HOMEBREW Digest #5597 Mon 31 August 2009

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  Does dry hopping add flavor? (Jim D)
  Opinion on yeast? (Josh Knarr)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:48:52 -0500 From: Jim D <goswell at hotmail.com> Subject: Does dry hopping add flavor? You always here how dry hopping a beer will add a wonderful aroma to the finished product but it's never mention whether or not it will add any flavor. I love a nice pale ale with very strong hop flavor but since I brew for myself and not competitions I'm not really concerned with the aroma. I'm wondering if I can skip the costs and hassles of dry hopping without sacrificing that nice hop flavor. So I guess the question is do you need to isomerize the hops in boiling wort to extract the flavor? Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 10:32:07 -0400 From: Josh Knarr <josh.knarr at gmail.com> Subject: Opinion on yeast? Hello, Great and Powerful HBD, repository of knowledge of the beer gnostics! I finally got a house. In my basement there's a chest freezer which I told my wife was "for meat". I have one of those thermal probes on order from NB and their boch lager kit (Item No: U1360). Their instructions, unfortunately, are lacking: http://legacy.northernbrewer.com/docs/kis-html/1361.html A few questions: I opted for Saflager S-23 and passed on Wyeast #2206 Bavarian Lager Yeast. With no previous experience with either of these, I'm not sure if this was the best idea. Anyone have opinions? Fermentation temp for lagering - start out at room temp for a week then put it in the freezer? Drop the temp to "as low as it will go"? The Palmer Book suggests fermenting at 45F to 55F for three weeks then coming up to whatever temp is listed as optimal. Am I reading this correctly? (http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter10-4.html) I'm uncomfortable since the Palmer book uses the 45F to 55F consistently to lager while the Saflager packet has a much higher range on it. Lager brewers, input is appreciated. Thanks in advance, Josh - -- Jonathan Swift - "May you live every day of your life." Return to table of contents
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