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Beer Recipes / Re: Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:54:34 AM »
I should also note that I was cleaning out some grain so I also have 1.25# of dark munich in there along with 8.5# of Pilsner and .75# of CaraFoam.  I thought the dark munich should help with a little malt backbone.


Beer Recipes / Re: Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:50:12 AM »
Quite curious about this; please keep us posted. I've never done a massively late-hopped beer using a noble hop variety like this, and I'm curious how it will turn out. I'm planning a "Noble Heritage" IPA using Sterling, Crystal and Ultra, but I'm wondering if the noble hop character is enough to carry an IPA if you really hit it hard with late hops.

Same here.  Never done a mass late pitch either so I had to try out the experiment. 

Looks like the yeast I pitched (2633) was a little old and tired.  It was harvested on 9/7 so I pitched all the slurry.  A day later it looks like it's just  starting to get going though. 


Beer Recipes / Re: Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 17, 2012, 06:53:49 AM »
What was your OG?  I got around 51 IBUs figuring you were around 1.056.

It came in at 1.059 but I needed to add a gallon of water due to the hop absorbtion and 90 minute boil.  That brought it down to 1.048.  If I take out the gallon it goes to 48.7 IBUs.


The best beer I ever made is the next one....

I second that!

Beer Recipes / Re: Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:47:09 PM »
It came in at only 40.5 IBUs on BeerTools.  I'll definitely report back on it.


Beer Recipes / Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 16, 2012, 09:37:15 AM »
I wanted to make a hoppy Pilsner.  Wondering if I went too far.  I guess I'll find out in a couple of months but here is what I did:

Hallertau Mittelfruher:3.2%
5 gallons
2 oz at 90
3 oz at 15
3 oz at 5
5 oz at 1

Too crazy?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temperature wih WLP028
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:22:50 PM »
If you put it in a closet at 50-52F, the yeast will stay dormant.  It's too cold. 

The Pub / Re: Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:20:16 PM »
It's weighing heavily on me as well.  Just picked up my 8 year old daughter from the bus stop.  Worst nightmare imaginable. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temperature wih WLP028
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:01:40 AM »
Go with the 62F-64F room.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Starter for a 12 Gallon Batch
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:00:38 AM »
Check or

Depending upon the mfg date, you look good at one pack in a 4L starter if it's an ale.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: getting started
« on: December 14, 2012, 08:56:22 AM »
I have one of each and if I buy another, it will be a Better Bottle.  Glass is a major pain in the ass, plus the potential for serious injury.  I've heard of guys getting cut pretty badly when it breaks. 

I have not heard of a single instance where someone's beer went bad conditioning in a BB.  And honestly, I like my pails most of all.  I lager in them now as often as my BB and carboy.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dishwasher Sanitize vs. Jet Bottle Washer
« on: December 14, 2012, 07:09:38 AM »
+1^^^^^^^^ StarSan rocks!

Yeast and Fermentation / Pressure Kills Yeast?
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:45:24 AM »
I saved some WLP037 slurry for an Irish Ale I was planning to make next week.  I forgot to release the pressure and when I checked on it yesterday the container was pretty swelled.  I released the pressure and put it back.  It was saved from two batches of Brown Ale so there was a good amount of yeast in there. 

Did I just kill them all by death by pressure? 


Pimp My System / Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« on: December 14, 2012, 05:58:48 AM »
How many oz of hops can fit in the spider?

Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Temp Controller
« on: December 14, 2012, 05:25:42 AM »
It's a Lasko "My Heat" Personal Ceramic Heater.  WalMart had it on sale for $8.95.  Seems to be doing great.  Making some German Lager today!


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