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All Grain Brewing / First all grain brew
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:33:50 PM »
Hi all!

We're ready to take the leap to all grain brewing, and we're stoked about this!
We finished the mach tun, and might be ready to brew soon.
We want to try either a Yeungling Amber clone (haven't seen a recipe yet), or a German Wheat beer.
I've gone through some recipes on brewers friend, and I'm having trouble understanding the recipes and procedures.

Could someone help me out?

Equipment and Software / Mash tun
« on: October 01, 2018, 02:08:49 AM »
We're making the leap to All grain.

We're building a mash tun, I only paid attention to getting a lead free flexible water connector.
I didn't pay attention to whether it was stainless, its a polymer braided flexible connector.

Should I ditch it and buy a stainless one?

General Homebrew Discussion / Mead
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:14:32 AM »
We're getting ready to touch the mead, after about 5 months of being in the primary fermenter.
We're stoked to see what has been sitting there bubbling quietly.

Can we turn some of the mead into a melomel, or is that what we needed to do when we first made it?
Can we transfer to secondary and add the fruit and wait some more, or do you think its too late?

All Grain Brewing / Sours
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:01:17 AM »
My brew partner and I are about to start back up brewing after a 2 month hiatus.
He said he wanted to try to brew a sour beer.

I've taken a look at recipe kits, and they're around $70-$90.
And the overall time length is incredible, around a year or so.

What do we need to know before venturing into this new beer style?

All Grain Brewing / What to do?
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:45:16 AM »
I have 44 beers of a horrid beer I made.
A honey wheat that has no taste, it’s over carbonated. It has no taste.
What can I do with this?

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All Grain Brewing / My proudest achievement yet.
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:44:27 AM »

I finally did it.
A beer you can see through!
Only 6 batches into home brewing!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / One brew that is a must.
« on: May 02, 2018, 04:42:18 AM »
Just bottled our last two batches this past week.
First brew was a Russian Imperial Stout.
Then, Imperial Blonde Ale - this is the best one yet. Definitely a keeper for the fridge.
Honey wheat
A Belgian Saison.
Have a Daredevil IPA - in a one gallon fermenting.
Have a Irish Red to brew, but what is the one beer that everyone should brew, just once?

All Grain Brewing / An experiment.
« on: April 07, 2018, 04:35:18 AM »
Tonight, I tried an experiment.

I have a 1 1/2 gal. crock pot with a porcelain bowl in it.
I placed 2 qt. Of water in it and turned it on HI, to see what max temp I could achieve. Around 135 degrees .
Porcelain has an incredible heat retention to it.
Heated water on the stove to 170 degrees, add 3 lbs of grains, stir get to 158 degrees and hold for an hour.
Got the target temp, placed a thick towel over the lid and turned the heat to low.

I helped my 9 year old daughter with her geometry.
Yes. 9 years old, she’s learning geometry.
I opened the lid, and smell that beautiful malty cereal sweetness. My daughter thinks it smells horrible. I love the smell.
I strain the grains, chill the wort.
1 1/4 gal of water ended up with almost a gallon of wort.

Hope this works.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Cleaners
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:03:39 AM »
What's everyone using for cleaners?
One step came with the kit we bought, and I don't know the difference between the cleaners.
Only the price, is different.

What have the experienced home brewers, (I call them homies) been using?

What works?

What should I avoid?
Are there certain cleaners that may contain a chemical in them that I want to avoid?

All Grain Brewing / Brewer's Friend, my new best friend
« on: April 05, 2018, 05:49:38 AM »
Last night, I discovered the wonders that is

This is the best thing I've seen since a carboy washer!

I think I'm in beer nerd love.  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Sarfale US-05
« on: April 01, 2018, 11:36:58 PM »
Does anyone have a significant amount of experience with this yeast?

Is it a slow fermenter?

General Homebrew Discussion / Funny brewing stories
« on: March 29, 2018, 09:26:26 AM »
My buddy and I had our first, and soon to be hilarious brewing story.
It was bound to happen:
We brewed a Honey Wheat beer, the other day.
LME kit, added 4 lbs. of honey with yeast energizer, Irish Moss.

He went down to check on the beer; the next morning, only to find the airlock on the other side of the room.
The rubber stopper right beside it, a soaked towel covering the carboy and a puddle of beer on the floor.

We had a MASSIVE blowback, the pressure from the CO2 blew off the air lock and rubber stopper and shot beer up to the ceiling!

I'm giggling about this now, but anyone have any funny stories like this?
I'd love to hear them.

All Grain Brewing / Switching to BIAB
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:57:54 AM »
Probably a stupid question:
My buddy and I are switching to all grain, we're going to start with BIAB.
Can you use the 5 gallon all grain recipes for BIAB?

I only ask because all of the BIAB recipe kits are for 3 gallon batches.
I don't see why not, but I'm just a newbrew.

General Homebrew Discussion / Second beer is done!
« on: March 21, 2018, 10:01:17 AM »

We brewed it together, I made the labels.

Dang. This is a good beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / No O.G. taken
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:34:32 AM »
Question for you:
My brew partner made a off hand comment tonight, and I never realized one thing we forgot to do when we
started to ferment a clover honey mead.

We never took an Original Gravity reading.

Is there a way to find out the ABV after we get a F.G. reading?

Or are we screwed. I think we are.

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