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Kegging and Bottling / Re: DISH WASHER
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:08:08 PM »
From what I gather, the dishwasher is only used for sanitizing (via heat). If I were to use mine I would soak/clean each bottle first. The dishwasher would be a way to sanitize and dry them. I could see how this could be good if you didn't have or want to use a no rinse sanitizer, because theoretically the bottles would be sanitary, dry, and all laid out nice for assembly line style bottling.

This is my purpose when using a dishwasher for bottles.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Two vessel system
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:08:06 PM »
I’ve got a 3 vessel system that I use and the only time I sparge is when brewing a really big beer.  I have a 15 gallon insulated SS  MT, that works well up to about 1.090.

I haven’t suffered any loss in efficiency.  I no longer see any need to sparge.  A waste of time.

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Homebrewcon 2018 -Who is Going?
« on: March 09, 2018, 02:21:19 PM »
I'll be there

Questions about the forum? / Re: Homebrew Con
« on: March 08, 2018, 07:11:59 PM »
Yeah, I much prefer NHC.  Homebrew Con sounds like someone is trying too hard to be trendy.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: DISH WASHER
« on: March 08, 2018, 07:01:08 PM »
I just use PBW in the place of regular soap.  But then I always rinse the bottles with Starsan prior to filling.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Homebrew Con
« on: March 07, 2018, 06:00:10 PM »
I have not heard if my club will be doing a booth or not.  I volunteered to brew for it but I don’t want to man a booth and I definitely don’t want to get dressed up in a silly costume.  Apparently I’m a curmudgeon.  Anyway if they do you can take my place!

My wife and I are registered.  Do you have motel info?

Ingredients / Re: Eureka - the best new hop since Mosaic
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:15:21 PM »
We did an IPA hop program at my club last fall. 30 IPAs, all of the same recipe, each with a different single hop. The two revelations for me were Denali and Michigan Copper. In a vote among attendees, Michigan Copper was the overall favorite. Eureka was not very favored, though I don't remember the vote tally.
Details on Michigan Copper please?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Tannins
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:36:42 PM »
I guess the big takeaway is that viscosity increases length of finish.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Tannins
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:35:02 PM »
That makes sense.  Dextrins are unfermentable sugars/starches, correct?  So mashing high and maybe some caramel malts...yeast choice also comes to mind.  Anything I’m missing?

All Grain Brewing / Tannins
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:12:11 PM »
I have been researching distillation lately.  I am somewhat surprised at how it has increased my general Brewing knowledge.  For example I heard on one podcast that tannins (extracted from the oak barrel) contributes viscosity, which in turn increases the length of the finish (flavor).

So I’m now wondering how I can get tannins into my beer without the actual tannin flavor (I’m thinking bitter or mouth drying).  Thoughts?

I went back to a 10 minute charge in my IPA and I think it tastes way better.


If anything, I think early boil additions other than a small bittering charge are out of favor.

And, to take the assertions here and twist them around, what does a whirpool accomplish that can't be done better with dry hopping (both during and after active fermentation)?

The only thing I can think of is that it eliminates (in my case) 5 ounces of hop material from the fermenter while still capturing the oils.  I put 5 ounces in the whirlpool and 5 in the fermenter... 10 ounces of uncompacted hop material in a 5 gallon batch would approach the losses seen in Fresh hop beers.

I think the question that needs to be asked is: Why?

Why do you do boil additions that are for flavor not Alpha?  Is anything to be gained flavor wise from a 30, 15, 10, 5, or even flameout additions, that a 170* hopstand wouldn't do better?  Is there a difference in either amount of flavor or type of flavor that occurs in boil additions?

.....Aaaand go.

For me, no.  I have a single 60 minute addition for AA and a 170* hopstand for oils.  Followed of course by a healthy dry hopping.

Given that different hop oils boil at different temperatures, my guess is that all that is happening in boil additions is boiling off different hop oils at different rates.  Some may linger longer than others.   I imagine that anything more than a few minutes in an actually boiling wort would result in a reduction of more than half of the oils in whatever hop one uses.

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