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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crazy Idea
« on: February 09, 2016, 10:09:48 AM »


What happens if I take two American Pale Ale No Boil Complete 5 gallon beer kits and combine them to make 5 gallons
You'll make really strong beer if it works.  If it doesn't you'll make a high alcohol syrupy mess. 
You have a strong chance of making something very bitter, or with too much "specialty malt" flavor (roast, caramel, etc).  Doubling recipes works if you increase all the ingregients, including water.  Doubling all the ingredients EXCEPT the water may overload the beer with hops or specialty malt.
Make sure the yeast you use has high alcohol tolerance.  If you get through primary fermentation and you're bottling, there's a chance that the yeast may give you the middle finger and go on strike, leaving you with flat beer.
Consider just adding some simple sugar to your recipe to boost gravity: try a cup or two for starters.
Or don't.  It's only beer.  I did a "high gravity" beer for my second extract batch.  Turned into lawn fertilizer.  I learned some things.  I tried tripling the amount of crystal malt in a beer for my second all grain batch.  Turned into lawn fertilizer.  I learned some things. 
Years later, I'm still learning with each batch, but make much less fertilizer!


Just curious JT....how does the lawn look?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: January 31, 2016, 09:58:38 AM »
You didn't do anything wrong. There's nothing wrong with a yeast starter a 1.025. It will make for some healthy yeast, but you will have   to use more of it to get your proper cell count. You could have just boiled it down farther to get to a higher gravity. You don't have to add DME.  My procedure: 3lbs 12oz. Pils malt. 2 gals of water in a 4-5gal stock pot heated to 155F.  I have very soft water so my pH is probably around 5.6 (I haven't checked as I don't really care for this)  Put grain bag in pot with bunge cord around it to keep it from falling in. Stir in grain. Cover and set in 150F preheated oven for 1 hour. Take grain bag out and put it into another pot or pail with 2.6 gal. of 170F water and mix to rinse well. Combine the two worts. Bring to a boil with some yeast nutrient until I get to my desired OG of 1.034-36, (I turn the burner way up and boil really hard. I can get to my desired gravity in about 15 mi.) then transfer to your hot sanitized mason jars and process. I process quarts for 1/2hr at 15# pressure.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager starters
« on: January 28, 2016, 02:49:25 PM »
Denny, Thanks for the quick feedback oh ye of no life. I kind of was thinking that, but you never know. There are some great lager makers out there and I just thought  it would be fun to ask if anybody is even concerned with starter temps.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Lager starters
« on: January 28, 2016, 02:27:32 PM »
What's the consensus on making starters for lagers? My ales always get thrown on the stir plate at room temp. I toss all the beer away and just pitch the yeast cake. I got to thinking, would it be a mistake to ferment lager starters at room temp? Rigging a stir plate in a temp controlled environment would be a bit of a pain for me.
Certainly I could put it in the coolest place in the house. How important do you think it is to actually grow the starters in the low 50 degree range?

We started a small focus group in our club to gain mastery of brewing German and Czech Pils and of course i want to make the best beer possible for the ultimate tasting meeting. I will have temp control for the primary fermentation and lagering phases. I just wonder how important that would be for the starter.

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Be proactive. Don't sit in a corner by yourself. Clubs are really friendly, but you'll get the most out of meetings by attempting to introduce yourself to folks and find out about their brewing experiences. Find out where the club needs volunteers and make yourself available. It could be bringing a snack next time, clean up after the meeting, or helping to faciltate a future club event. There are no dumb questions, so ask away. If you are able to give advice, make sure it's sound. Good members make good clubs.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Need Club Membership Cards
« on: January 05, 2016, 09:46:41 AM »
We used Vista Prints and did a nice quality full bleed custom card with our logo and an area to write the member name, number, year and signature of club officer. They get a new one each year when they pay dues. It was less than $30 for something like 2500 cards.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ah yes, winter brewing
« on: January 02, 2016, 07:30:31 PM »
Have to add about 5 degrees to the strike water to have it right by the time I add grain, but I love the chilling speed and not having to use ice in the winter. My darling hubby put heavy duty wheels on my brew kettle stand to wheel it into the laundry so I don't have to deal with stiff cold hoses if it's really cold outside. The most exciting thing now is wheeling it over the threshold without splashing hot wort all over.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: January 02, 2016, 07:21:55 PM »
Wooden clothes pins marked with 60, 30, 15 etc. can be clipped on to bowls, plastic cups or hop bags and whirlflock bag to keep you from missing an addition or forgeting which bag was which.

