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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Don't fear the trub
« on: March 26, 2012, 07:05:05 AM »
i pour my wort through a very fine mesh stainless steel strainer.  i don't care if some makes it through but i just like to keep the yeast relatively clean.  i usually ferment on top of a previous yeast batch once or twice and then harvest.

I have done this a couple times, and also have NOT done this.  I haven't decided which is better yet, or if either way is better.  I don't really mind if my beer is cloudy or has a little bit of precipitate when it's poured, so I just quit doing it out of laziness, mostly.

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Well there haven't been any new threads here in a bit, so I thought I'd ask a multi-part question about some recipes I'm thinking of getting.  Basically they are all stock recipes from brewmasters warehouse, although some edits by me have been made.  I want to order four recipes at once so I'll be set to brew every couple or three weeks during the late spring / early summer.  I'm thinking of doing an ESB, a black IPA, an oatmeal stout, and an all cascade APA.  I'm looking for major flaws or handy tips for the recipes.  Now if you'd substitute a quarter ounce of columbus for cascade at five minutes, well... that's not quite as important.  8).  All hops are pellets. 

Hopefully this isn't too much at once!

All recipes will be done using an approximate 3 gallon boil, topped off to 5 or 5.5 gallons.  I have a wort chiller.  I can make yeast starters in 1/2 gallon growlers and wanted to start doing so on these batches. 

Estimated numbers are per the website's software.  Here are the recipes:

Black IPA

OG 1.072    FG 1.018    IBU 65.3    SRM 41.44    ABV 7.07

Briess Golden Light Liquid Extract    6 lbs, 10 oz
Briess Pale Ale Malt    1 lbs, 8 oz
Weyermann De-Husked Carafa II ®    1 lbs, 0 oz
Aromatic    0 lbs, 12 oz
Crisp Crystal Malt 60L    0 lbs, 10 oz
De-Bittered Black    0 lbs, 4 oz
Magnum Pellets, GR    1 oz @ 75 mins
Columbus Pellets    .5 oz @ 30 mins
Columbus Pellets    .25 oz @ 20 mins
Columbus Pellets    .25 oz @ 10 mins
Columbus Pellets    .5 oz @ 0 mins
Nugget Pellets    1 oz @ Dry
Glacier Pellets    1 oz @ Dry
Wyeast Labs American Ale    

All-Cascade APA

OG 1.058    FG 1.015    IBU 38.9    SRM 8.85    ABV 5.63

Briess Golden Light Liquid Extract    
3 lbs, 4 oz
Briess Golden Light Dry Extract    
3 lbs, 0 oz
Briess 2-Row Brewer's Malt    
1 lbs, 0 oz
Briess 2 Row Caramel 40
1 lbs, 0 oz
Cascade Pellets    
1.5 oz @ 60 mins
Cascade Pellets       
1 oz @ 15 mins
Cascade Pellets    
1 oz @ 5 mins
Cascade Pellets    
1 oz @ 0 mins
Cascade Pellets    
1 oz @ Dry
SAFALE US-05 American Ale

Oatmeal Stout (possibly with coffee added at some point, manner and type of coffee TBD)

OG 1.055     FG 1.015    IBU 32.2    SRM  33.71    ABV  5.24
Briess Traditional Dark Liquid Extract    
3 lbs, 3 oz
Crisp Maris Otter    
2 lbs, 8 oz
Briess Traditional Dark Dry Extract    
1 lbs, 0 oz
Crisp Crystal Malt 120L    
0 lbs, 8 oz
Crisp Black Malt    
0 lbs, 8 oz
Briess Flaked Oats    
0 lbs, 8 oz
Fuggles Pellets, UK
2 oz @ 60 mins
Tettnang, German Pellets       
.5 oz @ 60 mins
White Labs Burton Ale

ESB

OG 1.060    FG 1.016    IBU  30.6    SRM 10.75    ABV 5.76
Briess Golden Light Liquid Extract
7 lbs, 0 oz
Briess 2 Row Caramel 60       
1 lbs, 0 oz
Briess 2 Row Carapils       
0 lbs, 8 oz
Fuggles Pellets, UK    
1 oz @ 60 mins
Fuggles Pellets, UK    
1 oz @ 30 mins
Kent Goldings, UK Pellets    
1 oz @ 25 mins
SAFALE S-04       

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corn sugar for bottling
extra light DME for making starters

Thanks for any insights people!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: grassy flavors and dry hopping
« on: March 21, 2012, 07:00:24 PM »
Thanks for the replies everybody.

