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Ingredients / interesting hop to pair with cascade
« on: May 10, 2016, 02:01:16 PM »
Subject says it all. I am looking for something that will work well in a pale ale. I will say that I am looking for something more on the citrus side versus a lot of the newer super fruity hops. I seem to be going back to the old reliables; centennial, amarillo, etc.

Equipment and Software / chest freezer internal dimensions for keezer
« on: April 22, 2016, 05:06:13 PM »
I found a 7 cu ft GE freezer used but cannot find any internal dimensions. Does anyone have experience with being able to fit 4 pin lock kegs in the main larger chamber?

Equipment and Software / fridge door gasket not sealing
« on: April 21, 2016, 09:20:04 PM »
My kegerator in the garage is not sealing at the bottom and there is a considerable gap. The issue appears to be the way the door sits in that it is further away from the bottom than the top. I am not sure that I can adjust it properly. The magnetic gasket has seen better days but it does not appear that replacing it will fix the issue. Assuming I cannot get the door to seat more appropriately, does anyone have any ideas on how to properly seal the bottom? I bought it used a couple of years ago and I think it has always been like this but I couldn't tell.

My idea is to get some weather striping to attach to the fridge where the gasket should touch, adhere some magnetic tape to the weather striping and cover it all in foil tape. I am hoping this may be a decent temporary solution at least.

Kegging and Bottling / leaky keg when disconnect is attached
« on: April 21, 2016, 03:06:34 PM »
Unfortunately, I use pin lock kegs. One of my kegs just started leaking when the liquid disconnect is attached but when I disconnect it seals normally. I have removed the disconnect to clean and inspect it but don't see any problems. Any ideas? I suppose I could try a disconnect from a different keg and if there is no issue just replace the faulty one.

Beer Recipes / Germerican Pale
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:48:40 PM »
Brewing this guy on Friday. I will be kegging a Kolsch in a couple of days so I thought I would use that yeast instead of the K97 which I have used for the past couple iterations. I think the grain bill is a keeper after experimenting with different combinations of pilsner, vienna, munich, and caramunich. The Cascade has become a constant as well. Just trying to find that second hop to fit. So far the best version had the same hop schedule with centennial and palisade in place of the sterling. Feedback?

95.7% Schill Vienna
4.3% Weyermann Carahell

1 oz Sterling and Cascade 20 min
1 oz Sterling and Cascade 5 min
1 oz Cascade DH
1/2 oz Sterling DH


~50 IBU

Beer Travel / New Orleans
« on: April 05, 2016, 04:16:15 PM »
Any recommendations on breweries near the French Quarter?

Beer Recipes / Mexican Vienna
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:29:35 PM »
How does this look for a Mexican Vienna Lager recipe?

53.8% Vienna
20.5% Pilsner
20.5% Flaked Corn
3.8% Honey Malt
1.3% Midnight Wheat

11 SRM


1/2 oz Noble Hops FWH
1/4 oz Magnum 60 min
~21 IBU

I realize the honey malt is out of the ordinary but the wife requested a bit of sweetness....

The Pub / commercial examples of helles lager
« on: March 28, 2016, 03:30:24 PM »
Had Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold yesterday and it was not as good as I was expecting. Any recommendations for widely available examples of Helles? I have yet to try Paulaner's offereing...

Beer Recipes / Introductory English Ales
« on: March 25, 2016, 04:46:03 PM »
I have been brewing a lot of German styles over the last year or so and am getting ready to hop the pond over to UK styles. Any really basic bitter, pale, ESB, etc recipes out there that anyone is willing to share? I want to get familiar with the ingredients so the less diversity the better.

I assume I am looking at something like:
93% MO
7% british crystal
EKG hops

For yeast, I am hoping to get by with S04 for a few attempts and then get into the liquid strains.

General Homebrew Discussion / Matching IBUs with different AA hops
« on: March 25, 2016, 03:00:19 PM »
How should I approach subsequent attempts at reproducing a certain beer when it comes to different alpha acids of hops?

For example, let's say the original beer had these hop additions:
24 g Spalt (3.8% AA) FWH
14 g Spalt (3.8% AA) 20 min
~17 IBUs

The spalt hops I have now are 2.5% AA. I realize that the easiest thing to do would just be to increase the amount to match the IBUs which would take approximately 50% more hops.

In attempt to conserve these lower alpha hops I was thinking about doing this:
3 g Magnum (13% AA) FWH
24 g Spalt (2.5% AA) FWH
14 g Spalt (2.5% AA) 20 min
~17 IBUs

Would that work sufficiently well? I suppose I would be getting less IBUs from the 20 minute addition and more from the FWH which could change the hop profile?

Scenario B would be:
36 g Spalt (2.5% AA) FWH
21 g Spalt (2.5% AA) 20 min
~17 IBUs

Sorry for the lengthy description of a simple inquiry...

General Homebrew Discussion / acrid/ashy character?
« on: March 11, 2016, 09:55:53 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.

Ingredients / Schill Kolsch (Cologne) Malt
« on: March 09, 2016, 03:34:08 PM »
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.

Yeast and Fermentation / yeast nutrient amount
« on: March 04, 2016, 06:46:56 PM »
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?

Ingredients / castle chateau cara ruby
« on: March 03, 2016, 03:33:41 PM »
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?

Beer Recipes / asian inpsired rice lager
« on: March 01, 2016, 02:12:15 PM »
72.5% german pilsner
22.5% flaked rice
2.5% carafoam/dextrine
2.5% melanoidin

Magnum bittering
Sterling finishing


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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