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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:01:46 AM »
Mine will be in my basement where the temperature is a constant 68 degrees year round. I wonder if that will make it stay cool easier. Does yours run 100% of the time to stay at 40 degrees?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 12, 2012, 06:07:23 PM »
I dont think the one I am looking at is a danby. The C02 bottle mounts on the outside of it in the back.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:49:00 PM »
I havent bought the kegerator yet. This is the one I am currently looking at.
http://mobile.walmart.com/m/phoenix#home

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Kegging and Bottling / Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:05:28 PM »
I am going to set up a kegerator after the first of the year and I have a number of questions. First off I took advantage of a sale on midwestsupplies and ordered a reconditioned 5 gallon ball lock keg for $25. How do I clean it? Would oxyclean free and a bottle brush work? Then when I get my kegerator exactly how do I go about kegging? Rack from my fermenter, put it under 7 lbs of pressure for a week, then enjoy? Does anybody prime their beer before kegging it? If so does that cause more sediment to be cleaned out of the bottom of the keg?

I did do a search but couldn't find any definitive answers to these questions.

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Beer Recipes / Milk Stout
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:39:58 AM »
I am working out a recipe for a milk stout. A friend of mine told me how much he likes Left Hand Milk Stout so I looked it up online and found the ingredients. I recently made a porter that I really like except it lacks the "toastieness" I like in a porter. I am going to sort of modify that recipe and I looked at how much roasted grain Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat uses. Here is what I have so far.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Milk Stout
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Sweet Stout
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: 1.059 SG
Estimated Color: 54.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 37.5 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 %         
1.00 oz               Fuggles [5.40 %] - Boil 30.0 min         Hop           11       15.4 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         12       -             


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 11 lbs 4.0 oz
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Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 13.81 qt of water at 167.4 F        156.0 F       45 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (0.75gal, 2.97gal) of 168.0 F water
Notes:
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I have never used flaked grains before. Is 1lb of each too much? Do I crush em or just throw em in?


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Beer Recipes / Re: To dry hop or not to dry hop. That is the question.
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:05:08 PM »
I went ahead and dropped 2 oz of hops in. The sample I tasted was delicious.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:03:31 AM »
I have seen some folks use steel trash cans with steel lids, like this http://www.homedepot.com/buy/behrens-31-gal-steel-trash-can-1270.html#.ULUy6GdMOSo.  Line them with heavy duty trash bags make sure the tops are tight.

I have seen mice chew through just about anything except steel.

Paul

Be careful with this idea. A lot of manufacturers use insecticides in their trash bags.

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Kegging and Bottling / I am thinking about buying a keg
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:38:28 PM »
Is there some type of equipment, or kit, I should buy for cleaning it?

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Beer Recipes / To dry hop or not to dry hop. That is the question.
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:20:41 AM »
I am not a big IPA guy so this is only the second one I have done. My first one I did with citra and cascade. It tasted a bit too much like fruit for my taste. This time I single hopped with cascade. They have a fruity, but not overbearingly so, flavor. My recipe is as follows:

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 IPA
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: 1.064 SG
Estimated Color: 8.0 SRM
Estimated IBU: 59.9 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
9 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        73.5 %       
2 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        16.3 %       
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 [7.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min         Hop           5        16.3 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Cascade [7.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min         Hop           6        13.4 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Cascade [7.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min         Hop           7        19.5 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Cascade [7.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min          Hop           8        10.7 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml]       Yeast         9        -             


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 12 lbs 4.0 oz
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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
Notes:
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Created with BeerSmith 2 - http://www.beersmith.com

My question is will this have a nice hop aroma if I don't dry hop? Or should I drop a couple of ounces in this weekend?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Topping off wort
« on: November 26, 2012, 05:42:12 PM »
I usually pour a little more water into my mashtun at the end of my sparge if I think I need to too off. I feel like this deludes my beer less.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: disposing of yeast cake
« on: November 25, 2012, 01:37:11 PM »
Mine goes down the drain with the garbage disposal running.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FWH question
« on: November 23, 2012, 08:45:35 AM »
I use a spray bottle and give my grip one heck of a workout. I would love to buy a 10 gallon kettle but just can't justify it when the kettle I have works. It is just a lot of extra work.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FWH question
« on: November 20, 2012, 11:26:04 AM »
Thankyou for the tip :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FWH question
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:20:09 AM »
But it will avoid the boil over thing

I haven't found that to be the case.

Yep Denny, it did foam up and boil over. I really wish I had bought a bigger kettle. An 8 gallon kettle just isn't big enough for 5 gallon brews.

BTW My 1 week in the bottle sample of this beer was terrific.

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