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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: November 25, 2016, 11:47:03 PM »
Yesterday I prepped grain and hops and fermenters, and today I brewed:

11 gal of kaffir lime leaf + galangal (Indian ginger) saison (WY 3711) at 1.054 OG, plus

11 gal of a Red IPA I put together based on what was on hand, including 11.5 oz of mostly wet centennial hops that had been vac-sealed and hard frozen (2 yrs old but looked and smelled fine).  In the interest of saving time during runoff I didn't crush hard and came in low with a 1.062 OG, but recipe as follows:

NW Red IPA

Recipe Specifics
----------------

Batch Size (Gal):        12.00    Wort Size (Gal):   11.00
Total Grain (Lbs):       30.00
Anticipated OG:          1.069    Plato:             16.72
Anticipated SRM:          12.1
Anticipated IBU:          67.8
Brewhouse Efficiency:   75 %
Wort Boil Time:           70    Minutes


Grain/Extract/Sugar

   %     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 40.0    12.00 lbs. Marris Otter (2-row)          Great Britain  1.038      3
 33.3    10.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)              America        1.036      2
 11.7     3.50 lbs. Sacchra 50                    America        1.034     50
  6.7     2.00 lbs. Flaked Soft White Wheat       America        1.034      2
  6.7     2.00 lbs. Wheat Malt                    America        1.038      2
  1.7     0.50 lbs. Carastan Malt                 Great Britian  1.035     34


Hops

   Amount     Name                              Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1.75 oz.    Summit                            Whole   13.20  38.3  60 min.
 11.50 oz.    Centennial                        Whole    1.60  15.6  30 min.
  1.00 oz.    Calypso                           Pellet  13.39   4.1  3 min.
  1.00 oz.    Galaxy                            Pellet  13.30   4.0  3 min.
  1.00 oz.    Simcoe                            Pellet  11.90   3.6  3 min.
  1.00 oz.    Amarillo                          Pellet   7.00   2.1  1 min.
  2.00 oz.    Calypso                           Pellet  13.39   0.0  Dry Hop
  2.00 oz.    Simcoe                            Pellet  11.90   0.0  Dry Hop
  1.00 oz.    Centennial                        Pellet   8.90   0.0  Dry Hop
  1.00 oz.    Cascade                           Pellet   6.00   0.0  Dry Hop



Fermentis US-05 American Ale

A long 11-hour brew day, but everything is clean and put away.  Hey that still less than 3 hrs per 5-gal keg of beer!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Oktober Can Seamer
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:04:35 AM »
Pricey!

Yeah, it's not for everyone, me especially.

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Equipment and Software / Oktober Can Seamer
« on: October 30, 2016, 03:53:03 PM »

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is your brew day?
« on: October 01, 2016, 04:41:15 PM »
I brew 11 gallons of wort for 10 gallons of beer, and my minimum time is 7 hrs including set up and put away.  I keep thinking I could cut down some time by getting a more efficient kettle than my keggle, but I like using my keggle, and my economical gas-sipping old propane burner with minimal BTU's.

It takes me typically up to 10 hrs with less conventional beers including due to extended mash and/or boil, hop stand, warm season water through my IC, etc.  However I did buy a pond pump to recirculate through a bucket of ice 1/2 way thru the chill.  Haven't tried it yet.

Once this year I doubled my output (2 different beers) in around 10 hrs. (IIRC), using 2 keggles and 2 burners, including an extended mash and boil for one beer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Are hoppy beers slow to carbonate?
« on: September 22, 2016, 08:41:30 PM »
In my experience the hypothesis is sometimes correct.  I very recently again experienced a very slow carb time for an IPA, in both kegs carbed at identical pressure and temp.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer rust prevention
« on: August 20, 2016, 08:15:54 PM »
In my 7.2 CF keezer I use two EVA-Dry 500's.  Used them for years and not even a sweat breaks out inside.  I recharge about once per month.  Still on the original two after 6 years and they continue to work great.


