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Beer Recipes / Re: wet hop ale - why not boil wet hops?
« Last post by majorvices on Today at 10:35:19 AM »
I said all that and yet filled two firkins with "wet" hops picked from my  biz partners bines then make 8 gallons of "wet" hop IPA that had all the "wet" hops added at flame out (and some CTZ pellets @ 60 for bittering.) I'm not going to be super interested in drinking them but there will be folks out there who will be.
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Beer Recipes / Re: wet hop ale - why not boil wet hops?
« Last post by fmader on Today at 10:30:50 AM »
Personally, I do not like the vegal-like chlorophyll-ish flavors associated with wet hop beers. I imagine boiling them would increase those (to my palate) unpleasant flavors.

Yeah, I've concluded the same thing.

Chlorophyll? More like borophyll!

But yeah. I agree with this. I made an "at will" fresh hopped ale a couple years back. Basically, as we picked them, they got tossed in the boil. It tasted very green in an unpleasant way to me. However, my uncle (who I brew with) loved the beer and couldn't understand what I didn't like about it. So I'm guessing some people are more deceptive of this flavor than others.
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Wood/Casks / Re: Barrel Aging First Timer
« Last post by reverseapachemaster on Today at 09:50:39 AM »
Ferment in a different barrel and then transfer to the barrel. You want the barrel filled as full as possible through aging. If you ferment in the barrel you'll lose beer to blowoff and end up with trub in the barrel.

The barrel needs to be properly sterilized before use unless they previously held a high proof distillate. You should also consider sealing the exterior of the barrel with wax, especially if they are five liter barrels.
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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermenter Recommendations
« Last post by reverseapachemaster on Today at 09:43:31 AM »
I still like the better bottle knock-off made by northern brewer.  They fit a#10 bung and are $25.  I swap them out every 2-3 yrs when I see them looking suspect or when they are BOGO. 

I have both Better Bottles and the knockoffs from NB. Both make good beer--I would not hesitate to recommend buying whichever is easiest to acquire.
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Beer Recipes / Re: Help with Wild Yeast beer
« Last post by reverseapachemaster on Today at 09:41:22 AM »
Then they would probably have a firm understanding of plates, extract, agar, a inoculation loop, and eventually slanting.  With or without the "science lesson" and I can't see that being $300... but maybe I am wrong.

At a minimum that info is already readily available in Yeast and Bootleg Biology sells similar kits at a higher price point but with a more robust kit.
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The Pub / Re: You know you live in a small town...
« Last post by Steve Ruch on Today at 08:21:55 AM »
You know you live in a small town when the craft beer selection at the biggest store is so pitiful that you have to start brewing your own.
This happened to me back in 1998. When I moved back to Portland in 1999 I kept on brewing.
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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Blow off question
« Last post by Steve Ruch on Today at 08:17:30 AM »
I have stopped using yeast calculators.  In real life it doesn't make that much difference.  I've found by experience that a 1 qt., 24 hour, SNS starter is sufficient for my beers up to a mid 70s gravity.  That's all I need to know.

I would assume that someone, like me, who usually brews three gallon batches could go up to 1.100, or higher with a 1 qt., 24 hour, SNS starter.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« Last post by Steve Ruch on Today at 08:09:19 AM »
You guys are thinking like homebrewers..think like a network exec.  Who the hell is gonna watch these shows?  A few thousand people?

That's why I suggest a celebrity reality show that doesn't strictly focus on home brewing. There are many, many, many thousands of ... easily entertained people who watch those damn things. Anyone for Kardashian kolsch? :)
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love it:)
« Last post by HoosierBrew on Today at 07:56:10 AM »
That's very cool.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Love it:)
« Last post by quattlebaum on Today at 07:35:09 AM »
My backyard:). Tis the season:). Barely harvest   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiRjsunqjyw&sns=em
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