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Ingredients / Re: Freezing fresh hops
« on: March 17, 2015, 05:16:17 AM »
Vacuum sealed and in the freezer is the best way I know. Oxygen, temperature, and to some extent light, are what will degrade the hops and this minimizes all of those.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA member growth and statistics
« on: March 16, 2015, 07:07:12 PM »
Contact Gary Glass, the director of the AHA.

Ingredients / Re: Jarrylo hops
« on: March 16, 2015, 02:26:19 PM »
I got 2 ounces thrown in too. Now I am wondering about those hops and how to use them.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer won't Come out of Keg :-(
« on: March 15, 2015, 05:31:31 AM »
Also, it could be frozen if your temperature was low. I've had that happen to me. The whole keg doesn't necessarily freeze. Just a little bit of ice in the bottom of the keg or inside the post could do it.

Yes, this has happened to me, about twice IIRC.

Beer Travel / Re: Hop Museum
« on: March 14, 2015, 08:40:25 PM »
When we were driving down the autobahn through the Halleratau years ago we got off and stop there just to find it was the Ruhetag - or rest day, so  they were closed. We found the same situation for the hop Museum in Toppenish WA when we stopped there.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction
« on: March 14, 2015, 12:17:39 PM »
I've been under the impression that decoction was a technique designed for mash temperature control in the days before the availability of accurate thermometers. Do you think it may add something to the beer beyond this? Or do you think it's just an interesting technique that's worth trying, but has been supplanted by Thermapens?

It was more for under modified malt with lower Diastatic Power, to get a lower pH with the acid rest, then take the wort up through the temperatures where the enzymes are most active several times to get conversion. The British were not doing decoctions at the same time with different malt.

There have been quite a few disputes of late.

Will New Belgium get any flack in their adopted state of NC once that brewery opens for going after the little brewery in TX? Have any NB tap handles been lost in Asheville just on principle?

Next time I go to Asheville I will leave my Bell's logo vest at home in the closet.  :o

"Posted with a picture of a keg of Bell's beer in a trash can, The Bywater tweeted Wednesday, "As of today, the Bywater will no longer serve Bell's Brewing."

That sure looks like a "tin tacker", not a keg.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: handling kegs not under pressure
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:21:12 PM »
Some lids are fine once seated, others will let air in once the pressure drops. It takes some $, but you can put a manifold and distribution system in the keezer. Some call it the "octopus".

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer won't Come out of Keg :-(
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:18:15 PM »
Hop particles can plug a keg. Release the keg pressure with the relief valve. Take off the out post, pull the dip tube. Make sure the dip tube is clear, a dip tube brush is something you should have as it works well clearing obstructions. Then look at the post and poppet upside down. If it is green in there, you need to get the hops out by pressing out the poppet, cleaning, and pressing the poppet back into the post. Then sanitize and reassemble the dip tube and post on the keg. I have done this in the past.

If you had the in and out switched, they can be terrible to get off. If they were not bad getting off, I would get out the wrench.

Beer Recipes / Re: Ballantine IPA Clone Recipe
« on: March 13, 2015, 12:53:46 PM »

I got 80.4 ADF. It went from 1.075 down to 1.014. It's an 8% beer so the ECY-10 did what it was supposed to and more. I think with the crystal and Munich malts, it left some residual mouthfeel which is not a bad thing.

Yeah, I had more mouth feel with the BRY-97, and think a little sugar would help.

How many of the Pros here have attorneys?

As a friend who has a brewpub says - "Your first hire should be your attorney. The second should be your accountant."

Beer Recipes / Re: Ballantine IPA Clone Recipe
« on: March 13, 2015, 10:05:52 AM »
I think the sugar will be in mine next time with BRY-97 to dry it a little more.

I don't quite see how Innovation Brewing would ever be confused as Innovation Brew Works.

Can guys with a JD comment on that?

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