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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mash For Kolsch...
« on: February 22, 2016, 08:47:22 AM »
This thread seems very familiar for some reason...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop use suggestions
« on: February 22, 2016, 08:46:09 AM »
I have to agree with Jon regarding El Dorado. I personally did not like it the only time I used it but I think it could work well if balanced with other hops. The pale ale I did with it had the watermelon candy thing going on and a strange sweetness that I did not care for.

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Beer Recipes / Re: First American Red Ale Recipe Help
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:32:40 PM »
Good work! I still to this day worry about almost every beer I brew in one way or another. When the turn out great it kind of makes it that much better.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:31:02 PM »
Beers look great guys! I really need to get around to a pils. My house lager is kind of somewhere between a Helles, pils, and American lager so it satisfies my pale lager fix for the most part. If I had more time and capacity I would definitely explore those styles 

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Ingredients / Re: Pale Ale hops - something different
« on: February 19, 2016, 11:57:32 AM »
After having an IPA that was primarily hopped with Sterling recently, I want to give that a shot in an APA. I have been using it here and there and really like how versatile it is.
I love Sterling for the same reason. It's herbal/spicy noble-like at low-to moderate hopping rates, then starts to get some citrus as you push the rates higher. Motueka is another hop like that. It has noble character, but then also gives lime zest and lemongrass characters along with it. The thing is that neither is super oily, so they get lost when blended in with more typical IPA hops pretty easily.

Thanks for the info. Sounds like I should give Motueka a shot at some point. What AA% do you normally see it at? Maybe Sterling/Motueka APA

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Beer Recipes / Re: California Common idea
« on: February 19, 2016, 10:05:25 AM »
I like it. A friend's house beer is a Common and I believe he splits NB and Cascade. His version is great.

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Ingredients / Re: Pale Ale hops - something different
« on: February 19, 2016, 09:47:10 AM »
After having an IPA that was primarily hopped with Sterling recently, I want to give that a shot in an APA. I have been using it here and there and really like how versatile it is.

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Ingredients / Re: Pale Ale hops - something different
« on: February 19, 2016, 09:37:43 AM »
Simcoe and Amarillo....I don't care for most of the new ultra tropical fruity ones.

This is pretty much my feeling which is why I have gone back to using Cascade in combination with other classics a lot

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Ingredients / Re: Pale Ale hops - something different
« on: February 19, 2016, 07:09:49 AM »
I do something similar in that I keep my malt bill and yeast the same and just change out hops interchangeably from batch to batch although I always use cascade because I want that character consistent. What kind of hop character are you looking for?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Glassware / Drinkware Question
« on: February 18, 2016, 03:59:19 PM »
I already checked my local goodwill before posting on here. no luck

Check again, they get new stuff in every day.

This thread inspired me to check mine earlier today. Within the short time I was there, an employee stocked about 10 newly arrived snifter type glasses.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Glassware / Drinkware Question
« on: February 18, 2016, 10:33:38 AM »
I get all my glassware at Goodwill. I recently got a dimpled half-liter mug and a bow tie glass for about $2 total.

That's a good call. My wife picked up some random goblet type glasses that I use constantly for like a buck a piece.

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Ingredients / Re: imparting flavor from spirits
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:50:03 AM »
I scaled up from samples to get what I liked. I'll have to check my notes later to get what I arrived at. I'll post .

I appreciate it but don't worry about it since I won't be using bourbon  :D

As mentioned in another post, I am considering using sake yeast in beer for the second time but thought that maybe doing a rice lager and just adding sake might be a better solution. I suppose it would basically be a premixed sake bomb...didn't really think of that. Weird I know  :o


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Ingredients / Re: imparting flavor from spirits
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:41:03 AM »
Thanks.

What's the best way to determine amounts? I assume pour some 3-4 oz samples and add a different amount of spirits to each sample then scale up.

Out of curiosity, how much bourbon is added to 5 gallons of Denny's BVIP?

EDIT - the recipe I found looks like 8 to 14 oz?

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Ingredients / imparting flavor from spirits
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:21:26 AM »
I assume the best way is just to add a predetermined volume during packaging? Any advice on alternative methods? I am not looking for any oak character so that is out.

My thought is to add before fermentation so that I can get accurate OG/FG readings. Would the spirits affect the yeast performance even at lower concentrations?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New dry yeasts
« on: February 16, 2016, 03:34:24 PM »
S-189 has been around for many years.  It's a great dry lager yeast, especially for maltier styles.

Is there a liquid equivalent or one close to it? Origins?

A quick search seems to point to WLP885 Zurich Lager which is a platinum strain.
platinum strain?

It's their term for seasonal release I believe. This one is Sep-Oct according to their site. Someone will have to chime in on whether or not it is the same strain...

WLP885 Zurich Lager Yeast   
Seasonal Availability: Sep - Oct

Swiss style lager yeast. With proper care, this yeast can be used to produce lager beer over 11% ABV. Sulfur and diacetyl production is minimal. Original culture provided to White Labs by Marc Sedam.

Attenuation:
70-80%
Flocculation:
Medium
Optimum Ferment Temp:
50-55°F (10-13°C)
Alcohol Tolerance:
Very High

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