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Ingredients / A beer by another name.
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:20:24 AM »
I was talking with someone about a beer he brewed, which is an established recipe. He told me that he changed the bittering and finishing hops in the beer. Now that's fine with me but the debate came when he is calling it the same name as the established recipe. Wouldn't changing the hop profile change the beer to something new?

Kegging and Bottling / Bottling my high alcohol beer.
« on: December 18, 2011, 03:28:30 PM »

     I have an APA, that because of a miscalculation in BeerSmith, I missed the gravity pretty bad. It came out to 1.090 OG and finished at 1.015 which means its at ABV of 9.8%. The last time I bottled a beer that the ABV was this high, the beer was overly carbonated. This might have been due to the honey and wine grapes in it though. My question is there anything I might need to do to make sure this beer is not over-carbonated and has enough carbonation?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / All grain conversion
« on: December 15, 2010, 12:32:45 AM »
     I recently had to transfer with my job. I had to move from a pretty good sized house to a small two bedroom apartment. I started to brew all grain beers in the house. Now I have little room for space for my all grain equipment. I am going to continue to brew as I have some partial mash and all extract recipes. But my baby is an all grain recipe. I was wondering if there was a grain to extract conversion formula that would help me from having to start all over in developing the recipe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Arkansas Brewers
« on: November 01, 2010, 06:10:15 AM »
     I am going to be moving to Jonesboro, AR very soon and was wondering if there were any homebrewers in the Jonesboro area.

General Homebrew Discussion / Thermometer Trouble...possible
« on: August 13, 2010, 06:51:36 AM »
      I had my brew day and everything went pretty well. I was cleaning up and had my brew pot soaking in brewer cleaner and parts soaking in the pot. Well the lady of the house tried to help straighten up and put my thermometer in the pot submerged in the water. Now the thermometer has some water in the dial part and I have no clue how to get it out without damaging the gauge. Does anyone know how to get the liquid out or if I leave it in will it cause problem?

General Homebrew Discussion / Bread and Beer
« on: August 13, 2010, 06:23:23 AM »
   I was wondering if anyone had any experience with using beer yeast to make bread? I am wanting to make some bread using the spent grain from my brew session. I want to make some bread that will accompany my beer, and what better way than to use the grain from the beer. I thought that since they both use yeast, I might be able to use the beer yeast in the bread, since the yeast imparts it own taste on the final product. It is an experiment that I plan on doing but wanted to see if anyone has experience with it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Organization
« on: April 19, 2010, 11:10:24 AM »
     I need some ideas on how to organize my brewing supplies. I have quite a lot of supplies and right now a limited amount of space till we get our new house. I was wondering if you guys had any tips on organization. How do you store your supplies? My girlfriend is getting a little fed up with it being stored all over the house. I would hate to have to mover her out so my beer will have more room.

All Grain Brewing / Boil Times
« on: April 09, 2010, 08:45:51 AM »
I have been reading a few books lately on brewing. I have noticed that several pro-brewers suggest a variety of boil times for the homebrewer. Some suggest the usual 60min, some say 90min, some say, at least 75min, now this is taking out the variance on beer styles since they all can call for different times, this is the basic base time. Claims vary from 60min being long enough to 90min being the best option for protein break. So my question is what is your go to time on the boil? And if there is a specific reason you have chosen that time?

Thank you.
Neil Robinson

Kegging and Bottling / Bottling All-grain vs Extract?
« on: April 08, 2010, 07:50:24 AM »
     I have recently brewed my first all-grain batch of beer. It was a basic hoppy APA. All the readings hit within the target range for the beer style. The first gravity reading was a little in the heavy side for the beer style but within limits. The alcohol content was high though at about 7% BV. Now when it came time to bottle the beer, I did everything like I usually do when I bottle beer made with extract. I used the same amount of priming sugar and took all the same precautions as usual. However, two weeks later my beer seems to still be flat. Should there be any difference in all-grain beer and extract beer when bottling? I have researched extensively brewing all-grain vs extract, but not the bottling aspect. Should I just give it more time? Would adding more priming sugars help? Does the high alcohol content have anything to do with it? ( This is the highest content I have had.) Any suggestion about boosting the carbonation when bottling would be good.

Thank you

All Grain Brewing / First All Grain "Leaky Kettle"
« on: March 08, 2010, 05:20:35 PM »
I just finished my first all grain recipe. I figured out the recipe myself, so I am not sure about the flavors. I kept it simple with an APA, and tried not to play with it too much. Basically wanted to get one under my belt.

Leaky Kettle Ale

6.00 lb Crisp Pale Ale Malt
2.00 lb Briess Caramel 10
2.00 lb Gambrinus Honey Malt
1.00 oz Cascade P.        (60 min) Hops 27.7 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade            (45 min) Hops 9.2 IBU
0.50 oz Citra                  (30 min) Hops 15.3 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial          (15 min) Hops 16.8 IBU
1.00 tsp Irish Moss         (Boil 10.0 min)   
1.50 tsp Gypsum             (Boil 10.0 min)
1 Pkgs Pacman Yeast from Rogue (Wyeast #Wyeast 1764)

I named it Leaky Kettle Ale, because my newly converted kettle that I build passed the test, but when it came time to brew I had a very small leak. Hence, Leaky Kettle Ale.

Homebrew Clubs / Beer Geek Brewers of Tennessee
« on: March 03, 2010, 09:19:16 AM »
I have just started a new brew club in the Union City, Dyersburg, Jackson, Tn area. If anyone is interested in joining. Contact me at the following email address.

Thank you.
Neil Robinson

Ingredients / Vanilla Beans
« on: February 28, 2010, 03:15:05 PM »
      I was thinking of brewing a beer that at has a touch of vanilla to it. I was thinking I would add it during the second fermentation. However, I am not sure about how much I should add or the best route besides just dropping them in. If anyone has any suggestion on the use of vanilla in a beer, it would be greatly appreciated.

All Grain Brewing / Storing Grain?
« on: November 24, 2009, 04:08:53 PM »
I am making the leap into all grain brewing. The problem I have is that in order for me to do that I would need to store grain. I live to far away from a homebrew shop to make a trip whenever I need grain, but close enough to make a trip two or three times a year. Getting the grain shipped would mean quite a large shipping bill and would be cheaper for me just to drive to pick it up. So does anyone have a similar problem that could offer advice on storing large amounts of grain will little spoilage as possible?

Thank you,
Neil Robinson

General Homebrew Discussion / New Homebrew Club in TN
« on: November 24, 2009, 04:04:15 PM »
I am starting a new homebrew club in the Jackson, TN area. If any homebrewers are interested in joining please contact me at

I myself do not live in Jackson, TN, so if you live anywhere close to it please feel free to email me for inquires.

Neil Robinson

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