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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Virgin brewer!
« on: May 13, 2015, 05:13:14 PM »
You answered your own question. Yes, temp would kill the yeast and it would be a waste of yeast and $$.

Too much hops is when you no longer like the results. Too much bittering hops can happen very easily. The beer will just be too bitter to be enjoyable. Flavor and aroma hops are different. You can really load up on those late addition and dry hops and probably not over do it if you like a really assertive hop flavor and aroma. I have run into situations where with leaf hops I've added so much hop material it soaks up way too much beer and my final volume for bottling or kegging is very low.

Keep track of your bittering addition and what it contributes to the IBUs of the beer. You'll learn to find the sweet spot for your palate, bearing in mind that a bigger beer can handle a lot more bittering than say a session pale ale. Then work on a late addition and dry hop schedule that gives you the hop emphasis that you want.

I know, probably not a very satisfactory answer, but there are no numbers to the taste game as we all like different results. Half the fun of brewing is in the tweaking. Keep good notes on what you do so you can make adjustments on subsequent batches.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HoneyBees
« on: April 27, 2015, 08:51:55 AM »
It's the same package. I just included the back in case you wanted more info or needed to mail order. Can't speak for everything, but they are terrific for getting rid of paper wasps which happen to be my worst nuisance insect around the yard.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HoneyBees
« on: April 26, 2015, 04:57:25 PM »



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HoneyBees
« on: April 26, 2015, 12:45:49 PM »
I'll  check for you when I get home In a couple hours

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HoneyBees
« on: April 26, 2015, 09:38:19 AM »
Ditto Pete B's experience. I have a hive about 25 feet from where I brew and little to no problem.

Wasps were a problem until I found a disposable plastic bag trap. I put them out in the spring to catch the queens and keep them out during wasp season. I have about 6 set in various locations around my bees and my house and they are awesome. They have a very strong attractant that is activated when you add water and they will fill up with literally hundreds of wasps. Very, very effective. You can get them at Lowe's or Home Depot.

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Beer Recipes / Re: APA - what makes it great
« on: April 04, 2015, 11:17:53 AM »
"Not just a hop show with a quick buz"

......another good Klickitat succinctification

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Beer Recipes / Re: APA - what makes it great
« on: April 04, 2015, 10:16:54 AM »
When judging APA's I find that a lot of judges are looking for way too much hop character.  I remind them that Sierra Nevada is only about 32 BU's.  I like to use Munich malt at maybe 20% and medium Crystal at about 10% to give it some balance.
What Jeff said. Emphasizing that to me an APA is a symphony not a solo performance and should exhibit balance and drinkability while still having an easily detectable hop flavor and aroma. I hesitate to say Americdan hop flavor and aroma as many good APAs are now using the newer Pacific varieties with great results too.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: #5 Gravity Questions
« on: March 24, 2015, 09:38:43 AM »
9.62 lb of grain at 41 pppg = 394 and change

That should be more like 36 ppg, shouldn't it?

regardless he got much better than 55% efficiency. not sure where I came up with 41. my brain is like a really messy closet lately. Full of useful stuff but not always easy to get to.
I'm stealing that line....but mine is always like that, not just lately.

If Beersmith is not set up correctly you can get some weird numbers. It's important for brewers to understand how to compute gravity points so they can double check themselves and you can't just plug an arbitrary number. You were teaching the OP something important Mort. Just didn't want him thinking 41 was the magic number as it varies by grain bill.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: #5 Gravity Questions
« on: March 24, 2015, 08:35:04 AM »
Jonathan,
I rely on Beersmith to do the math because mine is severly challenged, but I do like to understand the process and you've lost me. Where does the 41 pppg come from? Isn't that more like the points you'd get from extract?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 37 years
« on: March 22, 2015, 09:19:59 AM »
1973. 2 cans of Boots malt extract in my luggage so I could recapture that English Pub experience once I got home. Hah! What a disaster. Batch never carbonated, but fortunately, we had used swing top bottles so we had the bright idea of adding a few raisins to each bottle. Not a bright idea. I think they carbonated alright, but it looked like someone took a glass cutter to the bottom of each bottle and cleanly severed it.
The experience put me off trying again for 13 years until an English friend told me what great beer his father made in the UK. If he could do it, I could do it, so off to find a home brew club I went. That was the beginning of my very long love affair with home brewing. It's as much about the friendships I've made as the beer.

Congrats to all of you who have enjoyed this hobby for so long. Who'd have thought it would just keep getting better and better.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What happens when.....
« on: March 15, 2015, 06:00:16 PM »
Thanks for weighing in guys. Kind of what I was thinking, but just wanted to see if my thinking was correct.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What happens when.....
« on: March 15, 2015, 10:21:53 AM »
Yah, that's a better idea Denny, but my actual question is about the less than 60 minute hops. Do those leave oils that continue to isomerize and become bitter with the extended boil time, or is this not the case because that actual hop matter has been pulled?

I'm theorizing that those oils which contribute the aromas and flavors are still sitting in the wort and that the extended boil time would move them from there to a bittering  like addition. Probably not to the same extent as if the actual hops where still in contact, but surely some of those chemicals have gone into solution and will continue to be modified by extended boil time.




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General Homebrew Discussion / What happens when.....
« on: March 15, 2015, 09:22:26 AM »
So, I'm brewing with a friend the other day. We both brewed the same recipe. We used some suspect malt that was given to us (I figured it was old as I came up short a few points whenever I used this stuff) Anyway, wort into the kettle and we were both 4 OG points low. I added some hot water and just sparged some more then boiled down the wort for about 45 minutes and got to my desired OG, then began my hops additions and timing my 60 min. boil. When I had finished boiling and started chilling, my friend was still boiling and I remarked about how I got ahead of him when he started first. He informed me that he was concentrating his wort to bring up the gravity. The thing is, he had already done all his hopping. Now, he did pull his hops before doing this boil, but my question is, what happens to all those late addition hops that were added for flavor and aroma? Obviously concentrating the wort is also going to concentrate the bitterness, but by continuing to boil, even after pulling the actual hops, wouldn't you continue to isomerize the hop oils even though the actual hops were not in there?
I haven't tasted the beer yet, it's still fermenting, but I'm expecting it to be pretty bitter.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a woman...............
« on: March 13, 2015, 09:32:47 AM »
Hopefully I got your attention.   ;D

I just booked my room for the NHC, but it's (gulp) like $700 with taxes and fees for four nights (Wednesday through Saturday nights).  Does anybody know of a woman attending alone who would be hoping to share a room?  I've never shared a room before, but the room has two queens and I'm almost never in there anyway, so I was hoping to find a roomie this year.

If you are interested, or know someone who may be going as a single woman (like me) and wanting to share, please let me know!  I'm hoping to come into San Diego early, and stay at the beach or another resort for a few days before the NHC and not wanting to blow my entire hotel budget in 4 days!

Thanks!

I see what you did there.  Two Queens are staying in that room....
Thanks for the smile Fick!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Teaching Trappists All Grain
« on: February 25, 2015, 10:13:57 AM »
Wow, maybe you're an incarnation of the person who got them going on brewing in the first place! History does repeat itself. ;)

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