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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 05, 2016, 07:57:55 AM »
Looks great! I can't wait to do my first Pils.

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Using the muslin sacks does let some hop material into the beer but it usually settles out within the first week. I am okay with this as the beer is usually carbing and continuing to clarify anyway.

My current pale ale has improved drastically from week 1 to week 2 due to this. I was very worried as it was extra pungent and almost savory with a modest amount of hops. My continual lack of patience bit me again...

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I did have my first issue with keg hopping recently. I bag the hops in small muslin sacks and just knot it off to keep the hops in. I don't worry about cutting off the extra material above the knot and that happened to get caught in the dip tube after a couple of weeks. It took me a while to figure out that this was the problem.
I've heard of that happening.  Connect a length of thread to the muslin bag and let it come up and out of the main hatch so you can pull it out of the way (or out completely if you're done with them).

I have had issues sealing the keg this way. What kind of string? I will probably just start removing that extra material.

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I did have my first issue with keg hopping recently. I bag the hops in small muslin sacks and just knot it off to keep the hops in. I don't worry about cutting off the extra material above the knot and that happened to get caught in the dip tube after a couple of weeks. It took me a while to figure out that this was the problem.

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And in the following exbeeriment, they COULD taste the difference.  So, the jury's still out as far as I can tell.  Seems to me like there is likely some difference that has not yet been explained by science.

http://brulosophy.com/2016/01/18/dry-hop-temperature-warm-vs-cool-exbeeriment-results/

Ha! Didn't know there were two and with different results. Thanks.

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I only dry hop in the keg these days. The hops stay in until the keg is kicked and I have never experienced any vegetal characters. I don't hop at as high of rate as most though...

I believe there was an exbeeriment which tested this and there were no perceptible difference between warm or cold dry hop.

EDIT - found it:
http://brulosophy.com/2016/06/27/warm-dry-hop-vs-cold-keg-hop-exbeeriment-results/

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Ingredients / Re: ratio of equinox with other hops
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:48:29 AM »
Thanks all. Sounds like the wonder hop.

You just found it's new name :)

Ha!

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Ingredients / Re: ratio of equinox with other hops
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:33:34 AM »
Thanks all. Sounds like the wonder hop.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:32:25 AM »
I have had mixed experiences with competitions and enter mainly for the reasons you state. I remember being pretty upset after the first couple of competitions I entered but have learned to not have any expectations going in which has helped. When I first started entering, I thought all of my beers were good. Now I better understand which beers I brew are good and which aren't. I recently entered a beer which did not turn out too well only because I had already paid for the entry. For as disappointing as it was there were still some positive comments which was nice.

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Ingredients / Re: ratio of equinox with other hops
« on: August 03, 2016, 12:41:19 PM »
To be quite honest, if you have never used Equinox, you might use them as a single hop in a pale ale. It is a pretty dynamic hop. I think it's profile is similar to centennial on steriods with a punch of columbus dank added to it if that makes much sense. I've done a single hopped equinox APA and it was really good. Equinox has become one of my favorite hops, because of it's versatility being used only and working well with many others. It has so many layers of goodness!

Thanks for the feedback. I only ordered 4 oz which makes it difficult to do a single hopped beer. I suppose I could do a lower OG smash pale ale with magnum for bittering?

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Ingredients / Re: ratio of equinox with other hops
« on: August 03, 2016, 10:26:39 AM »
Anyone ever brew with just Equinox?  I just did one on Friday which is fermenting right now.  I was going to just dry hop it with more 366, but maybe I should add something else.

I guess I could always do a 2nd dry hop if it doesn't taste right after the first.

I considered doing a SMASH with it. Did you brew an IPA?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: beer gun
« on: August 03, 2016, 07:49:06 AM »
Trying (and failing) to bottle a Grodziskie today using a Blichmann beer gun.  I bottled a few bottle of witbier (same freezer/bottles) first-no problem.  CO2 regulator is new. Beer is at 34F and 3.5 volumes of CO2.   Bottles have been in a 34F freezer for 3 days.  10 ft of the small diameter (1/8") line.  Vented keg.  Poured 3 qts of foam.

Any thoughts?  Off to bottle Oktoberfest now.

Ugh. I usually end up undercarbing my beers with the gun leaving a lot more foam than I see on videos. I would love to help but considering I have my own problems...

3.5 volumes is obviously a lot of carb. What PSI are you keeping the regulator at when filling? I think the recommendation is under 5. Maybe keep venting and bring down your regulator?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: August 03, 2016, 07:45:16 AM »


My first medal winning brew...and first time brewing a kölsch


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Congrats! That's my Amber Lager in 2nd. I thought it was strange how they grouped some of the categories together.
Very nice Goschman, what's the LG stand for?

I noticed some comps do that if not enough entries. 


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Yeah I understand why they group just not the way they grouped if that makes sense. To group lagers and ales together seems strange. Right below it is the "Amber Lager" category which is where I thought they would have put mine. I guess since it was an "international amber lager"... Either way, like you said not many entries.

LG is just a nickname my buddies call me that stands for 'Little Gosch' which is a play on my last name. My family gets called by our last name a lot so it is way for people to distinguish between my brother and I when we are together. That beer didn't really have a name so I just called it that.

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Ingredients / Re: ratio of equinox with other hops
« on: August 03, 2016, 07:34:27 AM »
Yes, Equinox, err HBC-366, has high oil content, so 2:1 or 3:1 would work. Look up data for these hops here.
https://ychhops.com/varieties

I do use that site quite often. It weird how it's listed as HBC 366 formerly Equinox. Shouldn't it be the other way around?


I guess they dropped/had to drop the name. So now it's HBC366 again until it gets renamed. Still a damn nice hop.

Ah ok. I am excited to try it.

Thinking either 4:3:2 cascade:simcoe:equinox or 2:2:1 cascade:centennial:equinox for late additions and bitter with something neutral to get the majority of my IBUs. Any preference on what would work better?

I don't use a lot of the newer varieties so my favorite combo so far has been cascade, centennial, palisade at 2:1:1. I am a big fan of more old school, floral, citrusy, grapefruit, with just a touch of stone fruit or tropical mixed in. A lot of the newer varieties of APA/IPA are too fruity for my taste.

My current one of comet, cascade, and ahtanum is interesting and a lot more pungent than I expected at this point. I think the comet may be overpowering the other two although it doesn't seem to be high in oil content. I would like to give ahtanum another try since it was my first attempt using that variety.

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Ingredients / Re: ratio of equinox with other hops
« on: August 03, 2016, 07:05:19 AM »
Yes, Equinox, err HBC-366, has high oil content, so 2:1 or 3:1 would work. Look up data for these hops here.
https://ychhops.com/varieties

I do use that site quite often. It weird how it's listed as HBC 366 formerly Equinox. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

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