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Equipment and Software / Re: Chugger Pump and Counterflow wort chiller
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:22:17 PM »
I have what sounds like the same setup.  6 batches with the counterflow chiller with no problem.  Wort comes out at 74 degrees using tap water (Southern California) without a pre chill.  We cooled a ten gallon batch in about 12 minutes last Saturday.  Much happier than with my immersion chiller.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:58:34 PM »
I mash at 156, 60 min, fly-spare 170 degrees

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Beer Recipes / Re: Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:33:53 PM »

Here my recipe for Blind Pig.  Brewed twice, seems comparable, but I've never drank side by side...

12 lbs   American 2-row info
.5 lbs   American Caramel 40°L info
0.5 lbs   White Wheat Malt; Briess info
.75 lbs   2-Row Carapils® Malt; Briess info

1 oz   Chinook (Pellets, 11.0 %AA) boiled 60 min. info
1 oz   Cascade (Pellets, 5.50 %AA) boiled 30 min. info
1 oz   Cascade (Pellets, 5.50 %AA) boiled 15 min. info
0.5 oz   Amarillo® (Pellets, 8.50 %AA) boiled 1 min. info
0.5 oz   Simcoe® (Pellets, 13.00 %AA) boiled 1 min. info
1 oz   Simcoe® (Pellets, 13.00 %AA) used as dry hop. info
1 oz   Amarillo® (Pellets, 8.50 %AA) used as dry hop. info
1 oz   Cascade (Pellets, 5.50 %AA) used as dry hop. info

2 tsp.   Phosphoric Acid 10% (in all water for ph 5.2) (not included in calculations)
2 tsp.   Irish Moss (at 15 min) (not included in calculations)
1 oz.   Oak Wood Chips (10 days) (not included in calculations)

Yeast :   White Labs WLP001 California Ale info

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Beer Recipes / Re: How about an Oatmeal Stout recipe?
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:27:41 PM »
I've always thought oats provided a sort of mouthfeel effect more so than a flavor effect. Maybe toasting them would lend some flavor?

This is what I use oatmeal for. Personally, I don't like the toasted oats taste in a beer. I don't like Sam Sniths oatmeal stout because of this flavor. (According to another thread, I shouldn't be trusted

Interesting opinion...can you describe the flavor that you don't like from the toasted oats.

Is the flavor overwhelming?

How did you toast the oats, and to what level/color did you toast them?

I've never used toasted oats myself. I like most oatmeal stouts... Samuel Smith is the exception. The toasted flavor in that beer is very overwhelming to me and doesn't work for me. Obviously many a people put that beer on a pedestal, which is perfectly fine... It just doesn't do it for me.

Here's my breakfast stout recipe...

Batch = 5.5 gallons
OG = 1.078

24 hour cold steep (room temperature) in 2 gallons of water (2 quarts per pound)
Chocolate Malt = 2 lb
Roasted Barley = 1.5 lb
Black Patent Malt = .5 lb

60 minute mash @ 155
Mash Water = 5 gallons (Strike Temp 173)
Sparge Water = 3 gallons (185)
Total Water = 10 gallons

80% Two Row Pale = 12 lb 6 oz
18% Flaked Oats = 3 lb 4 oz
2% Caramel/Crystal 120L = 5.5 oz

60 minute = 1.5 oz Nugget
30 minute = .5 oz Willamette
20 minute = Add the 2 gallons of dark grain tea from cold steep (return to boil to start 20 count)
0 minute = .5 oz Willamette
0 minute = 2.5 oz ground Sumatran coffee
0 minute = 2.5 oz Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate
0 minute = 1.5 oz Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder

White Labs 001 California Ale Ale (Starter)

Rack onto 2.5 oz of ground Kona coffee in the secondary

****The coffee was a bit strong. I think I'm going to cut it to 1.75 or 2 oz additions****


I used this cold steep process on my last stout.  Turn out a really nice smooth bitterness, not astringent.  I've never used coffee, cocoa or chocolate. 


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Ingredients / Re: Gotta Vent about CaraPils
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:04:40 PM »
wow, so I feel a bit complicit (or indicted :-[) in this thread, as it may have been my post in another thread on this board that got Dave so revved up...

I brewed my IPA last night with carapils and wheat as I've done for years.  If my grain had not been milled and. Mixed I would have left it out.  Oh well, I guess i need to brew another.  Then, a head to head (I hope, but unsure without the carapils!) tasting.

Good discussion, lots of information that would otherwise require hours of book reading.

cheers!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hop Burst IPA
« on: December 13, 2013, 09:52:56 AM »
The hops should give you plenty of head retention.

+1

I'll drop from the next recipe and compare.

