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In Topic: Whirlfloc smells fishy

03 February 2017 - 07:41 PM

Sniff some Irish Moss. It's seaweed derived and smells all the time, but I've never had an odd flavour in a beer. I believe Whirlfloc is just Irish Moss in tablet form. They probably mask the smell for commercial reasons. ie. exactly what you're doing. It smells funny so you hesitate using it.

In Topic: What do you think of this SmAsH?

11 January 2017 - 10:28 PM

Apa. Simcoe will be most present.
Or enter one bottle as apa, one as ukpa.

Cheers! Yeah after a bit of reading into styles, APA might be more appropriate.

In Topic: What do you think of this SmAsH?

11 January 2017 - 09:55 PM

Most likely a pale ale, hybrid of US and UK ingredients, depending which yeast you used.

I used S-04 so it's more an English Pale I guess. I was going to enter it in a local comp for some feed back and was scratching my head as to the category... Worst case, I go wild card!

In Topic: What do you think of this SmAsH?

11 January 2017 - 09:28 PM

I made this up and tried it today. The recipe was the same as posted, with the addition of 250g Cara-pils and only 30g dry hopped for 5 days. (I got a bit scared of too much hop aroma)


I hit the numbers dead on, so it's around the 5% ABV mark bottled.


And dam it's freakn beautifu!! 


The only thing I'm wondering, is what to classify it as? A Pale Ale of some sort??

In Topic: What do you think of this SmAsH?

19 December 2016 - 04:21 PM

I think I read somewhere it is a good idea to have a few grams of hops at the start of the boil to act as atomisation points so you get a good rolling boil, but the memory is a bit hazy. Some people seem to think all late additions leads to a smoother bitterness. I have never really paid much attention to the surface of my bitterness to be honest. For me, if I'm brewing an IPA or APA, it's all about getting as much hop flavour in the beer as possible within in the limits of the bitterness you are aiming for (and I suppose there are other limits imposed like astringency and grassy flavours to consider too). So I hardly ever add 60 minute additions when going for a real hop bomb IPA. 

I think FWH gives a smoother bitterness than a 60 min addition.