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  1. spersichilli

    What are you drinking now?

    Tasting my NHC entries along side their scoresheet
  2. spersichilli

    Kviek yeast for lagers...talk to me

    I used to be a 1000% kveik hater. Lutra isn't lager clean but I brewed a WCIPA with lutra at 90 degrees in my Florida garage and it was at least as clean as US-05. Got gold at NHC Tampa for it
  3. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    Got gold in the 21C Hazy IPA category at NHC Tampa with this one OG 1.065, FG 1.020, 6% ABV, calculated IBUs 45 For 6 gallons 11.5lb Pilsner 4.5lb White Wheat 2lb Flaked Oats Mashed at 154 for 60 mins, phosphoric acid to mash pH of 5.2 water: 170:85 Cl:SO4 ~5ibu at 60mins WP: 4oz Citra 21...
  4. spersichilli

    American IPA The New West Coast IPA

    Also in my experience judges kind of don’t know what to do with “new school”/non traditional hops in west coast IPA for stylistic scoring but in miniBOS they don’t care as much
  5. spersichilli

    American IPA The New West Coast IPA

    So I just got gold in 21A at the NHC Tampa regional for a malt extract WC IPA fermented with Lutra lmao. Recipe below For 4 gallons. OG 1.061 FG 1.010 78.1 calculated IBUs. Water treated to 300 SO4:50Cl. Basically the play here is to add roughly half of your malt extract at 60 mins with your...
  6. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    Has anyone had a good experience with spectrum? I've opened two packs so far and both smelled like moldy cheese
  7. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    You throw enough oats/wheat and dry hop at a high enough rate you can get any yeast to look super hazy lol
  8. spersichilli

    American IPA The New West Coast IPA

    If you have a conical you should be dry hopping post ferm after you dump the yeast. I’ve found I’ve gotten much brighter hop character with dry hopping off of the yeast vs dry hopping at the tail end of fermentation
  9. spersichilli

    American IPA The New West Coast IPA

    Honestly I think in NYC the most efficient use of your time is going to be hitting beer bars vs breweries. You'll get a wider variety of stuff and NYC has a higher concentration of great beer bars than pretty much anywhere else. Beer Street (2 locations), Harlem Hops, Bierwax, Torst, Gold Star...
  10. spersichilli

    IPA’s to Calibrate Sensory Palette

    you're the only one giving good suggestions here haha. OP: for west coast IPA Russian River is the quintessential version of the style, Pliny leans more dank while blind pig leans more citrus forward. Ghost Town has been winning a lot of medals for WCIPA, Nose Goblin is their "best" one and I'd...
  11. spersichilli

    American IPA The New West Coast IPA

    I’ve been on a kick brewing these, this is one I did back in January for my “6th anniversary” of homebrewing. West Coast Triple IPA, 6 different hops dry hopped around 8lb/bbl. Probably my favorite west coast I’ve done, I’ve been playing around with different ways to add a subtle clean maltiness...
  12. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    I get to that without malto in mine, I mash at 156ish for my single NEIPAs, I mash at 158 to 160 for NE Pale ales to get 1.018-1.022
  13. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    Got a chance to brew again after a little hiatus. New NEIPA on the docket. Was fortunate to get some Freestyle Nelson from a pro brewer buddy, so doing a single hop nelson NEIPA. These hops are bonkers, definitely the best I've had a chance to get. 1.074 OG, 6 gallons into the fermenter 50%...
  14. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    I’ve never necessarily tried to “push” ester character from it. I always do a very healthy pitch and ferment at 68 before the D rest. In my experience the esters usually take a back seat the way I normally use it and the hop character is up front. I can see what you mean as far as beers with...
  15. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    Exclusively LAIII (usually from Wyeast). Lays the best canvas for hop expression and gives it the softness I look for.
  16. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    In my experience it’s WAY too dry. You want these to be super soft and not spritzy at all. One of the best things about LAIII is how plush it leaves the beer
  17. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    I think there might have been an oxidation issue on the cans and maybe there was significantly more particulate in my cans vs the kegs.
  18. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    I had a can of Headroom the other day and it was low key a mess. Just a whisper of that old school galaxy and then it faded to a **** ton of grassy astringency. Basically felt like chewing on a hop pellet.
  19. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    yeah someone here needs to be the guinea pig!!! Trillium finally put headroom out again so I'm assuming that means that they're finally happy with the galaxy they got
  20. spersichilli

    New England IPA "Northeast" style IPA

    where'd you get the galaxy from? Any notes of "bad galaxy" (plastic/peanuts/extreme astrigency) or were you pretty happy with the lot you got?
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