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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another Question
« on: January 24, 2013, 12:18:54 PM »
Try dropping you pressure to 5-6lbs and then pour.  How is the carbonation?

Beer Recipes / Re: Red IPA
« on: January 23, 2013, 07:43:22 PM »
Use Carafa II or Blackprinz or Midnight Wheat instead of Chocolate malt.  Chocolate malt is going to give you brown, not red.

1 oz of Chocolate? No, chocolate is pretty red at extremely low quantities.
My experience YMMV.

Beer Recipes / Re: Red IPA
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:35:02 PM »
Use Carafa II or Blackprinz or Midnight Wheat instead of Chocolate malt.  Chocolate malt is going to give you brown, not red.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What am I missing?
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:43:39 AM »
It's going to take a while for the freezer to come up to 57 if you have 10g of 51 deg beer in there!

Ingredients / Re: briess special roast
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:24:12 AM »
In my experience brown malt imparts the same sour/raisiny flavor.  For biscuit flavor use a British Pale malt with some Victory or Biscuit malt. Use 5% crystal 60 in the whole mash and Blackprinze or Midnight Wheat late mash to get your color.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: co2 tank filling
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:57:43 AM »
Weigh it! (without the regulator)  The tare weight should be on the tank.

Oops - make that +1, what Paul just said!

All Grain Brewing / Re: What exactly is...
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:55:19 AM »
Is this in all bottles or just this one?
Have they all be refrigerated for the whole month?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to expect when expecting...
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:06:55 AM »
Hello everyone, my wonderful wife got me a membership here for Christmas. I have been brewing for a while now and really, really enjoy it. I enjoy it so much so, that it has inundated our pantry and the fridge is generally full of some home brew or room is being made to store some. I have read several books on getting into the brew business and I feel my calling. However...I will finish out my career in the military first. With that, I am still looking at another 10 or so years until I can grow up and even consider this (NOTE: I am aware I cant walk out of this job and open a Nano or anything like that there are milestones in my brain I wont bore you with right now). My burning thought is what is your (the brewing community) thoughts on business over the next 10 years? We have seen an explosion over the last five or so, but what does it look like in the medium term? Has this been looked into yet or is it too soon?
I reassure myself that it will turn out well and there will still be a demand for good beer (a longshot?), but there is a reality to it and as I prepare my medium and long term goals I want to do it with some educated guessing. Thanks and happy brewing!

PS: First post here, looking forward to more discussions!
First of all, thank you for your service!
Where are you stationed?  It might be worth your while to "volunteer" your services to a local micro just to see what working as a brewer is like.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pale barley brand and price
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:59:30 AM »
I have used Munton's Maris Otter and Fawcett Golden Promise.  With both I have had problems with the beer clearing (w/o fining).  Munton's pale is my go-to malt and, although very dusty from the bag, actually smells better (biscuity) than the MO.  It also clears very well.  Munton's pale is the Pearl variety, but, according to the head brewer at Fullers, all the British "Pale" malts are pretty much the same (interchangable).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: co2 tank filling
« on: December 21, 2012, 06:25:35 AM »
A 5lb tank should hold 5lbs of CO2.

+1.  That's why the call it a 5# tank :)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: co2 tank filling
« on: December 21, 2012, 06:20:04 AM »
I questioned the guy before and he gave me some BS about it may heat up and expand so they can't fill them to 5#s.
Its like Blue Rhino only putting 15# in a 20# propane tank "for safety".  When my local guy fills my propane tank, its 20# heavier.
Sounds to me like you need to find another place to get your tank filled.  I just swap my 5# tank out at Airgas, but I have them refill the 15# tank.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anybody ever heard of Summit Kegerators?
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:06:53 AM »
I will let you know what I think of the Summit in a few weeks. Now I need to figure out how to clean my keg and replace the O rings in it.
That is much easier than choosing a kegerator! :)

Ingredients / Re: Maris Otter Floor Malted Malt?
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:05:07 AM »
According to Fawcett's documentation, ALL of their MO is floor malted.  Other than having some problems with the beer clearing, I have had no problems with 95% MO and Golden Promise.  Although slightly different, the both have a much better "English" flavor than the Pearl varieties.

Beer Recipes / Re: Critique this Irish Red Ale Recipe
« on: December 12, 2012, 07:11:40 AM »
Found this old thread in a search for "Smithwick".  I'm brewing this for my second annual "Holiday Man-Day" on the 21st.  My bro-in-law loves Smithwicks.

Roguejim, I still see you every so often on the forum.  Hope you see this resurrection of your old thread and can let me know how your recipe came out.

I'm looking at this for a 10g batch.

16# Marris Otter
1# Crystal 80
1# Crystal 60
1# Flaked Barley
.22# Roasted Barley
EKG at 60, 20 and 2 with some Fuggles at 2 for 22.4 IBUs
Have some Wyeast 037 in the fridge from a Nut Brown Ale I was going to use instead of Irish Ale-1084.

All thoughts appreciated.

Smithwicks is not that red IMO so your color should be spot on.  I prefer Carafa II Special for color in my reds, keeps the roastiness down.  Should be tasty!
I also have use WY-1450 in an Irish Red, not traditional but also very tasty.

Equipment and Software / Re: Minimum Amps Required For Simple RIMS Setup
« on: December 02, 2012, 12:46:33 PM »
I would check the specs on the 1500W element.  1500W is PROBABLY a 120v element.

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