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Beer Recipes / Re: Irish Red Ale
« on: July 22, 2010, 02:13:21 PM »
1/2 lb of Crystal 120
6 oz of Carared
3-4 oz of Carafa Special II
and British hops of course

Beer Recipes / Re: Irish Red Ale
« on: July 21, 2010, 07:12:19 AM »
AFAIC British styles should have British hops - Target, Challenger, Northdown for bittering, EKG or Fuggles for flavor/aroma. (There are others).  Cascade in these styles is anathema.

Started 7/11/2006.  My first 9 batches were extract.  11/4/2006 I "sponsored" an all grain brew demo at my LHBS and never went back to extract.  I've never bought a kit.  I've looked to other's recipes for inspiration, or to figure out why my beer didn't taste like I thought it would, but never copied one.  This weekend will mark my 95th and 96th batches.  Looking forward to the century mark in September.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Too much pressure stalls fermentation?
« on: July 15, 2010, 08:08:21 AM »
It's more likely that there was a slight leak in your primary which changed your bubbling rate.  I doubt a bucket will hold enough pressure to stall the yeast.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Refrigerator temp controllers
« on: July 12, 2010, 12:25:17 PM »
I have mine set to +-1 but the probe is either insulated from the ambient air and taped to the carboy, or it's in a thermowell inserted in the beer itself.  It will take a long while for the beer temp to change at 'fridge temps.  A small fan in the 'fridge, blowing on the carboy will help.


Ingredients / Re: Home-Smoked Malt
« on: July 12, 2010, 08:27:16 AM »
I tried smoking malt, but it kept falling out of the rolling papers...;)
I had the same problem. Now Irish Moss......

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp control
« on: July 08, 2010, 12:52:19 PM »
I bought a thermowell from this guy.

Take a standard carboy cap, cut the narrow (long) tip down to 1/2".  Boil to soften and run the T'well down through it.  Attach a 5/8" id blowoff hose to the center tip and you're good to go!

FYI a fan in the fermentation cooler will speed heat transfer and prevent undershooting your temps.  If you are using a 14-15cuft freezer and a 5-6 gallon batch, just put a carboy full of water in the cooler too, that will add enough mass to absorb the undershoot of the air temp.

I have found, however that an insulated probe taped to the side works just as well, but for beer's sakes do one or the other!

The Pub / Re: Things that are better with alcohol...
« on: July 08, 2010, 07:14:01 AM »
Fat chicks...

Aaaaaaaaand 3..2..1....lock!
Bad Robert!
Let's just say, "The girls in the bar at closing time."

I just made a "Honey Blonde" for the 4th that was 9# Pils, 1# Wheat, and .5# Honey Malt(5 gallon).  Expecting the sweetness, I dropped my mash temp to 148 (from 150) and with only 11 IBUs of Fuggle,  the honey aroma was evident, crisp up front, with slight honey in the aftertaste but not sweet.  The finish was actually dry and refreshing.  Everyone said it was a keeper.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to Homebrewing
« on: July 02, 2010, 06:22:34 AM »
And my fiance likes having the idea of beer always on tap when we buy a house :-) 

My kit came yesterday and I'll be out most of the weekend, but with monday off, I'm thinking it'll be the perfect time to brew the first batch of "Mad Scientist"

Edit:  My fiance has already requested her own batch of beer... Something along the lines of a blue moon.  Doesn't need to be an exact copy, but something with an orange-citrusy flavor (I guess even something along the lines of a magic hat no. 9 but with orange), so if anyone knows if this is too difficult to do yet, or has a link to some kits, let me know. 
Fly, do not drive to Vegas and marry that girl NOW ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: Let's talk about pumps!
« on: July 01, 2010, 12:08:23 PM »
Name the pumps "Hans" and "Franz."  "Und ve just vant to pump... (clap) ...YOU UP!"  :P

Ok, I have 3 pumps, but one is a wimpy one just for the RIMS recirculation.  What should I name him?

Equipment and Software / Re: Let's talk about pumps!
« on: July 01, 2010, 12:06:25 PM »
Any prior experience with pumps and brewing? I just did my first batch with one last weekend and the main issue was clogging from the hops and hop seeds.

I'd suggest nailing that down before actually trying to brew since it will become a nightmarish hassle if you don't.

As it is when I get my stand built there will be two pumps as well.

Whole hops (or bitter orange peel)+pump=bad brewing day
You can use a coarse hop bag, anything to keep the big crap out of the impellers.  I use pellets and have no issues with clogging, although I have not tried to recirculate anything with more than 40IBUs worth of hops.  When I do I'll probably use a hop bag for the bittering addition.

The Pub / Re: What does “craft beer” mean to you?
« on: July 01, 2010, 08:55:45 AM »
A beer whose inspiration stems from the imagination and skill of the brewer, not some advertising or market research group.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Windsor yeast
« on: June 29, 2010, 07:42:07 AM »
I picked up a handful of Windsor yeast packs from Danstar. Never used it before and the LHBS' price was half that of the S-05 they were out of. My web search reveals that it finishes high.

What do you consider high?

The Pub / Re: Got a new job
« on: June 28, 2010, 12:23:06 PM »
I assume you have an extension and internet in the brew shed!

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