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Ingredients / Ooops Test
« on: September 06, 2013, 01:43:48 PM »
Brewed an IPA yesterday. All went well. Enjoying the sun, watching wife paint. Then a thunder storm rolled in. Slightly distracting. I just realized I didn't add nutrients or whirlfloc. So an accidental test is in progress. Will see if it's really needed in an IPA.

Second thought. If yeast pulls some hop character out why wouldn't whirlfloc? Maybe one shouldn't use finings in an IPA ?

Anyone ever figure that one out?

Beer Travel / @ Icicle Brewing- Leavenworth, Wa
« on: August 29, 2013, 04:28:18 PM »

Ingredients / Blonde
« on: August 17, 2013, 06:05:09 PM »
I have some Castle Belgian Pilsner on hand, and some Amarillo
How would a blonde smash be?

Beer Recipes / This week, APA house recipe search tweak #3
« on: August 12, 2013, 07:35:15 PM »
Again, it's apparent that simplicity is key. I'm getting closer to what I envision.

Try #3 will be

10# Maris Otter
2# crystal 10
Mashed at 154° 90 min

60 min boil
1.5 oz Centennial FWH
1.5 oz Cascade 15 min
Wirlfloc and WY nutrient

WY1056 re-start
67° fermentor for approx 21 days

2 oz Willamette dry in keg 6 days
Gel clarify at 35° 3 days while carbing

Beer Recipes / House IPA search, round three
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:09:19 PM »
Getting closer to what I want. #2 turned out very similar to Mirror Pond but more body and bite. I'm bumping the bitter  hops tomorrow and changing from cascade for late addition

IPA Try #3
9# Washington select
2# Munich
1# crystal 10
154° mash
2oz Simcoe FWH
1oz Amarillo 10min
1oz Mosaic 10min
WY1056 restarted 67°

1oz Amarillo 2oz Mosaic dry hop 6 days in keg

Kegging and Bottling / Gelatin First Try
« on: August 04, 2013, 08:32:05 PM »
Just checking to see if I did this somewhat right

Kegged a batch of IPA. Steeped 2 oz of dry hops in a bag for 4 days at 67°. Pulled the hop bag and put it in my kegerator under 20# CO2 for 24hrs to chill it.

Mixed 1tsp gelatin in 3/4 cup hot water, rested about 20 min. Releived keg pressure and gently stirred in the gelatin. Resealed and applied 20# CO2.

I'm thinking it will be ready to blow out the gunk in 24 hrs. Then enjoy nice clear IPA goodness.

Yes? No? Maybe?

All Grain Brewing / This week's brew
« on: July 21, 2013, 09:10:00 PM »
will be a 6B Blonde ale, my second recipe adjustment. Seems like I just keep making it simpler while tweaking the process.

8# 2 row mashed at 154°
1/2 oz cascade at 60
1/2 oz at 15
WY1056 repitch at 67°

Should be right down the line on bjcp numbers
I bumped up my mash temp from 148° to add a little body and head
Cut my hops in half, it was getting too close to APA feel
Might read up and try gelatin for a real clear look.

All Grain Brewing / Brew day
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:13:31 PM »
Got my honey doos done, time to brew. Second tweak of what will eventually be my house APA after a couple more trys and adjustments.

9# Washington 2 Row
1# crystal 40L
1# crystal 10Lbs
154° mash
175° sparge

1.5oz Centennial FWH
1.5oz Cascade 15 min
Wirlfloc and WY nutrient

WY 1056 at 67°

Should be about 1.050/50ibu

Going to dry hop 2oz cascade 4 days in the keg

Learning that simple is good

Equipment and Software / Cool trick
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:54:15 PM »
You can copper plate your drill stir by leaving it in starsan with your wort chiller

General Homebrew Discussion / Die Hard with a Spoon
« on: July 10, 2013, 07:14:56 PM »
So I'm in my man cave, easily 90°, 15 minutes left in the boil.

Die Hard enough?

Kegging and Bottling / Carbonation where are you?
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:00:32 PM »
A rather mundane APA. A bit thin. No head retention. Kegged a few days too soon as evidenced by a very faint hint of acetaldehyde. Certain it's not infected. Bitterness is fine. Flavor not horrible. But even after a week at 15 psi / 65° then 24 hrs at 10psi 35°, almost no bubbles.

If I had to lay blame it was mashed too low and no body malt equals very thin and bubbles dissipate too quick.

Ever have this problem?

General Homebrew Discussion / NHC summarized
« on: July 06, 2013, 01:51:16 PM »
Someone put the whole conference in less than a minute on YouTube

Ingredients / Red
« on: June 29, 2013, 12:23:00 PM »
What is the best way to get a brilliant red color? Other than fruit or food coloring?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Double Mountain
« on: June 27, 2013, 06:09:20 AM »
I tried DM's IRA red ale and Vaporizer pale ale yesterday. They come in unique pint bottles that are heavy duty. The IRA was thick, malty, moderately hopped. Lots of unfiltered goodness to sink your teeth into. It would be a good rainy day at the coast beer.

Vaporizer was much more interesting. Its a SMaSH beer with BC pilsner and Challenger hops. Clean, crisp, with a slight "Urquell" like malt flavor and a pleasant citrus hops finish. 6% 50ibu. I'll buy this one again.

I have to try Hop Lava IPA next.

General Homebrew Discussion / How far are you from NHC?
« on: June 27, 2013, 05:48:18 AM »

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