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Ingredients / Which is better for drying hops...
« on: June 23, 2012, 11:16:44 AM »
All other variables being the same, which is better for drying hops, a humid but hot garage (gets up to at least 100F during the day I guess) or a much less humid 77F inside my house?

General Homebrew Discussion / Famous Homebrewers
« on: June 23, 2012, 09:52:07 AM »
So who are some celebrities who homebrew?

I only know of Wil Wheaton!/wilw (from STNG)

Also, someone at the White House is brewing but I doubt it's actually the president mashing in.

Equipment and Software / Good deal on 7 Cu ft chest freezer
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:22:01 AM »

Home Depot has GE 7.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White (FCM7SUWW) on Sale for $178 - $10 w/ promotion code HDJUNE10 = $168 with free shipping.

I have this same model and it fits up to 1 6.5 gallon glass carboy and 1 6 gallon better bottle, or 2 better bottles. There's a hump inside that I put my jar for the blowoff tube.

The Pub / The Wisdom of Chopra
« on: June 21, 2012, 06:25:04 AM »
There's a bot that takes words tweeted by Deepak Chopra and strings them together to make up new wise quotes that sound just like his inane crap.

Wisdom Of Chopra

I particularly like this gem:
"Evolution is reborn in irrational sexual energy"


"The universe gives rise to subtle choices"

You can follow it on twitter if you need pseudo-wisdom in your day:!/WisdomOfChopra

Ingredients / Are these hops close to being ripe?
« on: June 20, 2012, 03:13:50 PM »

Sent from the future...

The Pub / Rogue Beard Beer
« on: June 20, 2012, 11:38:19 AM »

What's next, cultivating a yeast infection?

Yeah, I know, it's all fungus but I need a few generations between my beer and his beard!  :P

Kegging and Bottling / Oxygen absorbing caps...
« on: June 13, 2012, 07:54:48 AM »
Should they look different underneath than normal caps?  I bought some online and they arrived in an unmarked bag and don't seem any different.  Feel like I bought the Emporer's New Caps.

-Sent from the future.

Beer Recipes / American Brown ale with Zythos hops
« on: June 10, 2012, 08:15:43 AM »
I'll be trying a parti-gyle brew next weekend and want to make a brown ale with my second runnings. I'm not mashing any of the dark or crystal grains. So the mash will only include Marris Otter, flaked oats, and victory (see Brewing Classic Styles Oatmeal Stout for the ratios). The OG of the base malts for second runnings is estimated to be 1.055.

I'll cold steep the following for the brown ale:
10 oz chocolate malt (350L)
8 oz crystal 40
8 oz crystal 120

For hops I thought about this:
9 grams Summit first wort hops at about 19.5 IBU
9 grams Zythos at 30 minutes for 8.5 IBU
9 grams Zythos at 15 minutes for 5.5 IBU
27 grams Zythos at 1 minute

Since I won't be boiling this for several hours probably since I'll be doing a 90 minute boil on the first runnings, should I not try to use FWH on this?

Will the zythos give a complex enough flavor that I should just use magnum at 60 minutes for most of my IBUs?

Or should I skip the 60 minute addition and increase the 30 and 15 minute additions to get the total IBUs I need?

All Grain Brewing / Quick parti-gyle question
« on: June 10, 2012, 07:10:16 AM »
Since the grains have already soaked up water from the mash, if I need 7 gallons from second runnings then I only need to put in 7 gallons (plus dead space)?

Ingredients / I think my hops are drowning
« on: June 07, 2012, 05:42:06 AM »
Are yellowing leaves a symptom of over-watering? We've had an ark-load of rain in the last few weeks and the bottom leaves on my zeus hops are yellow now.

All Things Food / Hops in a smoker water pan
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:55:22 AM »
Anyone ever experiment with throwing some hops in a smoker's water pan or adding a little in with the wood being smoked? Just curious if it would be delicious or taste like arse.  ;D

Beer Recipes / Scaling up a stout to an imperial stout
« on: May 31, 2012, 09:24:58 PM »
While I'm not a huge fan of imperial stouts I'd like to give one a try. I thought it might be fun to scale up the oatmeal stout recipe from Brewing Classic Styles and take a few liberties with it. What I'm not sure about is scaling specialty grains. If I double the grain bill do I really want to double all of the dark grains? I think with this I will take Gordon Strong's advice and cold steep the dark grains in an attempt to reduce harshness from them.

Here's what I've got so far:
BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Argument From Authority
Brewer: Steve
Asst Brewer:
Style: Imperial Stout
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 8.00 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.50 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.10 gal
Estimated OG: 1.106 SG (1.091 if 60% efficient)
Estimated FG: 1.029 SG  1.025 SG  (1.022 if 60% efficent)
Estimated Color: 54.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 74.3 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 79.5 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
16 lbs                Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)         Grain         1        69.6 %       
2 lbs                 Oats, Flaked, Toasted (1.0 SRM)          Grain         2        8.7 %         
1 lbs 8.0 oz          Victory Malt (or biscuit) (Briess) (28.0 Grain         4        6.5 %         
1 lbs                 Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM)    Grain         6        4.3 %         

Cold Steep and add at 10 minutes:
1 lbs 8.0 oz          Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)               Grain         3        6.5 %         
1 lbs                 Black Barley (Stout) (500.0 SRM)         Grain         5        4.3 %         

28.00 g               Northern Brewer [8.50 %] - First Wort 90 Hop           7        22.3 IBUs     
42.00 g               Magnum [12.10 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           8        40.5 IBUs     
11.00 Items           Fermcap-S (Boil 60.0 mins)               Other         9        -             
28.00 g               Northern Brewer [8.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop           10       11.5 IBUs     
1.00 tsp              Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins)              Fining        11       -             
5.50 tsp              Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins)          Other         12       -             
2.0 pkg               Dry English Ale Yeast (White Labs #WLP007)     Yeast         13       -             
  *** use 2 vials in a 1.5L starter with stir plate, per Mr Malty calculator
2.00 oz               Oak Chips Soaked in Irish Whiskey (Secon Flavor        15       -             

Mash Schedule: My Mash/Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 23 lbs
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 7.37 gal of water at 167.7 F        154.0 F       90 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun, , 3.49gal) of 168.0 F water

Created with BeerSmith 2 -

6 weeks ago I brewed a "continental pilsner" extract kit. It came out pretty dark for a pilsner:

(it actually seems darker than that picture came out)

It tastes like a German pilsner.

So, if I want to enter this in a competition for s***s and giggles, do I use category 2A German Pilsner?

Other Fermentables / Synthetic wine corks popping out!
« on: May 27, 2012, 11:41:18 AM »
Several corks started popping out after I laid down the bottles.  Was I supposed to let them dry after sanitizing?  I recorked them and they seem fine now but 2 completely popped out and soaked my beer/wine closet.  Too afraid to lay them back down now!

-Sent from the future.

The Pub / Ever have a beer so good?
« on: May 27, 2012, 11:24:55 AM »
My favorite scene in Beerfest is when they're sampling the beer they made and one guy says "oh I want to put my dick in it" and another says "oh I want it to put it's dick in me! "

Now whenever I drink a beer that's just AWESOME I call it 'dickinit' good.  Still haven't had one I considered 'dickinme' good though!  :o

-Sent from the future.

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