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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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Ingredients / ratio of equinox with other hops
« on: August 03, 2016, 06:48:55 AM »
I just ordered some Equinox hops which I have never used. I will likely be using them in a pale ale with cascade and possibly centennial or palisade. Let's just consider cascade for now. Should I use a 2:1 of cascade to equinox so that the cascade does not get overpowered?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: August 03, 2016, 06:15:37 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.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: isovaleric acid - sweaty socks
« on: July 31, 2016, 05:08:46 PM »
Some people are more prone to picking up oxidation than others. Maybe you should look at how you are transferring the beer into the keg?

Yes I don't take any special precautions. Vinyl tubing straight from the spiedels spigot to the keg then purged with co2.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: isovaleric acid - sweaty socks
« on: July 31, 2016, 05:07:36 PM »
Chris, I assume you purged your bottles with the gun? It's possible that the guy picked up on some legit oxidation, but I've been dinged on oxidation a time or two when I was convinced that the judge saw the non-standard fill level from the gun and convinced himself that  "Ok, he keg filled so there must be oxidation present "(where I found none). The former is probably more likely but the latter isn't impossible. Regardless, take the comments as a learning experience. You'll score better next time.

Thanks Jon. This beer has scored a 42 in the past so I knew something was off with this batch. I am still getting the whole stinky sock thing so maybe that is how I perceive oxidation. I did purge the bottles with co2 but I have never had the best luck with my beer gun even when following the instructions of others who have good success.

My amber lager took second with low carbonation and a spiced Baltic porter scored decently so I am okay with this one doing poorly this year.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: isovaleric acid - sweaty socks
« on: July 31, 2016, 01:59:48 PM »
As expected this beer scored pretty poor at competition. The main critique is oxidation which I don't understand. I had some bottling issues from the keg as well so the the beer was under carbed and hazy from keg movement. The judge did not that it would be a god lawn mower beer so it wasn't horrible I suppose.

How are you bottling from the keg?  Bottling wand in picnic tap, straight from tap, or beer gun?

Blichmann beer gun. They were bottled on Tuesday so I assume the whole keg is oxidized?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: isovaleric acid - sweaty socks
« on: July 31, 2016, 11:20:01 AM »
As expected this beer scored pretty poor at competition. The main critique is oxidation which I don't understand. I had some bottling issues from the keg as well so the the beer was under carbed and hazy from keg movement. The judge did not that it would be a god lawn mower beer so it wasn't horrible I suppose.

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Equal amounts of cascade, ahtanum, and comet. I suspect it's the comet but I wouldn't describe it as onion or garlic.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6 oz of hops
« on: July 30, 2016, 04:24:04 PM »
Wow this beer is super pungent and has a strangely savory character to it. The aroma is great so I hope it comes together in a couple of weeks.

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