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Ingredients / Base Malt for APA
« on: December 28, 2012, 01:43:04 PM »
I was considering using a combo of pilsner and 2-row for an APA.  Looking for something fairly light, OG ~1.045-1.050.  Going to hop it with some cascade, sorachi ace (need to use these already!), and simcoe.  I thought the lighter malt would pair well with the lemon/grapefruit characters in the hops and I hear simcoe can pair well with the sorachi ace.  Overall goal is a crisp, citrusy, session type APA.  Any thoughts?  I figured i'd start with a 50:50 split of 2-row and pils + maybe a little crystal 20 to round it out a bit.

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Beer Recipes / Critique IPA recipe
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:08:32 PM »
So I finally acquired some choice hops and here is how intend to use them.  I've had problems with IPAs before lacking in aroma and flavor and being mostly just unbalanced bitterness so I'm looking to avoid that this go round.  Really looking for some aroma/flavor to stand out in at least half the batch (going to use two different yeasts).  This will be my first 10 gal IPA batch.

Malt:
- 19lb 2-row
- 2 lb Munich
- 1lb crystal 20
- .5lb crystal 40

Hops:
- warrior 1.85 oz at 60 min for bitterring
- at 15 min: 0.5oz each simcoe, citra, Amarillo
- at 5 min:0.5oz each simcoe, citra, Amarillo
- at whirlpool: 0.5oz each simcoe, citra, Amarillo

Dry hop with an ounce each : Amarillo, citra, simcoe (in 2 separate dry hop stages)

Yeast: split to 2 five gal batches (California Ale and Irish Ale), toying around with different strains (one to showcase hops, the other more muted).

OG 1.062
IBU:~60
Mash x 60 min at 150F

In a 10gal batch does this seem reasonable for flavor/aroma?  More/less? Suggestions appreciated.

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Equipment and Software / Pumps
« on: November 20, 2012, 03:26:58 PM »
Doing some research on pumps and trying to decide on one to upgrade some features of my homebrewing setup.  Does anyone have opinions on the march pumps vs. chugger pump, or another brand?  I like the idea of a SS head if its not too pricey.  Need it to withstand boiling temps.

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Ingredients / spice amounts?
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:18:01 AM »
I am brewing up a holiday ale tonight with a belgian dark strong ale as the base, 6 gallon batch.  OG ~1.075, IBU ~ 17.   I was a little unsure on the amounts of spices but this is what I have so far:

2 sticks cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground nutmeg
1 oz peeled fresh ginger (minced)

I am also throwing in 1lb of dark brown sugar for some of the fermentables.

I was going to add all at 10 minutes left in boil unless someone can advise otherwise.  Does anyone have a critique on the amounts?  Should the cinnamon be ground up prior to adding? 

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Beer Recipes / Saison de Noel
« on: October 12, 2012, 12:10:12 PM »
With the holidays around the corner I am planning a saison de noel for my holiday brew this year.  I'm looking to have a pretty high OG ~1.070-1.080.  Ive done a little research on typical recipes and this is what I've come up with thus far:

6gal batch
OG:1.075
IBU:25

12 lb Belgian Pils
4 lb Munich
.25 lb Carafa II
1 lb Caramunich
0.25 lb Special B

1oz Aramis Hops @ 60 (8.1%AA)
.25oz Aramis Hops @ 20 (8.1%AA)
* I was looking for Strisselspalt hops but can't seem to find right now (aramis is apparently similar with higher AA%)

Yeast: Wyeast Farmhouse Ale, Belgian Ardennes, White Labs Saison Blend or other saison yeast

Mash 150F x 75 min

I'm a little up in the air with the yeast selection as I have not brewed this style before.  I enjoyed the Ardennes strain in a belgian IPA but not sure how it would do in this particular brew.  Suggestions?

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Ingredients / Ideas for Sorachi Ace
« on: October 10, 2012, 07:38:44 AM »
I have had 3 oz of sorachi ace hops lying around that I haven't been able to come up with a great idea for.  Never used them before.  I was curious what everyone's thoughts might be on potential styles, good hop pairings, etc.  I have heard they can lend an oily, diacetyl type flavor to beer- is this anyone else's experience?  Are there ways to avoid this such as limiting it to early or late additions? 
The only beer I've had that I can remember this hop was Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace which I enjoyed.
I was thinking maybe a belgian IPA or a lighter beer such as an off-style kolsch (but with more hop flavor aroma).  A traditional IPA would also be good but I'm unsure what hops may go well with it.  I'm all ears

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Yeast and Fermentation / Roeselare and secondary fermentation
« on: September 08, 2012, 12:49:19 PM »
So I brewed up my first Flanders red attempt recently.  I pitched wyeast 1056 + roeselare.  It showed a lot of activity for 4 or 5 days then stopped but now appears to be picking back up.  I want to rack off the yeast that dropped out but I am unsure when the best time to do this is.  Will it still form a pedicle if I rack it off now?

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Beer Recipes / Emptying the hop tray
« on: September 06, 2012, 08:37:08 AM »
I need some suggestions for an upcoming recipe.  I'm trying to use up some hops left over in the freezer from previous batches/what I have lying around.  The beer will be a 10gal batch of American Amber with a malt bill of 65% 2 row, 20% munich and some crystal 40/120, victory and a little wheat.
My hops available are:
3 oz Sorachi Ace (originally destined for Belgian IPA)
1 oz simcoe
2 oz cascade
1 oz Columbus
2 oz mt hood
2 oz willamette
.25 Oz centennial
.5 oz chinook
.5 oz magnum

My original plan was to use the Columbus for bittering, cascade additions at 15 and 5 min.  But I get a bit lost after that.  The simcoe would probably be good as a late addition.  The centennial will likely just get tossed in at the end.  I'm not sure where the mt hood and willamette (or the sorachi ace) could fit in.  Ive always used willamette and mt hood in my english ales and like them there but haven't used them in any hoppy american style ales. Chinook and magnum would be alternatives for bittering.  Shooting for about 35-45 IBU.  Yeast will be split between wyeast NW ale 1332 and San Diego super strain.  I'm all ears.

