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The Pub / Re: Birthday Gift from My Better Half
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:34:38 AM »
I need to restock! 31 years old today.
Congrats! I hit the big 4-0 in October and I'm already debating whether I will celebrate with Westy XII or Thomas Hardy.

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The Pub / Re: Nfl,playoffs
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:32:24 AM »
If the Pats play like they have the past few weeks, they don't have the slightest chance. I suspect that their last game was played in "just don't get hurt" mode and to test out what they can expect out of Stephen Jackson in the playoffs. But who knows - they could just be too beat up and end up an easy W for KC.

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Ingredients / Re: I need a new hop(s)
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:24:09 AM »
I'm a big fan of fruit-forward hops. I've been leaning towards a lot of the newer varieties, especially the Aus/NZ ones - primarily because I don't want my hoppy beers to taste like very other commercial beer out there. I also prefer hops that have one dominant flavor, so I can mix and match the specific flavors I want without getting too muddy. Here's my current favorites list:

Citra - oldie but goodie, pretty much straight-up mango, massive oil content and can easily dominate everything else if you're not careful

Meridian - totally underrated hop, lots of stone fruit (nectarine, apricot, sometimes bing cherry) with an undertone of citrus. It's a flavor I don't get in a lot of commercial beer, so I lean on it a lot at home.

Nelson Sauvin - I get a lot of white grapefruit out of it, with a bit of a vinous note that sets it apart from the C hops. It is reliably grapefruit-forward year after year, unlike something like Cascade that can be more floral some years

Motueka - lime zest and lemongrass. It's a shame that it's not more potent - it can easily get overpowered by oilier hops. But outside of IPA's it's a big go-to for me. Great in hoppy lagers as it is a Saaz derivative and gets some herbal/noble stuff going on as well. If you're a fan of Mandarina, I'd put this one in a similar category.

Vic Secret - this is a new discovery for me, but I'm already going to it regularly. It has a distinct passionfruit character that really stands out. This one is super tropical, without a lot of other background notes to muddy it up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 12, 2016, 01:37:41 AM »
What sucks even more is that this major player in the hop business is apparently putting homebrewers on the back burner.

We're always the last to get hops because all but the 2-3 largest homebrew shops lack the purchasing power to move up the chain to have orders fulfilled. Wholesalers will always sell to their biggest clients first, which means breweries are getting their orders filled first. We're getting sold the least impressive lots of hops at unfavorable prices.

I know there is talk among the craft beer industry that there is a shortage (or a perceived shortage) and maybe this year's harvest wasn't great. Prices are apparently pretty bad right now if you can't buy under contract. I don't know if Hop Union was hit particularly hard in 2015 or if it's uniformly bad. Apparently even some of the more common varieties are completely sold out from the 2015 harvest.
I'm not sure what model stores like YVH, Farmhouse and Hop Heaven follow (I'm guessing that they have their own contracts rather than buying through a wholesaler like BSG or LD Carlson), but quality is consistently top-notch and the selection has never been an issue for me. It sucks that homebrew shops are getting shafted, but there are quality alternatives for homebrewers who want the best hops they can get their hands on.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: K97 & S189
« on: January 11, 2016, 10:00:54 PM »
I thought of this thread this morning. My LHBS just got K97 and S189 so I bought a couple packs of each. The S189 rang up at $59.99 instead of $5.99 and I was like "yeah, I heard that this stuff was expensive for dry yeast..."

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I have six 2.5 gallon kegs from AiH and recommend them highly. Unless this is going to be your only keg I'd recommend just buying a 100 foot length of beverage hose and cutting what you need. Ten feet is a good length for a picnic tap, IMO.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 11, 2016, 09:50:36 PM »
Double brewday going right now

Brew #2 - Bought what I thought was just a Mr Beer fermentor on Xmas clearance at Target for $12. Turns out there was a kit inside. It was their "Classic American Light" kit, which is just a can of hopped DME and a 5g packet of yeast and instructions to ferment at ale temps. I'm going to amp it up a little with an ounce of Tettnang as I bring the DME just to a boil, along with 5 ounces of rice syrup solids to boost the gravity slightly. I'm going to pitch a full packet of 34/70 at 45F and ferment at ambient in the coldest corner of my basement. Should be interesting. Also got a small packet of Coopers carb drops, so all-in-all this was a nice score even if the beer sucks.

