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Ingredients / Re: Equinox Hops
« on: January 24, 2015, 12:04:30 PM »
Just last night I tried an American Amber Ale brewed by Haas Experimental which was single hopped with Equinox.  It was quite good.  I was in a large group with a lot going on so I didn't really focus on the beer too much, but I enjoyed the hop flavor a lot.

This might be the ticket here just to do something different since I have an APA on tap, IIPA fermenting, and a session IPA in the hole to prep yeast for an ABW.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anything Brewing 2day kids?
« on: January 24, 2015, 12:00:26 PM »
Sadly no, the all grain bug has bitten me but alas I have no chest freezer and only one fermentation chamber.

The problem here is that you live in Florida. You need to move to Ohio where you can freeze your ass off while brewing, but a ferm chamber can be considered "outside" with the help from a ferm blanket lol

Ingredients / Re: Equinox Hops
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:06:12 AM »
I bought a pound too based on your suggestion a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait to use it. Do you think it should be used as a single hop, or what other hops would you recommend using it with?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anything Brewing 2day kids?
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:59:26 PM »
Nothing brewing this weekend, but my Belgian Quad is done fermenting. So, tomorrow after work, I'm going to caramelize raisins, dried cherries, prunes, and dates and rack it onto them for about a week before kegging.

... you are delighted that a Br'un Water spreadsheet looks like actual work on your monitor when someone comes to your office to ask a question.

Yes... This doesn't get minimized quickly when company comes by the desk

.....when you have four different freezers at your house that serve four different purposes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pale ale hops
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:41:24 PM »
I like the Galaxy/Citra combo. I use it in a golden ale and recently in an APA. I like it. Here shortly I'm going to revisit mosaic. I have not liked it in the past and picked up garlic/onion with it. I found an unopened pound of it in the freezer. So, I'm hoping that this was from a different harvest and is as great as everybody else says it is. It's going to go 50/50 with Azzaca in a session IPA... Not a pale ale, but I'll be using that combo. I've not used Azzaca yet either.

Beer Recipes / Re: New IPA recipe, please advise
« on: January 22, 2015, 03:36:34 AM »
Ok,ok I'll cut back on the crystal...
Brewed on Monday,  yeast is totally happy now.  I had to construct an emergency blow off tube last night because the airlock just couldn't handle business.  I appreciate all the tips.  I am taking copious notes for my future batches.  My friends(who enjoy drinking the beer) are all tired of me rambling about my new hobby/obsession, so I am stoked to find a forum where people enjoy talking about beer and how to make it better.

I'll report back with results.

You'll want to use that blowoff for every beer through the heavy primary ferrmenratation.. Just to be safe.

Ingredients / Re: Hops..Hops..Hops
« on: January 21, 2015, 02:10:18 PM »
So, you only listed 5  ;). But I do like simcoe, Amarillo, and centennials in equal parts for late and dry hop additions for an IPA. You can bitter with Simcoe, but I'd suggest Columbus to bitter with in an IPA. I've not used the other two varieties here.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Buying Grains Online
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:11:06 PM »
I wait for Label Peelers to have a 25% off sale when I need base malts. I'll order about 200 lbs online for store pick up. Then when it's ready, I drive the 45 minutes to pick it up. I also crush my own. So it's a hybrid of everything lol.

Beer Recipes / Re: New IPA recipe, please advise
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:03:03 AM »
Looking for 1.59-1.60 OG, 1.014 FG, which I thought fit in with this style beer.  Again, I am totally new to brewing and appreciate any feedback so I don't screw up an entire batch.  I was hoping for about 6%ABV, just trying to find the right balance of fermentables/grain, etc.

I know a kit would be easier, but I more interested in experimenting with flavor profiles, "feel", etc.  My friends who home brew only make lagers,  :( so I am turning to this forum.


Haha... I think it's great that you're designing your own recipes. I'm not too experienced in extract. I only brewed about 8 or 10 extracts and they were all kits. I use sugar in my IPAs so I can achieve a dryer finish. I was just relating to what you stated in your original post about having a fuller beer. In my opinion, an IPA that finishes 1.012-1.015 is the sweet spot. I say brew it as you have it... It will be great! Happy brew day!

Beer Recipes / Re: New IPA recipe, please advise
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:36:51 AM »
Thanks for the advice! With the suggestions I rewrote as:

1lb Munich 10.8%
.75 lb wheat 8.1%
.50 Crystal 40 5.4%

6 Lb Light DME 64.9 %

1 lb sugar 10.8% (Mainly to boost ABV, is this appropriate?  Best time to add?)

Hops schedule as suggested:leaving 1 oz Columbus @60, moving other to 20 and under, increasing dry hops to 4 oz.  Definitely moving some to 0 minutes, too.

Any new comments? Thanks for your help, super psyched to brew today.

Your sugar will boost ABV, but it will also creat a dryer beer. What's your target original gravity?

Beer Recipes / Re: New IPA recipe, please advise
« on: January 19, 2015, 07:38:38 AM »
First off... Welcome to the forum! Secondly, great advice from Kieth and Jon. These guys are good and have helped me many times along he way.

One strategy that was difficult for me to wrap my arms around early in my brewing days was the 0 minute hop addition with a hop stand. What good is adding hops when it's not boiling going to do? Well, I quickly learned that this is my favorite addition. This is your big time flavor addition. My suggestion is to take your 45 min and 30 minute additions and move them to 0 minutes. Keep that Columbus at .5 oz and bump the cents and cascades up to maybe an ounce each. And definitely go at least 4 oz for dry hop.

Another thing to consider is that Cascade doesn't bring as much to the table compared to the other C hops or most flavorful IPA hops. I'm not saying that it's bad, because I love cascade in just about any beer, but sometimes you need to bump it up in the ratio so it doesn't get lost in the flavor. Maybe a 3:2 ratiio.

After a couple of adjustment with your grains and regardless with what you do with your hops, you'll have a good beer! I love that you're into recipe design early!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brew Day Updates
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:05:03 PM »
Great job! I'm impressed with everything that I've read! You hit target mash temp on your first shot. It took me a few to get that right....and still don't hit it all the time after 52 batches in my set up. I did today though lol. And fantastic job hitting your gravity! I didn't donthst today lol. Just remember.., you'll have great days where everything flows wonderfully... Then there'll be days where it just sucks. But in the end, when the beer is tapped, it almost always tastes great!

Beer Recipes / Re: Slobber Knocker IIPA
« on: January 17, 2015, 05:54:06 PM »
I have a three gallon batch of IIPA going that'll have close to 9 ounces: feels kind of wimpy now.

Nah... It will be great. This is just going to be obnoxious. I'm thinking about moving the FWH out to 0 minutes.

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