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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?

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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.

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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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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.

The point is that one season differs from another as does each growing region and even between blocks on a grower's field.  For example Amarillo total oil ranges from 1 - 2.3 mL/100g.  That's quite a span that would be important information to have.  Most people would also be surprised at how great the difference is between one lot of a particular variety and another right next to it - let alone 50 or 100 miles away - or on the other side of the planet!

This is getting much easier.  Until recently it was very time consuming to actually distill the hops to get total oils.  Now they can toss a sample into an instrument and 5 minutes later they have the full picture: alpha, beta, the Hop Storage Index (HSI) total oils and the oil fraction.  A QR code on the package is all that would be needed to be able to access the info on the internet.

*Deep Sigh*  Probably not happening in the next year or three.  Still it is important to remember.  That may be the entire reason for subdued hop flavor and aroma; maybe it was a year for light oils.

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Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Homebrewcon 2018 -Who is Going?
« on: March 14, 2018, 12:43:25 AM »
This is a promo video for the American Distilling Institute's Conference in Portland...  Not much about ADI, so I post it because it's a nice intro to Portland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=h3KlJ-zt3bQ

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Beer Recipes / Re: Bittering addition amounts for ipa
« on: March 13, 2018, 03:55:20 PM »
If you don’t already have it, use Bru’n Water for water salts and pH. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Bittering addition amounts for ipa
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:03:11 PM »
What was your level of Magnesium?  I found that was the difference when I was encountering low *perceived* bitterness.  I would regularly have calculated IBU's of over 100 but the IPA would have the bitterness of a Pale Ale, until I upped the Magnesium... boom!  Perceived bitterness.

My target now is 20-24 ppm of Magnesium.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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