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All Grain Brewing / first all grain - IPA recipe critique
« on: March 25, 2011, 08:50:05 PM »
Hey so I am thinking of going all grain this summer, and I decided to start making a recipe for a pretty basic IPA, whatcha think?

5 gallon batch
11 lb US 2 row
1 lb Carafoam

1oz Chinook 60min
1.5oz Centennial 10 min
1oz Chinook 5 min
3oz Centennial 1 min
3oz Columbus dry hop (5 days)

Wyeast 1056

EST abv: 6.46%
EST OG: 1.065
EST FG: 1.015
IBU: 72.3

What I am concerned with is having it be too bitter...I LOVE IPAs and hoppy beers, but I don't want to over do it for a basic IPA, I don't want to go into the DIPA category (even though I know I am far from it).

Is the hop schedule okay?


The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: November 23, 2010, 03:03:23 AM »
I don't see how he can be an inverse style nazi with such beers like 60min, 90min, World Wide Stout, Olde School Barleywine, etc.  Sure he has a lot of crazy beers, but he knows that he needs to brew some beer according to traditional styles.  And when Sam was approached to do the show Discovery Channel wanted it to be strictly about him and DFH, and Sam said he wouldn't do the show unless they highlighted other breweries.  So, Sam is not just in it for the money - he wants other breweries to get exposure too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st batch today!
« on: August 23, 2010, 04:40:04 PM »
I was thinking about doing an oktoberfest as my 2nd batch ever, and thanks to my neighbor down the street (who is probably on this forum who is all all-grain brewer with a very elaborate brewing system), I am not going to do it.  This is because with simply equipment that we all started out on, it is too difficult to maintain cold temperatures that lagers require to ferment.  It is much easier to do ales, and there are a lot more varieties of ales to make. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 20, 2010, 05:50:02 PM »
what would you substitute if you wanted to use some extract and not all grain?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / pumpkin ale questions
« on: August 20, 2010, 04:33:52 PM »
I am looking to make a pumpkin beer soon, it will be my 2nd bath ever.  The first batch was an all extract, and came out nicely.  I want to do this extract/partial mashing.  From my research online, it looks like I should bake the pumpkin pieces.  So after I boil the can of extract (and add whatever hops/spices I choose or buy) to put the pumpkin in.

Is this the way to go? 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: amount of priming sugar to use
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:15:54 PM »
When you say that you "almost had grenades" you mean that if you put too much sugar in then bottled, the bottles almost exploded during the carbonation period? (too much pressure?)

Kegging and Bottling / amount of priming sugar to use
« on: August 17, 2010, 08:51:04 PM »
A friend of mine who helped me brew did this part for me when we were doing our first batch of beer.  I'm not sure how much sugar he boiled prior to bottling.  It was an all extract kit (regular 5 gallons).

What is the normal proportion for priming sugar to wort?

do you know the link of where this thread is?

Okay, so I just did my first batch (all extract) and tried a bottle (day 10 of bottling).  It was a little watery, and not as carbonated as I would have liked.  Hopefully within a couple days both of those will change for the better.

With colder weather around the corner, I want to do an Oktoberfest beer.  I know that because it is a lager, it has to be climate controlled more (has to be in a colder environment).

How can I do this with lager yeast and simple brewing equipment?

General Homebrew Discussion / when does carbonation occur?
« on: July 18, 2010, 07:16:41 PM »
I just did my first batch ever on Friday night, so it is currently fermenting.  In 2 weeks, I will bottle it, then let it sit for another 10-14 days.  Is that when the beer becomes carbonated (in the bottles)?  I know it may seem like a silly questions, but I am very new to this.

I just read it, thanks a lot for the help! 

Okay thanks a lot guys.  I'm the type of person who gets worrysome over not knowing what I'm doing, so you can imagine what I was feeling last night brewing my first batch haha.

Thanks again for all the responses, I've relaxed a lot more now.  I'll just fish it out somehow when I start bottling in 2 weeks.  Despite doing a lot of reading and research, I'm still a little confused about the hydrometer.  Can someone give me a brief description/functionality of it please?


yeah I tried fishing it out with a strainer - unsucessful.  I guess when I bottle it it will show up...if it doesn't I'll have to make another trip to the brewery store to get a replacement.

General Homebrew Discussion / first batch started tonight! need help!
« on: July 17, 2010, 05:00:51 AM »
Okay so I brewed my first batch tonight, with a simple IPA kit with just the syrupy type extracts from a can.  I sanitized the fermenter tub, boiled the extract stuff, etc etc.  I then poured the boiled extract into the fermenter tub with cold water in it, added the yeast, and covered it with the lid.  THEN, I put the carboy (the valve type contraption that allows CO2 to leave the tub, without letting oxygen get in) ontop of the lid (at the designated hole in the lid).  HOWEVER, I pushed it in a little too far, and the tip of the carboy thing fell into the beer. 

Now, the carboy thing is a little loosey goosey on the lid of the fermenter.  I tried to fix it by adding tape to the sides to help stabilize it.

Being that it's my first batch, I'm not expecting much from it.  Obviously there is know way of knowing how it is going to turn out until it is bottled and everything in 4 weeks.  Is there any tips for the future, or even for what I should be doing for the next 2 weeks, prior to bottling?  Then what to do after bottling?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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