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Ingredients / Re: Spalter on HopsDirect ?
« on: February 10, 2011, 11:48:26 AM »
Ah.  I was under the impression that hopsdirect pelletized their own hops but maybe they only pelletize their OWN hops.  That would make more sense since some of the imported varieties are only available either / or.

I'd be surprised if HD did the pelletization themselves.

I knew this was in the back of my head from somewhere.
I was just now adding the Spalter to my basket and noticed this at the top of the imported hops pellet list:

"We pelletize our own hops as well as most all of our imported hops on the farm in our "California Pellet Mill" each winter.  We process T-90 hop pellets and package into (4.2 m) multi-layered, high barrier mylar bags with a nitrogen flush.  We are in the process of moving from a tight, hard vacuum the new industry standard "soft packs"."

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Ingredients / Re: Spalter on HopsDirect ?
« on: February 10, 2011, 10:49:30 AM »
I already asked. They are from the 2010 crop.

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Ingredients / Re: Spalter on HopsDirect ?
« on: February 10, 2011, 09:59:45 AM »
Imported hops can likely be older, due to the time it takes them to get here, and possibly mishandled somewhere along the way.  Pellets withstand age and mishandling much better than whole hops.  For years, I was a "whole hop snob" due to the fact that I live in prime hop growing territory.  A guy who's easily the best brewer in our club kept advocating for pellets.  I tired them and discovered he was right.

Ah.  I was under the impression that hopsdirect pelletized their own hops but maybe they only pelletize their OWN hops.  That would make more sense since some of the imported varieties are only available either / or.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another Acetaldehyde Question
« on: February 10, 2011, 09:48:31 AM »
Just throwing this out there as I'm sure this would have already come up....

Did you buddy experience the same flaw?

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Ingredients / Re: Spalter on HopsDirect ?
« on: February 10, 2011, 09:33:03 AM »
Thanks Denny.

Why the pellets for imported hops?

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Ingredients / Re: Spalter on HopsDirect ?
« on: February 10, 2011, 08:17:58 AM »
Yes, my question was about the taste difference b/w "Spalter" vs "Spalter Select".

I like leaf better but I think I'll go with the Spalter since it seems more original and it's pelletized and my freezer space is lmited at the moment.

Thanks all for the comments.

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Beer Recipes / Re: I think my Schwarzbier is a Dunkel
« on: February 09, 2011, 04:37:22 PM »
Tasting another glass tonight.  I'm getting some roastiness this time.  I only get it up front and then the maltiness takes over.

Maybe my taste was off last night... or maybe I didn't blow off enough and still had some yeast masking it.. or maybe the fact that it was still 35F from the lager firdge.

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Beer Recipes / Re: I think my Schwarzbier is a Dunkel
« on: February 09, 2011, 10:01:52 AM »
I was going for the light end of the style.

It just seemed like there was an overlap b/w the two styles and I was having second thoughts on the category if I were to enter it into a comopetition.

I'm sure the flavor will change slightly over the next few weeks.  That has been my experience with Alts that I've lagered.  After 6 weeks in cold condioning the flavor continues to change in the serving fridge and man does it get tasty.  I wish I had more space for cold conditioning.


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Beer Recipes / I think my Schwarzbier is a Dunkel
« on: February 09, 2011, 07:06:30 AM »
What do you think?

I'm not getting the slight roastiness that I thought I would from the Carafa.  Perhaps because it is the dehusked variety.
I haven't had commercial examples of either style so I can only go by the guidelines at this point.

Whichever it is, it's very tasty.

Thanks for any advice.

OG:    1.049
FG:    1.011
SRM:    19.3
IBU:    22.4

Best Pilsen    4.00 lbs
Best Munich I    4.16 lbs
Best Munich II    0.34 lbs
Wy. Caramunich III    0.38 lbs
Wy. Dehusk Carafa III    0.38 lbs            
               
Hops   AA%   Loss%   Type   Oz   Time
Hallertau   6.4   15   Pellet   1   60
Hallertau   6.4   15   Pellet   0.25   30
Hallertau   6.4   15   Pellet   0.25   2


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Ingredients / Spalter on HopsDirect ?
« on: February 07, 2011, 01:00:56 PM »
Does anyone have experience/an opinion on which are the better flavor/aroma hops listed below (particularly for an Alt).

Hop Direct has two types of Spalter than I'm looking at and I'm not sure which to try.
Spalter Select Leaf
Spalter Pellet

Thanks,

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Multiply and Split
« on: February 06, 2011, 02:58:10 PM »
The reason for harvesting the yeast from a previous batch is because your brewing the batch anyway.  Creating a starter that large is more work than necessary IMHO.

many say to pitch the re-harvested yeast in a lower gravity beer than the first?

Usually you want the harvested yeast to be from a lower graivty, the theory being that it is less stressed.  Then you have lots of yeast to chew thru multiple low gravity batches or 1 or two high gravity batches.


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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: February 06, 2011, 06:54:41 AM »
Wow, this is my first time on the forum in quite some time and I just read this thread.

I will have Babalu in my thoughts and prayers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frigid Weather Brewing
« on: February 06, 2011, 06:28:33 AM »
I brew outside in the winter.

1) Keep the propane in a tub of water.
2) Keep a skirt around the burner to keep wind out.
3) Towls on top of the mash cooler.
4) Hot water handy to unthaw the valve on the cooler (only happened a couple times in 0F weather)
5) Have to carry the pot inside to chill (but I do that even when it's warm).

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Epoxy Mixers in the Dip Tube ?
« on: September 10, 2010, 04:36:40 PM »
Is there a formula/ratio of how many of the epoxy mixers to use to compensate for a certain pressure level? ???
You know, 15 psi @ 38F with 3 mixers requires "X" feet of 3/16" line.
Or is everybody just using trial and error to see what works?

Cheers........

Trial and error for me.  At 44F and 25-30PSI...  4 mixers in the dip tube w/ 10' of 3/16" line has been working pretty well on my Belgians.

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The Pub / Re: Hey Drew. Just saw you on TV.
« on: August 08, 2010, 06:49:07 AM »
I didn't start getting interested in brewing until late '07 so that would be why I missed it.

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