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Title: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: dbeechum on September 15, 2010, 06:10:54 PM
I'm back and I'm bad and I'm ready to run..

Gotta finish transferring my Saisons around and possibly brew the 30 year beer.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: dak0415 on September 15, 2010, 06:32:25 PM
Northern English Brown on Sunday
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Post by: blatz on September 15, 2010, 06:40:06 PM
12gal of helles for my FIL.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: tschmidlin on September 15, 2010, 06:48:13 PM
I'm going to try to do 10 gallons of Russian Imperial Stout or Belgian Dark Strong, 5 for me and 5 to go into a club barrel (2 different clubs, 2 different barrels).  I'm not sure I'll have the time to brew though.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: ryang on September 15, 2010, 06:57:41 PM
Nada.  Lots of tasting this week/weekend with GABF and other related events all over Denver.

Might bottle an APA and saison if I get to it.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: Rhoobarb on September 15, 2010, 07:13:51 PM
Brewing a German Hefe 'ersatz-Franzi clone' on Sunday to have ready for a party October 16th. First brewed it last year using WY3333 German yeast and a single infusion mash. It was good, but not what I'd hoped for. This time I'm using Wyeast 3638 Bavarian Hefe yeast and will do a ferulic acid rest at 110oF. I plan to start fermentation at 62oF and let it rise on it's own to ~68oF. Biggest change of all - I'm trying an open fermentation in a plastic bucket to top crop the yeast - never done one before. Yowzaa! :o
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Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on September 16, 2010, 01:34:01 PM
Toasted Oatmeal Stout. I'll be serving it on beergas next month when I finish building my chest freezer kegerator. I'm picking up the freezer and most of the parts this weekend 8).
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Post by: dhacker on September 16, 2010, 04:32:25 PM
Nuthin' . . at Hilton Head Island for the balance of the week to decompress.  :)
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Post by: amish electrician on September 16, 2010, 05:19:57 PM
Czechvar if my yeast grows enough....
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Post by: madscientist on September 16, 2010, 06:40:12 PM
Pumpkin ale which I never got around to last weekend.  *cowers* don't hurt me!  Need to have it ready by Halloween for a party.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: bonch on September 16, 2010, 11:56:58 PM
Double Chocolate Stout

My daughter always says she NEEDS chocolate.  Not sure this is what she means but sounded good to me :P 
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: violaleebrews on September 17, 2010, 01:25:01 AM
it may be late in the season, but i've been eager to take my hand at a black IPA or a CDA or something along those lines. 
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: bluesman on September 17, 2010, 01:57:07 AM
Nothing.  BJCP Exam on Saturday.  :-X
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Post by: beveragebob on September 17, 2010, 02:14:40 AM
Nothing for me this weekend. Feeling lazy and still waiting for the weather to cool down a bit.  Kegging my DIS and hooking it up to the Nitro.
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Post by: BrewingRover on September 17, 2010, 02:33:12 AM
DIPA on Sunday. I gave the missus a taste of a commercial DIPA last weekend and she demanded that I brew one for. She's a keeper  :)
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Post by: kgs on September 17, 2010, 03:26:59 AM
Just bottle-cleaning and "research."
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Post by: alikocho on September 17, 2010, 08:06:08 AM
Southern English Brown tonight.

Apple pressing all day tomorrow at the community orchard, which will result in the start of a large volume of English Cider and a smallish quantity of cyser.

Lambic on Sunday.
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Post by: brontotex on September 17, 2010, 12:53:54 PM
Racking an IPA and brewing a Dubbel.
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Post by: hamiltont on September 17, 2010, 01:44:30 PM
Nothing.  BJCP Exam on Saturday.  :-X
Good luck man!!!  Cheers!!!
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Post by: kylekohlmorgen on September 17, 2010, 04:28:40 PM
it may be late in the season, but i've been eager to take my hand at a black IPA or a CDA or something along those lines. 

