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All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch sparge sparging question
« on: January 16, 2016, 03:25:10 PM »
I used to let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Now I just stir and run it off. I've seen absolutely no difference except for time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 01:49:29 PM »
I think for future swaps there should be a rule that if the beer isn't consumed and reviewed within 30 days of receipt it has to be sent to Jim. How hard is it to drink a beer?

Valid point. I think I figured it out... It's not that nobody doesn't like to drink beer when brewing, everybody just doesn't want to drink in general j/j 😜

I was on the fence in entering my quad into the NHC. I think it will do very well. Because of the swap, I have another reason to pull the keg now. It's participating in both!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 16, 2016, 03:50:14 AM »
I'll be brewing a grand daddy of a Russian imperial stout. I'll also be breaking in my new equipment. I've upgraded to a 20 gallon Megapot and a 100 qt mash tun. This 11 gallon batch of beer will have an OG of 1.105 and utilize 52 lbs of grain. I'llbe kegging a double batch of an American Porter and using its slurry of WLP 001 to ferment this beer. I'll also add a double started vial of WLP 007 to each carboy. It will be kegged and aged for nearly a year,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 15, 2016, 12:02:48 PM »
Good to see the interest and enthusiasm guys! We can kind of get an idea of a head count this way. Probably around march I'll ask for PMs with shipping info to build the "committed" list, and then we'll do the drawing first week of april.

Thanks for organizing these, Jim!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 15, 2016, 01:33:05 AM »
I missed the last one while I was on hiatus. But count me in for this one!

Ingredients / Re: I need a new hop(s)
« on: January 14, 2016, 10:37:39 AM »
I have been very happy with my IPA schedule that I think I got here from @fmader: blend of amarillo,cents, Simcoe and Citra at fwh, 2oz Columbus @60, then the same blend from fwh at 20, 5, and dry. 1/2 Oz each in blend for fwh and 1oz each for the other additions. Turns into 16 Oz total for 5/5.5 gallons. All this is what I remember 2 bock and 2 double wood Balvenie' into the night. Fruity,dank, plenty of underlying bitterness. Works for me and yet I'm changing it up this weekend to experiment. YMMV

Yeah I think that was mine. It's funny how much I loved it, but since I've modified the schedule myself. Since I've kicked up the sulfates in the beers, I've dialed the Columbus at 60 back to an oz. No 20 minute addition anymore. If I do a late one it's at 10 minutes. I definetely do 0 minute and dry hop still. With that said, I'm still around a pound. I'm glad you're still carrying the torch!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 14, 2016, 02:35:38 AM »
Yeah. Makes little sense. LP is located within a couple miles of LD Carleson. This is a reason why they can maintain low prices. They make daily trips there and avoid shipping costs on their end. So why they can't get hops is a mystery to me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 14, 2016, 02:17:28 AM »
I did score on a wine kit from them LP last year when they were running a big sale before the minimum pricing went into effect. I didn't know the backstory.

FWIW, that "OMG get cheap prices before the vendor implements minimum pricing, it's going to be sooo bad guys, really" sale was all a crock of crap. My pricing for WinExpert Eclipse was $138 during their 'last sale evah!!!'. Now (even with the minimum advertized pricing) I can buy it from LP at $140 w/ shipping anytime they have a 30% off sale, which is often. I used to think that LP was an awesome store until I saw their pattern of over-hyped sales, promising that this was the very last time you'd see these prices, only to see those prices from them 3 months later.  ::)

I've never seen a "last time only" sale on products that I purchase. I know that they are going to have a quarterly-ish sale. I pretty much get grain only from them with potential yeast when I order. I live 45 minutes away, so I avoid shipping costs. I can't get prices within $15 a sack locally. I can't imagine prices if I shipped elsewhere. Frequent sales or not, you can't get better deals. How about we don't bash the LHBS's that many of us have access to so that we can continue to have access to them.

