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Ingredients / Re: Pellet vs. Leaf Hops
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:18:12 AM »
I mostly use whole hops. They do take up a lot of space, but that is kind of a good thing for me. It makes sure I don't buy too many hops without using the ones I already have. I changed the way I brew partly because of my fondness for whole hops. I start buying hops when the harvest comes in and start my brew year with the freshest cones, and stop brewing around May. So, I brew in the Fall and Spring. No need to worry about the whole cones not storing as long this way.

Also, there is something very pleasing about using whole cones that I do not get with pellets. It's sentimental, but the look and feel of whole cones adds to my brewing experience.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: looking to brew something different
« on: February 11, 2015, 05:49:15 AM »
Landbier.

Pils, Munich, and a touch caramunich. Bitter with Perle, and use a healthy dose of noble hops to finish. 830 or 835 to ferment.

Drink young.

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Ingredients / Re: Good News For Hop Lovers
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:50:55 PM »
FresHops is a great source. i used to get an order or two from them every year. I do like the clarity of wort produced when filtering through a bed of cones.

I have purchased rhizomes and coir yarn from Freshops in the past, but their hops are too darn expensive, especially when West Coast to East Cost shipping is factored into the equation.  Working with Mark Garetz when he owned HopTech and then Hops Direct has shown me what to expect from well-handled cones. 

If all goes well this growing season, I will be giving hops away.

I hear ya about the expense. However, their hops are incredible. The best Mt. Hood I have ever used has been from them. I really use that one a lot, and damn it is tasty.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:00:28 AM »
I think I will brew Hopfenunmalz's Ballentine recipe, and split it into two fermenters. One will get Bry97, and the other 833. Looking forward to opening my big fresh bag of Cluster from hops direct, and using my homegrown Brewer's Gold which smelled amazing this year.

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Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:52:32 PM »
I dug out a few crowns last fall in order to plant more latitude 39-friendly cultivars.  I kept the hop with no name, Cascade, and Spalt Select (which performed surprisingly well).  I added Early Cluster (Cluster is an awesome, but overlooked hop), another Challenger selection, Southern Brewer, Southern Cross, and Yeoman.

I am very interested in Early Cluster. Was looking at Late Cluster myself. Super Alpha would be a good one for your latitude. Beautiful foliage as well. I will continue growing it as an ornamental if I don like the flavors.

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Ingredients / Re: Dr. Rudi aka Super Alpha
« on: February 06, 2015, 06:37:42 AM »
Let us know how it turns out. I bought some for a single apa myself. I planted Super Alpha, and would love to know what it has going for it. It gave me only a dozen or so cones last year, but was an insanely gigantic bine.

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Hop Growing / Re: UK Hops at 42.42N
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:18:45 AM »
You might be able to get Willamette or Northern Brewer to grow. They aren't exactly UK hops but close enough that you could use them in your British styles without too much objection.

+1 Glacier grows quite well in my yard. Vojvodina also grows quite well.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Ballantine IPA Clone Recipe
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:20:11 AM »
One of my friends in the AABG club said this looks like a CAP with some crystal malt, add Bullion hops, and the Chico ale yeast.

I was thinking that as well. I think I may split it, and pitch half with 833.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Ballantine IPA Clone Recipe
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:53:01 AM »
Thanks for posting this, Jeff. I think I am going to make this for my next brew. One question for you. I have never used Bullion, and therefore never have it on hand. I've heard that it is similar to Brewer's Gold. Do you find them comparable, or will this be a completely different brew if I just use Brewer's Gold?

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Ingredients / Re: 6 Row uses?
« on: January 29, 2015, 12:02:25 PM »
Six row can also be used in making some old recipes like Ballantine IPA clones and many recipes out of "the Homebrewer's Guide to Vintage Beer" by Ron Pattinson.

+1 I really like some in British styles. I also just happen to like 6-row in general, and will use it to mix with different base malts. A cream ale base for a braggot is quite tasty.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vanilla bean usage
« on: January 27, 2015, 04:14:40 PM »
presume nobody is worrying about soaking the beans in alcohol, correct?

Nope, I don't.

ever just leave the beans in the keg?

I have. It was not very different than taking them out after a couple of weeks. Big aroma to begin with, but it faded with time, which wasn't very long.

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Ingredients / Re: low alpha hops
« on: January 26, 2015, 01:37:36 PM »
I use low alpha to bitter all the time. I find I am quite fond of the kind of bitterness I get with a large addition of low alpha hops to bitter. More so than something clean like Magnum.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Thoughts on my ESB recipe
« on: January 24, 2015, 06:18:24 PM »
I would lose the chocolate malt and get the Raucanteurs back together and tour.

Boo! Use more Goldings near the end of the boil and get back together with Meg!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: USDA Cites AHA & Homebrewing In Report
« on: January 24, 2015, 06:09:05 PM »
Nothing good comes when the government "notices" the activities of a group.
Actually the USDA does a lot of good and provides a lot of services, especially when not underfunded. Sometimes they screw up too. Like me. Their research can be particularly important because it is available to the little guys and not done in pursuit of making our food intellectual property.
+1, the USDA research service produces a lot of valuable stuff.

+2 just spent the afternoon with some folk from the usda. Very helpful people who are underfunded and unappreciated.

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