https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Dry-EDV-500-E-500-Eva-dry-Dehumidifiers/dp/B000H0XFD2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1471749105&sr=8-2&keywords=eva+dry+500

or

https://www.amazon.com/E-500-Capacity-Renewable-Wireless-Dehumidifier/dp/B0046W0CGA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1471749105&sr=8-4&keywords=eva+dry+500


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Just mashed in on an American Barleywine, it felt weird to use 15.5lbs of grain for a 3 gal batch.  I'm still on the fence on whether to try partigyle as all my previous attempts produced thin beers.  If anyone has any tips, I'm all ears.

-Tony

A good approach is to make the BW with first runnings and have some DME on hand to adjust up the SG if a little low when it's time to boil the wort.

And then use the second runnings (sparge runoff) for a small beer such as a bitter, or at the very least collected and frozen for starter wort for future brews.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6 oz of hops
« on: July 31, 2016, 10:54:30 PM »
My last beer, a fruit forward IPA, other than the FWH and 60 min bittering additions, I added my only other (late addition) hops at 2 minutes and then let the hops sit for 7 or 8 minutes after flameout without additional cooling of the wort, and stirred a couple times in that timeframe.  The hops were in a suspended 5-gal paint strainer bag, so after the 8 minutes and just before chilling the wort I twirled the hop bag and squeezed it pretty well with tongs when removing it, and I like the samples I've tried of the finished beer, although the kegs aren't tapped yet -  tons of hop flavor + some managed bitterness but not at all jaw slacking.

It did save some time.  I had calculated 50 IBUs and tastes right in that ballpark.

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OK - so I'm a nut case.  I find it inexplicable, but what a difference one day can make.  The beer tastes excellent today.  I must admit that I have had drastic flavor changes from green beer to not-so-green beer in the past when I've been disappointed at first and then ended up a happy camper about IPA's coming around.  Or maybe it's that my taste buds work better on weekends!  Live and learn is my current motto.

I am in a similar position with a hoppy pale leaning toward an IPA that has been in the keg for a week. I keg hopped it and it is very pungent and almost savory in a strange way. The aroma is great and it seems to be getting better over the past couple of days. I am hopeful mine will do the 180 that yours has done in a week or two. I keg hop regularly in smaller amounts and the turning point seems to be about 1-2 weeks.

Hmmm, some savory character?  Did you use summit under 45 minutes?  I've gotten onion/garlic from that.  It's very clean at 60 min.

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Not 100% sure, but I think Lemon Drop came out first (I buy a lot of hops at YVH, too), ie., not the same hop. I could always be wrong though. Yeah, sounds like a killer IPA. Lemon Drop actually works great with Citra, too. Kind of rounds out the mango character of the Citra with its lemon and slight pine character.

Right on.  And I'm also glad I used columbus instead of chinook for the bittering hop, although I'm sure either would have been fine.  And I have been super pleased with YVH - my go to online source pretty much since they stepped up their line of hops - what was that, three years ago?

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Yep - I agree.   Definitely always give kegged PA/IPA a couple weeks before changing your brewing plans.  I still remember once giving away maybe a case of chokecherry Belgian wit I didn't care for, only to find that after a month in the bottle it was delicious.

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Jon, it's unreal how much my evaluation changed - true 180 degrees.  It is tasting REALLY good today - well I've drained the 2-liter carbonator cap bottle and wanting more.   :o

Do you know if the lemon drop is the same as the earlier named "lemon zest experimental".  I got both from YVH.  The previous one I used just in combination as a dry hop, and so bought lemon drop this time hoping it's the same hop, but used it much more pronounced = both aroma and dry.

Yeah, I'm finally getting more of the columbus simcoe dankness that keeps the fruitiness in balance, but still a fruit forward West Coast IPA.


