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Ingredients / Re: Hop blending in an IPA
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:15:45 PM »
This IPA that I made in June won an IPA competition best out of 28 (our club's first comp.) It's basic and uses Citra at a smaller ratio to the other hops.
OG 1068
FG 1011
5 gal

12 lbs Two row
.75 lb Crystal 40
mashed at 154 for 60 min and 75 min boil
.75 oz Warrior @ 60 min
1 oz Nugget @ 15 min
1oz Cascade@ 15 min
1.5 oz Cascade @ 0
.5 oz Citra @ 0
1 oz Cascade dry hop
.5 oz Citra dry hop
.5 oz Nugget dry hop
Wyeast 1056/US-05

comments from a judge who is the head brewer @ Maumee Bay Brewing Co. "tropical/stone fruit citrus, pine, lots going on with the hop character...pleasure to drink..nice light malt body with many layers of hops. Great job!"
 
I really think using Citra in this way adds nice character to classic hops like Cascade and Nugget hops. I used this same hop combo in a Belgian IPA and it is great as well.


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Beer Recipes / Re: Black IPA Questions
« on: September 01, 2013, 07:35:55 PM »
I'm going to use Carafa III and CandiSyrup 180 in my next Black IPA for the color.  The last time I used Chocolate and Black Prinz - it was too roasty and clashed with the citrusy hops.

It may not be roasty, but the D-180 will bring quite a bit of flavor with it. That's not necessarily a bad thing (I've used it with excellent results in a hoppy Belgian I brewed last year), but if you're looking for something that adds color without flavor you're probably best off sticking to the dehusked malts.
I've used CandiSyrups a number of times and like the flavors as well, but I've never tried it with a Black IPA.  I think it would add a nice dimension to a Black IPA balancing out the hops.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Black IPA Questions
« on: September 01, 2013, 03:10:01 PM »
I'm going to use Carafa III and CandiSyrup 180 in my next Black IPA for the color.  The last time I used Chocolate and Black Prinz - it was too roasty and clashed with the citrusy hops.

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Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: September 01, 2013, 12:14:14 PM »
I tapped the Blueberry Wheat today. The color is purple from the 7 lbs of blueberries, the aroma is strong clove (assuming from using WB-06), the body is light, and the flavor is clove with a hint of blueberry.  I think I might add some blueberry extract to the keg for more flavor. Will the strong clove flavor fade over time? I'm thinking that I should've used a cleaner yeast strain..oh well not bad, but definitely not great.

Yeah, when I made a blueberry wheat, I made an Am. wheat.  The style has no flavor ;) so the blueberries can shine through.
My stupid brain has to learn the hard way ;) At least I have enough berries left to make Blueberry Wine, melomel, and blueberry pies :P

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Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: September 01, 2013, 10:25:14 AM »
I tapped the Blueberry Wheat today. The color is purple from the 7 lbs of blueberries, the aroma is strong clove (assuming from using WB-06), the body is light, and the flavor is clove with a hint of blueberry.  I think I might add some blueberry extract to the keg for more flavor. Will the strong clove flavor fade over time? I'm thinking that I should've used a cleaner yeast strain..oh well not bad, but definitely not great.

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Ingredients / Re: citra & mosaic
« on: August 22, 2013, 12:01:43 PM »
IME citra hops can overpower easily.  So, I've been using them at a smaller ratio to the other hops and I really like the results.  I still need to get my hands on some Mosiac.

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Beer Recipes / Re: pale ale overhaul
« on: August 22, 2013, 11:57:59 AM »
I really like your hops and hop schedule.  If style guidelines matter to you, I don't think it should have that much rye or S-04.  Otherwise, it looks like a tasty beer because I like those hops a lot.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Fixing overcarbonated bottles
« on: August 22, 2013, 05:43:11 AM »
I had this problem with a Dubbel once.  I just opened them for about 1 min and recapped and it worked.  That beer won a second place.

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Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 21, 2013, 04:45:01 PM »
I'm using wild blueberries which always seem more sweet to me than the store bought ones.  I think I'm going to use 7 lbs and I can always use some extract later in the keg if it's not enough.

Wild blueberries have a much stronger flavor per lb as well. I think 7 lbs is a good starting point and can I say that I am so jealous that you have 7 lbs of wild blueberries in your freezer.
My wife and I picked them right around my parents house in the UP of Michigan near Lake Superior.  We got into the zone and picked 20 lbs, however, we weren't the only ones picking them - we discovered some fresh bear poop about 50 yards from the house. 

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Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 21, 2013, 11:35:32 AM »
I'm using wild blueberries which always seem more sweet to me than the store bought ones.  I think I'm going to use 7 lbs and I can always use some extract later in the keg if it's not enough.

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Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 21, 2013, 08:31:03 AM »
My buddy told me to use an extract also for the same reasons.  I just have never used fruit in a beer before and I wanted to see for myself.  You know, check one of those things off my brewer's list.

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Ingredients / How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:37:26 PM »
I just made a wheat beer a couple of days ago 1.046 OG.  I have some wild blueberries in the freezer and wanted to add them to secondary.  My question is how many lbs. of blueberries should I use for a 5 gal batch?  I read in Designing Great Beers that I should add 2 lbs/gal and that seems like a lot.  In other recipes I've seen 4 lbs for 5 gal.  I want there to be blueberry aroma and flavor, but I want to be able to taste the beer too.  Anyone with any experience using blueberries?

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The Pub / Impressing the most important judge...Mom
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:25:23 AM »
I just got back from visiting my Mom and Dad who live in the UP of Michigan on Lake Superior.  I had a wonderful time with the family eating great food (fried and smoked whitefish, trout) and enjoying the scenery. I came back with 30 lbs of wild blueberries to make wine, beer, and mead with.  Anyway, I brought some of my stronger beers (American Barley Wine, Belgian Dark Strong, and Strong Scotch) for my Mom and Dad to sample.  I was a little cautious because my parents (ages 72 &76) are not really beer drinkers.  They will drink wine and Jim Beam/Coke, but rarely beer...and even rarer non-BMC beer.  So, I started them on the Scotch Strong Ale and they both liked it.  My dad said it would be a good after dinner drink and my mom said she could tell it had more alcohol then the "usual" beer.  Next, taking my dad's advice I served them the Belgain Dark Strong after dinner. This beer recently won a Best in Show at the County Fair. They both really liked this beer, in fact, my mom said she could tell why this beer won and quickly asked for another pour.  The last beer, the American Barley Wine is very hoppy.  I've gotten a wide range of scores for this beer (26-43), but all agree that it is at the top of the range with the hop bitternes and flavor.  My dad took one sip and handed it back to me and just said "wow", however, my mom drank the whole sample and said "very nice".  I explained to her that I was surprised that she liked such a hoppy beer and she simply said, "well, I guess I like hoppy beers".  I just had to share that my mom is awesome.

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After 20 years of homebrewing, did a triple decoction on a Bo-Pils. Not sure I will ever do it again. The taste of the finished beer will decide that. It was a long day!
That must have been a grueling day..My hat's off to you, I've only managed two double decoctions and I did like the taste of those beers a lot.  The second one I did a Hochkurz double and I hit my numbers dead on.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My new brewing assistant
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:23:30 PM »
very cool...and it looks like you can put a lot of beer in that basket ;)

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