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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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:48:22 AM »
Thanks for all of the advice. I ended up going with the Chugger that is comparable to the March 315 except it has a stainless steel head. It just seemed logical since it was $30 cheaper than the March with a plastic head. I didn't read a bad review on it. Regardless of it being stainless, I am still going to mount it similar to how Martin has his mounted. I will add shut offs to both sides and utilize stainless quick disconnects for the hoses attachments.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump
« on: January 18, 2016, 08:07:19 AM »
This might seem like a silly question, but I want to make sure before I buy all the wrong fittings or have to buy more fittings... In order to clean these guys, do you just load the brew kettle up with some oxi-clean solution and just pump it through then rinse it with water the same way?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump
« on: January 18, 2016, 03:32:33 AM »
Is it beneficial to have a ball valve on the outlet side to regulate flow?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump
« on: January 17, 2016, 07:46:15 PM »
I just spent some time reading up on the March 815. This seems like the ticket. But spending $250 on more glamorous brew get-up sounds better than spending it on a pump and accessories.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Pump
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:56:09 PM »
I just upgraded my equipment to brew 11 gallon batches. 11 gallon batches are much heavier than 5.5 gallon batches. I need a pump. What's the best pump available?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 06:19:03 PM »
Im not opposed to input, after all i asked for thoughts. But, Its only for people who want to do it. And, generally speaking, I would not worry about getting stiffed by receiving one. 3 beers is the suggested minimum so there's no complaints of only getting two... most people send very generous offerings. And I have no doubt that most people get the biggest thrill from what they send, not what they receive. Having said that, I would not be surprised if the challenge beer I receive is as good or better than any of my "pride" beers. We have some amazing brewers in this group. In any event, its you guy's swap too. If you want to skip the challenge beer idea, thats no harm no foul to me.

Don't get me wrong. The whole thrill of me sending my beers and local beers is pretty much what has me intrigued. I'll probably end up shipping a 12 pack. But that's the thing. I want to send "my beers." I'm not knocking extract beers, but I have no idea where to begin lol. I made 5 extract kits four years ago. I never drank them, because they weren't what I wanted in a beer, so I switched to all-grain. I actually just dumped two and a half cases of them last summer lol.

That's just my two cents. I'm still in regardless, but I won't be doing a challenge beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 05:21:25 PM »
Eh, I'll be honest, I'm not going to make a challenge beer. I don't have time to brew what I want let alone learning how to make an extract recipe. I'm not  real excited about receiving anybody else's either. It very well could just be me, but this idea is a turn off.

In addition... Brewing on the stove is about the funniest thing I've ever heard lol. My wife loves homebrews. My wife loves the kitchen. My wife does not love homebrews being brewed in the kitchen haha.

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