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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 03:17:07 PM »

I'm really liking them and they go well with the other hops. I used the Equinox at a higher proportion and it has a nice fruity flavor and aroma.

I love Equinox and I love Citra, but I didn't like them together that well. They kinda clashed to me. As the beer got older, it started getting better.


Oh boy...just bought a # of Equinox :P to do a 50:50 with Citra in a couple of brews.  Berths Brewery seemed to like the combo so I figured why not as I love them individually...

Paul, I just looked back at my recipe. It was equal parts Equinox, Citra, and Amarillo. My fault. After 4-6 weeks on tap, the combo started to melt together. I can't describe what I didn't like about it, I just know it wasn't my favorite. That doesn't mean it was bad though.

I truly think that Equinox is as versatile as Centennial. I think it has a juiced up centennial-like profile with an added dimension of resin. It just has such a high oil content that it can tend to dominate if it's not held in check.

Citra and Equinox might work really well together for you.... Remember, I'm the weirdo that hates mosaic  :P

i haven't been able to like mosaic either....still hoping to find a beer with it that doesn't make my upper lip curl  :o

I'm the same way. I want to like it, but I just taste a bail of straw with a hint garlic powder.

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I second mashing at 148 and starting your fermentation temps low. Also, another thing to consider is your mash efficiency. You will not reach your standard efficiency rate with a beer this big. I suggest starting around 60% when calculating your recipe.

Thanks Frank. I am hitting about 65-70% right now with my system, so I dropped to 55% with this recipe just to be sure. Figure I probably won't hit exactly the OG I want with a beer this big, but it'll hopefully be less DME that I have to use at the end! Sounds like 148F mash temp it is! Sounds so counter intuitive to my prior thought process of higher mash temp always = optimal for big stouts. Glad I did enough research to cure that mindset.

Yeah. I should have clarified... I'm between 70-75%, so you should be close. With a beer this big, ballpark is good enough in my book. You won't miss a few grav points either way.

I don't do big beers often, but the whole process from start to end is exciting. My last was a RIS brewed a couple months ago. All the hard work and prep and I strapped my temp probe to the carboy on the outside of the insulation. Instead of fermenting at 60, I heated it up and blew the blowoff off lol. It's aging until next winter in a keg, so not sure how it will be. I'm still pissed about that. I share this embarrassment so that anybody who reads it, is at least a little self-conscious when attaching temp controller probes.

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I second mashing at 148 and starting your fermentation temps low. Also, another thing to consider is your mash efficiency. You will not reach your standard efficiency rate with a beer this big. I suggest starting around 60% when calculating your recipe.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 01:25:19 PM »
Smelled like a bunch of different fruit trees planted in a field of cannabis.  ;)

Yeah, Jon... This doesn't help me out being that I have no idea what cannabis smells like  ::)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 01:21:53 PM »

I'm really liking them and they go well with the other hops. I used the Equinox at a higher proportion and it has a nice fruity flavor and aroma.

I love Equinox and I love Citra, but I didn't like them together that well. They kinda clashed to me. As the beer got older, it started getting better.


Oh boy...just bought a # of Equinox :P to do a 50:50 with Citra in a couple of brews.  Berths Brewery seemed to like the combo so I figured why not as I love them individually...

Paul, I just looked back at my recipe. It was equal parts Equinox, Citra, and Amarillo. My fault. After 4-6 weeks on tap, the combo started to melt together. I can't describe what I didn't like about it, I just know it wasn't my favorite. That doesn't mean it was bad though.

I truly think that Equinox is as versatile as Centennial. I think it has a juiced up centennial-like profile with an added dimension of resin. It just has such a high oil content that it can tend to dominate if it's not held in check.

Citra and Equinox might work really well together for you.... Remember, I'm the weirdo that hates mosaic  :P

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:41:10 AM »
I'm really liking them and they go well with the other hops. I used the Equinox at a higher proportion and it has a nice fruity flavor and aroma.

