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All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 21, 2010, 08:00:34 AM »
Ah so I guess there is a use for emoticons after all...  It was clearly a joke. I've known Tom for years and was yanking his chain.

Then I'm sorry for buttin' in. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 20, 2010, 09:24:36 PM »
Way to have faith in your beer.  Judging BOS is a consolation prize.

You know dude, I'm a newbie here.  And when I first read this post I thought "what an a$$" but didn't want to say anything for fear of being such a newbie.  But, the more I think about it, I realize that 99% of folks would think that being BOS judge is an honor. 

I'm sticking with my original thoughts.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 20, 2010, 11:13:41 AM »
All grain recipe :)

Here's my recipe.  Modified from the W10 in BYO:

18 # 2 row
4 # munich 10L
3 # crystal 10L
1.5 # Carafa II
1.25 # special roast

1 oz simco 75 minutes
2 oz amarillo 60 minutes
.5 oz cascade 2 minutes
1.5 simcoe 2 minutes


2 oz cascade, .5 oz simcoe, 4 oz french oak chips

Mash at 152 60 minutes

Pitch 4 packs of Wyeast 1056 or equal starter.

10 gallons

Gonna brew this again this weekend.  Everyone loves it.  But, I'm gonna add two pounds of fresh cut Jalepenos with tem minutees left in the boil.

Any comments?

Ingredients / Re: Chinook hops
« on: August 20, 2010, 09:51:50 AM »
This is and old tried and true recipe that uses a good amount of Chinook for bittering.  It is still winning awards.

Arrogant Bastard Ale is said to be all Chinook, so you can do a search for a clone recipe.

Perfect, thanks loads.

Equipment and Software / Re: thermometer calibration
« on: August 20, 2010, 08:20:01 AM »
thanks Dude.

Equipment and Software / thermometer calibration
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:51:13 AM »
Hi folks-

As I was cleaning my keggles last night, I noticed one thermometer read 75 and another 85 in the same conditions.  Can someone post a link or describe the best way to calibrate?  I've heard ice water and such, but can't find a good article on specifics.


- Mic

Ingredients / Chinook hops
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:48:43 AM »
I need help.

In the spring when I did my hop ordering, I picked up two pounds of Chinook whole leaves.  My intent was to get a good variety and range of Alpha% so I could brew most anything.  Well, I've used the cascades, willamettes, ammillos, simcoe, EK goldings, but am yet to even open the foil bags on the chinook. 

What is a good beer for chinook hops?  I know I could add to anything, but is there a beer that "shows off" this variety of hops?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:42:38 AM »
Today, I was debating on brewing an American Wheat or ale version of a Marzen.  Well, I got the recipes mixed up, and this is what I'm now boiling:

10 gallons
12 # domestic two row
12 # Munich 10l

I'll add an ounce of Willamette 60 minutes
half an ounce each of willamette and cascade at flameout.

Beersmith has the SRM at 9.3

I have no clue what to call this.  It should just be a basic pale ale.....

Any thoughts?

Well, this beer is on tap.  It turned out fairly good.  finished at 1.015 and about 5.5%  A decent summer brew I'd say.  Easily chugged a full pint, and then another. 

Classifieds / Re: Kegs near Seattle
« on: August 18, 2010, 01:10:05 PM »
I might make it over there Mic, but you're likely to know someone heading over here sooner than I'll make it there. :)

We'd love to have you come over and talk to our club.  (I know we all voted for you.....) 

Classifieds / Re: Kegs near Seattle
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:55:55 PM »
Good price Tom, you should come visit the Olympic Peninsula.   LOL.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:59:28 AM »
"Dungeness Brewing Company"

(I'm no webbmaster)

Equipment and Software / Re: Equipment you own but have never used
« on: August 16, 2010, 10:18:53 AM »
Blichmann beer gun. Bought it last year . .never even opened the box.  :-\

Do you not bottle, or just don't like this device? 

I have a BG, and love it.  but I only bottle for sharing and comps.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« on: August 15, 2010, 07:01:49 PM »
When I started all grain I did about 10 brews where I batch sparged.
Decided to give fly sparing a try and thought it was easier ( I am not sure why ), so I stuck with it.
20 brews later I decide to give the batch sparge another chance.
 I like it.  :)
When I batch sparged the first time I was doing  three runnings
from the mashtun, this time I just mashed, added water for mash out, drained
added the rest of the water and drained again , simple.
Though it does feel like cheating .

This is what I do now.  I used to do a HERMS.  If this is cheating, I don't want to follow the rules. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: out of curiosity...
« on: August 13, 2010, 09:24:10 PM »
Let's say that i am interested in selling one of my beers. What, legally, do i have to do to enable that?

I don't sell beer.  But, I do rent bottles.

Equipment and Software / Re: 2ndary Fermenter
« on: August 12, 2010, 09:25:47 AM »
What is the purpose of fermenting in a secondary, and tertiary fermenter? Is it simple to filter the beer so there are not things floating around in the beer?

There is no purpose.  Stick with primary only.  In 10-15 days (dependant on recipe) transfer to kegs and age.

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