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All Grain Brewing / Czech Pils?
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:46:53 PM »
So has anyone really attempted triple decoctions on a Bo pils? I am considering 2 mash schedules for my Czech pils what ya think.

No sparge with maybe 2% melanoidin malt
Hochkurz Double decoction

100% best pils malt
Gonna use Czech budejovice yeast and really soft water bitter to around 40ibus. 

Just curious and wondering if the decoction will push it to 11!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ipa water addition help
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:56:15 PM »
Calcium(ppm), Magnesium (ppm), Sodium (ppm), Sulfate (ppm),Chloride(ppm), Bicarbonate (ppm)

RO Water   1, 0, 8 ,1 , 4 ,16

start with this from brunwater for RO

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ipa water addition help
« on: February 15, 2015, 04:03:30 PM »
i would think that "bottled water" would be $$$ is there any way you can just find an RO machine in one of your local grocery stores? i get 5 Gal for $2. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ipa water addition help
« on: February 15, 2015, 03:49:34 PM »
my buddy has brewed this clone 3 or 4 times and has nailed it (did a side by side). He pushes his So4 to 200ppm and Cl to 40ppm uses 100%RO. Doesnt taste minerally at all also he use Vermont IPA yeast GYo54 from Gigayeast.

Ingredients / Re: Data on Blackprinz
« on: February 14, 2015, 06:12:33 AM »
This is what i have has been working well
Name: Blackprinz
Type: Grain
Origin: US
Supplier: Briess

Yield: 75.00 %
Potential: 1.034
Color: 500.0 SRM
Max in Batch: 1-2% Minor color adjustment with little to no flavor impact in lighter
                              colored lagers and ales.
                     2-5% Adds color with subtle, smooth flavor

                     5-10% Use in larger quantities for color plus mild roasted malty flavor

Moisture: 3.00 %
Protein: 11.7 %
Coarse Fine Difference: 1.50 %
Diastatic Power: 0.0 %

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: flbrewer
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:29:39 PM »
Nice Justin! makes me miss Jacks. I lived over the ditch in Ponte Vedra. Went to UNF back in 2000 i do miss those days:) live in idaho Falls now but frequently miss the beach/surf. O ya it must have been a bit chilly in the low 70s:) 

Equipment and Software / Re: Drill for Grain Mill
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:40:46 PM »
I use a cordless 18v dewalt also. Put it on a monster mill with set on #1 for speed. Only get maybe 3 uses before having to change battery.  I would by a corded drill with variable control if you have a plug near by.  I use the dewalt just because i had it for honey dues and such. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Debbie Downer (Cleaning My EHERMS)
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:34:40 AM »
I hate to be a Debbie Downer on a Sunday morning but I just want to say I really hate cleaning my EHERMS and this is why.   First off I have a 20Gal HLT, 15Gal MT and kettle. HLT has a 50’ SS coil and this is my problem cleaning. I have a consistent problem with a thin algae like growth which shows its face upon recirculation to get to strike temp.  My process is much like “kals” , The Electric brewery with assuming the sparge will rinse most of the coil out so no worries but that’s not the case.  It seems clean but low and behold it’s not come next batch, Algae is back and lots of it.  I have started using Sheppard brothers shear 2000 (4oz Gal at 160F) caustic and their acid (4oz Gal at 120F) to clean with a circulation of 30min or so. This is a PITA and I use a lot of the solutions because I need at least 4Gal to cover my element to heat/recirculate. Then I have to rinse everything thoroughly. Then I have to safely dispose of a lot of liquid. Anyway sorry to vent but this is the down side of having such a system and it is what it is. My 3 gal cooler batch sparge set up is waaaaay simpler.  Wish there was an easier way.  Peace out  and I do feel better yours truly Debbie downer☺

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 import hops release?
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:51:12 PM »
jeff said end of Feb. I was wanting UK challenger, HM and EKG myself just trying to order from one supplier and hops direct dont have UK challenger

General Homebrew Discussion / 2014 import hops release?
« on: February 06, 2015, 01:57:48 PM »
Does anyone know possibly when either Hops direct or YVH will release there UK and German/Hallertau region hops? i guess i could buy last years but was just wonder when they may be released or harvested. Hops direct has some but as always not all i want to order. hate to have to place 2 separate orders

Beer Recipes / Re: Captain stubings light lager thoughts
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:26:39 PM »
i am sure he will he always does bring BMC:) Poor guy says homebrew gives him a headache. i told him he cant drink a case of IPA and expect to not have a headache:) 

