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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Coming Fast
« on: January 26, 2016, 04:18:42 PM »
Rookie question I know but does anyone remember if the NHC 1st and 2nd rounds take bottle caps that have markings on them, as long as the cap is blacked out?

I bottled entries for 3 comps the other night, one being NHC, and realized I had caps with a picture on them.  I blacked out all the caps for the comps I sent to, but wasn't sure if NHC allowed this (the other comps say they do if blacked out).

From the rules and regulations page:

"Must be free of ink, paint, or paper labeling other than the competition entry label. Obliterate any lettering or graphics on the cap with a permanent black marker."

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Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Stout - Help!
« on: January 25, 2016, 03:19:52 AM »
Yes! Thats just what I did. Silly mistake regarding the water. :'(

About the malts, I'll take off carapils and add more roasted barley and maybe more chocolate, al though I have a feeling it'll come out very sweet and I would prefer it a bit dry. Maybe add up a bit of black malt or will it be too high? Does 70ibu make sense?
First time trying a stout... :-\

Thanks in advance!!

Glad we got the water figured out. If you're worried about it being too sweet, I'd drop the biscuit malt too. But definetely kick the roast malts up a notch. Mash low at about 148 degrees for 90 minutes. 70 IBUs is fine.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Stout - Help!
« on: January 24, 2016, 04:07:31 PM »
I would also cut the carapils and black malt. Up your chocolate and roasted barley.

That pH isn't going to work for you. I add baking soda to my water to raise the mash pH to about 5.6 for my dark beers. I certainly would recommend mashing higher than 5.2. As far as the low pH in your Bru'n water... Did you adjust the water amounts? I've forgotten to do that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Coming Fast
« on: January 24, 2016, 03:57:41 PM »
I think I'm entering two. They're already brewed. I'll be entering a Belgian dark strong ale (brewed 12/30/14) and an American Porter that I just kegged last week. I could probably rush another beer in, but I think I'm content with sending the two.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 23, 2016, 04:07:54 PM »
That looks good, Frank. Really satisfying beer this time of year. My American stout just kicked and I miss it already.

The hops are punching through a bit more now. I still think a slight increase would do it well, but I can't complain with it. The 7% flaked barley adds a very nice touch too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 23, 2016, 03:53:30 PM »


Big Gulp American Porter. After only a week in the keg, it's really starting to shine. This beer is killer. It's starts off with a robust creamy mouthfeel that quickly transitions to being relatively dry. Then the 0 minute cascades and centennials pop! I might just enter this one into the NHC.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Single Hop IPAs
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:37:34 PM »
I'm still convinced people perceive some hops differently. Nobody would dislike what they perceive as a good hop. I think, like with the gene that makes people perceive cilantro as good or horribly plastic-y, it's a sensory/perception thing. Kind of interesting actually.

It is interesting. I really want to taste sweet fruity blueberry

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Single Hop IPAs
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:30:29 PM »
I'm curious what you didn't like about Mosaic hops.

It's my palette. Just like others don't like simcoe or summit or whatever. To me, as I explained above, it tastes like a bail of straw that's been stuffed with onions and then stored in a musty basement. I get nothing good out of it at all. I keep trying it, but it doesn't get any better for me. The only beer that I know has mosaic in it that I didn't mind was victory hop ranch. I believe it's mosaic and Azacca.

Buy by no means am I saying that anybody else shouldn't like it. Obviously people like it, since so many breweries are using it now. Jon just knows that I don't like mosaic, that's why he mentioned me. Time to get off my hatred for mosaic and get back to the OP's thread.

One of my first grain beers was a single hopped chinook beer. I remember loving it, but it was so long ago. It was also just right after I switched from extract 4 years ago. I might have to revisit that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Single Hop IPAs
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:12:09 PM »
Citra, Azacca, and Equinox make nice single hopped beers.


Yeah, and (sorry Frank !) I think Mosaic makes a great single hop IPA. Actually I make 'single late hop' beers occasionally but I bitter most of my beers with Magnum, Warrior, or Columbus. Just hate to waste a good late hop to bitter. Though I need to revise my thinking on lagers and bitter at least partially with the nobles.

