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All Grain Brewing / What happened?
« on: January 16, 2012, 09:07:04 AM »
I mashed the following grain bill.
9 lbs Rahr 2 row
1.5 lbs Rahr malted wheat
Started with 3.5 gallons of strike water. Got 155 so I added half a gallon of cold water to bring it to 150. Let it steep for 90 minutes. Sparged with 4 gallons of 170 degree water. Boiled for 80 minutes.
Brewtarget said I would get 1.050 at 75% effiency. I got an OG of 1.060. Am I grinding my grain too fine? Was there something in my process that would get more extract than predicted? Typically when I use just barley Brewtarget is spot on.

All Grain Brewing / toasty flavor
« on: December 22, 2011, 08:36:24 PM »
I don't know if anybody here has tried a Tall Grass Buffalo Sweat. For those who have, what grain produces that toasty type flavor it has?

All Grain Brewing / How do yall buy grain?
« on: December 11, 2011, 10:17:46 PM »
I just got 50 pounds of Rahr 2 row malted barley. Then I started looking at the cost of ordering various grains for different recipes. It is a lot cheaper just to buy the kits and modify from what I can see. How do you all buy your grains for different recipes?

Going Pro / Question
« on: December 07, 2011, 08:55:53 AM »
When talking about how many barrels a brewery produces how much is in the barrels? Are we talking about 16 gallon kegs here?

Beer Recipes / Modification question
« on: December 05, 2011, 01:25:37 PM »
My next brew is going to be my favorite Red Ale recipe.

9 lbs 2 row barley
12 oz Caramel 40
4 oz Special B
4 oz Roasted Barley
1 oz Cascade Hops
3 oz UK Fuggle hops
Safale US_05

I am thinking about moving my operation to the kitchen for the winter. Maximum boil on my stove would be 3 gallons and that is pushing it. So I am thinking about just boiling my first runnings. I thought I could compensate by adding more grain. Ideally that would be more 2 row barley but I have about 40 pounds of malted wheat collecting dust. So I thought I might use a pound or two of that instead. I am not sure what this will do to the recipe but I bet it will still taste good.

My question is, giving I usually get 75% efficiency doing a batch sparge from my system, how much wheat would I want to add to this recipe to hit an OG of around 1.050?

All Grain Brewing / All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:03:40 AM »
I did a search on this before asking on the forum. Nothing came up so if I am rehashing an old thread please let me know and point me to it.

This will be my first winter all grain brewing. I did extracts the last two winters. My concern is the need to steep my grains in the cold, and how to cool my wort without a chiller (the garden hose will be put away).

I have a small unattached garage that I will be using for my brewery. I use a Rubbermaid 10 gallon cooler for a mash tun. Will that maintain the temperatures I need for an hour on a cold day? And for cooling the wort, should I just put the lid on my kettle and let it sit in the cold? Maybe put it outside to get the wind to blow on it? Stir it frequently?

Would I be better off switching back to extract brewing until the weather warms up?

I am open to advice and suggestions.

Beer Recipes / vanilla java porter
« on: September 11, 2011, 07:59:51 AM »
I am planning on brewing a porter. I want to split in half between 2 Mr Beer megs so I can have some regular porter and some vanilla java porter. My question is about the vanilla beans. Do I "dry hop" with them? And how many should I use for 2 1/2 gallons?

Beer Recipes / Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« on: July 30, 2011, 08:11:02 AM »
I have a bunch of malted wheat. I was wondering if there are any opinions on this hybrid of sorts.

5lbs Malted Wheat
5lbs Munich
1lb Dark Munich
1/2 lb Caramunich 60
1 oz Sterling hops 60 minute boil
US-05 yeast

I am not trying to reinvent the wheel here. I would just like to use some of the wheat malt I have. This recipe came from a NB kit but I am subbing wheat for the pilsner malt. I do like dark wheat beers btw.

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry hop question
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:17:29 AM »
When I dry hop this time I want to use a hop sack. Is it necessary to sanitize the hop sack? Or will there be enough alcohol in my beer after a week of fermenting to do the sanitizing?

General Homebrew Discussion / Chiller question
« on: June 25, 2011, 03:22:32 PM »
Does  anybody have concerns about maybe missing some oxidation on their chilled and getting it in their beer?

All Grain Brewing / Mash out questions
« on: June 13, 2011, 04:29:57 PM »
1. What does it do?
2. How do you perform it?
3. Is it necessary?

All Grain Brewing / fermentability question
« on: June 11, 2011, 07:32:35 AM »
My wheat beer had an original gravity of 1.053. So I was looking for an FG around 1.012ish. It ended up 1.009. Why did it ferment so far? Not that I am complaining I am just wondering what I did so I can duplicate or fail to duplicate at will. Was it something in the way I mashed it?

Beer Recipes / Red Ale
« on: June 02, 2011, 07:23:54 AM »
Does anybody have any favorite Red Ale recipes?

All Grain Brewing / Boil time
« on: May 31, 2011, 07:54:08 AM »
I read on another forum that you should always boil your wort 90 minutes. Is this really necessary or can I get by with bringing to a boil and going right into my 60 minute hop addition?

All Grain Brewing / Oxidation question
« on: May 26, 2011, 08:04:12 PM »
I read in "How to Brew" that getting air in the preboil wort can cause your beer to suffer oxidation. This does not make sense to me as it seems like the bubbles in the boil would do the same thing. Has anybody had any experience with this?

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