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Beer Recipes / Hop my Belgian American hybrid?
« on: December 04, 2011, 01:17:32 AM »
5 lb Marris Otter
5 lb Domestic 2 row
1 lb caramel 40l.  

Using Wyeast 1214 Abby Ale
5 gal batch

Have Chinook, Nugget, Spaltz, and Saaz  on hand.  Beer is loosely inspired by an Iron Hill Beer called Digression which the brewer claims was a mistake: started the APA recipe and realized he needed a Belgian according to the schedule so he just used Belgian yeast..  I'm shooting for 40 or less IBU.s.  


Equipment and Software / Help with Johnson Controller
« on: July 06, 2011, 03:20:13 PM »
Bought one of these, analog version, and I can't seem to get it to work.  It is hooked up to a decent Frigidaire refrigerator and since it has no power light, makes no noise, and does not seem to turn on the compressor--I am wondering if I bought a dud. The temp rises past where it is set. I don't sit next to it, but I have not heard the unit turn on even once when it is hooked up. I have been turning on the power by unhooking it, since I have 9 gallons of Kolsch in there, and monitoring the temperature myself.  I have it hooked up via extension cord, does anyone think this matters?

Any advice?

Beer Recipes / Erie Brewing's Railbender Ale clone?
« on: April 12, 2011, 11:48:04 PM »
Anyone have a clone for this beer?

Yeast and Fermentation / Aeration stones?
« on: April 08, 2011, 08:47:27 PM »
Been searching for awhile,and I can't seem to find the one that is fused ss chips. Anyone?

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Harvesting/washing
« on: April 07, 2011, 05:16:12 PM »
Anyone feel like walking me through this? Links?

Kegging and Bottling / Keg reconditioning
« on: April 06, 2011, 05:26:30 PM »
A friend gave me a corny that needs reconditioning.  Obviously, I will replace all of the o rings with a kit.  Is it necessary to replace the poppet valves?  Or does anyone know where to find the orings that seal the poppets? any other thoughts?

Equipment and Software / Best Hydrometer?
« on: April 04, 2011, 07:00:40 PM »
I have been having issues which lead me to believe mine is inaccurate, plus it is hard to read.  Any thoughts?

All Grain Brewing / Mash Efficiency
« on: April 04, 2011, 06:12:11 PM »
Don't do the math, or software.  Just tell me what your OG would be if you single infusion mashed 9 lbs. Marris Otter 2 row and 1 lb of 60o l Crystal on your system.  Mash in 154o.

Beer Recipes / Two Brothers Christmas Brew Session
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:30:02 PM »
My brother and I have been brewing for nearly 20 years, but we only did it together once--two beers we bottled together --The Brothers Black and Tan. Over the Christmas break, we decided to brew a big beer and age it until next Christmas.  The process was a lot of fun, and we had a good time coming up with our recipe and executing the brew day.  The beer is huge and fermenting nicely at his house in Maine.  It is the beer I am talking about in the thread about high gravity bottling in the kegging/bottling section.  Here's the recipe:

 Double Trouble Triple
10 lb. Weyermann Pilsner Malt  (Germany)
1 lb. Honey Malt (Canada)
1 lb. 5° lv Crystal Malt
6.6 lbs. Briess Pilsner Light Malt Extract Syrup (2° lv) (US)
2 lbs. Belgian Light Candi Sugar (Belgium)
1 oz. Simcoe (12.2% aa — Boil 90 minutes) (US)
1 oz. Amarillo (8% aa — flavor, 15 minutes) (US)
1 oz. Saaz (4% aa — aroma) (CZ)
Wyeast 1388 Belgian Strong Ale

OG: 1.124 + 002 (taken at 77 F) = 1.126 = Wow!

After 11 days in primary, racked to secondary.  Starter culture of White Labs WLP P099 Super High Gravity Yeast added with two tablespoons of Yeast nutrient. My bro did this step after the initial fermentation stalled. This is by far the highest OG either of us has ever tried.  Try a project with a brew pal--it is so much easier to clean up!

Kegging and Bottling / High Gravity Bottling
« on: January 06, 2011, 11:04:17 PM »
My brother and I broke our personal OG record and busted through1.1! OG at 1.126  I normally keg, but we want to bottle this one and age until Christmas.  Should we follow normal procedures or are there issues to watch out for?

Kegging and Bottling / CO2 fill in South/Central Jersey?
« on: March 08, 2010, 03:12:57 PM »
Anyone live near here? I am looking for a place to fill my CO2 tank.

All Grain Brewing / Organics
« on: January 31, 2010, 06:21:22 PM »
I am a Rip-van Winkle brewer--was into the sport bigtime around ten--twelve years ago. LHBS went out of business and I sorta let it go.  A few months ago-SWMBO says, "why don't you homebrew again?" So I am up and running again. Up to my fifth batch.  I do all grain with a BLUE cylindrical cooler, a Phil's phalse bottom and a Phil's sparger. I am curious about a couple of things.  My beers are tasty but seem a little thin in body.  My OGs are coming in on the low side of target.  I am using organic grains exclusively--so far-- and was wondering if anyone using organics notices a lower yield? I used same recipes from years ago--that were idealized with MO 2 row.

I also boil stove top with a 6 gal Volrath SS pot for a brew kettle, and reading here and elsewhere leads me to believe it may be too small?  I don't remember it being a problem during phase 1.

Any comments on reduced efficiency with organic grains? Or with a potentially too-small boil/kettle?  I fill her right up to the brim and whatever is there after 90 min. boil is cooled and pitched.

My instinct is to just use more grain.

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