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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Saison IPA
« on: September 07, 2012, 04:46:18 PM »
After some talking over at BA I've got a revised version now since Centennial may clash with the 3726 flavors.

    Revised recipe!

    5 Gallon Extract
    9lb 2oz Pilsen LME
    (feel like I should steep something here...extract already has carapils in it though.)

    1oz Northdown first wort (to make a smoother bitterness)
    .5oz Northdown 20min
    1.5oz Styrian Goldings 5min
    .5oz Styrian Goldings 0min
    2oz Styrian Goldings dry hop 1 week

    Wyeast Farmhouse 3726 fermented hot. (75-85F)

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Saison IPA
« on: September 07, 2012, 02:50:44 PM »
Welp, here's my first attempt at a recipe. Any critique is welcome!

I'm aiming for a hoppy Saison. More specifically:
Nice Fruity hop aroma/flavor
Mild bitterness
Good peppery/spicy saison flavor
Medium body

5 Gallon Extract with specialty steep and hop boil.
8lb 10oz Northern Brewer Gold Malt Syrup
1lb Briess Caramel 40L

1oz Centennial first wort (to make a smoother bitterness)
.5oz Centennial 20min
2oz Centennial 5 minutes
1.5oz Centennial dry hop 1 week

Wyeast Farmhouse 3726 fermented hot. (75-85F)

Any input is appreciated!

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Building a Pliny the Elder clone with Extract
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:39:52 PM »
Well, I'm gonna try to formulate a recipe here for PtE based on this recipe:

Here's what I just made:

Probably way off but my first attempt.
Note, I want to use the new Marris Otter Extract from Northern Brewer for the second listing of the Pilsen extract, it's just not in the Hopville database yet.
It has the same ratio roughly as the AG recipe I based it off, with 45% pale and 39% M.O.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I once had too Many Beers.
« on: September 05, 2012, 07:33:11 PM »
I once had way too much beer,
while I was out hunting some deer,
I said "boy this is fun!"
as I reached for my gun,
but now I only have one ear.

Homebrewer Bios / Brewer Bio - Just getting started
« on: September 05, 2012, 07:15:24 PM »
Greetings fellow homebrewers. I recently discovered the AHA and am looking forward to becoming a part of this community.
Here's a little about me:
My name is Brian G. I am currently 27 and I was born and raised in OH.
Here's a recent picture from a beerfest:

I joined the Marine Corps when I was 18, got out when I was 22 and moved to Southern Florida.
I worked as a stockbroker (what a racket) for a year, then found my current job as a hardware specialist for surveillance systems.
I started learning about beer variety and quality in 2010, slowly finding more craft beers until I got to the point I am now where I'm a huge craft beer fan.
I've been brewing since January this year (2012), received a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas from my sister, she knew I was into beer.
Here's my brewing journey.
  • First two batches, standard Mr. B 2.5 gallon kits with no specialty steep or hop boils. Came out bland and thin, though the second was significantly better than the first it wasn't enough.
  • Third batch I upgraded to 5-gallon kits from Northern Brewer, did the Chinook IPA. Now I'm steeping and boiling for an hour, a huge change from Mr. B. This was the best beer I've brewed to date, but it was a pain cooling the wort with ice baths.
  • Fourth batch, special Biere de Garde from NB. I had a lot of new equipment for this and the process was significantly easier! (Wort chiller/Auto Siphon/Glass bottles) What I loved about this beer was the hot fermentation, it came out very very good, second favorite so far.
  • Fifth batch, The Innkeeper from NB, same as above but came out ok. Probably needed more time.
  • Sixth batch, oh man the Big RIS. I ended up getting a hydrometer and yeast starter materials for this bad-boy, good thing too because it came to 1.101. It was fun making a yeast starter, completely overflowed my two little Mr. B kegs. This batch is still in the kegs, I'll bottle it in 2 weeks. Finished at 1.036, not too shabby. It's tasting great too, have a hunch this will be my beer to beat.
  • Got another fermenter so I can brew while waiting for RIS, but I can't cool it so I'm making a holiday saison. OG 1.076, made a starter, looking forward to this one!!
So that's my journey and it's just begun. I aim to be brewing for the rest of my life and am looking forward to becoming extremely comfortable with ingredients and recipe crafting.
Biggest disaster I ever had really was when I made my RIS. I pumped the auto-siphon way too hard and it shot the other end right out of my fermenter all over my white kitchen walls and counter. That was some thick wort too!
I don't have a favorite recipe or anything yet, still so much to try!

My current system:
5 Gallon SS kettle
2 6.5gallon buckets (bottling and fermenting)
Standard beginner type equip. (Wort chiller/auto siphon/etc...)

I've been trying to keep a steady supply of homebrew but I always drink them too fast, the recently added extra fermenter should help though.

That's about it.

Oh and I make music as a hobby as well, have a nice little midi keyboard and loads of software.

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