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Ingredients / Re: Malt base for an orange hue
« on: April 06, 2017, 04:59:20 AM »
I use crystal 40 in APA and AIPA at between 2 and 7%. Gives a pale orange color at the low end to a more pronounced orange color on the higher end.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Small Batch Stout idea
« on: April 05, 2017, 05:10:53 PM »
Okay I wasn't sure if to try to hit it as a stout or as a porter or brown ale. I wish I could drop the carapils but its in the same bag as the chocolate. I will definitely dial back everything else you recommended though. As far as the Hops goes, I have the EKG as mentioned in the recipe but I also have plenty of:

Lemon Drop
Denali
Hull Melon
Mandarina Bavaria
Zythos
Fuggles

This will be my first attempt at a recipe like this out of my head.



FWIW, the EKG would do well in a porter with 35 -40 ish IBU, and the Zythos would work well in an American Brown, with 35- 40ish IBU, or substantially higher in a Janet's Brown type beer (which I love). Just my $0.02. .

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Beer Recipes / Re: Small Batch Stout idea
« on: April 05, 2017, 03:50:11 PM »
Hey guys, my wife said I can't buy any more ingredients until I use what I have. I know right? I have a lot of pale 2 row and a few different specialty malts around. With what I have of the extras, I put together this Stout recipe.

All grain.
2 gallons

4 lbs US 2 row pale malt
4 oz crushed chocolate malt
6 oz carapils
1 lb Crystal 60
1 lb Honey malt
1 oz EKG for 60 min
1 oz EKG for 30 min
Safale American ale yeast  US-05

OG est. 1.085
FG est. 1.018
ABV 8.85
IBU 72.5
SRM 32.8

Thoughts?





I get the 'use up what you have thing'. I do that sometimes. But only having 4 oz of chocolate as the sole roast malt (even in 2 gallons) just won't get you to stout. Right now what I'm seeing equates more to a sweet Brown Porter or sweet American Brown (with the high IBU) that will finish with a high FG. Personally, I'd back the crystal and honey to 4 oz each, to not step out so far ahead of the 4 oz of chocolate. And would probably drop the carapils as well. Then I'd back the IBU accordingly to the appropriate range for either Brown Porter or American Brown and go with it. It wouldn't use up all your malt in one shot, but you'll end up with a more balanced  beer IMO. And those few oz of leftover malt could accidently end up in the trash so you could buy more. ;)  Good luck.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Session IPA / Pale Ale Recipe Feedback
« on: April 05, 2017, 10:49:32 AM »
I don't know about special B in an APA. You'll get your color, but even at that amount, you might get the "raisin" taste from it. I think you'd be fine with your bill without it.

But then, you could be onto something amazing too.

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I agree, Frank.  Each his own, though.

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Ingredients / Re: Polyclar Brewbrite
« on: April 05, 2017, 09:35:02 AM »
Yeah, the wort was very clear. Looking forward to the end result. I should've posted - I used .5g/gallon Polyclar 10 (the low end) and 1/2 tab whirlfloc for 5.5 gallons wort.

Bringing this back from the dead.  How were your results with the homemade Polyclar Brew Brite mix?  Was there a noticeable difference in hop harshness with a big (pellet) dry hop?


I like the mix for producing very clear wort and beers that don't have young, 'green' character, not so much for effects on hop character. Since it's added late boil, it wouldn't have much effect on dry hop character. It does reduce hop intensity a bit on beers where I whirlpool hop heavily. Some would say makes a smoother hop flavor, I say reduces the flavor a tad. I hop IPA heavily enough to not feel it's a negative.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Where'd my 5 gallon brew go??
« on: April 05, 2017, 04:21:34 AM »
Well wait, over carbing a DIPA vs over carbing a hefe, the vols are probably 2.2ish vs 3+  I would not say 4 gallons of carbing sugar say 5 oz is a bottle bomb.  I will say that it is over carbonated to style, but I like my DIPAs to be very low carbonation.  My guess is you're fine, and that's per the norm.  What was your bottling amount ~ 2 cases?


Yeah, I'm not saying automatic bottle bombs. It very likely will be just overcarbed for an IPA. Nonetheless, sampling until the carb level is where he likes and then getting the bottles cold can give him a beer he likes better if it's consumed in a timely fashion and MAYBE prevent a few bombs. All it takes is a couple bottles with micro cracks and overpriming.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Where'd my 5 gallon brew go??
« on: April 04, 2017, 05:13:23 PM »
IIPA usually = beer loss to absorption by the large hop load. How much hops did you use? Close to 1/2 gallon-ish total loss isn't uncommon for me in IIPA. As for the loss of hop aroma, you'll likely notice it be more apparent once the beer carbs and the CO2 helps lift the aromas up into the glass. If not, keep in mind that hop aromas easily oxidize and that it's good practice to minimize oxygen pickup where you can. Be sure to post how it comes out.


