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The Pub / Re: Birthday Gift from My Better Half
« on: January 18, 2016, 09:11:03 AM »
My birthday is coming up February sixth and my girlfriend has been asking what I want. There's kind of a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other: a start up keg system or Bowflex SelectTech Dumbells. My girlfriend's response was "You can lift kegs but you can't fill dumbells with beer."


Pete, she is a wise one and a keeper.   ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 18, 2016, 06:51:41 AM »
The hard part will be finding dry kolsch yeast
Well, I hear that US05 makes a good Altbier. And since we all know that you use Alt yeast to make Kolsch, US05 obviously should make a killer Helles. It's a no-brainer.

Logic checks out.   ;D



Rock solid.   ;D

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Beer Recipes / Re: Christmas ale
« on: January 18, 2016, 06:22:16 AM »
Perhaps a couple pounds of honey during the last five minutes of the boil and Wyeast 1338

Honey is highly fermentable and will likely decrease body with none of the honey sweetness remaining. You are looking for a higher FG so crystal malt, yeast selection, higher mash temp are your friends.


Yeah, it might seem that honey would add sweetness to a beer, but it's pretty much completely fermentable. It actually makes a beer drier.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 17, 2016, 06:05:02 PM »
Since this is a challenge it may be an opportunity to try and make a convincing BDSA with dry yeast.


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Right, that's the way I was thinking. I brew extract beers quite often, but I'm thinking I want to push the boundaries a bit and brew something that I wouldn't normally do as an extract beer. Maybe a Helles...
You could just by an extract Helles kit that has IT as one of the ingredients.


Yeah, there has to be a huge market for 'It Extract'. Hopefully it's pretty fermentable.  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st time water adjustment question
« on: January 17, 2016, 05:38:13 PM »
So the red one is for the baking soda addition?  Are you sure you entered your water volumes and grist lovibonds and amounts accurately? Just wanted to be sure. If so, you should be fine.
Ahhh!  I hadn't adjusted the water volumes.  Now I am at 5.56 and everything is good.  Thanks!

I should still add the addition not going into the sparge (of baking soda) to the kettle correct?

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I add baking soda to the mash, to get the mash into the 5.6 range.


Edit - Be sure to add those volumes and lovibonds into Brunwater really accurately.  Software is only as accurate as the inputs. Done right, it's pretty accurate software.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 17, 2016, 05:22:44 PM »
Nice looking bitter.

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The Pub / Re: Nfl,playoffs
« on: January 17, 2016, 04:59:34 PM »
I'll say it again... none of these AFC teams look very good.  Any given Sunday, but both Arizona and Carolina look a lot better.


Yep, still agree. I like Arizona to go the Super Bowl. They're solid on both sides of the ball.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st time water adjustment question
« on: January 17, 2016, 04:20:48 PM »
So the red one is for the baking soda addition?  Are you sure you entered your water volumes and grist lovibonds and amounts accurately? Just wanted to be sure. If so, you should be fine.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st time water adjustment question
« on: January 17, 2016, 04:04:40 PM »
I wouldn't add any lactic. Actually you'll like the beer even better if you raise pH with some more baking soda up to 5.55-5.6 pH. Much softer, rounded roast character.
When I added more baking soda the cell turns red. Is that still ok?  .65 g/gal puts me at 5.56.

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Which cell is it - the one for pH I assume?  If so, it's ok. The software is designed to keep you under 5.5pH normally. 5.6 works really well for stout and porter.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st time water adjustment question
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:55:42 PM »
I wouldn't add any lactic. Actually you'll like the beer even better if you raise pH with some more baking soda up to 5.55-5.6 pH. Much softer, rounded roast character.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:51:01 PM »
Pretty productive day for me. I brewed a single hop IPA today, hitting my numbers pretty much head on (including pH). The Idaho 7 hops I used smelled absolutely amazing in the whirlpool, pretty much just what I remembered from the SN beer - tangerine and apricot up front, with an earthy, herbal tea character. Can't wait for this one. I also finished tinkering with the back flavoring on my new cider. Finally got just the balance of tart and slight sweetness I wanted - it's killer. And to boot I beer gunned a few bombers to give to a friend as a birthday present. Hope not to wait over a month on the next brew day, I think I have time freed up now.

