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Ingredients / Re: question about dry hop time frame.
« on: May 27, 2014, 05:59:39 PM »
Two Hearted is all Centennial, all the time. Beersmith recipe is wrong. There, I said it!

There was a recipe in Zymurgy by guys from Bell's homebrew shop. The and find that, it will be in the online edition of Zymurgy.

If you really want to do it right, the Bells yeast is available in the bottles they market. Get some Oberon or one of the Pale Ales to culture from.

Beer Recipes / Re: Suggestions for Altbier grain bill?
« on: May 27, 2014, 04:31:11 PM »
When my kolsch is done, I plan to transfer my first attempt at an Alt type beer directly onto the WLP029 yeast cake. I have been doing a bit of research but am still a little unclear on this style. Is this even close?

~70% pilsner
~20% munich
~7.5% crystal
~2.5% pale chocolate

I think this will be closer to the Northern German variety but I don't really understand the difference other than the Dusseldorf seem to have more IBUs and may be slightly lighter in color. I recently read that a caramel flavor is within style. Should I increase the amount of crystal? What about single infusion mash temp?

Dusseldorf alt seems to be much more bitter than N. German.  I'm a big fan of Zum Uerige, which IMO is the Holy Grail of alt.  FWIW, there is no Munich in Zum Uerige.  That said, I like my Americanized pseudo alts that have a lot of Munich in them.  And I hate crystal in alts.  IMO, they should be crisp.

Zum Uerige is by far the most bitter of the Duesseldorf Alts. Our friends who grew up in Duesseldorf said that after 5 or 6 you don't notice the bitterness so much. They were serious, with a smile when they said that!

Ingredients / Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« on: May 27, 2014, 03:42:14 PM »
A lot of good posts here, but some of you have been naughty and neglected to tell us why you like to use these hops.  How do you use them?  What qualities do they have?

I'd like to know something about Bullion, Target, Northdown, Warrior, Cluster, Serebrianka, Perle, Santiam, Celeia from the people who use and like them.

I know Warrior is good for bittering, but have you used it for finishing?  The others are unfamiliar to me.

Bullion is a sister of Brewers Gold and has a very "hoppy" taste, and maybe some woodsy taste that reminds people of oak.

Target and Northdown are classic earthy British hops, But north down is often used later for aroma. Fuller's uses a lot of those.

Cluster is the classic old school American hop. It has black current flavor, can be a little rough, and if old it is catty. I use it in a CAP all at he time, and also in a Ballantine IPA clone that also uses Bullion (I am aging one now and might dry hop later with Brewers Gold).

Hope this helps.

Nope, there isn't one.  Kind of a bummer.
It is Michigan after all.  ::)

Well, it's certainly not Oregon!

Or other parts of the country that have a public transportation system. Would be nice to have some in MI.

The Pub / Re: Old school. Really old school!
« on: May 26, 2014, 08:04:57 PM »
I am going to plant some Barley this week just for grins. If it grows I will try and malt it. Inspired by Jonathan Fuller. I have packages picked up from the Briess stand over the years, so why not?

Beer Travel / Re: Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria, AZ?
« on: May 26, 2014, 08:03:00 PM »
I used to also like Four Peaks in Tempe, but I don't get out that way much these days.

Nope, there isn't one.  Kind of a bummer.
It is Michigan after all.  ::)

I've seen around 20 Indy 500s, but didn't go today. It's a shame - the weather was perfect.
Yes it was perfect weather.

Ingredients / Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« on: May 26, 2014, 01:55:59 PM »
Target and Northdown for British hops.

Ingredients / Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« on: May 25, 2014, 05:34:38 PM »
Bullion, Cluster, Crystal.

On our way to the Speedway, where I will see my 35th Indy 500.

Turn left!
A two time winner described the race as the green flag, 800 left tuns, followed by the checkered flag.

On our way to the Speedway, where I will see my 35th Indy 500.

Beer Travel / Re: Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria, AZ?
« on: May 25, 2014, 03:19:51 AM »
Arizona Wilderness.

Store seperate, in vacuum pack bags in the freezer for long term storage.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Am I being too anal?
« on: May 22, 2014, 05:49:45 PM »
I know of a few breweries that capture their co2. No idea how widespread it is.
It is very widespread in Germany, as the recovered CO2 can be used for carbonation under the Reinheitsgebot.

Where do you think breweries like Sierra Nevada sourced the equipment from?

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