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Old 06-30-2008, 02:33 AM   #1
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Two things.

1. Hopping. I have found a commercial brew that will remain unnamed that has a hoppy scent. I like it. A lot. I would like it even better if my beer approached a smell like the bag of hop pellets when I first open them. Is this possible? I know that aromatic hops are to be added at the end of the boil but not a single one of my batches has even approached the hoppiness of the commercial brew.

2. Gravity measurement. I made a brew today from an extract kit. I added a few small slices of apple to the boil just for fun. The docs that came with the kit said the OG should be 1.055-1.065. My OG? 1.110 What??!?! I look at the fermenter. It looks like a black and tan, only upside down. There is a definate line between the boiled wort and the water added to fill to volume. Just looking for confirmation here, but my guess is that I got all boiled wort and not a good mixture of the two. I don't think the sugar from a handfull of pieces from a macintosh apple (a small one at that) will bring the gravity up from a target of 1.065 to 1.110.

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Old 06-30-2008, 03:08 AM   #2
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1. Dry hopping is probably what you're looking for. This is putting hops into the secondary and racking your beer onto the hops letting them sit for a week or so.

2. When did you take your reading? Before or after adding the top off water? That will have a HUGE influence on your readings. And if you are seeing a separation I'm guessing you didn't mix the wort and top off very well.

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Dry hopping. Have heard the term dry hopping all over this web site but never thought that it meant putting hops in the secondary. This means I would have to boil the things, and wo me makes the term counter intuitive. Unless there is another way to sanitize the hops.

I took the reading right after I put the top off water in. I didn't want to assume my thoughts were correct, so I was looking for confirmation that what I suggested was probably what was going on. Achem's razor I guess. Seems the simplest answer to me anyway.

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It's unheard of to get an infection from hops in the secondary, due to their antiseptic properties. You don't boil them first.

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Sweet. I can't wait to smell it!

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Why don't you fess up and tell us what commercial beer you like so much?

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Well, after about a six pack I realized I do not like the thickness. What i do like is the very hoppy scent. Against my better judgment I will give a clue. Part of the brewery that contract brews this beer, burned a few weeks ago in upstate NY. Although I discriminate heavily on the types of beer that I like, this one has been the hoppiest commercial brew that I have had in a while. I promise it isn't BMC. I can't stand them and only drink them on really hot days when there isn't anything else...

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