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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: October 31, 2017, 11:45:26 PM »
Frank, just curious - was that Azacca only dry or a 1:1 blend with Mt Hood? As for the dry hop haze, it diminishes greatly in a week for me. Azacca has always been a nice mango-peach, with a little citrus and pine when I've used it, never non-descript and generic. If it isn't like that at all, I wonder about the hops' condition/harvest/vendor/age.

OTOH it may be a different beer in a week. Let me know.
It was only dry. The beer was finished and at a club meeting for a hop comparison. Getting it back with only Galena to bitter and a small dose of Mt. hood at 5 minutes, whirlpool and dry. Then 2 weeks later added the Azacca.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: October 31, 2017, 01:57:11 AM »
Azacca is the mildest of those and would work great 1:1 . It'd be my pick. Equinox deserves the praise but is much stronger than Mt Hood, so 3:1 would be better there. Any of those could work nicely, though I'd rank El Dorado last with Mt Hood.

Edit - For 5 gallons,  I like 5 oz-ish to keg dry hop IPA, Frank. 2.5 ish oz for APA.
Thanks Jon, looks like I need to find my Azacca

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If you use it I'll be curious to see how it comes out!
I'll let you know Jon. Found the hops

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Jon, I wound up using 4oz Azacca for the remaining 4 gallons. I think that's what you were suggesting. Its definitely a lot cloudier now than before the dry hop. As for flavor, I think it's a bit muddled. More flavor than before the dry hop, but nothing jumping out at me as far as my sensory perception goes. I'm no super taster though, but it definitely has more hop flavor just nothing specific. The Azacca were 2015 from Niko. Vac sealed bag, in my freezer. Never opened until I went to use them. More experimenting needed for me with Azacca. My first kegging experience is going well enough that I bought 4 more from AIH when they had them on sale 2 weeks ago

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: October 25, 2017, 12:39:07 AM »
Azacca is the mildest of those and would work great 1:1 . It'd be my pick. Equinox deserves the praise but is much stronger than Mt Hood, so 3:1 would be better there. Any of those could work nicely, though I'd rank El Dorado last with Mt Hood.

Edit - For 5 gallons,  I like 5 oz-ish to keg dry hop IPA, Frank. 2.5 ish oz for APA.
Thanks Jon, looks like I need to find my Azacca

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If you use it I'll be curious to see how it comes out!
I'll let you know Jon. Found the hops

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: October 25, 2017, 12:05:54 AM »
Azacca is the mildest of those and would work great 1:1 . It'd be my pick. Equinox deserves the praise but is much stronger than Mt Hood, so 3:1 would be better there. Any of those could work nicely, though I'd rank El Dorado last with Mt Hood.

Edit - For 5 gallons,  I like 5 oz-ish to keg dry hop IPA, Frank. 2.5 ish oz for APA.
Thanks Jon, looks like I need to find my Azacca

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Beer Recipes / Mt Hood APA/IPA
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:16:18 PM »
So for a club meeting, I brewed up the same single(almost) hop beer as 25 others. Beer started at 1.063 and finished at 1.013 for about 6.6% ABV. The grist was 92.2% 2 row, 4.3% C40, 3.4% Cara-pils. Bitterred with 33.8 IBU of Galena at 60, then finished with Mt Hood. Everyone made the same beer with different finishing hops. I got the leftovers back and want to dry hop in the keg. What would you use with Mt Hood? I have the usual suspects on hand plus a lot if hops I have yet to use: Azacca, Cleopatra, El Dorado, Equinox, Galaxy. Leaning towards the Equinox as everyone seems to have about it. Which would you use and how much per gallon?

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Edit: typed OG in wrong

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:01:27 AM »

Good day sunshine--The Beatles
Let the good times roll: the Cars

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 20, 2017, 12:58:29 AM »
We're just so off-topic that... wait.... what was the topic again?!  Who cares?!  Oh.  Alrighty then!

Ex's & Oh's - Elle King
Ba dump bump. He'll be here all week

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:44:36 PM »
thanks stpug, luckily I was never a smoker but this was the same. Nicotine is a controlling monster
   Having quit both - smokes 34 1/2 years ago and chew about 15, I gotta say that the latter was way harder to kick, even though I only chewed when drinking beer. I now can't stand cigarette smoke, but still miss my evening "desert" chew. No way that I'll ever get back into that nasty crap though.
thanks Visor, hitting 80 days today and less than 3 weeks from 100 which is a great starting point. I promise every day not to use that day, and it has worked for 80 days

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 17, 2017, 07:19:14 PM »
Cheers Dave. Most of my hobbies usually turn into addictions/obsessions. That was the biggest thing to learn with this: I did not have a chew habit, I am an addict. I will also never want to give up chocolate. But I'll just call that something I like, damn addict speak again there, sorry ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 17, 2017, 06:29:16 PM »
Good to know. Sorry to have completely side tracked this thread, but looking back, maybe thats for the better anyways

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help Me Make a Better Brew Day
« on: October 17, 2017, 06:05:48 PM »
Tell them how cheap 'n' easy it is.

And maybe make two batches instead of just one.  Maybe one extract and one all-grain, or BIAB vs. cooler mashing, so they can see the differences.

I just taught a couple groups of friends how to brew from zero to AG, and I agree on the two-batch method.  Everything was all set up, and they closely observed batch #1 while I explained what we were doing.  On the second batch, they pretty much took over and went through the steps with me guiding as needed.  It was cool, because there was an immediate chance to apply the new knowledge.  We met ahead of time and I showed them how I use my brewing software, Bru'nWater, and brewday spreadsheet to plan out a batch.  It was a good move to meet ahead of time over beer samples while working through the different calculations. 

We also worked out a cost analysis for ingredients and calculated a per-beer cost, which is always eye-opening in a happy way.  Both groups are eager to brew again, and we'll do a follow-up brew in the near future. 

I just picked up a Grainfather and have been enjoying learning that new system.  I thought maybe it would be possible to have the new brewers working through a batch while I ran a batch if the GF.  But, I found that in Minnesota, the GF is an inside toy, so that won't work so great. 

Overall, I think it was cool to plan this out as more of a larger learning experience than just a single brewday.  The recipe design work ahead of time was really productive because the brewday had some context.  And the immediate practice in batch 2 locked in the skills and created the confidence and desire to continue in the hobby.
This is such an awesome way to teach someone. I have "taught" 2 or 3 people in the last 4+ years, but all the design and prep work was done before they were even around. It is a big piece of the project and I will work that in somehow the next time I have a student with me

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: A Sneak Peek
« on: October 17, 2017, 06:00:30 PM »
Liking it

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:51:50 PM »
Thanx Jon. Not much fun the first month, but keeping at the keyboard kept me off the can

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:46:42 PM »
thanks stpug, luckily I was never a smoker but this was the same. Nicotine is a controlling monster

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru,n water question
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:27:41 PM »
Yep, I would adjust any water that is going to run through your grains.

+1.
+2

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