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  1. rrayriver

    Does your bittering hop really matter?

    If you want to understand the impact of cohumulone, do what I did. Take an IPA recipe where you have used Columbus for bittering (as many do) and substitute Horizon or Simcoe for your bittering hop (both very low in cohumulone but high alpha) for the same IBUS. Do nothing to the rest of your...
  2. rrayriver

    Confused about the link between Aplha Acids and Cohumulone

    I brew a lot of IPA's and depending on what I am going for, I always look at the cohumulone levels in hops I am using. It makes a huge difference. Cohumulone has the a strong bite and lingers on the back of the pallet. Sometimes you want that and sometimes you may not. For a summer poolside...
  3. rrayriver

    Mash PH question

    Thanks. Would you mind briefly explaining how you add a style on Beersmith? I can't find anything on that. Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew
  4. rrayriver

    Mash PH question

    Does anyone know of a user friendly tool/spreadsheet where you can enter your water profile and it gives you recommended adjustments for a specific style you are brewing. Beersmith gives you major brewing cities, but not per style.
  5. rrayriver

    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Clone - Straight from Lagunitas

    Could you share that recipe or share a link to it? Thanks
  6. rrayriver

    Should I add oxygen to my poorly attenuating Imperial Stout?

    All very good information. Here are the answers to the questions posed: It was a 10 gallon AG recipe -I started from a Yeti clone and made some modifications I pitched the recommended 2-2 liter starters (10 gallon batch) for a total of about 600-650 million cells. I guess I was over...
  7. rrayriver

    Should I add oxygen to my poorly attenuating Imperial Stout?

    The OG of my Imperial Stout was 1.088. After eight days I am at 1.026. Should I add some oxygen using a stone or rouse the yeast to get it down further? I am aiming at 1.014-using WLP001. (Since I am using a 14 gallon fermenter, its not as easy to rouse as a six gallon carboy).
  8. rrayriver

    Using blow off yeast

    I posed the same question to White Labs support and this was their response: I would recommend using yeast from the bottom of the primary fermenter rather than yeast that has sat in StarSan for a week. StarSan is designed to kill microorganisms including wild yeast, so it will probably do...
  9. rrayriver

    Using blow off yeast

    So I have a raging fermenter that collected a great deal of yeast into the pitcher of Star San. I also have some bottles of an imperial stout that never carbonated after nearly a year. Could I use the yeast "slurry" from my blow off pitcher to eyedrop into my uncarbonated bottles. (About six...
  10. rrayriver

    1.065 OG stuck at 1.020 after 8days

    I would first try to give a rigorous swirl and raise the temp. I usually get a bit out of that alone. If that's not enough, the most aggressive action you can take that has worked for me with stuck fermentations is adding yeast hulls, pitch a new starter with yeast nutrient and warm it up...
  11. rrayriver

    Abbey or Trappist yeast???

    That makes the most sense. I forgot "trappist" was a regulated term and abbey is a style term. Locale of brewing is the difference. Thanks!!!
  12. rrayriver

    Quad stuck at 1.046-help!

    Being that so many people contributed and that there might be other who wish to clone The Three Philosophers, I thought I'd post a final update-something you dont see much of on this forum. After getting the fermentation back on and finalizing nicely, I added 2 lbs of dried cherries (steeped...
  13. rrayriver

    Abbey or Trappist yeast???

    Will someone please shed some light on why many ABBEY dubbel recipes, eg., Ommegang Abbey uses TRAPPIST yeast (WLP500 or Wy1214) and Orval TRAPPIST recipes use ABBEY ale yeast (WLP530 or Wy3522)? Shouldnt it be the other way around? (This is based on a search of clone recipes including those in...
  14. rrayriver

    Three Philosophers clone help

    I am currently brewing the Three Philosophers. I have the quad in the secondary and am adding sterilized (not boiled) cherries to condition for a few weeks. My plan is to add Lindeman's Kriek to the last portion in the bottling bucket, just in case I get exploding bottles. I may also...
  15. rrayriver

    Quad stuck at 1.046-help!

    Cernst, Thanks for that invaluable tip! Much appreciated! Since you seem to know about how to handle fruit, do you have a sense of the cherries effect on bottling? Should I reduce the amount of bottling sugar?
  16. rrayriver

    Quad stuck at 1.046-help!

    Final Update on stuck quad: I got it down to 1.013-PERFECT! It comes in at 9.2 ABV-right where I wanted it. Sounds like the answer to my question, at least in this case, was adding yeast hulls, pitch a new starter with yeast nutrient and warm it up. After it slows, rouse the yeast with a...
  17. rrayriver

    Quad stuck at 1.046-help!

    Update on the stuck quad: I conducted the above (add yeast hulls, make a starter with high gravity yeast with nutrient and pitch) and it was very active for over three days and got down to 1.019. So it looks like the plan worked. Today I gave it a swirl. Being that my starting gravity was...
  18. rrayriver

    Quad stuck at 1.046-help!

    GuldTuborg, I appreciate the thought on the exploding bottles. This has been the topic of discussion with several fellow brewer friends and havent come up with a certain result. The Lindemans I plan to add is the Kriek Lambic. Are you thinking I might have exploding bottles due to sugar or...
  19. rrayriver

    Quad stuck at 1.046-help!

    Thanks for all the thoughts. Brewing is like religion, so many opinions and most assume they are right. That's what I like about it...the mystery. And everyone's advice has a life philosophy embedded in it (forgive me, I'm a shrink.) From "Throw it out, you fool" (pessimist) to "Hell, add...
  20. rrayriver

    Quad stuck at 1.046-help!

    Im usually loyal to White Labs, but this time I tried the Wyeast 3787 Trappist for my quad. pitched a starter and I got good action right away but only for two days. I check gravity and I've been stuck at 1.046 and need to be at 1.023. I racked to secondary after 5 days as Jeremy at Ommagang...
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