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Beer Recipes / Stout - Oatis, Shakespeare, etc.
« on: May 20, 2014, 10:12:24 PM »
I'm looking for a recipe that would approximate Oatis or Shakespeare -- something around 7 percent, good mouthfeel, not hoppy or overly roasty. I've done McQuaker's a couple of times and can see this as a step up.  Recipe ideas? I was looking at the Malpais Stout in Craft Beer for the Home Brewer, though not sure I could find the "Franco-Belges Kiln Coffee Malt" on a reasonable timeline.

All Grain Brewing / Calculating weight of BIAB grain bag
« on: May 03, 2014, 06:04:38 PM »
In the spirit of experimentation I want to brew a BIAB batch just to compare it with MIAT (mash in a tun  :P ). My primary concern going into this is the hassle of dealing with the bag post-mash--that it may be too heavy for me to deal with. Is there a method for calculating the weight of the bag? I will probably target a small batch anyway, but I thought it might be helpful to know going in what I'm dealing with and scale my recipe accordingly.

Beer Recipes / Hop schedule for late-hopped Southern Hemisphere ale
« on: December 23, 2013, 09:43:03 AM »
So I'm looking to do this -- thoughts? The grain bill is 4 lbs MO, 8 oz Munich, 4 oz flaked barley, and 4 oz each 20L and 60L. Yeast is US-05. [Modified to note that this is a 2.5-gallon batch!]

0.50 oz               Motueka [7.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min         Hop           9        12.6 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Pacific Gem [15.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min    Hop           10       27.1 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min         Hop           11       18.5 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Motueka [7.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min         Hop           12       9.2 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Pacific Gem [15.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min    Hop           13       19.8 IBUs     
0.75 oz               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  0.0  Hop           14       0.0 IBUs     
0.75 oz               Motueka [7.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  0.0  Hop           15       0.0 IBUs     
0.75 oz               Pacific Gem [15.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  Hop           16       0.0 IBUs     

Yeast and Fermentation / Aerate before or after pitching?
« on: December 22, 2013, 08:08:40 AM »
Is it better to aerate before pitching, or after pitching?

Beer Recipes / Southern Hemisphere pale ale or lager
« on: December 07, 2013, 10:33:16 AM »
So several months back I committed to two sixpacks of homebrew of choice for a silent auction at church, with the understanding I wouldn't be brewing until December due to my day job/grad school schedule. The person who bought the homebrew is originally from New Zealand (though she has been in the US for decades) and says she likes pale ales and IPAs. She is not a big beer drinker and suggested that the beer should be something that could be in her fridge for several months.

My guess is the beer should not be too powerful--from the conversations, it sounds as if she is not into anything super-high-alcohol or aggressively bitter. I could do an all-Cascade a la Epic Pale Ale and keep it on the accessible side, or I could do Fred Bonjour's late-hopped Amarillo APA recipe but use a mix of NZ hops (Galaxy/Motueka?). Or some other approach. Thoughts welcome. My first brew since September, yay!

Beer Recipes / Coconut porter recipe?
« on: August 23, 2013, 01:56:03 PM »
So there's this thread about judging and coconut porter ( ) and by the time I got to the end of it I was craving exactly that (the beer, not the judging...). But there is only one recipe on the AHA wiki . It obviously did ok in a competition but I am that sort of person who likes to look at a few recipes, and I note it uses extract, versus toasted coconut. There's nothing wrong with that, just wanted to look at a few recipes.

Ingredients / Getting started with Bru'n Water
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:30:44 AM »
To get used to this spreadsheet, I took the averages from the San Francisco County 2011 water report.

Here's the report:

Here's a screen shot of the spreadsheet's water report input sheet:

Does that look about right?

Equipment and Software / All-electric 3-gallon brewstand design
« on: April 04, 2013, 05:26:52 AM »
So I'm mulling over this design (something to do when I wake up too early and want to think through something relaxing rather than start charging through the day's work). It's designed to be an all-electric urban brewstand that can be used indoors; minimizes lifting, hoisting, or back strain; and is sensitive to water use.

One two-shelf rolling stainless-steel cart, ca. 48" w, 18" deep
Two 8-gallon stainless steel brew kettles, drilled for ball valves and heat elements; one is a dual HLT/chiller, one is a brew kettle
Two 1500w heating elements
One 9-gallon rectangular cooler MLT
One March pump
One... hmm... plate chiller? Plus a submersible pump? Immersion chiller?
Hoses, clamps, quick connects, GFIs, rocker switches, and other kibbles and bits

The two kettles are side-by-side on the top level.  The left kettle is the HLT and chiller. The right is the brew kettle. The mash tun is on the lower level.

