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Ingredients / Re: Hop Bitterness
« on: March 22, 2015, 04:50:26 PM »
+1. Totally depends on what you're after.  Different bitterness and flavor levels in different beer styles. And even within one style like IPA, where I like appropriate but not excessive bitterness but tons of hop flavor.  Like Jeffy said, a hop bursted IPA (all late hops) can be great without a 60 addition. Lately I've been doing APA and IPA with only a 60 minute addition and everything else in the whirlpool, then dry hopped. You'll just have to experiment to see what you like best.

+1 bittering with magnum at 45 minutes and everything else 15 minutes and under. smoother hop profile with lots of aroma. did a hop stand on IPA last friday with mandarina, and will dry hop also.

been there done that. luckily i have propane less than 5 minutes from my house. i do keep one tank on the gas grill, one for my beer, and one in reserve now.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold Crashing Starter
« on: March 21, 2015, 03:43:23 PM »
Unless we are talking about a huge starter, crashing isn't really necessary.  I almost never crash my starters.  I pitch the entire contents of the starter vessel.  However, then again, I do not use a yeast stress inducing stir plate.

So you're suggesting I just pitch it all tomorrow even though it may not be done at that point? I thought the consensus was to only pitch it all when it was at the peak.

quite likely it will be done. but then again, you could just throw it in fridge now and then pitch it tomorrow. this last thursday, i removed some slurry from y IPA and made a small 1L starter. it took off in about 2 hours and peaked at about 7 hours. i put it in fridge and took it out the next day and pitched about 400ml after partial decant. my new IPA took off in about 10 hrs and is going wicked strong. i've done this the last few batches and beer is as good as ever.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada HopHunter
« on: March 21, 2015, 12:22:32 PM »
Sure does smell and look nice in the glass! Tastes even better!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada HopHunter
« on: March 21, 2015, 08:48:14 AM »
Finally- I've found it in my area.

American Amber Ale tomorrow at out annual "March Madness Mashness Brew Day"!

now that sounds like a great day ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: try at batch sparging
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:20:55 AM »
besides it only taking me about 5 minutes or less to batch sparge, PH never gets anywhere near a concern for tannin extraction (a possible result of over sparging). i use up to 185F sparge water also. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vienna Lager
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:13:08 AM »
What yeast are you using?  2206 is my fave.

I was just planning on 34/70 which is the same as 2124 right? Would this be a decent choice? Seems like it would do the trick.

people say 34/70 is 2124 is wlp830 and very similar. wlp830 which is one of my favorites-good choice IMO.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vienna Lager
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:06:49 AM »
I am not very familiar with this style. How does the grain bill below look?

94.4% Vienna
4.5% caramunich I
1.1% carafa

~10 SRM

Yum.  I would drink a lot of it.

Thanks! I may go with something similar and just kick up the caramunich a tad? Right now I am torn between trying this or a Helles. I am on a German beer kick lately and really enjoying it. Right now I have a Schwarz, kolsch, and alt on which all turned out great. The Schwarz was my first lager and I am really pleased with the results.

looks good and i think either way is fine with caramunich. try one way and see what you think. there's always time to brew again! 

General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing This Weekend? -3/20/15
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:00:50 AM »
Mashing another round of IPA as i write with 92% vienna and 8% carared and with .5oz magnum at 45min and 2oz mandarina at 15, 10, 5, and flameout. dry hopped with 3oz in keg.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second opinion on hydrometer reading
« on: March 20, 2015, 03:11:31 AM »

What am I missing? Is the FG vs OG not an exact measurement of ABV?

Not even close. It's an accurate measurement of how much dissolved extract changed during fermentation. Anything beyond that requires making assumptions about the composition of those sugars, and how much ethanol was produced as opposed to CO2, yeast biomass, etc.

All things considered, the abv calcs are estimates. What's your experience with the etimatates vs. actual Sean?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second opinion on hydrometer reading
« on: March 19, 2015, 01:38:31 PM »
i vote 1.073 adjusted to 1.074 (68F corrected for 60F). but honestly, no big deal either way you call  t.

Beer Recipes / Wheat beer Ideas
« on: March 19, 2015, 07:25:26 AM »
380 American, 300 german.
white labs yeast. They're both German yeast; fingers and brain not working together this early. 320 is the American version. I prefer 300 just because I can balance out the clove and banana as I like. 380 is really all clove dominant.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat beer Ideas
« on: March 19, 2015, 05:53:24 AM »
60-65% wheat and or dark wheat, Munich , melanoidin make up rest. I prefer the malty Dunkelweizen over hefeweizen. 380 American, 300 german.

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