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For my first lager I used 6-row as the base malt. I didn't boil it vigorously enough and the whole batch tasted of creamed corn. That's was procedural error rather than an airborne infection, but it's the closest I've come to tossing a batch. I still managed to drink it all down....quietly...in the dark.....alone....with my eyes shut  :o

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Suggestions for first time brew?
« on: April 16, 2016, 11:00:17 PM »
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Edit: I'm also looking at Carabou Slobber from Northern Brewer. It looks like this is a four week project, however. Is this too risky for a first time brewer? http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/beerkits/CaribouSlobber.pdf

It seems like the yeast needs to be purchased separately, also the mesh bags for the boiling. This must be a complicated question but I'd love some suggestions on specific ones to get. I'm on information overload...

Thanks for the help!

I don't think it's a risky recipe at all. That four weeks work you're referring to is unnecessary. I don't see any reason you would need to transfer this recipe to a secondary fermenter especially with a Brown Ale. You could just leave it in your primary fermenter for the same amount of time and have the same results with less risk of contamination when transferring to the secondary fermenter. Secondary fermentation is typically only used these days when adding additional ingredients (fruit, oak chips, wild yeast etc.), aging for an extended period of time or for clarifying the beer (usually a lager or lighter colored beer). My second brew ever was also a Moose Drool clone, but I included black strap molasses in the recipe which proved rather complicated for a beginner trying not to screw up the basics. I'd also use dry yeast to start with, so you don't have to worry about starters and such which can come with more experience later. Good luck.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy IPA question
« on: April 12, 2016, 09:04:53 AM »
I think the main advice you are going to get is to use more hops. For comparison you have 5 oz of hops here and I use 5.5 oz for a pale ale. I rarely brew IPAs because of the amount of hops they need. I would add at least an ounce of hops at the end of the boil and another at dry hop.

A lot of people seem to like getting all of their IBUs from the bittering addition and using the rest of the hops at flameout/hop stand/whirlpool and dry hop. You could have better success with doing this and then using 4 oz of hops at the end of the boil and 4 oz dry hop...

Also, if you are looking for a 'fruity' IPA you may want to experiment with some of the newer hop varieties. What you have looks like it may be more citrusy which is what I prefer

I agree with goschman. I think you need more hops near the end of the boil as well in the whirlpool. I would also dry hop for less days. 3-5 days should be sufficient. 10 days seems excessive. I would consider cold crashing the dry hops if possible then ramp the temperature back up before bottling/kegging. I'm not a big water chemistry guy, but that has certainly been known to effect the punch of an IPA. Finally, if you do indeed want a real fruity IPA, you may want to think about adding Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, Lemondrop or other new varieties as he also mentioned previously. Good luck.


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The Pub / Re: Brewers Association Top 50
« on: April 06, 2016, 10:00:16 AM »
Can someone tell me about Minhas Craft Brewery? It didn't seem to fit the category to me, but I've never heard of them.
Surprised they're on here as well. They're a giant contract brewery that seems to specialize in crappy beers. They brew a lot of the house brand labels for places like Trader Joes, Costco etc.

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I have three 5 gallon fermentors and three 6.5, so I bounce between 4.75 and 5.5 typically.

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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: March 28, 2016, 12:03:51 PM »
Had Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold yesterday and it was not as good as I was expecting. Any recommendations for widely available examples of Helles? I have yet to try Paulaner's offereing...

From the website it looks like Maui Brewing is available in parts of Colorado. My absolute favorite Helles Lager is Maui's Bikini Blonde. Delicious stuff.

I have seen that around from time to time. I never buy their beer because it is usually insanely expensive. I will look around for this one.

Agreed, I find Maui Brewing to be one of the most overpriced breweries. I make an exception for this beer however. Otherwise I only by singles of their other beers once in awhile.

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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:23:56 AM »
Had Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold yesterday and it was not as good as I was expecting. Any recommendations for widely available examples of Helles? I have yet to try Paulaner's offereing...

From the website it looks like Maui Brewing is available in parts of Colorado. My absolute favorite Helles Lager is Maui's Bikini Blonde. Delicious stuff.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Schlafly Summer Lager
« on: March 21, 2016, 04:23:57 PM »

There is a lot of conversation on this forum about Helles style beers. I am wondering if any of you have had Schafly Summer Lager and if so do you think it hits the style.

I haven't had too many Helles so I can't really judge. The beer is delicious. I can see why so many brewers here like this style.

PS. Schafly's whole summer mix pack is really good. It's not summer yet, but, I can forgive that especially since I am drinking at the beach this week

One of my favorite everyday kind of beers is the Bikini Blonde by Maui Brewing. I think it's an excellent example of a Helles Lager. Wish I had brewed one while the weather was cold enough to lager outdoors.
Sounds like I need a trip to Hawaii.

