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Ingredients / Old hops vis. oil
« on: May 16, 2016, 12:51:04 PM »
Has anyone seen any research on the aging process of hops with respect to their oil content?  I'm pretty familiar with alpha degradation, but not with oils.

I want to use Eureka hops, but my local source is out.  I have 8 oz. that have been stored in my freezer in a vacuum sealed Mylar bag...but they are 2013's crop (back when they were referred to as Experimental Pinefruit).

Would you use them?  What can I expect?  Flavor changes?  Do I need to use more to compensate for age?

I brewed a chocolate Imperial stout a week and a half ago.  OG was 1.095.  I used Denny's Favorite (#1450).  I have never before used chocolate.  I broke up a 4-Ounce Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Bar (100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate) and put it in the boil with 10 minutes to go.

I have done this recipe before (sans chocolate).  Like last time I fermented at 64* for a week then ramped up to 70*.  Airlock activity stopped long ago. 

I just too a gravity reading.  It is at 1.040  The last time I did this recipe the FG was 1.019, but I also let it sit at 70* for 3 weeks before testing the gravity.

My questions:
Did the chocolate add unfermentable sugars?
Maybe it is just not done fermenting - I have never had a stalled fermentation, so I haven't studied it.  Do you think I have one, and if so, what is to be done?

Other Fermentables / Fruit in secondary
« on: April 29, 2016, 10:30:10 PM »
My wife and I made a blackberry melomel.  It is about 4 weeks old and a week in secondary.  I understand that putting fruit in secondary gives more of a fruity punch to the finished mead.  So I bought a pound of blackberries today at Costco.  My questions:

Is that too little?  Will I need to get more, and if so, how much?

I assume I will need to sanitize them.  I'm thinking about putting the berries in a sealed container with some vodka and rolling them around to completely cover the berries, then dumping the whole thing into the batch.

Anything else I need to think about?

Equipment and Software / Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: April 22, 2016, 05:04:19 PM »
As far as I can tell my new Blichmann Hop Blocker does little to nothing in terms of blocking hops.  I thought it would be wonderful to have all those little hop particles swimming free, releasing all their goodness.  I'm pretty sure the hops did their job.  The BHB let so much through it plugged my plate chiller.  I mean plugged it dead.  I had to have the pump pushing and me sucking to get flow restored.

So I'm a gallon short on my batch and out $60.  Back to the teabag method.

Other Fermentables / Apple juicer setup
« on: April 13, 2016, 09:23:45 PM »
I'm thinking about buying an apple juicer setup.  I am wondering if I can get some recommendations.  Does anyone make a crusher/press combo?  I'm thinking it would be nice to have it all in one unit.

Other Fermentables / Degassing
« on: April 08, 2016, 11:50:29 AM »
It seems odd to me that for days 1-7 I need to degass my melomel twice a day, but on day 8 and beyond there is no need.  More specifically I am curious why the instructions are not a taper off - like on day 8-10, once per day, then day 12 is the last one.

Does everyone stop on day 8?

Other Fermentables / Fermaid O
« on: April 03, 2016, 08:46:29 PM »
A quick question:  Is there a good way to get the Fermaid into solution?  It seems to just clump up and float.

Other Fermentables / Mead Primary
« on: March 31, 2016, 12:50:52 PM »
Is 2 weeks for primary fermentation reasonable?  I'm trying to set my brewing calendar and I want to know how long my fermentation chamber will be tied up.  I was just asked to do a beer for an event in mid June which is cramming things up a bit.

I'm following the instructions on

1.Clean and sanitize all equipment
2.Rehydrate yeast at 104F (more info here)
3.Dilute honey into 2-3 gallons of water
4.Fill to 5-gallon volume
5.Gradually temper yeast with must until within 10F of must
6.Pitch yeast and ferment in low 60F (62F best)
7.Add nutrient additions (more info here)
8.Degas twice a day for one week to release CO2
9.​Once fermentation has ceased, rack to secondary
10.Age until clear or add clarifying agent

Beer Recipes / Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:56:15 AM »
I have brewed stouts before, but never one with cocoa nibs, and I have never tried to coax the coffee notes to the fore... so I am asking you all about the following recipe.  It is for a five gallon batch that I want to be ready for the holidays.  I am also curious about what (if any) late addition hop would go well in this beer since I am not sold on the EKG listed below.  Thanks!

15 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) 66.0 %
2 lbs Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)  8.5 %
2 lbs Roasted Barley (450.0 SRM)  8.5 %
1 lbs Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)  4.3 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)  4.3 %
1 lbs Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)  4.3 %
1 lbs Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM)  4.3 %
2.00 oz Magnum [13.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min  61.8 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) 
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins)
5.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.70 %] - Boil 0.0 min  0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Denny's favorite (Wyeast Labs #1450) 
5.00 oz Cacao Nibs (Secondary 1.0 weeks) 

The Pub / St. Augustine, FL
« on: March 21, 2016, 10:41:05 AM »
Drinking a beer from America's oldest brewery (Yuengling) in America's oldest city.  The beer is good, the town is great.

Ingredients / Red X IIPA
« on: March 14, 2016, 07:35:45 PM »
I am finally going to brew with Red X.  I have wanted to for over a year.  Tomorrow I'm brewing a red Imperial IPA.  Those that have used this malt, please chime in on what you think of my malt bill... while I still have time to change it.

13 lbs Red X Malt (12.0 SRM)  59.1 %
6 lbs Pale Ale Malt 2-Row (Briess) (3.5 SRM)  27.3 %
2 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)  9.1 %
1 lbs Sugar, Table (Sucrose) (1.0 SRM)

General Homebrew Discussion / Mark, S. Cerevisiae
« on: March 09, 2016, 05:30:53 PM »
Mark if you happen to read this, please email me using my handle here at charter dot net.  Thanks!

Other Fermentables / Mead in a Conical
« on: March 07, 2016, 10:21:01 AM »
OK, time for another dumb question.  Is there any drawback to doing the primary fermentation of melomel in a stainless conical?  In my research I only see fermentations in carboys. 

Beer Travel / Florida
« on: March 02, 2016, 11:38:57 AM »
I am making a trip this month to Florida for a wedding.  I'm flying in to Orlando and staying in Titusville.  I may also make a day trip up to Jacksonville to pick up a friend.  So are there any great breweries I should stop at in those areas?

Ingredients / Clarity Ferm
« on: February 26, 2016, 09:32:11 PM »
Has anyone used Clarity Ferm from White Labs?  I just ordered a couple of vials because I want to try reducing the gluten in my beers.  Just wondering if there are other effects I won't like

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