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General Homebrew Discussion / Re:
« on: October 17, 2012, 02:35:24 PM »
Cool!  Just posted a link to our home brew club Facebook page.  Thanks!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Rehydrating Dry Yeast
« on: October 15, 2012, 08:08:12 PM »
I always rehydrate because it is always what I have done when making bread.  May not translate to beer yeast but it just kinda made sense to me.

Equipment and Software / Re: GIve Up on ProMash??
« on: October 15, 2012, 07:37:51 PM »
i had been doing calcs myself until january. i had tried multiple trials of different software.  i settled on ibrewmaster for my iphone. i like it because it allows me to play with recipes on the fly.  i can also share when i run in to other brewers. it does most of what i would want and more.  i still idiot check the numbers.

I really like iBrewmaster as well.  I started with ProMash years ago but iBrewmaster does everything I need plus I can have it running during my brew day on my iPad.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Baby Boy - New Brew!
« on: October 15, 2012, 03:23:19 AM »
Congrats!!  We had three in four years!  The inspiration brew sounds good.

Beer Recipes / Black IPA
« on: October 14, 2012, 09:59:10 PM »
So this is what I brewed yesterday.

Black IPA or Cascadian ale, whichever you prefer

10 gallon batch

in the mash
18lbs 2 row
1 lb midnight wheat
2 lbs crystal 60L

added at sparge
6 oz. chocolate

added after protein break
2 lbs cane sugar

2 oz. Magnum 13.5 FWH
1.5 oz. Centennial 8.7 @ 20 min
1.5 oz. Centennial 8.7 @ 10 min
2 oz. Centennial 8.7 @ 5 min
2 oz. Cascade 5.5 @ 1 mn
Dry hop
2 oz. Cascade 7 - 10 days

California ale yeast
OG 1.070

So should I not have used the chocolate malt?  I am seeing all sorts of stuff now that what I actually made would be considered a hopped up stout.   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: going to Germany
« on: October 14, 2012, 09:51:55 PM »
Lucky you! Germany is where I acquired my taste for good beer, there are so many!  I was there in '91 and came back to the states in '92 and started brewing.

As punatic said, than you for your service!  And enjoy your time and the beer.

Beer Recipes / Re: Avery IPA recipe
« on: October 05, 2012, 04:38:34 PM »
No worries.  I am interested too!  Seems, if I am reading this correctly, that flame out additions with a long steep increases hop character. 

So how would you calculate hop utilization using this technique? 

Is this kind of the inverse of FWH?

Thank you for the link, interesting stuff!

Another plus one on the Vittles Vaults from me.  Not only does it keep the grain airtight but also keeps out the critters...

Beer Recipes / Re: Avery IPA recipe
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:49:38 PM »
Good point!  Hadn't thought of that but it makes sense.  A recipe is more than just the ingredients, it's also about the process.

Beer Recipes / Avery IPA recipe
« on: October 04, 2012, 01:18:29 AM »
On the Avery IPA recipe it only has .25 oz hops at 60 and approximately the same amount at 30 and the rest are all flameout additions.  Doesn't seem like that would produce enough bitterness or am I missing something?

Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles or Glass Carboys?
« on: October 02, 2012, 07:38:23 PM »
Better Bottles for me too.  The older I get the lighter I need things to be and they are considerably lighter than glass.  I use the super grunge cleaner to help with cleaning and I love the spigot!  No more siphoning!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best size boil kettle for 10 gallon batches
« on: October 02, 2012, 03:55:50 PM »
I use a 20 gallon kettle and what is nice is heating all my liquor at once.  I heat the strike water to mash temp, drain off to my mash tun and leave the rest to heat to sparge temps and then drain to a 10 gallon cooler to keep it at sparge temps.  Saves a little time heating all the liquor at once.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beard beer?
« on: October 02, 2012, 11:39:08 AM »
Yeah this doesn't help craft beer's image with the general public.  I'm thinking back to the BWW's commercial when the home brewer tells his friend his is 'special' and thinking back, that guy had a beard too... :o

All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st 10 gallon batch
« on: October 01, 2012, 02:05:58 AM »
I agree, extra time to heat the liquor.  I got a 20 gallon boil kettle and now heat all the liquor at the same time.  Once the water reaches my mash in temp I drain off what I need into my mash tun and leave the rest to ramp up to sparge temps and then drain it off to a cooler.  Saves a little time. 

Oh, and with 10 gallons you have twice as much beer!  :D

Beer Recipes / Re: Anyone brew Graff?
« on: September 23, 2012, 09:29:08 PM »
I saw the same video and was already planning a 10 gallon batch of stout for next weekend.  After seeing that video I think I am going to split 2.5 gallons stout wort and put on apple cider and another 2.5 gallons on cranberry and see what comes out.

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