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Events / Re: Re: Big Brew Day 2013
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:24:33 AM »
I'm hosting like I have for years, but it's gonna be a pretty small event.  The biggest brewfest around always gets scheduled for the same day and a lot of people do that instead.
Lucky dogs. How cool would that be?  A day of brewing with Denny!  Jealous

"Freedom is temporary unless you are also Brave!" - Patriot

Ya know, people are always less impressed with me after they meet me.....;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Next Step-Water
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:21:47 AM »
I've never been afraid of sulfate used appropriately, but I've recently become a convert to higher sulfate levels.  I recently doubled the amount of sulfate in my Rye IPA and it made a beer I've always loved even better.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Problems serving beer!! Help needed!
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:19:16 AM »
So apparently beer gas is a different animal, so should I go get 15-20ft of tubing and see if that helps?

Absolutely.  Start with more than you think you need since you can always cut it down.

How long is a piece of string?  It all depends on what kind if flavor profile you're looking for.  I'll start by saying that your idea of FG is lower than what I shoot for on a similar beer.  As an example, take a look at my recipe below.  It finishes about 1.026ish.  A lower FG will enhance the perception if dryness and might require a lower hopping rate.  But first, let's talk about how you think this beer should taste. Using your "taste imagination", what are you shooting for?

#264 Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics

Batch Size (Gal):         5.00    Wort Size (Gal):    5.00
Total Grain (Lbs):       17.75
Anticipated OG:          1.086    Plato:             20.58
Anticipated SRM:          45.4
Anticipated IBU:          31.8
Brewhouse Efficiency:       73 %
Wort Boil Time:             70    Minutes

Pre-Boil Amounts

Evaporation Rate:       1.50    Gallons Per Hour
Pre-Boil Wort Size:    6.75    Gal
Pre-Boil Gravity:      1.063    SG          15.52  Plato


   %     Amount     Name                          Origin        Potential SRM
 62.0    11.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)              America        1.036      2
  8.5     1.50 lbs. Brown Malt                    Great Britain  1.032     70
  2.8     0.50 lbs. Crystal 40L                   America        1.034     40
 14.1     2.50 lbs. Munich Malt (Durst)           Germany        1.037     10
  5.6     1.00 lbs. Crystal 120L                  America        1.033    120
  7.0     1.25 lbs. Chocolate Malt                America        1.029    350

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


   Amount     Name                              Form    Alpha  IBU  Boil Time
  0.65 oz.    Magnum-Domestic                   Whole   15.00  29.2  60 min.
  0.40 oz.    Goldings - E.K.                   Whole    6.00   2.6  10 min.


  Amount      Name                           Type      Time
  0.00 Unit(s)Whirlfloc                      Fining    15 Min.(boil)


Wy1450, Wy1056, or DCL Yeast US-56 Fermentis American Ale

Mash Schedule

Mash Name:

Total Grain Lbs:   17.75
Total Water Qts:   23.00 - Before Additional Infusions
Total Water Gal:    5.75 - Before Additional Infusions

Tun Thermal Mass:   0.13
Grain Temp:        65.00 F

                     Step   Rest   Start   Stop  Heat     Infuse   Infuse  Infuse
Step Name            Time   Time   Temp    Temp  Type     Temp     Amount  Ratio
sacc                   0     60    155     155   Infuse   172       23.00   1.30

Total Water Qts:           23.00 - After Additional Infusions
Total Water Gal:            5.75 - After Additional Infusions
Total Mash Volume Gal:      7.17 - After Additional Infusions

All temperature measurements are degrees Fahrenheit.
All infusion amounts are in Quarts.
All infusion ratios are Quarts/Lbs.

When fermentation is complete, split 2 vanilla beans lengthwise.  Scrape all the seeds and "gunk" from them and add it to the fermenter.  Chop the beans into 2-3 in. long pieces and add them, too.  Leave in secondary 10-14 days, then taste.  You want the vanilla to be a bit on the strong side since it will fade.  If the vanilla flavor is adequate, rack to bottling bucket or keg and add approximately 375 ml. of Jim Beam Black bourbon.  You don't need to use an expensive bourbon, and you don't want to add a lot.  The beer shouldn't scream "BOURBON!" at you. You should have an integrated flavor of the chocolatey porter, vanilla, and bourbon.  This beer does not benefit from extended aging.  I prefer it within a few months of brewing.  The FG should be in the mid-high 20s, so don't worry about trying to get it lower.

I started out using a 5 gal. pot to do partial boils.  It only cost $20, so no big deal.  I eventually bought a turkey fryer setup to brew outdoors and it came with a 7 gal. pot.  I still had to do partial boils and top off a bit afterward, but it worked great.  Eventually I moved to a converted keg for a kettle, but I still use the 7 gal. to heat water for the mash and the 5 gal. for the occasional decoction or to make stock.  So there was no downside and no money lost by going incrementally.  You might want to consider that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second thoughts on brewing
« on: April 20, 2013, 09:35:13 AM »
I waited for years to start brewing becasue I thought it would be difficult and I didn't have the space in my small house.  Then my business partner started brewing and I saw just how easy it was.  15 years later, I've brewed 436 batches, I'm a BJCP judge and a member of the AHA Governing Committee and I'm working on 2 books about beer.  Funny how easy and fun it turned out to be.....

Events / Big Brew Day 2013
« on: April 19, 2013, 11:07:12 AM »
I'm hosting like I have for years, but it's gonna be a pretty small event.  The biggest brewfest around always gets scheduled for the same day and a lot of people do that instead.

Very cool, but it sounds like it was a little much for most of them.  Of course, that would make it just right for you and me!

Ingredients / Re: Simcoe hop question
« on: April 18, 2013, 12:41:11 PM »
I definitely think Simcoe would be out of place in your wheat beer. It's mainly dank and piny with some citrus notes (and a dash of cat piss to some).

+1.  Forgot to mention this.  I think Simcoe could have a bad effect on any wheat beer.

I think Simcoe might be the saving grace for an American style wheat beer!

Ingredients / Re: Christmas Beer
« on: April 18, 2013, 10:28:16 AM »
Before you make a peppermint beer, try drinking a beer after you brush your teeth.  Then tell me if it's a good idea!  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Greetings from Florida
« on: April 18, 2013, 10:05:32 AM »
The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum.

That should be our motto!

General Homebrew Discussion / New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 17, 2013, 08:21:38 PM »
Thanks for the input so far! I do like the Blichmann Bollermaker 10 gal, with all the options but a bit on the pricey side. I like the keggle too, but it looks so big. I think a sight glass is a must have option.

A sight glass is nice, but I certainly don't consider it a must have.

The Pub / Reinheitsgebot craziness
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:19:29 PM »

Equipment and Software / First kit questions
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:00:37 PM »
If you're short on cash, get an AL kettle.  Works great, less expensive than SS.

The Pub / Reinheitsgebot craziness
« on: April 17, 2013, 06:59:40 PM »
Ah, do remember that the finest beers are from the US and Belgium where brewers aren't limited by arcane and outdated rules.

+ 1.060, Martin!

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