...I'm kind of tired of this new style, already... and I haven't even brewed OR had one since those articles in byo/zymurgy!

Plus... I'd take a heavily dry-hopped Am. Stout over a black ipa any day :)

Spiced Old Ale for Christmas presents this weekend... yeah i know, I'm a bit late... they may have to be next year's christmas presents!
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Post by: lostralph on September 17, 2010, 05:17:47 PM
Brewing an APA today, and then this weekend need to bottle my 1st attempt at a super-saison.
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Post by: beerrat on September 17, 2010, 06:11:25 PM
Fresh hop harvest pale ale!
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Post by: saintpierre on September 17, 2010, 07:18:16 PM
Nothing for me.  Packing the house and moving x-county.  NE here I come!
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Post by: SiameseMoose on September 17, 2010, 07:54:15 PM
I'm brewing Hokey Smokes! on Monday. It's my annual specialty beer.

September 20th is the 90th anniversary of the birth of Jay Ward, the creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Hokey Smokes! this year will be a 90 gravity Belgian ale with Curacao orange zest in the boil and the juice added to the secondary.
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Post by: hamiltont on September 17, 2010, 08:07:56 PM
Nothing for me.  Packing the house and moving x-county.  NE here I come!
  Would NE be Nebraska or New England???  Just wondering if I'm getting a new neighbor...  ;)
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Post by: saintpierre on September 17, 2010, 08:58:44 PM
Nothing for me.  Packing the house and moving x-county.  NE here I come!
  Would NE be Nebraska or New England???  Just wondering if I'm getting a new neighbor...  ;)
Sorry, Northeast corner of New England (Maine) where my wife is from.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: jeffy on September 17, 2010, 09:22:23 PM
Nothing for me.  Packing the house and moving x-county.  NE here I come!
  Would NE be Nebraska or New England???  Just wondering if I'm getting a new neighbor...  ;)
Sorry, Northeast corner of New England (Maine) where my wife is from.
Cool.  You can compare Portlands.
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Post by: denny on September 17, 2010, 09:25:02 PM
Once again, nothing....still working on garage plumbing....
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: saintpierre on September 17, 2010, 11:34:55 PM
Nothing for me.  Packing the house and moving x-county.  NE here I come!
  Would NE be Nebraska or New England???  Just wondering if I'm getting a new neighbor...  ;)
Sorry, Northeast corner of New England (Maine) where my wife is from.
Cool.  You can compare Portlands.
I have spent a lot of time in both Portland's and they're quite different.  Hard to say which I like more...  Looking forward to having snow in my yard but not shoveling...
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Post by: passlaku on September 18, 2010, 03:16:40 AM
Brewed a "red rye" that looks awfully brown in the hydro sample.

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Post by: euge on September 18, 2010, 08:00:00 AM
Was thinking alot about "Red Ale" but I think a Brown Porter would be appropriate based on my grain.

Chocolate and Roasted malt and Crystal 10. Too tired to mash will steep in pale DME.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: tygo on September 18, 2010, 12:52:45 PM
Getting ready to mash in on the American barleywine I haven't been able to get to for a few weeks.  Used my new drill to grind 25 lbs of grain for it the other night.  I can't believe I didn't start doing that sooner.
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Post by: tygo on September 18, 2010, 02:04:42 PM
And it all fit nicely in the mash tun with room to spare.  I could easily get another 5-10 lbs in there before it started slopping over the sides :D
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Post by: jeffy on September 18, 2010, 03:45:06 PM
Brewing an Imperial Weizen with Amarillo hops Sunday.  Sort of like Brooklyn/Schneider  Hopfen-Weisse.
I have to keg the second 5 gallons of my German Pils, and transfer the Bock I made 2 weeks ago.  It's good to have homebrew!
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: kgs on September 19, 2010, 12:49:42 AM
Remembered I needed to dry-hop my first "outdoor" brew, a rye IPA made in my new kettle on a propane stove on our deck. It's not terrible, but it's clearly too caramelized (boiled too long, boiled too hard). I am sure somehow I'll find a way to choke it down... and next time I'll have a better feel for quantities and boil time and strength.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: redbeerman on September 19, 2010, 09:50:11 PM
Finally got to the helles tht I've been meaning to brew for the past three weeks.  Been working too much >:(.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: phillamb168 on September 20, 2010, 09:18:54 AM
Late to the game here, but I've just finished my first all-grain batch on my new HERMS system. The beer is a generic "festbier" ordered from a company in Germany that I won't be ordering from any more - bad quality. 10 pounds of a grain they didn't bother to identify, and a generic "yeast" packet. Lots learned from this brew, for sure. Namely:

