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Events / Re: NHC bottle requirements - Orval okay?
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:20:54 AM »
Based on past discussions and situations, the main concern is the uniformity of bottle size to ease storage for the judging centers.  I'd guess that if the bottles fit ion the same containers other bottles od, they'd be OK.  You might want to contact Janis Gross at the AHA and see what she has to say.

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General Homebrew Discussion / APAs...AIPAs...Comp Yeast Strains?
« on: February 23, 2012, 02:14:08 PM »
The last APA I entered in a BJCP comp was Fred's Late Hopped Amarillo pale ale, except that I used 1 packet of US-05.  The beer's gravity was 1.047.  I always aerate.  Some of the comments were that the beer had "esters of pear".  I didn't perceive these comments to be necessarily negative.  It took the Blue Ribbon.

Pear esters are a common observation with 05.


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Beer Recipes / Need to use some excelent chocolate
« on: February 23, 2012, 02:10:17 PM »
Take the chocolate, unwrap it and break into smallish pieces. Not here's the important part, if you do this part wrong it will all go badly, place one piece on your tongue and let it melt slowly, swallow and repeat.  ;D

I say if it's that good eat it and use nibs or high quality powder for your beer. the coconut and curry will be largely lost in 5 gallons of beer while it is likely at the perfect level in bar form.

or take others advice

My sentiments exactly!  I think it will disappear in the beer, on top of being difficult to integrate.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pediococcus...Diacetyl...Causes?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:59:35 AM »
I can tell you that the people who tasted Jim's beer found low levels of diacetyl, and of the 8-9 tasters only 4 mentioned it (one of whom was me).  There were no other obvious flaws in the beer and no other sign of infection.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Over Hopped AIPA?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:56:58 AM »
Your bittering addition is about double what I use...I target 40IBU's (bittering addition) for an AIPA. You'll have to wait and see how it tastes. Depends on your utilization, body of the beer and AA%. These will all effect the perceived bitterness.

Interesting regarding the 40 IBUs target for the 60 minute addition.  What is your average AIPA gravity?

Have you ever tasted SSOS?  Just wondering what you thought of it.

Jim, when I saw the hop bill for this recipe, I knew you were thinking of SSOS.  But keep in mind that hops are just one part of the equation.  Maybe the reason the high IBU level works in SSOS is because of the grist bill, which balances it.  I dunno, just thinking out loud.

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The Pub / Re: Retirement?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:50:25 AM »
I just passed 60 and I don't know when, or if, I'll ever be able to retire.  But I sure think about it a lot!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Multiple Mash Temps at Once
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:48:55 AM »
The only thing that makes it a "dumb idea" (your words) to me is that I see absolutely no logical reason to do it or any gain that would come from it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: APAs...AIPAs...Comp Yeast Strains?
« on: February 22, 2012, 02:42:21 PM »
Do you make starters with your liquid yeasts?  You might be tasting the difference between the population of the yeast added more than the difference between the US-05 and 1056.  Then, maybe it is the yeast.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Over Hopped AIPA?
« on: February 22, 2012, 02:14:19 PM »
Well, you've got a 2:1 BU:GU ratio which is quite a bit higher than I go for that style.  OTOH, they're only numbers....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pediococcus...Diacetyl...Causes?
« on: February 22, 2012, 02:11:29 PM »
Nope, virtually no head space.  Several people wanted to know how you did that!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pediococcus...Diacetyl...Causes?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:44:10 PM »
Also, oxidation can cause diacetyl to reform in the finished beer.

Ooohhh, good point, since I know the beer Jim is talking about was bottled from a keg.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: APAs...AIPAs...Comp Yeast Strains?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:35:34 PM »
After years of telling myself 05 was basically comparable to 1056, I recently did a split batch.  Although it wasn't a blind tasting, I thought 1056 was noticeably cleaner than 05.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pediococcus...Diacetyl...Causes?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:34:05 PM »
It may have been enough time to reach FG but maybe not enough time for the yeast to actually finish its other work.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Go Down
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:15:10 PM »
I just sent an email to the AHA IT staff.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ardennes Yeast
« on: February 22, 2012, 10:43:41 AM »
+1, I did almost exactly that the past couple weeks.  Made a 5.5G Belgian Pale and then, two weeks later, bottled it and dumped a Belgian Quad right on top of the yeast cake (gunk and all).  Only difference in my case is I'm trying out WY3787 Trappist High Gravity.

This is exactly what I'm doing for my quad, but with 6 gallons of blonde as a starter.  Same yeast, which I haven't used in years.

3787 is my favorite Belgian yeast.

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