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General Homebrew Discussion / To Late?
« on: October 04, 2015, 06:32:16 PM »
So I brewed a Brown Ale before I went to the field on the 5th of August. I kept it in my fermentation chamber at proper temps. Well I was brought out early to have surgery. My wife pulled it out and its been sitting in my closet since. Would I be better off just dumping it or do you think it would taste good enough to go ahead and bottle. I have never been in this situation before

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer style crossroads
« on: August 23, 2015, 05:40:05 PM »
Side by side comparison would be a good idea.  The carafa special 2 must have just made it super dark.  This beer tastes great. I will post a pic in a while.  So proud of the head it has.  I showed it to my kids

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer style crossroads
« on: August 23, 2015, 03:34:18 PM »
So my Brown Ale seems like it is flirting with a Brown Porter. But it might be the other way around as well. The beer tastes fantastic and I always have it on hand. Just wanted to post my recipe to see if someone could tell me which style it leans towards more. Only reason I wanna know is there is a comp in Juneau that I wanna mailing to. Last time I did a competition the judges said I entered a beer in the wrong category. So here it is

8lbs Briess Two Row
.75lbs crystal 120
.5lbs carafa special 2 ( this was on accident but it tastes great)
1lb Munich 10L
Centennial .5 oz 60 min
Cascade .5 oz 30 min
Cascade .5 oz 15 min
Centennial .5 oz 2 min

Mash schedule
1. Strike grains at 162.4 with 3.86 gallons of water
2. Mash at 152 for 75 min. ( it mashed at 153 )
3. Vorlauf and  Lauter
4. Sparge with 4.72 gallons of 168 degree water
5. Total running a should be 7 gallons

Boil was 65 min
SG- 1.054
FG- 1.010
Fermented for 5 days at 63 and brought it up to 66 degrees for 8 more days

So the carafa special 2 was a complete accident but I went with it anyways. Beer is dark and I know that is mainly from it. Just wanted to add that. So tell me what you think this falls under please

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ageing times
« on: August 05, 2015, 01:55:46 PM »
Another question with this beer. So with bigger beers is it better to start at lower temps and then bring up a few degrees to make sure it finishes

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ageing times
« on: August 04, 2015, 08:08:44 PM »
I would love to keg at some point in my life. But for now I take the time to bottle. It is a pain sometimes but hey its one less thing to worry about.  So bottle conditioning is where I'm at.

How long does it take for the yeast to eat all of those sugars? I thought that the fermentation might last only a couple more days than a regular ale. I am not planning to go over 1.099 as of yet.  I just thought that the 2-3 weeks after fermentation was for maturing

General Homebrew Discussion / Ageing times
« on: August 04, 2015, 07:02:14 PM »
When brewing bigger beers such as a wee heavy ( planning to brew ) what is the general rule of thumb for leaving in a fermentor? I don't have much experience with bigger beers such as this or barley wines.

Is it better to leave this sitting in a carboy for three or four weeks? Or do I wanna just bottle after fermentation is over? Curious about this for other big beer styles as well such as an imperial IPA

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lots of trub
« on: July 26, 2015, 08:28:41 PM »
Why does it not do anything to dry hop 14 days after pitching?

If the goal is an aromatic, hoppy beer, a week of unnecessary aging is counterproductive. You'll run into brewers who dry hop just before fermentation ends, just after, or a few days after, but not a week. And if fermentation of a <7% beer isn't done by day 7, you have yeast problems.
Ok. That makes sense and I just don't really do IPA's. So I brewed three days ago and it looks like fermentation is windi g down. The Krausen just started to fall this morning. If it stays the course it is now day 6 or 7 would be the day to start dry hopping.

Here is the other question I have. Does it benefit to dry hop in a secondary? I always was under the impression that it's better for the beer to sit on the yeast as long as possible.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lots of trub
« on: July 26, 2015, 08:06:25 PM »
Some brewers say that longer contact time extracts vegetal off-flavors. I'm on the fence on that one, but there's certainly no benefit to dry-hopping longer than a week or so.

And 14 days from pitching is already too late to dry hop. Everyone has there own techniques, but I don't think any brewers wait a full week after fermentation wraps up.
Why does it not do anything to dry hop 14 days after pitching?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lots of trub
« on: July 26, 2015, 07:06:43 PM »
So what would be the benefits if any for leaving them in that long? Say the beer is 14-21 days from brew day and you then dry hopped for 14 days?

General Homebrew Discussion / Lots of trub
« on: July 26, 2015, 06:11:57 PM »
So I dont normally brew IPA's just because they are so abundant where I live. But I decided to brew one last week. I used about 4 oz of hop pellets and like every other batch I just throw them in. Buying bags just seems like another expense I don't wanna deal with but I think I will.

Anyways I threw in a whirlfloc tablet and damn if there wasn't a crabload of trub that made its way into my carboy. This guy has like 3 inchs of trub in the bottom. Once fermentation is over the recipe said to dry hop for about 14 days.

My question is about potential off flavors. I don't hardly if ever do a secondary and won't for this one if it isn't necessary. Won't all those extra hops from the boil give it some sort of off flavour? It also seems like 14 days is a long time to dry hop.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Note to self
« on: July 25, 2015, 12:34:37 AM »
A pump is about the same cost as an ER copay
Thank God the Army has free medical!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Note to self
« on: July 24, 2015, 03:53:41 PM »
One day I won't have to move hot liquids by hand.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Note to self
« on: July 24, 2015, 08:37:13 AM »
Yep gonna tuck em in my pants. It's instinctive to wear flip-flops everywhere being from Florida. I wanted to wear them to my wedding but my wife said that's where she drew the line

General Homebrew Discussion / Note to self
« on: July 23, 2015, 11:29:32 PM »
Note to self, don't brew beer wearing flip flops. I have a bad habit of doing this sometimes and finally cracked and got rubber boots.

Beer Recipes / Re: My first recipe
« on: July 23, 2015, 11:06:42 PM »
Plan on brewing it when my IPA is outta the fermentation chamber. Will post with results

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