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Beer Recipes / IPA Brew This Weekend
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:11:30 PM »
I am planning on brewing an IPA this weekend and really want a fruit bomb. Haven't made one before and have a lot of Citra and Mosaic. I either want to use Warrior or Nugget for bittering since I already have them on hand. Please let me know what you think.

Boil Size: 6.74 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.24 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.075 SG
Estimated Color: 6.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 114.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 78.5 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
13 lbs                Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        81.3 %       
2 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        12.5 %       
1 lbs                 Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)             Grain         3        6.3 %         
1.00 oz               Warrior [15.00 %] - First Wort 30.0 min  Hop           4        34.3 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Warrior [15.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min        Hop           5        40.6 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Citra [12.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  30.0  Hop           6        12.5 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  30.0 Hop           7        14.5 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.25 %] - Steep/Whirl Hop           8        12.7 IBUs     
2.0 pkg               Safale American  (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)  Yeast         9        -             
2.00 oz               Citra [12.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days       Hop           10       0.0 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.25 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Hop           11       0.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days      Hop           12       0.0 IBUs     

The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 08, 2015, 05:58:00 AM »
Being able to create something I am proud of.

Sure there are better beers out there but actually being able to select the grains, hops, yeast. And for some that mess with their water profile, their water. Then figuring out a mash and hop schedule, what temp to ferment at and the right dose of dry hops. Figuring out all of that and when done correctly, is something that makes me feel good.

Another plus of homebrewing is always having a good supply of beer on hand. Whenever I talk with a friend from out of state or a family member they always ask, what do you have in the fridge? or what's brewing?

The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 05, 2015, 06:33:30 PM »
Very interesting read, thanks for posting. It does seem from the article that he is stuck in his ways and doesn't want to change. Really strange behavior he presented at that beer bar and certainly didn't help his cause. When I see people act out like that, especially the face of a company, it doesn't sit well.

I tried Rebel IPA this past summer and I enjoyed it. Had it at the clubhouse of a golf course and after a round it hit the spot. And with it being paired next to Bud, Coors and Miller it definitely stood out. I feel like SA is kinda stuck there, the "unique" beer next to Bud, Coors and Miller at most establishments. And when I am at one of those places and want a beer, I'll go with the SA. Sorry Jim, breweries have passed you up. If you still want to be relevant with those sour beer drinking "hipsters" then try to create something else.

sidenote: If I can remember correctly SA/Boston Beer Company was at Avery's Sourfest. Didn't try their beer as you only had so many tickets and there was plenty to try, but they were there. I got the same vibe then as seeing Miller or Budweiser at GABF. 

The Pub / Re: Merry Christmas everyone!!!
« on: December 25, 2014, 07:31:01 PM »
Just found out my dad ordered me a uKeg during their kickstarter. Wasn't going to buy one myself but will be a cool thing to have around.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Costco Craft Beer Selection
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:02:04 PM »
La Folie for 12ish bucks. I'm jealous. Jealous that Costco has a good selection and Sam's Club is still meh.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New to kegging
« on: December 10, 2014, 08:01:35 PM »
Just received my regulator in the mail. Tomorrow I am getting the co2 tank filled and this weekend will rack my saison to the keg and hopefully all will go well.

I imagine this kegging thing will turn into an obsession. As long as I don't drink it all in a week and get fat, which may happen.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New to kegging
« on: November 30, 2014, 09:10:33 AM »
Hello all,

I am in the same boat as the OP. I have been looking a good deal on a regulator and have been having a hard time finding that good deal. Anyone know where to look? The best I have found was on kegoutlet for a kit that came withe everything you needed but a keg and co2 tank.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling Logistics
« on: November 30, 2014, 09:04:57 AM »
I add to the bucket first and position the tubing to create a very gentle whirlpool.

I just started doing this about 5 batches ago after having some bottling issues. I feel that is incorporates the priming sugar better than dumping it in on top of the beer.

The Pub / Re: Falcons leading their division.
« on: November 27, 2014, 10:33:06 AM »
Not a bad thought but didn't Seattle beat New Orleans that year in the first game of the playoffs?

Though 7-9 feels much better than 6-10 which could be a possibility. The playoffs should just be the top 6 teams from each conference. 

The Pub / Re: Happy T-Day everyone!
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:57:02 AM »
On turkey day it is never too early to start sipping on some beer. Especially if you are prepping the food. Woke up with a session porter this morning.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Need to find a cider book
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:31:02 AM »
I just received it in the mail. Thumbing through it and it truly is "The Everything Hard Cider Book." Cooking with cider, making cider vinegar, cider cocktails, a bunch of cider recipes, and more. Seems like a good book to have for a ciderman.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Need to find a cider book
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:36:18 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Both sound good but I think I am going with "The Everything Hard Cider" book. Looks like a good start to someone getting into the hobby.

General Homebrew Discussion / Need to find a cider book
« on: November 16, 2014, 08:02:56 AM »
My brother is getting into making cider and I want to get him a book on the topic. Most of the books I find are a few chapters of cider along with other topics. Does anyone know of a good book for cider making?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: ALMOST perfect brew day (question)
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:05:15 PM »
Yep HopShot residue. No issues with that in the beers I have used them in.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 100% Brett First Attempt
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:50:04 PM »
1) The 100% brett I just brewed was at 67 degrees the whole time and fermented just fine. I don't see why 65 would be any different.
2) I also used Tois by itself and it was fine all by itself. It didn't really get me very much brett character (little citrus funk) but it was enough for the first batch. Next batch I may try a new strain but Tois worked well.
3) A month was how long I let mine ferment for and it was done in that amount of time. It took off really quick with the starter I made. I am going to experiment on my next batch and bottle half after a month or so and then the other half after 3 and see the difference.
4) Yes, starters are necessary. I used one vial and created a one liter starter for two weeks-ish. I have read that if you stress the brett it will produce more of the brett characteristics but I don't know that for a fact. The beer tasted pretty clean for being all brett.

Have fun brewing with brett. It is a lot of fun and you get some pretty interesting beers.

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