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  1. I recall people even complaining in those great years listed above (albeit less so). Some people are just never satisfied or feel the need to be downers.
  2. jonjon

    February Banter 2019

    Looks good! Let us know how it all turns out.
  3. jonjon

    February Banter 2019

    I would use the Columbus for bittering, then some Cascade near the end of the boil and Citra would be used as late as possible, preferably as a dry hop, as this is by far the most flavorful and aromatic of the three. The recipe formulators should give him an idea of ibu based upon when/how much of each hop is added to the recipe in order to meet whatever ibu he is trying to achieve.
  4. jonjon

    February Banter 2019

    Sounds like he just has to come up with a recipe for around a 5 gallon batch. I suppose the class has the equipment for an all-grain 5 gallon brew? I think a basic IPA would have a gravity in the 1.055 to 1.060 range (they may use the plato scale over there, I'm not familiar with that scale). I used to brew 10 gallon batches in the early days, and I would need around 25lbs of fermentable grains to get the gravity wort I wanted to ferment for my basic IPA -- so I'm guessing he is going to need somewhere around half of that amount for just a 5 gall (20L) brew. So something like 12 lbs of Maris otter, and maybe a half pound or so of some crystal/caramel 40L and that would be a nice simple grain recipe. Then he has to decide the amounts of hops to use and when to add them. When I brew an IPA, I look to it with as much aroma/flavor as possible, so I'm heavy on the late addition hops and especially heavy on the dry hops. This may not be the goal here since its the yeast variations that they are looking to detect, so he may just want to add a 1/2 oz. to 3/4 oz. hop addition at the beginning of the boil, then add a few more ounces very late in the boil or at flameout, then split into two different fermenters that can handle the 2.5 gallons each, then use a different yeast on each to, in essence, come up with two different versions from the same brew session. I would suggest playing around with an online beer recipe formulator so that the gravity of the brew ends up around what he is looking for -- what I suggested up above is probably close, but a lot depends on the brew system and its capacity (to brew a 5 gallon batch you would need to probably start the boil with 6.5 gall or so to anticipate boil-off etc.) and the system's efficiency. Not sure if I answered what you were looking for, I'd be glad to chip in more if you have something specific you're looking for on this.
  5. jonjon

    January 29-30, 2019 Arctic FROPA

    Winds kept us from dropping too low this morning, but still managed to get down to -12 Currently -5
  6. jonjon

    January Banter 2019

    Nice looking houses up there!
  7. jonjon

    January Banter 2019

    Yeah, sounds like Columbus is the bittering hop and Cascade would be the flavor/aroma hop. Certainly not going to be a "rock star" IPA, but should be perfect for this experiment.
  8. jonjon

    January Banter 2019

    I can't tell what grains and hops are used on this, but I'm sure that would do the trick just fine.
  9. jonjon

    January Banter 2019

    I think the easy part would be coming up with a basic recipe for an IPA -- most IPA recipes follow a pretty simple malt bill as the hops are really the show. I'm guessing the goal here is to not create the most "knock your socks off" version of an IPA, but just a basic one that is more meant to show off the variations in flavor and aroma that different yeasts impart. A simple kit that has the basic IPA grain bill would be a Two Hearted clone recipe -- I believe Northern Brewer calls it "Dead Ringer". Anything with a basic 2-row base, and a little caramel malt to add some color/foam stability -- then the recipe would simply be hops and yeast after that. I also think that the Centennial hops used in that recipe would be appropriate for this project -- they are really flavorful and interesting, but won't try to steal the show that some of the more recent "hop bomb" varieties such as Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo etc. would. As far as yeast strains, I would recommend going to White Labs website, when you search under their Yeast Bank you can choose a beer style and they list off all the options of yeasts for that style. When I hit the double IPA option about 19 different yeasts pop up. Everything from yeasts that would be classified as more traditional English style strains, to those that are now used a lot in the hazy East Coast IPAs, to everything in between (I see an Irish option in there as well). He could go really outside of the box and use a yeast that is traditionally used in other styles (Saison, for example), but it looks like there are sufficient options that fall into the IPA category of yeasts that he could make 6 different beers with sufficient variation based on the yeast profiles. At Stumptown, we use a very basic, neutral yeast strain for a lot of our IPAs and Pale Ales -- it would be the equivalent of the White Labs WLP060 American Ale yeast. This yeast does not contribute much when it comes to flavors so its clean profile allows the hops we use in the recipe to shine. However, when we do our East Coast hazy brews, we use yeasts such as WVP008 (East Coast Ale Yeast) and WLP066 (London Fog), and its amazing how different these turn out, not just in flavor and aroma (much more juicy) but also in appearance (very hazy, especially when dry hopped liberally). So basically, just a simple recipe using basic malts and hops that won't take away from the intention of this experiment, then choosing six yeasts from options such as White Labs, trying to chose the yeasts that will be style appropriate, but yet different enough that he won't end up with six beers with a lot of them tasting basically the same. Hope that helps. I'd be glad to answer any questions, I love talking about beer. Cheers.
  10. Nice, steady snow started here about 20 minutes ago.
  11. jonjon

    January 2019 Discussion and Obs

    Been snowing here for over 48 hours straight -- but we've only gotten about 7.1" total (only 2.4" the last 24 hours). Still snowing a little. I actually like these long duration events, the snow falling from the sky adds to the wintery atmosphere. And boy have we needed it.
  12. jonjon

    January Banter 2019

    Well played sir.
  13. jonjon

    January Banter 2019

    I'd guess between 6-7", still snowing a little.
  14. jonjon

    January Banter 2019

    You have made an insightful post?
  15. jonjon

    January Banter 2019

    I'd be happy if people could just get the usage of "then" and "than" correct on this board. I'll read a long, insightful post, in which the poster keeps using "then" when they really should be using "than" and it just drives me nuts. I know it shouldn't, but it does.