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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Lightening extract?
« on: August 19, 2012, 12:54:58 PM »
Is this a Northern Brewer kit? If so, they will state in their instructions if you should add part of the extract at the last 15 minutes. That could help with color.
The other thing I wanted to mention is that beers tend to look darker in a large amount, but when poured into a 12 ounce glass it may be spot on. I do think it will lighten some as it sits and more haze falls out.

Something not mentioned but can be a big help is looking at recipe kits sold by the big homebrew shops. Northern Brewer puts their recipes in a PDF. Read the reviews and start formulating your recipe from there. Or buy a kit, document what it has, then adjust to your liking the next time. Some of those kits make fantastic beers.
And a big +1 to getting your water filtered. It can really help.

Beer Recipes / Re: Winter warmer with homegrown Chinook?
« on: August 17, 2012, 11:04:51 AM »
Thanks for posting it. I appreciate it!

Beer Recipes / Re: Winter warmer with homegrown Chinook?
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:13:30 AM »
Sure, I'm open to trying it with Chinook as a substitute. Thanks!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stink bugs killing my hops
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:10:48 PM »
Look for some powdered bug killer and read the label. Many are safe for fruit and vegetables up to the date of harvest. I have cucumber beetles attacking my Willamette and Northern Brewer hops. It works but washes off easy. Bugs are funny in that you may never have a problem and then all of a sudden your plant is gone. That happened to me last year with my Chinook. Some type of worm ate nearly all the leaves in one day.

Beer Recipes / Re: Winter warmer with homegrown Chinook?
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:40:09 PM »
Not a winter warmer, but you can search for "Sister Star of the Sun" and find a recipe that makes something akin to a British IPA that is down right a pleasure to drink. I like mine with some age on it, very dry.  Might dry hop  the keg as it is about 9 months old now.

I did a little searching on this recipe and it definitely looks worth trying! Thanks for posting the suggestion. I made a note of it to try making sometime. I think for this one, I'm going to avoid making an IPA. If I can save back some hops, I'll do that one late winter so it's ready for spring and summer.

I made an American version of a Winter Warmer... I called it an "American Stock Ale" and entered it in the specialty beer category.  It's the only beer I have ever got a 40 for.  It was the NHC though, so it didn't even make it into the top 3 in the category :)

Did this American Stock Ale contain Chinook hops? It sounds like it is a proven recipe. I should also note that I don't mind adding another hop variety to the mix, as long as the Chinook are the "showcase" hop. I want to show off my homegrown stuff a little.

Beer Recipes / Winter warmer with homegrown Chinook?
« on: August 12, 2012, 11:33:19 PM »
I will be harvesting my homegrown Chinook hops in about 2 to 3 weeks and haven't come up with an idea of what to use them in. I really don't know how much I'll get from the one Chinook plant I have, but it is full of happy 2" long hops. I was thinking of using them in a one hop variety winter warmer or some type of stout. I am thinking of making this beer in the 1.065 - 1.075 range. Target brew date would be September and drinking it in late December or early January. My problem is I'm totally stumped on a recipe idea. Any suggestions? Or do any of you have a tested recipe using Chinook that would be good for a cold winter's day?

Thanks in advance,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Today's screw up...
« on: July 29, 2012, 09:36:05 PM »
Ouch! How much did you end up losing?

All Grain Brewing / Re: clarity/sediment/biab/batch sparging
« on: July 29, 2012, 09:08:08 PM »
I had similar issues with cloudiness and fine particles making into the kettle when doing a BIAB. I found that unless I used a secondary, it was unavoidable that it would end up in the bottle as well. I moved to batch sparging and the problem is gone. No need to use a secondary and the beers turn out very clear in the bottle.

The Pub / LP regulator for a Kenmore gas grill.
« on: July 28, 2012, 06:06:00 PM »
Sears was useless, so I thought I'd ask all of you to see if you can help. I'm trying to find a stainless braided hose and regulator for a Kenmore gas grill of my mother-in-law's. Of course Sears can't provide me any information on the regulator's PSI rating and I can't find it anywhere on the unit or in the manual. In fact, I struggled to find any info on the regulator because it is made in China. What I did find isn't exactly clear. It appears it is a Illida brand regulator model 601-A2. The Chinese website states it is for a 47600 BTU appliance, but the grill is nearly double that. Is this a case of Kenmore being cheap and putting on an inferior product, or am I getting the wrong specs? So, my real question is do any of you have a recommendation of another product I can use as a replacement? I'm looking at a Bayou Classic M5LPH, 36" Stainless Braided Low Pressure Hose, 1-PSI Regulator, 3/8" Flare Swivel Fitting that I can get from Amazon for less than $25, but I'm not sure it will work. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

Ingredients / Re: Honey malt
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:42:39 AM »
I've used honey malt in both extract and all grain wheat recipes before with good and bad results. In an extract American Honey Wheat, a little is a lot. Only a 1/4lb steeped was too sweet. A full pound in an all grain wheat fermented with Wyeast 3068 was delicious. I also used it in a hoppy extract wheat recipe at a 1/4lb using Danstar Munich dry yeast and I couldn't tell it was in there.

With what you plan to brew, I would say 1/4 to 1/2lb would be fine. Your recipe is similar to what I brewed with it a while back. I should also say that I love a sweeter and malty wheat beer.

Beer Recipes / Re: Recreating an old recipe
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:24:50 AM »
I thought I'd post one final time on this. The beer finished at 1.004 with the bread yeast. It was pretty much finished in 4 days. The beer was able to sit in the bottles for about 3 weeks before my uncle came to town. My dad and uncle were really excited to try it and were glad to see I had it made in time for the get together. My uncle, dad, and brother-in-law loved it! They are all huge Busch Light and Bud Light drinkers and this is the first beer I've made that any of them really liked. Funny, this is one of the only beers I've made that I didn't like that much. I also had the opportunity to learn that my brother-in-law can't really hold his homebrew as this stuff knocked him on his butt!

I wanted to thank everyone that pushed me to stick to the original recipe. The beer brought back many stories from my uncle and dad. My uncle also showed me that traditionally, they drank the beer after pouring a little salt into the glass. It definitely changed the flavor. I'm not exactly sure why they added the salt.  ??? Also, the recipe didn't turn out to be my grandpa's. It was my great grandpa's recipe. My grandpa had it for decades before handing it over to my uncle. Interesting to hear how much history can be tied to one old recipe.

Beer Recipes / Re: Dark Ale - My first recipe
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:12:12 AM »
First thing I would recommend when making extract recipes is to get light dry malt extract as your base. On dark and amber extracts you have no idea what the original brewer added to make the wort, could have been crystal malt or munich or vienna or who the hell knows what. So, to have control over the process you need to add your own specialty malts.

I agree with this, unless you know exactly what is in the liquid extract. The first time I created a recipe of my own, it was similar to yours. I used nothing but dark and amber LME from a homebrew store I had never dealt with. The gravity finished at about 1.022. Way too sweet and tasted nothing like I'd planned. Stick with light LME or DME options until you're comfortable with your supplier of extract.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mash tun frustration
« on: June 27, 2012, 11:36:32 PM »
The JB Weld product looks promising. I use aquarium silicone that is food safe. It does an ok job.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation and Infection
« on: June 26, 2012, 06:12:55 PM »
I know dish soap is frowned upon, but I use an antibacterial soap that's free of dye and scent for cleaning all plastics and tubing. Bottles go in the dishwasher. No infections,  no noticeable change from when I've used PBW.

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