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Kegging and Bottling / biofine
« on: March 31, 2018, 02:09:32 PM »
Has any one used biofine? I thinking about trying it. My idea is to transfer the beer into the secondary for 2 weeks then cold crash it for about 4 days. When I cold crash I was thinking about adding the Biofine at that time then i will keg it after the 4 days. Is this a good way to do it or no? Also how much biofine do you use for 5 gallons? The 2 beers i will do this with are a ESB and a Cream Ale.

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All Grain Brewing / ESB recipe
« on: March 28, 2018, 06:49:09 PM »
I have never made an ESB but what do you guys think of what I came up with?

5 gal batch
10 lbs marris otter
1 lb crystal 60L
5 oz crystal 120L

1 oz Willamette at 60 mins
.5 oz mosaic at 15 mins
.5 mosaic at 0 mins

white lab  californian ale

I will also use phosphoric acid because our ph is about 7 and i will use super moss and yeast nutriance
I possibly will make a yeast starter too. Iv never used gelatin for finings in the secondary but im thinking about trying that too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / finings
« on: March 21, 2018, 07:41:59 PM »
What kind of finings do you guys use to make your beer clear and how do you use them?

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Ingredients / what category of beer does this fall into
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:49:01 AM »
what kind of beer do you guys think this recipe falls into? I was shooting for a stout but im not sure it fits in there apter seeing the color and tasting it.

5 gal

9 lbs 2 row
1 lb crystal 80
12 oz chocolate malt
8 oz black barley
8 oz of oats

1/2 oz magnum at 60 mins and 1/2 oz kent at 15

when bottling this i made a cold brew and added it.

Would this fall into some kind of special beer category or what do you guys think this falls into?
Thanks for the help and I willing to hear what you guys think about the recipe and take suggestions.

Cheers

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Going Pro / Interview questions.
« on: January 19, 2018, 03:45:44 PM »
So there is a new brewery opening up in my hometown. It will be the only one here. I have an interview for the head brewing position and I am wondering what I should expect to get asked and what I should be prepared to answer. I have taken a day brewing school so i have used the equipment and I am somewhat formilar with the commercial equipment but still need to lear a lot more!

Thank you for your help.

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Ingredients / coffee stout
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:59:00 PM »
Im going to make a stout and add some coffee to mash and maybe a shot or 2 of coffee at the end of the boil too.

This will be a 5 gal batch

How much coffee would you guys think I would need in the mash?
What kind of hops is typical for a stout and how much? 

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Ingredients / brewing with chestnuts.
« on: November 19, 2017, 04:46:01 PM »
Has anyone tried brewing with chestnuts? I was just brain storming on what to brew for xmas and chestnuts came to mind this time of the year. I am wanting to brew something dark and I dont know how to incorporate chestnuts. What do you guys think of this idea and how to use them so you will be able to taste them? Im thinking maybe a brow ale.

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Homebrew Weddings / engagment
« on: October 14, 2017, 03:06:56 AM »
I am wanting to make a beer label to put on one of my home brews to propose to my girlfriend. What is the best place to make labels? Any suggestions how it should look or other ideas you guys might have? Even ideas on how to propose with the beer?

Thank you for you help!

Cheers

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Beer Recipes / cream ale
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:56:39 PM »
I have a cream ale recipe that I want to get your opinions on and also a extra idea i have that I'm not sure what you would call it or if t would work.
 
for 5 gals
60 min mash
90min boil

4 lbs 2 row
1.5 flaked corn
12 oz munich
8oz cara pils
7 oz vienna
6 oz biscuit
1.5 lb dextrin 15 mins left of the boil

.12 oz of cascade at 60
.12 cascade at 30 mins
.12 nugget at 30
.5 cascade at 0

I also am wondering what it would be called or what it would be like if i added some kind of dark malts to make it black and just a little roasted notes (not sure what to add any suggestions and how much)? and also maybe add like 2 or 3 extra lbs of dextrin to ramp up the ABV...

What are your guys thoughts on this?

Im shooting for a smooth creamy easy drinking beer like a cream ale but making something different by adding something for black color and a hit of roast malty flavor.



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Kegging and Bottling / counter pressure filling
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:25:19 PM »
First off I am going to enter an IPA i brewed into a competition and I am wondering how much space in the bottle do judges look for?

I am going to keg this beer and try to use a counter pressure bottle filler to bottle with. I have never used a counter pressure filler before and i am wondering if anyone has recomindations on how to use one. When i keg the beer what is the best way and PSI to carb to for using this filler? Normally I just turn the co2 up to 20-30 and let it carb for a few days then turn it down to the serving pressure about 12 psi

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Beer Recipes / Blood orange IPA
« on: May 02, 2017, 11:26:20 PM »
I am wanting to make an IPA and add blood oranges or some kind of fruit.

My IPA recipe is 12 lbs 2 row 1 lb cara pills 1 lb crystal 20 1 lb munich
1 oz Chinook at 90 mins 1 oz citra at 20 mins 1 oz cascade at 15 mins 1 oz citra 0 mins 1 oz citra dry hop.
and california ale yeast.

This is a 5 gal batch that will be kegged.

what do you guys think of peeling blood oranges freezing them and adding them to the secondary or maybe juicing them? I dont know how much to add, if its a good idea to freeze or juice them, or when to add them. Whats your guys opinion?

Cheers

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Beer Recipes / beer tastes and kinds
« on: February 21, 2017, 12:54:44 AM »
I am wondering if there is a beer that is really malty and bready tasting and yeasty kinda sweet? This probably doesn't make any sense haha.  Almost like when you walk into a brewry and the smell you smell thats the taste I am wanting. If there is what kind would this be and how would you make it? I dont care of the color just the taste. Hopefully you guys kinda understand my description haha.

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Beer Recipes / wheat beer
« on: January 04, 2017, 07:10:54 PM »
I am wanting to make a wheat beer and want your help and opinions on the recipe I came up with. This will be my first wheat beer iv made. I dont want a really strong bread taste just a hint.
7 lbs 2 row
4 lbs white wheat
4 oz biscuit
Mash at 152 for 90 mins
and boil for 90 mins

1 oz Willamette at 60
.5 oz cascade at 15

Wyeast American wheat 1010

I am thinking about adding 1 oz of lime zest in the secondary is this a good idea or not? Can you order dried lime zest or would it be better to use fresh or dried it myself? How would you make sure that it doesn't infect the beer? I also dont want this to be over powering just a slight hint of it. Or is there different fruit you would recommend. However I dont want to use orange but I am willing to use anything and everything else. Or any spices to make this a unique brew.

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Yeast and Fermentation / plastic/mold taste
« on: December 15, 2016, 05:54:17 AM »
I have never got a plastic or mold taste in a beer until recently. I always make a yeast starter with light DME i just put it in a bottle and shake it once in a while. I mash and 152 for 90 mins usually and sparge with 170 degrees water for about an hr. then i boil for 90. cool to around 50 pitch the yeast and let ferment for a week and transfer to a second fermenter. for 2 weeks. I am wondering if its something I'm doing wrong or what are some things to try? I never had this problem until just the last few batches. It is really discouraging and makes you not want to brew again. I mostly keg beer and I sanitize like crazy. I am stumped on whats going on and need some help!!


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Ingredients / help brewing a shandy
« on: November 01, 2016, 04:05:27 AM »
I am wanting to do an All Grain huckelbeary shandy but i have never brewed something like this before. I dont even know what kind of grains to use or the amounts or how much huckleberries to add and when to add them. This will be a 5 gallon batch. Thanks for you help I look forward to brewing something different!

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