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Beer Recipes / Re: Brew Your Own British Real Ale...Crystal?
« on: August 29, 2010, 12:55:41 PM »
[Thanks for all the info from everyone.  Is the CYBI team able to pull off a Fuller's ESB clone?  I'd be surprised.

Big Brew 2008 had a recipe for Chiswick Bitter that was pretty close to spot on (I seem to remember that John Keeling had a hand in it).

Now knowing that Chiswick, London Pride, ESB and Golden Pride are partigyled from the same mash and having a look at for gravities - you should not struggle to make your own ESB clone.

Ant Hayes
Tonbridge, Kent

Thanks for the info Ant, and all. 

In spite of all the info available online from Fullers, not to mention an interview with the Fullers head brewer, the CYBI team bombed it.  Wrong crystal, wrong hops, no partigyle.  I'm not sure why they bothered, really.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Oskar Blues ...
« on: August 28, 2010, 07:40:13 PM »
A local watering hole is serving Oskar Blues Gubna, on tap.  Apparently, it's a double IPA @ 10.5% ABV.  From their site, it appears they have the distinction of being the first craft brewery to can its beers.  Any feedback on this "Gubna" offering, or any of their other brews?

While I'm at it, what's the skinny on Summit hops?  I'm hearing everything from "grapefruit bomb aroma" to "fresh garlic/onion".

Ingredients / British Hops...Good Quality?
« on: August 28, 2010, 01:33:58 AM »
Several years back, I purchased some British leaf hops (Fuggles, EKGs) from Hops Direct that were cheesy smelling.  I've avoided buying these particular hops ever since.  I've pretty much stuck to Willamettes as a decent sub.  However, I'm now tempted to try EKGs again.  How are they these days? 

Beer Recipes / Re: Brew Your Own British Real Ale...Crystal?
« on: August 27, 2010, 03:04:53 AM »
The Brewing network has a couple of good shows in "Can you brew it?" on Fuller's ESB and London Pride.

Thanks for all the info from everyone.  Is the CYBI team able to pull off a Fuller's ESB clone?  I'd be surprised.
As for British crystal, I've always like Fawcett 65-70L.  I've noticed Jamil uses 120L in his bitter recipe.

Beer Recipes / Brew Your Own British Real Ale...Crystal?
« on: August 26, 2010, 02:22:42 AM »
I don't think this book indicates exactly which crystal malts (Lovibond?) to use in the recipes.

Does anyone know for certain what crystal malts are typically used in bitters, pales, and milds, by the Brit breweries?
I'm not so much interested in what homebrewers are personally using, but what the British breweries are actually using.

Equipment and Software / Re: Equipment you own but have never used
« on: August 22, 2010, 03:03:53 PM »
One pristine Wort Wizard, courtesy of Denny Conn.  A few years back, my wife emailed Denny on the sly to see what brewing stuff I might like for my birthday.  He suggested a Wort Wizard since he himself uses one, and to be honest, he couldn't really think of anything I might want.  But, my system is even "cheaper and easier" than Denny's.  No Wort Wizard required.  Gravity reigns supreme.  Anybody want to buy a Wort Wizard cheap?  Trade?  C'mon!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Carbonating in Growlers?
« on: August 14, 2010, 04:36:28 PM »
Instead of filling ~50, 12 -oz bottles, could 64oz growlers be used?  Will they seal well enough?  Any adjustments to be made?

Ingredients / Hop Harvest Help
« on: August 03, 2010, 12:36:13 PM »
A friend of mine in Southern Oregon asked what month to harvest his homegrown hops.  I'm not a hop grower, but I think it must be in the Fall sometime.  Any help?

Also, is there a good tutorial somewhere, hopefully with pics, that describes how to tell when the hops are ripe for picking?  Thanks.

Yeast and Fermentation / Chunks/solids in Wyeast?
« on: May 28, 2010, 02:40:31 PM »
I poured my Wyeast 2206 into the starter, and out came a few solids/chunks?  This is a first for me.  Anything to be concerned with?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Torpedo
« on: May 21, 2010, 12:51:54 PM »
Good beer, just not great.  Has a nice balance of maltiness and bitterness, but seems to be missing something in the hop flavor and aroma department.  It has the Chinook flavor coming through and a little bit of citrus, but it's just not quite there for me.  Very drinkable though, but I think the Celebration Ale is better.

Where are you coming up with Chinook flavor?  According to the SN website, there is no Chinook.

I was surprised to see SN was using Magnum for dry hopping.  I'd never considered using Magnum in that application myself.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast in a German pils
« on: April 30, 2010, 02:51:04 AM »
Unfortunately you are not going to find a very good dry yeast for a German pils. S-189 will work "ok", but no where near as good as a good liquid yeast.
I am currently enjoying my 1st Pilsner brewed with this exact strain. S-189 it is so convenient to utilize and attain
the proper pitch rates.  I dry hopped the beer and have been lagering it about 4 months is a really nice beer.
That yeast is prolly the reason, even tho this was the 1st time I built water from R.O. for brewing.

So then, no lack of crispness?  Did you make any compensations since you were using a dry yeast?

Yeast and Fermentation / Dry yeast in a German pils
« on: April 29, 2010, 01:37:14 AM »
It's getting time for me to start brewing my summer pils, 4 cornies worth, and for the first time I'm considering dry yeast.  I'd appreciate hearing from those who have actually used dry yeast in a German pils.  I'm not willing to use dry yeast simply because it's easier, but only if it will produce a pils equal or near-equal to a liquid yeast strain.  Tell me straight, please.  Any worthy dry strains out there?

All Grain Brewing / Gambrinus Pale Malt?
« on: April 08, 2010, 12:23:55 PM »
I ordered a sack of GW 2-row from the LHBS.  They ordered the Gambrinus by mistake.  I haven't paid for it, yet, until I find out about it.  I've never used it.  Any feedback?  How does it compare to GW?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Washing 101
« on: April 08, 2010, 01:28:35 AM »
Thanks for that.  I'm surprised at the 20-30min settling period...Seems long, but what do I know.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Washing 101
« on: April 07, 2010, 12:57:14 PM »
I've never had reason to use the yeast washing procedure until now.  Due to recent changes in my brewing process, I collect a large amount of trub in my fermenter. 

My questions: After dumping the trub/yeast from the fermenter into a 1gallon jar, how long should I let it settle out before pouring off the viable yeast?  Should I refrigerate it during the settling process?  Would it be safe to say that the more trub in the jar, the longer I should let it settle out?  Thanks.

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