so same color, richer flavor?


Yup. Just better malts.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Weyermann Barke Munich dunkel
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:51:29 PM »
t was a really nice beer. Barke Munich is bready, toasty, aromatic and rich, without the pronounced dark fruit character of the standard Weyermann dark Munich IMO.

Almost sounds like the ever-elusive mild malt when described that way...

I hear ya, Phil. Definitely one of the (if not the) most aromatic, tasty base malts I've used. Really good stuff.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Weyermann Barke Munich dunkel
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:07:44 PM »
This is the last Dunkel I did, with Barke Munich. At around 16.5 SRM it's on the lighter end of the spectrum but within style.  The recipe itself comes in at just over 14SRM - I bumped up the last couple of SRM+ with Sinamar which works very well. It was a really nice beer. Barke Munich is bready, toasty, aromatic and rich, without the pronounced dark fruit character of the standard Weyermann dark Munich IMO. Love Barke Munich!

OG 1.053
IBU 23.5
SRM 16.5 adjusted with Sinamar

81.4% Barke Munich
6.4% Pils
6.4% Pale ale malt
4.8% Caramunich II
1% Carafa II





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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: American light lager
« on: December 11, 2017, 02:28:04 AM »
Hence why I feel that rice, rather than corn, is required for the style. Corn has a distinct (love it or hate it, sometimes) flavor, whereas rice just tastes like nothingness in beer. (Aside from Sake.)


I agree, rice for 'flavorlessness'. Corn is a nice ingredient in some styles (Pre-pro lager, cream ale for starters) and gives flavor and character. Rice for the insipid BMC stuff.

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Ingredients / Re: Denali
« on: December 10, 2017, 01:13:56 AM »
A couple months back our club did a bunch of IPAs featuring different hop varieties.  The recipes were all the same, except for the featured hop.  I drew Apollo, which I wouldn't feature as a standalone hop, but it was a good experiment.  One of the brewers drew Denali.  It was a great variety.  I got straight up fruity pebbles on the nose (not everyone did though).  Taste was citrus and tropical fruit.  I'd definitely brew with this hop and wouldn't shy away from using it solo. 

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






Good info!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Lots of bottle bombs
« on: December 08, 2017, 11:40:37 PM »
Do you inspect each bottle for any crud remaining after coming out of the dishwasher?


Yep.





I should've been more accurate - I'm a kegger except for bottle filling for periodic comps, or an occasional bottle conditioned beer. Back when I did bottle strictly (decades ago), I always rinsed thoroughly with hot water right after emptying and visually inspected, and inspected again after sanitizing/before filling. I read the question more as 'inspecting for crud before sanitizing' (ie., cleaning before sanitizing) than as as question about using the dishwasher. Back then I cleaned then sanitized in a bucket of sanitizer. Now I just clean new bottles and sterilize in the oven @ 350F/ 60 mins since I don't bottle enough to need to reuse bottles. Obviously need to read more thoroughly.

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Ingredients / Re: coffee stout
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:17:23 AM »
so dont add any coffee to the mash?



No, I wouldn't. Any character derived would be boiled off and leave a muddy character. Secondly, coffees have varying degrees of acidity, which would likely drop your mash pH - not a good thing in most stouts as a low mash pH makes roast character sometimes harsh and acrid. Coffee at end of boil, and/or 'dry beaned' in secondary or keg is the way to go IMO.

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Ingredients / Re: Denali
« on: December 06, 2017, 03:01:06 PM »
Just did an all-Denali IPA. Really nice tangerine and lemon flavor, but more subtle than I would have expected for the oil content, even at 2.5 lb/bbl. I think it could go well in the lead role but backed up by something more assertive like Centennial or Amarillo.

Good to know. Thanks!

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Ingredients / Re: Denali
« on: December 06, 2017, 12:34:35 AM »
They've been on my list to try. Haven't gotten there yet.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:57:21 PM »
I've been enjoying Henry McKenna bottled in bond lately.  Damn good and at $32 it may replace some of my preferred bottles (I'm looking at you Wathen's) which have crept up in price over the years.  At 100 proof, it's very smooth and not hot.



I'll be looking to pick some up, Joe. Sounds like a good value for roughly Knob Creek money. Thanks.

Let me know what you think. 

I've been going through bourbon pretty quickly lately, particularly with friends coming by over Thanksgiving, and I've defaulted to the handle-sized Bulliet.  It's good stuff, not my favorite, but at $42 for 1.75L on sale it's a damn bargain.


Will do. The handle of Bulleit is a great value also.

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