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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:44:59 PM »



The top beer is a hoppy pilsner that I just tapped. That beer exceeded my expectations. The bottom is my Good Morning Stout. This is the best beer that I brew. I know it's not clear, but it's still gorgeous!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy Pilsner..... Maybe?
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:41:11 PM »
We tapped this yesterday afternoon. This beer turned out very well. It has a nice hop presence, but it doesn't impede it from also tasting like a pilsner. You first taste the fruitiness of the Nelson and meridian hops, but the Columbus finishes it off to keep the fruit in check. I'm very pleased with this beer.


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Ingredients / Re: Pellet Hops - Vacuum Sealed bag or jar?
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:30:01 PM »
since it's pretty well dark all of the time in the freezer

How do you know?  ;)

I like to spend time lounging in the freezer on a hot summer day and drink a cold one after mowing the lawn  :P

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Ingredients / Re: Pellet Hops - Vacuum Sealed bag or jar?
« on: March 02, 2014, 07:15:09 AM »
After Jeff's comment about Mylar bags being the best, curiosity got the best out of me. I don't believe light to be an issue since it's pretty well dark all of the time in the freezer, but I looked these things up. Well, Mylar bags are fairly cheaper than food savor bags. On amazon, you can get 50 quart sized Mylar bags for $16. I buy boxes of 20 quart sized food savor bags at Walmart for $10 or $12.

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Ingredients / Re: Pellet Hops - Vacuum Sealed bag or jar?
« on: March 02, 2014, 06:27:54 AM »
I've never used Mason jars for long term storage. I vacuum seal them in bags. Space is a big factor too. I don't think I'd fit all of my hops in the freezer if I used jars. Now, I weigh out all of my hops for a brew in advanced. So dry hops are put in a ziplock bag and the air is squeezed out and then into a Mason jar and into the fridge. Thus is more so my fridge doesn't smell like hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "Wet Hopping"
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:26:59 PM »
If you want to keep the yeast, rack to secondary then add the dry hops. If you don't care to keep the yeast, throw em' in when the beer is done and the yeast drops. I do both pretty evenly.
^^^^This is the ticket. I personally rack my IPAs into a secondary onto the dry hops. Many do it this way and many dry hop in the primary upon completion of fermentation. This has been debated a zillion times on this forum. I reuse my yeast so I move the beer, if I didn't, I'd probably dry hop in the primary. Whether you bag your hops or not, I think it's really personal preference. You will figure out what works the best for you... I don't think making a hop/vodka concoction will be it for ya though  :P

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Duplicating the best DIPA's at home
« on: March 01, 2014, 12:16:34 PM »
And maybe it goes without saying, but make sure you;re using the best quality hops you can find.  Dry hopping is not the place to try to use up your old hops.
OK, so that begs another question:  via mail, where do you all recommend I get my hops?  I usually use Morebeer.

Where abouts are you from if you don't mind me asking?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Duplicating the best DIPA's at home
« on: March 01, 2014, 12:05:27 PM »
Sounds like a plan. I think that you will find that you will prefer your IPAs to commercial brews once you kick the hops up. You won't drink a fresher IPA than yours. Another little tidbit that I was told to me from brewers that are more knowledgable than I is to add about a teaspoon of gypsum to the boil for hoppy beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "Wet Hopping"
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:07:22 AM »
Ummm sounds complicated. Save yourself the time and just toss your hops into the fermenter after the primary fermentation and the yeast has dropped out. No fears of contamination.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Duplicating the best DIPA's at home
« on: March 01, 2014, 09:05:45 AM »
Forget your 1-5 minute hops.... Push that all out to 0 minute (flameout).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Duplicating the best DIPA's at home
« on: March 01, 2014, 06:23:16 AM »
Ummm... More hops? ;D How much hops are you using? IMO if you're not using a pound in a 5 gallon batch, you're not using enough. I personally don't like the heavy booze taste and thickness if a DIPA, so I brew all mine so that the land 6-7% ABV but still use the large amount of hops. I usually got 2-3 oz for FWH, 2-3 oz at 60 min, maybe an oz or two at 10, at least an oz/gal at 0 minutes with a 30-45 minute stand, and at least oz/gal dry hop.

My advice to you is start trying to push the envelope with hops. Once you think that you've got enough, add a couple more ounces here and there. You'll like the results... Maybe the next time, you'll want to go bigger! ;D

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Ingredients / Re: Looking for a way to get the most out of pumpkin
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:31:29 PM »
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Roast them and put in for the mash. Use a dump truck load of rice hulls.

I've never used rice hulls. After searching several opinions it seems amounts of usage vary depending on recipe. The consensus seems to be between a 1/2 and 1 pound for a 5 gallon batch but that isn't for a pumpkin ale. I'm doing a 2.5 gallon batch. Half pound about right? Also, some are pre-soaking the hulls, any added benefit to this other than reducing absorption?

Thanks

I'd go at least that. I might go a pound. Pumpkin can really gum up the mash. There's not much more frustrating on brew day than a stuck mash.

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Ingredients / Re: Looking for a way to get the most out of pumpkin
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:50:23 AM »
I would roast the pumkin, you'll get some browning, some caramelization and intensify any flavour that is there. you will also gelatenize some or all of the starch which will help with conversion in the mash. I wouldn't bother with boiling or steeping in the strike water as I don't see that it would really get you anything just putting the pumpkin in the mash wouldn't.

+1... Roast them and put in for the mash. Use a dump truck load of rice hulls.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Member, Old Brewer, Cheers!!
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:47:58 AM »
You'll find the people here insanely helpful and friendly.  Welcome!

 8)

Yeah... This is the North Wing of the Third Floor...

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Hop Growing / Re: 2014 Planting?
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:11:44 AM »
How did you plants do last year planting them on March 9th?  Up here in NH even it was warm then, I'd be afraid to plant new rhizomes when there was still a 98-99% of a frost.

No. These things grew real well, but I did a lot of prep work with soil and compost. We had frosts after I planted, but I covered with a thick layer of wood mulch. Also, you want to water and feed with acidic water and fertilizer. Our well water is very hard, so I catch rain water and use.

Here's my thread from last year's hops...

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=15030.0

I had a nice yield on all of my plants. Some better than others. The Columbus blew up late. I had a large amount of them.

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