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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Wet Hops
« on: August 17, 2011, 05:56:54 PM »
Interested in buying some wet hops. If you got in on the recent sale by-the-pound, I can take a few ounces off your hands.

Pi - just wanted to make sure you realize, you need to use 4-5x the same amount of dryhops when using wet/fresh - so if you bought 4oz off of someone, they'd equate to about .80-1.0 oz.

1937
Pimp My System / Re: My new HERMS rig
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:44:11 PM »
Very pretty.
How do you remove the stainless tubes from the kegs for clean up and grain disposal?  From a distance it looks like they are permanently attached.

It is hard plumbed.  I use a shop vac to empty the mash tun (takes about 30 seconds to suck out the grain!).  I cycle PBW through the system when I'm done and clean in place.

rjharper - I'm considering shop vac-ing my mash tun in my new brewery - but I am curious how do you keep the shop vac clean?  do you suck up warm water after the mash?  do you put a bag in the canister to capture the spent grain and then just dispose of the bag?


1938
Beer Recipes / Re: Fresh Simcoe hops arriving soon....what to do?
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:51:30 PM »

So.... I missed it?  When did they show up?  Aren't they early? 

Dammit!!!!!!!

well, a pre-order can of course be held at any time, but given that harvesting occurs very soon (within the next 2-3 weeks) they'll want to have all orders in place so they can be shipped as soon as they are picked and received.

1939
ok, ok.

Long story... the wife wanted another kriek.  I told her she had to brew it.  

nice!

1940
Beer Recipes / Re: Fresh Simcoe hops arriving soon....what to do?
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:29:55 PM »
pinnah - he probably got that partially from me - my pro buddy was speaking with Ralph Olsen at an event a few months ago and they were discussing fresh/wet/undryed/ blah-blah whatever you want to call them hops.  Ralph made the comment "why do you want to boil off any of those wonderful volatiles?" or something close to that - makes sense to me.

so he recommended either using them late in the boil (hop stand is a great idea!) or dryhopping.  Having a brew ready to be dryhopped made the most sense to me, especially since I can't brew during the week and the shipment, which needs to be used pronto, is likely to come in on a Wednesday not a friday - YMMV.

1941
Beer Recipes / Re: Fresh Simcoe hops arriving soon....what to do?
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:17:41 PM »
Would I be better off brewing an A/IPA now and dry hopping with the fresh hops when they arrive? 

yes.

Any suggestions on a commercial example that would be a good starting point to shoot for before the dry hopping?

I can't think of any Simcoe wet hopped ales, and even so if you could find one right now, I'd recommend against it since wet hopped ales should be drank by no later than November else they lose their 'magic'.

As for regular hopped beers with Simcoe as a prominent aroma hop, I'm drawing a blank except for Weyerbacher Double SImcoe which I think blows so I'd not recommend that one, even though Simcoe is one of my favorite hops.

As I recommended on NB forum, maybe make the "Dead Ringer" kit but use the simcoe instead of the included dryhop, or the CYBI Green Flash IPA, or I would do this:

1.065 OG
95% US 2 row
5% English Light Crystal
Mash 153

2oz Amarillo at 20 min
1oz Amarillo at 15 min
1oz Amarillo at 10 min
2oz Amarillo at 5 min

with enough Amarillo, Columbus or Chinook at 60 min to get your total IBUs to equal 65 (after accounting for all the amarillo late addition IBUs based on your AA)

ferment with Chico or San Diego Super (001 or 090)

then when your simcoe comes - dryhop with that.

I would drink that all day long!

1942
Beer Recipes / Re: Fresh Simcoe hops arriving soon....what to do?
« on: August 17, 2011, 11:49:48 AM »
Would I be better off brewing an A/IPA now and dry hopping with the fresh hops when they arrive? 

yes.

1943
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager Seems sluggish
« on: August 17, 2011, 08:43:53 AM »
what he said ^

1944
Ingredients / Re: Honey into fermenter of IIPA
« on: August 17, 2011, 07:30:49 AM »
I am still puzzled how a single pound of honey can lower the FG an extra 2 points (I figured the 8 points of honey added fully fermented out, but no more, thus leaving the FG the same)

It's because the SG of ethanol is quite low (0.789) compared to the beer, so even small amounts can have a large effect on the FG.

that's what I figured you'd say, but I assumed with only one pound, the measurable difference would be a rounding error.  guess I'm the first three letters in assume then  :D

1945
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager Seems sluggish
« on: August 17, 2011, 07:07:42 AM »
so you did not make a starter and pitched a single pack of lager yeast?  :o

if that is true then yes, you drastically underpitched, but it sounds like you're getting  activity now so not much to do but wait it out.

1946
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cleaning Glass vessles?
« on: August 17, 2011, 07:05:48 AM »
long soak in warm PBW followed by a Starsan soak should do it.

1947
Ingredients / Re: Honey into fermenter of IIPA
« on: August 17, 2011, 06:39:38 AM »
interesting.  learned something new Jay , although I am still puzzled how a single pound of honey can lower the FG an extra 2 points (I figured the 8 points of honey added fully fermented out, but no more, thus leaving the FG the same), but as jeffy said I don't want to pollute this guy's thread with the real vs. apparent attenuation talk, so I'll leave it at that - I don't really care since honey belongs in mead not beer  ;D

1948
Ingredients / Re: Honey into fermenter of IIPA
« on: August 16, 2011, 03:24:35 PM »
just to be clear though - the honey isn't going to lower the final gravity of what you would get if you don't add any honey since you have already made the wort and are not replacing malt with honey. it increases the OG, but since honey will ferment all the way down, you can get to the same OG.

so if your 1.070 malt only IPA had 80% attenuation, you'd finish around 1.014.  If you add a lb of honey, your OG should go up to ~1.078, but you should still finish at 1.014.

1949
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many people use hop bags?
« on: August 16, 2011, 01:58:22 PM »
you aren't actually using the PVC in the liquid - it sits atop your kettle not in the boiling wort..

IIRC, the bags are 100% nylon (with the exception of the elastic band some have of course) - same as the hop bags in a HB store...

1950
The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:44:18 PM »
Dogfish 120.

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