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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / specialty malts
« on: June 20, 2011, 03:39:04 PM »
I'm going to make my own pale ale recipe and would like some good ideas for specialty malts. i read in a book what they are, but it didn't go in depth as to which to use for what style or why to use them. does it matter? at this point i want to start with something standard and experiment from there, but i would like some sort of building block and any recommendations to go on from that point. i guess i should also point out that i'm a hop head and i will be dry hopping with amarillo... well amarillo hops all around, but i'm looking for a big hop ale more than a malty ale. are specialty grains necessary for a strong hopped beer? if my math is correct it should be about 60 IBU's.

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer Say What !!!
« on: March 26, 2011, 03:44:31 PM »
beautiful indeed!
i found two issues though
you have a "light" beer and there is a glass under it...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: not fermenting
« on: March 25, 2011, 03:59:26 PM »
i bought a kit from the local homebrew store and it contained everything you need to make beer, all i need was some of the tools to brew it up. it came with its own yeast packet that i saved just in case, but ironically my dog ate it. none of the ingredients were labeled so i don't know what the specific recipe is, i don't even know what kind of hops they gave me. needless to say i won't buy a pre-made kit from that store ever again.

i chilled the wort to 60 degrees so i could get an o.g. reading and that is the temp i pitched my yeast, but when i went to sanitize the hydrometer, i broke it so i need to buy a new one.

upon further inspection i found there is activity I'm just using a fermenter bucket that appears to not seal up tight, so with that being said i really appreciate that small bit of info that i should have known from the start. so no problem after all and thanks for the replies!!!

Yeast and Fermentation / not fermenting
« on: March 25, 2011, 02:37:22 PM »
i bought a pale ale kit and got it all brewed and in the fermenter, pitched the yeast according to the package and waited 12 hours. No sign of life and 36 hours later still no sign of life. i am going to buy another batch of yeast, but have i waited too long or would it be okay to re-pitch? like i said there are no bubbles so i can assume there is no infection, but i'm fairly new to this.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how to get higher ABV brews
« on: February 08, 2011, 05:17:15 PM »
if you are worried about a sweet beer just add HOPS!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/4 Edition
« on: February 04, 2011, 05:42:39 AM »
mead, first attempt. nine months from now it will be ready. problem with it is at least four months it's in the carboy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew - It all tastes the same
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:21:30 PM »
Someday you'll want to start kegging, if only to avoid bottling.   ;D

someday nothing, i hate bottling... well not hate, but I definitely would rather tap it than cap it!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Pliny the Younger
« on: February 03, 2011, 09:49:52 PM »
I'm new to the site but what little looking I've done, i've noticed a lot of talk about Pliny from Russian River Brewery. I am a very lucky fellow that lives about 5 minutes from the place, so i go there now and again. anyways once a year in February they make a very small batch of triple IPA called Pliny the Younger. they give it to you in a 10 ounce glass, you can't buy it in a growler and it has such a strong alcohol content that they will only sell you two glasses in one sitting. it is so popular that it lasts about two weeks.
From their site:
11.0%ABV, 1.098 O.G, GOBS of BUs
Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elder's nephew, in the case of this beer, the "Younger" is a triple IPA. Pliny the Younger is hopped three times more than our standard IPA, and is dry hopped four different times.

so for the locals, just a heads up that it will be out on Feb. 4th and for the rest of you, I'll have one for the both of us... or two...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sniffing the airlock!
« on: February 03, 2011, 09:08:15 PM »
right now i am smelling mead bubbles. pretty good

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew - It all tastes the same
« on: February 03, 2011, 06:09:07 PM »
I've been wondering why my beer has been consistently... consistent... this is truly wonderful information, thanks a lot for the good tips!!!

after i'm done with my mead. i will have to do things the right way with filtered water. I started to wonder if it was the priming sugar, i was about to resort to Co2 in a keg to get away from bottle carbonating. that could have gotten expensive...

I've had this problem before too, turns out that enough water (or Vodka in my case) had evaporated in the airlock that the bubbles could escape freely. i don't use Vodka anymore...

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