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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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Yeast and Fermentation / 1st time using liquid yeast
« on: February 15, 2012, 05:35:50 PM »
So my local homebrew store was out of dry yeast, so i bought some liquid yeast (English ale strain) . this will be my second attempt at homebrewing, i will be making a milk (sweet) stout using a extract recipe i have read/heard that i need to use a starter batch with liquid yeast, however, i'm not sure how to do starter batch? Can i just pitch the yeast into the primary fermenter and go from there or do i need to use a starter?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: becoming a beer judge
« on: February 13, 2012, 01:19:58 PM »
There are several homebrew clubs around Denver that often host a class.

Foam On The Range in Denver
KROC in Broomfield
the Rockhoppers in Castle Rock
and Hop, Barley and the Alers in Boulder

and there's an online course taught out of Denver, http://www.beerjudgeeducation.com/

Thanks for the link. I will have look into the some of the local clubs as well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / becoming a beer judge
« on: February 12, 2012, 11:19:28 PM »
So seeing as I'm newbie to the home brew scene, i was wondering if there were any classes programs to become a judge or at least a class to become a better beer taster? I know about the BJCP, but i was wondering if anybody know of cheaper or free classes (either online or in-person). I'm not necessarily looking to become an official judge but I'm not totally against it either.


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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Milk stout recipe
« on: February 09, 2012, 10:19:17 PM »
thanks i think i will go with the dry yeast and good suggestion about the lactose, i wasn't sure when i should add it

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Milk stout recipe
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:57:21 PM »
Thanks for the suggestion, do have a favorite or recommended yeast?

jmcamerlengo, alcaponejunior recommended the following and the book had no suggestion  Safale S-04 dry yeast, Ringwood strain, WhitBread strain, or Englis Ale strain. WLP 005, 007, and 002 respectively.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Milk stout recipe
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:15:05 PM »
I think i will trying this recipe from the joy of homebrewing (with possible changes)

6-6.5lbs of dark LME
1lb crystal malt ( 60 or 120L?)
1/4lb black patent malt
1/4 roasted barley
1/2 lb chocolate malt (not in the recipe so i'm not sure if it's needed)
1oz of either goldings, fuggles, williamette, or cascade
1/2oz of either northern brewer or perle
 
Yeast- ale type?


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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Milk stout recipe
« on: February 09, 2012, 05:49:57 PM »
I'm looking for the beer to be similar to Left Hand's milk stout, maybe more chocolate taste and less coffee,any idea what malt/grains would work best?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Milk stout recipe
« on: February 08, 2012, 04:44:53 PM »
both recipes sound good, I'm a little nervous to jump from a kit to a choosing my ingredients, after-all this will be a my second attempt at a home brew. I may do some more research on the grains and other stuff to see the differences before i brew, any suggestions would be appreciated. and good luck to you as well alcaponejunior

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