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All Grain Brewing / High FG
« on: January 13, 2014, 02:53:14 AM »
Here's a new one for me. I recently checked the gravity readings of my beer before I kegged it and it gained almost 2 hole percentage points in ABV... it went from about a 4% isn ABV to a 6% ABV. Any thoughts on why this happens?

Beer Recipes / Recipe Help - Oatmeal stout
« on: January 01, 2014, 08:04:51 PM »
I would love to hear some feedback on a recipe I made... I'm new to creating recipes and I would love to see what someone has to say about a recent one. Sometimes I think I use too many malts/barley combos...

Here it is...

- 9 lbs Maris Otter
- 1 lbs 8 oz. Chocolate
- 1 lbs 4 oz. Oats, flaked
- 1 lbs 4 oz. Caramel Malt 80L
- 1 lbs Roasted Barley
- 12 oz. Black Patent
- 1 oz. East Kent Goldings
Dry English Ale WLP007

Homebrew Clubs / Home-brew Club Manhiem/Lancaster, PA?
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:42:15 PM »
Is anyone a part of or know of any home-brew clubs in the Lancaster county area near Manheim or Lancaster city??

My girlfriend and I are into brewing and we were thinking of starting a home-brew club or joining one. If anyone has any information, or is from the area, PM me.


Kegging and Bottling / Adding Ingredients to Keg/Cask
« on: December 30, 2013, 05:32:22 PM »
A few weeks ago, I had an ESB with Cranberries tapped via a cask engine and my main question is what type of setup do you use when adding ingredients into the keg? We found that the first few draws were very cranberry forward and settled out after a few pours. Mind you, we only let the keg sit for about a week... since we were casking it. I would hypothesize that with more time in the cask the cranberry flavor would spread more, but it was rushed for an event to raise money for needy families. People loved the beer and the 5 gallons was basically gone that night. I just want the added flavor to stay consistent because when I had two of the last six goblets the next day after the event the my girlfriend/assistant brewer and friend told me it wasn't as cranberry flavored as the night before. I still enjoyed it though... just want that flavor popping from beginning til end.

We were curious if anyone had a better result by floating the ingredients with a contraption, or some sort of setup, that allowed the ingredients to spread their flavor throughout the whole cask of beer. We were thinking of adding a capped and empty water bottle and using it as a bobber.

Any thoughts? The next cask will be a Belgian (red) pale ale with pears and cinnamon.



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