I think it's BS that people aren't getting their pre-order hops, but why would they put out this statement? I'm pretty sure that they didn't want to. They don't want to drive business away. LP had some of the largest hop sales in the Midwest last year. Obviously there is an underlying issue somewhere. And none of it makes any sense, but it certainly doesn't make sense for a small company to purposely drive away business.

By no means that this is an attack at Amanda. She's awesome. It's just my rebuttal. I feel abliged to defend my LHBS. It's my grain haven. I buy my hops from several sources and including Yakima Valley who offers a quality product.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark / BIPA: your thoughts on this?
« on: January 13, 2016, 11:01:13 AM »
I love the ho schedule. Leave the Columbus. It adds an extra level of complexity to IPAs. I've used both WLP 001 and WLP 007 in my black IPAs. Both work well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 12, 2016, 11:37:32 PM »
A style I've never brewed.  A style I never buy really.  Looks good, I just had a 6 year old Denny BVIP.

One of my favorite winter time beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:19:49 PM »

Lookin' good! I just had a vertical tasting of my 4, 3, 2, and 1 year Barleywines at a club brew day. Most people liked the 4 year old version.

I'm jealous! I want a 4 year old BW!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 12, 2016, 01:57:07 PM »

This is a Barleywine that I brewed last February. It was tapped right after Thanksgiving. It's finally clearing up since its been chilled.

Looks awesome. I'm pretty sure that's good at a year old.

It's decent. The previous year's was much better. This one finished pretty high and it is very sweet. Half pints are about the limit. It tastes good, but the drinkability is lacking. It's strange because the malt bill and yeast was exactly the same as the year before. The inly thing changed in the entire process was the hops. In fact, the temp controller malfunctioned the year before and it dropped to 49 degrees for anout 24 hours and still finished dryer lol.

I got the yeast rock n rollin in the background for this year's "aged" beer - RIS

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 12, 2016, 04:10:05 AM »

This is a Barleywine that I brewed last February. It was tapped right after Thanksgiving. It's finally clearing up since its been chilled.

Ingredients / Re: I need a new hop(s)
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:51:10 AM »

I'm a big fan of fruit-forward hops. I've been leaning towards a lot of the newer varieties, especially the Aus/NZ ones - primarily because I don't want my hoppy beers to taste like very other commercial beer out there. I also prefer hops that have one dominant flavor, so I can mix and match the specific flavors I want without getting too muddy. Here's my current favorites list:

Citra - oldie but goodie, pretty much straight-up mango, massive oil content and can easily dominate everything else if you're not careful

Meridian - totally underrated hop, lots of stone fruit (nectarine, apricot, sometimes bing cherry) with an undertone of citrus. It's a flavor I don't get in a lot of commercial beer, so I lean on it a lot at home.

Nelson Sauvin - I get a lot of white grapefruit out of it, with a bit of a vinous note that sets it apart from the C hops. It is reliably grapefruit-forward year after year, unlike something like Cascade that can be more floral some years

Motueka - lime zest and lemongrass. It's a shame that it's not more potent - it can easily get overpowered by oilier hops. But outside of IPA's it's a big go-to for me. Great in hoppy lagers as it is a Saaz derivative and gets some herbal/noble stuff going on as well. If you're a fan of Mandarina, I'd put this one in a similar category.

Vic Secret - this is a new discovery for me, but I'm already going to it regularly. It has a distinct passionfruit character that really stands out. This one is super tropical, without a lot of other background notes to muddy it up.

Jon turned me on to Nelson with a saison recipe- really nice.

Vic secret- Victoria secret??'
Sound nice will add that one to try.

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I've used Nelson and meridian together in a moderately hopped Pilsner before. Very pleasant.

I don't brew very many duplicates when it comes to hopped beers. It's fun seeing these hops being posted and remembering how you've used them. Meridian is a very solid hop, but it can get buried when mixed with higher oil content hops like Citra and Equinox.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:00:44 AM »
Just ordered 2015 crop 1# each of citra, galaxy, columbus, and bad I fell for that label peelers presale, I guess I'll never order from them again

They'll make whatever right.

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