I love Equinox and I love Citra, but I didn't like them together that well. They kinda clashed to me. As the beer got older, it started getting better.

That amber pictured above was hopped with equal parts of Equinox, Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial... It's a resinous dankity-dank bomb.... Seems like Equinox and Columbus would compliment each other greatly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 12, 2016, 05:35:36 PM »
Frank, that might be the reddest beer I've ever seen. What was your grist ?

The lighting is perfect....and I enhanced the photo a touch  :P. It's more of a natural amber color.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 12, 2016, 05:32:55 PM »
Thanks guys. Grain bill is simple - 49% two row (briess), 49% Munich (avangard), and 2% C120. I can't remember the hop combo and schedule off the top of my head, but it's hopped up!

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Yeah. I think it's just a matter of preference and what your pallet enjoys. I like most of the new hops out there, but I'm clearly on the record for hating mosaic. You love it. I hate it. There's nothing wrong with either of our opinions... Everybody's taste buds are different.

A really under-rated hop out there to try is meridian. Equinox is also a phenomenal and complex hop.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 12, 2016, 05:20:27 PM »


"Amberlucious".... This hoppy Amber weighs in at 7.1% and packs an IPA hop punch. It wouldn't be a stretch if I were to say that this is my favorite beer that I've ever brewed.

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Ingredients / Re: Watermelon IPA
« on: March 12, 2016, 04:03:23 PM »
I'd be afraid that the amount of jello that you would need to get the flavor that you want would drop all of the hop flavor out of the beer.

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Sounds tasty ! I keep S05 around for short notice American styles. As hard as it's been to find time to brew for the last year, I should use it more often.

That's my logic right now. How much quality are we really sacrificing with a relatively neutral American strain?

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I'll be brewing an 11 gallon batch of a IIPA tomorrow. I'm shooting for a 1.080 OG and will mash at 150.

The grist is as follows:
27 lb 8 oz of two row pale
3 lb Munich
1 lb 8 oz C40

I'll also be adding a pound and a half of corn sugar to the boil.

Here's the hop schedule:
FWH = 1 oz Centennial & 1 oz Simcoe
60 Minute = 1 oz Columbus
10 Minute = 1.25 oz Simcoe, 1.25 oz Centennial, 1.25 oz Citra, 1.25 oz Galaxy
0 Minute = 2 oz Simcoe, 2 oz Centennial, 2 oz Citra, 2 oz Galaxy
Dry Hop = 1.5 oz Simcoe, 1.5 oz Centennial, 1.5 oz Citra, 1.5 oz Galaxy (In each carboy)

Since I've been brewing all grain (3 years), I've used liquid yeast. My IPA's and APA's have been fermented with primarily WLP 001. I am going to be using S05 dry yeast this time around. It's been so long since I've used it, that I forget why I got away from dry yeast. With time really not on my side anymore, I want to see if this is a viable option for me. I can cut an hour of time out with having to have a starter, and I don't really have to plan a brew out in advanced. I can just brew when I have the time. It's also a little more than half the price.


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Ingredients / Re: Watermelon IPA
« on: March 10, 2016, 08:54:01 AM »
Yeah. I would hang onto the Citra and Amarillo. At least hang onto the Amarillo. I feel that Citra has a less citrus profile that would mesh better with el dorado to get the flavor you're looking for. I feel that meridian might even have a better profile to mix with el dorado to get a watermelon flavor. I would either single hop it, or use el dorado with a 2:1 ratio with anything you combo it with.

But if you're putting this IPA on actual watermelon for a secondary fermentation, I would just finish it pretty heavy with el dorado at whirlpool and dry hop. Bitter it with a neutral hop. With this being said, I have no idea why I typed the first paragraph lol  :o

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Ingredients / Re: Watermelon IPA
« on: March 10, 2016, 07:21:16 AM »
You can add to the watermelon flavor by utilizing El Dorado hops.

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