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Beer Recipes / Re: Bier de Garde
« on: December 01, 2017, 08:57:32 PM »
I like to use Alt yeast and use an Alt fermentation schedule. I tried the French Ale yeast and was not happy with it. Had a strong "wine-like" flavor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP questions
« on: December 01, 2017, 08:45:13 PM »
I would say that a session IPA entered in the Pale Ale category should get hit on lack of maltiness, balance and mouthfeel, IF the judges know what they are doing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Puzzle
« on: December 01, 2017, 08:42:40 PM »
Yeah, if I want an English Bitter, I make my own  ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: November 28, 2017, 09:02:38 PM »
Mine was kegged and carbonated by Thanksgiving. The color is similar, the taste ended up drier (FG was lower) and perhaps as a result, the bitterness seems a bit sharper than Sierra Nevada's. Still a very good, drinkable IPA.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: November 17, 2017, 07:00:26 PM »
I think I am at about 150 ppm sulfate. I never considered going all the way up to 300 though  :o

Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:25:44 PM »
I racked mine into the secondary onto the dry hops last night. Gravity 1.012. It did not taste nearly as hoppy as I expected but hopefully the dry hops will help with that.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:43:41 PM »
I brewed Denny's recipe this past Sunday (was going to brew on Saturday but the hot water heater went out and flooded half the basement in the process  >:(, but not the brewery, it has a floor drain  ;D).

Looks pretty good. Happily bubbling away at 68 degrees in the 14 gallon conical (I brewed 10 gallons). I overshot the OG a bit at 1.068. Rustic orange/amber color.

Hopefully I will be able to dry-hop this weekend and keg it by the next. I will let you know how it turns out.

Beer Recipes / Re: red rye ale
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:26:55 PM »
I think you are going to need more hops  :P

Beer Recipes / Re: Dryhop Imperial Red or Just Whirlpool?
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:11:58 AM »
They each give a different character. I think the whirlpool gives a deep aroma character and the dry hop gives a fresh hop aroma character. I would do both.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:01:27 AM »
Denny, I am going with your (Sierra Nevada's?) recipe. I will be brewing it this weekend.

By the way, we just got in this year's version of Celebration in Colorado. I picked up a sixer and its not red like I thought I remembered - rather orange/amber.  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help Me Make a Better Brew Day
« on: October 17, 2017, 07:18:21 PM »
Clean (I usually have my carboy/keg cleaning pipeline going), watch sports, smoke food, drink homebrew.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:41:16 PM »
Disasters - hmm, let me count the 3 biggest:

1) Carboy shatter #1 - I was sanitizing a carboy at the end of a brew session and shaking 1 gallon of Star San around in the kitchen. I was holding the carboy horizontally. On a downward shake the carboy slipped out of my hands and crashed to floor with such force (after all, I had in essence thrown it on the floor) that it shattered with shards even hitting the ceiling. Luckily, no injuries.

2) Carboy shatter #2 - I was transferring from primary to secondary in the garage (I had smartened up and no longer did anything brew related in the kitchen) and had the sanitized carboy sitting on a step stool so that my siphon hose would reach the bottom. It must have been unstable and got bumped and I noticed it falling and instinctively tried to grab it. My hand touched it just as it hit the floor, shattering into big shards. I essentially stabbed myself in the finger with one of the shards causing a deep gash on the underside of my middle finger. Blood was everywhere, but beer had to be transferred so I wrapped up my finger, cleaned up, and proceeded. The next morning my finger was still bleeding so I went to the doctor where I ended up with 5 stitches. I still don't have feeling on the end of that finger.

3)  Cereal mash burn - I had returned from a deployment in Afghanistan and was brewing my first beer since I got back. I was brewing a Classic American Pilsner which called for a cereal mash of the corm meal and some 6-row. Normally I wear my brewing shoes (LL Bean duck boots) but it was hot and I was trying to recover from "foot funk" which can happen when wearing combat boots every day for a year. So I wore rubber river sandals (open). During the cereal mash while I was standing over the boiling wort stirring - a little glob of corn meal/6 row wort popped out of the pot and landed on the middle of my exposed foot. I did not feel any pain but knew I was in trouble when I saw the skin immediately fall off. Of course I continued with the brew but ended up with a third degree burn on my foot. It swelled up so much that I could not where a shoe for a week.   :o

Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: October 10, 2017, 06:35:02 PM »
Thanks Denny. I will take your word for it. Seems like a lot of crystal malt to me but how about this:

12 lb. (5.44 kg) 2 row malt
2 lb. (0.45 kg) 60° L crystal malt

That comes to a SRM of 13.85. Doesn't seem red enough but I will try it and can still "cheat" if the color doesn't turn out right. I will adjust my mash temps so it doesn't turn out to be a crystal bomb.

I have fresh Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops arriving soon to use.

Equipment and Software / Homebrew pump comparison
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:42:09 PM »
Has anyone seen a general review/comparison of the various homebrew pumps available now? I am particularly interested in flow rate comparisons.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:39:18 PM »
Hmm, so no chocolate malt huh? The Sierra Nevada site doesn't give me an SRM but I can make a good guess. I have to plug the numbers but here is what I am thinking:

12 lb. (5.44 kg) 2 row malt
1 lb. (0.45 kg) 60° L crystal malt
8 oz. (227 g) 120° L crystal malt

Then have 2 oz chocolate malt on hand in case it is not red enough.

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