This is awesome.  Enter it in to NHC!  It will probably take a gold!   ;D

Brewed a vienna lager today.  Hit all numbers dead on - mash temp, wort pH, and OG.  This beer is destined for greatness...
I'll enter it as a Helles. I'll win BOS for sure ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 11, 2016, 09:47:32 PM »
I got the same email from Label Peelers. I've gotten great deals and service from them in the past. Sucks that they're getting shafted by this situation.

What sucks even more is that this major player in the hop business is apparently putting homebrewers on the back burner. I'm hoping that it's mainly because they just haven't gotten their stuff together because of the new merger. Thankfully their are enough sources of quality hops that I can vote with my dollar and boycott HopUnion until they set this straight.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2.5G batches
« on: January 11, 2016, 05:00:45 PM »

I generally make 5 gallon batches.... However, from time to time I do make smaller batches (I have some 2.5 and 3 gallon kegs).  One of the things I really like about making smaller batches is I use a couple older 5 gallon corny kegs as fermenters.  I brew 3-3.5 gallons, ferment in the corny keg with a short dip tube, and then can transfer from the fermenting keg to 3 gallon serving keg under pressure with no siphon, no oxygen, etc.  Works really slick.
I just bought a 5 gallon keg specifically for that purpose. You can get spunding valves for the gas in disconnect and ferment under pressure using this setup as well.
What is the max pressure you can safely ferment under? It would be nice to attach a spunding valve the last few days and carbonate while finishing up fermentation.
I think it depends on the yeast strain. I've heard of professional breweries going as high as 2 atm (~30 PSI). I haven't used it for pressurized ferments yet, but the valve I have maxes out at 15 PSI.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:53:43 PM »
Double brewday going right now:

Brew #1 - Double whirlpool IPA - 8 oz Meridian, 2 oz X-17 at flameout with a hot whirlpool for 90 minutes, 3.5 oz Vic Secret and 2 oz X-17 at 120F for 60 more minutes, no dry hops. The Vic Secret is so distinct with passionfruit, that it should be a decent indicator for how much flavor/aroma comes from that 120F addition.

Brew #2 - Bought what I thought was just a Mr Beer fermentor on Xmas clearance at Target for $12. Turns out there was a kit inside. It was their "Classic American Light" kit, which is just a can of hopped DME and a 5g packet of yeast and instructions to ferment at ale temps. I'm going to amp it up a little with an ounce of Tettnang as I bring the DME just to a boil, along with 5 ounces of rice syrup solids to boost the gravity slightly. I'm going to pitch a full packet of 34/70 at 45F and ferment at ambient in the coldest corner of my basement. Should be interesting. Also got a small packet of Coopers carb drops, so all-in-all this was a nice score even if the beer sucks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:43:07 PM »
Great combination - mosaic is more powerful but the azacca is definitely present - very diff than the all mosaic beers I've had.  I will certainly make this recipe again.  Despite the 40ish IBUs it comes across borderline IPA - intense is the best way to describe it.


I'll remember to try it. I blended Azacca with several hops last year but not Mosaic.  Ken, I've heard another brewer talk about getting onion/garlic from Mosaic, but I've never had that from it. Must be a harvest thing - it's a great hop normally.
I've gotten it, but only at low levels just above my taste threshold. Never gotten a Summit-like onion bomb from it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2.5G batches
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:40:30 PM »
I generally make 5 gallon batches.... However, from time to time I do make smaller batches (I have some 2.5 and 3 gallon kegs).  One of the things I really like about making smaller batches is I use a couple older 5 gallon corny kegs as fermenters.  I brew 3-3.5 gallons, ferment in the corny keg with a short dip tube, and then can transfer from the fermenting keg to 3 gallon serving keg under pressure with no siphon, no oxygen, etc.  Works really slick.
I just bought a 5 gallon keg specifically for that purpose. You can get spunding valves for the gas in disconnect and ferment under pressure using this setup as well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing Episode 5
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:17:36 PM »
I seriously can't be the only one wanting to hear Denny jam out Ace of Spades on the Uke?


That could be the greatest ukele cover in history. He needs to wear a hat like Lemmy for it.   ;D
And a huge mole. And, while we're at it, you need a giant fan the size of a jet turbine blowing in your face while you're playing it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 79% AA with WLP002
« on: January 10, 2016, 03:40:38 PM »
We're you thinking that this was too high? Because it sounds right to me. I almost always hit the upper 70's for attenuation with that strain.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing Episode 5
« on: January 10, 2016, 03:28:56 AM »
Glad ya got some useful info from it!
I sure did. Going to try sous vide eggs in my mash next brewday :)

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