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General Homebrew Discussion / How to become a better recognizer of flaws
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:21:07 PM »
My problem is that I know that I like it or I don't but like you said detecting those little tasting notes and picking out specific flavors is difficult for me.  I wish more BJCP judges would sign up on my site so I could send them my homebrew without having to enter a contest

Ummm, would you take a provisional judge!?  I will be happy to give you notes!  Iam taking my tasting exam in a month, but passed my online entrance. 

I would echo the sentiments of the others, my wife is a bloodhound, but doesn't necessarily pay attention to descriptors. 

Adjuncts include coffee, chocolate, and yes, maple syrup (eh?).  Basically a foreign x stout recipe/gravity pre-32 oz of maple syrup fermented in secondary. 

Was thinking either 13b, 23a, or 21a.

Equipment and Software / Removing keg lube?
« on: January 05, 2013, 03:40:19 AM »
Mineral oil.  That's all keg lubes, just pastified.

Yes you can brew a high gravity beer and blend gently. It may be tricky to get what you intend though, so if the beer tastes good I'd recommend sticking with it and learning for the next batch.
Is the OG of this batch much higher than ones that you've been able to get better efficiency from? It is fairly normal to get lower efficiency with larger grain bills.

A 'touch' bigger in OG I suppose.  Maybe 10-20 points at most? 

In any event, I tried this beer last night, after 10 days primary or so and 5-6 days of dry-hopping.  Going to leave the dry hops for a bit longer, but the beer is MUCH better already. 

I suppose I need to just use patience to blend with my beer ;-)

Brewed the following IPA-borderline-IIPA this past weekend.  I have been brewing in a bag and typically getting around 75% efficiency.  This time I did a superfine double crush through the mill, 75-minute mash (as usual for BIAB) with mash hops, and a single batch sparge in a spare fermenter with 170* water.  The only difference is I didn't do a 10minute mash out.

I am dumbfounded because after my 'lauter', I had 7.5 gallons of wort @ 1.047 pre-boil.  Based on the 90 minute boil I was doing, I figured I would be down to at least 6 gallons as my blichmann burner evaporates like a mofo.  So:

7.5 gallons @ 1.047 = 352 gravity points
6.0 gallons end volume = 1.058 OG PLUS 1# cane sugar, which should have added about 8-9 gravity points.  1.067-68, not the end of the world. 

First off, my efficiency was miserable this time (total grist of 14.75# = 545 possible gravity points, 352/545 = 64% efficiency or ugh.  Have NO IDEA why it was so bad.

Anyway, here is the weirdest part.  I decanted the wort after chilling off the trub, aerated like crazy, and took a small refractometer sample.  15 brix, or about 1.060.  WTF?  Since this was bordering on a IIPA, and most of my hops were late, I went a little nuts with hop additions, bittering to 105.8 calcuated IBUs thinking that a BU:GU ratio of 1.38 was a touch high, but wouldn't TASTE that bitter, as most were late.  Then, when I had this abysmal gravity of 1.060, my BU:GU ratio became more like 1.76.  Ouch.  And bitter. 

I gave this a taste tonight, and it was pretty damned bitter (not terrible but bitter, even for my tastes).  It is super early (pitched 2 packs of US-05 Sunday night @ 10pm), as I was adding 3oz of dry hops per Tasty's method of tail end of fermentation, so maybe its not done fermenting... 

Any thoughts on what could have happened with my gravity?  It makes no sense at all.  Also, could I brew and ferment one gallon of malty, high-gravity beer and blend?

Flight of the Phoenix IIPA
14-C Imperial IPA

Size: 5.5 gal @ 68 °F
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 81.6%
Calories: 251.62 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.076 (1.075 - 1.090)
Terminal Gravity: 1.014 (1.010 - 1.020)
Color: 12.33 (8.0 - 15.0)
Alcohol: 8.17% (7.5% - 10.0%)
Bitterness: 105.8 (60.0 - 120.0)