Beer Recipes / Re: Captain stubings light lager thoughts
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:16:12 PM »
ya being i never make or drink this style i did use her recipe. i am struggling and wanting to add some other malt but that would be no so " to style" maybe a bit of vienna 3% maybe. this is some yeast my buddy is dumping at a local brew pub

Beer Recipes / Captain stubings light lager thoughts
« on: February 03, 2015, 05:40:57 PM »
i have never made this style mainly because i can but it in bulk for sooooo cheep:) i have a steelhead fishing trip coming up and my bro in law wants me to give this style a shot for him to drink in mass quantities. I am really wanting to put a little Vienna in it to add just a little bit more character whats your thoughts

Recipe: Captain stubings light lager
Brewer: Quattlebaum
Asst Brewer:
Style: Lite American Lager
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 8.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 7.80 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.040 SG
Estimated Color: 2.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 11.9 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 98.2 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
6 lbs 4.0 oz          Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        75.8 %       
2 lbs                 Rice syrup solids  (0.0 SRM)             Grain         2        24.2 %       
1.00 oz               Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [2.70 %] - First Hop           3        5.2 IBUs     
0.85 oz               Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [2.70 %] - Boil  Hop           4        6.7 IBUs     
3.0 pkg               SafLager West European Lager (DCL/Fermen Yeast         5        -             

Mash Schedule: (208) Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out, Fly
Total Grain Weight: 8 lbs 4.0 oz
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 3.80 gal of water at 155.6 F        146.0 F       120 min       

Sparge: Fly sparge with 6.08 gal water at 168.0 F

FG expected to be 1.008.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Martin B. is the man!
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:38:30 PM »
I played with adjusting Mash PH at room temp per styles and have come to the conclusion that mash PH at room temp of 5.5 to 5.6 works best for me and I can't tell a difference in the finial beer. Hell it seems that each individual yeast strain has its own buffering ability and as long as I keep alkalinity in check I am golden.

Also I feel boil PH plays a larger roll in all my beers on perceived hop bitterness and desired finial "product". Specifically I shoot for a boil PH measured at room temp of 5.5 meaning boil should be 5.2ish. This gives me a softer hop character. Some may like that harsher hop profile in IPAs and APA but I can definitely tell when someone's boil is possibly high on PH:). This works for me anyways. Hell most of this is probably wrong anyways:).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:45:57 PM »
Koestritzer and Moenschof come to mind from my time in Germany.

Devils Backbone makes a very good one, don't know if you can find it, I can't.

Devils backbone clone i just did from his talk at NHC and it's tasty except for to much mouthfeel from melanoidin. Will drop to lighter munich (11 to 15L) and much less melanoidin if at all. The Bohemian brewery in salt lake makes a tasty one (Cherny Bock)

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Schwartz
Brewer: Quattlebaum
Asst Brewer:
Style: Schwarzbier (Black Beer)
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 5.66 gal
Post Boil Volume: 4.16 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 3.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 3.25 gal
Estimated OG: 1.050 SG
Estimated Color: 28.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 24.2 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 73.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 83.4 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
4 lbs 14.8 oz         Pilsner (Betz) (1.7 SRM)                 Grain         1        75.9 %       
8.3 oz                Blackprinz  (Briess) (500.0 SRM)         Grain         2        8.0 %         
6.0 oz                Munich 20L (Briess) (20.0 SRM)           Grain         3        5.8 %         
5.9 oz                Melanoidin (Weyermann) (30.0 SRM)        Grain         4        5.7 %         
4.8 oz                Carared (20.0 SRM)                       Grain         5        4.6 %         
0.63 oz               Tradition [6.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min       Hop           6        22.1 IBUs     
0.20 oz               Tettnang [3.80 %] - Boil 15.0 min        Hop           7        2.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Saflager Lager (DCL/Fermentis #W-34/70)  Yeast         8        -             

Mash Schedule: (208) Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out, Fly
Total Grain Weight: 6 lbs 7.8 oz
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 3.00 gal of water at 159.3 F        148.0 F       60 min       

Sparge: Fly sparge with 3.44 gal water at 168.0 F
less melanoidin and lighter munich
Thanks for that, the beer at the talk was great. It is on the list to brew soon. Could yeast differences be part of what you say?
I really question the yeast to be the issue. I think it could be that I used 20L munich instead od 15L that he suggest. I also used blackprinz instead of  Carafa but not much different.  I was just not a fan of that much melanoidin with the combo of munich.

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