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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nylon Bag for hops
« on: March 12, 2015, 10:41:06 AM »
The hops should not affect the fermentation. You could have less viable yeast if you did not make a starter. Do you have the ability to take hydrometer readings?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 12, 2015, 10:08:53 AM »
Just send the Galaxy to me. I have never used it.

You need to get some. Very tropical and tasty !

EDIT - They're a little dank and resiny, too. Good stuff.

Yeah I haven't used a lot of the newer varieties in my own beers but have had them in commercial beers. The only reason I have Jarrylo is because Yakima Valley threw in a couple of ounces free with my first order.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 12, 2015, 09:20:52 AM »
Just send the Galaxy to me. I have never used it.

Ingredients / Re: Kefir lime leaves; hops combo
« on: March 12, 2015, 06:52:59 AM »
I tasted a gravity sample last night. This is actually turning out better than I thought, I wasn't expecting to get it right the first time but maybe I will. There is nice bright, fresh citrus aroma and flavor without it being perfumy, which I had been fearing because the lime leaves have such a strong aroma. I need the yeast cake for an IPA I'm brewing tonight so I'm going to rack over a little more cascade and a tiny bit more lime leaf then bottle this weekend. That should insure a fresh aroma.

Sounds awesome! Did you end up adding the chopped up leaves at the hopstand? How much did you use for 2.5 gallons? Sorry if I passed over that info.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 12, 2015, 06:10:51 AM »
Thanks for the input. I love Red Chair!

I was going to just use Magnum for bittering but I thought I would make it a bit more interesting with the simcoe there. When you talk about Columbus being invasive, I have had that exact same experience with Bravo. I don't use Columbus outside of IPAs so I am not all too aware of how well it plays with other hops...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Residual Alkalinity
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:58:00 PM »
Thanks. I was actually just reading that tab in the spreadsheet. So RA is more important for your existing water and not your adjusted water? For example, my existing water RA is 27 and my adjusted water RA for a pale ale is -38.

All Grain Brewing / Residual Alkalinity
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:38:30 PM »
Be gentle. I am a water/chemistry novice.

Can some help me understand or provide some good reference for understanding residual alkalinity. I haven't really be paying attention to it but my last batches seem to have negative RA values. Is this bad? I have noticed anything objectionable in the final product

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 11, 2015, 09:15:19 AM »
This would work out to about 46 IBUs with about 10 calculated from the hop stand (according to beersmith). I use lower utilization to account for my lower hop stand temperature.

~18 IBU Magnum 60 min
~18 IBU Simcoe FWH

1 oz Jarrylo (16.1% AA) hop stand 30 min
1 oz Zythos (9.8% AA) hop stand 30 min

1 oz Jarrylo dry hop
1 oz Zythos dry hop

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 11, 2015, 09:05:15 AM »
Ok I do like the idea of simplifying the hop schedule and I will probably drop the IBUs a bit. Going for something like 5.8 - 6% ABV so I want moderately high IBUs to match the higher than avg ABV. Probably shoot for something closer to 45 like Hoosier suggests.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:28:26 AM »
I was going to do sterling and crystal for attempt #1 but thought that would be too mild. I think I will use sterling in attempt #2 paired with something TBD

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:25:18 AM »
Honestly though, 53 might be a little high for APA, especially if you're wanting to keep the bittering addition in check.  I normally shoot for ~ 45 in APA.

Right. I am going for something between and APA and an IPA. It's kind of hard to explain my idea. I know that is not even close to enough hops to attempt an IPA. Beersmith is calculating about 10 IBUs from the hop stand so its 43 before that. When I use lower alpha hops in the future attempts the IBUs will be lower and I plan to shoot for 45-55 IBUs with an OG of 1.055 = 5.9% ABV. Attempt #2 will be completely different and likely less IBUs... I will keep tinkering.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop schedule help
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:17:16 AM »
Thanks. I like your idea and will probably go that route. This goes with the whole how you perceive IBUs argument I suppose. I am always afraid to get too many IBUs from my bittering addition but that's probably the way to go.

Here is the rest...
73% schill pilsner
20% schill Vienna or light munich?
7% caramunich I


General Homebrew Discussion / hop schedule help
« on: March 11, 2015, 07:56:55 AM »
I have 2 oz of Jarrylo and Zythos that I want to play around with for an APA. I am working on an APA template that I won't go into that will feature two hops and will have the same grain bill. I realize that Zythos is a blend. Any advice on how I should edit my schedule to best utilize these 4 oz of hops? I assume the #1 recommendation will be to use more hops...

~18 IBU Magnum 60 min
~10 IBU Columbus FWH
~15 IBU Jarrylo 30 min (10 g)
21 g Zythos hop stand 30 min @ 160
17 g Jarrylo hop stand 30 min @ 160
35 g Zythos dry hop
29 g Jarrylo dry hop

~53 IBUs

EDIT: If I am not able to use the sufficient amount of hops for this style, should I dial back the IBUs and change the style to something like a hoppy blonde or wheat?

Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy dark wheat ale
« on: March 06, 2015, 03:38:56 PM »
Once did a black wheat with bravo and cascade. I didn't make it hoppy enough to overcome the dark malts and it just tasted strange. That was the first time I used Bravo. I have used it a couple times since and realize that I don't like it.

Should be an interesting beer.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 05, 2015, 08:06:46 AM »
Thanks everyone.

Both judges replied and were super friendly. They have even offered to meet and try the beer again if I wanted to. I wanted additional feedback but soon realized that I didn't really need any. I am confident this beer would have scored better in the correct category with proper carbonation. Who would have thunk...

It was my first lager and I didn't seem to get dinged for any fermentation issues which makes me happy.

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