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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AU Summer hops in American Wheat?
« on: June 17, 2015, 03:42:24 AM »
I brewed this over the weekend and the brew day went smoothly, but I was disappointed that I ended up with an original gravity of 1.044.  Should have been around 1.052 according to my calculations.  I'm sure it will still be tasty, but definitely a session beer. 

I'm not sure if my process needs work, or if maybe I'm not getting a proper crush.  I mill my grain at my LHBS at their recommended mill settings.  I have to confess that I usually don't take gravity readings, so I don't know if this is an ongoing issue or a one-time aberration.  Time to step up the record-keeping to figure this out.  I'm going to start by running the grain through the mill multiple times for my next batch and see where it comes out.

What was your mash temperature? I find that if I mash at 150F or lower I need to mash for 75 to 90 minutes.

You can reduce the carbonation by disconnecting the gas then releasing pressure, wait, release again, repeat. In a day or two it will be about right.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: the eye of the murky IPA beholder
« on: May 29, 2015, 04:52:52 PM »
Just to clarify, I thought it was I who is supposed to be drunk as quickly as possible, not the IPA. Am I missing something here?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just my saison kit
« on: May 26, 2015, 07:41:37 AM »
The fermentation process itself will raise the temperature up to 10F. I don't know what that translates to in Centigrade.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of home-brewing
« on: May 26, 2015, 07:23:36 AM »
When I recently told a friend of mine that I started homebrewing last year the first question he asked was how long it took to get to the final product. I told him, "It depends. For an entry level homebrewer who is still bottling (me) and maybe waiting a bit longer for their beer to clean up in a fermentor because they don't have the most excellent temperature control (also me, still) - you're probably looking at a month to six weeks before you crack open that beer. For a more advanced brewer, brewing beer that should be consumed 'young' and throwing it in a keg - you could probably go grain to glass in as little as two weeks." He told me that there's no way he has the patience for either of those scenarios. Clearly not the hobby for everyone. Glad I didn't tell him about sours or brett beer.

I remember feeling that way when I first started. But now that I have a nice rotation going I always have a brew I am drinking while my new brew is fermenting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of home-brewing
« on: May 25, 2015, 08:55:32 AM »
We have had 2 LBHSs fail in Topeka. Both for the same reason. Bad business practices. First one rarely had anything in stock and rarely was open during his business hours. Second one carried stock he thought was cool rather than items his customers wanted. He lasted almost a year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New/Renew offers question
« on: May 25, 2015, 07:34:30 AM »
I tried to use that code when I renewed also. It just showed my membership but didn't say anything about any hops. I am going to wait until I figure this out before I renew.

All Grain Brewing / Re: About to destroy my immersion chiller...
« on: July 31, 2014, 07:27:53 PM »
I put a pond pump in a cooler with a few pounds of ice. When I get the temp down to 100 with my garden hose I take it off the hose and hook it to the pond pump and circulate the ice water through it.

Beer Recipes / Re: I hope I didn't mess this up.
« on: July 31, 2014, 02:39:45 PM »
I just sampled this from my conical. It is very smooth. The Nelson Suavin "grape" flavor is still not very prominent. But it is a very crisp, smooth, and refreshing beer.

Beer Recipes / Re: I hope I didn't mess this up.
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:24:28 AM »
Nope that is what i added

Are there more hops than what you posted? It looks like these are additions 4-6 but where is 1-3? When I plug the above recipe into beersmith I get 54 IBU not 104.

Beer Recipes / Re: I hope I didn't mess this up.
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:22:13 AM »
I find late additions of these hops that my phone won't let me spell tend to add way more flavor than bitterness. I did an IPA with 1/2 pound of them that finished extremely smooth. I started my additions at 15 minutes on that beer.

Beer Recipes / I hope I didn't mess this up.
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:57:50 AM »
I meant for my first hop addition to be at 15 minutes. I hope I didn't give this Saison a bitter bite. I went by the timer on beersmith so this was the schedule. I wonder if it would help to add a pound of corn sugar after primary fermentation is over.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Ralph's Lazy Day Farmhouse Ale II
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Saison
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 5.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.054 SG
Estimated Color: 5.0 SRM
Estimated IBU: 104.7 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 60.0 %
3 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 2 30.0 %
1 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 10.0 %
2.00 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.60 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 4 59.4 IBUs
2.00 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.60 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 5 35.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.60 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 6 9.8 IBUs
1.0 pkg Belle Saison (Lallemand #) Yeast 7 -

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs

Beer Recipes / Re: Simple APA recipe
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:50:36 AM »
I kegged this beer yesterday. It finished at 1.010. That BRY-97 really kicked ass. I don't know if I mentioned this but my OG was 1.060. Which is really high for 9lbs of grain. My volume was a little low, I was shy about a half a gallon from topping the keg, but that doesn't seem like enough to take what was expected to be a 1.050 beer to 1.060. The sample tasted just right for an APA. It was pretty close to balanced with the scale leaning toward the hoppy side. It will be a good refreshing summer beer albeit one with 6.8% ABV.

Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:41:07 AM »
I would not expect the Zymurgy folks to fact check. Besides, it makes great letters to editor fodder. Write them about it.
I would not expect them to fact check either. When I was in the Gadgets Issue, both my location and club were wrong. YMMV.

Well, I was in the gadget issue too. And they never once checked on whether or not my wife actually did yoga

Whatever happened to responsibility in journalism? :)

Beer Recipes / Re: Simple APA recipe
« on: June 10, 2014, 06:23:13 PM »
This is the 5th beer I have done using hop stands. I experimented with temperatures and discovered I get a really nice flavor and aroma when I start at 160, without any perceived bitterness at all. I really don't think this beer will be unbalanced at all. I expect a really nice cascade flavor with a very smooth finish.

Typically BRY-97 has been a slow starter for me but produces a nice clean tasting beer. But for some reason this time it was blowing into my blow off bucket like an aquarium pump within 12 hours.

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