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Beer Recipes / Re: This week, APA house recipe search tweak #3
« on: August 14, 2013, 01:11:55 PM »
Excellent. Thanks!

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Beer Travel / Re: Minneapolis?
« on: August 14, 2013, 05:07:03 AM »
Harriet Brewing in Minneapolis has a nice selection with a focus on Belgians. Flat Earth in St Paul is also good and I think they are moving to the old Hamms brewery north of downtown St Paul.

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Beer Recipes / Re: This week, APA house recipe search tweak #3
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:19:14 AM »
Simple is good!  My house recipe is real similar to your except that I use 2-row and Crystal 20 and a little munich.  I recently made an experimental change by removing the Munich and splitting the base as 50% 2 ro and 50% MO.  I really liked the results and may keep this change.  Looking forward to how your MO based APA turns out.

What is the biggest difference between Maris Otter and 2-row? Any styles where MO is clearly an inappropriate choice?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hopstand & Dry Hop IPA
« on: August 14, 2013, 03:05:26 AM »
I have also thought about mash hopping (as suggested at my LHBS) but don't know how this variable might also play with bitterness.  This a cool part of homebrewing that we are afforded the ability to do so many different things that might not be possible at large scales.  Thanks again.

I did some experimenting with mash hopping.  My conclusion was that I got as much out of mash hopping as I would if I'd thrown the hops away.

I can totally see that scientific taste test in Denny's kitchen.  "Ok guys, now this is from the batch where I just threw the hops away. What do you think? "

Haha!  Not what I would call a ringing endorsement. It's OK to have one less option.

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50 gallons so far, but the goal is 199!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who Uses a Blow-Off Tube and When?
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:03:35 PM »
5 & 6 gal. carboys = always
6.5 gal.carboy = rarely

My approach as well.  Headspace for a 5 gallon batach seems to be an important part of the equation, along with yeast type, beer size, etc.  If I have 1.5 gallons of free space, I have never had a problem.  My biggest problem was the time I tried to "squeeze" a bigger batch into the 6 gal carboy (the 6.5 gal was busy).

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hopstand & Dry Hop IPA
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:33:01 PM »

Very interesting recipe. I can't wait to hear the tasting notes. Is the bitterness from the hops all "perceived" in the aroma or is there some true bitter flavor on the tongue?

There have been several threads on the Northern brewer forums on hop-stand only brews. From what I've heard, the bitterness is up there, but tends to be smoother than if you used a true 60-minute boiled addition. Since isomerization happens above 185F, there is still quite a bit of IBU's generated from a hot hop stand, just not as much as if you were at full boil. My experience say's it's roughly equal to an addition 1/3 the length of a hop stand, but others find that 1/2 the time is closer. I think a lot of that will depend on your individual system.

Thanks for the information. I am interested in smoothing out the bitterness of the bittering charge. I have heard suggestions that first wort hopping has a similar effect. It seems a little counterintuitive that FWHing and a post boil hop stand would have similar outcomes considering the very different mechanics at play. 

I have also thought about mash hopping (as suggested at my LHBS) but don't know how this variable might also play with bitterness.  This a cool part of homebrewing that we are afforded the ability to do so many different things that might not be possible at large scales.  Thanks again.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hopstand & Dry Hop IPA
« on: August 13, 2013, 01:49:54 AM »
Very interesting recipe. I can't wait to hear the tasting notes. Is the bitterness from the hops all "perceived" in the aroma or is there some true bitter flavor on the tongue?

Crazy and great idea!

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: August 12, 2013, 07:00:35 PM »
Thanks for the response Denny. Loving the app otherwise.

Agreed.  It is a beautiful app, espeically on the larger iPad screen.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:19:16 PM »
I love having the issues on my iPad, since as a road warrior its nice to read them on the go, but that also leads to my biggest frustration. The app requires a data connection to keep you logged in.

That is a great point.  I would love to hear an explanation.  In my experience, that is not how other magazines work.

Another app question - is there a way to delete issues once they are read?  If there is, I have missed it.  Unfortunately, I am space limited on the iPad and need to balance reading and music for each business trip.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:10:58 PM »
My LHBS :  1.  Is owned by excellent brewers, one of whom is a BJCP
                2. Has a great selection
                3. Has a knowledgeable staff
                4. Prevents me from having to have liquid yeast shipped.
                5. Does a good job of getting new hop varieties when available.
                6. Has a very good nano next door started by a former employee,so the overall atmosphere is   
                    terrific.

True for me, except for #6.  Which is, however, a great suggestion I need to make to the guys during my next visit!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« on: August 10, 2013, 06:34:33 PM »
Thanks for all the great feedback. There are so many great options that I think getting a bigger refrigerator (or throwing out the vegetables) is the best plan.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Number of House Yeasts?
« on: August 10, 2013, 03:02:00 PM »
Hi folks,

How many strains of yeast does this crowd keep around the house?  I have started to save and wash the yeast cake from my past two brews.  I end up with 4 jars of each.  I am ending up taking up quite a bit of space in the refrigerator. 

In my opinion, one of the cool things of being a homebrewer is being able to use as many different strains as I would like.  Economics become more important to bigger brewers and they may need to limit production to one or two strains. But this is my hobby, not my job!

I need to give away some of the yeast to brewing friends. But I think my answer to my question is 1.  One house strain to keep and have available all the time.  The next question is which house strain?  ;D

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: August 09, 2013, 04:13:54 PM »
I don't preheat my mash tun with boiling water. 

Is there any downside to preheating the mash tun? Equipment issue perhaps?

Just that you're wasting time and effort.

OK.  Got it.  Thanks.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: August 08, 2013, 09:51:41 PM »
I don't preheat my mash tun with boiling water. 

Is there any downside to preheating the mash tun? Equipment issue perhaps?

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