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Ingredients / thoughts on a wheat beer(non hefe)
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:14:05 PM »
Hi everyone. It's been far too long. Finally work has slowed down and I'm brewing tomorrow. Thinking about an easy sippin' wheat beer.

I haven't put the recipe together just yet but wondered if anyone has made one with 50/50 Maris Otter/white wheat or 50/50 Munich/white wheat? I have both on hand and thought I would try something different. Probably will have some Amarillo, Centennial and Citra hops in the mix and Wyeast 1450.



Equipment and Software / 70qt coleman extreme dead space
« on: October 20, 2013, 07:55:55 PM »
i haven't brewed in a couple months and getting back to it today. i'm still roughing in my set up. my previous notes have my dead space at .50 gallon. after today i think i might be off. what are you guys calculating for dead space in this cooler?

thanks. feels damn fine to brew again on a beautiful los angeles afternoon.



Yeast and Fermentation / dry yeast question
« on: August 25, 2013, 02:01:11 AM »
so i brewed two days ago. ground water wouldn't get me to pitching temps, which is fine as i planned on letting wort chill the rest of the way in the ferm chamber anyway. and i did.

i rehydrated yeast yesterday and nothing was happening after 24 hours+.

today i sprinkled another pack of us05 into the wort and have very good things going on now.

i rehydrated the yeast at 105. followed reliable directions for it and still had nothing. it's an american wheat similar to gumballhead(which i've never actually had). within a few hours of pitching dry yeast today, fermentation is taking off.

i guess my question is, did i do the right thing? i've never rehydrated yeast before. i usually use wyeast 1056 and make a starter, but was a little confused as to why fermentation didn't take off with the rehydrated us05. brew day was off a little as i haven't brewed in a while but process was still pretty solid.

cheers and thanks.

Ingredients / citra & mosaic
« on: August 22, 2013, 06:13:53 PM »
anybody toying around with this hop combo? have a few ounces of each on hand and was thinking about an end of summer ipa. haven't used a lot of citra so i'm not really sure what sort of ratio i should be thinking about. i made an all mosaic pale ale in the spring that i loved.


Ingredients / mosaic pale ale
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:47:40 PM »
i just bottled my first go at it with mosaic.

it smells really nice and has a good flavor. but i'm not getting the blueberry some talk about(and not worried i'm not). i feel like it's more like slight watermelon or cherry. i bittered with some centennial and mixed all the late mosaic with a little amarillo. either i'm having a stroke or i figured out how to make a beer taste like watermelon/cherry. 

i like it and am very interested to see how it progresses with bottle conditioning.

anybody else have similar mosaic flavors/notes?

Ingredients / california select 2 row
« on: May 03, 2013, 06:36:25 AM »
morebeer has it and i'd like to try, mainly because i love the idea of using some malt from the state in which  i live.

has anyone used it?

General Homebrew Discussion / amazing brew day
« on: April 22, 2013, 01:12:24 AM »
I just got home from my buddy's place. we brewed 3 5 gallon batches today. his rye cream ale, our big hoppy dark ale(in the vain of sublimely self righteous) and my bubblegum head clone.

we had ups, we had some downs, we missed some numbers and we had lots of fun. we learned lots about his new(used) brewing rig. we had a couple good beers and I killed it grilling some buffalo steaks.

it was a pretty rad day and I just wanted to share the bliss.

have a great week everybody.

Ingredients / black hoppy ale hops
« on: April 20, 2013, 02:22:35 AM »
my buddy and I are going to do another collaboration brew on Sunday. not exactly sure of his grain bill as yet but trying to get a sense of hops(I'm the hops guy, he's the grain guy) people like to use in black hoppy ales(bipa/cda I suppose). please share any and all likes, dislikes and grain bills too, if you'd like. I'm not crazy about the few examples I've had of this style but gotta push my brewing boundaries some time. I have a few thoughts but just am not sure.


Ingredients / how long for dry hop pellets to settle out?
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:57:51 AM »
i dry hopped an ipa with 2 ozs of pellet hops last thursday evening. there is no sign of anything settling out yet. it's just a giant green cover on my beer. fermentation was over. i've never just tossed the hops in to dry hop so i'm curious. i was planning on dropping another couple of ozs in the next day or so before bottling but this weekend but now think i need to wait longer.

or do i? can i just siphon from underneath the floating hops? seems like this would work.


Ingredients / dubbel with rye
« on: March 17, 2013, 10:08:45 PM »
anyone try brewing one? never brewed a Belgian but the idea, from a bartender friend, sounded intriguing.


Yeast and Fermentation / pitching on a yeast cake
« on: March 15, 2013, 04:01:26 AM »
is it really what it seems to be? put fresh chilled wort into a fermenter with just previously used yeast? no need to wash the yeast? what is the time frame?

i know it seems like such a simple step, yet, i've not done this. it keeps popping up in some threads so i thought i'd ask about the process.

thanks & cheers!


Yeast and Fermentation / bucket lids
« on: March 03, 2013, 04:47:57 PM »
anyone just put the lid on a bucket without completely sealing it during fermentation? any trouble/infections by doing this?


Equipment and Software / deck planter box for hop rhizome
« on: January 13, 2013, 12:04:04 AM »
i have a great deck with my los angeles apartment that gets plenty of sun just about all day. i thought i might try growing some cascade hops this season. it seems the rhizomes need plenty of space for the roots to grow. would a planter box of around 36"l x 16"w x 11"h(interior dimensions) be big enough? or would it be better to have something a bit deeper and wider? i'd probably use this box for just one rhizome so there is plenty of room for it's roots. i want to get something that will work for a while as i don't see myself buying a house in la anytime soon.



Ingredients / rogue farm dare and risk malts
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:57:20 AM »
anyone know what comparable malts these might be?



General Homebrew Discussion / simcoe bittering
« on: October 08, 2012, 02:48:16 AM »
so i'm brewing an imperial brown ale tomorrow and am bittering with simcoe.

anyone bitter a brown ale or anything not an ipa with simcoe? likes/dislikes?

i should say i am not trying to make this a hopped up brown.

i just still have a bunch of simcoe on hand and wanted to take a break from refining my regular plae ale and ipa. figured why the hell not?

thanks. cheers.


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