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OK - so I'm a nut case.  I find it inexplicable, but what a difference one day can make.  The beer tastes excellent today.  I must admit that I have had drastic flavor changes from green beer to not-so-green beer in the past when I've been disappointed at first and then ended up a happy camper about IPA's coming around.  Or maybe it's that my taste buds work better on weekends!  Live and learn is my current motto.

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Denny,  I really liked your APA recipe and so adapted it and brewed the following IPA today:

07-16-2016  Red Eye IPA

A ProMash Brewing Session Report
--------------------------------

Brewing Date: Saturday July 16, 2016
Head Brewer:  Steve Smith
Recipe:       Red Eye IPA

Recipe Specifics
----------------

Batch Size (Gal):        12.00    Wort Size (Gal):  11.00
Total Grain (Lbs):       25.50
Anticipated OG:          1.059    Plato:            14.61
Anticipated SRM:           8.2
Anticipated IBU:          49.4
Brewhouse Efficiency:       78 %
Wort Boil Time:             60    Minutes

Actual OG:  1.058   Plato: 14.27

Actual Mash System Efficiency: 76 %
Anticipated Points From Mash:  59.44
Actual Points From Mash:       58.29


Grain/Extract/Sugar

   %     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 82.4    21.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)              America        1.036      3
  7.8     2.00 lbs. Wheat Malt                    America        1.038      2
  5.9     1.50 lbs. Crystal 50L Sacchra           America         1.033     50
  3.9     1.00 lbs. Flaked Oats                   America        1.033      2


Hops

   Amount     Name                              Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1.00 oz.    Amarillo                          Pellet   7.90   5.3  First WH
  1.00 oz.    Columbus                          Pellet  13.60  26.0  60 min.
  2.00 oz.    Cascade                           Pellet   6.00   3.8  2 min.
  2.00 oz.    Lemon Drop                        Pellet   5.10   3.2  2 min.
  1.50 oz.    Simcoe                            Pellet  12.40   5.9  2 min.
  1.00 oz.    Amarillo                          Pellet   7.70   2.5  2 min.
  1.00 oz.    Centennial                        Pellet   8.50   2.7  2 min.
  1.50 oz.    Amarillo                          Pellet   7.70   0.0  Dry Hop
  1.50 oz.    Cascade                           Pellet   6.00   0.0  Dry Hop
  1.50 oz.    Columbus                          Pellet  13.60   0.0  Dry Hop
  1.50 oz.    Lemon Drop                        Pellet   6.25   0.0  Dry Hop

Mashed at 150F for 60 minutes.


Yeast
-----

MG Jack M-44 US West Coast Ale


Pitched at 64F.  Ferment at 64F.  Will add dry hops in keg.

I'm afraid this didn't turn out great - I should have left out the lemon drop hops (which were a total experiment).  A fruity lemony beer with pretty low marks for drinkability, although no problem draining a pint.  I sampled a leftover carbonator cap sample.  Maybe with some time and the keg dry hops it will improve.  It is interesting in a kinda sorta way, and does leave a nice aftertaste.  And unfortunately the M-44 stopped at the low end of attenuation - the beer finished at 1.014 and I was shooting for around 1.010.  It is a beautiful color - red/yellow/bronze.

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I'm doing this tomorrow....

#502 Loughran Pale Ale

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics
----------------

Batch Size (Gal):         5.50    Wort Size (Gal):    5.50
Total Grain (Lbs):       11.00
Anticipated OG:          1.053    Plato:             13.21
Anticipated SRM:           9.1
Anticipated IBU:          40.8
Brewhouse Efficiency:       73 %
Wort Boil Time:             60    Minutes

Pre-Boil Amounts
----------------

Evaporation Rate:       1.50    Gallons Per Hour
Pre-Boil Wort Size:    7.00    Gal
Pre-Boil Gravity:      1.042    SG          10.48  Plato


Grain/Extract/Sugar

   %     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 90.9    10.00 lbs. Pale Malt                     Ireland        1.037      3
  9.1     1.00 lbs. Sacchra 50                                   1.033     50

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Hops

   Amount     Name                              Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1.00 oz.    Amarillo                          Pellet   9.30  12.2  First WH
  0.50 oz.    Columbus                          Pellet  11.50  21.5  60 min.
  1.00 oz.    Simcoe                            Pellet  15.40   2.5  1 min.
  0.50 oz.    Citra                             Pellet  13.40   1.1  1 min.
  1.00 oz.    Cascade                           Pellet   4.10   0.7  1 min.
  2.00 oz.    Centennial 2011                   Pellet   9.00   2.9  1 min.


