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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Summertime beer cocktails
« on: July 11, 2017, 04:59:34 PM »
I was once served a Negra Modelo with a lime wedge stuck halfway down the neck. I pulled it out in frustration, but I have to admit that the flavor left in the neck worked pretty well with the beer. I'd probably consider rubbing the rim of a glass of lager with a lime wedge at some point, but that's as far as I'd go.

If I want a particular flavor in beer, then I'll just brew with it. Or more likely, I'll find a hop varietal that tastes like it and use that instead.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:16:46 AM »
Drinkin' Ain't Hard to Do - Hank III

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:02:50 AM »
Maloney Wants a Drink - The Dubliners

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Beer Recipes / Re: Scorching Summer Drinker
« on: July 11, 2017, 05:59:57 AM »

Here's a good recipe in this style:

Put as much water as you can boil (without getting it all over the place) in the biggest pot you have. To this add:

6 lb Pilsner DME
10 ounces Table Sugar

Stir until dissolved, then add

8 ounces CaraRed steeping grains (you could use American Crystal 20 or 40 if you can't get CaraRed)

Turn on the heat. When the temp hits 160F, remove the steeping grains.

When this hits a boil, let it go for about 10 minutes, then kill the heat. Once all boiling activity has stopped, add:

X ounces Citra hops
X ounces Galaxy hops

Where "X" is the number of ounces gallons of water you added to your pot. Give it a good hard stir until all the hop pellets are broken up and incorporated, then stir a bit longer to creat a whirlpool effect. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Stir the pot every minute or two to get another whirlpool going.


I think I'm gonna try this next batch.  This is ridiculously quick and simple.
I've tried this with heating only to ~170 and doing the whirlpool at that temp. Basically, pull your grain bag and then add your whirlpool hops. That's even quicker, but there isn't enough bitterness for balance (at least for my tastes, YMMV). A whirlpool at 170F is more than enough to pasteurize the wort, but hotter temps are going to give you some IBU's to go along with it.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 10, 2017, 11:57:10 AM »
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me - U2

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All Things Food / Re: 5 mother sauces
« on: July 10, 2017, 08:31:26 AM »
I need to get some of these down at some point. For me, my basic sauce is a simple pan sauce - deglaze with beer/stock/whiskey (carefully with the last one), then add from there. Whenever I have a pan that has some tasty bits stuck to the bottom, I can't not make a pan sauce from it.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 10, 2017, 08:24:11 AM »
Rain - Kiss

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 09, 2017, 05:18:33 PM »
Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me - Mötorhead

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All Grain Brewing / Re: pH and the effect on hop flavors.
« on: July 09, 2017, 05:06:03 PM »
I find a boil pH of above 5.4, can impart a slight vegetally character with a lot of hops are used. I can pick it up in my beers and in commerical. Therefore on my pale ales (the only beer I brew with a lot of hops), I use a multi-acid approach. I use sauergut but anything can be used. So my routine is something like this..

Mash target 5.45
Boil start target (acid addition needed) 5.25
Flame out target (acid needed) 5.0-5.1 I see about a .6-.7% decrease in pH from boiling.

I only do this for American hop heavy/forward beers.
I saw a 7/10 decrease in pH from mash to finished product. Theoretically if I reduce my pH to 5.4 I should see a pH of 4.7 at FG. But of course I will monitor and try to keep it on track.

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Interesting. I can't say I have ever seen it static like that. Usually finished pH is set by yeast strain and fermentation vigor.
Not to mention that pH is a logarithmic scale, so the drop shouldn't typically scale in linear fashion.

This thread is good info. I'll definitely be playing around with this in the near future.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 07, 2017, 07:22:22 PM »
Deer Dance - System of a Down

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Beer Recipes / Re: Scorching Summer Drinker
« on: July 07, 2017, 02:44:26 PM »
Ah, that makes sense. It's amazing how simple brewing can be when you use extracts, gives me more appreciation for all grain guys.

 I think I'll do 3 and 3 citra and galaxy and try dry hopping as well. This will be my first foray into dry hopping so we'll see how it goes. Thanks so much to everyone for your patience and help!
Yep, I still brew a handful of extract batches every year (including IPAs similar to this one), just for sake of simplicity/time. It's a great option to have in your toolkit, even if you're usually an all grain brewer.

Good luck, and please report back to let us know how it turned out!

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 07, 2017, 12:26:17 PM »
Ain't Wastin' Time No More - Allman Brothers Band
King of the Night Time World - Kiss

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Beer Recipes / Re: Scorching Summer Drinker
« on: July 07, 2017, 11:39:36 AM »
Does she not like hops at all, or does she just not like bitterness?

Great point, I think the bitterness is really what it comes down to. I really dig the idea of an IPA with all hops added at the end of the boil. Couple of questions on your recipe though because I think I'm going to try this one as well:
1. You say remove the steeping grains after temp hits 160F. This seems like a pretty short steep, about how long am I looking at steeping here?
2. A 10 min boil also seems really short. Seems like 60 min is more typical.
3. I'm not sure I'm understanding your hop calculations. I have a 12 qt (very small, but it's all I've got) kettle so if I start with 8-10 quarts (leaving a little bit of room for grains or boil overs) that would be 256-320oz of water. If I add an amount of hops equal to the amount of water in the boil, that's a lot of hops!

I'm sure I'm misunderstanding some of this but it sounds like a good aromatic IPA and I can use my gf as a guinea pig for those bitterness haters out there.

Sorry, I corrected my post above. There was a typo - number of ounces of each hop = number of gallons of water in your kettle. Basically 2 oz total hops per gallon in the kettle. In your case I'd round up and do 3 and 3.

Regarding the short boil, in extract beers you only need to pasteurize your wort, the hot break and so on was handled by the extract producer. Technically you don't even need a boil in this recipe (I've done that myself), but for newer brewers I usually play it safe and recommend a short boil. Since there are no boil hops in this recipe, that isn't a factor, either.

As far as the steep goes, the 20-30 minutes it takes to get from room temperature to 160 is more than enough time for steeping grains. You can bob the bag up and down every so often for better mixing if that is a concern.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:57:22 AM »
Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden

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The Pub / Re: Summer Beers
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:55:49 AM »
I tried Sip of Sunshine at a friend's recently, and I must say that it was pretty good for a commercial IPA. It had a good balance of bitterness and flavor, which fewer and fewer IPA's seem to have in our parts as of late.

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