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Ingredients / Re: Vitners Harvest Purees
« on: January 31, 2016, 11:06:31 AM »
Has anybody used their mango purée? It's the only reasonably priced mango purée that I can find. I'll deal with whole fruit, but I'd rather not lol.

I go to costco, buy the frozen mangos and make my own puree in a food processor. Cheap. Easy and tastes great.

Thanks, Keith... How many Mangos do you use in a batch. I was planning maybe 7.5lbs. I'm going to make a habanero/mango pale ale.

I used 4 pounds in a 5 gallon batch in secondary and it had plenty of mango flavor. Tasted great. First time I did it with a citra pale ale, right now I have 4 lbs aging in a 5 gallon carboy of tripel.

General rule has always been 1-2 pounds of fruit per gallon but I sometimes find that 1 pound per gallon can actually be too much depending on what you are going for. I prefer subtlety.

That sounds good. I've used fruit before, but not mango. I wasn't sure if it would end up being mellow or not. I'll be using a pile of Citra in this beer as well. I don't want too much either, but I certainly want enough in there to accent the habanero.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: January 31, 2016, 11:03:12 AM »
I have no experience with BIAB. But with a quick calculation, you would need 4lbs 9oz two row at 75% efficiency to get 1.040 gravity in a 3.25 gallon batch. Assuming that we're going to have nearly a half gallon loss in grain absorption, your end result will be about 2.8 gallons of wort. So in reality, 4 lbs two row would be about the ticket.

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Ingredients / Re: Vitners Harvest Purees
« on: January 31, 2016, 07:11:22 AM »
Has anybody used their mango purée? It's the only reasonably priced mango purée that I can find. I'll deal with whole fruit, but I'd rather not lol.

I go to costco, buy the frozen mangos and make my own puree in a food processor. Cheap. Easy and tastes great.

Thanks, Keith... How many Mangos do you use in a batch. I was planning maybe 7.5lbs. I'm going to make a habanero/mango pale ale.

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Nice experiment. From my understanding of the results, it looks that some testers explained characteristics of WYeast that other testers explained as characteristics of White Labs. The differences are minimal and basically boils down to personal preference. My preference is White Labs only because it is all that any of my local homebrew stores carry. I've only had 1056 on a couple of occasions and thought it was good. I'm also really pleased with 001 as I am with all White Lab strains that I've used.


On a totally different note, I did pay to have a couple packs of 1450 sent to me  ;) I've never used it before and am looking forward to fermenting an imperial hoppy amber with it!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bourbon Barrel Three Philosophers!
« on: January 28, 2016, 02:46:23 PM »
I bet that is killer!

I actually finally got my 2015 3 Philosophers yesterday. I'm back to 2011. Only five more years for the vertical lol

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Beer Recipes / Re: Random receipe
« on: January 28, 2016, 02:31:17 PM »
I don't know about the light wheat, but use the rest of the grain. As far as hops go, I'd go something like this:

FW - 1/2 oz chinook, simcoe, and centennial
0 minute/hopstand(30-45 min) - 3 oz El Dorado

I think that would stretch your hop bitterness/flavor/aroma the furthest. I don't think it will be quite an IPA, but it would be APAish

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA App Survey
« on: January 27, 2016, 06:29:40 PM »
Done

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Ingredients / Re: Vitners Harvest Purees
« on: January 27, 2016, 12:17:31 PM »
Has anybody used their mango purée? It's the only reasonably priced mango purée that I can find. I'll deal with whole fruit, but I'd rather not lol.

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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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