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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Tun
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:59:14 PM »
I've used a 60 qt igloo cube for a few years and primarily for 5.5 gal batches. I just upgraded since I'll be brewing for two from now on. My 100 qt igloo re tangy last extreme cooler will have its maiden voyage Saturday with an 11 gallon batch of a 1.105 Russian imperial stout. I'm going to be using 52 lbs of grain and mashing with 16 gal of water. It just makes sense to upgrade for $60 as opposed to several hundred without losing quality.

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Ingredients / Re: I need a new hop(s)
« on: January 11, 2016, 05:06:49 PM »
FYI on the Equinox. It has a real high oil content, so it will over power just about any hop it's with, so make sure favorable ratio.


Yeah, Equinox is a good one to single hop at first IMO.

Absolutely! It's a type of hop that you can comfortably do a single hopped beer with. I brewed a killer APA with it in the summer for the ol family reunion.

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Ingredients / Re: I need a new hop(s)
« on: January 11, 2016, 04:54:37 PM »
good stuff-thanks!  just ordered # each of equinox and azacca.

anyone tried jarrylo?

I have not, but just because the reviews I've read have been meh. FYI on the Equinox. It has a real high oil content, so it will over power just about any hop it's with, so make sure favorable ratio.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 11, 2016, 04:52:18 PM »
I'm guessing that this is a label peelers disclaimer. I'm glad I didn't pre-order with them like I usually do. They are such a great store and top notch customer service. It's a shame that this unfortunate circumstance that is clearly out of their hands is going to tarnish it.

I ordered from Yakima valley this year because they had nice cyber Monday deals on 8 oz bag combo packs. Still the price was more than label peelers per ounce. When you catch them in their sales, you can not beat their prices anywhere! I didn't get my hops from them this year, but I did get 260 lb of grain on my last trip.

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Ingredients / Re: I need a new hop(s)
« on: January 11, 2016, 02:45:21 PM »
I'm with Jon here. Azacca is very nice. Founders just released a single hopped Azacca beer if you want to taste it. Equinox is a cool hop. It's not like anything else and can often change in flavor. I like to say its centennial-like but with a resinous kick. I also like galaxy and I love a galaxy/Citra combo. It's probably my favorite two hop combo.

On the contrary... I have an Equinox/Citra APA on tap right now and am not a huge fan of the combo. It's certainly drinkable, but I feel the flavors clash a bit. Everybody else who has had it loves it...go figure lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stuck Airlock
« on: January 09, 2016, 01:52:21 PM »
I wouldn't even worry about getting that little bit of Star San into your beer. I bet you had more Star San left in your bucket after you wiped it down prior to adding your beer to it than you have in that airlock.

You probably have a 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of Star San in that airlock. Let's just go with the high end of 1/2 oz. That means that you will have 0.0008% Star San in that 5 gallon batch. Or 0.0096 oz in each 12 oz beer. So maybe a single eye drop's worth in each beer?

It won't effect the taste whatsoever. I wouldn't waste good vodka  :P

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark / BIPA: your thoughts on this?
« on: January 09, 2016, 07:47:26 AM »
And it's a black IPA!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark / BIPA: your thoughts on this?
« on: January 09, 2016, 07:46:49 AM »
I think my recipe for my BIPA is 90% two row, 5% C60, 4% carafa III, and 1% chocolate. I think. But as far as hops go. My personal preference is grapefruit isn't that great in a BIPA. Piney/dank/resinous is better. But that's just a personal preference, so I'm not going to suggest swapping out Amarillo. My combo tends to be a combo of simcoe, chinook, Columbus, galaxy and cents. I think my last one had 17.5 ounces of hops which is over the top too.

But the schedule. Like above, ditch that mash addition and drag it out to your hopstand, and save your 5 minute addition for the dry hop. So it would look like this:

FWH 30g Columbus
Flameout 50g of simcoe and 50g of Amarillo
Dry hop 50g of simcoe and 50g of Amarillo.

