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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: When to dry hop
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:50:11 PM »
In my experience, a biotransformation dry hop addition boosts hop flavor while a later more traditional dry hop boosts hop aroma. Maybe that's why people do both? My hazy IPAs with biotransformation dry hop additions have more hop flavor but less hop aroma than my more West Coast style IPAs. I am more moderate in my hop usage though...

Of course, the flavor you get from biotransformation is different also.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pelican hits a dinger again
« on: January 12, 2018, 06:27:37 PM »
Who puts gin into barrels to begin with anyway?  Gin is all about the botanicals and not about aging.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/07/top-10-barrel-aged-gins/

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All Grain Brewing / Re: No-Sparge Partigyle
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:30:51 PM »
So I'm not the only one who routinely checks his blog to see if he's back?

Every month man.

Last time I spoke with him he indicated he hardly brewed any longer and had no desire to be back.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pelican hits a dinger again
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:25:44 PM »
Hey Denny,
We need to get one of these to Drew. I'd love to hear what he things. I think it's maybe THEE best Saison I've had yet. Everything these guys do is amazing. Even Bad Santa will make you reconsider Sasquach Beer!

Saison on gin barrels. Who'd a thunk?

Company photo... Too lazy to pick up my socks for a POV

Gin barrels make everything better IMO!  Alesong put out a Gin Baerrle Pharmhouse a year or so back.  A hoppy saison aged in gin barrels.  It was my idea of a perfect beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pelican hits a dinger again
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:24:20 PM »
Interesting (maybe) story....Darron Welch, founder and brewmaster of Pelican, started put as a homebrewer buying kits in the same store I frequented.  I raninto him there one day and asked him why Pelican didn't brew any Belgian styles.  He went into a long rant about how he hated evrything about the style and would NEVER brew one.  Fast forward a few years...Pelican has gotten big and popular and hired other brewers.  They start making Belgian styles, and now Pelican has won more medals for Belgian styles than any other.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru'n Water files blocked by Gmail
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:40:18 PM »
I try to get close on everything, but I don't obsess over it.  I have found that using MgSO4 is a great tool in addition to CaSO4 so I can increase SO4 without getting too much Ca, while also getting that trace of Mg in there.

I had thought malt contributed sufficient magnesium to water. Looking at my Bru n water spreadsheet, I see Martin has said excessive Mg can be astringent. I'm guessing you've had a different experience? I don't see a Jever profile in my copy of bru n water, is that in the sponsored version?

No, I agree that excessive Mg could be bad. That's why I'm careful to use excessive amounts.  I use the sponsored version, but I don't know if it's in the free version or not.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: New to forum, not new to home brewing
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:47:24 PM »
Hi Joe!  Welcome to the forum!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru'n Water files blocked by Gmail
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:46:32 PM »
^^^Update
Just worked up treatment for a GPils for this weekend.  Okay I'm now totally onboard with the Bru'n Water!  Even on a Galaxy it isn't that hard to navigate, and I've quickly got the hang of it. I'll be darned close to spot on the Jever boiled profile, with very simple additions of gypsum and CaCl2 and a tiny bit of acid in mash, predicts pH 5.44 (exactly where I want it), can't wait to brew this.  Tried running a couple of other recipes by it and was surprised at both how close and how far off my instincts and experience would have got me.  Sent contribution, watching my spam folder, if supporter version is even better than free I'll be very happy.  Only took me ~29 years, but software is now part of my brewing outfit!

Boiled Jever is what I use for my G pils and it suits my tastes to a T.
Denny, do you match every parameter on boiled Jever?  I plan to just match Ca, SO4 and Cl, leaving 0 Mg and Na, I figure those are negligible anyway and not of great impact.  Think that'll do me?

I try to get close on everything, but I don't obsess over it.  I have found that using MgSO4 is a great tool in addition to CaSO4 so I can increase SO4 without getting too much Ca, while also getting that trace of Mg in there.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: No-Sparge Partigyle
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:41:19 PM »
Ok, so here’s the current recipe/plan:

20 lbs Best Dark Munich
6.5 lbs Best Pilsner
8 oz Weyermann CaraAroma

144F/158F/168F mash, with 7.5 gallons run off (7 gals for doppelbock and 2 qts for small beer). Brew doppelbock, then add 6.5 gals 180F water, 12 oz medium crystal, and 8 oz pale chocolate malt to the drained grains and run off into kettle with 2 qts of 1st run wort. Depending on the gravity, add the appropriate amount of hops to produce a balanced mild or English brown ale.


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That seems like too much water for the partigyle unless you're making a big batch of it.  Remember, there will be mno grain absorption for the second beer.

My pre-boil volume is typically 7 gallons on a 60 mins boil for 5.5-6 gals in the fermenter and ~5.1 in the keg. I do tend to waste about a half gallon, but the occasional sludgy cold break or loose sediment doesn’t go into the keg this way.


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Cool...then it looks like you've got it sussed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: N. C. Old Rasputin
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:19:55 PM »
1450 in hand! Next brew day is an English IPA and a double mashed Imperial Stout!

Just remembered.. Bill Pirce of HBD came up with a recipe called Rootin' Tootin' Rapsutin.  I brewed it for my 100th batch.  It's remarkably OR like.  I'll see if I can find it for ya.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: No-Sparge Partigyle
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:15:16 PM »
Ok, so here’s the current recipe/plan:

20 lbs Best Dark Munich
6.5 lbs Best Pilsner
8 oz Weyermann CaraAroma

144F/158F/168F mash, with 7.5 gallons run off (7 gals for doppelbock and 2 qts for small beer). Brew doppelbock, then add 6.5 gals 180F water, 12 oz medium crystal, and 8 oz pale chocolate malt to the drained grains and run off into kettle with 2 qts of 1st run wort. Depending on the gravity, add the appropriate amount of hops to produce a balanced mild or English brown ale.


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That seems like too much water for the partigyle unless you're making a big batch of it.  Remember, there will be mno grain absorption for the second beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Files Podcast Episode 27 - Lager Myths
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:12:34 PM »
https://www.experimentalbrew.com/podcast/brew-files-episode-27-lager-myths

The Brew is Out There!

While it's nice and chilly in most of the US, we figured what better time to sit down and talk with Zymurgy editor and Lager afficionado, Dave Carpenter about the wide world of lagers, myths about them and why you should be making them at home. Oh and did we mention Dave has a book about Lager as well?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: No-Sparge Partigyle
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:35:50 PM »
I think that is a splendid idea!  A German lager, and a duo German-English ale!?  You could even add an ounce or two of biscuit malt and EKG or Fuggle hops for a more obvious English effect.

If the first runnings are an expected 22 srm and 1.084, what should I expect from the second runnings (before I add anything), in terms of SRM and og?


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In general, think 2/3 from first runnings, 1/3 from second.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:33:09 PM »
I know Ted and if he sold anything less than exceptional, I'd be shocked.

Indeed.  He doesn't sell anything he wouldn't use himself and he's picky!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mandarina Bavaria disgusting?!
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:32:16 PM »
Who is "he?" Now I want "his" hops!


His name is Ted Hausotter. He sells his hops on eBay. Be sure to verify him as the seller. Even his year old hops are very good. Ships quickly, too. Can't recommend enough.
I see he sells whole and pellet. Are both of equally exceptional quality? Does he choose lots before pelletizing?

For American hops, yes.  He has his own pellet mill.  I think continental hops come already pelletized, but the quality is still excellent.  I pretty much always just get pellets from him these days.

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