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Ingredients / Re: Simcoe substitutes
« on: May 17, 2012, 09:30:23 AM »
I just kegged a DIPA with a blend of Columbus, Cenntenial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops.  I have to say that this might be my all-time favorite blend of hops.  :)

That's what I used to use in my IPA at YH.  :(

Ingredients / Re: Simcoe substitutes
« on: May 17, 2012, 08:50:36 AM »
I have heard of a blend of 3 parts Columbus, 2 parts Centennial, and 1 part Chinook may get you reasonably close.  But, I have not tried it.

I gave the Weyerbacher Double Simcoe another try last night after there was some discussion on another thread here about it. I really picked up a lot of similarity with Columbus. There was a lot of dankness. I think the combo with Columbus, Centennial and Chinook makes a lot of sense to me. I think Columbus will get you close with Centennial for some citrus and Chinook for the pine.

I agree. You need a blend to get it remotely close. The pine is what sets it apart and what you never will quite nail without the actual hop.

we don't mind being outlaws.  ;) It's the principle of the thing though.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: is this normal?
« on: May 17, 2012, 04:26:03 AM »
weissbier strains in particular are very low flocculating and can have a yeast krausen floating on top a good time after fermentation is finished. That's what makes them "top cropping". Take a gravity reading.

I have never understood why our elected officials have to be involved in bottle sizes. I can remember when 8oz. stubbies had to be approved by state government. How ridiculous is that?
I'll take a stab at why it might not be so ridiculous.  40s of malt liquor.

I should have the right to buy as much beer or other alcohol as I want without the government looking over my shoulder.

Hard to believe that I now live in a place where many of the beer laws are more relaxed than where I came from (PA). PA has some seriously backward beer laws that need changed.

Nothing over 16 oz. stupid, eh? You could buy wine in double wide or a gallon of ever clear but beer noore than 16 oz, and there was a special tax on anything over twelve oz.

Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 16, 2012, 10:31:42 AM »
Dry hopping is all about the aroma and my personal preference is whole leaf.  I once split a ten gallon batch and dry hopped one carboy with 2 oz. of whole leaf Amarillo and the other with 2 oz. Amarillo pellets (b/c it was all I could get) and thought the whole leaf had better aroma.  Those leaf hops will soak up the wort given time in the carboy.

These days I dry hop in the keg, which makes things really easy.  Put the hops is a large paint strainer bag, weigh it down with glass marbles or S/S washers, everything sanitized, of course, and tied off with dental floss.  I tie the other end of the floss to the keg post.  That way, I can pull them out once the aroma is "enough".  ;)

Yeah, in contrast to what you are saying I have had whole leaf amarillo that was obviously not fresh and it gave off more herbal and vegetative favors than floral and grapefruit. As Denny stated, it's going to depend on the freshness. You have no way of knowing how old the pellets you used were or their source compared to your flower hop you used in contrast. My source now on pellet hops has been very, very good as far as aroma and flavor is concerned.

Going Pro / Re: 7bbl system cost?
« on: May 16, 2012, 10:15:05 AM »
No, crystal is one of the hard ones to come by. Another one I was lucky to get contract for.

General Homebrew Discussion / Alabama passes gourmet bottle bill
« on: May 16, 2012, 10:13:01 AM »
Whoot! What a boon for craft beer, especially for local brewers. Looking forward to having Belgian bombers available in my area and making my beer available in 750 s! ;D

Going Pro / Re: 7bbl system cost?
« on: May 16, 2012, 05:07:31 AM »

Also, once this brewing bubble busts again, which it pretty much has too, there will be so many used fermenters on the market people will be giving them away.

And lots of cheap hops. :D

"Pro Brewer" paying $48 a pound for hops???  What do you charge for a pint, $20?  :D

Lol. No, this was a one time expense of whole hops for a Randall event. I pay between 5 and 10 per lb though, depending on variety.

Going Pro / Re: 7bbl system cost?
« on: May 16, 2012, 04:39:06 AM »
Hops don't seem cheaper at all to me. I just order some whole hops for my randal last week - $2.99 an oz. seems like I used to get them for $1.29 back before the first shortage.

And Denny is right, the hop market was tight last year and I expect it to become even tighter in the next couple years. I opened a brewery in Oct. of 2010 and had no problems getting simcoe, Amarillo or simcoe. Last year I was lucky to get centennial.

Also, once this brewing bubble busts again, which it pretty much has too, there will be so many used fermenters on the market people will be giving them away.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Pitching on Yeast Cake
« on: May 15, 2012, 06:26:56 PM »
I'm pretty sure it's "Bruno here"...   :P

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