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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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Beer Recipes / Possbile IPA recipe
« on: May 19, 2012, 10:58:32 PM »
So i was pondering a recipe for an ipa. I tend to like high IBU beers
Here is my idea. I know the crystal is not popular, i'm going a caramel color, with caramel taste as well any substitutes are welcome. I believe my O.G. was 1.067 with a final around 1.018, ~6.2ABV%, 15ish SRM, and 87ish IBU's. I also want to keep it a extract/partial mash recipe.


7lbs light LME
½ lb crystal 60l
1 lb caramel malt 40l
2lb victory malt
1 Irish Moss 15min
2oz Cascade -1oz 60min, .5oz 30min, .5oz 10min
1oz Centennial - .5oz 60min, .5oz 45min
1oz Citra – 60min
1oz Chinook- .5oz 60min, .5oz dry hop
1oz Amerillo - .5oz dry hop, .5oz 30min
1oz  Columbus – dry hop
2pks Safale S-04

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Yeast and Fermentation / is this normal?
« on: May 16, 2012, 05:30:56 PM »
So I recently made a Dunkelweizen extract 3gal batch. I used Safale WB-06 pitched at 68-70F, and the beer has been fermenting since 4/27 at 61-62F. I pitched the whole packet of yeast. I was just curious if it normal for the primary fermentation to take this long. I was planing of racking to secondary fermenter so i could start another beer. The krausen was great early.

* the O.G. was 1.043




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Beer Recipes / American wheat
« on: April 04, 2012, 04:34:34 PM »
    so i was thinking of making an American Wheat beer, i wanted to make it hoppier than normal. I like the balance between the wheat and hops. Does this recipe look good?

6.6 pounds, wheat malt extract
    1--1/2 pounds, dark dry malt
    1--1/2 pounds, crystal malt
    1 pound, wheat malt
    1/2 pound, wheat flakes
    1/4 pound, chocolate malt
    2 ounces, of Hallertauer hops (Alpha 4.2) for full boil
    1/2 ounce, Saaz hops (Alpha ??) for 20 minutes
    1/2 ounce, Saaz hops to finish
    yeast

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Favorite Commerical Breweries
« on: March 08, 2012, 04:18:45 PM »
So I was just curious to see everyone's top 10 or so favorite commercial craft breweries?
Here are mine in no certain order
 Odells Brewing (CO)
 Strange Brewing (CO)
Deschutes brewery (OR)
 Firestone Walker Brewing (CA)
 Fort Collins Brewery (CO)
 Big Sky Brewing (MT)
 Mendocino Brewing Company (Select and Legend) (CA)
 Dogfish Head (DE)
 Big Horn Brewing (CB& Potts restaurant) (CO)
 Stone Brewing (CA)

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Equipment and Software / Stainless steel vs aluminum kettle?
« on: March 05, 2012, 10:38:36 PM »
So i was just curious as to what type of a brew kettle everyone uses? I have seen that many people use a turkey fryer (Al) however, i have also heard the Al can react with the beer and give it off favors. I currently use a 5gal SS kettle and was considering a small kettle (for smaller batches) and was curious if i should buy a turkey fryer or just go to target and pick a SS pot?

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Ingredients / when to plants hops?
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:25:08 PM »
So my cousins have a some hops (not sure the variety) that they want to get rid of. I wanted to know when i should go their house and transplant the hops to my backyard. I live in Colorado and we can get snow until May most years.

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General Homebrew Discussion / homebrew shelf life
« on: February 29, 2012, 04:02:38 PM »
So i have pretty simple question. What is the self life of a Homebrew in bottles? I realize that most of the time the beer will be gone long before it spoils, but since there are no preservatives besides the alcohol, does anybody have a rough estimate for the shelf life. I would assume 6months or so not that it would last for six months, but some of my family wants me to save a few bottles of my first beer (bottled 1.22.12) I'm pretty close to finishing the two plus cases.

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