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Beer Recipes / Re: White Wheat Wonder
« on: February 03, 2013, 01:31:37 PM »
I bottled this today. From the sample I took from the fermenter I must say I hit this one right on the head. I could definitely taste the citra hops but they were not overpowering by any means. They simply had a "presence". I can't wait to try a bottle of this next week.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Garage Setup
« on: January 31, 2013, 08:49:30 AM »
This is my garage setup. Nothing fancy but definitely functional. Eventually I am going to get the scraps out of there that the previous owner left, maybe put a tub sink in and feed it with my rv hose. The small water heater sounds like a really good idea.



I try to keep it set up to where I can move everything off to the side and get a car in if I want to.

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Beer Recipes / End of the World Milk Stout vs Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
« on: January 29, 2013, 08:51:14 AM »
A friend of mine asked me if I was ever going to do a milk stout. He said he just loved the Left Hand Milk Stout at Old Chicago. So I thought why not give it a shot. I went to the Left Hand website and they listed the ingredients but not the portions. So I ordered one and tasted it and guestimated the proportions of the ingredients. This is what I came up with:

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: End of the World Milk Stout
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Sweet Stout
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: 1.059 SG
Estimated Color: 54.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 22.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
5 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        44.4 %       
2 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        17.8 %       
1 lbs                 Roasted Barley (Simpsons) (550.0 SRM)    Grain         3        8.9 %         
8.0 oz                Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)                 Grain         4        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)    Grain         5        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)               Grain         6        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)                   Grain         7        4.4 %         
4.0 oz                Black Malt - 2-Row (Briess) (500.0 SRM)  Grain         8        2.2 %         
1.00 oz               Fuggles [5.40 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop           9        22.1 IBUs     
1 lbs                 Milk Sugar (Lactose) [Boil for 60 min](0 Sugar         10       8.9 %         
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         11       -       

Trying them side by side the left hand was definitely sweeter where mine had a bit of a bitter bite. Not drastically but detectable. I am thinking this will condition out over time. Also when tasted side by side I could definitely detect more 2 row in mine. The bubbles are finer in the left hand giving it a "nitro" feel even out of the bottle. I have no idea how they do that. Other than that there were no discernible differences in flavor.

I was surprised at the hop bitterness when I only used an ounce of relatively low alpha hops. If I take another stab at this sometime I will FWH half an ounce and add the other half at around 45 minutes to tone that down.  Also I will back off the 2 row by half a pound. 



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Beer Recipes / Re: My latest stab at a red ale
« on: January 28, 2013, 09:20:54 AM »
I have never thought of late addition grains. I will give that a try sometime.

 This recipe is actually adapted from the midwestsupplies red ale recipe. http://www.midwestsupplies.com/irish-red-ale-all-grain-kit.html
I just replaced a pound and a half of 2 row with some marris otter I had left over from a Scottish ale I made and I forgot to add my special B. Plus I did my own hop schedule. I have made the original recipe with my own hop schedule several times. It is one of my favorite beers. In the reviews a few did complain about there being too much roasted barley. But I like it that way. I am just now sure how it will be minus the Special B.

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Beer Recipes / Re: My latest stab at a red ale
« on: January 27, 2013, 10:42:10 PM »
Beersmith had me in the green on the color. And I like a roasty flavor to my beers.

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Beer Recipes / My latest stab at a red ale
« on: January 27, 2013, 10:17:48 PM »
BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Ralph's Knucklehead Red 3
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Irish Red Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
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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: 18.0 SRM
Estimated IBU: 26.7 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 8.0 oz          Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        75.0 %       
1 lbs 8.0 oz          Maris Otter (Crisp) (4.0 SRM)            Grain         2        15.0 %       
12.0 oz               Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)    Grain         3        7.5 %         
4.0 oz                Roasted Barley (Simpsons) (550.0 SRM)    Grain         4        2.5 %         
1.00 oz               Fuggles [4.20 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop           5        18.8 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Fuggles [5.40 %] - Boil 10.0 min         Hop           6        8.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         7        -             
2.00 oz               Fuggles [5.40 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days      Hop           8        0.0 IBUs     


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

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Key to creamy stouts
« on: January 26, 2013, 07:08:49 PM »
I put all 3 of those in my last stout. And I must say, it is damned good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast nutrient
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:46:07 AM »
Lately my S 05 has been having a really long lag time. I started using the Wyeast Nutrient Blend and am getting activity about 12 hours after pitching with that same yeast. So now I am going to start using it in everything I do. Because I have definitely seen where it makes a difference.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 05:50:00 PM »
Thankyou! Maybe I shouldnt have turned the pressure up 2 more pounds. :-\

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:39:27 PM »
My bottled beer carbs just fine.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:53:18 PM »
As I said in the original post, it pours with a nice head, has nice lacing, but tastes flat.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:47:21 AM »
it is at 37 degrees. 5 feet of 3/16 inside diameter line, faucet is 2 feet above the keg.

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Kegging and Bottling / Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:45:29 AM »
After 10 days in my keg, pressurized at 10lbs, my beer comes out with a nice head, nice lacing, but still tastes like it is flat. What's up with that? Do I need more pressure? Or does it just need more time to carbonate properly?

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Kegging and Bottling / Aging beer in a keg
« on: January 23, 2013, 08:22:44 AM »
I am curious. Why is it that bottled beer supposedly needs a month of conditioning, yet I racked from my fermenter to my keg, put it right in the cooler, and a week later had good beer? Also is there any reason I can't rack to a keg, seal it, and let it sit in room temperature for a few weeks like a secondary?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:47:17 AM »
My favorite online retailers is MoreBeer. Free shipping with any purchase over 59 bucks!!

I discovered that because of the price differences, midwest is often cheaper than morebeer even with shipping tacked on. It pays to check several places and look at your totals after shipping. I like midwest because they carry some bottle caps that I really like that I have not seen anywhere else. Also midwest is considerably cheaper on sacks of Rahr 2 Row than anybody else I have looked at.

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