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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: New Belgium "Shift" (pic)
« on: May 24, 2012, 12:49:36 PM »
No New Belgium beers are avail in CT.

Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 15, 2012, 10:11:41 AM »
Yeah I think the difference between leaf and pellet is more systematic than quality-based.  When I brew inside, I need some leaf hops to act like a trub filter.  When I brew outside, I whirlpool, so I like pellet hops because they clump up more readily.   Dry hop in a keg?  Leaf hops for me.  Dry hop in a conical?  Pellet hops in a nylon bag.

Beer Recipes / Re: Basic Dubbel and Tripel recipes
« on: May 14, 2012, 10:25:47 AM »
I like a little Munich in my Tripel, something between .5 and 1.5 lbs total.  I find in those amounts it adds to the graininess without really taking away from the beer's crisp soul.  Whatever you do, keep it simple.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Agave Nectar Wheat Beer?
« on: May 08, 2012, 04:11:24 PM »
I have used Blue Agave Nectar in place of a sugar in a tripel.  It resulted in one of the best beers I've ever brewed, but I didn't feel the Agave added a tremendous amount vs had I just used table sugar. 

It is highly fermentable so if you are going to use it in large amounts, keep that in mind.  Treat it like invert syrup when formulating a recipe and you should be fine.

Beer Recipes / Re: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA attempt?
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:28:50 AM »
I think this beer will be a lot better with the addition of yeast, and being a dogfishhead beer, I'd use Ringwood.   ;)

Ingredients / Re: Simcoe substitutes
« on: May 03, 2012, 01:41:36 PM »
Simcoe is a high oil hop (2-2.5 mls/100g).
For a sub, I would look for another high oil hop.   It will not make the same beer, but I think that is your best bet to get close.

Yeah, both Citra and Chinook have a different character, but because they're other high oil hops, I'd go in that direction.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Would you pay this much?
« on: April 20, 2012, 12:37:08 PM »
It's not that much.  Figure the glass is $10.  That means 6 beers for $75.  Rochefort around here goes for about $7-8 a bottle, figure $45 a six pack.    My prediction is that this $85 MSRP goes right out the window and retails sell it for more like $130.

General Homebrew Discussion / Temp control for fridge/freezer
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:43:37 AM »
Thinking about using my current fridge as a fermentation fridge.  It's a typical kitchen sized fridge with a top freezer.

If I use a single stage temp controller to keep it at, say, 64, what will this do to the freezer?  Most likely it would not keep the freezer below freezing, right?

I find the 007/1098 yeast to be closest to the Stone profile. 

Ingredients / Re: Whether or not to dry hop
« on: March 29, 2012, 04:19:51 AM »
I either put them in a nylon bag, or just toss them in (leaf only!) but use a surescreen on the dip tube. 

Ingredients / Re: Whether or not to dry hop
« on: March 22, 2012, 07:45:54 PM »
I don't dry hop any set number of days after I start fermentation.

I dry hop a # of days in reference to what I want to DRINK the beer at it's peak.

I make a beer, ferment it out, condition it, and then when I want it on tap in about two weeks, I dry hop the heck out of it from no less than 7 days, and as many as 20 days, with leaf hops.  I try to do this warm.  I usually then get the beer off the hops, and serve on tap.  The beer peaks around a month or so after I add the dry hops (anywhere from 1-4 oz).  I don't think it would be any different if I bottled.  I know sometimes you want to rush a beer, but I'd rather have AWESOME hoppy beers than to have a pretty-good hoppy beer quickly.  And in my process, this is what I find gives me the best hoppy beers (IPAs and small DIPAs)

Equipment and Software / Re: Pickup tube in boil kettle
« on: March 21, 2012, 03:08:21 PM »
I use a pickup tube that goes to the edge of the kettle.  I only use pellet hops and when I am done chilling, I do a 15-20 minute whirlpool to get all of the trub to the center of the kettle.  Works great.  I have never tried this with leaf hops, but if I had to, I'd put 'em in a bag.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Pliny the ...
« on: March 08, 2012, 12:14:20 PM »
After having PtY, i have to say that I think Avery Maharaja (when in good condition) is actually a more impressive/unique beer.  The problem with Maharaja is that because the volume of production is so much greater, it's quite possible to get old/oxidized bottles and kegs.  With PtY, the demand so far outstrips supply, that nearly 100% of the pints of PtY consumed each year are in great condition. 

The two beers are VERY different, but there aren't that many 11% IPAs out there. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: fermentation ends in 3 days??
« on: February 02, 2012, 02:02:43 PM »
For a low gravity beer (<1.050) I think 3 days is great for a finished fermentation.  It shows that your yeast were strong and healthy and ready to party!  Giving the beer some time after this is advisable to "age" of course.

Beer Travel / Re: Going to Belgium, France, and Turkey
« on: January 27, 2012, 12:36:31 PM »
Brussels is AWESOME.
Do go to Cantillon.

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