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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.

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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

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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.

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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

WLP029

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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?


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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.

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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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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 05:10:14 PM »
It was a pretty big error on my part. It is basically a 'lightly spiced' schwarzbier that I entered into 4C instead of 23. I was light handed with the spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, white pepper, and sage) but it is noticeable. Both scoresheets mentioned the phenolic aroma. Not sure what I was thinking when I filled out the entry form...

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:02:23 PM »
+1

I have only entered a few and have had varying results. Don't get too caught up in the score. I was disappointed with my most recent score which still falls in the 'very good' range although you wouldn't think so by some of the comments and just the x/50 score.

I somehow got 1st place in my category once and that gave me a false sense of confidence. I would go into it with the attitude that you just want feedback on how to improve your beers. Anything else positive is gravy...

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 03:22:49 PM »
Thanks! I emailed both of them. If they respond and are willing, I will get the necessary information.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 03:11:59 PM »
Yeah I was kind of thinking that. Wasn't sure if they held on to copies of scoresheets which might help them remember.

I know I've never walked away from judging with copies of the scoresheets.  I have had people call me to ask further questions and I generally haven't been able to help them.

Thanks. Sounds promising...haha

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cleaning bottles
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:50:59 PM »
Cleaning - rinse well after drinking. short dishwasher cycle with 1 oz of starsan in the detergent reservoir

Labels - soak bottles in warm ammonia & water mixture overnight. stubborn labels may need to scrub with iron wool

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:42:07 PM »
I see the section now where it explains the final score. Is it in bad taste to email the judges to get additional feedback? I basically want to see what they would have thought of it if I entered it into the correct category.

It's not in bad taste, but it's a crapshoot if they'll remember the beer and be able to give you any further feedback.

Yeah I was kind of thinking that. Wasn't sure if they held on to copies of scoresheets which might help them remember.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:15:43 PM »
I see the section now where it explains the final score. Is it in bad taste to email the judges to get additional feedback? I basically want to see what they would have thought of it if I entered it into the correct category.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:10:22 PM »
Ok thanks. I looked it over very quickly.

I entered it in the wrong category so that and the fact that it was undercarbed explains my score. The 36 makes me feel better so I will just pretend that is the score ;)

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