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Old 11-15-2012, 08:38 PM   #121
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I am actually kind of sad about the change, but for a very silly reason - I liked to re-use the nice mylar bags during divvying up and resealing my hops - and these new nitrogen-flushed bags seem like they're too "slick" for my FoodSaver to find the air in the bag. It fails to vacuum pretty much every time. Just means I have to use more FoodSaver bags than I have in the past, that's all. Oh well.
I have not tried it and you probably have, but I was reading the other day about cutting off a piece of a non-foodsaver bag, placing it inside the mouth of the mylar bag, ridges down, and then vacuuming it. Seems this helps folks get good suction on mylar.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:16 PM   #122
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Just fold the edge of the bag over like this. Not the best picture, but you get the idea. The food saver will seal it like that.

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:03 PM   #123
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cutting off a piece of a non-foodsaver bag, placing it inside the mouth of the mylar bag, ridges down, and then vacuuming it. Seems this helps folks get good suction on mylar.

i just put the mylar bags inside a foodsaver bag and vacuum away. Make sure to use a looooong bag so you can cut & reuse 'til you run out of that particular pound
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:49 AM   #124
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Hop bursted Belma APA - no onion or garlic at all with the leaf. Creamy, slightly spicy (black pepper) and fruit is what I'm getting. Didn't try pellets yet.

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:57 AM   #125
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I've brewed 2 beers with Belma leaf hop - well actually three

Orange honey Belgian with chouffe yeast - only late hops
10 gallons Bitter at about 1.036 split up with London iii & chouffe yeast - had a little cascade but about 10oz of Belma

Will let you know when they age a bit

I'm mostly getting a faint tropical & strawberry w/ some resin similar to their super galena - so far I love this hop

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Old 11-16-2012, 04:18 AM   #126
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Hop bursted Belma APA - no onion or garlic at all with the leaf. Creamy, slightly spicy (black pepper) and fruit is what I'm getting. Didn't try pellets yet.
That what I smelled with the leaf as well.. Had a subtle smooth, not super juicy profile of fruit and peppercorns. Perhaps a fruity, smoother Chinook.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:35 PM   #127
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What about a combo of Ahtanum, Belma, and Chinook for the flavor, aroma, and DH additions, bitter with Magnum?

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:37 PM   #128
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You'll have something earthy, orangey, and mildly grapefruity.

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:41 PM   #129
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You'll have something earthy, orangey, and mildly grapefruity.
I was looking for more pine (to counteract the citrus) than earth. Should I go with Simcoe or maybe Zythos instead?
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Then Columbus would be better here than Chinook. Simcoe would offer a good deal of fruitiness in addition to the musky pine it gives. Wouldn't use Zythos for that purpose either.

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