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Beer Recipes / German themed IPA
« on: May 01, 2015, 05:15:02 AM »
My next brew day will be a German themed IPA, tell me your thoughts:

55% Avangard Pils
35% Weyerman Munich I
10% Vienna

Bittered with German Herkules (15.7% AA) pellets
I then have 5 oz each of Mandarina Bavaria and Hull Melon whole leaf hops for whirlpool, and dry hop

Wyeast 1007

OG 1.06
IBU: 77ish
SRM: 6.1
Estimated ABV: 6.5%

So what do you think overall? Also, hop schedule for the whole leaf: 5 oz whirlpool, 5 oz dry?

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Yeast and Fermentation / IPA pitch
« on: April 24, 2015, 08:42:07 PM »
I'm brewing my house IPA, but going with us 05 dry vs the 001 I usually make a starter with. It should be 5.5gallons at 1.068ish. One pack or 1+, I do plan on re-hydrating. What say you?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Just for fun
« on: April 22, 2015, 07:39:34 PM »

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Another eventful shopping spree
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:20:28 PM »
Here in Chicago's south loop for the week. Stopped in at a Binny's Beverage shop. Found some treats I can't get at home! Party on! At least tomorrow after everything cools down tonight


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Beer Travel / Cincinnati Bockfest!
« on: March 08, 2015, 11:24:43 AM »
Just got to Bockfest,  sipping on a Hudepohl Bock, SWMBO is drinking a Schoenling Bock, next up will be Emancipator doppelbock from Christian Moerlein

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Beer Recipes / Today's Shopping LIst
« on: March 06, 2015, 12:17:31 PM »
Out in the field for work today, I stopped at my favorite grocery store for beer. Jungle Jim's International Market has an awesome selection of beer from around the world and across the country, all organized by place of origin.
While there, I picked up the following:
Six pack of Troegg's Perpetual IPA
Six pack of Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter
Four pack of Great Lakes ChillWave DIPA
Six pack of Ballast Point Sculpin
2 bombers of Rogue Sriracha Stout (mainly for SWMBO)
Cant wait to try them all out, I will post back the thoughts of my fairly untrained palate.
Have a great weekend everyone

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/27/give-me-cheap-beer-or-give-me-sobriety-just-stop-this-craft-beer-revolution

Um, is this for real! "Give me the cheapest, crappiest beer." Are there actually people out there saying this?

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Beer Travel / Newport Hofbrauhaus
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:18:04 PM »
So I'm here. I missed the Braun beer as they tapped the doppelbock on Wednesday,  but I am stuck with tiny little half liter glasses as they won't serve the 8% doppelbock in full liters! I know I read in here somewhere that in Munich, the half litres are only for women and children. I guess they did not hear that here

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General Homebrew Discussion / Great Weekend
« on: February 01, 2015, 09:35:13 PM »
Hope everyone had a great weekend. I know I did. Friday night movie night in front of the fireplace with my wife and the kids sipping some homebrew. Saturday we celebrated the middle son's 14th birthday with all 5 of us(very rare). We had lunch at Skyline (his favorite) then we went to the range, I had forgotten how much is involved with teaching newbies firearms safety (and having 3 to teach meant not a lot of shooting but everyone had a blast. After the range we checked out some sights in Cincinnati while waiting to go see "Interstellar" at the cheap theater. Everyone came home and crashed after the 2 hours 40+ minute adventure. Sunday was beer day. I brewed 5.5G of English Style Barleywine, missing my OG of 1.103 by 3 points, I'll take that anyday. After the boil, I boiled up some priming sugar for the Special Bitter I needed to harvest yeast from for the Barleywine. Bottled that up during the game, along with a few brews to unwind: brewing and brewing chores from 10am till after 7, with several small breaks in there. Still need to clean up after the range yesterday, guess that will have to wait til tomorrow. :o

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All Grain Brewing / Unexpected efficiency
« on: January 18, 2015, 01:19:22 PM »
So today I made an attempt at a standard bitter, essentially as a large, drinkable starter to grow up enough yeast for an attempt at "The Queen's Diamonds" English Barleywine from Denny and Drew's "Experimental Home Brewing." Most of the batches I have been making are in the 1.065 and up range and I have been getting efficiencies in the high 60s-low 70s. I am still trying to dial in a system upgrade with a new larger brew kettle. I knew I would have better efficiency on a 6G batch of 1.038 OG Bitter, so I adjusted my efficiency number in Beersmith up to 74%. This was obviously not high enough. I did boil off an extra quart, but finished with 5.75G at 1.046, calculated at almost 86% efficiency. Needless to say, I am pleased with the efficiency on such a low OG brew, just wish I had planned on it being that high. My "Nothing Special About It" ordinary bitter is now actually in the "Special" range (and I am going to have to change the name,  ;D)   Grist was 7#13oz Crisp MO(first experience with this malt, it is the Glen Eagles Malting I had asked about previously in another post) and 6.7oz of C120. Mashed with 5g of treated RO(targeting 5.4 pH), and sparged with 3.75G treated RO. This was easily my thinnest mash to date, at 2.43qt/# to get in the ball park of equal runnings. With the notes from anther thread about sparge options I believe, maybe this should have been a no sparge batch. Either way, I will update after fermentation about the progress of this batch.The color and clarity in my hydrometer sample are wonderful, will post a pic soon. Really no questions here, just sharing my experience, if you see something that seems out of place though, please let me know.

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Ingredients / Water profile for ordinary bitter
« on: January 12, 2015, 09:20:38 PM »
Name kind of says it all. I am planning on an ordinary bitter this weekend essentially as a starter for an English Barleywine. OG 1.034, IBUs between 20-25. I love my AIPA at Pale Ale Profile on Bru'NWater with pH of 5.4, but that cant be what I should looking for for an English ordinary bitter. The profile for Yellow Bitter seems like a better starting place. I have no experience with making British style ales and almost no experience with drinking them. I just thought this might be a good "starter" for the Barleywine from Experimental HomeBrewing. Any thoughts on the water profile or the idea of making an ordinary bitter as a starter for the English Barleywine. I will of course want to drink the bitter once finished so just looking for experienced opinions

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General Homebrew Discussion / Great Christmas present
« on: January 07, 2015, 08:50:29 PM »


Christmas present from my best friend! Thanks brother, put the Mr. Beer down and start brewing!

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Ingredients / New/Old hops
« on: January 05, 2015, 04:38:57 PM »
So right before Christmas, I took a chance with NikoBrew's grab bag of hops: 4# of hops for $36, the catch was they were 2012 crop, and you would not know what you were getting until you got them. Here's what I got:

1# each of:
German Herkules 15.6AA
German Taurus 16.6AA
El Dorado 15.7AA
Saphir 3.9AA


I have found a little info on them on Hop Union's Hop Wheel, but I am wondering who has used these, in what brews, and what are your thoughts on them? Any tips are appreciated.

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