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Beer Recipes / Re: Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 30, 2012, 10:56:02 AM »
How are you setting up your mash profile inputs with Beersmith, in regards to mash tun temp and grain temp I mean? Just using ambient room temp?

Just ambient. I think they are both set to 72. At first I used the defaults but later I actually weighed my mash tun and it was twice as heavy as the default I was using. The only time my mash temp has been extremely off was when I put my grain in after taking it out of the fridge and not letting it warm up or adjusting that parameter in beersmith.

I have a feeling that during the summer I'll have to bring my mash tun inside the house the night before I brew since my garage gets quite hot. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A simple, Kosher alternative to gelatin
« on: March 30, 2012, 09:41:05 AM »
Well, I finally got some kosher gelatin from amazon, but what I didn't notice is that this is sold as a "supplement." Gelatin is gelatin, right?

This is what I got:



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Ingredients / Re: Northern Brewer hops question
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:12:11 AM »
Good to hear it's not minty like that other description.  I may put a little in at 30 min as well, then. The style guideline for 18A says " Light earthy or spicy hop nose" and "Medium hop and alcohol bitterness to balance. Light hop flavor, can be spicy or earthy."

I guess I should back off the mittelfrueh, but I did want something slightly floral to possibly compliment the yeast character ("Shows a subtle yeast character that may include spicy phenolics, perfumy or honey-like alcohol, or yeasty, fruity esters (commonly orange-like or lemony)").

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Ingredients / Re: Northern Brewer hops question
« on: March 30, 2012, 04:49:15 AM »
Hmm...I'll have to get some Anchor Steam this weekend then. I was thinking about using NB (0.5 oz @ 60 for about 12 IBU) in a Belgian blond with hallertauer mittelfrueh (1 oz @ 30 for about 8 IBU).

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Ingredients / Northern Brewer hops question
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:40:52 PM »
Since I don't have any practical experience with this hop I'm relying on descriptions, but I see different descriptions from different sources:
According to http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/hops:
A strong fragrant hop with a rich rough-hewn flavor and aroma, ideal for steam-style beers and ales. Northern Brewer has a unique mint-like evergreen flavor

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hop_varieties:
Woody/earthy/fruity aroma and flavor

Is "mint-like evergreen" the same as "woody/earthy"?


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Equipment and Software / Re: I love beersmith
« on: March 29, 2012, 11:34:00 AM »
After all my b****ing I realized I had a full version of Splashtop Remote Desktop. I had got it for free ages ago when Amazon offered it as one of their free app deals.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Software?
« on: March 29, 2012, 11:32:15 AM »
I just ordered a refurbished Kindle Fire ($139 today on amazon) and I'll be using Splashtop Remote Desktop to be able to run Beersmith on it from my laptop.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:44:35 AM »
I'm sure it will be a great beer--and will want to try it in April at the meeting.

Jax water is just too high in sulfates and bicarbonates (high alkalinity)--it will work for some styles (stouts and ESB's come to mind) but if you're trying to brew different styles (especially lighter colored beers), accentuate malt profiles, or even create a more "balanced" beer, this water won't work for you.  The levels are just too high that significant dilution (closer to 70-80% RO) needs to occur just to get the sulfate levels low enough to be "tolerable".  You're better off with building your profile with Bru'nwater and BeerSmith.  It takes more effort beforehand to have all the ingredients in place prior to starting the brew day, but it is definitely worth it.

Makes me wonder about local breweries like Bold City...he told me he uses filtered Jax water and 5.2 in the mash...admittedly I haven't tried much from them but I wonder how much its effecting his beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Please critique this pale ale recipe
« on: March 28, 2012, 07:38:01 AM »
I brewed this last night with just a few more changes to the hops. The local shop didn't have cascade in stock so I used centennial. I adjusted the amounts based on the alpha listed on the bags to be about 37 IBUs (this is what SNPA is so I figured that would be a good number).

Ended up with .5 ounce magnum at 60
.25 ounce centennial @ 15
.25 ounce citra @ 15
.25 ounce centennial @ 5
.5 ounce citra @ 5
Plan to dry hop with 1 ounce citra and .5 ounce centennial.

Repitched yeast from an SNPA clone from 2 weeks ago, at about 60/61F and just let it rise naturally to 68 (it was at 66 this morning). I know some people do this in increments but I'm being lazy here.

The beer gods really didn't want me brewing last night, spent forever looking for the false bottom to my mash tun...then looking for my lighter...jeez...but at least I was rewarded when I checked my mash temp and it was dead on at 155F...thank you Brewsmith!

Still not able to dial in the mash pH. I've resisted taking everyone's advice and ditching Jacksonville's tap water but I think next time I will just do like richardt told me from the start and get my water from Publix's RO machine, and no more mixing 50% distilled just to get the hardness down.

It smells and tastes great! Thanks to all for the tips/suggestions. Hopefully this will turn out well, I'm hoping it will be ready by April 14th for a local club contest, but I'll have to bottle after only 11 or 12 days for it to be carbonated enough...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Enjoying a GF Brew at Home
« on: March 26, 2012, 05:32:58 PM »
I thought it meant GirlFriend brew...combine that with the cigar and it brought back memories of Clinton in the White House...zing!

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Equipment and Software / Re: OK I really screwed up...
« on: March 26, 2012, 05:29:50 PM »
Hehe...$30 in cleaning supplies later...  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tofu mash
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:19:03 AM »
That looks quite nasty...and I actually like tofu with my stir fry...never considered it with beer...  :o

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to use a pH meter
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:05:08 AM »
This one looks sweet: http://www.amazon.com/Extech-PH100-ExStik-Waterproof-Meter/dp/B00023RYQ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332784821&sr=8-1



  • resolution of 0.01 pH and an accuracy +/-0.01 pH
  • Memory recall of up to 15 sequentially labeled readings allows you to track how readings have changed over time.

$90....I guess I could skip lunch for a few weeks to pay for it!  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying Beer
« on: March 26, 2012, 07:00:49 AM »
Other than the stuff I've brewed in the last month (bottled my 3rd batch in 4 weeks last night) I'm now trying to buy only local beer. Intuition Ale Works just started selling their stuff in cans. I don't like their IPA but their pale ale and kolsch are awesome...

But it's been nice to not have to go buy any, just pop downstairs and bring up a six-pack...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 3 week old yeast
« on: March 26, 2012, 06:44:38 AM »
There's a harvest date parameter for repitching on mr. malty's pitch calculater: http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

When I put in a date that is 3 weeks ago I get 61% viability...definitely make a starter with it unless you have enough already to compensate for the dead yeast.

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