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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA recipe help
« on: July 25, 2012, 09:30:35 AM »
I love Columbus anywhere...bittering, flavor, dry hopping....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Temps
« on: July 25, 2012, 09:29:19 AM »
PH can drop dramatically during fermentation. Some yeast make pH drop more than others. I haven't done enough experiments to confirm this, but my WAG is that some Saison strains stall out because they drop the pH too low before they can finish fermenting. This phenomena is something I've noticed when making mead with different wine yeasts. Since some Saison strains may be directly descended from wine strains, this may be an issue.

Has anyone using those strains kept notes about pH during ferment?

If that's the case, why would raising the temp (the recommendation for finishing most saison fermentations) work?

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Other Fermentables / Re: Pickles and Crispness
« on: July 25, 2012, 09:27:57 AM »
Did a little reading on adding CaCl2 to pickles.  Looks like 3/4 tsp./pint, added directly to the jar.

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA recipe help
« on: July 24, 2012, 09:19:00 AM »
Thanks Denny. What about Centennial for bittering? I may have some of that laying around

Those would be fine, too, although I personally would go for something more intense.  But don't let my own preferences influence you if you know what you want!

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The other judge and I made him go through the guidelines step by step with us and he finally admitted that the beer we liked was the winner. 

I think it's really cool you stood up to him and made him go "by the book." The easy thing to do in those situations is to avoid confrontation and just go along with whatever the pushy guy wants.

I don't understand why people even want to be judges if they hate certain beer styles. If you only love Belgian beers and despise everything else, that's cool, but you should only be allowed to judge Belgian beer contests.

I don't know about "shouldn't be allowed" but at the very least a judge should recognize their preferences and not judge a category they don't feel good about.  For example, the reason I was judging IPA that day was because I'd originally been assigned to judge wheat beers, which I don't care for at all.  I had asked to be reassigned to a category I was more comfortable with.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam
« on: July 24, 2012, 09:05:06 AM »
Since I FWH about 80% of my batches, I obviously think it does.

If I remember correctly from your results on the FWH experiment, the feedback was kind of all over the map, with no clear preference or effect on the finished beer. I don't have your slides from the NHC presentation on my work computer, so what convinced you that it made a difference?

You're right, the results were mixed.  (http://www.ahaconference.org/wp-content/uploads/presentations/2008/DennyConn.pdf...start on pg. 29).  What convinced me was my own experience and tasting.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stuck Fermentation - Best Course?
« on: July 24, 2012, 09:00:52 AM »
Maybe it's finished, not stuck.  What was your recipe and technique?

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA recipe help
« on: July 24, 2012, 08:58:17 AM »
While I personally don't care for Magnum bittering in an IPA (not aggressive enough for my tastes), I think that recipe will get you what you're looking for.

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The other day I was helping with an exam and listening to some war stories and there was one from a judge talking about an experience he had at a BOS panel where one of the judges voted down everything Belgian because they don't like them.

Stuff like that is amazing to me.

I had a kind of similar experieince judging 2nd round at NHC a few years back.  We were judging IPA and were at the miniBOS stage.  The other judge and I were loving a particular IPA but the head judge (Master) kept pushing us toward one that had almost no hop character to it.  He finally admitted that he hated IPA and only liked Belgian beers.  The other judge and I made him go through the guidelines step by step with us and he finally admitted that the beer we liked was the winner.  It's one thing to have preferences, but it's totally unacceptable to let those preferences color your decision.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam
« on: July 23, 2012, 03:29:45 PM »
I used to skim until I started using FWH regularly.  That makes it hard to skim!  In terms of beer quality, I didn't find a difference.

So do FWH actually do anything?  (Sort of hijacking my own thread here).

Since I FWH about 80% of my batches, I obviously think it does.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: S-189 Dry Lager Yeast from Fermentis
« on: July 23, 2012, 03:01:11 PM »
I just got a hold of some of the S-189! Thank you Boulder! Hopefully it survived the heat...

So what I'm getting from this that it rarely produces diacetyl? And, would this be good for an Octoberfest? I'm gonna try and squeeze one in hope it isn't too late!

I can't recall ever getting diacetyl from it...no guarantee for you, of course.  It works great for maltier styles like Ofest.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Does it matter?
« on: July 23, 2012, 02:57:00 PM »
I was wondering if you are adding grain to hot water (or hot water to grain) will the all that hot water initially coming in contact with a small amount of grain be denatured? or is the amount trivial?

Not on;ly is it a trivial amount, it takes time to denature enzymes.  It doesn't happen instantly.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam
« on: July 23, 2012, 02:53:39 PM »
I used to skim until I started using FWH regularly.  That makes it hard to skim!  In terms of beer quality, I didn't find a difference.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Dark Fig Saison
« on: July 23, 2012, 08:34:12 AM »
I've mentioned this before....a great way to use figs is to wait til fermentation is done.  Then caramelize the fogs in a super red hot wok and deglaze with some of the beer.  Put all of that in a secondary fermenter and rack the beer onto it.  Let it go a couple weeks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Toasting hops...
« on: July 22, 2012, 12:33:07 PM »
Charlie also wrote about it in Zymurgy if you want to check the article index.

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