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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time using liquid yeast
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:42:39 PM »
So i thought give an update on the yeast situation in my beer. I just pitched one vial (LHBS recommendation) w/o a starter at about 70F. the ambient room is temp is low 60's. it took a couple days but the yeast  was going crazy strong, it has since began to slow down. It looks like it will do the job and make some hopefully good tasting beer.
once again thanks for all the help, advice, and suggestions

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Other Fermentables / Re: Grape Juice (source request)
« on: February 20, 2012, 01:32:43 PM »
Where do you guys source grape juice?
Wine kits at the lhbs?
online somewhere?
I've found 5 gal frozen pails for around $115 -- that seems pricey, maybe not though?

Thanks

There numerous clubs that you can buy-in with and the get fresh grapes from California and the western slope of CO, i would try and find one these clubs. also both Beer at Home (Lakewood and Westminster) and the Brew Hut (near cherry creek reservoir in Aurora)  sell some kits and other ingredients

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The Pub / Re: interesting read
« on: February 17, 2012, 01:26:20 PM »
I looked it up and sandlot brewery (inside Coors Field) makes it. I have been the CF dozen of times and have not been to the sandlot brewery yet. I need to go, i here they make some good beer, but there are so many good breweries in the state (140ish at last count) it's hard to visit all them :)

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 17, 2012, 01:23:21 PM »
most snow in February in Colorado on the front range since they have kept records

 ;)

good call, this season seems to be favoring the front range vs the mountains. little strange and annoying but welcomed

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Milk stout recipe
« on: February 17, 2012, 01:20:16 PM »
My tasted pretty darn good, little bitter, but sweet, some coffee and chocolate notes should be better once it's carbonated. however, i was letting my 5yr old cousin help me brew and he added the yeast before i took a OG reading, so i guess i will be using the estimated OG.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:39:07 AM »
currently it's 30ish with about 6in on the ground and more to come this week, most snow in February in Colorado since they have kept records

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The Pub / Re: interesting read
« on: February 17, 2012, 12:37:10 AM »
The article is so true. but speaking of Coors = piss water, Since i live a mere 15min from the Coors plant i have been "a few" times (followed by Golden City great microbrewery). However, on of the tours there some visitors from the the mid-west and they asked the tour guide if she know any place in town that had good food and served bud light, she quickly stated that the waste water in-front of the building would be a good substitute, everybody laughed. While Coors is no better than bud light, they have a small off shoot craft brewery that makes some damn good beer (winter fest, Colorado native (only sold in CO)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IBU calculation error
« on: February 16, 2012, 10:40:27 PM »
Oh ok, thanks

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IBU calculation error
« on: February 16, 2012, 10:04:32 PM »
I did not take boil gravity reading , but my gut feeling is that 30ish should be closer to the correct IBU. thanks for the confirmation, the first site was the 33.2.

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General Homebrew Discussion / IBU calculation error
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:53:28 PM »
so i have checked 3 different websites and i got 3 different IBU's (33.2, 48.9, 40.3)
my recipe was an extract milk stout

3.5 gal boil, 5 gal batch
1oz cascade 8% A.A. 60min
.5oz styrian goldings 3.4% A.A. 60min
.5oz styrian goldings 3.4% A.A. 30min

estimated O.G. is 1.053 (wort is to hot to measure actual right now)

can someone please help



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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time using liquid yeast
« on: February 16, 2012, 08:53:31 PM »
Are you better off making a starter?  Yes.

On the other hand, if you just pitch the liquid yeast and it will ferment and make beer.

The beer will likely be better beer if you make a starter, but honestly for your second batch you're probably fine without.

There are a lot of other variables you need to figure out/learn to control as well. Fermentation temperature is as important.

If the starter seems like a high hurdle at this point, don't worry about it.

But if you keep brewing, building up a starter is best practice and I wouldn't skip it.

I made lots of beer before I started making starters.  I make better beer now.

Well spoken, Joe!

agreed the advice is very much welcomed. I appreciate all the advice from everyone being newbie to this "hobby".

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Milk stout recipe
« on: February 16, 2012, 08:48:53 PM »
So i finally had time to brew today

here is what i ended up with
1lb black patent malt
3/4lb chocolate malt
1/2lb carapils
1/2lb crystal 80 (English)
1oz cascade 60min
.5oz styrian goldings 60min
.5oz styrian goldings 30min
1lb lactose 13min
WLP002- English Ale Yeast
6lbs light LME
3.5gal boil

waiting on the wort to chill (haven't purchased a wort chiller yet) can't wait to taste it once it cools down

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time using liquid yeast
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:10:00 PM »

Thanks for the tips. I will probably just pitch the yeast w/o a starter (as i lack the space and knowledge to do so right now) I agree i look forward to getting to the point when i have the room, equipment, and knowledge to make better beer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time using liquid yeast
« on: February 15, 2012, 06:17:48 PM »
ok thanks for the suggestions

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time using liquid yeast
« on: February 15, 2012, 05:56:53 PM »
WLP002- English Ale Yeast , 5 gal
1 lbs  Black Patent Malt
1/2 lbs Carapils
1/2 lbs Crystal 80
3/4 lbs Chocolate Malt
1lb lactose
6lb light LME

1oz cascade
1oz Styrian Goldings

not sure on the OG as i haven't brewed enough to tell beforehand and haven't brewed yet period.


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