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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question
« on: May 18, 2014, 05:26:11 PM »
I expected around 1.050
I took the reading after I got the wort chilled to 65F. I stir vigorously during cooling to get it to cool faster so it was well mixed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cacao nibs and dogs
« on: May 18, 2014, 05:05:52 PM »
I am really glad your dog is going to be OK. It is amazing the bond we have with our dogs and their little lives are too short as it is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Question
« on: May 18, 2014, 04:50:53 PM »
Today I did my 90 Shilling Ale in traditional fashion. Pulling a gallon of the first runnings and boiling them down for 45 minutes. From there I tossed in my hops and took the rest of my first runnings. I then batch sparged and collected enough wort that I ended up with a little over 5 gallons of wort. Now here is what I am wondering about. I only used 9 pounds of Marris Otter. That was my entire grain bill. Yet I ended up with an OG of 1.058. Why? I know I concentrated that wort, but I then replaced all the water I boiled out of it. How does that work?

This yeast does provide a good clean flavor profile. However it is a low attenuator. My Summer Wheat beer went from 1.050 to 1.016 and my International IPA went from 1.065 to 1.022. I think this would be a great yeast to use for a good clean very malty tasting beer but it is a very poor choice for an IPA. IPAs are supposed to be somewhat dry and really showcase the hops. I am going to stick with Nottingham yeast for my IPAs from now on.

Equipment and Software / Re: question about fine tuning beersmith
« on: May 17, 2014, 07:04:12 AM »
Are your water volumes correct? If you are using more water than what you have plugged into beersmith you will get lower efficiency. Conversely if you are using less water you will get higher efficiency. I am not real precise on my water measurements so I don't ever expect my OGs to be spot on with what beersmith says.

Equipment and Software / Re: Inside of igloo cooler is cracking
« on: May 17, 2014, 07:01:29 AM »
Clear silicone caulk like what is used for fish tanks works ok.  You can pick up tubes in the caulk section at home depot.

Fixed my cooler 5 years ago when I pout a spigot in it... and drilled the hole a shade too big.

Is it food grade?

I have been expeimenting with hop stands and getting as much aroma as I ever got dry hopping. I have been cooling my wort to 160, tossing the hops in, and waiting half an hour before turning my chiller back on.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:14:00 PM »
I recently did a clone of Breckenridge Avalanche Ale. We were doing a house warming party for a guy and that is his favorite beer. I got the ingredients from the website and got fairly close for a keg to serve at his party.

Beer Recipes / Re: Ralph's Summer Wheat
« on: May 04, 2014, 04:14:45 PM »
After tasting my hydrometer sample I ordered another half pound of these hops. I am going to wnt to keep a supply of this on hand all summer.

Beer Recipes / Ralph's International IPA
« on: May 04, 2014, 01:42:16 PM »
I got a really good deal on 55lbs of Muntons Marris Otter. So I thought I would see how I like it in an IPA. I call this an international IPA because it has British and American malts, and Australian and American hops.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Ralph's International IPA
Brewer: Roger Broeg
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: American IPA
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: 1.069 SG
Estimated Color: 8.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 124.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 73.5 %
2 lbs Munich 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 2 16.3 %
12.0 oz Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 3 6.1 %
8.0 oz White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 4 4.1 %
1.00 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 5 24.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 18.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 17.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 13.6 IBUs
1.00 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 9.6 IBUs
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 7.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Galaxy [14.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 30.0 Hop 11 18.6 IBUs
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 30.0 Hop 12 14.5 IBUs
1.0 pkg Workhorse Beer Yeast (Mangrove Jack's #M Yeast 13 -

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 12 lbs 4.0 oz

Beer Recipes / Re: Ralph's Summer Wheat
« on: May 03, 2014, 05:08:34 PM »
I kegged this today. The hydrometer sample was incredible. The balance was perfect.The hops do have a hint of lime flavor. Other than that they taste like hallertau (spelling?). I cant wait until this one is ready to serve.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with Mr Beer
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:49:08 PM »
The old Mr Beer before Coopers bought them actually had pretty good beer. The booster is not sugar. It has sugar as well as some unfermentable stuff. It is supposed to add body as well as ABV. I always liked combining an HME with an LME instead of using the booster. I think Mr. Beer or Brew Demon are great ways to introduce someone to brewing. They are a rather small investment and super simple to do. That was how I started. Then I saw that a 5 gallon extract kit was about the same price as I was paying for premium Mr Beer kits so I bought an Ale Pail and bottling bucket. From there I learned how to steep grains and do my own hop additions. I took baby steps like that up to all grain brewing.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop sediment
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:08:55 PM »
It gets stuck in your teeth when you drink your beer. That's about it. I got tired of it clogging up my bottling wand so I started pouring my wort through a strainer into the bucket.

Beer Recipes / Ralph's Summer Wheat
« on: April 20, 2014, 01:55:23 PM »
I am giving Wakatu hops a try. I hear they taste a bit like lime so I thought they would be great for a summer wheat beer. My hop stand was for half an hour beginning at 160F.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Ralph's Summer Ale
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: American Wheat or Rye Beer
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: 1.049 SG
Estimated Color: 3.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 48.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
6 lbs                 Brewer's Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Wes Grain         1        66.7 %       
3 lbs                 White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)               Grain         2        33.3 %       
0.50 oz               Wakatu (Hallertau Aroma) [6.50 %] - Firs Hop           3        14.4 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Wakatu (Hallertau Aroma) [6.50 %] - Boil Hop           4        19.0 IBUs     
1.50 oz               Wakatu (Hallertau Aroma) [6.50 %] - Stee Hop           5        15.1 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Workhorse Beer Yeast (Mangrove Jack's #M Yeast         6        -             

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

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Free carboys
« on: April 19, 2014, 02:14:07 PM »
That wife of yours sounds like a keeper

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