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Beer Recipes / Founder's Dry-Hopped Pale Ale
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:19:08 AM »
I found some notes from Jeremy Kosmicki of FBC on another forum so I put together this recipe based on that.

Founder's Dry-Hopped Pale Ale
10A-American Ale-American Pale Ale

Recipe Overview:
Wort Volume Before Boil:6.00 US gals             Wort Volume After Boil:5.00 US gals
Volume Transferred:5.00 US galsWater Added To Fermenter:0.00 US gals
Volume At Pitching:5.00 US galsVolume Of Finished Beer:5.00 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity:1.046 SGExpected OG:1.055 SG
Expected FG:1.012 SGApparent Attenuation:76.4 %
Expected ABV:5.6 %Expected ABW:4.4 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth):     31.2 IBUExpected Color (using Morey):       6.8 SRM
BU:GU ratio:0.57
Mash Efficiency:75.0 %
Boil Duration:60.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature:64 degF

Ingredient       Amount       %         Time       
US 2-Row Malt8lb 0oz80.0 %   In Mash
US Carapils Malt1lb 0oz10.0 %In Mash
US Munich 20L Malt8oz5.0 %In Mash
US Caramel/Crystal 40L Malt     8oz5.0 %In Mash

Variety    Alpha     Amount     IBU     Form     Time       
US Cascade     4.5 %1.75 oz31.2   Pellet60 Min from End
US Cascade4.5 %2.00 oz0.0   PelletDry-Hopped
US Crystal3.5 %2.00 oz0.0   PelletDry-Hopped

White Labs WLP001-California Ale

Mash Schedule:
Mash Type:    Full Mash
Schedule Name:     Single Step Infusion (68C/154F) w/Mash-Out

Step Type      Temperature          Duration     
Rest at154 degF60min
Raise to and Mash Out at    171 degF10min

BTW converting this html to bbcode was a huge pita so if you like the way it looks feel free to copy my table code and use it as a template for when you post recipes.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Founder's Dry-Hopped Pale Ale
« on: February 14, 2013, 04:35:07 PM »
Absolutely fantastic! The hop aroma and flavor are awesome. As soon as you open the bottle you get blasted with a nose-full of cascade. So good it'll make you wanna smack your mama!

Founder's just keeps hitting it out of the park for me, another home run in my opinion.

Highly recommended.

The Pub / Pliny Documentary
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:49:30 AM »
A short video about Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny the Younger

(and they pronounce it 'pliney' not 'plinny', hah! ;) )

BrewPi - Raspberry Pi-based Fermentation Controller

"BrewPi is an open source fermentation controller that runs on an Arduino (for now) and a Raspberry Pi. It can control your beer temperature with 0.1 degree precision, log temperature data in nice graphs and is fully configurable from a web interface. If you are not into brewing, but do like to thinker with electronics, give the article a read. I had to invent many little things that could be very helpful for other projects too. I can think of a lot of cool things you could that involve controlling an Arduino from a web browser."

BrewPi website

edit: added BrewPi website link

General Homebrew Discussion / One of the best brew days ever
« on: September 26, 2012, 05:04:57 PM »
I'm really lucky to have friends that love craft beer and who also love the brewing process. My wife and I have had them over on a few brew days and I find teaching how to brew almost as satisfying as brewing.

As part of my friend Jessica's birthday gift, I ordered an extract kit of a "fat tire" clone (one of her favorite beers) and invited her over to brew it at our place. She was so excited! I only made the starter, setup the equipment, and answered questions, I let her do everything else.

Right in the middle of heating up the water it started to rain so we moved everything under the metal awning attached to the house and continued undeterred. The rain kept getting worse and worse and turned out to be the worst storm we've had all summer. We used beach umbrellas to shield us from the wind and rain but there was still almost an inch of water that slowly crept up as we moved closer and closer to the house. It was miserable, and turned out to be the most fun brewing we've ever had.

We unanimously named it Rainy Day Ale and three weeks later we presented it to her on her birthday. It was deliclous. I don't know what was better, the brew day, the beer or the smile on her face when she opened the bottle and took her first sip.

She did a fantastic job and we all had a great time. I highly recommend doing this for your friends, you'll be happy you did! I know I was!


Ingredients / How to make Flaked Maize/Corn?
« on: September 18, 2012, 03:42:39 PM »
Anyone know of the proper procedure for making flaked corn? We have amazing locally grown sweet corn here in jersey and i'd like to start using it in my cream ales. I searched a bit but didn't find much that helped.

Any help appreciated,


Commercial Beer Reviews / Yard's IPA
« on: August 25, 2012, 11:09:43 AM »
I really love Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale and when the local liquor store didn't have it, my wife picked up the IPA instead. I totally dig this one too. A def "buy again" beer, which is getting harder and harder to do with so many choices lately. <<--#CraftBeerProblems

The Pub / its Naptime!
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:14:03 AM »
For anyone with kids, this is hilarious...


Questions about the forum? / New forum category suggestion
« on: May 07, 2012, 12:13:42 PM »
Mistakes, Mishaps and Disasters...

I'd volunteer to be the moderator for this section! (as well as a contributor, unfortunately...)


Pimp My System / More Brewshed Ideas...
« on: April 23, 2012, 01:06:22 PM »
In my never-ending quest to find a brewshed that i like, i ran across this site and thought i would share:

Alpine Storage Sheds

General Homebrew Discussion / Near-perfect Brew Day
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:31:09 AM »
I only say near-perfect because i don't want to jinx my next session. :)

Had some friends over on thursday to help me brew because they were interested in the process and may want to start homebrewing themselves. Everything went smoothly and they had a blast. I let them add the grains, stir the mash, vorlauf, etc etc while I instructed them during the whole process, they even helped me clean up!

We spent the whole day brewing, eating bbq, drinking beers and laughing while the kids played in the yard. Such a great day!

btw, the SNPA Clone we brewed is bubbling away and smells great!

I highly recommend having people over to help you brew, it made my brew day just that much better.


Equipment and Software / OK I really screwed up...
« on: March 21, 2012, 07:21:02 PM »
So in a colossal bout stupidity I left spent grain in my mash tun (coleman cooler) over the winter when i thought i cleaned it out. Opening it for the first time was the most disgusting thing I have ever witnessed in my entire 42 years on this planet. The smell of death and decay and the sight of bugs and maggots was overwhelming to every one of my senses. I just can't describe it in words.

I cleaned it out and scrubbed it over and over and over again inbetween puking, then i scrubbed it some more with oxyclean, then soap, then again with oxyclean, then sanitized it with star-san and did the whole thing over again atleast 5 times over the course of a few days but the smell of death remains.

Is this a hopeless cause? Will anything get rid of that smell? I don't want any grain or wort to come close to touching this thing if I can't even get rid of the smell. I know i can boil the stainless steel parts (weldless valve, bulkhead and bazooka screen) but i can't seem to get rid of that smell in the cooler. It goes away after cleaning it then returns overnight.

Think i should just cut my losses, toss it and spend the $40 on a new cooler or do you think its salvagable somehow?

I feel like such a friggin idiot!@!#$

Equipment and Software / Brewtarget author interview
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:22:19 PM »
Saw this on /. and thought i would share...

Hop into beer brewing with opensource

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