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All Grain Brewing / Re: Where to buy RO Water?
« on: September 22, 2016, 09:00:27 AM »
Along with this, what are the common salts/ acids to use to change water PH and water profile? I see several different products available, some that automatically set the mash at 5.2 (somehow???) and others that are just containers of different salts and such. Where do you guys purchase those? LHBS? I haven't used Bru'n water before either so the info im looking for may just be on that program. I just don't know if I would understand what to do.

I use calcium chloride, gypsum, epsom salts, and baking soda. I also have lactic acid on hand just in case, but I don't use it hardly ever since I started using RO water.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Where to buy RO Water?
« on: September 22, 2016, 05:57:11 AM »
Yeah. I get mine at my local Wal-Mart. I think it's $1.65 for a five gallon fill. They also do a relatively good job of changing and cleaning the filter. I bought a TDS meter that HoosierBrew recommended. I've gotten it where it's as low as 3 ppm. It probably averages around 8 or 9 though. My beer has improved immensely.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Dry hopping
« on: September 22, 2016, 04:41:39 AM »
I agree with skipping bagging them. Like also mentioned, it varies when they are going to drop out. Could be a few days or could be a couple weeks. Instead of waiting around for them to drop out, I zip tie a knee high stocking to the end of my siphon hose and just filter them out that way.

Are you bottling or kegging? If your kegging, skip the secondary and just dry hop in the keg. If you do dry hop in the keg, use a muslin bag. Actually, I use the knee highs for this too.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Making a Black IPA
« on: September 21, 2016, 05:06:01 AM »
Ok, after all this talk, I'm brewing a black IPA this fall, been a couple years. Wookey Jack style, I think.

Probably my favorite transitional season beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good notes?
« on: September 20, 2016, 05:21:57 PM »
One really nice thing about my Google Docs spreadsheet is that I can access the files from my phone, from anywhere.  So although I do print a version, I really don't need to.  I can pull it up and add comments, measurements, etc. while I'm brewing.  I can also pull it up later if I'm having a beer with a buddy and they want to know details.  Or if I'm at the brewshop and decide on a whim to grab supplies for a recipe, I have access to all of that through the magical cloud.   :D

Google Drive is amazing. Everybody should just dump MS Officd and go with Google. I don't put my notes on Drive, but all of my recipes are there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good notes?
« on: September 20, 2016, 05:58:57 AM »
I pretty much do what is typed up here. I have many beers that I never go back and look at recipes. But then I have that ah ha moment and need to reference something from a past brew. Or I'll reference my notebook to add threads on this forum. I use a Five Star spiral notebook... for a few reasons. They have nice folder on the inside to house printed recipes, they are very durable, and when the cover is closed they are relatively spill proof lol.

One thing that I add to my notes is the weather. The glorious thing about brewing in Ohio is that I've brewed when it's been 100 degrees, and I've brewed when it's been 0 degrees. So, when I brew next January and it's ball freezing cold, I can reference last January's notes and see if I came up shy on a target mash temp and see how many degrees I need to compensate with my strike temp.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Making a Black IPA
« on: September 19, 2016, 08:04:07 AM »
I have always been a Carafa III special brewer when it comes to black IPAs, but my LHBS stopped carrying it. They picked up Briess Blackprinz malt instead. I just tapped my latest Black IPA a couple weeks ago. I'm really happy with the results. I ran it at 4% and chocolate malt at 1% (the same ratio I used with Carafa III). I use the chocolate just to get a the slightest hint of roast in it. If there isn't a hint of roast, I truly don't understand spending the extra money on specialty malt just to make it black. But that's just my 2 cents.

The C hops work really well in a black IPA. I've not used a great deal of Citra in one, but I'd imagine it would be good since Citra is amazing. I kitchen sinked this last one of mine and purged my freezer of hops.


I feel the same, Frank. I like to use Carafa III or Midnight wheat (to control roast), then a pinch of chocolate, too. Nowhere near porter or stout roast, just a hint.