The mash hop is pretty much a waste of good hop.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Batch What Do You Guys Think?
« on: January 02, 2016, 09:16:22 PM »
I brewed a 5 gallon batch of this back in my early days. I want to say it was my third batch. But what I do remember is that it went gang busters in early fermentation. It over flowed the blow off basin. Might have been Nottingham yeast.

This is a good beer. I think that you'll enjoy brewing your west coast IPA too. You'll have more hop additions. As a newbie and being anxious, adding things to the pot is more fun than watching a pot of boiling wort for 60 minutes lol.

Fmader,
Lol same happened to my cousin. One of his first original recipe batches blew the air lock off and he had yeast and wort all over his ceiling.

One thing to certainly consider is a blow off hose as opposed to an airlock during the early, heavy fermentation. Blow off or even a sanitized piece of foil coupled over the neck of your carboy and just have gravity hold it on. On another note, your recipe will say to transfer to a secondary. There's abosolutely no need to do so with this beer. Just let this one go in the primary. The only time I rack (and most of these guys) is if I need to dry hop (which I just do in the keg now) or if I'm adding fruit to the beer. Your recipe probably says something like 1-2 weeks in the primary and 1-2 in the secondary or something similar. Actually, yours is probably less being that it's a gallon batch. Lol but what I'm saying is that you should ignore a general timeframe to rack or bottle. Do so when the yeast is done. The yeast control your calendar.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mistakes, Learned From
« on: January 02, 2016, 07:33:03 PM »
All you guys that that leave valves open claim to not drink during the brew.... I see why now  :P ;)

Most irritating mistake was the first time I added 10 lbs of tart cherries to the secondary....straight up and not bagged... We'll just say that they get bagged now lol.

Most disastrous mistake was driving 4 kegs of beer from my uncle's house (brew site) 30 minutes to my house and hook them up right away. I hooked the plumbing up before turning the gas on. Because they were shaken, they all ran back up through the gas lines and past the through the distributor before I quickly got the gas on to push it back to the keg. What a mess.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Batch What Do You Guys Think?
« on: January 02, 2016, 07:21:21 PM »
I brewed a 5 gallon batch of this back in my early days. I want to say it was my third batch. But what I do remember is that it went gang busters in early fermentation. It over flowed the blow off basin. Might have been Nottingham yeast.

This is a good beer. I think that you'll enjoy brewing your west coast IPA too. You'll have more hop additions. As a newbie and being anxious, adding things to the pot is more fun than watching a pot of boiling wort for 60 minutes lol.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Brew Year - Happy New Beer
« on: January 01, 2016, 07:15:03 PM »
I tried to get to this beer in '14 and '15.... 2016 will be the year of the habanero mango APA

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Ingredients / Re: Question About Grain Storage
« on: January 01, 2016, 01:00:02 PM »
I really can't answer your actual question. But your strike temp for your mash water will vary based upon your grain temp. If your grain temp is 24 degrees, your strike temp will need to be higher than it would be for 70 degree grains in order to get your desired mash temperature.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpool/ 0 Minute Addition Difference
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:03:12 AM »
At Jim's suggestion, the next experiment on the Experimental Brewing podcast will test immediate whirlpool hops vs. 120F whirlpool hops.  Get involved!

http://www.experimentalbrew.com/experiments/hop-whirlpool-does-steeping-lower-temperature-improve-final-hop-character

Excellent!

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I think thats an indication of why I'm suspicious of "clone" recipes. That moniker should mean its going to be very similar. Some times when you look at a clone recipe you can see that it might not make a beer thats even the same style let alone similar to the original

I agree. I don't feel compelled to duplicate something I can buy anyway. I like to get close but make it my own. All good either way, though.

Agreed. Many of my beers are inspired by others, but they're my own recipe. My last beer was an American Porter. The wife twisted my arm to try and replicate 3F's Alpha Klaus. I threw together a recipe that I feel might be close. It might not be close at all, but I guarantee Mader Brew Work's Big Gulp American Porter will be mighty fine!

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