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General Homebrew Discussion / Adjusting Water for 750 mg/l Hardness?
« on: December 10, 2015, 02:44:44 PM »
My Las Vegas water report is:
Calcium (Ca+2): 75ppm
Magnesium (Mg+2): 24ppm
Sulfates (SO4-2): 228ppm
Sodium (Na+): 88ppm
Chloride (Cl-): 92ppm
Bicarbonate / Alkalinity: 138ppm
Hardness Total: 285 ppm

What do I need, and how much of it, to bring hardness up to 750 mg/l?

General Homebrew Discussion / How do you Store Your Grains?
« on: October 17, 2015, 07:47:51 PM »
I have two batches of un-milled grains packaged for a future batch, about 15 pounds bagged. I won't be using these for several months, possibly 6 or more.

Is there any value in storing the bags in the freezer?

What is the best storage method?

Yeast and Fermentation / Shipped Yeast Got Warm
« on: October 16, 2015, 01:53:15 AM »
My Vermont Ale strain arrived at 84F. I don't think it was warmer than that, if any, maybe a degree or two.

How bad is 84F for yeast?

All Grain Brewing / Northern Brewers Off the Topper Heady Clone
« on: October 09, 2015, 03:41:49 AM »
Looking for advice/feedback/suggestions from those who have brewed NB's Off the Topper, their Heady Topper clone.

It seems like a solid recipe and I would like to hear from others who have brewed this before.

General Homebrew Discussion / Pliny the Elder Dry Hopping
« on: October 04, 2015, 04:34:25 PM »
I am the only beer drinker in the house so a 5 gallon batch lasts me a few months ...

I have brewed a Pliny clone several times now with a recipe that has ~5 ounces of dry hops staggered 7 + 5 days. While Pliny is intended to be consumed fresh, it's just not possible given my situation.

Since it takes me a while to finish the batch, I've been thinking about dry hopping for 7 days then the other 5 when the keg is half consumed. My thought process being that the second later dry hop will provide aroma/flavor that may perhaps have been lost as the beer aged.

The issue however, is that the second dose is intended for 5 gallons, not 2.5 or less and I am wondering if the beer will be lacking flavor and aroma by going only with the first addition in the beginning.

So if you were me ... would you follow the recipe and load-up on dry hops as the recipe intends or try something new.

Will a 5 ounce dry hop dose have significantly more flavor & aroma than 2.5 ounces?

Your thoughts?

Yeast and Fermentation / WLP001 Starter Lag Time
« on: September 04, 2015, 01:00:59 AM »
I built a 2L starter last night with a 6 month old slurry of WLP001 from a local brewery. The yeast was stored at 40 degrees and tasted/smelled ok.

For the starter, I dumped approximately 200ML of the slurry into the starter. The starter is in a 4L flask and on a stir plate.

It's been approximately 24 hours now with no signs of activity in the starter. Nothing.

Sure, it is a bit old, but given the volume of yeast, I was expecting some decent activity by now.

I have only used WLP001 a few times - none with a starter. Does this yeast take off slowly in low gravity wort?

I've got about 800 ML of slurry left in the container. If you were me, would you pitch more or let it do its thing?

My brew day is Saturday ...

The Pub / Blood Iron Surplus - Anyone?
« on: April 23, 2015, 08:35:31 PM »
During a recent physical, my Dr. advised me that my blood iron content was a bit high - 240 mcg/dL with a normal range of 50-180 mcg/dL. Most everything else is good, including liver fat.

I do not consume much red meat, maybe once every two weeks, and can't figure out where the surplus of Iron is coming from. Pork and chicken are my go to meats.

In full disclosure, I told my Dr. that I brew my own beer and consume in moderation (at least to me ..). She suggested that I reduce alcohol and moderate my diet. No other suggestions.

Anyone else have higher than 'normal' Iron in their blood for homebrewed beer or beer consumption in general?

Kegging and Bottling / Question About Beer CO2 Absorption
« on: April 19, 2015, 02:19:19 AM »
I have a keg that was connected @ 15 PSI for 4 days at 75-80F while dry hopping. When connected w/gas, I found no leaks. There is a smidgen less than 5 gallons in the keg.

After a four days, I removed the gas and let it sit for another 2-3 days.

