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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Final Round Scores
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:35:48 AM »
Yeah... That's what I'm thinking. Owell... Still a great experience overall!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Final Round Scores
« on: August 09, 2013, 08:43:40 AM »
I only bottle 1 or 2 bombers per batch. The 12 oz bottles were fine too. I had one of those a couple weeks ago.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Final Round Scores
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:28:37 AM »
Thanks guys! I rebrewed 10 gallons of this beer a couple weeks ago with adjustments made geared toward critisism from the first round scorecards.... Can't do much about the carbonation issue I guess. Nonetheless, I will enter it again next year  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / NHC Final Round Scores
« on: August 08, 2013, 07:38:36 PM »
I got my final round score cards today! First off, I am very thrilled and amazed that my beer made the final round. It was a tart cherry stout that was my second all grain recipe that was brewed last July. This was also my first competition. One judge scored it with a 37 (which was my first round overall score). The other judge scored it with a 40. I am completely happy with the scores, but what I'm concerned about is a common comment by them both. For flaws they both checked "gusher" and commented that it was over carbonated. One actually told me to check my other bottles. This is bizarre, because the other 45 bottles that have been opened from that batch are minimally carbonated. I drank the last 22oz tonight and it was perfectly fine. So, could any residual sugars from the cherries or whatever got stirred up in shipping? I didn't have any negative comments about the carbonation at the regional level. I'm just curious if anybody else had any experiences like this so that I can correct it next year. I shipped the three bottles in a fitting box. All of the bottles were wrapped in bubble wrap and then individually put into ziplock bags. Newspaper was then put around them. I do think they laid on their sides... But so did regional beers. Any input would be appreciated.

Ingredients / Re: Where to find NZ hops?
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:31:50 PM »
But if I'm not mistaking, Galaxy hops are Australian and not from NZ.

Ingredients / Re: Where to find NZ hops?
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:29:16 PM »
I use the Hops Shack often, but I know that Label Peelers just got a shipment if bulk Galaxy in either Friday or yesterday. I'd check that out.

Beer Recipes / Re: Kona Big Wave Golden Ale Clone
« on: August 06, 2013, 09:57:05 AM »
Yeah... I have not had the beer either. They had the hops listed on their website and I asked my uncle who requested it of the taste. Smooth bitterness with little to no aroma. My IBUs are close to 30, but with the first addition being first wort, I figure it would be closer to the taste of the listed 21 IBUs. I'm looking to keep the ABV under 5.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's up with this?
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:04:59 AM »
That is a bit odd. Hmmm. Nonetheless, that's a solid deal. My LHBS has them at $35 right not, but with shopping, $45 is great. It usually cost more for shipping me a sack than buying one. I usually don't deal bulk grain online. I got one of these promo emails a couple weeks ago. It was ironic since I got it during their 24 hour flat rate shipping promo. Ironic because I hadn't ordered from them since they dropped their flat rate shipping. I took advantage of the deals and got all the hardware for my keezer that is in the making.

Beer Recipes / Kona Big Wave Golden Ale Clone
« on: August 05, 2013, 06:08:52 PM »
I normally don't drink golden ales, but this one sounded good when I was asked to brew it. It's a nice change of pace from what I normally brew. So...what do you think?

5.5 Gallon Batch
OG = 1.047

92% American Two Row = 8 lb 8 oz
5 % Caramel/Crystal 10L = 8 oz
3 % Caramel/Crystal 20L = 5 oz

FWH = 6 g Citra and 6 g Galaxy
10 Minute = 6 g Citra and 6 g Galaxy
0 Minute = 16 g Citra and 16 g Galaxy

White Labs Cali 001

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All-Grain - Overall success.
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:57:05 PM »
Excellent! My only suggestion for next time is to wait until 8ish before you mash in  :P

Ingredients / Re: What do you think of this hop combo with Galaxy?
« on: August 03, 2013, 10:48:01 AM »
I'm probably going to attempt to clone Kona Big Wave Golden Ale for my next brew. Their website says they hop with galaxy and citra. I told myself that I wasn't going to buy anymore hops again this year (back in April lol), but I didn't have any galaxy or ever used it. And of course, I was out of Citra. Bam! 5 oz of each came in the mail yesterday. This being a golden ale, I don't see me using much more than an ounce or two of either of these hops. Keep me informed of what you choose to use it with and if it worked for you!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: August 03, 2013, 10:17:42 AM »
You really don't need a calculator.  Just mash with whatever ratio you like.  After you run that off, measure how much you got and subtract that from the amount you want to boil.  The answer you get is how much sparge water to use.

I love how you make things simple, Denny! When thinking about it, this is probably the most accurate way of precisely measuring your needed water. I have always used a calculator... Most times it works, but occasionally you end up with a wtf happened with the water brew. I usually start heating my sparge water with about 20-25 minutes left in the mash. I may have to start sacrificing this time. I learn something everyday.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: August 03, 2013, 08:32:47 AM »
The measuring stick is for the boil kettle. Fill the kettle up with water a gallon at a time and hash out the stick. I don't use a mesh tube, but I think it will be perfectly fine with double crushed grains. You'll probably have to run three or four quarts before its clear, but you'll get there. Like I said, I get a better filter since I started crushing my own grains finer than when I had the LHBS do it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: August 03, 2013, 07:55:57 AM »
I use this calculator... It works well for me. You do want your two running a to be about equal. So you'll need more mash water than sparge water. Yes, double crush your grains. I all but pulverize mine... I actually get better filtration with a finely crushed grain. Stir as you add your grain to the mash water. I usually add the grain and the water together. Then once all the water and grain is in your tun, give it one last good stir. If you don't have dough balls then, you're not going to develop any throughout the mashing process. 60 minutes should be fine. I like Jon's advice on a wort measuring stick. I used to use one, but I've changed filtering mechanisms in my kettle, that I have too many markings on the stick to make sense of it anymore. I need to get back to using one again, myself.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit beer questions
« on: August 02, 2013, 05:40:22 AM »
I just bottled five gallons of a peach wheat. I used 5 lb of fresh peaches (I skinned mine. There is a butt ton of bacteria on peach skin.) and a 3 lb can of peach purée. Big Al supplied me with the scale too. I tasted it out of the bottling bucket, and the peach was certainly present. I'd be able to give you a better synopsis in about a week when they're ready to drink.

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