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General Homebrew Discussion / Using carbination drops for tonic water?
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:19:06 PM »
So I have been looking at making my own tonic water and bitter Limon drinks. I was wondering if I could use carbonation drops instead of "normal sources" ?

Other Fermentables / Re: Flower mead fermentation temp
« on: August 17, 2016, 04:09:35 AM »
Thanks I actually figured out my fridge. It's old with a dail that doesn't work well. The yeast is wlp720

Other Fermentables / Flower mead fermentation temp
« on: August 16, 2016, 10:58:06 PM »
I was wondering if my stand up fridge that only hits about 52° is too cold to use as fermentation box? Or should I use my crawl space, closer to 60ish?

General Homebrew Discussion / lambics
« on: January 20, 2016, 03:47:54 AM »
So i'm in charge of a food and beer pairing for a friend. I was wondering if using Epic's brainless on cherries could be used as a "lambic" style, i know it's not a true lambic. Or should i go with liefmans cuvee brut (kriek), I was also thinking of Odell's Friek

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: math question
« on: October 03, 2015, 02:28:43 PM »
Sweet thanks.  I racked  5 gal onto 3.5lbs. Good to know in the future with fruit additions.

General Homebrew Discussion / math question
« on: October 03, 2015, 05:47:29 AM »
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 / Re: Secondary fermentation from fruit
« on: September 16, 2015, 12:53:00 AM »
Ok thanks

Ingredients / Secondary fermentation from fruit
« on: September 16, 2015, 12:38:55 AM »
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 / Re: brewhouse efficiency question
« on: November 26, 2014, 09:20:18 AM »
thanks for the help

All Grain Brewing / brewhouse efficiency question
« on: November 24, 2014, 05:13:13 AM »
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 28, 2014, 04:06:52 AM »
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 / Re: best silicone for mash tun
« on: March 23, 2014, 07:35:16 PM »
thanks for all the advice, my problem was the size of whole in the bottom was just a small fraction to small for the bulk head to fit through. (my bulkhead a one one washer fixed on so i couldn't take it off). i just took a file around the edges and now it fits just right.

Equipment and Software / best silicone for mash tun
« on: March 07, 2014, 04:27:10 AM »
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 / Re: first pumpkin ale
« on: August 26, 2013, 07:46:33 AM »
thanks for the suggestions. i will have to think about all the options. I want to keep the pumpkin due to the mouth-feel and i enjoy the beers with actual  pumpkin vs just spices

Beer Recipes / first pumpkin ale
« on: August 24, 2013, 06:09:33 AM »
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

Generated by Brewer's Friend -
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

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