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Beer Recipes / Re: 1st Barleywine
« on: April 02, 2014, 02:08:24 PM »
I finally started to cold crash this beer after 39 days in the fermenter. It finally leveled finished out over the weekend. The FG is 1.027. I'm really happy with that. 10.1% ABV... I'm happy with that too. I'm even happier with the taste. The hydrometer sample was glorious. I plan on bulk aging this in a corny. The plan was a for a year, but I don't know if it will be that long. I might have to dip into it in the fall. Thanks for all the advice and encouragement from you all along the way!

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Ingredients / Re: Two hops...
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:04:55 PM »
OK, thanks for all the suggestions! I went with (4) 1/2 pound's of Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus. They have a deal on this variety pack, 27.99.
I also had to tempt fate and pick up a little 2 oz. pack of Mosiac.

That's a solid deal. It's also a solid combo! I usually make a "Four C's" IPA for the summer.

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Ingredients / Re: Favorite Flavor/Aroma Hops for AIPAs
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:04:23 PM »
Centennial and Simcoe

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Ingredients / Re: Favorite Bittering hop for AIPA
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:30:21 AM »
I voted Columbus. I love the "dankness" that it adds to an AIPA. I feel that it is more dynamic that the traditional bittering hops, which makes it fit this category for me. Chinook is also good, but Columbus takes it. Often times, I'll combine the two.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:38:16 AM »
its best if you can aggregate with other brewers in the area - shipping the vials can be expensive.

You just need to send the labels.

are you serious?  thanks!  i just wish I hadn't recycled about 20 of them last year  :'(

This is from the form...

"To redeem your empty vials, please complete the form and return to us with the labels -
(remove the labels from the vials to save on shipping cost). You must include $5.00 for
shipping and handling for each item other than yeast coupons."

I probably threw away my first 10-15 before I knew about this promotion. That was also before I harvested yeast and was going through them more frequently.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mosiac Hops
« on: April 01, 2014, 03:46:27 AM »
I get no comparison between mosaic and Simcoe, but I find mosaic mysterious. I've had mosaic hopped beers that are fruity and taste wonderful, and I've had them where I get a strong garlic flavor. I think serving temp has an effect too. I find it better I've cold. I think if it is complimented with the right combination of hops (which I don't know one), it can be amazing. But for now, I'm struggling.

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Ingredients / Re: Two hops...
« on: April 01, 2014, 03:04:01 AM »
If you're looking for versatility... Centennial is the ticket. I rarely leave it out if an IPA. I also saw a list a couple years ago and cents were the most widely used hop in commercial IPAs. As far as the other or goes, start with Simcoe, but you can't go wrong with chinook or Columbus as IPA bittering hops. Amarillo, citra, galaxy, mosaic, cascade.... All good fir ipas.

I find it more of a bargain to buy pounds to half pounds. But be we warned, if you start buying in bulk, prepare to have your freezer full if hops within a year lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: April 01, 2014, 02:57:18 AM »
its best if you can aggregate with other brewers in the area - shipping the vials can be expensive.

You just need to send the labels.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 30, 2014, 06:19:44 PM »
10 vials for a free coupon is a pretty sweet deal. 

I couldn't imagine trading in 80 vials for a sweatshirt when you could get 8 free yeast vials.

Yeah, I can't imagine that being a $56 sweatshirt

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 28, 2014, 07:42:28 AM »
That's what I figured it was too. I was able to turn in used vials for free yeast though. 10 used vials for 1 new.

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Now that is being green.  I thought I had been saving mine for that yeast ranching project I never seem to get around to, but this is good news!  And it makes it 10% cheaper (almost).

You can get other free gifts as well. I'm up around 30 saved. I think I'll just get three coupons when I get around to sending them in.

http://www.whitelabs.com/customerclub

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Hop Growing / Re: 2014 Planting?
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:16:37 PM »
Got my trellis built today. Bines are starting to break ground so I figured it was about time. Hopefully they work.
They're 12' total so about 10 1/2' from top of the pots.

Nice! I was finally able to get my new rhizomes in the ground last Saturday. Good thing I mulched heavily since it dropped to ten degrees back to back nights again. I'm not one to complain about weather, but this is getting ridiculous this year!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: March 26, 2014, 01:24:35 PM »
Ok cool. I was more curious about the amount of heat from the habanero more than anything. I am planning to do a habanero pineapple wit soon but have not decided on how to add the hab. I am thinking about adding it to the secondary with the fruit.

I would suspend it in it's own bag. That way you can pull it out once you reach your desired heat.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: March 26, 2014, 12:13:29 PM »
Have you brewed this yet? I assume it's not done but would really like to hear the outcome. Don't forget to update...

This got pushed back. I have three more brews to do for my wedding over the next few weeks then I'm shutting down the brewery for two or three months. I've decided that I need a break from brewing and spend more time with family and do some fishing when the weather breaks and not worry about planning, recipe, yeast, racking, temp control, and kegging for a bit.

But when I come back, this will be one of the first. I'll be sure to let you know... Or you can brew it and let me know  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 26, 2014, 06:53:19 AM »
I've never thought that. Though many breweries have a 'house character' that is probably a combination of house yeast and some habitual recipe choices.

Maybe that's it. I can't even drink any SA without getting irritated. They have a lot of "different" beers that taste a lot the same to me. I just avoid it altogether now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 26, 2014, 06:47:16 AM »
Is it just me or do any of you guys think that all Sam Adams beers taste a lot like Boston Lager? I can't stand it anymore. I think Koch just adjusts hop additions and water concentrations to the BL recipe.

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