First lesson: Mise en place is very important! The above mentioned yeast packet was nowhere to be found when I started racking to my primary. I had some (probably wayyyy expired) liquid yeast (the kind that comes in a plastic bag where the yeast and food are in two separate plastic baggies inside, and you have to punch it to get them to mix together), so I used that.

First question: Beer yeast isn't supposed to smell like bread yeast, right? It's been a while since I last brewed and I can't remember.

Second lesson: garden hoses in Europe (and the US too, I guess? Been a while since I used one) now come with checkvalves on the ends of the hose so they don't output any water unless there's a nozzle attached. I hooked up my counterflow chiller to the house's water supply (high pressure) and coupled it to the garden hose with some 1/2" vinyl high-temperature (UNREINFORCED) tubing. I turned the water on full and looked down to check for leaks, and I say to myself, "Hey, I don't remember putting PVC piping in here... Oh, wait a second, that's not right... Oh, s*** I better turn off the *BOOM*. Water everywhere but thankfully not in anything already sanitized. I went upstairs to change my shoes, pants and socks (this is why they have no-pants brewing I guess?) and came back and put the nozzle on.

Second question: I know temperatures vary for sparging depending on the type of beer you're going for, but does 30 min @ 50 deg c/30 min @ 67-70 deg c/30 min sound about right, with a mash out at 77 deg c?

Third question: I didn't have a hopback or anything to filter the hop particulate from going into my counterflow chiller (and my March 809), so there almost certainly were hops that got into the lines. 1. Is this a problem? I ran high-pressure water through everything this morning and it's running clean now, but I don't want to have burned out the motor. 2. As I was running the wort through the chiller, it was barely streaming. The pump wasn't used at the time, so I switched out the lines and had it run through the pump after the chiller to get things pumping a bit better. This helped, but what was weird was how the wort was coming out. There'd be no wort for a while, and then the whole system would go "WhummMMMM" and a big squirt of wort would pass through. Is this because of the hops in the chiller, or because I really really need to put the pump between the boiler and the chiller, as opposed to boiler -> chiller -> pump?

Fourth question: Got everything done, finally, and pitched my questionable yeast. This morning I got up to check for fermentation and there's nothing going on. How long do I wait before I assume it's a dead batch?

Thanks guys - hope you all had a better go of it than I did, but then again I learned a LOT!
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: jeffy on September 21, 2010, 12:48:43 AM
Nothing.  BJCP Exam on Saturday.  :-X
So how do you think you did on the test?  Was this your first attempt?
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: phillamb168 on September 21, 2010, 09:05:27 AM
Update: we have fermentation! Woo! OG was at 1.030, which means it'll be a bit weak, but I'll be happy if my first all-grain is drinkable.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
Post by: wamille on September 21, 2010, 11:16:59 AM
I'm brewing my SN Celebration Ale clone this weekend.  It's one of my favorite beers in the world - just enough maltiness to go with a great hop bitterness and aroma.  I might also make add some darker malts to the SN Celebration Ale clone grist to come up with something different... a dark IPA?... so (possibly) a two brew weekend.  I'll need it to deal with all the crap beer here in South Korea, aka, BEER HELL!!!