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All Grain Brewing / 100% base malt for APA
« on: June 27, 2016, 10:49:59 AM »
What recommendations do you have? I have been using different combinations of pilsner, vienna, and munich over the last few batches.

Right now I am planning on Golden Promise but have little experience with it.

General Homebrew Discussion / 6 oz of hops
« on: June 23, 2016, 04:43:40 PM »
Got an APA coming up soon. Planning to get all of my IBUs from bittering addition and will be using 5-6 oz split between flame out (no hop stand) and dry hop. My question is should I just use all as dry hops or split between dry hop and flame out? Preferences?

Beer Travel / Orange County.
« on: June 20, 2016, 01:33:10 PM »
On my way to Costa Mesa Cali. I plan to hit barley forge and Newport Beach brewing if nothing else. Staying right by John Wayne airport. Any recommendations? I will have a rental car but don't plan to venture too far.

General Homebrew Discussion / Ashy flavor?
« on: June 17, 2016, 04:59:55 PM »
Sort of a Mexican style Vienna lager

59% Vienna
20% flaked corn
20% Munich 6l
1% midnight wheat

Magnum/hersbrucker bittering
Hersbrucker 10 min
23 IBU

Mash ph 5.4
Amber balanced water

Any ideas what would contribute to a light ashy flavor? It's mild but noticeable and annoying.

All Grain Brewing / water profile help for crisp beer
« on: May 26, 2016, 09:19:22 AM »
I mash the majority of my lighter beers somewhere between 5.3 and 5.4 depending on style unless I am doing something dark. I am brewing a summer/wheat'ish' type beer that I want to be crisp and refreshing. I went toward 5.2 once using acidulated malt and the finished beer had that lactic tang to it that took away from the character. I have been fearful of going that low since but assume it was an isolated incident and it is the only time I have used acidulated malt.

Right now I am planning to use the yellow balanced profile with an estimated mash pH of 5.3 via lactic acid. Should I use yellow bitter? Should I go lower with the mash pH? IBUs are calculated for the low 20s with the majority coming from late boil additions. The color is a bit darker at ~5.5 SRM.

I brewed a beer for my buddy who is going to give me a ball lock keg to fill. I have a pin lock system and am wondering if I can at least seal/purge the keg after it is filled by pushing it on in bursts. This way I can store it decently before he gets the keg.

Ingredients / malt substitute for molasses?
« on: May 24, 2016, 06:33:11 AM »
Which malt would you say imparts the most molasses like flavors? I have a recipe that calls for a very small amount of molasses however I don't feel it is necessary to buy a full bottle. I am considering just using a very dark crystal malt or something that may impart a similar character.

Ingredients / Simpsons Golden Promise extract potential
« on: May 17, 2016, 11:35:05 AM »
Anyone know it? Beersmith has it set at 82% and I got very poor efficiency compared to normal. I am curious if it is considerably lower which may explain part of my problem.

All Grain Brewing / ESB water profile
« on: May 13, 2016, 06:37:41 AM »
I don't brew English styles at all. I am thinking Amber Bitter but maybe bumping up the SO4. This isn't really an ESB but the idea for it is based on an ESB I suppose. Any feedback?

Ingredients / interesting hop to pair with cascade
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:01:16 AM »
Subject says it all. I am looking for something that will work well in a pale ale. I will say that I am looking for something more on the citrus side versus a lot of the newer super fruity hops. I seem to be going back to the old reliables; centennial, amarillo, etc.

Equipment and Software / chest freezer internal dimensions for keezer
« on: April 22, 2016, 10:06:13 AM »
I found a 7 cu ft GE freezer used but cannot find any internal dimensions. Does anyone have experience with being able to fit 4 pin lock kegs in the main larger chamber?

Equipment and Software / fridge door gasket not sealing
« on: April 21, 2016, 02:20:04 PM »
My kegerator in the garage is not sealing at the bottom and there is a considerable gap. The issue appears to be the way the door sits in that it is further away from the bottom than the top. I am not sure that I can adjust it properly. The magnetic gasket has seen better days but it does not appear that replacing it will fix the issue. Assuming I cannot get the door to seat more appropriately, does anyone have any ideas on how to properly seal the bottom? I bought it used a couple of years ago and I think it has always been like this but I couldn't tell.

My idea is to get some weather striping to attach to the fridge where the gasket should touch, adhere some magnetic tape to the weather striping and cover it all in foil tape. I am hoping this may be a decent temporary solution at least.

Kegging and Bottling / leaky keg when disconnect is attached
« on: April 21, 2016, 08:06:34 AM »
Unfortunately, I use pin lock kegs. One of my kegs just started leaking when the liquid disconnect is attached but when I disconnect it seals normally. I have removed the disconnect to clean and inspect it but don't see any problems. Any ideas? I suppose I could try a disconnect from a different keg and if there is no issue just replace the faulty one.

Beer Recipes / Germerican Pale
« on: April 12, 2016, 06:48:40 AM »
Brewing this guy on Friday. I will be kegging a Kolsch in a couple of days so I thought I would use that yeast instead of the K97 which I have used for the past couple iterations. I think the grain bill is a keeper after experimenting with different combinations of pilsner, vienna, munich, and caramunich. The Cascade has become a constant as well. Just trying to find that second hop to fit. So far the best version had the same hop schedule with centennial and palisade in place of the sterling. Feedback?

95.7% Schill Vienna
4.3% Weyermann Carahell

1 oz Sterling and Cascade 20 min
1 oz Sterling and Cascade 5 min
1 oz Cascade DH
1/2 oz Sterling DH


~50 IBU

Beer Travel / New Orleans
« on: April 05, 2016, 09:16:15 AM »
Any recommendations on breweries near the French Quarter?

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