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General Homebrew Discussion / To Late?
« on: October 05, 2015, 01:32:16 AM »
So I brewed a Brown Ale before I went to the field on the 5th of August. I kept it in my fermentation chamber at proper temps. Well I was brought out early to have surgery. My wife pulled it out and its been sitting in my closet since. Would I be better off just dumping it or do you think it would taste good enough to go ahead and bottle. I have never been in this situation before

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer style crossroads
« on: August 23, 2015, 10:34:18 PM »
So my Brown Ale seems like it is flirting with a Brown Porter. But it might be the other way around as well. The beer tastes fantastic and I always have it on hand. Just wanted to post my recipe to see if someone could tell me which style it leans towards more. Only reason I wanna know is there is a comp in Juneau that I wanna mailing to. Last time I did a competition the judges said I entered a beer in the wrong category. So here it is

8lbs Briess Two Row
.75lbs crystal 120
.5lbs carafa special 2 ( this was on accident but it tastes great)
1lb Munich 10L
Centennial .5 oz 60 min
Cascade .5 oz 30 min
Cascade .5 oz 15 min
Centennial .5 oz 2 min

Mash schedule
1. Strike grains at 162.4 with 3.86 gallons of water
2. Mash at 152 for 75 min. ( it mashed at 153 )
3. Vorlauf and  Lauter
4. Sparge with 4.72 gallons of 168 degree water
5. Total running a should be 7 gallons

Boil was 65 min
SG- 1.054
FG- 1.010
Fermented for 5 days at 63 and brought it up to 66 degrees for 8 more days

So the carafa special 2 was a complete accident but I went with it anyways. Beer is dark and I know that is mainly from it. Just wanted to add that. So tell me what you think this falls under please

General Homebrew Discussion / Ageing times
« on: August 05, 2015, 02:02:14 AM »
When brewing bigger beers such as a wee heavy ( planning to brew ) what is the general rule of thumb for leaving in a fermentor? I don't have much experience with bigger beers such as this or barley wines.

Is it better to leave this sitting in a carboy for three or four weeks? Or do I wanna just bottle after fermentation is over? Curious about this for other big beer styles as well such as an imperial IPA

General Homebrew Discussion / Lots of trub
« on: July 27, 2015, 01:11:57 AM »
So I dont normally brew IPA's just because they are so abundant where I live. But I decided to brew one last week. I used about 4 oz of hop pellets and like every other batch I just throw them in. Buying bags just seems like another expense I don't wanna deal with but I think I will.

Anyways I threw in a whirlfloc tablet and damn if there wasn't a crabload of trub that made its way into my carboy. This guy has like 3 inchs of trub in the bottom. Once fermentation is over the recipe said to dry hop for about 14 days.

My question is about potential off flavors. I don't hardly if ever do a secondary and won't for this one if it isn't necessary. Won't all those extra hops from the boil give it some sort of off flavour? It also seems like 14 days is a long time to dry hop.

General Homebrew Discussion / Note to self
« on: July 24, 2015, 06:29:32 AM »
Note to self, don't brew beer wearing flip flops. I have a bad habit of doing this sometimes and finally cracked and got rubber boots.

Beer Recipes / My first recipe
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:06:06 PM »
So after running through Zymurgy, BYO and this forum for 3 years I feel like branching out. I have made 5 or so beers with recipes that I made but they were really out of balance. Last night I just threw a pale ale recipe together and I think it will be good.
This for 2.5 gallons

4.5 pounds Briess 2-row
.3 ponds Crystal 120
.4 oz Chinook 60 min
.3 oz Cascade 30 min
.2 oz Chinook 0 min
.2 oz Chinook 4-6 days
.2 oz Cascade 4-6 days
1/2 Whirlfoc tablet at 15 min
100 ml California Ale slurry

Feels solid and going to brew it right now. Just don't know if it seems borderline IPA but the IBU's aren't that high

Yeast and Fermentation / Re-using yeast
« on: July 18, 2015, 08:54:52 PM »
I have some yeast from a Brown Ale that I wanna use. It is the San Diego Super Yeast strain. My question if it will carry any flavors from the Brown Ale to the IPA. I don't really think it would but I wasn't quite sure. I washed the yeast about two weeks ago. Already know I need to make a starter

General Homebrew Discussion / Silicone
« on: July 02, 2015, 08:41:14 PM »
So I am building a mini tun for my brewery. Got everything I needed today when it bit me about the silicone. Probably should have bought aquarium silicone at the pet store but I bought clear 100% silicone made by GE. Nothing on the packaging says its food safe, I am wondering if this will be bad.

Yeast and Fermentation / Harvesting some yeast
« on: July 02, 2015, 03:17:56 AM »
So I have had this idea for a while and I wanted to try it out.

So I am brewing a 2.5 gallon batch of a Amber Ale to see if this works. I took the o-ring off of a bottling bucket and put it the top of a mason jar. I am going to boil enough water to fill the mason jar up about half way. So in theory the yeast coming out of the blow-off tube will go into a clean sanitary environment. Thoughts, concerns or advice?

All Grain Brewing / Batch scailing help
« on: June 29, 2015, 12:38:20 AM »
I'm sure there is a really simple way of scailing a batch without doing some crazy math. I want to do some smaller batches (2-3 gallon). What are some things that I need to take into account when doing this so I don't jack the recipe up? I use Brewtoad ( I have Beersmith but haven't switched) and it will automatically scale the beers but I don't know it its fail proof.

