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General Homebrew Discussion / math question
« on: October 02, 2015, 10:47:29 PM »
So I have hopefully simple math question for people much smarter than I.
So i recently just bottled a huckleberry blonde ale.
here my numbers
•   Estimated O.G.- 1.059 , Actual O.G- 14 brix or 1.057
•   Estimated F.G.- 1.013, Actual F.G- 1.005 hydrometer, 5brix refractomter 1.006
My question is- would the the huckleberries really drop the FG 10pts (over 2wks)? I used a hydrometer for the 1.005 and refractometer for the brix reading adjusted using brewersfreind online calculator.
my estimated abv was 6.06 and with the hydrometer would be 6.8

Ingredients / Secondary fermentation from fruit
« on: September 15, 2015, 05:38:55 PM »
So I just added 3.6 lbs of semi frozen  wild huckleberries to5 gallery of a blonde ale. I let primary go for 2wks and it reached its expected fg. Should I expect any significant fermentation now, with the new juice?

All Grain Brewing / brewhouse efficiency question
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:13:13 PM »
Hi. i need help on determining my actual efficiency. I estimated my efficiency at a higher number when building by recipe and have re-adjusted them since but now I'm confused.
 here are all my numbers
my mash thickness ratio was about 1.3qt/lb, mashed for 60min about 155F

original estimated OG (at 70%) was 1.082 and my actual OG was 1.070. according to my efficiency calculations i should have been at 1.060 (50.4%)

had i had 15.5lbs of grain and sugar, 5gal of wort collected, my preboil og was 1.0568

here was my equation= (18.925L)*(1.070gravity)*(.175plato as a decimal)= 3.5437  then i divided by my total weight was 3.5437/7.03068= .5040 or 50.4%.
my question how is how is actual og higher than the adjusted og? Shouldn't my efficiency be closer 64%?
 i do batch sparge, if that makes any difference.

Me and math are not friends so i could be missing something, so any suggestion or edits are welcome

Equipment and Software / false bottom too small
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:06:52 PM »
So i recently bought a false bottom that will go with Lowe's blue 10gal cooler, the false bottom is 12in, and has about 1/4in of room to the side to the sides of cooler. I'm trying to think of how to fix this problem, I was thinking a rubber "band" around the false bottom or maybe a "shelf"on the wall of the cooler. Does anybody have any better ideas or suggestions?


Equipment and Software / best silicone for mash tun
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:27:10 PM »
I was wondering what the best food safe silicone cocking for using on a mash tun would be, my seal is not as tight as i would like?

Beer Recipes / first pumpkin ale
« on: August 23, 2013, 11:09:33 PM »
So i was thinking of brewing a extract w/ specialty grains pumpkin ale

here is mine idea

Title: Ichabod's Revenge (pumpkin ale)

Brew Method: Extract
Style Name: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 3 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 3 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.057
Efficiency: 70% (steeping grains only)

Original Gravity: 1.057
Final Gravity: 1.016
ABV (standard): 5.39%
IBU (tinseth): 43.77
SRM (morey): 9.38

4 lb - Liquid Malt Extract - Light (75%)

0.25 lb - American - Carapils (Dextrine Malt) (4.7%)
0.25 lb - American - Caramel / Crystal 40L (4.7%)
0.33 lb - American - Munich - Light 10L (6.2%)
0.5 lb - American - Victory (9.4%)

0.5 oz - Willamette, Type: Pellet, AA: 4.5, Use: Boil for 45 min, IBU: 12.28
0.25 oz - Willamette, Type: Pellet, AA: 4.5, Use: Boil for 25 min, IBU: 4.65
0.25 oz - Willamette, Type: Pellet, AA: 4.5, Use: Boil for 5 min, IBU: 1.33
0.25 oz - Perle, Type: Pellet, AA: 8.2, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 12.19
0.25 oz - Perle, Type: Pellet, AA: 8.2, Use: Boil for 25 min, IBU: 8.47
0.5 oz - Perle, Type: Pellet, AA: 8.2, Use: Boil for 5 min, IBU: 4.86

1 tsp - Irish Moss, Time: 15 min, Type: Fining, Use: Boil
5 lb - Pumpkin, Time: 20 min, Type: Flavor, Use: Boil
1 tsp - cinnamon, Time: 7 min, Type: Spice, Use: Boil
1 tsp - all spice, Time: 7 min, Type: Spice, Use: Boil
1 tsp - nutmeg, Time: 7 min, Type: Spice, Use: Boil

Fermentis / Safale - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04
Starter: No
Form: Dry
Attenuation (avg): 72%
Flocculation: Medium
Optimum Temp: 59 - 75 F

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Date: 2013-08-24 06:05 UTC
Recipe Last Updated: 2013-08-24 06:04 UTC

Anybody have any suggestions? also it seems there is no clear choice between canned pumpkin and actual pumpkin minus it being early in the season (at least in Colorado )for actual pumpkins, is this correct

The Pub / the best bombers you can get?
« on: July 24, 2013, 10:27:20 PM »
So my boss at work (small liquor store) is tasking with me finding new bombers for up to three 3 new shelves (27 beers and maybe more)
what are some must have bombers?
i have my ideas for some local ones and others i have had and/or heard of.
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Hop Growing / should I cover my hops?
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:44:18 AM »
So I have a couple shoots already  about 6-8in long and we are supposed to get 8-12in of snow Tomorrow and drop 50º should I cover the pot of hops or let them be? I do have mulch on them right now.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Icelandic lager
« on: March 08, 2013, 01:57:57 AM »
My boss just recently returned from a trip to Iceland. It was interesting to see that the local craft beer movement is just becoming mainstream there. He was nice enough to bring me back a local craft beer
Snorri Islenskt Ol nr 10 is what he brought back. From what i gather and what he was told it is light lager made from all Icelandic ingredients and has thyme in it.
the beer itself was very clean, crisp, and refreshing. the color was very pale similar to Coors, it reminded me a bit like ac golden/coors batch 19. it seemed to over carbonated though, but overall 3.5/5 stars
fyi the page is in Icelandic

