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Hop Growing / Re: Indoor Hops?
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:37:18 PM »
Damn, I better go look at mine.  I haven't even cut down the bines from last year.

+1

I haven't cut the bines down from last year's crop as well. I also didn't have time to havest the hop cones.  :(

I harvested maybe 1/4-1/3 of of mine and then said screw it.  For the last 8 years, I've processed lbs. more than I've been able to use.  I decided to skip the useless effort this year.

Looks you need to make hoppier beers, Denny  ;)

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Hop Growing / Re: Indoor Hops?
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:07:01 AM »
With the rain & sun we've had here in the bay area, my Magnums are about 3' tall.  I hope to get them trained to go horizontal when they get to the top.

Damn mine just broke ground and are three inches tall at best.

2nd year Sterling, Galena and Columbus are about 6-9" already in Oregon. The older stock are taking their time.

They must be getting wiser in their old age

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% Vienna
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:06:06 AM »
Did you let him know he's wrong?

No habla espanol :(

Su cerveza el dunkel es vienna oscuro, amigo!

Bam! Three years of buying the English version of the Spanish book in college paid off!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Thoughts/Opinions
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:28:29 AM »
It's supposed to be sunny and 58° tomorrow.

That's good for the hops, Jim.... Gonna be 65 here today.... Then we will be polar vortexed again and have it drop to 4 degrees by tomorrow night. Gotta love a quick 60 degree drop in temperature.... This, not so good for the hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 10, 2014, 06:26:55 PM »
A guy in our club is hauling entries to Zanesville this weekend. He has family there.

We hauled club entries, and for some other brewers to Indy when first round was there. I have family there.

Yeah, sort of a bummer I didn't get selected for Zanesville. It's a couple hours from home and I just drove past it yesterday for work. Will be heading by it again on Friday on the way home.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Citra APA
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:38:38 PM »
I feel like everyone on this forum uses way more dry hops than I typically do.  If I can pick up another few ounces of Citra before this is ready for kegging, maybe I'll try three ounces.

I wouldn't want to cut back on the bittering additions.  The IBUs are right where I want them.

It sounds like a lot of people have been having success with the hop stand technique.  I'll definitely be trying that out in the future.

In regards to hop amounts, it should come down to the amount that YOU want. Sure, we use a bunch, but we like a bunch. If you are content with that amount, it's cool. I like the bittering amount, but I think you'll like it better if you allow the citra to punch through it.

On a side note... Do you buy your hops an ounce at a time or in bulk?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Citra APA
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:51:05 PM »
For my taste the dry hop amount is anemic.  For a 5 gallon batch I go with either 4 or 5 oz.

Also it seems your going more for an IPA than a Pale Ale.  I didn't do a calculation but 1.5 oz. @ 15.7% is substantial bittering.

*edit* OK I just did the calculation.  ~70 IBU is what you're looking at with that 60 minute addition.  Should be no more than 45 for an APA.

I agree with pretty much all of this. If you're going to dry hop with citra, you might as well do it well. Go at least 3 oz. That is unless you cut back your warrior a bit. But I would leave the bittering as is and up my Citra additions. Like I said 3-5 oz dry hop. I'd push the 5 minute addition out to a 0 addition and maybe add another ounce there too (3). Then give it a nice 30 minute hopstand before you chill.......mmmmm it'll be good! Yeah, it will be an AIPA.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:56:42 PM »
UPS took mine today... You're all going down!  :P

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Beer Recipes / Re: Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:44:47 AM »
http://seanterrill.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Mango-Habanero-IPA.pdf

I've brewed this a few times; people can't get enough of it. No need for actual mango if you're using a lot of Citra, IME. Just make sure to de-seed/vein the habs.

Very nice looking recipe. I think I want to use actual fruit in mine though. If it was just me drinking this beer, I would consider using a good amount of Citra to achieve the desired mango flavor. However, this will be on tap for a 4th of July party and would be afraid that the masses wouldn't drink it if it's too hoppy. I'm don't worry about the BMC drinkers because there's never a guarantee with that. But I do what people who drink craft beers who are not a fan of hoppy beers to drink it.

So these BMC drinkers will have no problem with the habanero heat? Chili beers can be more polarizing than hoppy beers.

What ever you decide to brew, good luck. I have been mulling over doing a smoked chili beer. A small brewery about an hour from home does one that really hits the spot with me.

I had a typo... I'm not worrying about BMC drinkers because there's never a guarantee with them. But for people like my fiancé and aunt who like crafts but aren't fans of hops.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:52:42 AM »
http://seanterrill.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Mango-Habanero-IPA.pdf

I've brewed this a few times; people can't get enough of it. No need for actual mango if you're using a lot of Citra, IME. Just make sure to de-seed/vein the habs.

Very nice looking recipe. I think I want to use actual fruit in mine though. If it was just me drinking this beer, I would consider using a good amount of Citra to achieve the desired mango flavor. However, this will be on tap for a 4th of July party and would be afraid that the masses wouldn't drink it if it's too hoppy. I'm don't worry about the BMC drinkers because there's never a guarantee with that. But I do what people who drink craft beers who are not a fan of hoppy beers to drink it.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:36:09 PM »
My only criticism is that you probably will not bring me one.

Washington is a long haul for me  :P
Grand Rapids?

Nope. I really wanted to go this year, but I have way too much going on this year with lots of expenses. I'll actually be returning from a honeymoon in Vegas the day the NHC starts. I probably missed two great opportunities for me to go with it being in driving distance. Philly and Grand Rapids are about the same distance for me. One of these years I'll make it to one. I think it's be cool to meet everyone for one let alone the education.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:10:49 PM »
My only criticism is that you probably will not bring me one.

Washington is a long haul for me  :P

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I've been using 2-3 oz at 60 minutes for my last several IPAs. More than likely I'll add a couple oz of FWH (calculated as 20 minute addition). I might have a 10 minute addition, but definitely a large flame out addition. I've been using an oz/gal of flame out hops with a 30-45 minute hop stand. Then I'll dry hop with at least an oz/gal. Typically I'm using about a pound of hops in a 5 gallon batch. Most of my IPAs are usually in the 1.065-1.075 OG range.

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Beer Recipes / Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:10:23 PM »
So I've been kicking around this idea in my head for about a month now, so I figured to put a rough draft down in writing and get some feedback. I'm looking for a noticeable, but not overbearing mango flavor. I also want more of the habanero flavor rather than heat in this beer. Some heats ok, but I don't want to have to give out a t-shirt every time sombody finishes one lol...

I'm thinking about an OG between 1.055 and 1.060. Maybe a grain bill of 80% two row, 15% Munich, and 5% carapils (for body). This very well could be single hopped with Citra. If not, I'll use a neutral bittering hop and finish with Citra.

For the habanero, I'll de-vein and seed probably just one habanero, bag it, and add it to the boil for the last 5 minutes. Then let it steep for a 30 minute hop stand with the 0 minute hops.

After primary fermentation, it'll get racked onto 5 lbs of fresh mangoes. Once the secondary fermentation is complete, I'll taste it for habanero flavor. If I feel there needs to be more, I'll gut a couple more, bag and drop into the secondary until I get the desired taste.

Ready, set, criticize!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« on: March 09, 2014, 04:17:55 PM »
I figured I'd dig this up since I just had a Stone Grapefruit Slam IPA. This beer is very good. According to their site, they use the peel.

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