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Ingredients / Re: Hop Suggestions for an Over-the-Top, Citrusy IPA
« on: March 14, 2017, 10:27:31 PM »
Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic, and Azzaca in a late hopping schedule make for a serious juice bomb. I used them in an APA together last summer that included the Vermont Ale/Conan yeast strain. The Pale Ale served as a yeast starter of sorts for a bigger DIPA and I preferred the Pale after all was said and done.

I have also had a great, juicy IPA with El Dorado, Amarillo, and Citra. Cashmere and Lemon Drop would also be interesting options if you wanted to push more into the lemon-lime citrus territory.

Hmmm, interesting combos.  I might have to try something on that order - either of the combos you mentioned. 

FWIW, I found out that my tastebuds are not suited to lemon drop, which I've only used in combo with other hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 04, 2017, 09:12:51 PM »
I bought my Czech Saaz hops from Hops Direct.  They are leaf, not pellets.  Pleasantly surprised that they were rated 4.0% alpha acid - the last couple of pounds I bought have been around 3%.

Roger that.  Mine(2016 hops)  were 3.4%. No complaints.  I've bought lots of hops from Hops Direct, and have been to their site - great folks.  And honestly I got very good hop expression from the ones I bought from YVH - just trying to learn something.  Glad to hear things are melting in Helena.  My sister-in-law said they still have four feet of snow at their place just outside Kalispell.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 04, 2017, 04:26:45 PM »
Brewing for the first time today since November!  One of my longest dry spells in 27 years of brewing, mostly caused by the severe winter we had starting December 1, which buried my garden hoses under 2 feet of snow.  Finally spring is in the air.

Brewing 10 gallons of Bohemian pilsner.  Opened up a fresh pound of Saaz hops, they smell really, really good.

I hear ya, although here in Spokane I was able to get in a first brew 2 weeks ago.  It too was a Bo Pils and I opened and used a new lb of CZ Saaz pellets.  Were your hops moist upon arrival? 

I got mine from YVH just a week or so before brewday and when I got it the foil pak had lost its vac seal or never had one.  The hops smelled good but were very dry and not super aromatic.  I since ordered another 8 oz pack from them and again, it arrived loose pack or lost its seal, not sure which, and hops didn't clump at all (I felt them thru the foil pak).  I just vac sealed that and threw it in the freezer. 

I racked the beer to kegs last night and it tasted good so I think all is well.  I re-used the yeast today for a vienna lager.  I'm just curious what was going on with my 2 CZ Saaz orders and when I called them after the first purchase she just said they probably opened in transit -- sent via softpack priority mail.

Just wondering if that variety is typically dry and doesn't clump in the original packaging.

Happy spring brewing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 02, 2017, 10:09:19 PM »
Saturday will be 10 gal of vienna lager - shooting for something similar to Negra Modelo.  I will use a repitch of WY 2001 Pilsner Urquell yeast. Targeting 1.052 OG, 26 IBU, 11 SRM, and using Hallertau Mittelfruh (60 and 15 minutes) and grist from vienna, Best pils, flaked corn, light munich, caramunich, and Blackprinz to hit color.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Discontinuing Some Strains
« on: March 01, 2017, 11:49:01 PM »
Great thread!  I'm especially excited to try both the Yeast Bay Wallonia III and the Wyeast yeast per Drew rumored to be the Fantome strain.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Discontinuing Some Strains
« on: March 01, 2017, 11:09:39 PM »
Interesting that both Budvar and PU made the list. Guess no one brews Bo Pils much anymore?

Hoping that this makes room for Unibroue to be year-round...

