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Ingredients / Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« on: January 10, 2015, 09:55:35 AM »
Unique aroma hops are great in Kölsch IMO. It's really a blank slate and I like it much better than a plain blonde ale or all 2-row smash. It must be the pils.

I agree.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:41:06 AM »
Looks great, Frank. I use Midnight Wheat but Carafa III works great, too.  And I use 2 -3 oz chocolate normally, so you're pretty much there - I wouldn't go over 4 oz though. Hop schedule looks spot on, good combo too. You're gonna love this one !

Lol thanks... I edited this post. It was copied from a similar post of mine from over a year ago... Didn't mean to leave the "first stab" line in it. I corrected the recipe to how I've changed over a couple brews. You helped me with my critiquing of it back then haha. Was just sharing probably a top 3-5 recipe of mine.

Awesome, glad I could help (back then) :D 

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Zymurgy / Re: Tropical session white ipa?
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:39:21 AM »
Well took grav sample today and it's below expected OG by beer smith hit 1.010 the aroma is pretty crazy going to set out in the garage to cold crash and prolly bottle in the next few days

Software FG estimates are just that. No worries, 1.010 is fine for IPA. I'd rather have an IPA that finished @ 1.010 than 1.018 any day.

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The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:35:07 AM »

Now imagine the article in Applebee's settings.
"He walks in the cooler and looks over the beer selection. He smiles hugs his kegs and returns to have another SA from multipack".

That's pretty funny.

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Ingredients / Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:26:29 AM »
Can't go wrong with Sterling and Crystal combo. They play nice together.

My very best Kolsch is all crystal FWH with just a small amount of magnum at 60 minute. That said, I'm going to try the same recipe but with Bavarian Mandarina this spring. Just made an IPA with that hop and it smells lovely.

Yeah, just made a small batch to test out Mandarina Bavaria. That is a really nice hop.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 10, 2015, 08:21:57 AM »
Looks great, Frank. I use Midnight Wheat but Carafa III works great, too.  And I use 2 -3 oz chocolate normally, so you're pretty much there - I wouldn't go over 4 oz though. Hop schedule looks spot on, good combo too. You're gonna love this one !

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sweetwater IPA
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:53:44 AM »
+1 to Dirt Wolf, fantastic DIPA. Also, really enjoying Fat Head Head Hunter.

+2

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Beer Recipes / Re: Black IPA recipe (please critique)
« on: January 09, 2015, 08:41:59 PM »
It also seems to me to be light in the hop category for an IPA.  If it were mine I would bump all three additions 60 minute, late additions and dry hopping - by at least twice the amounts listed.  This looks like a Black Pale Ale to me but maybe that is what you are going for.

Yeah, so much going on there I didn't notice the hop amounts. You're right, that is more of an APA schedule. Double the amounts minimum.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:52:00 PM »
It just talways ickles me that the Germans have one word for taking joy in others well deserved pain. I think the literal translation is something like "sorrow joy"

It is funny. For the record, I generally do not have that feeling toward others, but occasionally somebody works overtime to earn it.   :D
I wouldn't have thought you did. But it certainly would have made me happy if others thought that of you, thusly bringing about your demise... Mwaa  ;)

Well played.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:16:13 PM »
It just talways ickles me that the Germans have one word for taking joy in others well deserved pain. I think the literal translation is something like "sorrow joy"

It is funny. For the record, I generally do not have that feeling toward others, but occasionally somebody works overtime to earn it.   :D

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Beer Recipes / Re: Black IPA recipe (please critique)
« on: January 09, 2015, 06:36:42 PM »
Yeah, that's good advice - too busy as is. I say either :

1/  Coconut 'rum barrel' porter with only the oz of fwh chinook and a .5 oz 20 min addition

2/ Black IPA with no coconut or rum soaked cubes.


EDIT  -  Though Mitch Steele did do a pro/am last year with two homebrewers - for their 'Coconut IPA'.

http://www.stonebrewing.com/collab/rr/

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 06:10:24 PM »
Yeah, just looked it up. Great word !  I've had a boss or two over the years that got what they earned, too. Made me feel all 'schaeudenfreude' all over.     ;)

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Beer Travel / Re: ROAD TRIP!!!!!
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:55:33 PM »
Jonathan, I've been wanting to stop in Albuquerque NM to go to La Cumbre Brewing when I'm in the Southwest next.  They've won tons of awards. I brewed one of their IPA recipes (Project Dank) last summer that was amazing. It would steer you well south of the winter weather !

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:50:56 PM »
+2 for Midnight Wheat for color - it's the very minimum of roast with nice deep color. I use it for color in Black IPA and 2-3 oz chocolate for a little roast - love it.

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Ingredients / Re: Fruit for Saison
« on: January 09, 2015, 02:41:19 PM »
I'd rinse the grapes thoroughly, spray them with Starsan, allow to drip off excess, and puree them (assuming they're seedless). I'd pour through a strainer into the fermenter to separate most of the skin and rack the beer on top. BTW, I use a bucket for secondary on my fruit beers with no issue - you're creating another CO2 blanket with the second fermentation. I'd hold off and dry hop in keg, assuming you keg. If not, wait until a week before bottling.  My $0.02.
I bottle. I assume wild grapes have seeds, I think only cultivated grapes are seedless. I have a juicer, if the skins aren't going in maybe I should just juice them.

No reason you can't just crush them and add everything, EXCEPT for the racking nightmare. Even adding the crushed fruit in a bag takes forever to drip out all the liquid when you rack. If you can juice the grapes, you'll be glad you did. Love the purees best for fruit beers.

EDIT - I've used a piece of women's nylon hose over the racking cane which helps somewhat. It works great for filtering out hop particles, not as well with 'goopy' fruit pulp which clogs things easily.

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