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All Grain Brewing / Re: About to destroy my immersion chiller...
« on: July 31, 2014, 07:27:53 PM »
I put a pond pump in a cooler with a few pounds of ice. When I get the temp down to 100 with my garden hose I take it off the hose and hook it to the pond pump and circulate the ice water through it.

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Beer Recipes / Re: I hope I didn't mess this up.
« on: July 31, 2014, 02:39:45 PM »
I just sampled this from my conical. It is very smooth. The Nelson Suavin "grape" flavor is still not very prominent. But it is a very crisp, smooth, and refreshing beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: I hope I didn't mess this up.
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:24:28 AM »
Nope that is what i added

Are there more hops than what you posted? It looks like these are additions 4-6 but where is 1-3? When I plug the above recipe into beersmith I get 54 IBU not 104.

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Beer Recipes / Re: I hope I didn't mess this up.
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:22:13 AM »
I find late additions of these hops that my phone won't let me spell tend to add way more flavor than bitterness. I did an IPA with 1/2 pound of them that finished extremely smooth. I started my additions at 15 minutes on that beer.

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Beer Recipes / I hope I didn't mess this up.
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:57:50 AM »
I meant for my first hop addition to be at 15 minutes. I hope I didn't give this Saison a bitter bite. I went by the timer on beersmith so this was the schedule. I wonder if it would help to add a pound of corn sugar after primary fermentation is over.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Ralph's Lazy Day Farmhouse Ale II
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Saison
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 5.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.054 SG
Estimated Color: 5.0 SRM
Estimated IBU: 104.7 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 60.0 %
3 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 2 30.0 %
1 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 10.0 %
2.00 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.60 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 4 59.4 IBUs
2.00 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.60 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 5 35.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Nelson Sauvin [12.60 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 6 9.8 IBUs
1.0 pkg Belle Saison (Lallemand #) Yeast 7 -


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs

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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.

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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? :)

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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.

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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.

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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 - http://www.beersmith.com
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
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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

Ingredients:
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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
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Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 12.25 qt of water at 162.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

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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.

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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.

https://bvrgelements.com/product/NEW-5-Gallon-Keg-Ball-Lock/

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.

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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.

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

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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

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