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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping
« Last post by denny on July 27, 2017, 12:22:51 PM »
What do you guys perceive as the difference when it is FWH vs boil hopped?  I've done lots of both but never side by side.

FWH gives me smoother bitterness and a bit more hop flavor.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping
« Last post by natebrews on July 27, 2017, 11:29:27 AM »
What do you guys perceive as the difference when it is FWH vs boil hopped?  I've done lots of both but never side by side.
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Equipment and Software / Monitor.beer online service for Tilt, Ispindel and Plaato
« Last post by dfaa on July 27, 2017, 10:51:55 AM »
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Beer Recipes / Re: Honey vanilla Blonde
« Last post by Joe on July 27, 2017, 10:09:59 AM »
Other than that does this recipe sound okay? is the 15 days with 2 beans enough time to impart a noticeable vanilla? Is that the best way to add honey? I've never done anything like this before.

Have you ever used honey malt before?  You might find that to be WAY too much.
Personally I can't handle it beyond 5%.
I'm with goschman on the timing of the honey (even so, don't be shocked if you don't detect it in your finished product) and switching out the late hops for something a little more complimentary to cinnamon and vanilla.

I agree on the timing of the honey addition. Adding it to the boil will drive off most of the aromatics and flavor.  Wait until primary fermentation is done or almost done to add it to have your best shot at keeping the flavor in the beer.

Paul

See I read an article that said adding 1 lb of honey in the last 10 minutes or flame out was the best way to impart honey flavor. adding in secondary or late in primary will add sugars and a mild flavor. I'm not trying to get an over powering honey flavor just a mellow taste. 
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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon
« Last post by Steve Ruch on July 27, 2017, 10:09:42 AM »
You just missed the start of the Oregon Brewer's Fest.
I'll be heading in that direction in a short while: the 32 bus in Vancouver to downtown, the 60 bus across the river to Portland, the Yellow light rail line to downtown Portland, and a short walk to Tom McCall waterfront park. Then I'll be serving on Sunday from noon to three.
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Club Leadership & Organization / Club Membership Management Software?
« Last post by ercousin on July 27, 2017, 10:09:22 AM »
We've been using google sheets, and forms, and email bcc for the last few years, but our club has grown to almost 350 paid members and it's becoming a pain to manage all this stuff manually.

Do any clubs use membership management software?

We are looking at http://groupspaces.com/, it seems to have everything we need. Hard to know for sure until you start using it though...

What kind of digital services are your clubs using to make life easier for the leaders?

Currently, we use siteground.com to manage our wordpress website. It saves a lot of time when something goes wrong with the website (hackers, goes down, etc..) since they fix it for us.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping
« Last post by Steve Ruch on July 27, 2017, 10:04:28 AM »
FWH is no more special than boil hops.  Add them anytime before reaching a boil, or even a minute or two after.  You shouldn't be able to taste any difference.

Unless you can....

I can.  ;)

Me, too.

Me, three.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Direction using Australian ELLA hops...
« Last post by denny on July 27, 2017, 10:00:51 AM »
I've used Ella quite a bit recently (I live in Australia).  I can vouch for the tropical fruit character when used late and in the dry hop. (Pale ale/IPA).  Also got some orange character too. Never really got too much spice or star anise, but then I've always been pretty generous with it. Works beautifully with summer or Vic Secret.  Don't waste it for bittering.

THIS^^^^^
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping
« Last post by denny on July 27, 2017, 10:00:09 AM »
FWH is no more special than boil hops.  Add them anytime before reaching a boil, or even a minute or two after.  You shouldn't be able to taste any difference.

Unless you can....

I can.  ;)

Me, too.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping
« Last post by The Beerery on July 27, 2017, 09:44:34 AM »
FWH is no more special than boil hops.  Add them anytime before reaching a boil, or even a minute or two after.  You shouldn't be able to taste any difference.

Unless you can....

I can.  ;)
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