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Beer Recipes / Re: Simple APA recipe
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:50:36 AM »
I kegged this beer yesterday. It finished at 1.010. That BRY-97 really kicked ass. I don't know if I mentioned this but my OG was 1.060. Which is really high for 9lbs of grain. My volume was a little low, I was shy about a half a gallon from topping the keg, but that doesn't seem like enough to take what was expected to be a 1.050 beer to 1.060. The sample tasted just right for an APA. It was pretty close to balanced with the scale leaning toward the hoppy side. It will be a good refreshing summer beer albeit one with 6.8% ABV.

Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:41:07 AM »
I would not expect the Zymurgy folks to fact check. Besides, it makes great letters to editor fodder. Write them about it.
I would not expect them to fact check either. When I was in the Gadgets Issue, both my location and club were wrong. YMMV.

Well, I was in the gadget issue too. And they never once checked on whether or not my wife actually did yoga

Whatever happened to responsibility in journalism? :)

Beer Recipes / Re: Simple APA recipe
« on: June 10, 2014, 06:23:13 PM »
This is the 5th beer I have done using hop stands. I experimented with temperatures and discovered I get a really nice flavor and aroma when I start at 160, without any perceived bitterness at all. I really don't think this beer will be unbalanced at all. I expect a really nice cascade flavor with a very smooth finish.

Typically BRY-97 has been a slow starter for me but produces a nice clean tasting beer. But for some reason this time it was blowing into my blow off bucket like an aquarium pump within 12 hours.

Beer Recipes / Re: Simple APA recipe
« on: June 08, 2014, 02:10:20 PM »
Yeah I foregot to go in and change the time of the steep. Plus my software doesn't have a setting that I know about for a hopstand beginning at 165 degrees. I did however tell it to only account for 20% of the hop usage I get from a boil.

Beer Recipes / Simple APA recipe
« on: June 07, 2014, 09:29:45 PM »
I am going to cool my wort to 165, then throw my hops in for a half hour stand. After experimenting on several brews I find this maximizes my flavor/aroma balance to my liking when doing hop stands. I am going to use BRY-97 yeast. But it doesn't exist in the beersmith database.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Ralph's Summertime Pale Ale
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph The Wonderdog
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 5.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.047 SG
Estimated Color: 5.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 63.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
7 lbs Brewer's Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Wes Grain 1 77.8 %
2 lbs Munich 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 2 22.2 %
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 3 24.8 IBUs
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 4 16.3 IBUs
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 60.0 Hop 5 22.5 IBUs

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 9 lbs
Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 12.25 qt of water at 162.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: June 03, 2014, 06:05:32 PM »
I have been using my two Chinese kegs for several months with absolutely no issues. I am tempted to buy two of the Indian kegs from Beverage Elements for $180 after shipping, but not if I am going to curse them everytime I try to apply my disconnects to them.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:49:20 PM »
Yesterday, I ordered one of the new ones manufactured in India.  I'll post a review when it arrives.

I've heard nothing but bad things regarding the kegs coming out of China.

I have had two Chinese kegs for a while with no issues. I actually really like them and have been contemplating buying a couple more.

Beer Recipes / Re: Ralph's Old Time 90 Shilling Ale
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:12:29 PM »
Unfortunately I don't remember where I read about this. It has been a couple of years. I had always wanted to try it since then and just now finally did.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New website URL
« on: May 26, 2014, 04:10:15 PM » you are much easier to find.

Beer Recipes / Ralph's Old Time 90 Shilling Ale
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:37:23 PM »
I read a while back that Scottish ales were originally brewed by taking a part of the first runnings and boiling them down to caramelize them. This was done instead of using caramel malt and black roasted malt for the caramel flavor and color. So I gave it a try. I used Marris Otter, I took 1 gallon of the first runnings and boiled it hard for 45 minutes. I could smell the caramel and the stuff looked like maple syrup. I then threw an ounce of fuggle hops in and took the rest of my runnings. The stuff didn't darken up as much as I had hoped but looking at a picture of my hydrometer sample next to the glass in beersmith adjusted to minimum color I think this beer is still within style. And wow can I taste the caramel. It is nice.

screenshot of 9 RSM which is minimum for the style

My hydrometer sample.
Does this look like it is minimum color for the style? I was contemplating steeping a couple ounces of black roasted barley in a cup of water, bringing it to a boil, putting it in my keg and racking on top of it to get the color. Though I am not entering any contests so it really doesn't matter as long as I like the beer.

The recipe was 9 pounds of Marris Otter
1 oz fuggles
S 04 yeast.
FWH with the ounce of Fuggles and boiled for an hour
boiled 1 gallon of first runnings for 45 minutes added the rest along with the hops

Ingredients / Re: Your favorite Hops that are rarely mentioned...
« on: May 26, 2014, 07:38:51 AM »
I'm dry hopping a black IPA today with Galaxy and Wakatau. I haven't used them in my own brewing yet, but really like their Lemon/lime, fruity, juicy fruit gum  aroma they add to beers I have tasted that use them in dry hopping. I'll let you know how it turns out .

I used Wakatu in my last white wheat beer. It is the most refreshing wheat beer I have ever brewed. I ordered another half a pound of them so I can keep some of this beer around all summer.

Just be sure whatever bags you use are oxygen barrier or everything in your freezer will taste like hops. I don't have a food vacuum sealer so I use these

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question
« on: May 18, 2014, 06:14:51 PM »
I think I have this figured out due to input on another forum. I extracted 1 gallon and did a 45 minute boil on it while the rest of the wort stayed in the mash. So it had an extra 45 minutes for conversion. Then I used more water in my sparge to make up for the water I boiled off of the first gallon which would have washed more sugars out of the grain than I normally do. I am really curious about how this beer is going to taste.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question
« on: May 18, 2014, 05:26:11 PM »
I expected around 1.050
I took the reading after I got the wort chilled to 65F. I stir vigorously during cooling to get it to cool faster so it was well mixed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cacao nibs and dogs
« on: May 18, 2014, 05:05:52 PM »
I am really glad your dog is going to be OK. It is amazing the bond we have with our dogs and their little lives are too short as it is.

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