Empty paper grain sacks make great carboy covers to keep out light.

Wallpaper tray filled with sanitizer is great for racking canes, auto syphons and hoses than need sanitizing.

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The Pub / Re: Flooding in the NW
« on: December 10, 2015, 12:13:39 PM »
60 miles south of Eugene and we are now just starting to see the really heavy rains. Until last night, everything seemed to be North of us. It came down buckets last night with very high winds. Douglas County has just issued some possible flood warnings as the rain here is to continue thru most of next week. Gonna be a soup making, baking kind of week for me and maybe a smaller brew that I can do indoors.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: happy happy joy joy
« on: October 20, 2015, 09:04:26 AM »
Thanks for clarifying. Used to live in MN and enjoyed all of Summits beers, but that one was not in their line up then. Sounds like one I'd enjoy. Wouldn't have a good recipe for their Pale Ale would you? The ones I've found on line are not even close, so I'm in the process of refining my own. Have a couple comml bottles left that I'm hording for taste comparisons. The Summit site doesn't give much to go on. My last attempt was lacking the malt character (I'm going to add some Vienna next go and/or change the yeast)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: happy happy joy joy
« on: October 20, 2015, 08:46:50 AM »
summit sag??? OK that one is escaping me this morning.

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All Things Food / Re: Steamed Clams
« on: October 11, 2015, 04:09:54 PM »
Mussels, we pick 'em fresh out at the coast or get the Washington Penn Cove ones. We have lots of favorite recipes. Here's one....
Put 1/4 cp olive oil, 2 cps white wine, 2 bay leaves and a sprig of thyme in a casserole. Cover and bring to simmer. Add mussels, cover and steam to open. Don't over cook. Strain the cooking liquid and reduce it to 3/4ths the original volume. Keep mussels covered and warm. Heat some more olive oil in a skilled and saute 1 cup onions and 12 minced cloves of garlic until onions just begin to brown. Add 2 cups peeled diced tomatoes and heat through. Add a small chopped hot pepper, 2 Tblsp chopped italian parsley, 1 Tblsp chopped Oreganno and 1 Tblsp Chopped Basil and reduced mussel liquid. Adjust seasoning. Arrange the mussels in bowls and top with tomato mixture. Garnish with some basil leaves and make sure you've got plenty of crusty french bread for mopping up the amazing sauce.
 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bru-Gear
« on: September 26, 2015, 10:40:57 AM »
I too got the kickstarter kettle. It was as 69franx said. Took forever, but my understanding is they now stock almost everything so that shouldn't be an issue. They made good and everything that was promised was ultimately delivered if a year late. Things I like: The weight of the kettle, the dimensions, the triclamp fittings, the size (the 15 gal kettle is actually about 16 gals), the etched volume markings. Things I don't like: Volume etchings don't start until 5 gals.(minor annoyance), no volume sight glass option (no issue on an MLT, but I want one on my HLT), false bottom could use a silicone gasket or something to keep it fitting well but not so tight as to scratch when inserting, clamps for the TC fittings not as heavy and threads shorter than those purchased through US sources, but adequate...they work interchangably, no ability to add a kettle screen or the like inside the kettle without a custom mod.  If you want a triclamp equipped kettle, I think this is about the best price going for a good quality kettle. I'm happy with my purchase. If they had what I was looking for in stock, I would buy. If it was something out of stock or being designed, I'd pass.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Boil Kettle Question
« on: September 17, 2015, 10:12:04 AM »
No, you haven't ruined your kettle, but use a plastic scrubby in future. Starsan sanitizers are acidic enough to help passivate your kettle. I don't know what Kleen King is. If your kettle is clean (no residue at all) the stainless will naturally passivate when exposed to the air.

After SS scrubbing my kettle and brewing I did detect a metallic flavor in the beer. After that brew and changing my cleaning regimen I have never had another problem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: officially on pause
« on: September 14, 2015, 09:31:24 AM »
Great photo Pete. You are ready for the Zombies.

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