Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy 2010!

Well, after a 3 month long hiatus from blogging, I just wanted to let everyone know that Homebrew Junkie is back! So all you homebrew junkies, don't fret. I have plans for new videos and new blogs. This year I'll be focusing more on using liquid yeast and reviewing liquid yeast. On top of that I'll be writing and doing a video on How to Make a Starter for your liquid yeast. We'll be doing some other crazy stuff like smoking malt and chipotle's for a chipotle smoked porter. I'll also be building and video taping how to build a hop trellis. I moved and need to build a new set up for the hops.

So I just wanted to give a shout out to everyone that there will be new things this year and if you have any other suggestions as to what you'd like video taped or blogged about, please feel free to leave those suggestions in the comment area.

Thanks. I can't wait. It's going to be an exciting year. I hope you all will join me!

5 comments:

jeff said...

this will be a great year then, I my self will be planting 8 different types of hops on my property and would like todo some home brewing, so ill be watching!

Glass Bottles said...

I'm glad your back... I have enjoyed some of your recipes in the past... can't wait to see what you have in store for 2010

Seth said...

Hello I posted another thread on a previous blog. But didn't know if anybody would read it. I was wondering what adding some of you malt extract to the beginning of the boil and the rest later on in the boil does to you OG. Does boiling your extract evaporate off some of the sugars?

As with liquid yeast, I'm a big fan of wyeast activator packages. I started home brewing with white labs and recently switched to wyeast. Wyeast cut my fermentation time in almost half and bumped up my attenuation levels to the optimal percentages.

Cheers

Homebrew Junkie said...

Seth,

I got all of your comments. Instead of commenting on the Citra article, I'll just leave feedback on this one.

Adding 1/2 the liquid malt at the beginning and the other half towards the end of the boil increases the amount of IBUs you'll have in your beer. In other words, it increases how much bitterness goes into the beer.

Doing partial boils with a high concentration of sugars hinders the hops from allowing their oils to become soluble in the wort. The less sugars, the more IBUs you'll extract into your beer.

It does nothing for the OG. If you are looking to increase your OG then you need to add more malt extract to your beer.

And no, boiling extract does not evaporate off any sugars, just water.

Seth said...

Thanks for the advice,

I enjoy bitterness and have boiled my hops a little longer than recommended to try and get the IBU's up, but this strategy sounds like it would be useful to try.

Time to experiment:)