Just installed BeerAlchemy and really like what I see so far... thanks. The profiling is excellent, particularly for us small-batch folks. I have a couple of quibbles but nothing huge.
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I use Beersmith to formulate my recipes and schedules, then good old pen and paper in a brew log during the brewing process. I find it faster than trying to type on a virtual keyboard, and I don't have to worry about anything happening to electronics while brewing. When I have downtime I type all my notes and stuff into Beersmith for historic purposes.
Got the digital scale..... but why use all the yeast? The pack I used for my first batch was for 5 gallons.... or do they come in different sizes?
For now I'm working off kits/recipes from allegedly reliable sources. BUT I have some ideas I want to try out. Now, trying something and finding it doesn't work and chucking it is one thing. Finding out it doesn't work and chucking FIVE GALLONS of it is another thing.
How do people do small batches? Does one simply divide the recipe by five and then ferment in a growler? What do you do with the rest of the yeast, hops that comes in quantities made for 5 gallon batches.....?
No need to feel guilty...just think of it like this: had it fallen into the hands of someone less honest than you, it might have zero chance to return to it's rightful owners.
If anything, you've proven that you care enough to do what's right...
Well, two hours later......( I know, patience Grashopper) ....no bubbles, the little "hat" still sitting down on the tube..... so I tapped the airlock...... thought it was going to hit the ceiling..... we HAVE fermentation!!! I can see the water moving down, minutes away from the first beer fart..... this is COOL! Meanwhile the barn still smells like a brewery..... LOVE that smell.
I also love that smell. Nothing smells quite like that.
I use a Proaccurate Digital Thermometer that is a great value. It is quick reading and reliable.
It's not optimal but sometimes I recap the big bottles and finish next day. And some of those big brews are deceptive. Alcohol bite is so well hidden then you look at the label...
I'm downloading the mp3.
I like beer that doesn't get you bombed after 2 pints. And as homebrewers we can brew as strong as we want. I'm sure everyone goes through their high alcohol brew phase. Pretty much stay below 12.5 brix now except for the rare brew like an IPA.
Session beer's where it's at IMO. +1
I have been thinking that my next brew session would be an oatmeal stout with (decaf) coffee and vanilla. Or maybe cacao nibs and vanilla.
Don't use decaf! decaf is almost always made from inferior beans so the price can be inline with the full caf and it still has caffeine, just less, about half as much. Unless you can find a decaf that is significantly more expensive than the regular from the same roaster it's just not worth it. go ahead and use regular if your going after the pure flavor.