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Messages - Mark G

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Hop Growing / Re: Hop harvest
« on: July 24, 2013, 04:30:49 AM »
I think I'll be selectively harvesting some hops soon.   Some of the Cascades hops are full grown, but I think I have more flowers than hops at this time.  The Centennial and Goldings are lagging.  It seems a little earlier than previous years in Chicagoland.  At the risk of jinxing myself, I haven't seen any white flies on my hops ... yet.  This is the first year that I culled bines but I'm not sure that culling is connected to a possibly earlier harvest and lack of white flies.
Yeah, Chicagoland is definitely ahead of schedule this year. Other than my first year plants, everything has lots of full size  cones. They can't be too far from harvest. There was lots of early summer rain. And no Japanese Beetles yet either. I hate those bastards.

Ingredients / Re: Amber Malt
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:09:50 AM »
I've used Amber before in a Porter.  It's similar (to me) to Biscuit or Victory, except more intense, a little redder, and slightly roasty.  I think @ 5% it won't be overbearing, but I wouldn't use a large % in a pale beer.  It is really good in Brown, Porter, or Stout though.
This is a really good description. I've been experimenting with some different "character" malts in my APA, and used 5% Amber in it recently. I really like the result, but that little bit of roasty edge probably pushes it out of an APA if you're worried about style guidelines. I think it would be great in a bitter, amber, brown, porter, etc.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pressure question
« on: July 20, 2013, 01:38:11 PM »
How long are your beer lines and what temperature are you serving at?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pressure question
« on: July 20, 2013, 04:53:47 AM »
How long are your beer lines? And what pressure are you serving at?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
« on: July 13, 2013, 03:27:32 PM »
I lager and carbonate in the keg. Then I usually jumper the clear beer to another keg for serving, but that's only because my lagering fridge is separate from my serving fridge.

Glancing through the categories, I think 38, but I'd have to go back through my brewing notes to make sure I didn't forget any.

Damn... I thought this thread was going to be about pairing steak with beer. Oh well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 26, 2013, 03:04:36 AM »
Flying in tomorrow afternoon. What's the best way to get from the airport to downtown? Train? Cab?

The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 02:41:51 AM »
My condolences Denny. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. We're all here for you.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY3724 How long does this take?
« on: June 14, 2013, 11:51:14 PM »
Interesting info. I've pitched it high before, but never at anything close to 90. I'll have to experiment with temps that high. As finicky as it is, your patience is well-rewarded with the final results.

Ingredients / Re: Re: Too dry. How to correct.
« on: June 14, 2013, 11:43:50 PM »
You could be right duboman.  Maybe some of the real dry flavors will be masked with dry hopping. I don't know.

This was the first AIPA where I really boosted the sodium to around 250 ppm to enhance the hop qualities.
I'm assuming you meant to say sulfate, not sodium. Getting the sulfate up to that level will enhance the dry/crisp/bitter impression of the beer. Let it carb up and then see what you think.

Beer Travel / Re: Chicago in October?
« on: June 14, 2013, 01:21:10 PM »
Straight west at Halsted and Randolph is Haymarket. In addition to their own beers, which are great, they usually have other local breweries on tap too. You could probably walk there in 15-20 minutes, or it would be a short cab ride.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle not carbonating
« on: June 09, 2013, 02:06:41 PM »
A big portion of the sugar was probably consumed by the yeast before you bottled. Wait a few more days and check again, but my guess us they'll still be under-carbed. If that's the case, you have two options. Drink them slightly flat. Or reprime the bottles individually.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Priming sugar
« on: June 08, 2013, 02:13:53 PM »
Plain old cane sugar works just as well as corn sugar and it's what I have in the pantry already. There are priming sugar calculators all over the internet. Use one of those to get an accurate amount. Measure by weight, not volume for best results.

Equipment and Software / Re: Re: Hydrometer Conspiracy
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:35:13 PM »
I realize I'm shooting myself in the foot here, but am I really the only one who's never broken a hydrometer?
No, I'm just afraid to say it out of fear that I will be struck down by the hydrometer gods.

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