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Hey guys, from earlier in the post, how off will 2010 Saaz be right now?  A couple of AAU's?  Or several?
They can't lose a lot of AA%, since they don't have much to begin with!  I have a pound of pellets in the freezer that I won't worry about using.  Pellets - not much to worry about.  Whole hops would lose more, still not much to worry about. As far as the bitterness, it is always a guess as to the AA going in, even using that printed number on the bag.

If you want to buy fresh European hops, the time to buy is the first of the year.  Takes a while for shipping and customs.

The Pub / Re: Happy Columbus Day !
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:43:45 PM »
When I worked in Germany, I thought they had it right.  They had May 1 off, and just about every obscure Christian holiday.  You had a lot of time off when the weather was nice in the spring.

As for Veterans Day,  I remember when I was a kid many still called it Armistice Day.

The Pub / Re: I made cider!
« on: October 12, 2011, 08:18:47 AM »
A very tasty cider was at the last club meeting.  The juice had been frozen, and the ice removed.  Then it was fermented.
Your availability of that liquid fruit juice is wonderful....just sayin
The pressing the club does with local orchard will be at the end of the month.  Lots of heritage apples will be pressed.
Looks like 6 different presses this year.

Edit - really a great thing to work with a local orchard.  Club gets access to good blends.  The orchard can press apples that are not pretty enough for sale over the counter.  A win-win.

The Pub / Re: Back in the USA
« on: October 12, 2011, 06:11:24 AM »
Yes and yes to hop leaf AND map room. Can't wait. We're going to Milwaukkee as well if anyone wants to meet up at Northern Brewer. Sad that there's not much in the way of fresh beer to be found in Saline or Faulkner counties.
Before/after the Map Room, head to Revolution. They are brewing some seriously good beers and have a lot of guest taps. If you're lucky they'll have their porter on cask.
Haymarket should also be on Phil's radar along with Revolution.

The Pub / Re: I made cider!
« on: October 12, 2011, 05:19:07 AM »
A very tasty cider was at the last club meeting.  The juice had been frozen, and the ice removed.  Then it was fermented.

Gotta love the forum and my fellow homebrewers!  

Just went on HopsDirect and bought a pound each of Cascade, Czech Saaz and Tettnanger leaf hops.   :D


You are aware that the Czech Saaz are from last year?  Are the Tett US Tett (2011) or German Tett (2010)?   The origin will have a big influence.

The European hops are on line after the New Year.  Customs and all that.

Beer Recipes / Re: How does this IPA look?
« on: October 11, 2011, 02:20:17 PM »
The head brewer at Sn, Steve Dressler gave an interview on the Brewing Network last year.  When asked for a recipe, he gave the Celebration recipe.

Use 2 to one for the Cascade to Centennial.  SN only uses C-60ish crystal in their beers.  The recipe he gave was only Pale malt and C-60. I would try and get near these specs;

Beer Travel / Re: Alaska Tour in the Planning Stages
« on: October 11, 2011, 01:15:07 PM »
I was the guy who mentioned Humpey's.

As a card carrying old far dude, I was never there late enough to notice it being the younger crowd.  More lunch late afternoon.  Didn't seem out of the norm for me, but the crowds keep getting younger for some reason.

yep - i was on the sites first day and glad I was - amarillo was up and gone in a day at HD.

I have about 7lbs in the freezer now, but I ordered another 6lbs or so - I am fairly confident with my new brewhouse I'll be brewing more, as well as I have been enjoying much larger dryhop amounts recently (4-5oz per 10gal), so I think my usage will go up.

I brewed on that day, and when I was done about 2:30, the Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Centennial were gone (assuming they were all there in the AM).  Ordered a 8 oz. Amarillo and 1 lb Centennial from Freshops.

My freezer is just about full from orders I made late last year and homegrown hops.  Need to start brewing hoppy beers to make room for the European hops come the first part of 2012.

Ingredients / Re: Weirdest thing: Sulfur Removal tip
« on: October 11, 2011, 06:32:38 AM »

Also, aren't pennies made mostly of zinc now a days?
Today, yes.  Prior to the 80's they were copper.

I use a copper pickup tube in my BK but the mead, every once in a blue moon, needs a little help so I have an old penny for that. Cheers!!!

They changed pennies to 97.5% zinc in 1982.

Copper on the cold side is said to accelerate beer staling.  Listen to the Brew Strong on metals.

Ingredients / Re: Weirdest thing: Sulfur Removal tip
« on: October 10, 2011, 04:04:42 PM »
You can look it up to find the exact amount, but pennies are about 98% zinc.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IBU standardization!?!
« on: October 10, 2011, 04:01:53 PM »
The 2500 is in theory, not in practice.  They need to back that up with a lab analysis..  I think they wil not do that.   Emperor and no clothes comes to mind.

Ingredients / Re: Weirdest thing: Sulfur Removal tip
« on: October 10, 2011, 02:57:33 PM »
Copper can be bad on the cold side as it can ppromote staling.  If the contact time is low, this may be good to get the H2S out. Not the first time I have seen a brewing rule go both ways. 

Do you have any copper on the hot side in your system?  Might help reduce it, but the yeast may still produce more.

Ingredients / Re: Weirdest thing: Sulfur Removal tip
« on: October 10, 2011, 01:10:23 PM »
My memory was jogged.  This is said to be what happens on the hot side, must happen on the cold side too.
Was it the rotten egg smell of H2S?

Copper ions react with the hydrogen sulfide produced during fermentation and reduce it to insoluble copper sulfide, which is left behind with the trub and yeast cake

From this, in the metals and liquids section.

1007 is the cleanest ale yeast I have used.  My favorite alt is Zum Uerige.  This is said to be the Uerige yeast.  Why not use it?

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