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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 7/15
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:41:23 AM »
Got a Saison going that was inspired by your Saison Ete recipe, Drew. (I still go back to that May/June 2008 issue of Zymurgy all the time.) So far, so good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Plastic primary fermenter for Mead?
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:37:54 AM »
I've been thinking about making mead for a long time, and the latest issue of Zymurgy convinced me to go ahead and try it. I was wondering, however, whether I should use glass or plastic for my primary. I'm a bit worried about the mead getting oxidized if it sits in the fermenter too long (more than 6 months.) Does anyone have experience with this?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First First Place (Brag Warning)
« on: June 09, 2011, 04:42:37 AM »
Well done. You give the rest of us something to aspire to.

General Homebrew Discussion / Spruce Tips
« on: June 06, 2011, 03:56:08 PM »
I was out yesterday picking spruce tips for a beer that Harpoon is planning to release this winter. I now want to try it on my own, and found a recipe in The Homebrewer's Garden that says to add 1-4 oz. for 60 min. That seems awfully long. I'd figure more like 15-20 min. would be plenty.

Does anybody have experience with spruce tips? I want enough flavor to come through a porter-like beer with molasses, but definitely would prefer to go light than over-do it. What are people's thoughts on quantity and length of time in the boil?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wild Hops in Virginia?
« on: May 31, 2011, 04:56:13 PM »
Don't know about central VA, but I grew up in SW Virginia and would probably begin with Floyd. It's a place with a long tradition of fermented beverages.. of all kinds. I'm sure that somebody planted a few hop rhizomes back in the day.

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA National results from Northeast?
« on: May 19, 2011, 05:43:06 PM »
Anybody who submitted their beers to Saratoga Springs received their results yet? I'm not holding out much hope for advancing to the second round, but would love to get some feedback.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hop question
« on: May 14, 2011, 12:31:48 PM »
I tend to go with loose, and then when I'm transferring the beer to the bottling bucket, I'll put a nylon bag over the end of the siphon tubing to catch any hop debris. I don't think you'd lose that much flavor by dry hopping with the bag, but keep in mind that it's one more thing to introduce creepy crawlies, and could be a pain to get out of the carboy if you're using a lot of hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Nationals?
« on: May 07, 2011, 12:02:06 PM »
Anybody know when we should expect to hear about the AHA National competition results?

Beer Travel / Philadelphia beer trip
« on: April 11, 2011, 04:56:02 PM »
I'm going to Philadelphia for 4 days and am trying to plan beer bar/brewery stops. I've been told that The Foodery and Monks are must-sees. Any other suggestions?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Saaz and Cascade in an IPA?
« on: March 26, 2011, 08:52:20 AM »
@Oscarvan -- That's about what I was thinking, although I've actually got twice as many hops -- 8 oz. total, with 4 oz. of each variety. I was thinking maybe something like this:

2 oz. Cascade -- 60 min.
1 oz. Cascade -- 20 min.
.5 oz. Cascade -- 10 min.
1 oz. Saaz -- 5 min.
1 oz. Saaz -- 1 min.
2 oz. Saaz -- dry hop
.5 oz. Cascade -- dry hop

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mock Pilsener
« on: March 26, 2011, 08:43:29 AM »
I agree with the US-05 suggestion, as you probably want a clean fermenting yeast. Also, I've never used it, but Cry Havoc is supposed to be good for both ales and lagers, and ferments clean.

General Homebrew Discussion / Saaz and Cascade in an IPA?
« on: March 26, 2011, 08:36:10 AM »
I've got about 4 oz. each of Czech Saaz and Cascade pellets and was thinking about using them in an IPA. Anybody ever tried this flavor/aroma combination?

General Homebrew Discussion / Occassional diacetyl problem
« on: February 26, 2011, 11:51:15 AM »
I've been noticing a strong diacetyl presence in several bottles of doppelbock that I bottled about a month ago. Weird thing is that it's not every bottle. Some of them seem just fine. Is this possible, or am I just making this up? If some bottles have a diacetyl problem and others don't, what accounts for it? My sanitation methods are pretty thorough (or so I thought.)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping pilsners?
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:18:49 PM »
Well, all right then. Guess I won't be dry hopping. Thanks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry hopping pilsners?
« on: February 19, 2011, 09:03:02 AM »
I'm thinking of dry hopping a Bohemian pilsner and was wondering if any of you had suggestions for best amounts/methods. I was thinking of using 2 oz. of Saaz pellets, added to the secondary (which is lagering) for 2 weeks before bottling. Should I dry hop in the primary before lagering, or does it even matter?

(I was drinking Sam Adams Noble Pils last night, which is what inspired the dry hopping idea. That beer is so aromatic!)

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