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All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 11, 2010, 07:58:28 PM »
I'm adding them right away.  Can't argue with your analysis, this is the first beer I have ever dry hopped.

(It's quite tasty though, I have some bottled for next years Cascade Brewers Cup.)

I believe my LHBS has the best prices.  $4.98 per for almost all.  What are you paying?

He probably has the lowest shipping charges.
Being 3 hours away is a huge plus for him in that regard

I thought that to, but the shop in Tacoma, and Kent are closer, and charge $6.95.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 11, 2010, 04:04:41 PM »
Hey Mic,

How long do you leave it on the dry hops and oak?  I'm sure I have that issue of BYO around here somewhere, but I haven't gotten to it yet - I'm always months behind.  Is that in the original recipe?

The hops are part of the original.  (but I think I used standard replacements) The oak chips are of my own design.  I put them in the buckets as I transfer the wort, and leave them through the entire fermentation.  I only do primary.  For this beer, 12 days.

Equipment and Software / price of wyeast 125ml smack packs in your area
« on: August 11, 2010, 12:11:36 AM »
I believe my LHBS has the best prices.  $4.98 per for almost all.  What are you paying?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black IPA?
« on: August 10, 2010, 05:50:51 PM »
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

I'm currently debating the idea of opening up a hombrew store and was wondering how profitable are they or how profitable they can be? Currently where im at located in TX there is one great homebrew store but its way North of town, I beleive the city is growing fast and continues to expand to where the South of the city could have its own brewstore. I'm also thinking of possibly having a nice beer bar with a decent selection on tab to where you can come hang out have a brew and buy what you need to make beer, nice combo but got to see if that flys with TABC. So I got a few ideas just wondering if this is the way to go? Ive read there isnt much to be made in this section of the beer industry?

Depending on the market, my guess is it's a tough gig.  Of the three stores I go to, the ownwer is working behind the counter.  I've also heard that if you don't also sell wine stuff, your chances of success drop significantly.  The beer bar is a good idea, that can be profitable on it's own.  Then slowly ramp up the home brew stuff. 

But get more advice.  I really have no clue

All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 09, 2010, 04:33:07 PM »
Not that it matters in the least, but your beer is in the ballpark for a Dark American Lager (I did not check IBUs).  Not sure how you were going to ferment, but maybe on the cold side of WLP001 or a Pacman Yeast or Kolsch Yeast might give you a good clean ale.  How did you mash?

Single infusion at 152.

I ferment in plastic buckets.  one pack of 1056 stepped up with a starter in each bucket.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 09, 2010, 04:31:44 PM »
That's less than sixty percent eff. What's your brew setup?

oops, I measured that with hot wort.  Cooled to room temp it the OG was 1.058

I have a top tier with converted kegs.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 07, 2010, 09:38:44 PM »
finished with an OG of 1.050.  The wort tastes good. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Tower Brewing Set-up & Unitank Fermentor
« on: August 07, 2010, 08:26:02 PM »
I will build most of my brewing equipment, is the tower brewing set-up and uni-tank fermentor a good process set-up.


I have the Top Tier, and love it.  I used to use a flat system with pumps.  More hassle than it's with IMO.  Not sure what you mean by "unitank fermenter"  I still ferment in five gallon fermenters.  buckets and carboys.  but brew ten gallon batches

Equipment and Software / Re: Stir Plate
« on: August 07, 2010, 08:24:03 PM »

I have two of these, as I brew ten gallons, but still use five gallon fermenters.  They work great.  I step up to 2000ml, with no problem.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 07, 2010, 08:18:41 PM »
Well, if the "beer drinker of the year" is getting thristy, it should turn out OK.....   LOL

All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 07, 2010, 08:11:43 PM »
At least you weren't looking at pot roast and marzen receipes at the same time.  ;D

I played around on beercalculus - you're too strong and not hoppy enough for a pale ale.
You're just gonna have a really malty beer - not like that's a bad thing.

Best thing is, it's still beer,  ;D

I'm gonna add some more hops as Tom says.  Only 2 ounces of cascade left, so I'll add it all at 10 minutes, and stick with the additional willamette at flameout. 


All Grain Brewing / Re: Confused brewing
« on: August 07, 2010, 08:09:13 PM »
Thanks Tom, I'll modify accordingly

All Grain Brewing / Confused brewing
« on: August 07, 2010, 07:51:00 PM »
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?

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