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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.

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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

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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?

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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:
1.055
Final Gravity:
1.015
ABV (standard):
5.18%
IBU (tinseth):
37.84
SRM (morey):
7.84
Fermentables
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%
Hops
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
Yeast
Fermentis / Safale - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05
Attenuation (avg):
   72%    
Flocculation:
   Medium
Optimum Temperature:
   59°F - 75°F    
Starter:
   No
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:
1.074
Final Gravity:
1.021
ABV (standard):
7.01%
IBU (tinseth):
38.82
SRM (morey):
16.05
Fermentables
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%
Hops
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
Yeast
Fermentis / Safale - Safbrew - Specialty Ale Yeast T-58
Attenuation (avg):
   72%    
Flocculation:
   Medium
Optimum Temperature:
   59°F - 75°F    
Starter:
   No
Notes
add twigs to secondary for 3days?

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

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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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Beer Recipes / porter recipe
« on: September 04, 2012, 09:06:50 PM »
So i'm currently planning to brew a porter (brown porter) this weekend
here is my idea
* i also my plan to add some homegrown hops, once i determine the variety if possible

Pingree Porter
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Added By: csu007
Method: Extract
Style: Brown Porter
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Boil Size: 3 gallons
Efficiency: 70%
Original Gravity:
1.055
Final Gravity:
1.016
ABV (standard):
5.24%
IBU (tinseth):
32.13
SRM (morey):
30.9
Fermentables
Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
7 lb   Liquid Malt Extract - Light   35   4   82.4%
Steeping Grains
Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
0.5 lb    Black Malt   28   500   5.9%
0.25 lb   Caramel / Crystal 80L   33   80   2.9%
0.25 lb   Chocolate   29   350   2.9%
0.25 lb   Carapils (Dextrine Malt)   33   1.8   2.9%
0.25 lb   Special B   34   115   2.9%
Hops
Amount    Variety    Time           AA    Type     Use
0.25 oz   Chinook   60 min   13   Pellet       Boil
0.25 oz   Willamette   60 min   4.5   Pellet       Boil
0.25 oz   Chinook   40 min   13   Pellet       Boil
0.25 oz   Willamette   35 min   4.5   Pellet       Boil
0.25 oz   Chinook   25 min   13   Pellet       Boil
0.25 oz   Willamette   15 min   4.5   Pellet       Boil
0.25 oz   Chinook   10 min   13   Pellet       Boil
0.25 oz   Willamette   5 min          4.5   Pellet       Boil
Yeast
Fermentis / Safale - Safale - American Ale Yeast US-05
Attenuation (avg):
   72%    
Flocculation:
   Medium
Optimum Temperature:
   59°F - 75°F    
Starter:
   No
This recipe is not shared.
Last Updated: 2012-09-04 22:04 MDT

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General Homebrew Discussion / star san and pbw question
« on: August 28, 2012, 01:02:42 PM »
So I just upgraded my cleaning/sanitizing equipment". My question do I rinse bottles with tap water after using the star san?

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Other Fermentables / hard apple cider ideas
« on: August 20, 2012, 09:28:10 PM »
so some family friends wanted me to make some hard cider (after they tried my beer), they will be supplying the apple juice fresh from a couple backyard trees (not sure on the variety yet), anybody have a good/simple recipe(s)? I was thinking just the juice and champagne yeast, maybe some spices but not sure.

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Ingredients / best way to dry hop
« on: August 06, 2012, 09:16:11 PM »
So I will dry hopping an ESB and an IPA soon (my first time doing this). I'm using pellets in a carboy. I was thinking of putting them a muslin sock and tying a couple of strings of dental floss to spend them and make it easier to get them back out. My other idea it just drop them in the primary carboy and then rack to secondary right before bottling and then remove the hops with everything else. anybody have a suggestion on which method i should use or other one i didn't mention?

Thanks

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Yeast and Fermentation / Pitching rate
« on: August 05, 2012, 12:53:33 PM »
So today i'm going to brew a 3gal IPA with an estimated O.G. of 1.080, according to Mr.Malty i only need one 11.5g pkg. does this make sense? i bought 2pkgs thinking that the high O.G. would "out weigh" the vol of the batch. So my question should i pitch both pkgs or just one?

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Ingredients / Alpha Acid number variation
« on: August 01, 2012, 11:52:11 PM »
So i just bought a whole bunch of hops from the LHBS, and all but two variates where a higher A.A than my online recipe calculator, nothing like having to re-adjust your recipe after your purchase, my IPA was raised about 14IBU's before i redid the addition times and my ESB was raised about 19IBU (also due to the fact the my intended variety (Glacier (5ish A.A) was mixed with Galena (11.4 A.A)), but still glad i was able to rerun the numbers before i brew tomorrow. I know that the A.A% changes from year to year and even harvest to harvest, but these differences could really affect a beer if your not careful.
Anybody else have experience with this?

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Beer Recipes / ESB recipe
« on: July 22, 2012, 12:46:10 PM »
So this will be my first attempt at an ESB. I'm shooting for some hybrid of Redhook's ESB, Lefthand's Sawtooth and NB 2below or better these are my favorite examples of this style
here is my draft. i'm open to changing any of the specialty malts and hops.

ETB-ESB
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Added By: csu007
Method: Extract
Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB)
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Boil Size: 3 gallons
Efficiency: 70%
1.055
1.015
5.22%
38.46 (IBU)
11.35 (SRM)
Fermentables
Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
6 lb   Liquid Malt Extract - Light   35   4   68.2%
Steeping Grains
Amount    Fermentable    PPG    °L    Bill %
0.5 lb   Biscuit   35   23   5.7%
0.5 lb   Victory   34   28   5.7%
1 lb   Amber   32   27   11.4%
0.3 lb   Caramel / Crystal 60L   34   60   3.4%
0.5 lb   ESB Malt   36   3.5   5.7%
Hops
Amount    Variety    Time    AA    Type    Use
1 oz   Fuggles   60 min   4.5   Pellet   Boil
0.5 oz   Fuggles   30 min   4.5   Pellet   Boil
0.5 oz   Fuggles   10 min   4.5   Pellet   Boil
0.5 oz   Goldings   60 min   4.5   Pellet   Boil
0.5 oz   Goldings   10 min   4.5   Pellet   Boil
1 oz   Pioneer   7 days   9   Pellet   Dry Hop
0.5 oz   Glacier   60 min   5.5   Pellet   Boil
0.5 oz   Glacier   25 min   5.5   Pellet   Boil
Other Ingredients
Amount    Name    Time    Type    Use
1 tsp   Irish Moss   15 min   Fining   Boil
Yeast
Fermentis / Safale - Safale - English Ale Yeast S-04
Attenuation (avg):
   72%    
Flocculation:
   Medium
Optimum Temperature:
   59°F - 75°F    
Starter:
   No

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Events / Colorado Brewers Festival 2012
« on: June 24, 2012, 10:15:57 PM »
Did anyone else brave the 100+ F weather this weekend and venture to Ft Collins? If so where there new breweries that you you tried. Crabtree Brewing had a Ginger honey blonde ale that was very refreshing and well balanced.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Pesticide for hops
« on: June 07, 2012, 04:53:14 PM »
Not sure where to post this, but i noticed that there is something eating the leaves on my hops plants. Does anybody know of a good pesticide that will kill the unknown bug but be safe to brew with?

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Ingredients / how to determine hop plant variety?
« on: May 27, 2012, 10:22:10 PM »
Does anybody have a good source for identifying hop plants. the hops that are currently growing in my backyard are from my cousins new house. the previous owner was a homebrewer. Unfortunately the variety of hops was never discussed.






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