Extras

  Amount      Name                           Type      Time
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1.00 Tsp    Gypsum                         Other     60 Min.(boil)


Yeast
-----

Wyeast 1450 Denny's Favorite


Mash Schedule
-------------

Mash Name:

Total Grain Lbs:   11.00
Total Water Qts:   18.00 - Before Additional Infusions
Total Water Gal:    4.50 - Before Additional Infusions

Tun Thermal Mass:   0.13
Grain Temp:        65.00 F


                     Step   Rest   Start   Stop  Heat     Infuse   Infuse  Infuse
Step Name            Time   Time   Temp    Temp  Type     Temp     Amount  Ratio
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
sacc                   0     60    153     153   Infuse   167       18.00   1.64


Total Water Qts:           18.00 - After Additional Infusions
Total Water Gal:            4.50 - After Additional Infusions
Total Mash Volume Gal:      5.38 - After Additional Infusions

All temperature measurements are degrees Fahrenheit.
All infusion amounts are in Quarts.
All infusion ratios are Quarts/Lbs.


Denny,  I really liked your APA recipe and so adapted it and brewed the following IPA today:

07-16-2016  Red Eye IPA

A ProMash Brewing Session Report
--------------------------------

Brewing Date: Saturday July 16, 2016
Head Brewer:  Steve Smith
Recipe:       Red Eye IPA

Recipe Specifics
----------------

Batch Size (Gal):        12.00    Wort Size (Gal):  11.00
Total Grain (Lbs):       25.50
Anticipated OG:          1.059    Plato:            14.61
Anticipated SRM:           8.2
Anticipated IBU:          49.4
Brewhouse Efficiency:       78 %
Wort Boil Time:             60    Minutes

Actual OG:  1.058   Plato: 14.27

Actual Mash System Efficiency: 76 %
Anticipated Points From Mash:  59.44
Actual Points From Mash:       58.29


Grain/Extract/Sugar

   %     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 82.4    21.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)              America        1.036      3
  7.8     2.00 lbs. Wheat Malt                    America        1.038      2
  5.9     1.50 lbs. Crystal 50L Sacchra           America         1.033     50
  3.9     1.00 lbs. Flaked Oats                   America        1.033      2


Hops

   Amount     Name                              Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  1.00 oz.    Amarillo                          Pellet   7.90   5.3  First WH
  1.00 oz.    Columbus                          Pellet  13.60  26.0  60 min.
  2.00 oz.    Cascade                           Pellet   6.00   3.8  2 min.
  2.00 oz.    Lemon Drop                        Pellet   5.10   3.2  2 min.
  1.50 oz.    Simcoe                            Pellet  12.40   5.9  2 min.
  1.00 oz.    Amarillo                          Pellet   7.70   2.5  2 min.
  1.00 oz.    Centennial                        Pellet   8.50   2.7  2 min.
  1.50 oz.    Amarillo                          Pellet   7.70   0.0  Dry Hop
  1.50 oz.    Cascade                           Pellet   6.00   0.0  Dry Hop
  1.50 oz.    Columbus                          Pellet  13.60   0.0  Dry Hop
  1.50 oz.    Lemon Drop                        Pellet   6.25   0.0  Dry Hop

Mashed at 150F for 60 minutes.


Yeast
-----

MG Jack M-44 US West Coast Ale


Pitched at 64F.  Ferment at 64F.  Will add dry hops in keg.


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