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kmccaf:

--- Quote from: erockrph on December 30, 2012, 10:45:38 PM ---Thanks for sharing your opinions everyone! I decided to go with the Alt, and the Helles Bock will be next in line after that. I have to make the best use of the cooler temps while I have them.


--- Quote from: maaswinhester on December 29, 2012, 08:03:09 AM --- They all look good though, so I hope the plan is to brew all of them!

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Got no choice, really. The wife nearly had a frozen turkey land on her head since my hop stash is literally pushing food out of our freezer at the moment. I've got to start using up some hops before she kicks me out of the freezer. These four brews, plus a Brett Trois IPA using Belma, Meridian, Mosaic & Caliente is pretty much my entire winter/spring brewing schedule.

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I hear ya. Lately, I've been hunting craigslist for a refrigerator, so that I can put the kegs in the fridge, and hops in the freezer. I've actually put off buying hops in bulk this year because of space concerns in the freezer, as it turns out that the wife and I need to use that freezer for other things.

Looks like a good schedule for the winter though. Keep us updated on these! When the space frees up in my freezer, I am really hoping to buy some Polaris and Herkules.

erockrph:
I tasted my first bottle of the Alt last night. Damn, that Polaris is something else. I think it's the first hop variety whose oil content is so high that you absolutely have to take it into consideration when designing recipes. It really kicked the hop character from IPA to IIPA levels. I burnt my palate right before I tried the beer, so I'll post more info once I can take some detailed notes. Suffice it to say, I think Polaris has a lot of potential for IPA's.

One more point of note - I was just going to use my typical IPA water adjustments, but I decided to give the Düsseldorf water profile in BrunWater a try instead. I'm glad I did. I definitely picked up a hint of something that reminded me of Uerige's brews, and I want to say it was the water.

Here's the recipe, FYI:

HOME BREW RECIPE:
Title: Düsseldorf IPA

Brew Method: BIAB
Style Name: Düsseldorf Altbier
Boil Time: 90 min
Batch Size: 3 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 3.5 gallons
Efficiency: 70% (brew house)

STATS:
Original Gravity: 1.068
Final Gravity: 1.017
ABV (standard): 6.71%
IBU (tinseth): 76.57
SRM (morey): 14.55

FERMENTABLES:
6 lb - German - Pilsner (76.8%)
1 lb - German - Munich Light (12.8%)
0.5 lb - Belgian - Aromatic (6.4%)
0.25 lb - American - Caramel / Crystal 60L (3.2%)
1 oz - German - Carafa III (0.8%)

HOPS:
0.25 oz - Polaris, Type: Pellet, Use: First Wort (AA 21.3, IBU: 18.94)
0.2 oz - Herkules for 60 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil (AA 15.7, IBU: 18.44)
0.5 oz - Smaragd for 15 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil (AA 6.6, IBU: 9.62)
0.5 oz - Herkules for 10 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil (AA 15.7, IBU: 16.72)
0.5 oz - Polaris for 5 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil (AA 21.3, IBU: 12.47)
1 oz - Herkules for 0 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil (AA 14)
1 oz - Smaragd for 0 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil (AA 6.6)
0.3 oz - Herkules for 0.1 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil (AA 15.7, IBU: 0.12)
0.3 oz - Polaris for 0.1 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil (AA 21.3, IBU: 0.16)
0.5 oz - Smaragd for 0.1 min, Type: Pellet, Use: Boil (AA 6.6, IBU: 0.09)
1 oz - Herkules for 7 days, Type: Pellet, Use: Dry Hop (AA 14)
1 oz - Polaris for 7 days, Type: Pellet, Use: Dry Hop (AA 21.3)
1 oz - Smaragd for 7 days, Type: Pellet, Use: Dry Hop (AA 6.6)

MASH STEPS:
1) Infusion, Temp: 149 F, Time: 90 min, Amount: 15 qt, Sacc Rest

YEAST:
Wyeast - German Ale 1007

NOTES:
0.1 minute addition = post-hop stand
20-minute hop stand

Slowbrew:

--- Quote from: maaswinhester on December 31, 2012, 12:10:25 PM ---
--- Quote from: erockrph on December 30, 2012, 10:45:38 PM ---Thanks for sharing your opinions everyone! I decided to go with the Alt, and the Helles Bock will be next in line after that. I have to make the best use of the cooler temps while I have them.


--- Quote from: maaswinhester on December 29, 2012, 08:03:09 AM --- They all look good though, so I hope the plan is to brew all of them!

--- End quote ---

Got no choice, really. The wife nearly had a frozen turkey land on her head since my hop stash is literally pushing food out of our freezer at the moment. I've got to start using up some hops before she kicks me out of the freezer. These four brews, plus a Brett Trois IPA using Belma, Meridian, Mosaic & Caliente is pretty much my entire winter/spring brewing schedule.

--- End quote ---

I hear ya. Lately, I've been hunting craigslist for a refrigerator, so that I can put the kegs in the fridge, and hops in the freezer. I've actually put off buying hops in bulk this year because of space concerns in the freezer, as it turns out that the wife and I need to use that freezer for other things.

Looks like a good schedule for the winter though. Keep us updated on these! When the space frees up in my freezer, I am really hoping to buy some Polaris and Herkules.

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If you find one, I hope you have better luck than me. 

We replaced the kitchen fridge and I kept the old one for beer.  Between the juice boxes, soda, flavored water and frozen vegetables I can sometimes fit a few ounces of hops in it.  We seemingly need more than a 24cf refrigerator and 29cf freezer to accommodate our needs in the kitchen.  8^(

Paul

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