Or Washington in this case. Pretty widely distributed here. Overpriced, but delicious.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Schlafly Summer Lager
« on: March 21, 2016, 03:41:44 PM »
There is a lot of conversation on this forum about Helles style beers. I am wondering if any of you have had Schafly Summer Lager and if so do you think it hits the style.

I haven't had too many Helles so I can't really judge. The beer is delicious. I can see why so many brewers here like this style.

PS. Schafly's whole summer mix pack is really good. It's not summer yet, but, I can forgive that especially since I am drinking at the beach this week

One of my favorite everyday kind of beers is the Bikini Blonde by Maui Brewing. I think it's an excellent example of a Helles Lager. Wish I had brewed one while the weather was cold enough to lager outdoors.

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What time do you most often start your all-grain brew day?  Why?

I start heating the strike water @ 5AM because I like to be finished brewing by 10AM and at the latest noon.

Though every now and then I'll do an afternoon or evening brew.

You all are a bunch of crazy mad fools. Apparently I'm the lone dude who starts between 2:00 and 4:00pm. I prefer my brewing after coffee ....and lunch it would appear.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Boring Pale Ales/ IPA's
« on: February 22, 2016, 01:21:31 PM »
I have brewed 12 all grain batches up to this point. 11/12 of them were a pale ale or IPA recipe. My last recipe (Hop-Fu) turned out somewhat boring. I haven't ever confirmed any off-flavors in my beers, sanitation and my batch sparging procedure is pretty solid IMO. I have always used RO water and have begin to explore mash PH.

I am pretty particular in what I like amongst commercial pale ale/ IPA's FWIW. The beers I've brewed have always had between 80-100% 2 row as a base malt and in most cases they were fermented with US-05 or similar.

I'm considering not brewing this style anymore and perhaps changing gears to something that may be more exciting to me. Any thoughts? Are these styles tougher to produce an interesting beer, perhaps something that would win an award or score about 35 points in a comp. Thanks for any feedback or suggestions!

I've also given up on American Style Pales. I've brewed at least 6 different versions with a variety of different hops and mash temps. I've tried ones on the sweet side, the dry side and the hoppy side. I too have found the majority of them to be boring. Dry and hoppy was my favorite, but that was more like a mild IPA. I don't drink many commercial Pales either, so that's probably my main problem. Just not a big enough fan of the style. Now I just brew British style pales when I have the urge.

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No experience with that calculator, but algebra is telling me you need to add 3.15 gallons of water.

Confirmed with algebra. Second source means you can run the story!

EDIT:  V₁G₁ = V₂G₂ is always your friend when calculating volumes or gravity:

(5.25*120)/75 = 8.4
8.4-5.25 = 3.15

Viola!


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Seems legit. 3.15 pounds of water it is...I mean liters....I mean gallons.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Brewers Friend Dllution Calculator Accurate?
« on: February 18, 2016, 05:02:33 PM »
So I'm brewing an 8.5 gallon batch meant for refilling my 8 gallon whiskey barrel. I don't think I have the time to brew back to back 4.5 gallonish' batches (my system can't handle a batch this big with my desired 1.075 OG). I therefore am thinking of brewing a really big 5 gallon batch and diluting it down to the desired OG. Does anyone have experience using Brewers friend dilution calculator? I definitely have had a number of hit and miss results with online brewing calcs and am curious the accuracy of this one. It says I can dilute a 1.12 gravity / 5.25 gallon batch down to 1.075 with a little over 3 gallons of water. Does that seem reasonable? I most fear over diluting it and way undershooting the OG.

Thanks dudes, you never fail me.

Jason

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 05, 2016, 04:20:39 PM »
- Karmeliet Tripel Clone
- Robust Oatmeal Porter
- Raspberry Oatmeal Robust Porter
- English Brown Ale (Northern English)
- Blind Pig Squared IIPA
- German Hefeweizen (bottled)
- various cellared bottles are coming with guests including a sampling of some New Glarus - Score!!

How about you?

Still have some leftover Christmas Beers for the big game (sadder this year without the Seahawks participation):

Festivus Ale English IPA
Winter is Coming - Dark Night Tangerine Porter
Weissdorf Spaltbier - All spalt hop Dusseldorf Alt Beer

All came out well. The dark night tangerine porter was my second attempt after misreading the directions the first time when I added an ounce of anise instead of 1/2 a teaspoon (the ounce was for the coriander). That one was redubbed the Anise Blaster.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st AG brew questions
« on: January 14, 2016, 05:10:53 PM »
From negative personal experience, I'd do a 90 minute boil to help burn off some of the DMS produced in the Pilsner malt. Had a whole batch taste like creamed corn (it's real).

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