0.5 ea Campden Tablet - added during boil
12.75 lb (81.0%) American 2-row - added during mash
.5 lb (3.2%) Crystal Malt 20°L - added during mash
.5 lb (3.2%) Crystal 40 - added during mash
1 lb (6.3%) Melanoidin Malt - added during mash
1 lb (6.3%) White Table Sugar (Sucrose) - added during boil
1 oz (8.3%) Caliente (17.8%) - added during mash
1 oz (8.3%) Columbus (15.0%) - added first wort
.75 oz (6.2%) Magnum (14.5%) - added during boil, boiled 60 m
.3 oz (2.5%) Amarillo® (8.5%) - added during boil, boiled 20 m
.3 oz (2.5%) Centennial (10.0%) - added during boil, boiled 20.0 m
.3 oz (2.5%) Caliente (17.8%) - added during boil, boiled 20.0 m
.3 oz (2.5%) Amarillo® (8.5%) - added during boil, boiled 15.0 m
.3 oz (2.5%) Centennial (10.0%) - added during boil, boiled 15.0 m
.3 oz (2.5%) Caliente (17.8%) - added during boil, boiled 15.0 m
.5 oz (4.1%) Centennial (10.0%) - added during boil, boiled 10.0 m
.5 oz (4.1%) Caliente (17.8%) - added during boil, boiled 10.0 m
.5 oz (4.1%) Centennial (10.0%) - added during boil, boiled 5.0 m
.5 oz (4.1%) Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 5.0 m
.5 oz (4.1%) Caliente (17.8%) - added during boil, boiled 5.0 m
.5 oz (4.1%) Centennial (10.0%) - added during boil
.5 oz (4.1%) Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil
.5 oz (4.1%) Caliente (17.8%) - added during boil
.5 oz (4.1%) Amarillo® (8.5%) - added during boil
1 oz (8.3%) Cascade (5.5%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
.5 oz (4.1%) Centennial (10.0%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
.5 oz (4.1%) Caliente (17.8%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
1 oz (8.3%) Amarillo® (8.5%) - added dry to secondary fermenter

00:03:00 Dough in - Liquor: 6.0 gal; Strike: 162.79 °F; Target: 153 °F

Kegging and Bottling / Craberry Wheat: Add yeast at bottling?
« on: December 08, 2012, 03:59:56 PM »
There should be plenty of yeast in it, but if u r worried about, add a half pack or so of 05...only downside is you might have a bit more sediment @ the bottom of your bottles..

Beer Recipes / First lager!!
« on: December 06, 2012, 04:11:01 AM »
there have been a few occasions when, and i'm not proud of this, i have been too drunk to pitch until the next morning.

The yeast are doing the work at that point!  You're too drunk to dump something into something else!!??

Beer Recipes / Critique IPA recipe
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:26:16 AM »
What about FWH with Columbus go give a smooth earthy note in the flavor?  I find that for an IPA, I want layers of hop flavor and aroma.  The hops you are using (I don't count the warrior, since it's so clean) might just be too much citrus/stone fruit and one dimensional.  One mans opinion.  I bet this would be a great beer tho if brewed as is.  Those hops are in short supply for a reason :-)

Beer Recipes / First lager!!
« on: November 28, 2012, 02:50:48 AM »
Big +1 to jamils method.  Made my first lager (ok fest) and it turned out GREAT.  Clean and malty. 

General Homebrew Discussion / FWH with BIAB
« on: November 19, 2012, 10:22:47 PM »
I didn't end up FWH ing, but i don't understand how, if I FWH and leave the fwh hops in for the boil, why I don't get similar bitterness.  Is this assuming u remove FWH hops before boiling (but after lautering)? 

General Homebrew Discussion / FWH with BIAB
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:29:14 PM »
Last dumb question, I am making jamils cc which is VERY malty.  Will I get similar ibu s from a FWH as a 60min addition?  I want to make sure I have enough bitterness to stand up to it.

General Homebrew Discussion / FWH with BIAB
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:24:28 AM »
Gotcha.  When I had done it in the past, I had added them to the runoff vessel.  Will just throw them in when I pull the bag.

Re: the Cali common, the FWH REPLACES the 60 minute addition?  So a total of two ounces NBs in it, FWH and 20 minute?

Equipment and Software / Upgrading Equipment vs Learning Your System
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:21:38 AM »
Some things you NEED decent gear for.  My answer would be to learn your system, but also learn what those critical components are and could benefit from either monetary or time investment if u are particularly handy.  In this order:

-Chest freezer/temp controller
-blichmann top tier burner
-stir plate

Are all great brewing investments, with the first being out to a HUGE lead, and the second helping the most with beer made:time spent brewing ratio (my BIAB brew days are down to 4 hours, cleaned and on the couch with a coldie). 

General Homebrew Discussion / FWH with BIAB
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:23:59 PM »
any ideas on how best to do this?

Was thinking of just tossing a FWH addition between the bag liner and the kettle, then leave them in while I am warming up to and during the boil?

SUB-question:  anyone ever FWH a Cali common?

Commercial Beer Reviews / DFH b****es Brew
« on: November 09, 2012, 02:33:38 AM »
Great beer,  I'm finding that while Im lukewarm on their standard/flagship beers, their special releases simply rock, and are worth the money on special occasions.

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