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All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: July 12, 2013, 07:38:06 PM »
1.  If you're cooking low and slow you MUST have a good digital thermometer.  I recommend a dual probe unit so you can monitor both grill temp and meat temp.  The Maverick ET732 is a solid unit, and it's wireless so I can "watch" my BBQ while I sit inside drinking a homebrew.

2.  Don't wet your wood.  Just put the chips/blocks on your coals.  Wet wood lowers the heat of your smoker.  Dry wood provides great smoke.  You'll end up using less wood to get the flavors you want.  Just keep the lid closed or you'll loose the smoke.

3.  Just like homebrewing, keep notes so you can evaluate what you did and how you can improve.  There's nothing better than a well smoked hunk of animal flesh along with a delicious beer you brewed yourself!

Ingredients / Re: DIPA Hops - Mosaic, Cascade, Apollo
« on: July 10, 2013, 07:31:54 PM »
Thanks for the feedback.  I had planned to dry hop with all three hops.  I've made an all Apollo IPA before (bittering, flavor, aroma, and dry hop), and it didn't have any of the unpleasant flavors/aromas that some of you have mentioned. I'm planning to evaluate how they all play together in the boil to determine what direction I want it to lean for the dry hop.

Oh, and I'm using BeerSmith to calculate the IBUs so I have a properly sized bittering addition.

Ingredients / DIPA Hops - Mosaic, Cascade, Apollo
« on: July 08, 2013, 10:38:49 PM »
I'm planning a DIPA following Vinnie's Pliny the Elder recipe (, but I have different hops I'd like to use...big stash from NikoBrew!

Substitutions planned: Apollo for Columbus, Cascade for Centennial, and Mosaic for Simcoe.

Here are Vinnie's kettle additions for a 6 gal batch...
3.50 oz (99 g) Columbus* 13.90% A.A. 90 min.  (sub Apollo - 18% AA)
0.75 oz (21 g) Columbus* 13.90% A.A. 45 min.  (sub Apollo - 18% AA)
1.00 oz (28 g) Simcoe 12.30% A.A. 30 min.  (sub Mosaic - 12% AA)
1.00 oz (28 g) Centennial 8.00% A.A. 0 min.  (sub Cascade - 5.5% AA)
2.50 oz (71 g) Simcoe 12.30% A.A. 0 min.  (sub Mosaic - 12% AA)

AA % are fairly similar, with the exception of the Apollo.  Should I sub the hops straight across (with an obviously smaller Apollo addition)?  Or should I change the balance?  I've never brewed with Mosaic before, so I'm not sure what to expect there.

Planning to follow the same plan for dry hopping too.  Vinnie calls for equal amounts of each hop in a double dry hop.

Ingredients / Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« on: July 02, 2013, 06:58:27 AM »
I heard good things about Williamette? I read an article a week or so ago that recommended it for APA/IPA
Willamette is my go to hop for Pale Ales.  It has an earthy, english-like quality to it.  There's a little citrus in the hop, but not nearly as much as the others mentioned in this thread.  For that reason I leave it out of my IPAs.

Ingredients / Re: Single hopped beers - taking requests
« on: July 02, 2013, 06:49:16 AM »
I make a single hop IPA with Apollo and it's always a big hit.  Some people say it can have sulfur notes, but I've not experienced them.  Great flavor and aroma, and at 18+% AA a little goes a long way!

Ingredients / Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« on: June 20, 2013, 06:05:18 PM »
I've been making an all Apollo IPA for a while and I love it.  Recently had a Columbus, Cascade, Zythos DIPA and the tropical notes of the Zythos were really unique.  I'm getting ready to brew an Apollo, Cascade, Mosaic DIPA first Mosaic beer.  Anyone have experience with Mosaic?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Stupid noob question - gas vs liquid posts
« on: June 08, 2013, 06:20:36 PM »
If you get the gas on the wrong side you'll start asking yourself why your CO2 tank emptied so quickly!

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