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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: lesser known hop recommendations
« on: August 30, 2015, 06:56:20 PM »
This is my first list (only US IPA hops):

 Mosaic
 Equinox
 Azacca
 Triple Pearl
 Cashmere
 Lemon Drop
 Galaxy
 Meridian

Galaxy is Tasmanian.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lots of trub
« on: July 27, 2015, 03:55:09 AM »
There is no benefit to sitting on the yeast for a long time. In fact it  used to be detrimental, this is why brewers used to secondary, some still do. I have a conical, I like it because as soon as primary fermentation is over I can drop the trub out from under my beer. Even if I don't drop the trub out there is less trub in contact with my beer. I strain my hops out as soon as I finish my boil.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Free hops
« on: July 23, 2015, 06:24:20 PM »
When I renewed my membership to the AHA this year I got 4oz of Jaryllo and 4oz of Azaaca hops for free. I made a single hopped APA from each.

The Azaaca have sort of a floral grapefruit flavor. As you can see I did hop bursting. I am getting absolutely no bitterness to the finish and no cloying sweetness either. The balance seems to be perfect.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Ralph's Wag Your Tail 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: 1.050 SG
Estimated Color: 8.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 64.1 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 4.0 oz          Brewer's Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Wes Grain         1        76.3 %       
1 lbs 12.0 oz         Munich 10L Organic (Briess) (10.0 SRM)   Grain         2        18.4 %       
8.0 oz                Caramel Malt - 60L (Briess) (60.0 SRM)   Grain         3        5.3 %         
2.00 oz               Azacca [10.30 %] - Boil 15.0 min         Hop           4        40.9 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Azacca [10.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min         Hop           5        15.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Azacca [10.30 %] - Boil 5.0 min          Hop           6        8.2 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         7        -             


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 9 lbs 8.0 oz

The Jarrylo

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Ralph's Independance 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: 1.051 SG
Estimated Color: 8.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 70.9 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 4.0 oz          Brewer's Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Wes Grain         1        74.4 %       
2 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        20.5 %       
8.0 oz                Caramel Malt - 60L (Briess) (60.0 SRM)   Grain         3        5.1 %         
1.00 oz               Jarrylo [14.20 %] - Boil 15.0 min        Hop           4        28.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Jarrylo [14.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min        Hop           5        20.4 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Jarrylo [14.20 %] - Boil 5.0 min         Hop           6        22.5 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         7        -             


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 9 lbs 12.0 oz

This beer is only a very minor variance in flavor from the Azaaco. Less grapefruit, smoother, more of a lemon? floral notes are still there. Definitely a smoother and slightly more refreshing beer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dripping beer faucet
« on: July 23, 2015, 06:11:05 PM »


No, we threw it together last weekend.  The tap on the right was dripping all day.

But everyone wants me to put it on wheels so we can take it around the neighborhood for other parties. 

I need to get it dialed in and this will be the outdoor party bar.  No rush, but we do have some birthdays in August.

That looks like a lemonade stand, only better

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: $69 kegs
« on: July 23, 2015, 06:09:14 PM »
All of my kegs seem to have that problem. I wonder if there is a fix for it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: $69 kegs
« on: July 22, 2015, 12:54:11 PM »
I bought new fully assembled posts and tried them out on it. Problem not solved.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wort Chilling
« on: July 21, 2015, 06:09:52 PM »
Regarding cooling the wort. Living in S. Florida, my tap water runs at about 82 (f). An immersion chiller would take a very long time and not get down to pitching temp. This would be costly water wise as well.
I've used chilled spring water as well as a 10 lb bag of ice.  Regardless, it just takes a great deal of time.  Any ideas on a cost effective way to cool the wort?

one option: pick up recirculation pump and you can use cooler with ice and water to run through your wort chiller.

this is one i picked up: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X05G1A?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

I use my garden hose to bring the wort under 100 then unhook it and hook up my pond pump in a cooler full of ice water. If you try to chill from the cooler from the beginning the hot water will immediately melt the ice.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: $69 kegs
« on: July 21, 2015, 05:54:44 PM »
I have been using 2 Chinese kegs for 2 1/2 years with absolutely NO issues with either one. I just got a couple of kegs made in India I have been having nothing but problems with the one that I tried first. I am afraid to try the second one.

I have a keg from India, and it's been great (was thinking about getting another).  What issues have you been having?

Read the other thread I started on this forum called "out of ideas"

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: $69 kegs
« on: July 20, 2015, 04:56:01 PM »
I have been using 2 Chinese kegs for 2 1/2 years with absolutely NO issues with either one. I just got a couple of kegs made in India I have been having nothing but problems with the one that I tried first. I am afraid to try the second one.

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Kegging and Bottling / Idea for cleaning kegs
« on: July 18, 2015, 09:14:03 AM »
I am power washing the deck and I get to thinking to myself "self I have a great idea" "Oh?" I said to myself. Then I thought "this power washer would be a great way to clean the keg I just emptied". Then I thought "self your brilliant", of course I already knew that. So when I finished with my deck I went downstairs and got that keg. I must say that power washer is the way to go. And I didn't use very much water doing it. Unfortunately it would be a bit much to drag my power washer out and set it up every time I empty a keg.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 16, 2015, 06:07:40 PM »
I got my new posts today. I did the switch and I am still getting nothing but foam. I tried pulling the dip tube out and putting a second O ring on it to shim it up a bit in case it is too long. Still no luck. I just can't imagine what is wrong.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 13, 2015, 04:41:48 PM »
I can't get 3 in my kegerator when I use one of these instead of the chinese ones.

Thankyou for the link

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 13, 2015, 11:11:55 AM »
They told me they have only had this complaint one other time. My only complaints about this keg other than this is that it seems to be a larger diameter than my other kegs, the posts are not marked in or out, and the opening at the top isn't quite as big as the openings on my Chinese kegs. I can't reach my entire arm into clean it like I can on those. There is only one handle and the edges on it really need to be smoothed. On the upside it has some kind of certification and seems to be sturdier than my Chinese kegs.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 13, 2015, 10:18:26 AM »
I just got a response from Farmhouse. They said if I had contacted them before ordering new posts they would have sent me new ones. They said they would like to have the ones I take off of my kegs to show to their manufacturers. They said they would credit me the amount I spent on my new posts toward future purchases from them.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 12, 2015, 08:15:35 PM »
Email farmhouse. I have never dealt with them, but I hear they are a pretty stand-up company.

I have always had good luck with them in the past.

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