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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mailing Beers
« on: October 15, 2016, 05:03:19 PM »
Line your box with a trash bag, so if a bottle it can breaks it just leaks into the trash bag.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Beat down on a brew day
« on: October 14, 2016, 06:16:38 AM »
Just a simple thought here... Only because I have done this before... Did you put the correct water volumes into Bru'n Water?

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Beer Recipes / Re: First AG Recipe, looking for some opinions
« on: October 08, 2016, 11:18:53 AM »
I'm getting ready to brew my 5th annual batch of my Good Morning Stout. It was inspired by Founder's Breakfast Stout. What Jon mentioned about the roasted malt is good advice for the porter. You can leave it all in and call it a stout lol. Either way, I think you'll beer will be great.

A pound of coffee? Yes, way too much. I don't use whole bean, but that's because I don't buy whole been coffee. I do order for Peet's coffee and they ground their coffee fresh before shipping mmmm. So I just use that. In a 5 gallon batch, I had 2-2.5 oz to the end of the boil. Then I add the that same amount to the secondary or keg. I bag it, so that I can easily pull it out when I reach my desired level of flavor. Obviously, with a lesser amount, you keep it in their longer. If you use more, you'll leave it in a less amount of time.

Sumatra is a nice roast for coffee beer.

I like WLP 001 with my American Style stouts/porters. I see that you are using all Maris Otter, so are you going with the English twist? I feel that the cleanliness of the 001 will allow the coffee to come through better.

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Ingredients / Re: complimentary hops with Ekuanot
« on: October 04, 2016, 09:38:35 AM »
Is there anyone else that can't get past the ridiculous new name? If you can't call it Equinox, find something different sounding (like Solstice, maybe?) instead of a mangled version of the original name.

That's funny, coming from erock.   ;D

Took me a few seconds to figure out that Ekuanot = Equinox, but it does make it easier for "people in the know" to know what it is without any research so it was actually helpful for that reason.  :)

Yeah. I totally spaced on this thread because I never made the connection. Now that I know that Ekuanot is Equinox.... Yeah.... Best.Hop.Ever. Works well with C-hops and is a good single hop option. It's very high in oil content so if you want it equal with other hops, make sure you take that into account.

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Ingredients / Re: Using dried fruit
« on: October 04, 2016, 09:16:23 AM »
I have used raisins, dates, prunes, and dried cherries all in a Quad. However, I caramelized them first in a searing skillet. I, then deglazed with the beer that they were going into. It added nice flavor.

However, in a stout, I would use fresh fruit or high quality concentrate. I used to make a killer tart cherry stout that one a blue ribbon in the NHC. I would add 10 lbs of tart montmorency cherries in the secondary. If you've had Bell's Cherry Stout, it's along that line. I've also used this in a cherry wheat and would probably use it in the cherry stout if I were to make it again. This concentrate is much more convenient, and because it's high quality, I didn't see or taste any ill effects. http://www.shorelinefruit.com/cart/6/cherry-concentrate/-cherry-bay-orchards-tart-montmorency-cherry-concentrate---32-oz

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: October 02, 2016, 07:00:23 PM »


My latest black IPA. Equal amounts of chinook and Columbus at FW, 60, and 5. A mountain of chinook, Columbus, cascade, centennial, and azacca at 175 degree whirlpool(2nd brew whirlpooling with a pump). Equal amounts of those hops as dry hops too. First time using Blackprinz. I'd say it's a touch roastier than carafa III, but still meets my needs with this style.



Oh the power of hops!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cloudy beer
« on: October 02, 2016, 07:59:34 AM »
I'm pretty much an exclusive liquid yeast brewer.


Same here, Frank. I keep some S05 around but I only use it for 1 gallon hop trial batches. I just prefer liquid cultures. Each his own.

I do keep it on hand in case of emergency. I started a jar of harvested yeast once, and found it to be infected the evening before brew day. I didn't have a back up, and I really don't have a "local" Homebrew store. It's more like "drive an hour away" Homebrew store lol. Needless to say, that brew was post-poned.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cloudy beer
« on: October 02, 2016, 07:46:52 AM »
I'm pretty much an exclusive liquid yeast brewer. I bleed a DIPA in the spring, and used S-05. It was a test to see if I could save time and money. Not only was the beer cloudy for at least a couple months, it never tasted as clean as it does when I use WLP001. So never again lol.

On a side note, I've always wanted to make a true clone of Two Hearted by propagating Bell's house yeast from bottle dregs.... but I don't have time for all that.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brew day mishap
« on: October 02, 2016, 07:41:10 AM »
Ideal? No. Likely fine? Sure. If you added hops before stopping, it will be more bitter than you are expecting. Way more bitter.

In the future, don't fill glass carboys to the top with sanitizer and dump them. Add about a half gallon and shake to coat all the surfaces.

+1... I just use a couple cups in plastic carboys and shake up. I pour about an inch in my buckets and just use a rag and wipe the sides down. Also... lesson learned? Done using glass? You could have slit your wrists and had more than a brew day mishap. Just my two cents  :D

+1 for giving up on glass.  I have to carry my bucket upstairs from the kitchen to the spare room (where my brewfridge lives).  I wouldn't dream of trying to do that with a glass carboy.

Buckets are cool because they have built in handles!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brew day mishap
« on: October 01, 2016, 06:27:48 PM »
Ideal? No. Likely fine? Sure. If you added hops before stopping, it will be more bitter than you are expecting. Way more bitter.

In the future, don't fill glass carboys to the top with sanitizer and dump them. Add about a half gallon and shake to coat all the surfaces.

+1... I just use a couple cups in plastic carboys and shake up. I pour about an inch in my buckets and just use a rag and wipe the sides down. Also... lesson learned? Done using glass? You could have slit your wrists and had more than a brew day mishap. Just my two cents  :D

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Ingredients / Re: Loral Hops
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:58:00 AM »
I found this and not much else:

http://www.johnihaas.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Haas_HBC_291_experimental_hop_2016.pdf

Kinda seems like a Mt. Hood, Cascade, Willamette blend but with a higher alpha and oil content.



YVH mentions mango, citrus, lemon, pine and blueberry. That combo sounds really nice.

http://www.yakimavalleyhops.com/product_p/hopsloral1-2015crop.htm

I don't think this is accurate. I thought that this description looked similar to mosaic. So I looked up mosaic on YVH, it's exactly the same down to the alpha acids. So, I think this is the mosaic description.

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Ingredients / Re: Loral Hops
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:29:25 AM »
I found this and not much else:

http://www.johnihaas.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Haas_HBC_291_experimental_hop_2016.pdf

Kinda seems like a Mt. Hood, Cascade, Willamette blend but with a higher alpha and oil content.

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Ingredients / Loral Hops
« on: September 28, 2016, 07:51:58 AM »
I was just browsing Yakima Valley's website. Loral hops (HBC 291) are new this year. Does anybody have any experience with them?

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Ingredients / Re: Too much caramel malt
« on: September 28, 2016, 07:50:42 AM »
Boarder line chocolate milk?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Beligan Quadruple Recipe opinions
« on: September 28, 2016, 04:52:29 AM »
Yeah, I just noticed that you are using kg's as your measurement. I think 1 kg is enough D180. Is the new D240 released yet to the public? If so, I'd look into that. I agree with Eric, there's a lot of crystal there. I think that I would cut the 120L and carapils altogether. Maybe consider adding some Munich to the grist. Special B is good stuff. However, I do think that your recipe will make a fine beer.

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