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Beer Recipes / Re: Blonde ale
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:09:45 PM »
I did a cream ale with all perle hops and loved them in it.  Thinking of doing a pilsner with all perle.

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Beer Recipes / Goose Island x-mas ale recipe
« on: October 11, 2011, 07:31:04 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has a good recipe for Goose Island x-mas ale.  It's one of my favorite christmas ales, and would really like a solid recipe to start from.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale recipe
« on: May 24, 2011, 02:02:58 PM »
Yeah Gordon, I should have just listened to you early in this post and used sugar.  Thinking the yeast might have been a bit of the problem too.  The expiration date was for april of this year, so I was a month past that before using.  Next time I will use the same recipe might take rice out all together and add the sugar.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale recipe
« on: May 23, 2011, 04:53:09 PM »
Checked the gravity the past two days and its now holding steady at 1.014.  Not quite where I wanted it but guess it will have to do.
Next time I'll mash at 148 instead of 152.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale recipe
« on: May 20, 2011, 06:36:26 PM »
Yeah, I thought it was pretty much done, didn't see any airlock activity, but once I racked it I took off again, so i racked it a bit early.  I'm hoping for it to get down to 1.012 but 1.010 would be even better.  I'm guessing the low ferm temp is just making it finish slow.  I chilled the sample and tasted it again and the fruit flavors have gone down quite a bit, so I'm thinking all of the yeast that was in suspension was giving me some of those flavors.  I let my dad try it without knowing what it was and the first words out of his mouth was wow this tastes like the best miller light I've ever had, so I guess that is a good thing for this style.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale recipe
« on: May 20, 2011, 04:38:36 PM »
Racked today (Day 9). Gravity down to 1.016.  Is still sweet and will need 2 or 3  more weeks in secondary.  Was fruitier than what I was expecting, still alot of yeast in suspension doing its thing. I defiantly like the taste of it, will make a great summer beer, but am hoping the fruit flavors mellow out a bit.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale recipe
« on: May 12, 2011, 03:14:35 PM »
Gordon, do you think 60 F is a good temp for this style using US-05?  I've read about people using it at even lower temps to get even more of a cleaner fermentation. But from the spec's I've seen on the yeast 60 F was about the min temp.

Cheers,

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale recipe
« on: May 12, 2011, 03:06:37 PM »
Overshot my expected original gravity. Had 84.7% efficency which was higher than what I was expecting, normally my system gets between 75% to 80%.  Ended up with 5.75 gallons at 1.052 and 19 ibus.  Currently bubbling away at 60 F. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The NHC for the future
« on: May 12, 2011, 02:56:54 PM »
Yeah your right about it probably not being the best comp for feedback, but do think that in a National comp, one would think that your would at least get one certified judge to score your beer.  I've entered this comp many of times with multiple beers and have always had at least 1 certified judge score my beers.  I know it could have been just the luck of the draw or just not enough certified judges in that region, but would think that they would spread out the certified judges so that everyones entries has at least one certified judge.  I always take my scoresheets that I get back from a certified judge more serious than I do from non-certified judges just because you know that they have taken the bjcp class/ test, whereas with a non-certified judge you have no idea what their experience level is.  I know some non-certified judges that know more about judging than some certified judges, so I'm in no way trying to bash non-certified judges.  Just think that some regions were not quite as prepared this year as they have been in the past.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The NHC for the future
« on: May 12, 2011, 02:27:04 PM »
Nashville region for me too.  Mine was a Berliner as well that got mid 20's score there, where it was getting mid 30's in all of the other comps, I've entered it in.  All three scoresheets were very inconsistent, which I know occurs (different judges, different opinions), but from the remarks I was getting on mine, I don't think they knew the style guidelines very well.  Just expect to have better quality scoresheets from the NHC compared to smaller comps. My whole reason for entering this comp was for quality judging feedback, which in the past I have always got quality scoresheets that help me improve on my beers. Really debating if I want to enter my beers in the NHC again, if I do I won't be sending them to the same region again.  I was very happy with this beer and so were all of my friends that tried it and in the end thats all that matters.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash schedule for no boil Berliner Weiss
« on: May 11, 2011, 06:28:47 PM »
I used the no-boil method, with single infusion mash at 154, and used the wyeast berliner blend.  I would suggest pitching some extra lacto culture, I didn't get quite the sourness that i wanted.  It did end up as one of my favorite beers however, very refreshing, with a lil brett character. In a comp one judge noted some phenols ( clove)  but I haven't been able to pick that up or anybody else that has tried it.

Cheers,

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The NHC for the future
« on: May 11, 2011, 01:41:28 PM »
I agree for the need of experienced judges for this comp.  I was a bit disappointed that when I got my scoresheets that I didn't have a single certified judge.  I know that there are plenty of good experienced judges that aren't certified, but have never been in a comp where not a single judge for one of my beers were certified, so was a surprised that my first time to have this occur was in the NHC.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale recipe
« on: May 11, 2011, 01:36:47 PM »
Its honey malt not honey that i'm using in my recipe.  I'm not a big fan of using honey in my beers.  Brewing this beer right now, ended up using 2 lbs flaked maize and a half pound of rice, and will be using perle hops instead of tettnang, but adjusted the amount to keep the ibus around 17.  Its my first cream ale, so hopefully it turns out good.  I'll will post the results.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale recipe
« on: May 05, 2011, 04:43:24 PM »
Its Honey Malt.  I only have 2 lbs of flaked maize in stock right now and am trying to avoid going back to the LHBS, so I'll bump it up to 2 lbs and ditch the rice.

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Beer Recipes / Cream Ale recipe
« on: May 05, 2011, 02:55:44 PM »
Going to brew my first cream ale this weekend.  Would like a critique of my planned recipe.

6.5 lb us 2-row
1lb us 6-row
1.5 lb flaked maize
1.5 lb minute rice
4 oz biscuit
4 oz honey
1oz Tettnang @ 60 min
1 pack US-05 yeast

90 min mash at 152
90 min boil

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