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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wheat Haze and SRM
« on: March 18, 2019, 04:54:47 PM »
I want to use just grains. My next attempt will just move more out of the mash and into the sparge and see how that goes. Were it an option at MoreBeer I’d possibly try it.

Sinamar is made from grain.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP entrance exam
« on: March 18, 2019, 04:31:42 PM »
I spent at the least 3 hours a day for 6-8 months studying for it.  It paid off, though.  I scored one point below Master.  One resource that I found invaluable was Michael Jackson's New World Guide to Beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: SS garage sink for homebrew
« on: March 18, 2019, 02:07:02 PM »
We have a place here that takes construction leftovers and resells them.  I picked up a SS sink for $25 that would have been hundreds new.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« on: March 17, 2019, 08:03:55 PM »
So who's going?

I was pretty bummed that I had to miss last year, but I'll be back for this one.

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from LAX to Providence, which makes taking the redeye even more painful, but I'm doing it anyway.

It looks like the AHA forum meetup is scheduled for Thursday at 12:30, and I look forward to seeing you all there...

Drew and I will be there.  We're doping both a seminar and book signing on Thur., byut I hope we make it to the meetup.  This year they're going to be held in conference rooms, rather than the social club where everything kind of got lost.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Think I'm going back to whole cone
« on: March 16, 2019, 08:43:54 PM »


Another probable advantage of whole cone is less polyphenols in wort and beer.  We hear a lot of advice about careful milling, to ensure we don't have too many fine husk particles in the mash to avoid excess tannin extraction.   The same people focused on this seem to give not a thought to dumping a heap of micronized hop bracts right into the boil.  I think I've seen a real difference in clarity and stability as well as flavor,  will be interested in whether BrewBama notices a difference.

OTOH, using American Nobles, I've been working on utilizing ployphenols to enhance your beer.  It seems it's not all downsides to tannins.

As I've often mentioned in referring to the downside of lupulin or some extracts.  Not just polyphenols, dozens of compounds in the green stuff essential to bitterness,  flavor, foam, and all the qualities of beer.  It's just a matter of balance, and different forms of hops make the right balance more or less easy to achieve.

What I've found in working with cryo hops a LOT is that it's all in where and how you use them.  Big surprise, huh?  My new project is kinda building my own hops by using both the nobles and cryo to customize the lupulin/vegetation ratios.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Think I'm going back to whole cone
« on: March 16, 2019, 03:48:15 PM »
Ounce by ounce, which contains more leaf material: pellets or whole cone?

They are the same. The only difference is the processing. By the way, I grow Cascade and Centennial at home and I store those hops by drying and then pounding them into a die to produce something resembling the hop plugs that we used to be able to get.

Based on what I've learned in 5 years at Hop and Brew School, I agree with this.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Think I'm going back to whole cone
« on: March 16, 2019, 02:39:49 PM »
Another probable advantage of whole cone is less polyphenols in wort and beer.  We hear a lot of advice about careful milling, to ensure we don't have too many fine husk particles in the mash to avoid excess tannin extraction.   The same people focused on this seem to give not a thought to dumping a heap of micronized hop bracts right into the boil.  I think I've seen a real difference in clarity and stability as well as flavor,  will be interested in whether BrewBama notices a difference.

OTOH, using American Nobles, I've been working on utilizing ployphenols to enhance your beer.  It seems it's not all downsides to tannins.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Think I'm going back to whole cone
« on: March 15, 2019, 07:42:21 PM »
The thing to keep in mind here is that the characteristics of the tea may have nothing to do with the characteristics of the final beer.

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Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Barke malts
« on: March 15, 2019, 05:18:01 PM »
Bringing this from the dead.  Making a Czech pils, and LHBS out of weyerman bohemian floor malted.  Is this unmodified such that I Should do a quick protein rest at 133, or go straight Hochhurz?  I'll probably do single decoction up to mashout just for fun.  (Shrieks from the LODO crowd).

Barke is highly modified.   I do a single infusion with it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Grainfather - first all grain batch
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:54:26 PM »
If you can afford it, the GF conical fermenter is great.  I'm beta testing a glycol chiller unit for it that will be available here in the US shortly.  They're a great combo, but admittedly pricey.  At the other end, you can use buckets for fermenters, which I use also.  You can use a fridge or freezer with a temp controlled with them, or simply put them in a big bucket of water in a spare closet.  Then you can use an aquarium heater in the water to warm them up or add ice packs to cool them down.  A Brewjacket Immersion Pro is another great option for temp control with buckets.

As you can see, being able to control and adjust fermentation temp is at least as important as the type of fermenter you use.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Think I'm going back to whole cone
« on: March 14, 2019, 11:16:02 PM »
I decided to replicate the experiment I saw on YouTube. I poured the same amount of boiling water over one ounce of pellets and one ounce of whole leaf. The first noticeable difference is absorption. In an hour I’ll filter thru a coffee filter and see what the resulting tea looks like.




yeah fact is leaf absorb more wort, can give off more vegetal (which can be preferred), act like filter and its a raw minimally processed ingredient,oils glands have not been broken(to lesser extent), pellets extract better, absorb less but leave more sludge,more uniform extraction but i have a hard time thinking that a minimally processed product is inferior to a higher processed product esp when dealing with essential oils and resins and oils, how can adding whole minimally damaged resin glands be worse then ruptured pulverized glands? Again i have no problem with pellets will still use them again, i love pellets just prefer leaf for what i do

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Dude, you've been to Hop and Brew School.  You know the truth behind those statements.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Think I'm going back to whole cone
« on: March 14, 2019, 11:14:20 PM »
What is that going to prove?

Am I not allowed to make hop tea Denny?  Do I have something to prove to you?


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I'm really sorry about how that came off and I hope you'll accept my apology.  It was meant to be a question, not a challenge.  I'm interested in what you're trying to learn and how it will affect the beer flavor.

Again, I apologize and I'll try to be more precise in the future.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Think I'm going back to whole cone
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:54:42 PM »
What is that going to prove?

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Please, let's keep this about beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Think I'm going back to whole cone
« on: March 14, 2019, 01:19:04 PM »
Didn't mean to implicate that anyone but myself withthe "whole hop snob" comment....

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