Cooler is filled with grain and slid onto the lower shelf;
HLT fills the cooler (water pumped under the grain);
Mash tun is pump-drained up into the brew kettle;

Post-boil (chilling) is where I get stuck; I can't visualize what needs to happen. Something with pumps and cold water.  ;) Then again, this whole design may be off... this kind of thing isn't my strong suit.

Once the wort is chilled, it drains into a fermenter sitting in a manually-operated fermenter-mover (aka Radio Flyer). After yeast is pitched and aerated, the fermenter is then rolled to the front door and lugged downstairs. This last part (the lugging) will change when I get a small fridge and modify it into a fermenter... then there will be a minimum of lifting in this whole process.

My thought is to manually manage temps and so forth at the beginning, and only introduce fancier controls downstream if need/interest warranted.

Thoughts? Logic missing here somewhere?

Beer Recipes / Janet's Brown Ale: grain bill discrepancy?
« on: March 27, 2013, 07:34:25 PM »
On the AHA wiki, Janet's Brown Ale calls for 27.5 lbs two-row for a 12-gallon batch:

In Brewing Classic Styles, Janet's Brown Ale calls for 12 lbs two-row for a batch that eventually, after boiling, trub loss, etc., yields 5 gallons (p.41).

Is the discrepancy accounted for by the difference between 12 vs. 10 gallons, where measurements are accounted for slightly differently? It's a pretty big spread.

Equipment and Software / Dual-duty HLT and prechiller?
« on: March 24, 2013, 10:16:09 AM »
As I mentally plan the brewstand I plan to build someday, I'm wondering if other homebrewers have designed stands where a kettle or other piece of equipment has served more than one role. The one that comes to mind most often is HLT/pre-chiller, since the only liquid in this kettle is water.

Ingredients / Commercial examples of hops
« on: March 02, 2013, 06:51:37 AM »
I've poked around  here and there -- I'm looking for an index of hops that includes commercial examples of beers brewed with each hop. I realize it's not that clearcut since more than one hop will nearly always be present, but the conversations about hops I haven't (knowingly) tasted make me want to try beers brewed with them--especially before committing to brew with them.

Equipment and Software / Height, Depth of Danby DAR440
« on: January 13, 2013, 06:46:11 PM »
I'm considering using this fridge for a fermentation chamber (managed with a Johnson controller):

I ferment small (3-gallon-ish) batches primarily in 5-gallon food-safe buckets like these: which I have drilled for airlocks. The buckets are approximately 12" in diameter and 15" high.

My question is the height from the compressor to the interior ceiling of the fridge. I haven't found one of these fridges in a store in the area to try out, and I'd prefer not to hassle with returns if I order it online. I wrote the manufacturer and they sent me a spec sheet, which was nice of them but it didn't precisely answer that question. (It did tell me that the exterior width/height/depth is approx 20"/32"/21", which suggests that it might work... and I saw a YouTube video where I thought, "that's this fridge!" and it was holding a fermenter.)

Equipment and Software / Small fridge for temp control?
« on: December 21, 2012, 02:42:53 PM »
I'm reopening my temp-control project, focusing on small-to-medium fridges. (Chest freezers are out -- I don't want to lift items in or out, and I don't have room in my apartment office for a pulley.)  I ferment my beer in 5-gallon buckets or Better Bottles.

Has anyone done this recently?  Costco has a freezerless model that looks promising -- . I'm thinking there will be sales right before and Christmas that I could pounce on, especially since I'm off next week.

Beer Travel / Shigozake, Wellington, NZ; Bruhouse
« on: September 27, 2012, 12:04:47 AM »
Upscale pub, hip crowd, great local beers. I love the ability to buy half-pints! I'm having a Mike's APA... Let's just say Welly brewers love West Coast hop schedules. It's decent, but I might as well be back in NorCal. Still, a fun place.

I also had a half pint of Parrothead orange chocolate stout late afternoon (gotta love vacation :) ) at Bruhouse and it was fantastic.

Beer Travel / Hop Garden, Wellington, NZ
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:16:18 PM »
I'm sitting here enjoying a half-pint of Parrot Dog Bloodhound, enjoying this place very much. I had several days at a conference which was terrific... Except for the beer! .... And got to Welly today for a couple of days of exploration, most of it with company. But tonight is a perfect kgs retreat... Nice local beer, a book, and a comfortable spot. Hop Garden has Garage Project beers, recommended by a local who knows good stuff, so my next "research" may be a half pint of the Aro Noir. Good small plate menu too.

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