I'm at least ONE person who still brews Bo Pils, although not regularly.  I'll be kegging 10 gal this weekend, and repitching some of the WY2001 (PU) same day into a Negra Modelo style Vienna Lager.  Mebbe it ain't the perfect variety of Czech lager yeast for VL but I'm thinking it will be fine.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Sale at AiH
« on: February 27, 2017, 10:47:50 PM »
By the way, last sale they had I bought quite a few used plastic ball lock keg lids - I think they were $3 each.  Anybody have any feedback on using heavy duty plastic keg lids?  I haven't tested mine yet but they look good and sturdy and useful.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Sale at AiH
« on: February 27, 2017, 10:44:27 PM »
Darn, I missed it.  I have a friend looking for a good deal on kegs.  My last couple keg purchases were from AiH when they had new ball locks selling on sale for $69.  Twice I bought two and shipping wasn't bad.  I called them and they explained to me at that time that the Chinese manufacturer they use is one of the reputable Chinese manufacturers.   :-*  I have yet to use any of those kegs but they look just fine.  I've been a satidfied customer when buying from them and enjoy some of their great sales including numerous product deals.  No affiliation yadda-yadda.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning auto siphon
« on: February 27, 2017, 10:26:22 PM »
I guess I'm a bit more low-tech than most of you guys.  I pump sanitizer through mine, making sure to pull out the interior piece to its max extension to fill the whole chamber with fluid.  Then I spray the outside with Star-San.  After use, I pump about a quart of cold water through it, followed by another flush with sanitizer.  No problems ever.  I hang it to dry with the hose at full extension so all the drips can drop out.

I'm kind of like you. If I'm racking my two buckets of fermented beer to kegs I'll have another bucket half full of fresh star san I work from to give a final sanitize to the receiving kegs, keg lids and auto siphon prior to using them.  After racking I'll first spray out the top of the auto siphon, and pump warm water through it same time as washing buckets at the sink, and finish by circulating star san through the auto siphon via the bucket and pour more into the top and the sides with a measuring cup.  I'm already busy at the sink washing yeast down the sink and washing, or at minimum well rinsing out my fermenter buckets. Then I hang it to drip dry.  Never had a problem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Never a shortage
« on: February 26, 2017, 02:50:17 PM »
I hope his beer didn't get skunked, in the sunshine like that!   :D

What do you mean? He has his parasol.

I missed that!  I like how the dog is eagerly watching and waiting for a fish to bite.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Never a shortage
« on: February 26, 2017, 02:32:43 PM »
I hope his beer didn't get skunked, in the sunshine like that!   :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:11:17 AM »
My LHBS owner told me today that Wyeast will be removing that yeast from their year-round inventory soon because not enough people are buying it often enough.

Yup - they hit the lager strains hard this year:
2000 Budvar Lager
2001 Pilsen Urquell
2035 American Lager
2042 Danish Lager
3333 German Wheat
3562 Forbidden Fruit
3942 Belgian Wheat

Wow, he had mentioned the 2001 was one on a list.  Thanks for sharing that list!  I thought Forbidden Fruit was pretty popular.  I guess not, or maybe not any more!  At least the yeast I got was made this week.  I bought malt and hops for a second 10-gal batch, for the re-pitch.  We'll see how that goes - I have a second hip replacement coming up the end of March, so not sure if I'll still have viable saved yeast by the time I can brew again.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 17, 2017, 11:20:11 PM »
On Monday I'll be making a Bohemian Pilsner - pretty much one of Jamil's takes and based on Pilsner Urquell, but instead of a decoction or step mash I'll be mashing single infusion at 154 - 155F, Best Pils malt with 9% carapils -- also a tad of vienna (3.5%).  All Czech saaz hops, and WY 2001. 

My LHBS owner told me today that Wyeast will be removing that yeast from their year-round inventory soon because not enough people are buying it often enough.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Barrel Aging a Tripel- the memoirs
« on: February 14, 2017, 11:06:59 AM »
Ditto to what majorvices said.  The surface to liquid ratio is MUCH higher inside a 5-gal barrel as compared to a 60 gal barrel (or larger) as used by Allagash, and so you'll get an equivalent oak presence in a fraction of the time.  Yep, taste will be your best barometer.

And blending to taste will make you an old world master of the craft!

Thanks for sharing - you are definitely off to the races.  Curieux is a great beer.  I'm considering trying a version, except would just dial back and use oak pieces in secondary and not blend later. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« on: February 11, 2017, 01:20:47 AM »
10-gal batch = 7 hrs for a simple beer, up to 9.5 hrs for a long mash/long boil/hop stand/etc., batch sparging, most times mill grist night before

My last 2 brew days I did two 10-gal batches in +10.5 hrs, but milled grist, prepped hops and sanitized fermenters the night before.

That includes set-up, clean-up, put away.

I think like Klickitat Jim I'll start prepping grist, water minerals and hops night before from now on, just to remove a few details on brew day.

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