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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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
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.
QuoteRoast 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?
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.
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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.