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General Homebrew Discussion / Grain to glass in less than 3 weeks
« on: June 16, 2013, 07:33:03 AM »
Brewed on 5/26

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Kitchen Sink IPA
Brewer: Roger Broeg
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: American IPA
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0) To me the aroma was very grapefruit. My friends all identified it as orange. Flavor very citrusie.

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: 1.064 SG
Estimated Color: 7.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 103.3 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
10 lbs                Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        81.6 %       
1 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        8.2 %         
12.0 oz               Victory Malt (25.0 SRM)                  Grain         3        6.1 %         
8.0 oz                White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)               Grain         4        4.1 %         
1.00 oz               Cascade [5.50 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop           5        21.7 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min   Hop           6        15.1 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min         Hop           7        23.1 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min   Hop           8        11.1 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min         Hop           9        16.9 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min    Hop           10       6.1 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Simcoe [13.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min          Hop           11       9.3 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml]       Yeast         12       -             
1.00 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Day Hop           13       0.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Simcoe [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days      Hop           14       0.0 IBUs     

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 12 lbs 4.0 oz
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 16.31 qt of water at 162.9 F        152.0 F       60 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (0.37gal, 2.98gal) of 168.0 F water
Dry hopped commando. Got the best aroma I have ever gotten.

Created with BeerSmith 2 -

Following pictures taken 6/15, 20 days later.

7.4% and nice foamy head

Great lacing

Crystal clear

Flavor very citrusy with no bitter finish whatsoever. Definitely a keeper.

Equipment and Software / Blichmann floor burner vs SP 10 revisited.
« on: June 13, 2013, 10:34:39 AM »
I just received my new brew of equipment. I haven't tried it out yet but my first impression is I paid for a lot more than just a name.

That burner ought to reduce the amount of time I wait for a boil, therefore, the amount of time I spend in a sweltering humid brewery (garage).

Notice the pot retainers. I like that little added safety factor. They are all stainless, everything but the burner itself is stainless, and they are adjustable from 15 to 20 inches. So there is plenty of room if I ever decide to upgrade to larger batches.

There is also quite a difference in the damper area where the regulator hooks up.
This old Gymrat got a good workout carrying the thing to my brewery. It is really heavy duty.

I like how it even has "igniter" holes. I always hated putting my little lighter thingie under the old burner to reach where the gas comes out. It was always rather cumbersome at best.

This was one really well designed piece of equipment.

All Things Food / Grilled Artichoke
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:15:51 AM »
Anybody ever try cooking an artichoke out on the grill? I have one quartered and I covered it with peanut oil and sprinkled it liberally with Lowry's seasoned salt. My grill is cast iron and well seasoned. We shall see how this turns out.

The Pub / Something for dog owners to consider
« on: June 10, 2013, 10:55:33 AM »

It is getting to be that time of year again. Every year veterinarians treat a number of dogs for 3rd degree burns as a result of walking on hot pavement. Please, before taking your dog walking or jogging, put the back of your hand on the cement. If you don't think you could leave it there indefinitely don't make your dog walk on it. Every year someone posts a picture of an egg fried on the concrete. Would you want to walk barefoot across a giant hot grill? Please don't make your dog do it either. This time of year I take Ralph for his walks before my morning coffee.

General Homebrew Discussion / Burner question
« on: June 05, 2013, 07:31:38 AM »
Has anybody had experience with both Blichman burners AND cheaper burners such as Bayou Classics? I noticed the burner on my SP10 is looking really rusty so I am thinking about a replacement. I just don't know if it is worth 3 times the price to go with the Blichman. But if I thought it actually performed better, would save some fuel, and I wouldn't have to replace it in 2 years, it might be worth it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 04, 2013, 11:08:26 AM »
I am wanting to do a bourbon barrel porter using oak chips rather than the barrel. I have a few questions.
1. How long should I soak the oak chips in bourbon?
2. Does it matter if I just use a cheap bourbon?
3. Do I need to sanitize the container I soak the chips in or will the alcohol take care of that?
4. Will a plastic mixing bowl work OK for this?
5. How long do the oak chips need to float around in the porter before bottling?

General Homebrew Discussion / Score
« on: June 02, 2013, 02:19:07 PM »
I have been looking all over online for some more Amarillo hops. Nobody has any. I just went to the LHBS in Lawrence and they have a few pounds of them. I will be dry hopping my kitchen sink IPA with Simcoe and Amarillo.

They also have every yeast Lallemand makes for $3 a pop. I dropped $72. Ouch but oh well.

I don't have a vacuum sealer. I seal my hops the best I can in zip lock bags. That isn't stopping the aroma from permeating everything in my freezer. All of my food has a hoppy taste to it. I am thinking I either need a vacuum sealer or one of these

Beer Recipes / Kitchen Sink IPA
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:34:01 AM »
I am calling it that because, though I am basing this on Simcoe and Amarillo, I am filling in some gaps with hops I have on hand.
10 lbs 2 row
1 lb munich 10L
8 oz victory
8 oz white wheat
1 oz cascades FWH and 60 minute boil
1 oz each simcoe and amarillo 15 minutes
1 oz each simcoe and amarillo 10 minutes
1 oz each simcoe and amarillo 5 minutes
Dry hop 2 oz columbus
Nottingham yeast
Mashed 1 hour at 152 F batch sparged at 165F 15 minutes.

The Pub / Heading my way
« on: May 19, 2013, 03:19:09 PM »
I am gonna be hangin in the man cave tonight.

Beer Recipes / What type of Scottish ale would this be?
« on: May 18, 2013, 02:18:44 PM »
9 lbs Marris Otter
8 oz Caramel 60
2 oz Black Patent
1 oz UK Goldings FWH 60 minute boil
S 04 yeast

80 shilling? 90 shilling?

The Pub / New tap handle
« on: May 12, 2013, 07:21:28 AM »

The guy making my new tap handle sent me a picture of his work.

I collect chess sets and they are integrated into the design of my man cave. So of course my kegerator has to be integrated in. I am upgrading to a duo tapper. This is the same guy that made my last tap handle.

Kegging and Bottling / Looking for experience
« on: May 10, 2013, 07:44:30 AM »
Has anybody ever adapted a 20 oz C02 bottle and regulator to fit a ball lock quick connect?

Kegging and Bottling / Upgrade time
« on: May 08, 2013, 08:06:27 AM »
My duo tap tower and hardware to install it are due to be delivered today. It is a 3 inch tower that will be replacing a 2 1/2 inch tower so I will be doing some modification to bolt it on. No problem. What I am apprehensive about is the modification to my regulator. I need to take the shutoff valve off, put a splitter on, and put the shutoff valve and the new shutoff valve onto that. And I have never been any good with that teflon tape crap. I have been watching youtube videos on how to do it. Once I get passed that I have a red ale that I just tapped into and a nice White Wheat beer that I will be kegging this weekend.

I wasn't sure what to do with my old tower. Then I got the idea of attaching it to a garbage can lid. A brand new garbage can just for this. I found one at Mennards with a really nice flat heavy duty lid. I am going to put a 10 gallon cooler in the can to hold my keg. Then I can just put ice around it. I am going to convert a 20 oz C02 bottle like they use in paint guns to gas it. It won't carbonate the keg but it will dispense it. And wala I will have a picnic kegerator for barbeques and stuff.

Waste not want not.

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