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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing Calculator and Mash Eff
« on: February 11, 2013, 06:23:10 AM »
Definitely invest in some brewing software.  I use BeerTools.  It makes the process that much easier as well as recipe generation.  And remember to have fun and RDWHAHB! 


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Open air fermentation
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:21:57 AM »
Didn't want to copy the pictures again, but the stainless fermenter is VERY COOL!   8)


Beer Recipes / Re: Just Kinda Happened
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:18:36 AM »
Shipyard IPA is a tasty English IPA brewed with Fuggles that I enjoy quite a bit. Unless you are a confirmed Fugglephobe, I think you're going to like the results here.

That's good info.  I am not a Fugglephobe, just never used them in an IPA before so I had no idea what I was getting in to.  Would you now advise not to dry hop it?  I did a 3.8oz hopstand for 30 mins with Fuggles.  It sounds like I should let them shine at this point....


Beer Recipes / Re: Just Kinda Happened
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:54:11 PM »
I predict you will have an incredible beer.

No's got Fuggles!  ;)

And Denny, you would be proud.  Batch sparge #2 and I may be leaning away from my homemade sparge arm.  It was really nice to sparge indoors when it's 20F outside!


Beer Recipes / Re: Just Kinda Happened
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:35:48 PM »
I predict you will have an incredible beer.

No's got Fuggles!  ;)

That's why I had so much sitting around and why I'm a little worried!  I use Fuggles in my Stout and ESB but that's about it.....

Now the twist is I have about 1.5oz of Amarillo left which I'm toying around with using to dry hop.  That combo can not have been brewed yet:  Tettnanger/Fuggle/Amarillo!   Ha! ::)


Beer Recipes / Re: Just Kinda Happened
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:32:06 PM »
I predict you will have an incredible beer.

I hope so!

Beer Recipes / Re: White Wheat Wonder (now with pictures)
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:12:59 PM »
That's pretty!  Send one my way!   :D

Beer Recipes / Just Kinda Happened
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:02:50 PM »
I wanted to clear out some leftovers so I pieced together a brew today.  Here's what happened:
12# 2-Row
1# Crystal 20
.5# Light Munich
.5# Wheat Malt
.25# Biscuit Malt
Mashed at 152F for 60 mins.
2.2 oz US Tettnanger at 60 mins
3 oz Fuggles at 15 mins
3.8 oz Fuggles at 1 min and steep for 30 mins.
1056 slurry to be pitched (still steeping while I have a Chimay clone)

What have I done?  I've never made a Tett/Fuggle IPA before!  Any predictions?  ???


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Unusual Lager Start of Fermentation
« on: February 10, 2013, 07:43:08 AM »

Sounds like you have it figured out.  They were active, just not dispersed.  I'd be happy to test the Helles out for you to make sure it's OK.... ;)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: prepped for the winter
« on: February 09, 2013, 07:23:57 PM »
That's awesome!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Need Some Serious Help
« on: February 09, 2013, 03:51:17 PM »
I'm betting it's your water.  If you want to continue using your tap water, get an analysis for .  Or use distilled/RO water.  Either way, also get Bru'nwater and start adjusting your water.  400 ppm hardness sounds like a bad thing.

+1.  Use RO water for your next brew and follow the Pale Ale profile in Bru'n Water.  I bet you will like the results.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« on: February 08, 2013, 06:44:46 AM »
OK, I'm being a little rediculous there. But if I have no clue how to get started with a style, I want something that's been reviewed a little.

That's why I like BeerTools. You can sort by reviews, favorites, comments, etc.

+1 to BeerTools.  You can also go online and use their recipe generator which includes style guidelines.  And there are almost 12,000 recipes posted, some with reviews.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA Hop Combo
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:33:04 AM »
Always looking for new IPA hop combos.  Anybody finish an IPA with a 1:1:1 ratio of Amarillo,Citra and Chinook?
 I like the complexity of 3 hop blends, and the piney,resiny Chinook as a counterpoint to the citrus/orange of the other 2 seems like a possible good combo.

I've never tried it but looks like a winner to me!  I think I've seen that others have.  I've done Amarillo/Chinook/Cascade several times and love it.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter temperature and gravity
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:16:27 AM »
For ales, you have the choice to pitch the starter directly in to your wort if made at room temps.

If you're using a stir plate or otherwise aerating, I'd say you should always decant.

Actually, I'd say you should always decant, period.

I actually had that there and took it out as I know it's done by some.  I agree with you 100%....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Paint Strainer
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:42:20 AM »
Don't worry about straining unless you're a commercial brewer. The trub will settle out and you can leave it behind in the fermentor. At least that's what I do.

I hear you but I repitch quite a bit and try to keep my yeast as trub free as possible.

Me too Paul.  I use a large fine mesh bucket bag.  It catches most everything.


EDIT:  Forgot to add that I love using paint strainer bags as hop bags in the boil, clipped to the top of the kettle.  Unclip, add more hops, reclip.  Works great!

I love the idea of the stocking.  Going to have to try that!

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