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All Grain Brewing / ESB water profile
« on: May 13, 2016, 06:37:41 AM »
I don't brew English styles at all. I am thinking Amber Bitter but maybe bumping up the SO4. This isn't really an ESB but the idea for it is based on an ESB I suppose. Any feedback?

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Ingredients / Re: interesting hop to pair with cascade
« on: May 11, 2016, 02:13:16 PM »
Willamette. It has some floral and citrus.

Interesting...to me it comes across as wood and dirt.  And those are descriptors, not value judgements!

I found this interesting as well. I have only used Willamette in smaller amounts and usually in darker beers so I have never really had a good idea of what it brings to the table.
I use it a lot in Blonde Ales and recently in a Best Bitter. I promise I taste an orange flavor.  I generally add it at 15min and flame out and don't add other hops.
You guys were making me feel a little crazy. The Willamette description at Yakima Valley Hops makes me feel a little better.

Aroma/Flavor: Spicy, cinnamon, orange peel

https://www.yakimavalleyhops.com/mobile/Product.aspx?ProductCode=HOPSWillamette1-2015CROP

A lot of sites list Willamette as a substitute for Fuggles. I have never thought these taste alike.

I do remember seeing that at YVH not that you mention it. I love me some palisade which I have seen described as 'super Willamette'. I get some subtle but nice stone fruit qualities from it. I am having trouble finding it online recently which bums me out... 

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Ingredients / Re: interesting hop to pair with cascade
« on: May 11, 2016, 12:48:15 PM »
Willamette. It has some floral and citrus.

Interesting...to me it comes across as wood and dirt.  And those are descriptors, not value judgements!

I found this interesting as well. I have only used Willamette in smaller amounts and usually in darker beers so I have never really had a good idea of what it brings to the table.

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Ingredients / Re: interesting hop to pair with cascade
« on: May 11, 2016, 09:08:47 AM »
I really like Aurora and Cascade together in a pale ale or hoppy lager. Aurora is a Styrian variant. It has a mixed citrus flavor with a touch of tropical fruit. However, unlike newer hop varieties it isn't a fruit bomb. It has some floral notes but the fruit is primarily offset by herbal and pine notes. You could easily balance the fruit with some Mount Hood.

Sounds great! Some descriptors I have found just seem to compare it it Northern Brewer so it is good to actually hear from someone who has used it.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mexican Vienna
« on: May 11, 2016, 06:23:06 AM »
I just went with old reliable 34/70 which I am sure will be fine although there are better choices. I have yet to experiment with different lager strains...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 10, 2016, 02:24:54 PM »
Red Ball Express Vienna Lager: https://byo.com/stories/item/1564-vienna-lager-in-exile




Man that looks great! How does it taste? I currently have one similar to the 'double crossed' version from the same link in the fermenter.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water chemistry - measuring out acids
« on: May 10, 2016, 01:57:50 PM »
If you're worried about it try to find a 3 mL syringe. Mine has 0.1 mL markings. I think it came with liquid Tylenol for babies or something. A pharmacy or doctors office will probably just give you a few.

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Ingredients / Re: interesting hop to pair with cascade
« on: May 10, 2016, 12:41:37 PM »
Columbus/Cascade is a wonderful pair (1/3 to 2/3, respectively). But I'm not sure if you're looking for "old standby" combination or looking to utilize some newer, non-juicy (thinking of Denny here) combinations, or if everything is fair game.

Good feedback so far.

I am looking to avoid hops like El Dorado and even Mosaic to a certain extent. I like Mosaic when it is not the primary hop. Plus, everything hoppy that I come across lately seems to have Mosaic in it...

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Ingredients / Re: interesting hop to pair with cascade
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:22:08 AM »
I like using cascade in continental styles (Belgian/English) paired with a continental aroma/flavor hop.

Belgian beers get cascade/Saaz

British beers get cascade/EKG

My most recent pale ale is cascade/sterling. The verdict is still out on this one...

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Ingredients / Re: interesting hop to pair with cascade
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:20:54 AM »
Aside from the obvious Centennial or Amarillo, Lemon Drop or Ahtanum would fit the bill and work nicely. I agree, the old standbys are still great!

I do have a couple of oz of Ahtanum that I have yet to try. Equal amounts of cascade and ahtanum?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Germerican Pale
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:18:53 AM »
This one has been in the keg for about a week now. The yeast was repitched from a Kolsch slurry. I added hops to the keg and wish I would have waited a couple of weeks to do that in order to let this yeast clear up a bit. I am thinking about going back to WLP029 because I find WY2565 not worth the time and effort for anything but a kolsch.

Sterling and Cascade is an interesting combination but I should have heeded the advice to use something more traditional like Centennial.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mexican Vienna
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:12:02 AM »
Brewed this guy last week and it went really well. It was my first time using flaked maize and I was really surprised how noticeable the flavor was in the hydrometer sample. Had a corn flakes flavor kind of thing going on.

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Ingredients / interesting hop to pair with cascade
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:01:16 AM »
Subject says it all. I am looking for something that will work well in a pale ale. I will say that I am looking for something more on the citrus side versus a lot of the newer super fruity hops. I seem to be going back to the old reliables; centennial, amarillo, etc.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cerveza recipe
« on: May 04, 2016, 12:25:32 PM »
Good advice here. I was able to do my first couple of lagers in a tub filled with water where I switched out frozen water bottles. I think my ferment temperature was about 55F. It did require quite a bit of babysitting though...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cerveza recipe
« on: May 03, 2016, 02:13:23 PM »
I happen to be brewing a mexican style vienna lager for the first time on Friday. I think most Mexican beers are likely corn adjunct lagers but I could very well be wrong. I hate to be that guy (trust me, people used to tell me the same thing) but it's going to be very tough to duplicate one with ale yeast. Maybe go down the cream ale path with some noble hops instead or try a cali lager yeast?


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