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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Losing Brain Cells
« on: May 10, 2017, 04:54:22 AM »
Between the extracts and the dark/caramel grains you have a lot of unfermentables in there.  That will either cause or contribute to your problem.

I had that thought as well, but wasn't thinking it would be so bad as 1.050.  My beers (extract + steep) all finish between 1.018 and 1.022, so it doesn't help for sure.  His estimated FG was 1.030, which is pretty high. 

I also agree with Dawson and Maine.  I didn't notice the 7 day primary at first, that's not nearly enough time.  Basically it just wasn't done.  You transfered/packaged too early.  That's good that it tastes good, but hopefully you don't end up with bottle bombs.


I agree with you and Denny - lots of unfermentables and extract doesn't exactly help attenuation, but transferring a beer that big @ 7 days is just not a good practice. I leave RIS and other big beers in primary for 3 weeks before I even verify FG. The last few points obviously go pretty slowly.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 09, 2017, 05:26:09 PM »
Whoa, now THERE'S some balance for the fruitiness, Sean! Actually the fruity character of the habs sounds great with the Citra. Though I'm sure that occurred to you.  :)

Oh yeah. This will be the fourth time I've brewed it with minor variations. Second time adding some actual mango to the mix.


It's weird, I skip most chile beers even though I'm a chile head. But mango amd habanero are awesome together. I'm sure the Citra accents the mango even more. Sounds tasty!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 09, 2017, 03:28:09 PM »
Tastes is tastes, huh?

Far out, man. ;D

I'm actually brewing my all-Citra IPA tomorrow, but that may not be a fair comparison since it also has 1/4 lb habaneros in it.



Whoa, now THERE'S some balance for the fruitiness, Sean! Actually the fruity character of the habs sounds great with the Citra. Though I'm sure that occurred to you.  :)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 09, 2017, 02:55:05 PM »
Weaze, just another thought - if this is intended as an AIPA as it looks, 2 oz total of late hops is VERY light for IPA (even for an APA IMO). 6 oz spread across the last 15 minutes, or even better steeped for 30 mins after cooling to 175F, plus 3 oz-ish dry would give you an IPA with much better hop character IMO. Take it for what it's worth - I'm a hophead who brews a fair amount of hoppy beers and I use more than this typically. I don't know what your love of hop flavor/aroma or goals for the beer are - just giving $0.02 (probably less).   :)

Well he originally said he had no style in mind. I am thinking he might be looking for something closer to a strongish blonde ale with a bit of citra kick?



Yeah, that may well be more what he has in mind. I read it but saw the OG and 1:1 BU:GU and my brain went right to IPA. Might be a fairly bitter blonde, but who cares? I'm guilty of pigeonholing beers too much anyway. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 09, 2017, 02:34:38 PM »
Weaze, just another thought - if this is intended as an AIPA as it looks, 2 oz total of late hops is VERY light for IPA (even for an APA IMO). 6 oz spread across the last 15 minutes, or even better steeped for 30 mins after cooling to 175F, plus 3 oz-ish dry would give you an IPA with much better hop character IMO. Take it for what it's worth - I'm a hophead who brews a fair amount of hoppy beers and I use more than this typically. I don't know what your love of hop flavor/aroma or goals for the beer are - just giving $0.02 (probably less).   :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crazy Denver hail storm today
« on: May 09, 2017, 04:48:27 AM »
Wow, nice size. I had to replace my roof 3 years ago from hail about that size. Somehow my car (outside ) was pretty much unscathed. Go figure.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Moving to dry yeast exclusively
« on: May 09, 2017, 04:42:17 AM »
Didn't know the Mangrove stuff was dry...  For some reason I was turned off with the name and dismissed it/never looked it up until now. 