Yeast and Fermentation / San Diego Super Yeast
« on: June 26, 2015, 12:06:20 AM »
Never used this strain before and I am looking forward to seeing the results. The LHBS up here in fairbanks, AK is pretty limited from what I am used to. Making my house Brown Ale tomorrow and I have it on the stir plate as we speak. Have any of you used this before and if so how does it compare to Wyeast California Ale strain?

General Homebrew Discussion / Water Test
« on: June 21, 2015, 02:34:41 AM »
Have any of you ever used War Laboratories to have your water tested? I just got up to Fairbanks, AK and want to know exactly what's in my water before I brew. Also do you think that the minerals in the water could vary depending on the time of the year?

Homebrew Clubs / Fairbanks at Last!
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:23:21 PM »
Looking for any like minded people that live in Fairbanks, Alaska. What I am wanting to do is start a club that would meet on a monthly basis. There is a club in Fairbanks that meets only like twice a year. So if you live in the area and would like to be involved in this we need to start this thing up! This will be my first opportunity to be in a club so my experience is almost no existent but that shouldn't deter us. We can figure this thing out together.

Homebrewer Bios / Fish Bio
« on: April 23, 2015, 10:48:28 PM »

Who Are You: Aaron Fisher (everyone calls me Fish)

Home Town (City, State): Everywhere USA, Active Duty Army

Homebrew Club: Not involved in one right now. I am getting ready to move up to Fairbanks, Alaska and want to start one at Fort Wainwright.

I've been a homebrewer since: Spring 2013

Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? Absolutely! So I brewed an Old Stock Ale on a Thursday night. My family and I decided to go up to Northern Colorado to do some duck hunting with family. I put the carboy in our spare room because it stays really cool and dark in there. Well when we got home on Sunday evening there was yeast everywhere. It was on the walls, the ceiling, carpet, window blinds and of course all over a pair of my wife’s brand new pair of shoes. She hasn’t let me forget about it either.

What is your favorite style(s) to brew? My favorite styles to brew are Brown Ales and IPA’s. It is what I drink the most of and I dedicate about 80% of my brewing efforts making the best examples of the style that I can.

What style(s) will you never brew? Who would do this? It doesn’t seem like a good idea.

What was the first beer you ever brewed?  How did it turn out? So when I bought my starter kit I bought the German Wheat extract kit. Everything went great but I didn’t seal the lid on bucket very well and it tasted like band-aids. Still to this day I cannot stand the smell band-aids. Every time my kid needs one my wife has to do it.

Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? When I first started brewing beer all of my friends wanted to come over. We were making an IPA ( this was also right after I made the switch to all grain) and I lost the recipe after the mash. We just decided to throw all 4 hops in at 60 min, 30 min and at flame out. The beer was fantastic.

What is your favorite beer recipe?
Are you a BJCP Judge?  Not yet!
Describe your brew system. I have homemade kettle, Blichman burner, several carboys, buckets and a 10 Gallon Rubbermaid cooler.

How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? 3-4 times a month

If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him? If I could on give one beer to someone it would have to be Thomas Jefferson. He himself was a home brewer and I’m sure he would love a good IPA

What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew? Un-sulfured Molasses
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? I have one lonely Silver medal from my Brown Ale I won last winter.

Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? I brew with everyone. My kids help me all the time, my wife, other family and friends.

Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? I do both. When I am making my small 1-2 gallon batch’s its all inside. Anything bigger and I am outside. By the way Colorado Springs ground water in January makes for fast cooling of wort.

List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite? Bitter ol’ Basterd (Imperial IPA), Fishers Brown, Clove Grove (Hefe), Irish Red Head

Beer Travel / Germany trip wrapped up
« on: April 05, 2015, 10:14:58 PM »
So I was in Germany for right at a month. What a trip it was and an experience that I would recommend for any beer enthusiast. Just wanted to give you guys a quick break down of my time there and I feel greatful for the people I met and some of the things I saw.

The first experience that I had was just outside of the Army post Grafenwhoer. Not exactly the ideal place to really experience Germany, but hey for a free trip I wasn't going to complain. All of the beer that we drank here was primarilly from Nurenburg and my gosh the Dunklewiezen was outstanding. The great thing about the Guest Houses is that most of all the food and beer was really cheap. Here is an example of a really basic lunch that I bought for 5 Euro.

My boss arranged for me to meet 7th Generation Head Brewer/Owner of Schlossbrauerei Hirschau. His name  is Franz Dorfner and this guy was amazing. He spoke very good English which was a plus and having toured many breweries in the states, this was unique. My boss had told him that I was a home brewer but it I don't think I asked questions that most people would ask. Besides that it was hands down the best tour I have been on and he has won many world wide awards. He took us through every nook and cranny of his operation and he moved with such speed for an old man! At the end of the tour he busted out 5 different samples and at 9 o'clock in the morning I drank about 3.5 liters of beer ( Nap took place right after the tour).

On our way from a trip to the Munich Airport we are on the A93 and I saw a sign for a Hop Museum!! Once I made it clear to my boss that he would not live to see the next day we stopped. It was 3 Euro to get in and everything is in German. No problem with that as you get the jist of the whole tour even with the language barrier. The tour pretty much starts with the beginning and modern aspects of Hop farming, Literature and Hop Art. Really cool place to spend an hour and there is a great Deli right across the street that sells great sandwich's and local brew.

No trip to Bavaria is complete without a good trip to Munich. We had all good intentions of getting into the Hofbrauhaus but no one told us that you had to have reservations. That place was packed so we walked over to the Augustiner brewery right across the street. Amazing experience and I forgot to take lots of pics as the food and beer was incredible. We spent the whole night in this part of Munich and I can't wait to go back.

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