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Beer Recipes / A couple tweaks to my Red Ale recipe
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:57:21 PM »
I dropped the 2 oz of black roasted barley for color and used 2 oz of chocolate malt instead. Usually I FWH with an ounce of cascade then flavor and dry hop with UK Fuggles. But this time I used Goldings for everything instead. Also I don't think I am going to dry hop this batch.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Ralph's Knucklehead Red with goldings
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Irish Red Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 6.20 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.052 SG
Estimated Color: 15.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 29.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
9 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        88.9 %       
12.0 oz               Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)    Grain         2        7.4 %         
4.0 oz                Special B Malt (180.0 SRM)               Grain         3        2.5 %         
2.0 oz                Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)               Grain         4        1.2 %         
0.80 oz               Goldings, East Kent [6.40 %] - First Wor Hop           5        22.9 IBUs     
1.20 oz               Goldings, East Kent [6.40 %] - Boil 5.0  Hop           6        6.2 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         7        -             

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs 2.0 oz

Beer Recipes / Amarillo Witbier hybrid
« on: July 31, 2013, 09:14:14 AM »
A friend of mine is giving me some coriander that grew in his cilantro bed. I never cared for fruit in beer so I thought I would use Amarillo hops in lieu of the orange peel. Anyway this is what I have come up with. All suggestions will be taken into consideration whether I end up using them or not.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Amarillo Witbier
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Witbier
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 6.52 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 4.60 gal
Estimated OG: 1.053 SG
Estimated Color: 3.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 20.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 83.8 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
6 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        63.2 %       
3 lbs                 White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)               Grain         2        31.6 %       
0.38 oz               Cascade [5.50 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop           3        7.8 IBUs     
8.0 oz                Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM)          Sugar         4        5.3 %         
0.76 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min   Hop           5        7.9 IBUs     
0.76 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min    Hop           6        4.4 IBUs     
0.75 oz               Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins)           Spice         7        -             
0.50 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Aroma Steep 0.0 Hop           8        0.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml]       Yeast         9        -             

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
I plan on mashing at 148 to 150 for around 75 minutes.

Total Grain Weight: 9 lbs 8.0 oz

All Things Food / Tip
« on: July 30, 2013, 01:00:19 PM »
If you wrap a brat in a tortilla instead of putting it in a bun it becomes a "wrap" and then it is healthy.

Ingredients / Charlie asks
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:49:41 AM »
I was looking at the Charlie Asks thing that is currently on the main site. Is there really a big difference between US and UK Goldings?

General Homebrew Discussion / Bottle cap discovery
« on: July 22, 2013, 08:04:01 AM »
I have been using the American flag bottle caps they sell at midwestsupplies for a long time. Yesterday I was at the home brew store in Lawrence and they had them. I bought a package. It said on the package that they were oxygen barrier caps. I never knew that. I got them home and compared them to the ones I have already and they are definitely the same thing. They just are not labeled as such when you buy them form midwestsupplies. Not that I am complaining as I have a stout and a porter that I want to age nearly a year to be ready this winter.

I have always liked these caps, not only for the really cool design, but also because they are a sturdier metal than the other caps I had been using. The home brew store was selling them for $3.75 for a bag of 144. I had been paying $4.99. Shipping is a wash as the home brew store is approx 30 miles away. It makes a nice pleasant get away road trip and there are to excellent breweries in Lawrence.

Kegging and Bottling / Natural carbed keg
« on: July 13, 2013, 08:00:50 AM »
I recently tapped my first natural carbed keg. I used 3 oz sugar to 5 gallons of beer. It sat 6 weeks in my 68 degree man cave. First off it was over carbonated so I pulled on the relief valve and let it repressurize to my serving pressure. Now it pours good. But the head dissipates too quickly and there is no lacing. It tastes good and it tastes fully carbonated. All in all I think I will stick with force carbonating.

Beer Travel / 23rd ST Brewery in Lawrence KS
« on: July 09, 2013, 11:22:57 AM »
This place serves not only first rate beer but first rate food as well. The brewery is up some stairs in the center of the restaurant. It is not inclosed so if you are there at the right time you can watch the brewers work as you eat.

The Pub / A Good Day to Die Hard movie review
« on: July 06, 2013, 12:23:33 PM »
I redboxed this movie last weekend. I own the first 4. The critics weren't kind to this movie. They said the dialogue was, well, stupid. And they were right. But this movie really lit up my big plasma TV and put my surround sound through it's paces. And that is what I buy an action movie for. If the dialogue gets to ridiculous I will pop open a higher ABV beer. If I want intelligent thought provoking dialogue I will turn on the discovery channel.

The Pub / I love this
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:53:17 AM »
Read the entire gets funnier as it goes. Oh how I would have loved to be the cop that showed up.

The Pub / Another pet safety tip
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:45:38 PM »

For those who haven't guessed I am a bit of a dog freak.

Equipment and Software / Really cheap tetra pond pump
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:41:32 AM »
I bought a really cheap ($20) pond pump and tried it out yesterday. I cooled my wort to 90F running garden hose water through my chiller, then changed it over to my pond pump. I had the pump in the bottom of my mash tun with the false bottom removed. I had approx a gallon of water in it and 6lbs of ice. It took 10 minutes to get the water from 90 to 70. The ice was gone but the water was still really cold. I dumped in a second 6lb bag of ice. 10 minutes later my wort was 62 degrees. My ground water was 72 so without the pump I never would have gotten the wort under 72 and it would have taken me a long time to get it to that temperature.

The Pub / Gold
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:30:54 AM »
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa's album "Don't Explain" went gold. Congratulations to both. The two work really well together.

Beer Recipes / Another stab at hopped up white wheat
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:19:58 PM »
6lbs Rahr 2 Row Barley
3 lbs White Wheat Malt
1.4 oz Cascade Hops
1 oz Citra Hops 14.5%
1oz Columbus Hops
Mashed at 152 for 60 minutes
Batch Sparge 10 minutes at 168
FWH 1 oz Cascade
Boiled 60 minutes
0.5 oz Citra and 0.2 oz Cascade at 15 minutes
0.5 oz Citra and 0.2 oz Cascade at 10 minutes
1oz Columbus 5 minutes
OG 1.053

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