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Beer Travel / Portland, Maine
« on: May 18, 2017, 09:11:13 AM »
Any good tap houses?  Plan on hitting Allagash, but otherwise I don't know where else to go.  Any input appreciated.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying in bulk
« on: May 16, 2017, 12:49:25 PM »
I've got about 700 lb. of malt on hand, including unopened bags back to 2013.  That's the downside of buying in bulk if you overestimate your usage or your brewing schedule changes.  And I have a tendency to buy full bags of malts I only use a bit of at a time, like rye.  I dumped maybe 40-50 lb. of various malts last week because they had gone slack.  Tend to do the same with hops, too.  I need to learn to asses my needs better.

one thing that I've learned to do is look back on my average brewing over the past few years and realistically assess and tally my usage.  also, take inventory once or twice a year.   granted, tastes change, new hops or malts come out that you want to test out, and you won't brew exactly the same things even without those variables, but for me it keeps me a bit more pragmatic (see what i did there) about ordering.

as far as the rye comment - i think we've all done that at one point.  2 years ago, i wanted to make a dunkel using predominantly Munich II so i bought a bag, and subsequently realized in other beer styles like Fest, a little goes a long way at least for my tastes.  i still have almost half that bag left.  sometimes those 10# bags from morebeer make more sense even if they are more expensive. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying in bulk
« on: May 16, 2017, 12:41:08 PM »
Paul how do you like the Cargill?  I've wanted to try it and it is 5 hrs to get some. I hear they have several varieties that are good. IIRC Sean said their Euro Pils is good. I wish I were near St. Louis now and then. My LHBS just went to Briess, guess I'll be doing mail order.   
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its good - I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, though.  I got the 2 row and the German Pils.  I prefer my usual Rahr by a little bit, but then again I've only used it in IPA and APA so far, so the changes in malt profile are pretty hidden.  As for the Euro Pils, its pretty on par with Weyermann or Best, I'd buy it again as part of this group buy if we do so next year, but i would rank them Best, Weyermann, CGP if they were all easy to get for me - i pretty much can only get Weyermann these days.

I also got a bag of Warminster MO in that buy, which i have not used in maybe 8 years - interested to see how that tastes over Crisp or Fawcett.

RE: weight - yeah supposedly the shelves are rated to 600#, but as you can see that is incorrect.  I'm already 2 bags off that load, so hopefully they hold up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying in bulk
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:21:12 AM »
I see in your picture that you went with the 50 lb. PBW bucket...totally worth it! And wow, that's an impressive stack of grain sacks. I "only" have 3 big bins of bulk malt...feeling totally inadequate now.

agreed - MUCH cheaper.

the closest place to me is 4 hours away in Tampa for grain, so for my base malt I usually grab a couple sacks when over there for work. all the specialties I buy in <5# bags usually from Morebeer.

however, some local guys got together for a bulk order and I got arm twisted into loading up in order to get us to the full pallet.  no worries though as i'll use all that in under a year or so.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying in bulk
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:12:04 AM »
Um yeah I buy in bulk: 

I too have a bit of a hop buying problem, have about 10-15# on hand at the moment, maybe a bit more.  but I am working to remedy that and will not buy any more of anything until i get down to less than 1 # of my usual suspects.

Part of my overbuying in the past 2 years has been caused the vast amount of new hops that have come out that I've wanted to try and the sales that get me.  That and the always rumored hop shortages.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:02:49 AM »
made a Chinook/Ekuanot IPA this past weekend.  Currently drinking a Simcoe/Ekuanot - looking forward to comparing them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Down Side of Online Ordering
« on: May 11, 2017, 11:26:31 AM »
while its ideal to get fresher yeast, its not that hard to do a 2 stage starter (or a bigger 1 stage).  I mean I hear you - it would be nice to get yeast packaged yesterday, but its an easy fix.

