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All Grain Brewing / Making Norther Brewers "Off the Topper" Juicy?
« on: January 25, 2017, 05:46:24 AM »
One person again managed to derail this early on so I'll try to get this back on track. 

If by "juicy" you mean flavor just do all flameout and whirlpool hop additions as others have said.  If you want a little more bitterness  do a single early addition of a neutral hop such as Magnum.  The other hops should be fruity or citrusy varieties. If that's the goal try Amarillio, Citra, etc.  Read the about hop profiles online and experiment with the hops that sound good to you. Take hop descriptions with a grain of salt though.  Year them out and use the hops you think are "juicy."  Do nothing with water chemistry and you'll likely be okay unless you have soft water or use RO or distilled water.

If "juicy" means appearance, the orange color can be had with a little C-60 malt.  By a little I mean a few ounces in addition to something lighter like C-20. If by "juicy" you mean "haziness" just tip your keg ipside down and up again or swirl the bottle and pour the dregs.  I personally don't like either option but it would work.

All Grain Brewing / Boil temps - do they matter?
« on: January 22, 2017, 03:15:30 AM »
I brew 3 gallon batches that last 3-5 weeks in the keg. If the primary benefit of a low dissolved oxygen process is shelf life then maybe I don't need to bother.
I'm tired of my pale ales going stale after 1-2 weeks.  I just received my Hanna DO meter today.  I was going I break it in on a BoPils but this nearly empty keg of cardboard APA I'm finishing makes me want to brew it LODO.  I did over boil this batch tho.  By like 8 points. Oops.  It was my first brew at my new house and it was a late Friday night brew after a long week.  Many things likely went wrong.  Some had the stale flavor before though and in those cases it wasn't from aggressive boiling.


I agree that the cost is definitely up there.  I do like some of the features that they offer.  Are the features worth the cost?  Still not sure.

One of the things that I was thinking about with the conical is fermenting under pressure which I do not think that I can do with the brewbucket.  Stout makes a TC pressure relive valve which I believe is what one of our local small breweries uses to ferment under pressure.

I love my conicals. However, I am brewing 20 bbl  batches
Uhh, you don't count . Jk.  Still  informative.  Just awesome.  20bbl!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping
« on: January 21, 2017, 02:50:14 AM »
^this.  Again, agree with you Jim.  I don't know you but I'd love to collab with you.  Actually nevermind.  We'd probably still make the same beer we make already.

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 21, 2017, 02:47:29 AM »
Love Jackson 5 and early solo Michael.  Say what you want about the alleged accusations but the music was groovy

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Achouffe strain
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:54:15 PM »
Awesome strain.  Nice phenolics but still makes a smooth-tasting beer.

All Grain Brewing / Honing Your Skills
« on: January 20, 2017, 05:40:18 AM »
LOL I'm not a guy. And the info wasn't too much! I was actually a Biology major in college, and took a lot of Chemistry. I got this :)
Go girl! Cheers!

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:55:56 PM »
90's white boy pop hip hop- Vanilla Ice, 3rd Base.

Other than that most of my list would be from the 80's.  Not that there wasn't good music then but must of my least favorite comes from then.

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:52:45 PM »
Any song by

Bruce Springsteen
John Lennon
Old Journey was awesome.  Seriously.

Beer Recipes / Re: Red Ale / American Red Recipe
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:50:37 PM »
Jamil's Irish Red in Brewing Classic Styles is spot-on.  Maybe make that with a large amount of American hops?  Not sure if the American hops would clash with the grain bill though.  I'd hate for you to end up with a Fat Tire clone.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: thermomoter broke
« on: January 19, 2017, 03:56:36 AM »
CDN makes a great thermometer for $20.  I love mine.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Taste Test
« on: January 19, 2017, 03:54:00 AM »
Brew several 1 gallon SMaSH batches at a time.  I've never done this but I recall some doing something like this is Zymurgy or on Basic Brewing Radio.

All Grain Brewing / Honing Your Skills
« on: January 18, 2017, 02:04:50 AM »
I also heeded Denny's advice and  started taking my beer to the next level a few years ago because of it.  Thanks Denny.  Find a style you can drink a lot of and brew it over and over.  Measure and record volumes religiously.  I measured volumes using a gallon pitcher and scratched lines on the inside of my kettles instead of using a yard stick.  Used sharpie on the outside of my carboys.  You don't need to do SMaSH but the spirit of that advice is wise.  Keep recipes simple.  Look up Drew Beechum's Brewing on the One's.

EDIT:  as a side note, at first I focused on cleaning, sanitation (not the same as cleaning), pitching active yeast, and controlling fermentation temps.  If you are refining all-grain processes you may be past that.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What flavor should I expect
« on: January 18, 2017, 01:56:26 AM »
I've only used Vienna in combination with Pilsner and Munich.  That beer tasted great and to my surprise won a competition.     I got good bready grain and caramel.  The caramel likely came from the Munich. Not sure if the bready flavor was from the Pils or Vienna malt.  Regardless, sounds like you have a good Vienna Lager planned. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 31
« on: January 16, 2017, 04:52:25 AM »
Exactly pointing to your question.  I remember when  people said one dry yeast pack was over-pitching a moderate gravity beer.  35-64B cells seems like that's not the case.

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