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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:13:23 PM »
JT... I just read closer that that was your first Pilsner... It's bangin lookin! I bet it's quite delicious!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:11:24 PM »
JT beat me to it... Looks fantastic by the way...

...before I derail this thread any further, I'm going to post this half drank glass of my Big Gulp American Porter. It has a creamy mouthfeel but finishes dry. Bittered with nugget, then modestly hopped at 0 minutes and a hop stand with cascade and centennial. I have fairly high expectations for this beer in the NHC. Hurry up, Indy! I'm anxious over here  :P


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:04:12 PM »
Wow. Hadn't heard that. Not in love with Southern Tier either.

http://www.stbcbeer.com/capabilities-view/victory-brewing-company-and-southern-tier-brewing-unite-under-new-holding-company/

I guess they are still going to brew independently, but they are unifying assists. I'll just sit back and see how this works out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 04:41:34 PM »
Dirt Wolf rocks. Great beer.

I believe it's Citra, mosaic, simcoe, and chinook


Yeah, sounds right. I think it's one of the best readily available IIPAs out there. Can't drink IIPA if it's not dry. I'm pretty convinced they dry out with sugar.

Yeah, I'd count on that too.

I just read that victory and southern tier merged. I like victory beers but no so crazy about southern tier. Kind of a bummer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 04:24:26 PM »
Dirt Wolf rocks. Great beer.

I believe it's Citra, mosaic, simcoe, and chinook

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 03:52:59 PM »
Out of curiosity guys  - was this on one bag of hops, also commercial Mosaic beers? I guess I've been lucky, I always get a fruitier, less catty version of Simcoe. Sometimes I get a bag of garlicky hops from a variety I normally love. Supposedly harvest related.

Every.single.one... Homebrew and commercial.

Victory DirtWolf is brewed with mosaic... That's the only one that I've liked.

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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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