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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 24, 2013, 10:41:21 PM »
Keep in mind that the recipe is probably the least important aspect of brewing.  10 people brewing the exact same recipe will come up with 10 different beers.
I like Designing Great Beers over any of the previously mentioned books(I have all of them).  It gives you insight on creating your own recipes that fit your system and brewing style.



DGB is a great book, but it's getting dated.  When you look at the award winning recipes, there are a lot of them that wouldn't be formulated that way using ingredients we have available today.  As long as you recognize that and can compensate, there's a lot of great stuff there.
I'd love to see an update, especially if he were to include some basic Belgian styles like wit and strong dark ales.

Rumor at NHC was that he was working on an update. I haven't heard anything official.

I do think that Ray's talk at NHC this year (Drink what you think?) was like a mini DGB.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Pliny the Elder extract clone..
« on: January 23, 2013, 11:49:13 PM »
AFAIK, the recipe for Pliny the Elder has changed a few times. I know for sure that there are multiple homebrew recipes for that beer from Vinnie out there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 23, 2013, 08:53:48 PM »
Keep in mind that the recipe is probably the least important aspect of brewing.  10 people brewing the exact same recipe will come up with 10 different beers.
I like Designing Great Beers over any of the previously mentioned books(I have all of them).  It gives you insight on creating your own recipes that fit your system and brewing style.

Designing Great Beers is probably my favorite brewing book ever. It is the one book I am sure to consult whenever I consider brewing to style.

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Doesn't need to be distilled or RO, the amount of dissolved solids in drinkable water isn't enough to throw off a hydrometer.

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I don't know if there's a right answer to this. Your balance between malt and hops is going to be drastically different on a 1.051 beer vs a 1.092 beer if you use the same amount of flavor and aroma hops. Dry hops will act a bit different in a 9% beer vs a 5% one as well. If it were me, I wouldn't scale down the hops as far as you scaled the bittering hops, but I'd probably roll them back maybe 20-25%.

With that said, you'd be fine leaving the late additions the same, but the resulting beer will probably end up a bit more hop-forward than the original. You could probably counter that a bit by bumping up the percentage of Munich, Victory and Crystal malt a bit in your scaled-down recipe.

And +1 to increasing the mash temp to leave a bit more body.

I agree with this, but I like hops, so I feel like a bit more hop-flavor-forward is never a bad thing.

then again, I haven't made a "gratuitous waste of hops IPA" so what do I know?  :o

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@htaytobrewing he scaled back the gravity, not the size of the recipe.

I wouldn't change the late hop additions (I wouldn't touch the 10min either). However, I would up the mash temp quite a bit. That beer went 1.092 to 1.017 (82% AA). If you get the same %AA on a 1.051 beer, you are looking at 1.009 or so. If I were doing this, I would bump the mash temp up to 156 or 157 to try to shoot for a FG of 1.013-15. I think a single digit FG is going to taste thin, however YMMV.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Time from Mash to Boil
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:37:56 AM »
I think that by adding to the boil and making sure the boil is about the right time, you will be fine. I have run out of propane mid-boil and had to go buy propane to finish the boil. I didn't notice anything out of hand. I actually think you might get slightly more hop bitterness because isomerization supposedly happens at temps over 170. I still wouldn't worry too much about it.

Regarding the cold brewday, the sliding glass door is your friend. You can watch the boil and make sure everything is going properly from inside the heat.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:09:51 AM »
Denny,

I never used the books, I have used 1 recipe in my entire brewing career. However, I have flipped through the books and used some of their ideas to put together recipes of my own. I cannot comment on the quality of the recipes inside any of the books.  :-X

Oh, and you spelled my name wrong 8)

But I agree with Denny's recommendation of the AHA recipe database, and most homebrew shops have their own recipe books, which can be decent as well (More of a mixed bag though)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:01:20 AM »
+1 to Radical Brewing and BCS

Also, the two books by the szamatulskis (I probably butchered their name) Beer Captured and Clone Brews. That has a lot of good recipes which are clones of well known craft beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« on: January 21, 2013, 11:08:30 PM »
Just remember, it was less than an ounce of vodka.  An ounce of 40% ABV vodka diluted in 5 gallons of liquid will increase the alcohol of the liquid by about 0.06%.

And finally, Tom shows up with the math I was too lazy to do. Thanks Tom!  ;D

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: No lager activity
« on: January 21, 2013, 02:54:06 PM »
Wow.....!.....It's fermenting.  It's not mold.  Now there is a fine layer of krausen...."Never give in" were the words of Winston Churchill during the German air invasion of England.....I must say I'm really suprised.  I had given up......Would you guys drop the temperature back closer to 50, or just leave it where it's at and do a diacetyl rest at the end?  It's around 53 now as I raised it to get the yeast going

If it's starting to ferment, leave it be!  Enough messing with this beer!   :D

Dave

Dave whispers words of wisdom, Let it Be!  8)

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:03:56 PM »
As a season ticket holder for the Seahawks, I know that we don't pump in noise. 3/4 of the noise is just straight up loud and disciplined fans. The other 1/4 is the fact that the stadium design focuses fan noise down on the field (to make up for the lack of a roof). We are LOUD. That is the reason the Seahawks have the best Home Field advantage in the NFL.

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Beer Recipes / Re: One More Time!
« on: January 21, 2013, 11:40:51 AM »
I think 3rd edition is also "New" but I don't have the book near to confirm.

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Beer Recipes / Re: One More Time!
« on: January 21, 2013, 11:08:31 AM »

IIRC, Charlie talks about that in NCJOHB.

That Acronym took me a while, Denny.

Love google.  :)

NCJOHB - New Complete Joy of Home Brewing

I was going to let everyone else figure it out on their own. :D

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: January 21, 2013, 11:05:31 AM »
There is absolutely nothing about the 12th Man that is cheating, unless you consider it cheating that we love our team more than you guys.

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