Today, when moving it into the refrigerator, I found it to be depressurized. The pressure release gave nothing.

I've got it back under gas, the lid and out post are soaped. No bubbles ...

Is it possible the beer absorbed the gas? Does this sound plausible for the lack of gas in the headspace (minor headspace)?

A commercial recipe calls for 1500 grams AA of Warrior extract. Warrior ranges from 15.0 – 17.0% AA (Hop Union).

What is the formula to calculate AAU or pounds?

My goal is to determine the weight in pounds.

General Homebrew Discussion / Do You Reuse Hop Shot Syringes?
« on: April 04, 2015, 12:36:24 AM »
I plan on buying a can of CO2 extract and fill-up 10ml syringes w/caps.

For those of you using extract, are you reusing the syringe or is it one time use only due to the viscosity of the extract?

All Grain Brewing / Pliny the Elder with Amarillo?
« on: April 03, 2015, 02:31:07 PM »
Does anyone have a recent or updated Pliny the Elder clone with Amarillo?

Neither the MoreBeer kit or Zymurgy (Double IPA / Vinnie's PTE recipe) reference Amarillo; the website however does.

Based on interviews, Vinnie cited using hop extract for bittering and pelletized hops from the 30 minute through dry hop. I would like to know where and how much Amarillo do use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Double Dry Hop Process?
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:40:43 AM »
Looking for feedback from those who double dry hop their DIPAs.

Following Vinnie Cilurzo's process of two doses of dry hops for Pliny the Elder or Younger's four doses, would it be best to use two or more mesh containers for each dose to keep the hop mass 'loose'?

For Elder, the 1st dose is 12 days and the 2nd 5 to 7 days, with a total of 4 ounces.

As I am dry hopping in the keg, the hops will be contained in a stainless mesh Dry Hopper (see link) to keep the wort clear.

Would it be best to simply add the 2nd dose on top of the wet mass of the 1st dose or add the second dose to a second container?

Or in simpler terms, if using a hop bag, are you adding it all to one bag or employ a second bag for the second round?

General Homebrew Discussion / Dryhop DIPA with Perle?
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:05:47 AM »
How would Perle be as a dry hop addition in a double IPA?

Will it work with Simcoe, Chinook, and Centennial?

All Grain Brewing / Pliny the Bastard?
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:55:38 AM »
I plan on combining my two favorite beers, Pliny the Elder and Arrogant Bastard into Pliny the Bastard.

The recipe below is the base for Pliny (More Beer), with CaraAroma subbed for C40, bittering by Chinook, and dry hopped with Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial. SRM will be a bit darker from the CaraAroma. The beer fermented with WLP001 (Pliny) instead of WLP007 (Bastard).

Do you think 147 IBUs of Chinook will be overpowering? The Pliny recipe with Magnum, Simcoe, Columbus, and Centennial is 153 IBU (per Beersmith).

The resulting beer should be dry, like Pliny, but bursting with Chinook goodness.

Looking for feedback.

Batch Size: 6 gallons (to account for dry hop absorption)
Est Original Gravity: 1.073 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.012
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.0 %
Bitterness: 148.4 IBUs

13 lbs. Pale Malt (2 Row) - 84.5 %
1 lbs. Carapils - 6.5 %
1 lbs. Corn Sugar - 6.5 %
6.1 oz. Caraaroma - 2.5 %

3.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 90 min
1.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 45 min
1.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 30 min
2.00 oz. Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 0 min

Ferment with WLP001

Dry hop
2 oz. Columbus
1 oz. Centennial
1 oz. Chinook

General Homebrew Discussion / CaraPils and CaraAroma in Same Beer?
« on: February 24, 2015, 02:30:00 PM »
Does anyone have a problem with having CaraPils and CaraAroma in the same beer? It seems like the two might compliment each other.

CaraAroma: Imparts fuller body and improved malt aroma.

CaraPils: Increases foam, improves head retention and enhances mouth feel without adding flavor or color to your beer.

An upcoming DIPA calls for 6 ounces of Crystal 40 and I have CaraAroma on hand. It's a 6 gallon batch.

I am not concerned with color.

Would 6 ounces of CaraAroma completely affect the flavor where Crystal 40 is called for?

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