Yeast and Fermentation / dry yeast for rye ipa
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:53:17 AM »
I'm trying to decide what yeast i want to use for rye ipa.
The standard of US-05, and S-04 are what i normally use and have produced what i'm looking for in my other beers. I have i was thinking that US-56 or T-58 could be interesting. would the t-58 and the rye be too much? I plan on doing an extract with NB rye extract malt, w/specialty grains.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / First Lager
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:51:11 AM »
So i have brewed a few ales now (10), and recently i received a kegarator but i want to try make some lagers before i start kegging my beer (cheaper than buying the kegs).
what would everyone suggest for a first lager? keeping in mind that i use extract and specialty grains.

General Homebrew Discussion / old ale vs winter warmer
« on: November 26, 2012, 07:57:35 PM »
Is there any major difference between these two styles. I'm looking into brewing one or both styles soon.
based on the commercial examples i'm not sure there is much difference
commercial styles old ale-Great Divide-Hibernation, winter warmer- Odell isolation, Anderson valley barney flats. are my basis for my ideas

Kegging and Bottling / Priming cider bottles?
« on: November 21, 2012, 02:29:19 AM »
my question i'm finally going to bottle my cider, i was wondering if priming with maple syrup/brown sugar would add any flavor?
Should I jut use normal priming sugar and CO2 tablets?

Beer Recipes / Possible pale ale and spruce ale recipes
« on: October 22, 2012, 03:49:57 PM »
So my next two planed batches are a pale ale and "spruce" ale
here is what i'm thinking. any ideas and/or suggestions are welcome.
the first recipe is the pale ale

Shaffer Pale Ale
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Added By: csu007
Method: Extract
Style: American Pale Ale
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Boil Size: 3 gallons
Efficiency: 70%
Original Gravity:
Final Gravity:
ABV (standard):
IBU (tinseth):
SRM (morey):
Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
6.67 lb   Liquid Malt Extract - Light   35   4   80%
Steeping Grains
Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
0.5 lb   Caramel / Crystal 40L   34   40   6%
0.5 lb   Pale Ale   37   3.5   6%
0.42 lb   Carapils (Dextrine Malt)   33   1.8   5%
0.25 lb   Victory   34   28   3%
Amount    Variety    Time    AA    Type    Use
0.5 oz   Amarillo   60 min   8.6   Pellet   Boil
1 oz   Glacier   60 min   5.5   Pellet   Boil
0.25 oz   Amarillo   30 min   8.6   Pellet   Boil
0.5 oz   Glacier   20 min   5.5   Pellet   Boil
0.25 oz   Amarillo   15 min   8.6   Pellet   Boil
0.25 oz   Glacier   5 min   5.5   Leaf/Whole   Boil
1 oz   Amarillo   7 days   8.6   Pellet   Dry Hop
Hops Summary
Amount    Variety    AA    Type
2 oz   Amarillo   8.6   Pellet
0.25 oz   Glacier   5.5   Leaf/Whole
1.5 oz   Glacier   5.5   Pellet
Other Ingredients
Amount    Name    Time    Type    Use
1.67 tsp   Irish Moss   15 min   Fining   Boil
Fermentis / Safale - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temperature:
   59°F - 75°F    
This recipe is not shared.
Last Updated: 2012-10-22 16:45 MDT

the second one is the spruce ale

Centenial Ale
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Added By: csu007
Method: Extract
Style: Holiday/Winter Special Spiced Beer
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 3 gallons
Boil Size: 3 gallons
Efficiency: 70%
Original Gravity:
Final Gravity:
ABV (standard):
IBU (tinseth):
SRM (morey):
Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
5 lb   Liquid Malt Extract - Light   35   4   71.4%
Steeping Grains
Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
0.25 lb   Brown   32   65   3.6%
0.25 lb   Caramel / Crystal 80L   33   80   3.6%
1 lb   Victory   34   28   14.3%
0.5 lb   Biscuit   35   23   7.1%
Amount    Variety    Time    AA    Type    Use
0.25 oz   Cascade   60 min   7   Pellet   Boil
0.5 oz   Cascade   20 min   7   Pellet   Boil
0.5 oz   Mount Hood   45 min   4.8   Pellet   Boil
0.5 oz   Mount Hood   15 min   4.8   Pellet   Boil
0.25 oz   Cascade   5 min   7   Pellet   Boil
Hops Summary
Amount    Variety    AA    Type
1 oz   Cascade   7   Pellet
1 oz   Mount Hood   4.8   Pellet
Other Ingredients
Amount    Name    Time    Type    Use
2 lb   blue Spruce tips/twigs   20 min   Other   Boil
1 tsp   Irish Moss   15 min   Fining   Boil
2 each   blue spruce tips/twigs   3 min   Other   Secondary
Fermentis / Safale - Safbrew - Specialty Ale Yeast T-58
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temperature:
   59°F - 75°F    
add twigs to secondary for 3days?

not sure about spruce extract
This recipe is not shared.
Last Updated: 2012-10-22 16:49 MDT

Other Fermentables / where to buy a vinegar mother?
« on: September 28, 2012, 05:36:58 PM »
Not sure where to post this topic, but I wanted to make some vinegar from some wine we are currently are making. i want purchase it vs making it.

*I live in the Denver Metro area if anybody knows of stores in the area or online works too.

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