I have done a batch with two ounces dry hops and it came out fine, albeit not very grassy.  I have another conditioning that I also used two ounces on.  I will try some of the stuff you guys talked about to see what kinds of flavors I can bring out in future batches.

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General Homebrew Discussion / grassy flavors and dry hopping
« on: March 21, 2012, 07:06:51 AM »
To avoid a derail, I'm starting a new thread on this with a quote from another thread:

excessive dry hopping (grassy or unpleasant vegetal taste).

Which isn't necessarily a flaw, per the guidelines.

Just as a curiosity, how much dry hops would you need to get a grassy aroma/taste.  Suppose a pretty standard APA recipe, extract or all-grain, with a 1oz dry hop addition of cascade after a week in the fermenter, with another week till bottling/kegging.  How much more would you need to get the "grassy" taste?  Rough estimate fine, obviously it's not a precise question.  ETA: 5.5 gallon batch

I'm just curious, BTW.  I don't have any plan to over dry-hop an APA on purpose.  But I do tend to like beers that I describe as having grassy flavors (especially light colored beers like pilsners, APAs etc), so I wonder if you can intentionally bring out these flavors in a balanced way, without ruining the beer. 

If so, can you discuss how to do this with dry hopping or other techniques?  And link to recipes and/or give commercial examples? 

Thanks!

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Ingredients / Re: Please critique this American coffee stout
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:53:39 AM »
Well you won't know for certain how this one turns out till you send me a bottle and I critique it for you.  ;D


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Chloramine
« on: March 17, 2012, 02:56:42 PM »
Campden tablets are pretty cheap.  Don't know what you're paying for your store bought water but for me it's a lot cheaper to use the campden where I can.

To me the extra $2.50 or so each for 3 x 2-gallon bottled spring water is a small price to pay for good beer.  Every batch has come out good since I started using spring water.  Prior to that (when I was doing Mr Beer) I discovered the hard way what chloramine treated water makes beer taste like.  In some ways I'm quite glad I started with Mr Beer because I discovered the water issue before I was spending $30-40+ on ingredients for a beer kit (I got a three pack of Mr Beer stuff for $25). 

Now I can use the Mr Beer keg for experimental secondary fermentations too.

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I got a wort chiller and I can't imagine how I ever tried to cool wort with ice.

Great thread and awesome first post man! 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is your perfect spring beer?
« on: March 14, 2012, 03:52:05 AM »
I vote for an IPA or pale ale, possibly dry hopped.  A nice crispy pale ale really sounds like the answer for spring. 

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you have to have your room mate take care of certain brewing oriented tasks for you while you're away for work...

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My third batch, sweet stout has come out pretty good.  It's got pretty good body, could be thicker but it ain't bad, a good roasty flavor, a pretty nice head with some staying power and very nice sheets of lacing.  The taste is pretty good and not too far off the style, perhaps a little bit hoppier than I expected but quite tasty!

Batch 4 will have to be bottled tomorrow or thursday and won't be touched for six weeks.  Goin' on a mission, won't be able to taste it till may!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: intentionally weak beer
« on: March 09, 2012, 07:25:25 PM »
Not crazy. I brew like this frequently for the same reasons you stated. You could go a point or so lower and be in "Mild" territory.

Use specialty/crystal malts to give it body and flavor.

I don't like getting plowed after just a could beers. Like to sip on some session beers and enjoy myself. 

Stone Levitation is my favorite relatively low ABV commercial beer.  It's great for weeknights too!  It's got lots of hops and flavor, but without the usual 6.5+% of my "hoppy" beer selections.

Anybody got a good clone recipe for levitation?  Extract / partial mash / or even all-grain?

Good luck on this project!

ETA: LOL didn't read the whole thread yet... see all the levitation references now!  It is great stuff though!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First try at a session IPA
« on: March 09, 2012, 07:07:27 PM »
Great analysis erockrph... make sure to keep us posted on your next recipe and results! 

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my batches haven't been bubbling in the airlock either.  they are clearly fermenting though, after a week I'm already at one point off target gravity on my latest batch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I brew
« on: March 04, 2012, 12:38:05 PM »
Trust me it didn't last that long  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Entered my first contest
« on: March 04, 2012, 06:13:40 AM »
I think you need to send me one of each so I can help make the determination.  I sense high scores in your future ;D

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