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Nelson dry hopped sour ale - first homebrewed sour


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LST. We add all of our fruit in primary. Frozen, halved and in fermenter for a few days in a grain bag. Then squeeze a little when we pull them out.


Nelson sour sounds good. More info?


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3lbs 2-row
3lbs wheat
Mashed at 150

Made a lacto stater using Swanson probiotic pills. Held around 100 until the pH dropped then pitched 05 yeast. Finished around 3% abv and a pH of 3.1. Dry hopped with 2oz Nelson for 5 days then kegged.


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Finally got the results back from NHC - Nashville.
Cherry Berliner - 38
Amaretto Stout - 30
Rye IPA - 27.5

Never like our Rye IPA as much as I do with Grapefruit in it and it was ~2 months old by the time they judged it.

Need to come up with more normal beers to enter next year.


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NHC - Nashville.


These guys had a really rough time getting everything judged this year.

I heard they ended up shipping several categories (meads maybe??) to another site to get everything judged before the deadline.

That's a really good score on your berliner, did it advance to mini-BOS?
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These guys had a really rough time getting everything judged this year.



Yeah, that's why I specified. First time messing with NHC and didn't realize their troubles.

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That's a really good score on your berliner, did it advance to mini-BOS?



Not that I know of but I can check paperwork again.



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First time messing with NHC and didn't realize their troubles.


This was my first year too.

I didn't realize that the dates the different regions were judging were published so I just chose a couple close ones and ended up having to send my entries to St Paul.

They waited until the last minute to judge everything, but they turned it all around in one weekend and all of my score sheets arrived in under a week.

So no real complaints, I know next year to check out judging dates before choosing which sites I want to ship to.


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This will probably be my last year dealing with NHC at all. For the second time I got virtually no feedback that is useful for me, not that in competitions I typically get good feedback. But my two NHC experiences I have gotten considerably less feedback than other competitions. It isn't worth my money, time, or effort.


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Yeah, I just hate the idea of sending a beer off to be judged a month or more from now. I'll have to check that out next time.

The comments on the IPA were basically that it tasted old.

The berliner was comically easy to produce and relatively cheap too. They made lots of comments that it seemed too wheaty or something to that affect which I have no idea how to react about that.


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how dare a berliner be wheaty


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Did an extract Citra IPA. Still learning after 2 extract brews. Had an outrageous OG because I was grabbing from a bottom spigot on the fermenter and I had topped off the fermenter with water and didn't shake it enough for emulsification. My FG was dead on target with 1.013. If my OG was close to 1.070 then my ABV would be 7.9%. Oh well... Active fermentation has stopped and the beer tastes fantastic. Saturday I'm dry hopping with 1.5 ozs of Citra. Can't wait for this brew to be in my belly..
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No sparge finished on a Hefeweizen that I'm gonna try to get only banana esters then add coconut and pineapple a la florida hefe style


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Hefeweizen that I'm gonna try to get only banana esters


Let us know how this turns out...

I really like the banana notes from Weihenstephaner's hefe, but I've never been able to get the banana more dominate than the spice/clove esters.

I've been told that I should try WAY under pitching and to stop oxygenating if I wanted a banana bomb, but I've never gone back and tried that.


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Let us know how this turns out...

I really like the banana notes from Weihenstephaner's hefe, but I've never been able to get the banana more dominate than the spice/clove esters.

I've been told that I should try WAY under pitching and to stop oxygenating if I wanted a banana bomb, but I've never gone back and tried that.


I got loads of banana in my hefe i made last year.

I mashed in at 152 for 75 minutes. Used WLP300 Hefeweizen Ale yeast and fermented @ 70-72 degrees i believe. This is the one i won gold for the category and came in 3rd for BOS. It was bottle conditioned also.
I also made a 1 liter starter
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Maybe using pure o2 is where I'm going wrong?

Mine always have more of the spice/clove esters than I prefer and substantially more than I get from Weihenstephaner's Hefeweizen.


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Had an outrageous OG because I was grabbing from a bottom spigot on the fermenter and I had topped off the fermenter with water and didn't shake it enough for emulsification.


I'm a little confused by this statement.


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I did the opposite of what you read to get clove: no sparge at 155F rather than the step mashes for ferulic; pitched a wyeast pack with no starter and started at 64 and will ramp to 70 over the next 24 hours and hold there. Hopefully no sparge and high mash temps keeps it from being too thin; og was 1.05


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I'm a little confused by this statement.


I topped off my wort in the fermenter with water until i got 5 gals. I immediately pulled my sample from the bottom of the fermentation chamber via spigot before pitching and had a brix of over 30 (I used my refractometer) I read that if you shake it vigorously the water mixes in better with the wort to give a more accurate refractometer reading. Emulsification is an incorrect term to use. Sorry.
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I topped off my wort in the fermenter with water until i got 5 gals. I immediately pulled my sample from the bottom of the fermentation chamber via spigot before pitching and had a brix of over 30 (I used my refractometer) I read that if you shake it vigorously the water mixes in better with the wort to give a more accurate refractometer reading. Emulsification is an incorrect term to use. Sorry.



OK, so your OG reading was just wrong.


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Yeah. I'm guessing that's what the problem was. I took two separate readings after calibration. Still no go, but FG was dead on where it should have been.


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