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Ingredients / Re: Pilsner Mail for an IPA?
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:29:35 PM »
I've done it, and it will make a decent beer. I use 70:30 Pils to Pale Ale malt in a blend for all my Pale beers now. A little Pale Ale or Vienna malt will bring down the husky/grainy flavors of the Pils and add some toast to round out the malt.

If you want to go the NE IPA route, then you could always use the wheat as 20-30% of the grain bill.

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Ingredients / Re: Highest OG brew?
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:23:24 PM »
My biggest was an all Maris Otter barleywine that went from 1.142 down to 1.024. It took about 2 years before it was drinkable, and at 3.5 years old now it is just hitting it's prime.

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Ingredients / Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« on: August 29, 2017, 03:59:13 PM »
I always have Pilsner and Continental Pale Ale malt on hand for lagers and Belgian (I use a 60-40 or 70-30 blend for my base on those). I keep MO on hand for English ales. I also keep smaller amounts of Munich and Vienna at all times as well. Lately I've been using my Pils/Pale Ale blend for my base on American styles as well. I don't really see a need for something like a pale US 2 row with all the other malts I keep on hand.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AB sending water to help flood victems
« on: August 29, 2017, 03:44:22 PM »
Side note, if you live in areas that are prone to certain types of catastrophic weather (hurricanes, blizzards, etc.), filling your spare carboys, buckets and kegs with drinking water when nasty weather is in the forecast can be a lifesaver.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 27, 2017, 12:06:17 PM »

Totality in 2024 will be about 3 hours north of me, so I may try to make it.  Early April may be tough since there will still be considerable snow on the ground up there and the weather this time of the year isn't the best.  It will also be my son's projected last year of college, so who knows if I'll even have gas money to spare to drive up.

My son will be in 8th Grade, and I will gladly pull him out of school for this. I need to check if the Balsams are booking rooms for 2024 yet..

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Short boil?
« on: August 27, 2017, 11:56:31 AM »
I've done IPA's where I just heat the extract to 170F and do a whirlpool. Bitterness is low (obviously), but not nonexistant as some might expect.

Other Fermentables / Re: Enartis Yeast in a Cider Brew
« on: August 26, 2017, 11:34:30 AM »
This Yeast also has the added benefit of creating Apple and Pear Terpenes, so usually Cider that was this strong would basically just taste like Wine, this will still taste like Apples and Pears.

A) Yeast needs the correct substrates (building blocks) to be present to create compounds in the finished product. Just because a yeast can make a particular compound out of wine must, that doesn't guarantee that it can make it from apple juice.

B) Just because a yeast may make certain compounds that on their own smell/taste like one thing, that doesn't mean that when you have it in a low amount in a finished ferment that you will be able to pick it out separately. Flavors and aromas in combination, especially at low amounts, don't always resemble the individual ingredients.

Good luck!

Ingredients / Re: Onion in my IPA
« on: August 26, 2017, 11:25:30 AM »
Does this onion flavor fade at all or is it something I'm stick with? Thanks in advance!

I don't have personal experience, but I've heard many say that yes, it does fade after just a couple weeks.
My all-Summit Pale Ale still tasted like onion rings till the day I dumped the last of the bottles about 3 years later.

Ooh........ very sorry to hear that.  If it's any consolation, my DIPA tastes like a tub of movie popcorn butter.  I haven't popped a bottle of that stuff in about 5 months.  Maybe it's better now.  Otherwise I'm thinking about pouring it all back into a fermenter and adding Brett, just for the fun of it.

Thankfully, it was a 1-gallon batch. It was a great beer to cook with, though :)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Common Keg Leaks
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:00:55 AM »
I believe the o-rings under the gas in and liquid out dip tubes are the biggest culprits. YMMV

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The gas in has been my number one culprit.

Same here...

Do you lube your o-rings?

And this fixes it for me the overwhelming majority of the time

These are all great points. I'll add that the more focused that an experiment is designed to target a positive result, the less value a null result holds from the same experiment.

And I will also agree that this isn't a knock on the citizen science that is going on at sites like Brulosophy and Experimental Brewing. It's just not feasible for citizen science to present tightly controlled experiments to a large number of testers. For experiments like this, having a larger number of data points is like having a more powerful microscope or telescope - it allows you to see finer detail in the results.

Ingredients / Re: Onion in my IPA
« on: August 23, 2017, 08:34:14 AM »
Does this onion flavor fade at all or is it something I'm stick with? Thanks in advance!

I don't have personal experience, but I've heard many say that yes, it does fade after just a couple weeks.
My all-Summit Pale Ale still tasted like onion rings till the day I dumped the last of the bottles about 3 years later.

Beer Recipes / Re: festbier help
« on: August 22, 2017, 02:58:27 PM »
I've been dialing in my Märzen over the years, and here's where I'm at:

1.052 OG
25 IBU

38.6% Light Munich
38.6% Pils
19.3% Vienna
3.6% Aromatic

Wyeast 2633 (Octoberfest blend)

I used to have CaraMunich rather than the Aromatic, but I made a swap several batches ago and thought it was an improvement. I'm tempted to try CaraHell, though.

Hop Growing / Re: 2017 Season
« on: August 22, 2017, 02:47:38 PM »
The alternating wet & cool weather we've had all summer has put the brakes on pretty much everything growing up here, including my hops. Unfortunately, we had a dry snap while I was away for a few days and that killed off most of the growth high up on my bines (I grow mine in large planters). The plants aren't dead (the low growth is doing fine), but I don't think I'll get a harvest this year,

Ingredients / Re: hops to try?
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:58:03 AM »
I've tried the J-lime and I was rather disappointed. I got very little flavor. That said, the hops I got were basically the crumbs from a bale, without a lot of whole cones. YMMV with a better sample.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 19, 2017, 01:24:24 PM »
  I-80 across Nebraska has to be about the most God-awful, brutally boring drives I've ever endured, but you have a pot of gold [sort of] at the end of the road.
   The paper last night was calling for 35% chance of clouds Monday A.M., but said almost all of Oregon and extreme western Idaho should be cloudless. Guess Denny picked the perfect location.
   I also saw that the tribe is allowing access to Boysen Peak for the eclipse, for a fee of course. If I can talk my visitors into it, I can think of no other place in the area from which to experience the event, one of the best views in the state, but normally off limits to non tribal members.
Boring? The stretch of US 77 through the King Ranch, Western TX near Lubbock, AND the Seney Strech in the UP. I can't leave out I55 from southern MO to Memphis.
95 through both Carolinas and Georgia is a long stretch of nothing. I'll never do it again

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