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Homebrew Competitions / Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 01:48:07 PM »
My beer got a 29 and a 36. Why is the overall score a 30? It makes sense that it would be a 33 or 34. Maybe I should read the fine print...haha

As feared, I had carbonation issues after bottling from the keg...

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Beer Recipes / Re: stone pale ale clone
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:51:58 AM »
I don't trust this recipe. 1.22 oz of 6% ahtanum isn't going to contribute 23 IBUs. I am obviously missing something. Website says magnum not Columbus for bittering...

I guess I would just adjust up accordingly to get in the ballpark...

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Beer Recipes / Re: stone pale ale clone
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:44:41 AM »
Maybe I am missing something but those hop figures don't get me anywhere close to 50 IBUs

Did you count the Columbus addition as 90 minutes ?

Yep. I get 27.29 IBUs with Brewer's Friend and a batch volume of 5.35 gallons which is what I average on my system.

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Beer Recipes / Re: stone pale ale clone
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:36:27 AM »
Maybe I am missing something but those hop figures don't get me anywhere close to 50 IBUs. I also see on their website that they list Magnum instead of Columbus?

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Beer Recipes / Re: stone pale ale clone
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:09:26 AM »
I think I will give a try at some point since it is being replaced soon. I will probably sub in S04 and I don't think I will follow that fermentation schedule with my system. I guess it would be a Stone'ish' Pale Ale

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Equipment and Software / Re: sorry...immersion chiller recommendations
« on: March 04, 2015, 10:36:54 AM »
Just for reference, I can chill to around 68F in the summer but it will take at least an hour. I hate wasting that much water. I think I need to go with the prechill or let chill overnight method. Now to start looking for a cheap prechiller...

Just trying to get ready. I am converting my fermentation chamber to be able to cool during the summer (son of fermentation). Right now, I use it to heat in the winter when necessary.

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Equipment and Software / Re: sorry...immersion chiller recommendations
« on: March 04, 2015, 10:24:14 AM »
I chill to 80-90 degrees with an immersion chiller then put the beer in the ferm chamber and pitch in the morning.  Less hassle than trying to get to pitch temp right away.

I have considered this. The problem is I aerate using gravity into my speidel 30L. If I pitched in the morning wouldn't I need to aerate again? It's not easy for me to do it once it is in the fermenter. Baby steps until I aerate properly...

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Equipment and Software / sorry...immersion chiller recommendations
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:54:44 AM »
I did a quick search but admittedly didn't dig too far.

I brew 5 gallon batches and don't foresee myself stepping up to 10 gallons. I currently use a copper 3/8" x 50' (it doesn't seem that long...). It works fine for the most part but is pretty brutal in the summer. I may not be able to get as low as I would like due to my groundwater temps but I would like to chill quicker.

Any recommendations on a chiller or just stick with what I got and consider pre-chilling the water in? Maybe get a smaller immersion chiller to put in a bucket of ice water before going into the chiller in the kettle?

Can't afford the hyrda right now. I am interested in the wasp but not sure it will be any better than my current one.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 11:45:01 AM »
So how long do I boil the yeast?

That's a good question. I haven't been able to find the answer yet. I will keep looking.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash pH and light beers
« on: March 03, 2015, 11:09:10 AM »
Thanks guys!

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All Grain Brewing / Mash pH and light beers
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:49:13 AM »
Piggy backing on the dark grains thread. Is there a guideline for mash pH and lighter beers? I assume it would depend on the style but is it advised to shoot closer to 5.2 for beers like kolsch, pils, and even American wheat?

I am relatively new to treating my water. I have been shooting for 5.4 for all my beers but will begin pushing that up for my darker beers. Curious if I should go lower for lighter beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:34:01 AM »
This forum has been a huge resource to me especially compared to the one I frequented prior. I am a constant lurker. I frequently start a post then delete it because I can get over obsessed sometimes...haha

My beers have recently been getting much better as a direct result of things I have learned here. It has taken a long time to get this far and it will take me a lot longer to get where I want but the knowledge I have gained and will continue to gain is invaluable.

Not sure if this was started in response to a recent thread or not but for the most part it seem that everyone is very civil toward each other. Thanks everyone.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for feedback
« on: March 03, 2015, 07:22:50 AM »
I started down this path a couple of different times. I would do as most suggest and start to brew and learn as much as possible. If you really think you are serious then start getting a business plan together which will make you start to consider everything you may not have thought of. As someone noted, it isn't lucrative to start a brewery with smaller than a 3 barrel system. Also, you may consider getting a brewing education.

I am not a very business minded person. I basically got to the point where I realized that I would rather brew on a small scale for myself as a hobby. Just after getting to the first couple of steps, I realized that me and my potential partners weren't really on the same page. I was more scared than excited.

Now if I had someone financially backing me, that would be a different story...

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Ingredients / Re: Kefir lime leaves; hops combo
« on: March 01, 2015, 02:51:47 PM »
I do a blonde ale with lime zest and lemongrass. I use centennial hops and I think the combo is great. That may not be the best comparison for what you are trying to do.

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