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All Grain Brewing / Re: stir grain bed when sparge?
« on: March 24, 2018, 01:09:21 AM »
I'm in the 'no sparge' camp.  It's essentially a brew in the bag strategy but in an insulated Mash Tun.  It works great.

Ingredients / Re: Christmas beer
« on: March 22, 2018, 04:10:25 PM »
Thanks Dave!  I was thinking about using a can of fruit purée that is available at my LHBS for making fruit wine. 

Ingredients / Christmas beer
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:27:21 PM »
It is the time of year where I plan out my brewing year.  I'm doing an IPA Saturday, then a lager when that is in the keg so that it will be ready for Summer.  Which leads me to the next beer... my annual Christmas beer.  My wife and others like a kind of dessert beer for the holidays.

I'm thinking about a chocolate raspberry stout.  First, is this a stupid idea?  If so, why?

Second, I'm wondering whether a raspberry liquor in secondary or a raspberry puree in primary would be the best way to go.  What do you think?

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:16:59 PM »
I tried a new whiskey and I really like it!  Rogue Spirits, Dead Guy Whiskey.  They say it is distilled from the same malts as the Dead Guy Ale their brewery puts out.  Aged at least 2 years. 80 proof.

From the card hung on the bottle: "Double gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  Masters medal at the American Whiskey Masters.  More than 45 medals in total."

I found it quite complex for the price point... as I recall somewhere in the $30-40 range.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: recirculate mash?
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:15:19 PM »
There are lipids and other constituents that you don't want getting into your kettle and subsequent beer. It is highly recommended that you recirculate your wort until the discharge is clear. Turbid wort is a no-no.

What is the consequence to the beer if this is not done?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: recirculate mash?
« on: March 21, 2018, 06:59:23 PM »
I *think* that is about setting the grain bed so it filters better.  I don't worry about it, I filter the wort coming out of the MT with a fine mesh bag.

Ingredients / Re: Bought 2-3 Year Old Hops
« on: March 21, 2018, 04:04:51 PM »
OH!  Here is my recommendation for an excellent place to buy hops:

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pale ale recipe advice
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:38:01 AM »
Looks good to me.  The C-40 is not that big of a deal.  I think the issue is whether you prefer an APA with a bit of crystal malt in it or not.  If you do, I don't think the sweetness will be cloying.

Are you planning to dry-hop this?  I would.

Ingredients / Re: Bought 2-3 Year Old Hops
« on: March 20, 2018, 05:12:02 PM »
I just threw out about 2 pounds worth of 2016 hops that were sealed in my freezer since I bought them fresh last year.  Probably not necessary, but I’m a bit OCD.

It is well documented that alpha degrades rapidly even under the best conditions.  Different varieties degrade at different rates, but to make use of old hops for bittering one would need to know the HSI (hop storage index).  I don’t have specific info on how quickly or slowly hop oils degrade in nitrogen flushed , vacuum sealed, light-proof bags stored in a freezer, but I do know that oil degradation begins immediately after harvesting.

The bottom line for me is, I can afford it so I go with current year hops.

Ingredients / Re: Bought 2-3 Year Old Hops
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:12:15 PM »
I would find a new place to buy hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smooth Bitterness in an IPA
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:57:44 AM »
It would be interesting to know if the whirlpool temp is also extracting less of the assorted bitter substances from the vegetable matter.

I frequently come across this polyphenol bitterness from hop vegetal matter when a brewer uses a massive hop charge.  I'm brewing an IPA on Saturday and my plan is to dry-hop for only one day.

I just referenced an old (2012) study (the Wolfe Thesis) and confirmed that 6 hours is almost indistinguishable from 4 days in terms of extracting oils!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1450
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:29:41 AM »
Thanks guys!  Cooler than I thought.  I was thinking 67*

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 1450
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:20:18 PM »
 I’m using Denny‘s favorite Wyeast 1450 for the first time on Saturday.   What is a temperature recommendation for an IPA?   Also what is a typical final gravity number?

Equipment and Software / Bru'n Water & Brewtan B
« on: March 18, 2018, 09:09:36 PM »
I've been using Brewtan B in the boil but not in the mash.  I'd like to add it to the mash as well, but there are two issues:

1. There is not a 'note' field on the Adjustment Summary sheet of Bru'n Water to remind me to add it with all the other mash additions.  (Yes I actually sometimes require this level of memory aid depending on distractions)

2. Maybe a note field is not the answer, and an additional field on the Water Adjustment page is.  I wonder if I need to have Brewtan B in the calculations of Bru'n Water.  Does Brewtan B effect mash pH or add to any of the water salts that are calculated?

The above is why I have not used Brewtan B in the mash previously.

This is one of the things I would like the hop industry to do: post the oil profile on the hop bag.  At least they should post total oils if not the fraction.  They do this for commercial brewers.

+1. We get the short end of the stick when it comes to documentation on our ingredients, for both malt and hops. Usually the data was out there at some point in time, just wasn't passed down the vendor chain.

The hops I get online come in brand name bags with at least the AAU's.  Is this what you're talking about that you can't find?  Here's the same lot of the Ekuanot I used for this brew.

No, they always note the Alpha acid, and the Beta (even though beta is far less important).  I was talking about the oil content.  I don't know you and your level of understanding so don't take this as condescending... And maybe it is for the lurker out there that does not know what I'm about to say.  Anyway, alpha acids have no relationship to oils.  Alpha merely provides bitterness to compensate for the sweetness of the wort in the same way that acidity does in a lot of food.

Oils are what provide the hop aroma and flavor.  I've never seen an oil analysis on a homebrew bag of hops.  I think they should because it is a critical piece of information.  Given that something like 70% of all hops grown are for aroma/flavor, not for alpha, it seems that producers would recognize the importance of that piece of info and provide it.

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