Edit -  If your sugar was based on 5 gallons and you ended up with 4, you'll likely get overcarbed beer. Be careful - as soon as the beer seems carbed properly, get the bottles right in the fridge and keep them there. Bottle bombs are not a good thing.

Besides opening a bottle or waiting until it explodes, how else can you tell if your bottles are over carbonated?


In this case, I'd check a bottle after a week at warm temps, and then every 2-3 days until the beer has the right carb level to you, then refrigerate all the bottles and keep them there. It'll slow the yeast activity greatly , especially being an ale strain, and prevent your bottles from overcarbing in the short term. They might well slowly carb further in the fridge a bit more, but hoppy beers usually get consumed pretty quickly. Do this and you'll be fine.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Where'd my 5 gallon brew go??
« on: April 04, 2017, 12:17:08 PM »
IIPA usually = beer loss to absorption by the large hop load. How much hops did you use? Close to 1/2 gallon-ish total loss isn't uncommon for me in IIPA. As for the loss of hop aroma, you'll likely notice it be more apparent once the beer carbs and the CO2 helps lift the aromas up into the glass. If not, keep in mind that hop aromas easily oxidize and that it's good practice to minimize oxygen pickup where you can. Be sure to post how it comes out.


Edit -  If your sugar was based on 5 gallons and you ended up with 4, you'll likely get overcarbed beer. Be careful - as soon as the beer seems carbed properly, get the bottles right in the fridge and keep them there. Bottle bombs are not a good thing.
 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belgian Single
« on: April 04, 2017, 12:03:14 PM »
1214 works perfectly fine here, really well. Keep fermentation fairly cool for either though - like 63F for 2 or 3 days, then warm a couple dF/day up to room temp. Go too warm and you'll end up with a banana bomb.

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Whats a typical amount of hops to start with for a 5-6 gal batch of IPA when going with a long whirlpool or hop stand?


It depends on your approach. Like I posted, I add all the hops I would normally have added late in the boil to the whirlpool/steep.

Edit -  For me, I add 4-5 oz to steep for APA, 8-10 oz for AIPA (given 5.5 gallons postboil).  Just personal preference.

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Ingredients / Re: Favorite hop mix?
« on: April 03, 2017, 03:54:25 PM »
Clusters and Saaz (well, Clusters and any noble hop).

Northern Brewer or Perle and Hallertauer.

Styrians and Saaz.

Challenger, Target, Styrians, and EKGs.

Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, and Cascade.

whoa, another person that like Cluster. I thought I was the only one.


Another vote for Cluster. Gotta have it in CAP for bittering.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Brew Music
« on: April 03, 2017, 09:29:06 AM »
And no drinking until the beer is running through the chiller.    I make better beer that way.   ;)



Yeah, for sure. My beer quality jumped noticeably when I saved the drinking until after brewing.  I'd rather celebrate a batch that came out great than make a batch mediocre because I got sloppy on the details (ie, too many pints while brewing).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Worst. Brew session. Ever.
« on: April 03, 2017, 08:35:06 AM »
Yeah, that sucks. Hang in there, it gets better from here.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Brew Music
« on: April 03, 2017, 08:00:41 AM »
Nothing gets me pumped up on brew day like Queens of the Stone Age.


Yeah, great band. I'm all over the map with brew day music - among others I go from classic punk to bands like Replacements and Husker Du, to 90s grunge, then bands like QOTSA , and finally to the Dead, being a longtime Deadhead. There's variety for ya.  :)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Gelatin FAIL - Help Needed
« on: April 02, 2017, 03:08:03 PM »
I've never had a clogged dip tube from gelatin,either. OP -what was your procedure, out of curiosity? Even if the gelatin mixture were overheated to the point that it literally turned into a layer of jello, I'd think that enough gas pressure would push it out.

Is this an IPA by chance? If so (depending on your hopping procedures) your dip tube or poppet valve could be clogged with hop debris, which happens to some brewers.

Regardless, for the future, this gelatin procedure is the most foolproof I know of. Used it many, many times with success:

http://www.bertusbrewery.com/2012/06/how-to-clear-your-beer-with-gelatin.html



Edit -  I agree with the advice to turn the pressure up a bit higher, to see if the clog will clear. Worst case, you could vent the keg pressure and pull the liquid poppet, then the dip tube, and inspect to find the clog. Good luck!

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