That is a productive day.  Kids must have been in the closet, huh?



Yeah, that option was on the table.  ;D   Luckily their activities have dwindled back to normal lately. Makes Dad a happy guy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:20:19 PM »
Pretty productive day for me. I brewed a single hop IPA today, hitting my numbers pretty much head on (including pH). The Idaho 7 hops I used smelled absolutely amazing in the whirlpool, pretty much just what I remembered from the SN beer - tangerine and apricot up front, with an earthy, herbal tea character. Can't wait for this one. I also finished tinkering with the back flavoring on my new cider. Finally got just the balance of tart and slight sweetness I wanted - it's killer. And to boot I beer gunned a few bombers to give to a friend as a birthday present. Hope not to wait over a month on the next brew day, I think I have time freed up now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:24:23 PM »
I like this new challenge format better. You could make the majority of beers with that approach. If I can possibly fit in a challenge beer I will, because it sounds fun. I just don't want to skip an AG beer to do it . I'm thinking I can work it in though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much water?
« on: January 17, 2016, 11:07:14 AM »
You can create a smaller volume of wort and dilute later to get your volume as you mention. But since your pot is plenty big enough to accomodate the full batch, there are advantages to a full volume boil. First, your hop utilization goes down when you have to dilute with large volumes of water, and secondly your beer can be darker than intended by concentrating the sugars. You'll get a better overall product by boiling the entire volume. Now you need to figure out your boiloff rate for your pot. Add 2 or 3 gallons of water ( be accurate whichever you choose) to your pot and boil it for 60 minutes. Now measure what's left. The amount that evaporated is your boiloff rate/60 minutes.

Steep the grain in 155F water for 30 minutes and strain, leaving all the grain husk behind. Add the liquid to your pot along with enough water to hit 5 gallons + the amount of water that boiled off in an hour (often 1-1.5 gallons) . Bring to a near boil, turn off the heat, and add your malt extraxct. Stir thoroughly to dissolve then bring to a boil for 60 minutes. Add hops as directed, then cool to 65F if possible and add your yeast. 

And welcome !
Jon, whenever I have gotten a new pot I have assumed 1 gallon per hour and then kept track of the actual loss during the first few brews to get more accurate. The reason I bring this up is that if someone is boiling just water they will crank the burner up to high to boil water but when boiling wort adjust the burner down to a boil that won't boil over, no?
FWIW I have used different 5 gallon pots on the stove and boil off is very close to 1 gal/ he and my 15 gal I use on the propane burner outside is about 1.5/her. The big one has more surface area and I CA really let it rip because of plenty of head space.



Yeah, I adjust mine down fairly low, too. But it runs the gamut with brewers. I've seen guys with the high powered burners boil way higher. I figured just boiling for an hour would get him in the ballpark and he could adjust after. But boiling @ the same rate as wort would definitely be a little more accurate. OP - I adjust to boil off ~ 1.2 gal/hour.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Characteristics of AHA Forum users
« on: January 17, 2016, 11:02:37 AM »
I've been pretty active on her for a few years and can tell you that the biggest difference between users on this forum vs. others is the no-bull$hit factor. People are considerate, helpful, and know what they are talking about here. Other forums will either provide you with a no-consensus answer or will be riddled with immature comments.  Just my .02.
I'll second this! There is a huge level of respect and understanding here unlike other forums and everyone is treated as an equal, regardless of experience level

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Speaking on behalf of all the mods and the AHA, I'm really pleased to hear this. We all work hard to keep it like that.


+1.  Pretty much everybody here takes it on themselves to keep things civil, informative, and helpful to new brewers and high timers. That's a pretty cool thing !

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