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General Homebrew Discussion / acrid/ashy character?
« on: March 11, 2016, 02:55:53 PM »
My current black lager is on tap now and has what I would describe as a slightly acrid and ashy character to it. After the palate adjusts it is less noticeable and the character isn't enough to significantly hurt the beer overall. It could be a flavor that I am just overly sensitive to as my palate is kind of inconsistent. I am curious what could be the cause.

I had a mash pH of 5.57. I used baking soda to raise the mash pH
The only roasted malt in here is Carafa III special at 3.8% of the grist
W34/70 yeast fermented in the low 50s
FG was 1.013

Let me know if any additional information would be helpful.

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Ingredients / Schill Kolsch (Cologne) Malt
« on: March 09, 2016, 08:34:08 AM »
How much would you recommend for a Kolsch? What is the lovibond rating?

I currently use about 85% Pilsner, 10% Vienna, and 5% wheat in my kolsch and am considering replacing the wheat and vienna with cologne malt for the next attempt.

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Yeast and Fermentation / yeast nutrient amount
« on: March 04, 2016, 11:46:56 AM »
I bought some LD Carlson 'yeast nutrient' from Yakima Valley that says 'add one tsp per gallon of must'. I saw a thread where someone stated that they use 1/2 tsp of Wyeast's product for 5 gallons of beer. Should I really be adding over 5 teaspoons per batch and does it matter that it seems that this is for wine?

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Ingredients / castle chateau cara ruby
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:33:41 AM »
Would this be the equivalent to Carared which I have been hearing so much about lately? I am brewing a pale lager this weekend and my LHBS carries Cara ruby but not carared. If this is a decent sub, what would be a recommended amount?

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Beer Recipes / asian inpsired rice lager
« on: March 01, 2016, 07:12:15 AM »
72.5% german pilsner
22.5% flaked rice
2.5% carafoam/dextrine
2.5% melanoidin

Magnum bittering
Sterling finishing

W34/70

1.051
20 IBUs
5.6% ABV

dose keg with 16 oz sake
1-2 oz green tea in the keg

Any comments primarily on the grain bill?

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Ingredients / imparting flavor from spirits
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:21:26 AM »
I assume the best way is just to add a predetermined volume during packaging? Any advice on alternative methods? I am not looking for any oak character so that is out.

My thought is to add before fermentation so that I can get accurate OG/FG readings. Would the spirits affect the yeast performance even at lower concentrations?

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Ingredients / ppg for flaked rice?
« on: February 16, 2016, 09:40:36 AM »
Beersmith has it at 32 while Brewer's Friend has it at 40. I am using a decent amount so the difference is pretty substantial when planning a recipe. 

I am having trouble finding it on the interweb. Anyone know what it is? If I used regular rice, would that figure be interchangeable?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Staggering different yeast strains
« on: February 13, 2016, 05:12:51 PM »
Say you want to use yeast #1 which has a lot of character but want some more mild character imparted by yeast #2. Could you pitch yeast #2 and then add yeast #1 after a couple of days to get some of its character? Please excuse my naivety.

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General Homebrew Discussion / bitterness from flame out hop additions
« on: February 12, 2016, 10:11:33 AM »
All recipe calculators provide 0 bitterness from flameout (no hopstand) additions.

If I make my flameout addition, carry my kettle into the house, put the chiller in the kettle, and begin cooling within probably 2-3 minutes is any extracted bitterness pretty much negligible? For some reason, I got in the habit of doing 5 min hop additions because I didn't trust a flameout addition as contributing 0 IBUs.

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Beer Recipes / american wheat
« on: February 12, 2016, 09:21:54 AM »
I am looking for some ideas/feedback for an American wheat. My previous attempts have been great but very clean, crisp, with not a lot of wheat character. Those attempts were 50% belgian pilsner, 40% white wheat, 10% flaked wheat. I want to beef up the wheat/malt character but keep it very simple this go around.

60% wheat (Rahr or Weyermann Spelt?)
40% two row? pale ale malt? something English?

Magnum bittering
Hop 1 20 min - noble or noble-like
Hop 2 5 min - citrusy American - Cascade, Amarillo, etc...

US05

1.048
~20 IBUs
5% ABV

*Malt - Any recommendations on a good American 2 row or possibly a different base malt? I have been using primarily continental malts for the last year...

*Hops - I am considering something noble or noblish (sterling, crystal) at 20 min and something American at 5 min. Any thoughts?

*Yeast - I have 05 in there kind of by default. I will likely use something dry that I have on hand (05, 04, K97) but am open to recommendations

*Water - normally I would probably shoot for a mash pH around 5.35 and a 'yellow balanced' profile. Should I bump up the pH a bit and give 'yellow malty' a shot? 

So basically I don't have a recipe.... :D. If anyone just wants to share some tried and true recipes that would be great too.

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Ingredients / old hops
« on: February 12, 2016, 07:51:59 AM »
I am curious what the effect of really old hops on a finished beer is. I used some pretty damn old citra hops in a pale ale along with some pretty fresh and properly stored cascade and simcoe. The citra hops smelled fine but not like what you would expect. The finished beer isn't bad but I am getting a generic, coarse, and danky hop character out of the beer that I don't normally associate with any of the hops. Needless to say, I will be throwing the rest of the Citra out...

Could the culprit just be old hops? The citra only makes up about 22% of the total hops used

the hop schedule was
1 oz Simcoe, 1 oz Cascade - 17 min
1 oz Citra, 1 oz Cascade - 5 min
1 oz Cascade, 1/4 oz Simcoe, 1/4 oz Citra - Dry Hop

estimated IBUs was ~48 for a 1.057 beer.

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Ingredients / Weyermann spelt
« on: February 05, 2016, 08:16:06 PM »
Planning a wheat beer soon and wondering what spelt malt brings to the table. I know very little about it other than it is darker than most wheat malts and gives what some describe as a slight hazelnut character. What are others impressions and what % would be recommended (if at all) for an American style wheat? My plan was to use 60% white wheat but am considering throwing some spelt in.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Alaskan Hop Turn
« on: February 04, 2016, 05:32:18 PM »
Decided to pick this up on a whim. First taste was interesting but not necessarily IPA like. Went to their site to find out that this is their interpretation of a 'German IPA' with sterling and magnum hops along with German pils, Vienna, and Munich malts. Pretty funny that the primary hop is American. Definitely getting citrus and lemon from the sterling. It is 7.5% abv but only 45 IBU so the bitterness is definitely understated. I am getting some decent hop flavor but very little aroma whatsoever. It's actually quite tasty for what it is but definitely not what I was expecting.

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Kegging and Bottling / super foamy pours
« on: February 01, 2016, 01:47:36 PM »
My buddy has a kegerator with a single tower. He keeps the thermostat set at 35F. His pours are extremely foamy even when he has the pressure set below 5 psi. I am not sure of the diameter but the length of the line from the keg to the spout is probably about 10 feet. I thought that maybe the first pour is foamy because the tower is at ambient room temperature however each consecutive pour is very foamy as well. Any obvious advice I should give him?

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All Grain Brewing / water profile for black lager
« on: February 01, 2016, 08:10:02 AM »
Brewing something similar to a schwarzbier and am curious what I should do with my water. I am planning for 'brown balanced' water profile with a mash pH of ~5.57. Does this sound like a decent plan? Color is 25 SRM

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