Thanks

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hop Burst IPA
« on: December 13, 2013, 09:51:45 AM »
just returned from the LHBS with ingredients for my hop burst DIPA: 15 lbs 2-row, 0.5 lbs crystal 40, 0.5 lbs crystal 80, 0.75 lbs carapils, 0.75 lbs wheat, 2.0 oz each cascade and Columbus at 15 min, 1.0 oz each Falconers Flight, Sorachi Ace, Simcoe and Calypso at whirlpool, 1.0 oz each of same + 1.0 oz cascade dry hopped in secondary.  White labs 001 yeast. 

Will brew Sunday...




Fire it up!  Why the carapils and wheat?

I'm going to use all of my homegrown Chinook and Cascades in a DIPA next Friday.  Can't wait!

Dave


I've been using carapils and wheat in my IPA recipes for a few years for head retention. Seems to work for me, have not tried without.   

Used my homegrown cascade fresh in my last IPA, quite a scene as everyone in attendance (usually a party here when we brew) headed out to pick hops!

Having a crew to pick hope sounds like a good plan for next year!

Tends to keep my craft beer fridge stocked as well, every tends to bring a few more bottles than get consumed!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hop Burst IPA
« on: December 13, 2013, 06:59:00 AM »
just returned from the LHBS with ingredients for my hop burst DIPA: 15 lbs 2-row, 0.5 lbs crystal 40, 0.5 lbs crystal 80, 0.75 lbs carapils, 0.75 lbs wheat, 2.0 oz each cascade and Columbus at 15 min, 1.0 oz each Falconers Flight, Sorachi Ace, Simcoe and Calypso at whirlpool, 1.0 oz each of same + 1.0 oz cascade dry hopped in secondary.  White labs 001 yeast. 

Will brew Sunday...

Fire it up!  Why the carapils and wheat?

I'm going to use all of my homegrown Chinook and Cascades in a DIPA next Friday.  Can't wait!

Dave


I've been using carapils and wheat in my IPA recipes for a few years for head retention. Seems to work for me, have not tried without.   

Used my homegrown cascade fresh in my last IPA, quite a scene as everyone in attendance (usually a party here when we brew) headed out to pick hops! 



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All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: December 12, 2013, 09:05:56 PM »
I plan to use a pump for the first time this weekend.  Brewing about 18 years now by gravity.  A few thing I want to do easier, like not climbing a ladder using a pump.  I also hope my cfc and shower head sparge will work better with a pump.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hop Burst IPA
« on: December 12, 2013, 08:38:43 PM »
just returned from the LHBS with ingredients for my hop burst DIPA: 15 lbs 2-row, 0.5 lbs crystal 40, 0.5 lbs crystal 80, 0.75 lbs carapils, 0.75 lbs wheat, 2.0 oz each cascade and Columbus at 15 min, 1.0 oz each Falconers Flight, Sorachi Ace, Simcoe and Calypso at whirlpool, 1.0 oz each of same + 1.0 oz cascade dry hopped in secondary.  White labs 001 yeast. 

Will brew Sunday...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Training up the new Assistant brewer
« on: December 09, 2013, 03:36:22 PM »
Nice.  I have a picture somewhere of my three year old helping to bottle (she's sixteen now).  Enjoy the time, it goes by fast!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Whirlpooling
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:48:27 PM »
Didn't see this topic covered in any posts (I looked as far back as June).  Who whirlpools?  How? 

Looking at the last Zymurgy issue on hop-bursting IPAs.  The article suggests a whirlpool at flameout for hop additions by stirring.  How long should that be?  I've seen some newer brew kettles with a whirlpool outlet.  Can I create the same effect by placing a hose along the edge of the wort kettle and recirculating with a pump?

Any thoughts or experience with this is appreciated.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Quick disconnects
« on: November 19, 2013, 08:54:01 AM »
Yeah, that's what I was remembering when I thought about a pump stand

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I'm on their waiting list.  Don't know if I'll pull the trigger when their lottery picks my number, but let's be honest... Who doesn't want more shiny stainless in their brewery?  Besides, the economics of home brewing are a lie (we of course don't say that out loud to our spouses!).  I spend a heck of a lot more on "market research" ie new commercial craft beer, to help me refine my recipes and techniques than my wife would prefer.  But hey, if you want to make great homebrew, you have to crack a few bottle caps! 


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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg and carboy washer build
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:37:45 PM »
I've got a simple 660 gph pond pump with a 1/2" PVC vertical pipe I stick in a bucket.  I use it to clean kegs, which I tend to wash as soon as they're empty.  About 30 minutes with PBW solution and a quick brush down the dip tube, no problems.

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