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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!

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 09, 2016, 06:06:41 PM »
I also just realized I had an English PA/ESB in keg since sep 15 (had only consumed about 1/3 of it). it was OG 1.055 FG 1.008, 6.2%abv . 95% MO, 3.1% crystal 80, 1.9% extra dark crystal. 40IBU of challenger. WLP002.

Just poured a pint and man has this matured nicely. Might have to think about throwing this one in the swap also.

edit: think I will I hit it with 3oz of challenger week before we ship to give it back that fresh hop aroma to compliment the taste.
Just starting to keg and can't wait until I have so many I can lose one for several months.

It won't take you long, Pete. For the last three January's, I've brewed a big beer to let age until November/December of that year. Barleywine in 2014, Quad in 2015 (actually 12/30/14), and a Russian Imperial Stout this year. As long as you keep your taps full, you won't miss them. But the intrigue and anticipation will still be there. Then when you tap them nearly a year later... That's the ticket!

Ingredients / Re: Flaked Oats
« on: March 09, 2016, 02:35:55 PM »
Yes. But if you accidentally mill them, you're still good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 08, 2016, 07:28:16 PM »

And it holds its head sideways
I don't get it...

Must be just my view- pic came in sideways.  Trying to make a joke - my bad.
I wondered that, haha.

Though it looks delicious, the looks glued to the inside of the glass on my end too.

You haven't gone crazy yet, Paul lol

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Many Hops are too Many?
« on: March 08, 2016, 04:50:22 PM »
Well, a pound isn't too much. I'm with Jon... That's pretty routine. I just weighed out 30 ounces for a 10 gallon batch.

Keep pushing the limits!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cutting stainless steel
« on: March 07, 2016, 04:39:52 PM »
High speed grinder powered by an air compressor

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 07, 2016, 11:18:56 AM »
I'd hate to include a "sorry these beers suck" note in the box!

Yeah, trying to avoid that scenario.  ;D

It's beer... How bad can they be?

I have a hard time believing that any of you brew "bad" beers. Some of us brew some beers that don't live up to our expectations. I bet most of you are like me and are your toughest critic.

Send me your "crappy" beers. I'll be the judge of that  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Imperial IPA Hops
« on: March 07, 2016, 08:58:52 AM »
Yeah, the bad thing about the whole situation is that I used all 8 oz of simcoe and centennial and have an ounce and a half of Galaxy and Citra left.

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