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Beer Recipes / Re: Beersmith?
« on: November 20, 2009, 02:28:39 PM »

The good news is that it sounds like Mac users will have an awesome oiece of software early next year

That is good news.  I'll gladly give $25 for the Mac version.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: sunday, a day of brew
« on: November 18, 2009, 11:23:48 PM »
just warming up the water for my next brew of the day here; NB's three hearted ale.

i started this morning with their patersbier and have high hopes for that one, as it comes with many good reviews. these two beers are my first attempts at making starters and i believe that i will try to "ranch" the yeast when they come off of the cake here in a couple weeks.

the next brew lined up is NB's #8, gonna be my first high O.G. @ 1.084!

I need to try NB's Three Hearted.  Patersbier has me intrigued as well.  I can say that after a month and a half in the bottle, The Number 8 is very good.  I imagine that it will only get better with time, so I plan to crack the next bottle (or two) open on New Years Eve.

Beer Recipes / Re: Beersmith?
« on: November 12, 2009, 05:39:45 PM »
I used Beersmith for a couple of years and loved it.  My PC died in Februrary and I got a Mac.  Now I use Beer Alchemy and after much sadness and longing for Beersmith, I got used to the Beer Alchemy interface.  In my opinion it is just as powerful and useful as Beersmith, plus there is an iPhone app version of Beer Alchemy that effectively ties the program to your phone and computer.  No more hauling the laptop out to the back patio while brewing.  It's quite nice.  But hearing the news of a Mac version of Beersmith, I am intrigued.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« on: November 05, 2009, 06:26:53 PM »
After reading all these posts I have a bit of mash tun envy.  ;D
I have a 5 gallon Rubbermaid cooler with a stainless false bottom.  It works great but only holds about 14 lb of grain.  It's usually not a big deal since most of my beers are in the 1.045 to 1.060 range.  Anything over that, I have to suppliment with extract.  I may go up to a 10 gallon some day, but for now it works great.

Beer Recipes / Re: Old Ale
« on: November 05, 2009, 05:26:40 PM »
Your recipe looks good to me.  Perhaps too bitter, but I assume it is going to sit for quite awhile so the bitterness will drop with time.
I used the Wyeast Old Ale blend about the middle of June in my first Old Ale batch.  As of now the beer is very funky.  It has lots of cherry pie aroma as well as layers of musty aromas that I expect from Brett.  The Brett character really came through more than I expected and quicker too.  I pitched too warm (75 F) and I suspect that might have something to do with it.  It's a good rich beer, just really funky.

Here's what I brewed:

11 lb Marris Otter
12 oz Crystal 80
4 oz Black Patent
3 lb Muntons Extra Light DME
12 oz Black Treacle

1.5 oz Target (10.4% AA)

OG: 1.083
FG: 1.016
IBU: 40
ABV: 9%

Hope this helps.

aka The Adequate Brewer

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