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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlpool Effects On Flavor Addition
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:38:14 PM »
In IPAs and APAs, where we are using gobs of hops at various stages, I think people are way too attached to IBU calculations. They are fine to get a ballpark idea on a new recipe or when playing with new hops, but when it comes to trying to figure out exactly what is going on with bitterness... not so much. Especially with end of boil hop-stand, whirlpool, and coldside hops. It should be all about how you perceive the bitterness. If the beer tasted perfect, but you had no idea what the IBUs were, would that bother you? If so, I might be looking at you...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any Reason To Cold Crash A Stout?
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:16:02 PM »
People seem to think that clarity isn't important for dark beers....not so!  It's easy to see a bright dark beer vs. a muddy looking one.
Even if you can't "see" a difference, how is the muck improving flavor and mouthfeel?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Off The Topper Kit
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:24:00 AM »
Replacing some malt with some sugar will or should make that beer have a lower finishing gravity than it's all grain predecessor with both beers having the same OG. But simply adding sugar to a beer won't make it have a lower finishing gravity. It will just have a higher gravity and finish about the same FG as it would have if you hadn't added sugar. Simple sugar doesn't do anything to the unfermentable sugars still in the recipe unless you replace unfermentable sugars with fermentable sugars.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Weird question...
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:11:31 AM »
In my experience, adding a cover-up to bad beer doesn't work out. It ends up being bad beer with... bla bla cover-up

Beer Recipes / Re: First Black IPA recipe; critique please
« on: April 24, 2018, 04:55:26 PM »
Jim - It's dropped to 1.0175 (check me, scraping out every half point! It was around 1.0185 before, so I'm calling that a point...), having had 10 days in primary and not moving.  It is not excessively sweet at all, and the bitterness is more noticeable than it was a few days ago, and it's pretty much cleared down.  Some of the greenness has dropped out too.  I would no longer describe it as particularly porter-like, and I'm hoping it is just a black(ish) IPA awaiting its dry hop! Currently chilling down to 59 for the large dry hop.  It's tidy enough for me to follow through with the recipe, without adding any sugar.
Awesome! Good job

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering airlock?
« on: April 22, 2018, 10:05:53 AM »
Something to keep in mind: when temp increases, so does pressure. So the headspace at 35F might be at atmosphere but if you pull it out to a 80F room, it short order it will be higher. Plus liquid at cold temp holds more CO2 than warmer. Meaning that if you pull it out of the fridge to a warm room, left unattended it will warm up and CO2 will off gas and pressure will build. I would suggest looking at Nor-Cal brew supply and consider a cap that has a 5psi safety relief valve.

Beer Recipes / Re: First Black IPA recipe; critique please
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:34:12 AM »
Have you tasted it yet. Reason I ask is a lot of folks see 1.020ish and instantly think "too sweet" and start chasing a fix without tasting. Might just be fine... maybe perfect. Frankly, even a 5% Stout tastes pretty darn good sometimes at an FG a little higher than the same abv in many other styles.

Might be why we don't see many Imperial Dry Stouts

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Since it’s 4/20...
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:08:28 PM »
Cue the butane purity debate. Foodgrade vs Welding... go!

Ingredients / Re: Boiling point of hop oils
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:04:38 PM »
Steve, I've often wondered if people overly fear "boil point" of hop oils. It seems like the thought is that if hop oils "boil" at X° that as soon as you hit X° they are gone... instantly. But why doesn't that happen with other substances, like water for instance. Every time I bring water to a boil it seems to not instantly evaporate. While I can't look in the boil kettle and "see" hop oils, by smell and taste it sure seems like a lot of hop oils are staying in there, even though they were at their boil point.

Doesn't time at boil point also play into it?

Beer Recipes / Re: First Black IPA recipe; critique please
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:50:55 PM »
How does it taste carbonated?

All Grain Brewing / Re: NEIPA Water Profile
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:39:15 AM »
.44 grams MgSO4 should be undetectable flavor threshold. But I would agree that, in theory, all grain brewing doesn't need Mg, the grain ought to bring enough to the party. I used it in my Distilled Water brews for quite a while and recently decided it's just not needed. I feel the same about NaCl. Funny how we start out simple, then go complex, then winnow it back toward simple again.

Equipment and Software / Re: Female Quick Disconnect Lubrication
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:31:01 AM »
By the end of a double batch day, mine get a bit sticky. I think I'll try to remember the starsan spritz trick between mash and boil. It's always just the one that returns to the mash... the other one is always attached to a male.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: no sparge method question
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:35:43 AM »
Or space in MT maybe

Equipment and Software / Re: Female Quick Disconnect Lubrication
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:13:39 AM »
Agreed. Should be deleted.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Anchor Liberty Ale
« on: April 17, 2018, 07:55:50 PM »
Liberty is the Luke, Han, and Chewy of IPAs. Everything else is Jar Jar

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