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Old 12-18-2012, 03:16 AM   #41
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I brewed this using nugget for the bittering additions and simcoe for the middle and late additions. After 7 days in primary, I took a gravity reading and taste. It was at 1.022, and was the best beer I had ever tasted after this short of a time. I was trying to rush this beer through for a holiday beer exchange, and tasting, and since the gravity was so low, I decided to dry hop with the two ounces of simcoe after 7 days. Well, I took another reading at two weeks and it was still at 1.022, which does not bother me too much because I did mash at the 158 temp, which does not give as many fermentables. However, it had a really strong catty taste. I am assuming this is from the dry hop, because this taste was not there at the one week mark, and I know simcoe can give this kind of taste, but just from a dry hop? I also know hop flavor can change after just a couple of days when carbonating in a keg. Has anyone else experienced this, and has the recipe mellowed out over time?







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Old 12-21-2012, 03:29 AM   #42
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Update. After two and a half days of force carbonating, the catty taste went to citrus. I was hoping for this. I bottled using the Biermuncher counter pressure bottle filler, (we don't need no stinking beer gun), and on day 18, had the tasting and beer exchange. I filled the bottles the night before, and filled a 32 oz. Grolsch style flip top, the morning of the exchange, to be used for the tasting. The taste had mellowed out even more, turning from catty to citrus. It still had the bitterness, maybe it will turn a little too sweet over time, but once again I mashed at 158. One thing I will say, this is the clearest beer that I have had out of a keg this early, on day 12, I cold crashed for two days, and this beer really cleared up. I did use a sanitized nylon mesh hop bag on my autosiphon to keep the dry hop material out, maybe that helped a lot.

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:35 PM   #43
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So for 2 long painstaking months I have let this sweet nectar sit and condition in kegs. We tapped it last night and the reception was one of winning a gold medal at the olymipcs. We dubbed it "Liquid Gold" I will be brewing this asap again! Oh, btw..abv: 8.6%! Mmmm

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:06 PM   #44
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so quick question, I want to brew this beer as I have everything except the right yeast.
I do have 2 viles of WLP007 would they work as good as the whitbread?

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Old 07-16-2013, 03:28 AM   #45
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I think so, I recently brewed the same recipe, but used all Mosaic hops. This beer was beyond belief, I am going to bottle some of it and enter some comps, it's that good

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Old 09-06-2013, 12:45 PM   #46
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I've got a pound of wet Simcoe coming in today and want to brew a big IPA to showcase the hops, looks like this would be a good choice. Couple questions?

Do I need to scale the hop additions for fresh hops? This is my first fresh hop brew.

How long will fresh hops keep? If I brew with these tomorrow will my fresh hops still be OK to dry hop with in a couple weeks?

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I think so, I recently brewed the same recipe, but used all Mosaic hops. This beer was beyond belief, I am going to bottle some of it and enter some comps, it's that good
I brewed an all Mosaic pale ale back in July that is at it's peak right now. I'm still a newbie, about 10 brews behind me, but this is probably my favorite beer I've brewed.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:49 PM   #47
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Do I need to scale the hop additions for fresh hops? This is my first fresh hop brew.
How long will fresh hops keep? If I brew with these tomorrow will my fresh hops still be OK to dry hop with in a couple weeks?
I never used fresh hops but I would not scale them down.

and like any hop I would store them in the freezer to keep them fresh
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I never used fresh hops but I would not scale them down.

and like any hop I would store them in the freezer to keep them fresh
Thanks for the reply. I did some research after posting and it looks like you need about 5X by weight of fresh hops as pellets due to the water weight in fresh hops.

There were a lot of opinions on it, anywhere from 2X to 20X the weight, but it seems like 5X was about the average.
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