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Kegging and Bottling / Belgian corks
« on: August 25, 2012, 02:44:39 PM »
So I just spent a large chunk of time corking up some beer in some nice Belgian bottles + wire cappers.  I know with aging the corks can dry out but in what timeline does this become a concern?  The bottles will need to carbonate for 10 days or so.  When do they need to be laid on their side to keep corks moist and sealed?  I don't want to increase the headspace and risk oxidation by laying them on their side right now.  Any suggestions?

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Beer Recipes / Flanders attempt- initial recs
« on: August 16, 2012, 06:53:14 PM »
I got excited about trying to brew a Flanders red ale these past few weeks and have done some initial research in preparation for the brew day (8/31).  I have some general questions though:
I am going to use the wyeast roselare blend but I've read a lot about pitching a primary clean sacc ale yeast first then rack to secondary with roselare.  Doing a straight ferment with the blend from the get go seems to yield a much more sour end beer vs. a primary fermentation followed by the bugs.  I'm leaning towards the latter option as I don't want something too sour for my first run at this.  Any recs?  How long do you let the initial sacc ferment go- completion? 5 days?
It seems deliberately under pitching and under oxygenating will help leave some fuel for bugs.
A high mash (158F?) also seems to leave additional fuel for bugs after primary ferment?  What about a shortened mash time(~45min?).  Does the roselare blend have the capacity to dry out otherwise unfermentable portions of a typical wort over time?
In terms of oak chips in the secondary I assume they stay in the whole time?  A little goes a long way over a year I imagine
The last concern comes with the extended aging.  I've read a lot about the need for micro-oxygenation over the year long maturation with the bugs.  What is the best way to achieve this?  The dowel in the stopper seems easy enough- does this require maintenance? If the initial yeast is pitched onto underoxygenated wort should i i try to oxygenate it after pitching the blend or will transfer to a secondary (not evacuated with CO2) suffice.  Does the dowel need to be down in the beer or just above in the headspace?  What is a good aging temp over the course of the year?
Again this will all be new to me so any suggestions are greatly appreciated.  The time investment on this beer really makes me want to get it right or at least get it close to good.  Thx in advance

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Kegging and Bottling / 750mL bottle carbing
« on: August 13, 2012, 05:39:06 AM »
Is there any changes that need to be made for carbonating beer with corn sugar in 750mL bottles versus the normal 12oz bottles.  I have usually used 1cp corn sugar per five gallons in a normal beer.  Has anyone ever used the carbing calculators online to adjust carbonation for a higher level? 

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Yeast and Fermentation / American Hef Starter
« on: July 26, 2012, 04:34:24 PM »
Made a 1.6L starter for a ten gallon batch next week of American Wheat using wlp American Hef strain.  Seeing as it is not flocculant at all despite putting in fridge is it important to pitch the whole starter or is it still reasonable to crash cool and pour starter beer off the yeast cake, sacrificing the suspended yeast.  Thoughts?

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Beer Recipes / Amber/ESB Recipe- please critque
« on: July 23, 2012, 07:25:44 PM »
Trying to formulate a recipe for an amber/ESB.  My goal was for a medium-full bodied, malt-dominant, smooth drinking amber ale with supporting bitterness and more subtle hop aroma/flavor.  Not really sure where all this fits in stylistically speaking but here is what I came up with.

10 gal batch
Mash 154 x 60
OG 1.060
IBU ~30

MALT:
7lb Marris Otter
7lb American 2 row
3lb Munich
2lb Crystal 40
1lb Victory
1lb Carapils
0.5lb Aromatic Malt
0.25lb Chocolate Malt

HOPS:
1oz Magnum 14% AA at 60min
0.5oz Willamette 6% AA 15min
0.5oz Mt Hood 5% AA 15min
0.5oz Willamette 5min
0.5oz Mt Hood 5min

Yeast- I am still up in the air on this.  I was thinking an English strain- WLP002, 005, or maybe Burton Ale Strain.  I wanted to avoid WLP001 and the like to not put too much emphasis on hops.

I toyed with the idea of adding some flaked oats for more body/smoothness but feel like the malt bill is getting somewhat complex.  The victory malt I don't have a whole lot of experience with- looking for some toasted/biscuit flavor.

I'm all ears on suggestions.  Thanks


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Ingredients / Honey malt
« on: July 20, 2012, 10:51:51 AM »
I was thinking of adding some honey malt to a developing raspberry wheat recipe in hopes of a touch of sweetness and honey notes.  Not looking for anything prominent or overpowering.  Has anyone used this malt before and have any recs on amount?  Does a little go a long way?  The recipe is 50:50 wheat and 2 row malt and 0.5lb Munich.  Thoughts?

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Ingredients / Carawheat malt
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:05:25 AM »
Tuning up a raspberry wheat recipe and while I like the raspberry flavor it seems a bit unbalanced towards the tartness mostly contributed by the raspberries.  The malt right now is 6lb white wheat, 4lb 2 row, 0.5 lb Munich.  I've never used carawheat before but was curious if it could add just a touch of sweetness and body to balance out the raspberries.  If so any suggestions on amount? .33 lb ?  Not sure if upping the mash temp a bit would provide the same effect- currently at 151F x 60min

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