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Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:49:52 AM »
Last year when I brewed this, we did a triangle test and mine was also lacking in hops sharpness.  I am using homegrown hops throughout though.  Which water profile are you guys using?  I'm considering amping up the sulfate level on this weekend's batch.  I shoot for about half of the Bru'nWater "pale ale" profile. 

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewmeisters - Southeast Iowa
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:46:57 AM »
Welcome, guys!  It's cool that you have a brewing partnership, so you have somebody to share in the learning journey.  My poor wife has listened to me ramble on about brewing for the last 14 years or so... She doesn't drink but could probably brew a pretty good beer at this point!

Don't feel shy about asking "entry level" questions.  We have a civil forum with a lot of experienced brewers.  Of course, the search function will turn up lots of good answers too.  Cheers!

Wood/Casks / Re: How Early to Add Oak?
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:30:42 AM »
Good question - I don't have an answer for you, but I wonder if the extra yeast in suspension would gum up the pores in the wood and thereby decrease the extraction of oak character?  Are you one to reuse your cubes, or do you toss them after a batch?  I have not oaked many beers, and when I have, it has been in secondary. 

Sorry if I contributed to thread drift.  I didn't mean any disrespect with my question about your motivation to brew with shorter boils.  It's just something I've never done in my 14 years of brewing, and I wondered what the motivation was.  I appreciate learning from the experience of others on this forum, and part of that is feeling free to ask questions. 

I'm glad shorter boils are working for you, but did you consider this?  If you did longer boils, you would have more time to up your post count with the Song Titles thread.  Sweet.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Hops calculation w/homegrown cones
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:16:35 AM »
I'm brewing Dean Larson's Celebration Ale clone this weekend, using all homegrown hops.  Looking forward to it!  I do think that Chinook tends to shift character when grown in the Midwest though.  Somebody on here was talking about reclassifying Midwestern Chinook with a new name.  Mine is much more grapefruity than piney. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: vanilla bean question
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:11:50 AM »
I just racked my BVIP onto the vanilla beans... my fingers smell delicious!  I wish I could grow some of my own,  but I understand that's pretty much impossible. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Been gone for about 10 years...
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:08:51 AM »
Still wanna know who the BIG Beer brewer was in Michigan though.... kinda wanting to go that direction... at least a good portion of it I think.

I believe Fred Bonjour is the guy you're remembering.

Could it be MullerBrau?  I'm not sure where he's at, but he brews a lot of big beers too.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: November 15, 2017, 11:27:11 PM »
You guys have just convinced me to go pick some up, and also bust out the homegrowns and brew a batch!  Thanks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: vanilla bean question
« on: November 15, 2017, 11:23:53 PM »
I don't do anything but split them, scrape them and dump them in.  Not necessary to sanitize.

+1 (Not that it's needed!)  When I brewed this with a buddy, he goofed up and threw away all the "gunk" inside.  It was severely lacking in vanilla character with just the pods.  Make sure to add the internal gunk and the bean casings cut into chunks.  Gunk and chunks?  Sounds delicious, eh?   :o

As I noted in reply 5 (above), I got the answers to my original questions.  The use of those results is coming out better than hoped for a first attempt.   

In the off chance that my replies (below) will spark something useful (to me), I'll offer some short answers to the questions raised.  Apologies in advance if they come across as terse (which is not my intent).

What's the motivation for the short boils? 

Is the extra half an hour of time worth using double the hops? 
I currently am in a position where I can 'optimize' my homebrewing hobby for enjoyment (curiosity, good results, ...), and not have to make time / cost trade-off when I brew.

There's still all the time of getting it up to a boil, as well as chilling.  I use the boil time to sanitize my fermenter and clean up my other gear.
After seeing Brewing When You Have No Time (Getting More out of Your Limited Brewing Time) by Sachin “Chino” Darji at HomeBrewCon this past summer, I'm pretty comfortable with how I use my time during my brew sessions.

Sure, man.  Brew what you like, however you like to brew it.  Sorry for questioning your motivations.  Peace out, homey.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best of both worlds
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:49:43 PM »
I never replied to your basic point, Denny.  I like your idea of busting out two batches using both systems.  I might have to give that a shot!  The only part I'm shying away from is somehow lugging a bunch of hot wort up the stairs to the garage!  Our new house will be a single-level dwelling with my brewing room attached to the garage, so I can see that working really well.  Thanks for the idea. 

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Eddie from Massachusetts->New to AHA
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:11:09 AM »
Sounds like you're living the dream!  I have yet to add shrooms to beer, but our local brewery did a Roggenbier with some morels in it that was quite good.  I think Denny has the best name for a mushroom beer though, a Wee Heavy he calls Wee Shroomy :)

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Howdy All
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:08:06 AM »
Hey Matt.  Welcome aboard.  Keep your eye out for sasquatch when you're brewing outdoors.  I heard there's been some recent activity up that way!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old WLP033 Klassic
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:55:46 AM »
It should be fine, I've revived a 2 year+ old vial of saké #9 yeast before. If you are really worried just use an intermediate step.

+1.  A few years ago I was shopping at NB, and they were giving away a bunch of expired smack packs.  I kept them in the fridge for a while and used them when they were about a year past date.  I had to step them up through a few starters, but they were just fine. 

Gotcha.  One big change I'm noticing with the Grainfather is the vastly reduced boiloff.  I'm still dialing the system in, but that was a surprise.  I usually brew outdoors over propane.  I wonder if there is a reduction in boiloff due to the increased humidity and ambient temperature when brewing indoors?  I'm guessing that's a factor, but that's hard to quantify.

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