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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Too much alcohol taste...
« on: March 01, 2012, 12:20:19 AM »
What was your pitching temperature and how warm did it ferment? I did a 9% one recently with no percievable alcohol taste.

Ingredients / Hop identification question
« on: February 24, 2012, 06:30:12 PM »
Has anybody tried Odell's seasonal red ale? It has a really nice fresh hop aroma. For those who have tried it, does anybody know what kind of hops those might be? Or how they got such and incredible aroma?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: February 21, 2012, 09:05:21 PM »
They sent me another card when I renewed.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Does this sound right?
« on: February 21, 2012, 06:29:39 PM »

Thankyou for the replies. I used 6 ounces of Cascade hops in this beer. 1/2 oz @ 60 minutes, 1/2 oz @ 45 minutes, 2 oz @20 minutes, 2 oz @ 10 minutes, and an ounce for 5 minutes.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Does this sound right?
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:59:49 PM »
I mashed at 150F for 90 minutes. It was my first stab at an IPA

Equipment and Software / Re: Software?
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:58:05 PM »
I have been having good luck with brewtarget. And it runs on my linux machine as well as my windows machine.

All Grain Brewing / Does this sound right?
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:38:20 AM »
Grain bill
11 lbs Rahr 2 row
1 lb Munich
12 oz Victory Malt
8 oz Rahr Malted Wheat

OG 1.076
FG 1.012

I checked the hydrometer several times on each reading. I used Nottingham yeast. Can it attenuate that much?

The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:49:55 PM »
Ty for the link. Believe it or not I am getting them at our local Lowes for the same price.

The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: February 09, 2012, 04:04:02 AM »
I was sitting in my kitchen having morning coffee when my lights went dim, then they went bright again. Then there was a buzzing noise coming from my light fixture followed by the smell of melting insulation. Being an electrician by trade, I turned the light off and climbed up to investigate. First thing I saw was a big burn mark on the base of one of my CFLs. I took it out and sniffed it and sure enough that is where the smell was coming from. I have since removed all of those bulbs from my home and am little by little replacing with LCDs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello...
« on: February 07, 2012, 12:02:31 AM »
Welcome. I am somewhat new here also. It is a great forum. Like some of the others, if it hadn't been for Mr Beer I wouldn't be here.

Equipment and Software / Re: Going Electric in Winter
« on: February 01, 2012, 03:25:19 PM »
2200 watts is pretty much the maximum that breaker can handle. If anything else at all is running on that circuit the breaker will trip. Personally I would also be concerned about what gauge of wiring you have in your home. If it is 14 like a lot of older houses used it might be getting awfully hot inside your walls. With that kind of current even 12 might be getting rather warm. I know some hair dryers pull this kind of current but you aren't using a hair dryer for a couple hours on end. I believe I will stick with my propane burner.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time needing a blow off tube
« on: February 01, 2012, 03:33:17 AM »
I have had this happen with extract and all grain brews. There is no rhyme or reason as to which brews it happens to. At least that I know of. I have decided I am just going to start using a blow off tube instead of an air lock from now on.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermenter beer loss
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:47:41 PM »
I lose 40 to 64 oz.

Ingredients / Malt percentages
« on: January 19, 2012, 06:26:42 PM »
Are there any websites with information on what the maximum percentage of the grist particular malts should be? I would like some kind of a starting point for experimenting with roasted malts.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency: How Good is Too Good
« on: January 19, 2012, 03:12:43 PM »
Your efficiency appears fine.  I'm typically at 78% to 82% for my system.  I find that efficiency falls off when I have a significant percentage of wheat in the grist.  I still don't really understand why.

My experience is the opposite. Mine goes through the roof when I have wheat in the grist. I have been trying to figure that one out.

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