Yeah. This last one was an 11 gallon batch with a target OG of 1.067. I had 2 lb of BlackPrinz and 6 oz of Chocolate.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Making a Black IPA
« on: September 19, 2016, 06:12:23 AM »
I have always been a Carafa III special brewer when it comes to black IPAs, but my LHBS stopped carrying it. They picked up Briess Blackprinz malt instead. I just tapped my latest Black IPA a couple weeks ago. I'm really happy with the results. I ran it at 4% and chocolate malt at 1% (the same ratio I used with Carafa III). I use the chocolate just to get a the slightest hint of roast in it. If there isn't a hint of roast, I truly don't understand spending the extra money on specialty malt just to make it black. But that's just my 2 cents.

The C hops work really well in a black IPA. I've not used a great deal of Citra in one, but I'd imagine it would be good since Citra is amazing. I kitchen sinked this last one of mine and purged my freezer of hops.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Commercial Bottle Tasting
« on: September 12, 2016, 10:44:55 PM »
Also wanted to give a shout out to AmandaK for shipping me the Nebraska Sexy Betty for the Spring Swap. That beer is also amazing. It was the first that we cracked open because I've been anticipating it so long. It's a RIS aged in brandy barrels. This beer will blow your mind. The nose of this beer is roast and heavy tart cherries, but the flavor isn't so much that. It is rich, chocolate with a sweet Brandy finish. I so wish this was locally available.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Commercial Bottle Tasting
« on: September 12, 2016, 10:40:46 PM »
This thread just makes me feel bad that I sometimes get the Ohio Franks mixed up.

Yeah, well, we all can't be perfect.  ;)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Commercial Bottle Tasting
« on: September 12, 2016, 10:39:09 PM »
I found 2 bottles today for a little under $30 total, should be worth it after reading your review and knowing that it clocks in at 13.8%ABV. Will definitely be sharing this beast. I dont know why I have always just kind of passed their beers over when shopping, even when I lived in Cleveland. Will have to start trying some more of their offerings after reading that newspaper article. Thanks for posting
ps, I think it was originally the reaking urinal to more closely match the name of the paper. My parents still save all the cool beer articles out of it for me though(yes, they still have a paper subscription!)

It's weird but I pass on their beers often too. I think it's primarily due to the fact that they only sell bombers. When I do buy them, it's usually some version of BORIS. I just recently had one of their hoppy beers for the first time. I've really been sketchy at the freshness of their bombers on the shelf only because I don't think they move quickly. A local pub had Gangster Frog on tap. It was really good. Very sticky. I bought the Hop Heathen Black IPA pictured above too. It was fresh and was very good. Tasted like a black version of Gangster Frog. Enjoy the TORIS and let us know what you think!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Commercial Bottle Tasting
« on: September 12, 2016, 05:51:14 AM »
Just visited my folks in Akron fmader,  and they gave me an article from the reaky urinal (you know the paper I mean, I'm sure) all about Hoppin Frog's 10th anniversary. Unfortunately,  I had no time to search out the T.O.R.I.S, but I think I still have a lead on it here in the Cincy market.  Gonna have to try to get it tomorrow.

LOL I never heard the Beacon Journal called that, but that's a pretty epic name.

Anyways, when you get the TORIS, you will want to share it with somebody. I dunno maybe not. But when you pour it, hold it a couple inches over the glass and pour slowly right down the middle. It's so thick, that it pours like a bead of silk into the glass. The head is the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer. If you swirl the glass after you've drank it down a bit, it coats the glass like a merlot. I have another bottle that I set back to age, but I might have to get a few more to put back.

The bill was passed 3 months ago, so I'm not sure if Hoppin Frog began brewing it then, or if they have brewed it for out of state purposes. I didn't think you could have gotten much better than their BORIS, this might have done it. I gave it 4.75 stars on Untappd. I'm not quite sure why I didn't give it a 5.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Commercial Bottle Tasting
« on: September 11, 2016, 04:41:25 PM »
IMO, the Hoppin Frog TORIS was the best. It's one of ohio's first over 12% beer. It's incredible.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Commercial Bottle Tasting
« on: September 11, 2016, 04:21:17 PM »
I hosted a bottle tasting last night. 5 of brought several high end beers to the mix where we all got a 4-5oz pour of each. These are some killers beers.



We mighta went a little overboard   ::)

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Ingredients / Re: Underwhelmed by Horizon hops
« on: September 05, 2016, 07:23:33 AM »
90% of my hippy beers are bittered with Columbus.

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