I haven't used any of the Mangrove stuff. I've heard and read several accounts here and from brewer friends of subpar attenuation on some of their strains. High FGs aren't a good selling point for me. I'm sure it's probably not across the board.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:39:32 PM »
Maybe it's just me, but I can't take Citra alone.  Too over fruity and makes the beer seem too sweet for me.  I use them in combo with old school hops like Chinook and Centennial.

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Same here. I like it but not solo. I like to balance it with non-fruity hops most times.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: When to add Candi syrup?
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:01:41 PM »
I usually add it late boil but (like Denny said) sometimes add it early boil, to be sure I don't forget.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Moving to dry yeast exclusively
« on: May 08, 2017, 02:57:00 PM »
Am I the only one who has had better luck with liquid yeast as opposed to dry yeast?


Nope. Not exactly better luck for the most part, but I just plain like liquid cultures better. I find S05 consistently more powdery and slower to clear as compared to 1056. I know many others do just fine with it. I don't brew British styles any more, so I'll skip the yeast debate there. But as for Belgians, just zero comparison with the liquid Belgian strains IMO. I do keep Belle around to finish up a 3724 fermentation, though, and like it fairly well but not necessarily solo. As for lagers, I just prefer 2206 for every non-Pils lager. Just my preference, I don't expect everybody to agree. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 08, 2017, 10:04:00 AM »
Hadn't considered it being to sweet. I'll back off on that, then. What would be a decent bittering hop to go with Citra?


Since this looks like an IPA, Columbus is hard to beat IMO.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique citra recipe
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:48:34 AM »
25% of your grain is 40L? That is way too much in my opinion. I wouldn't use more than 10%.

As far as the hops, I would just combine all of the additions after 60 minutes and do 1 oz at the end of the boil however I would be more inclined to use something different for bittering and use the 2 oz of citra differently. 


I agree. And the thing about Citra and the other new 'fruity' hops is that using too much crystal with just fruity hops can make your beer seem sweeter than usual. I usually back off on crystal when I use lots of fruity hops. Love Citra, though.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique my first pale ale
« on: May 08, 2017, 06:58:26 AM »
Not exactly the same temp ,but within a couple dF. Checked many times. I used enough water in the tub to almost make the bucket float.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique my first pale ale
« on: May 08, 2017, 06:31:29 AM »
That looks like a solid, classic APA recipe all the way around. Simcoe-Amarillo-Centennial is a proven combo that works every time. I could quibble about things I'd do differently if I were brewing it myself (I've moved away from 30-minute additions, and I'd ferment in the mid-60's), but that's just personal taste.

As for dry hopping in a bucket, just drop them in. There's no trick to it, really.

Guess I got lucky! The homebrew shop was out of cascade so I had to quickly guess which ones I wanted to use (the wife was hungry, and when she's hungry she gets angry). Thanks for the feedback!

I prefer to ferment a ;little cooler but it looks solid.  Now wait for people to tear it apart!  ;)

Im gonna do my best to keep it cooler with my swamp cooler setup but well see how that actually goes :P



As for the swamp cooler, I did that for 2 or 3 years and it worked well. I didn't use the t-shirt/ fan thing, so I guess it wasn't a true swamp cooler. I put the fermenter in a tub of water and swapped frozen water bottles a couple times /day. I checked water temp with a thermometer and added bottles as needed .

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Has anyone converted this https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-52-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/dp/B000G33YWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483547976&sr=8-1&keywords=52+quart+coleman+extreme+cooler cooler to a mash tun? I've seen other conversions but not for this one specifically.


Yep, I have one. I used a braid with a bulkhead/valve conversion for years. I recently pulled the braid in favor of one of these - love the results so far.

http://www.brewinabag.com/collections/frontpage/products/copy-of-the-brew-bag-a-mash-tun-filter-for-coolers-rectangular

I am curious; did you keep the braid when you got the bag? I got the same bag last week, and putting together a new cooler and am wondering if I need to bother with the braid at all?

Cheers,

Fergus



No, I pulled the braid when I started using the bag. The bag serves the same function, a little more successfully IMO.

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