All Grain Brewing / Re: IPA hopping technique survey/poll?
« on: May 11, 2017, 11:18:56 AM »
60min, a large charge with 10-20min left in the boil, and then a big charge once I hit 185df and then whirlpool for 30 min.  dryhop after fermentation is complete.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Overpitching - Does it matter?
« on: May 10, 2017, 12:57:14 PM »
I have a suspicion that pitching rate makes no difference to the flavour of beer. Brulosophy did a pitch rate experiment with lager and found nothing. I think the theory that yeast produce different levels of esters at different cell counts is possibly wrong.

perhaps.  but my experience is that you need to get it in the ball park to make optimal beer.  and it isn't that hard to do so, so why not. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Overpitching - Does it matter?
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:56:00 AM »
theres been a few times, maybe 4, that I used the mrmalty yeast calculator for repitching a lager slurry that was older (3-5 weeks) and questioned that it seemed like wayyyy too much slurry, but I followed it anyway. 

each of those beers ended up with some level of acetylaldehyde.

is it a correlation or a coincidence?  I'm not sure - I can't recall any other beers I've had the green apple monster rear its ugly head at otherwise, despite almost 240 batches. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:48:34 AM »
Man those are incredible looking beers Bryan and pkrone.  Are those all poured off draft?

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Sorry forgot to update this.  Here's what I ended up doing:

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Beer Recipes / Re: American Amber...Red Seal
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:42:36 PM »
Correction - Carared not C45L on that last one:

Boil Size: 14.90 gal
Post Boil Volume: 12.50 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 12.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 12.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.054 SG
Estimated Color: 11.7 SRM
Estimated IBU: 44.7 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 80.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 80.0 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
14 lbs 8.0 oz         Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        64.4 %       
4 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (6.6 SRM)              Grain         2        17.8 %       
2 lbs 4.0 oz          Carared - 20L (20.0 SRM)                 Grain         3        10.0 %       
1 lbs                 Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)               Grain         4        4.4 %         
6.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM)   Grain         5        1.7 %         
6.0 oz                Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM)          Grain         6        1.7 %         
1.00 oz               Amarillo Gold - 2012 [9.50 %] - First Wo Hop           7        16.9 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Cascade - 2012 [6.40 %] - First Wort 90. Hop           8        12.6 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Magnum - 2012 [12.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min  Hop           9        10.2 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Amarillo Gold - 2012 [9.50 %] - Boil 5.0 Hop           10       2.9 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Cascade - 2012 [6.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min   Hop           11       2.1 IBUs     
1.50 oz               Amarillo Gold - 2012 [9.50 %] - Steep/Wh Hop           12       0.0 IBUs     
1.50 oz               Cascade - 2012 [6.40 %] - Steep/Whirlpoo Hop           13       0.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [124.21 Yeast         14       -             

not sure if Carafa is the answer, or scrapping and going in a new direction?

Beer Recipes / American Amber...Red Seal
« on: May 02, 2017, 01:56:48 PM »
I've been having trouble of late mastering this style.  One of my all time favorites is Red Seal - and I would love to capture that malt flavor albeit with a different hop expression.

I've tried Denny's Waldo Lake, Jamil's Evil Twin and while they made good beers, it wasn't what I was looking for.

My most recent Amber (exact recipe at home - but 2 row, Munich, C-45, C-120, melanoiden and pale chocolate) turned out to not be an amber at all - sort of in between brown and amber.  An interesting beer, but way off the mark for my goal.

what would you think of this malt bill?

90% 2 row
10% Bairds 75-80L Crystal

at 1.054, it comes out to about 10.7SRM, almost double my house APA recipe color, which seems about right.

just wondering if I shouldn't go back to simpler is better, seems to be the case with all my other recipes.  could throw a little 120L or carared in there, but I'm looking for some insight.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:20:48 AM »
I like the use of HMF - I made my Marlberry Pils once with all Mandarina (it usually uses yet and HMF) and it was good but a bit weird in its fruitiness.  I think the split will give you the best of both worlds

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