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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Equipment and Software / Re: FermWrap on Fermenator?
« on: May 15, 2012, 01:48:35 PM »
I use these fermwarps on 3 bbl plastic conical wrapped with insulation to control fermentation temps in a 38 degree cold room. They work great. For cheap wraps check out www.reptilebasics.com

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Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:01:40 AM »
Yeah, a lot of it is personal preference. I think the hop pellets have a cleaner taste, less herbal. And of course as was mentioned they are easier to use, less absorption, etc.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Pitching on Yeast Cake
« on: May 15, 2012, 07:57:23 AM »
IPad and stoopid auto fill.  ::) guess it doesn't take German. "Bruno hefe", lol.

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Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:25:45 AM »
I think it's fine. FWIW I actually prefer dry hopping with pellets. They don't float, they don't clog when racking, and there's less vegetative matter and the lupulins are directly exposed giving better hop flavor. I'm sure there will be debate about that but this is my experience.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Pitching on Yeast Cake
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:22:14 AM »
IMO it is better to take out a portion of the slurry - heck, it only takes a minute to dump in clean, sani mason jar, and measure out the appropriate amount. Also, the bruno hefe - the old yeast and protein hop resin on the sides if the fermenter - you dnt really want that to dissolve back into your beer. I think you make better beer by measuring out the slurry and pitching into a clean fermenter.

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 15, 2012, 03:57:12 AM »
I'm just a young lion.  ;)

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