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Ingredients / Re: New/Old hops
« on: January 05, 2015, 05:25:09 PM »
I've used El Dorado. It's a fruity hop and used in IPAs and such. It's almost describable as candy or watermelon jolly ranchers. I like it, but not by itself.

Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on a barley wine... Need advice
« on: January 03, 2015, 07:31:15 PM »
I went...
9.5 lb (38%) Two Row
9.5 lb (38%) Maris Otter
5.25 lb (20%) Munich
1 lb (4%) Victory

90 minute mash at 148 and 90 minute boil.

5.5 gallon batch

I hit about 60% efficiency to reach my target OG of 1.100.

It was an American BW so a bit more hopped. If I were to brew again, I wouldn't change a thing with the grain bill. This beer exceeded my expectations by far. I just used WLP 001 yeast and started fermentation at 60 for about a week. I slowly let it rise to the low 70s. It fermented for 38 days. I kegged and stashed it in the closet for 9 months.

Ingredients / Re: Hop varieties
« on: December 31, 2014, 08:54:50 PM »

Finish and dry hop with Amarillo, Centennial, cascade, Citra, and Galaxy. To be honest, unless you use twice as mush cascade as the others, it will get lost. I always bitter IPAs with Columbus.

I'm kicking off 2015 with an obnoxious IIPA on the other end of the spectrum with dank/resin/piney with a combo of Columbus, Simcoe, Chinook, and Centennial. Centennial in both citrus and piney IPAs? I forget who said it here on the forum but I love it... "I use Centennial in everything that ends with an A."

All Grain Brewing / Re: What next?
« on: December 29, 2014, 01:29:59 PM »
I've built 4 temp controllers out of these...
Each set up is in a metal box with a built in outlet. I Have one controlling the temp for my keezer and the other three are for fermentation temp control. I'll try to remember taking a pic of one tomorrow.

In the summer, I ferment in a mini fridge. Now that it's winter, the basement stays in the 50's so I hook these heat blankets up to the temp controllers with good results.

Yes... And you're right. Ferment in the lower 60s if you can. Let it rise up at the end to clean out a bit.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is it with mass produce beer...
« on: December 24, 2014, 09:36:37 AM »
I get hangovers from my beer if I drink enough to get a hangover. I got one after the annual Christmas party last Saturday.

Ingredients / Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:22:45 PM »
18.5 oz in a 5.5 gallon batch. I typically use a pound in my IPA's.

Ingredients / Re: Coffee, how much and what kind
« on: December 22, 2014, 01:14:27 PM »

to fmader'

Are the quantities you've given for a 5-gal batch? And do you use a grain bag for the part that goes into your secondary?


Yes for a five gallon batch. This might be the best beer that I brew. We just tapped a keg of it last week. Delicious. I don't use a bag for the coffee, but I don't bag dry hops either. 99% of the coffee will stay on the bottom of the carboy. I filter through a nylon stocking that is zip tied to the hose going into the keg (or bottling bucket).

Beer Recipes / Re: Raspberry Ale
« on: December 21, 2014, 07:05:01 PM »
We opted out of adding the vanilla after tasting it. Despite not really being creamy, it was surprisingly really good. It was pretty popular at the Christmas party last night. Some sort of variation will be brewed again.

Ingredients / Re: Coffee, how much and what kind
« on: December 21, 2014, 06:40:46 PM »
I use ground coffee in my Good Morning Stout. I use 2 oz of Sumatra at 0 minutes. Then I'll rack it onto 2 oz of Kona in the secondary.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sour Cherry Ale
« on: December 21, 2014, 06:37:37 PM »
Finding sour cherries was such a hassle that we planted a couple of trees to grow our own.

I thought about that once. Then I decided that I didn't want to pit 1000 cherries.

Bottom line is, you're out of season. They are in season at the end of June and early July. Which is when you'll get cherries off of your trees.

Did you go with that concentrate?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Critique my IPA recipe
« on: December 11, 2014, 06:43:06 PM »
I will give it a whirl
I'm sure a pun wasn't intended here

All Grain Brewing / Re: Critique my IPA recipe
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:37:39 AM »
I like it. I would go with what you have. You are going to have a really good brew. You said that you've brewed it before (without the whirlpool), so I'm assuming that you've used this dry hop schedule before. I personally use 4-5 oz as a dry hop. You'll find that you'll get more aroma with your whirlpool. My suggestion is brew this recipe and tweak it from there to your liking.

Ingredients / Re: how much hops for late hop additions
« on: December 03, 2014, 10:44:49 AM »
Very generally, total hopping rates for US breweries' pale ales run from around 1 lb/bbl to 5 lb/bbl - or more, for guys who are going nuts with the triple IPAs. 4-20 g/L.

That's why mine are better ;D

I use about a pound of hops in a 5.5 gallon batch for an IPA which I rarely go over a 1.070 OG.

Roughly 2 oz FWH, 2 oz 60 (always Columbus), 4 oz 10, 4 oz 0, and 4 oz dry hop.... This has become my sweet spot for IPAs!

I hop at FWH, 60, 10, 0, and dry hop... I love this schedule and I love the hopstand!

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