Lol it's all good. I had a Southern Tier mosaic smash last week and checked it in on Untappd. I gave it 2.25 stars. My description was, "I hate Mosaic hops!" Southern Tier replied, "Sorry to here that. To each their own."

Like I love simcoe where some think it tastes like cat pee. Most love mosaic. I think mosaic tastes like a bail of straw with onions jammed in it and stored in a musty basement lol.

Sorry, I'm grumpy because I went to pour a pint of my new Porter, but my CO2 leaked out through the pressure relief valve (my best guess). So the Dude must abide... It's White Russians tonight.


Southern Tier isn't a brewery I'd make ultimate judgements on ingredients by in my opinion. I've had two of the worst ever beers from them (Pumpking and Creme Bru Le) that I actually poured out. Nasty. But I've had an IPA I thought was quite good. So hit or miss I wouldn't buy their beer again...

I'm not a real fan of southern tier either. This beer was in a mix a six at my local grocery store. But this is about the 10th commercial beer with mosaic that I don't like. When mosaic first came out, I bought two pounds. I brewed three batches with it. Hated it in my own beer. Gave the remaining 14 ounces away.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting The Hoppy Into The IPA
« on: January 22, 2016, 07:18:46 PM »
I agree with all of the above.

I have had American IPAs with only late additions, and I don't care what the calculated IBUs are, they still taste/feel like something is missing. So, I feel like you need a solid boiling addition to give the beer a backbone of bitterness. Once you do that, you can go as crazy as you like with late additions to add flavor and aroma--as long as you have that backbone of bitterness, which you can only get from a boiling addition of at least 60 minutes.

Just my .02.

I agree with the theory of backbone. And in my opinion, it's done with Columbus in IPAs. Unless I'm trying new hops, I use something cleaner. Columbus just adds an extra layer of complexity that I love.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Single Hop IPAs
« on: January 22, 2016, 06:36:08 PM »
After thinking for a minute. Full Pint Brewery out of Pittsburgh brews Night of the Living Stout in the fall. It's a 100 IBU beer brewed exclusively with cascade. It's a different direction, but it's really good. Don't ask me how they get 100 IBU out of cascade either lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Single Hop IPAs
« on: January 22, 2016, 05:15:20 PM »
Citra, Azacca, and Equinox make nice single hopped beers.


Yeah, and (sorry Frank !) I think Mosaic makes a great single hop IPA. Actually I make 'single late hop' beers occasionally but I bitter most of my beers with Magnum, Warrior, or Columbus. Just hate to waste a good late hop to bitter. Though I need to revise my thinking on lagers and bitter at least partially with the nobles.

Lol it's all good. I had a Southern Tier mosaic smash last week and checked it in on Untappd. I gave it 2.25 stars. My description was, "I hate Mosaic hops!" Southern Tier replied, "Sorry to here that. To each their own."

Like I love simcoe where some think it tastes like cat pee. Most love mosaic. I think mosaic tastes like a bail of straw with onions jammed in it and stored in a musty basement lol.

Sorry, I'm grumpy because I went to pour a pint of my new Porter, but my CO2 leaked out through the pressure relief valve (my best guess). So the Dude must abide... It's White Russians tonight.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Single Hop IPAs
« on: January 22, 2016, 04:42:52 PM »
Citra, Azacca, and Equinox make nice single hopped beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting The Hoppy Into The IPA
« on: January 22, 2016, 04:41:08 PM »
You don't get any IBUs from whirlpool or dry hopping. You should target all of your IBUs in your buttering addition. All of your other hops are for flavor and aroma. As far as whirlpool and dry hop goes, try using an ounce per gallon for both whirlpool and dry hopping.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Citrus IPA Recipe?
« on: January 22, 2016, 03:21:07 PM »
First of all... You have 21 oz there  ;)

Secondly, this is America! Brew it up! There's a handful of us who have utilized that many hops. I would just use them differently.

I would push the 15 minute addition out to 10 minutes. Then take the 5 minute addition and split it in two. Add half of it to your flameout addition and add the other half to you dry hop charge. That's my two cents, but you'll also have a good beer as is.

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