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Ingredients / Re: Palisade hops
« on: May 29, 2014, 11:25:25 AM »
I like palisades. It's in one of my favorite commercial beers: Troegs Nugget Nectar.

Mt. Hood could be another option for you. I'd describe it as what you're looking for.

Ingredients / Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« on: May 25, 2014, 04:13:35 PM »
I'm also a pretty big fan of nugget. I love bittering my stouts with them. I pretty much exclusively brew american and specialty stouts. Usually use bitter with nugget and finish a bit with Willamette.

I buy in bulk, so what I do is cut an extra-long bag for my foodsaver. When I need a hop I cut the top portion of the bag off, then reseal the bag. It's a big time and money saver.

+1.... I usually use the pre-made quart sized bags. I can usually get by with one bag for any flavor/aroma hops. Sometimes I have to use a second bag by the time I get through using a pound of bittering hops with cutting and resealing the bags.

Ingredients / Re: Bravo, El Dorado
« on: May 23, 2014, 11:52:31 AM »
I just used El Dorado for the first time with my last brew. Normally I like my IPAs along the lines that Jon explained, but I decided to switch it up and try a fruit bomb IPA. I flavored with equals parts of El Dorado, Meridian, Nelson, and Centennial. 1/2 oz each at FWH, bittered with Columbus, oz each at 10 min, oz each at 0 min with a hop stand. I'll be racking on an oz of each for dry hopping this weekend.

I loved the smell of El Dorado. Reminded me a bunch of Galaxy with smell and looks. I wish I could give you more info.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA dry hop survey
« on: May 17, 2014, 01:58:03 PM »
For the people who whirlpool the dry hops, how are you doing it?  I use the low tech whirlpool by twisting the bucket once or twice a day.  Are you using a pump and two spigots?

I dry hop in a bucket and just toss the pellets in there.  After a couple of days the hops form a cake on top and some of the hops aren't in the beer.  It makes me feel like I'm underutilizing some of the hops.  This is one of the reasons I twist the bucket.  Anyone notice a difference in intensity between using bags and not using them for a dry hop?

When you dry hop in stages, are you removing the first round of hops?

The whirlpool is done in the boil kettle post-boil. You certainly don't want to be shooting a pump through a fermenter. This would introduce an uber amount of O2 to your beer.

I don't use hop bags for two reasons. 1- the fine mesh bags will hold water in them. If they're holding water, they gotta be holding hop goodness in my opinion. 2- I use carboys. Pulling a bag full of 4+ ounces of spent hops out of a carboy is a PITA.

I'll rock the carboy back and forth gently a couple of times to help drop the hops a bit. Just make sure you don't break the airlock when doing so or you'll allow O2 to enter your fermenter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA dry hop survey
« on: May 15, 2014, 04:12:36 PM »
1. Lately for an IPA, I use 4 to 5 oz per 5 gallon batch.

2. 68ish

3. 7-10 days

4. Secondary - Sometimes I'll add a couple more oz in the keg

5. I don't whirlpool. I don't have a pump and am too lazy to stir for more than 30 seconds at a time. That or ADD kicks in. Is that a bird? But I do add equal amounts if 0 minute hops as dry hop. So for an IPA, I'll add 4-5 oz at 0 minute and allow for a 30 minute hopstand before completely chilling.

6. Hoppy - yes, I am happy. This might sound silly, but the only thing I really like about double IPAs is the amount of hops. I'm not a fan of the heavier alcohol content and malt. So, I like to add more hops to an IPA with 1.065 OG. I like to use a combo of four flavor/aroma hops and use them equal proportions depending on hops at first wort, 10 min, 0 min and dry hop. I always bitter IPAs with Columbus. I feel it adds a funky/dank bitterness.
For example:
FWH - 1/2 oz each Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo
60 min - 2 oz Columbus
10 min - 1 oz each Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo
0 min - 1 oz each Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo
Dry Hop - 1 oz each Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo
If I would add to keg it would be 1/2 oz each.

I've been using this schedule with various hops for my last 5 or so IPAs and have been digging the results.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bit of a brewing disaster
« on: May 10, 2014, 11:37:17 AM »
One thing about brewing, whether you are brewing your first kit or you have 20 years experience, is that it takes focus. The broad process is rather simple, but there are a lot of little steps that need to be done correctly. For your next brew, I'd focus on instruction and following directions rather than videography.

Ingredients / Re: The latest experiment
« on: May 08, 2014, 07:40:16 PM »
Good deal Denny!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: local brew shop
« on: May 06, 2014, 06:03:16 PM »
Yeah that's tough. You'd be able to brew 5 brews for what you would be able to brew three with locally. It makes it really difficult fir me to buy locally. I have a couple larger homebrew stores an hour each direction from me. I usually wait until they run sales like 25% off and buy a couple hundred pounds of grain and several pounds of hops. I buy yeast fresh as I go unless I have some harvested. So I spend a good but upfront but then I lay low for a long while. I'm brewing an IPA Friday. There's 13 lb of grain in it for about $10. I'm using a pound of hops. Id estimate them at about a buck an ounce for these hops. I'm using a third generation of White Labs 001. Since it's the third use of it, that cuts $7 down to $2.33. So I gave a hefty IPA with a pond of hops for under $30 by buying in bulk.

I don't worry about getting advice at the homebrew stores, because you can all the advice you need right here on this forum.

If you go through all the trouble of growing hops, I suggest you at least invest in a cheap vacuum sealer.  Your hops will thank you.

A valid point. We actually had one before I got into brewing, but never used it. Go Time to get another one.  :)

Yeah... Start buying your hops in bulk and save money. I used my food savor for hops and when I get a whole delmonico cut lol

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Talking with a brewer
« on: April 27, 2014, 06:17:29 PM »
How was the rest of the beer there?  I have family that lives in Port Clinton and have drove by CIB with the intension on stopping each time.  Unfortunately I have yet to make it in, maybe on the next trip.

I'd definitely stop in. The beer was good. The beers seem to be fairly experimental. So I'd say they are homebrewers at heart. They just brew on a little larger scale. I was a little disappointed that they didn't gave a pale ale on tap when I was there though. Most of their beers were big. The brewer said that happens a lot in their recipe design. They had a low grav dry stout on tap that was really good.

Ingredients / Re: First Time Hop Grower
« on: April 27, 2014, 04:25:16 PM »
Frost? It was almost 90 today!

Yep, you live in Florida lol. We're still having nights in the 30s and had a freeze last week in Ohio, but the hops were pretty resistant of it. Anyways, I don't think you'll want to prune anything for awhile.

Ingredients / Re: First Time Hop Grower
« on: April 27, 2014, 04:04:35 PM »
I'd wait until they're longer and hardier. You don't want them in the twine and have a strong windstorm that ends up breaking them off. I like to wait to prune my shooters until I'm safe from frost. I'll probably prune back mine Wednesday this week if it's not raining. I cut all but 3 or 4 bines and train them to go up the twine. Go clockwise with them. I'd wait awhile before pruning anything off yours since they're first year hops. Don't expect a lot of hop yield this year given year one is usually devoted to root growth.


Ingredients / Re: First Time Hop Grower
« on: April 26, 2014, 06:31:26 AM »
Not sure if it's a drainage issue or the fact that I used 100% potting mix but it's been damp for almost a week.

Damp shouldn't be an issue... You don't want a swamp. I wouldn't stress too much. These things are easy to grow.

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