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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain to glass in less than 3 weeks
« on: June 16, 2013, 08:19:03 PM »
Thankyou. I really like this grain bill for both my APAs and IPAs. Only difference is I use a pound less 2 row for my APAs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Grain to glass in less than 3 weeks
« on: June 16, 2013, 02:33:03 PM »
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.

The Pub / Re: Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 16, 2013, 03:37:50 AM »
Ya look great for an old man Major :)

The Pub / Re: Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 15, 2013, 01:19:32 PM »
What are you eating majorvices?

The Pub / Re: Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 14, 2013, 03:00:28 PM »
This was taken on my 57th birthday.
I spend half an hour twice a week in my gym doing resistance training and walk a mile everyday with my dog Ralph. I watch my sugars and saturated fats. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Other than that I drink 1 or 2 beers every night after work and have 6 or 7 each day on my weekends. I really think it is the way most people eat with their beer that puts the pounds on.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: blonde ale with US-05 tasting like Hefe
« on: June 14, 2013, 02:12:44 AM »
Pitching temperature and proper areation are, in my opinion, the 2 most critical facets to pitching yeast.

The Pub / Re: Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 13, 2013, 09:13:56 PM »
Good point Joe. Most people consume calorie intensive foods with thier beer. Then blame the beer for the belly. My eating habbits are very clean and I still have a 30 inch waist in spite of all the beer I drink.

Equipment and Software / Blichmann floor burner vs SP 10 revisited.
« on: June 13, 2013, 05:34:39 PM »
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 Grain Brewing / Re: Hot Side Aeration
« on: June 12, 2013, 02:16:39 PM »
Palmer himself said it is not a concern on a podcast I heard once.

All Things Food / Re: Grilled Artichoke
« on: June 11, 2013, 05:22:02 PM »
Absolutely delicious but not completely done. Next time I will steam it first.

All Things Food / Re: Grilled Artichoke
« on: June 11, 2013, 04:39:55 PM »
Yeah, many time.  Delicious!  I usually parboil them first.

That's a good idea. I wish I had thought of that. This is my first try at it.

All Things Food / Grilled Artichoke
« on: June 11, 2013, 04:15:51 PM »
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 / Re: Something for dog owners to consider
« on: June 10, 2013, 10:11:48 PM »
I think this simply does not occure to a lot of people. Thats why I posted it here, on my facebook, and on the other forum I frequent.

The Pub / Something for dog owners to consider
« on: June 10, 2013, 05:55:33 PM »

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 / Re: FG and priming sugar
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:55:13 PM »
Really don't know why I obsess over the ABV!

If you're like me it's because you like sharing your brew with friends, and the ABV is one of the first questions they tend to ask about.

Also nonbrewers tend to expect you to know all the answers. But you don't, you're learning. "By you I mean you and me." After my first batch was done I had just followed a recipe and new none of the science behind how I made beer, they all bombarded me with questions and my only response was that I boiled a bunch of stuff and it turned into beer.

I hope I never stop learning. That is part of the fun of brewing.

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