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All Grain Brewing / Re: Summer orange blonde advice
« on: July 23, 2015, 01:45:37 PM »
 I just put it to bed in the fermenter. Put it with 1.5 ounces of fresh orange zest and .25 ounces of coriander and the recipe as is otherwise. How report back how it turns out. Smell nice and orangey but not overwhelming at all.   Fingers crossed

All Grain Brewing / Re: Summer orange blonde advice
« on: July 22, 2015, 06:32:48 PM »
 Are usually do that one at 150,  and even though there's some malt it is pretty dry.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Summer orange blonde advice
« on: July 20, 2015, 12:59:43 PM »
 Cool, thanks.

All Grain Brewing / Summer orange blonde advice
« on: July 19, 2015, 12:05:03 PM »
 I 've brewed a centennial blonde recipe a couple times for summer and it has been very well received.   ( on the recipe below I exchanged cascade for lemon drop hops which I've never tried before.). I wanted to give it a try with some orange zest and coriander and see how it turns out however I don't want it to be too sweet.  Anyone have any advice at changing or decreasing the Crystal or Vienna if I add 1.5 ounces of fresh orange zest in five minutes and .5 ounce coriander in five minutes?

Batch Size: 5.85 gal
Boil Size: 8.00 gal   
Color: 3.5 SRM   
Bitterness: 24.0 IBUs
Est OG: 1.040
Est FG: 1.008 SG
ABV: 4.2%   

Amount   Name   Type   #
7 lbs.        Pale Malt (2 Row) US
10.0 oz   Cara-Pils/Dextrine
8.0 oz   Caramel/Crystal Malt - 15L
8.0 oz   Vienna Malt
0.3 oz   Centennial [10.0%] - Boil 60 min   
0.3 oz   Centennial [10.0%] - Boil 35 min
0.2 oz   Lemon drop [4.5%] - Boil 20 min   
1          Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15 min
0.2 oz   Lemon drop [4.5%] - Boil 5 min
2 pkgs   California Ale (White Labs #WLP001)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NOT the way to start a brew day
« on: May 07, 2015, 10:28:52 PM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Critique my IPA recipe
« on: January 22, 2015, 05:06:57 PM »
Update: I kegged this IPA a week ago and tapped it two days ago when it was carbed appropriately.  I ended up not dry hopping it because I wanted to see how much aroma and flavor I would get from the whirlpool alone.  Got to say, I am extremely happy with the results. Even without the dry hopping, it has the best aroma of any IPA I have made in the hop flavor is also stronger and more pleasant. I don't think I will be making any more IPAs without the whirlpool technique.  Thanks all for the advice.

So I ended up buying the T tower.  It came with the cylindrical tower poorly insulated with a quarter inch pipe insulation that did not oppose the inner metal surface and the metal box up top was completely uninsulated.  I ended up putting half inch pipe insulation in the cylinder that was tight against the inner surface. I then silicon caulked the inside seams of the box and then triple insulated all surfaces as below.  After I installed it and put my fan blowing tube into the tower, I have gotten no condensation at all where as my prior normal tower was sweating like crazy.

I would post some pictures if anyone cares and is interested but I can't figure out how?

Just read your entire presentation Denny, wish I would've read that along time ago when I just started brewing. Good write up and experiments. I think most of us are detail oriented and analytical thinkers, but I am realizing that you just have to brew what you like.....Which is kind of hard for beginners because they/we don't really know what ingredients makes the tastes that they like. That's why these forms are so important. Thanks

Equipment and Software / Re: dead space for round igloo 10 gallon cooler
« on: January 14, 2015, 11:12:44 PM »
My rubbermade 10gal MT deadspace is 0.25gal.  I was getting higher volumes when trying to measure it until I attached my hose and drained it like I would while brewing and realized that the suction from the siphon decreases the amount greatly as opposed to just opening the valve.

All Grain Brewing / How well do you clean your mash tun?
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:44:52 PM »
Reading the recent Teflon and PBW thread got me thinking.  I am meticulous about cleaning my kettle, immersion chiller, pump and lines, and fermenter.  But, when it comes to my cooler style mash tun, I just rinse it out, dry it and store it. I guess I feel that everything that comes out of it gets boiled anyway so I'm not that meticulous about cleaning the cooler or soaking it with cleanser. Am I making a big mistake here that I'm not thinking about?

All Grain Brewing / Interesting hop experiment on basic brewing podcast
« on: January 09, 2015, 02:43:38 PM »
I just listened to the 7–10–14 hopping technique experiment on basic brewing podcast and it was pretty interesting.  It was part two of the hopping experiment where the guys, in conjunction with bells brewing, did mash hopping, first wort hopping, and 60 minute hopping with everything else being equal.  They then did a blind taste test as well as calculated IBUs and measured IBUs.  Part two of the experiment was the exact same but they doubled the hops in all cases.  (Cascades).  Most of the tasters felt that the 60 minute and first wort hopped beers were very similar in bitterness and hop flavor (specifically, none of them felt that the FWH was any smoother), where the mash hopped beer was very mild and smooth.  The Lab measured IBUs showed that the highest was first wort hopping, followed closely by 60 minute hopping, with the mash hopped beers less than half of the other two.  The measured IBUs in all cases was also significantly lower than what have been calculated in the recipe (almost half).  On round two when they doubled the hops findings were similar.  Lots of interesting food for thought.  Of course as Denny always says though, personal experience and taste is most important.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cold crashing
« on: January 01, 2015, 09:06:55 PM »
If you have a conical, replace the blow off tube with the CO2 input set at 1PSI so as it sucks and it's just sips on CO2 and you still have your blanket.  For a while when I was using a carbon, I would take one of those kids big punchy balloons, wash it and sterilize it inside with starsan, and then fill it with CO2. I would then just take off my air lock and put the balloon on carboy so as the fluid compresses it would decrease the balloon size.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cold crashing
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:32:44 PM »
To OP, if you've never cold crashed before, the liquid contracting due to the cold will reverse your airlock and suck both sanitizer and room air into your system depending on what kind of system you have. You probably already know this but wanted to make sure.  First time it happened to me I was pretty surprised.  Depending on your system there are several ways to correct for this. 

I've been browsing through his book and in the back he gives all of his recipes.  I find it very odd that he states that they ferment at 72°.  In my thinking, that seems pretty high.  I can't think of any homebrewer's that I know who ferments above 70 and most like to stay around 65°.  Maybe it has to do with the volume that they use or perhaps turnaround time?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dedicated home-brew store in your neighborhood?
« on: December 26, 2014, 04:45:34 PM »
I have one on my way home from work. It carries really anything I would need. Pretty high turnover so everything is pretty fresh too. No complaints. As far as knowledgeable staff, they are all kind of crotchety and have a whatever attitude. They are very nice but never any good input. That's why read the forums.  I have ordered some specialty yeast from online several times and it is always pretty darn old. I make starters anyway so I guess it shouldn't really matter.

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