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Equipment and Software / My latest effort to eliminate oxidation
« on: September 09, 2015, 08:49:53 PM »
This thread:

Got me to thinking about a project idea I had and spurred me on to complete it.  Specifically, I want to avoid introducing oxygen in my beer when I dry-hop.  Below is a picture of the completed project.  It is simply a stainless steel water bottle I bought from Ace.  I had my son-in-law drill a hole and weld a threaded nipple into the bottom.  I then screwed a gas post onto the nipple. 

The idea is to put my dry-hop hops into the bottle, cover the opening with a small, thin piece of sheet metal, then connect CO2 and purge the air out of the bottle.  I will then invert the bottle over the opening of my fermenter and slide the sheet metal out, allowing the pellets to drop.

Ingredients / Sugar in the boil
« on: September 09, 2015, 06:12:18 PM »
Simple question: Do I need to account for a shift in pH because of adding table sugar in the boil?

The context: I'm trying to dry and simplify my IPA to showcase the hops better.  I'm planning to add 1 lb. to a 6.5 gallon batch.

Other Fermentables / Brun' Water vis. Mead
« on: September 02, 2015, 02:54:49 PM »
I'm undoubtedly making this harder than it needs to be.  I've been planning to make a mead soon, and had wondered about the water profile that would be best, so I was very glad to see the article in the latest Zymurgy about the topic!

How do I set the water volume and any other parameters in Brun' Water so I can accurately manage the water chemistry?

Wood/Casks / New barrels
« on: August 25, 2015, 04:28:04 PM »
I picked up my new 8 gallon Rye Whiskey barrel today.  The RIS going into it should be ready in a week or so.  The real reason I'm posting is that they also had small, 2 liter charred oak barrels for sale for $60.  No whiskey has been in them.  I bought one thinking it would be ideal for experiments, specifically sour beer experiments.  I'm not big into sours but have enjoyed a few.  At 2 liters it may be just the right size!

Oh, and here is the big one.

The Pub / This is just wrong
« on: August 22, 2015, 08:02:28 AM »

Beer Recipes / Fresh Hop/Wet Hop IPA
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:20:42 PM »
This upcoming Fresh Hop Ale Fest ( is going to be my first entry into a competition.  I will be brewing an IPA.  I do not yet know what hops will be available to me in time to brew, but I am hoping for Citra and Amarillo.

I'll be maxing out my capacity by brewing an 8 gallon batch, hoping to get as close to 5 gallons as possible.  I'll be entering 3 12 oz. bottles and serving the rest via our homebrew club at the fest.

Any advice?

Equipment and Software / Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 10, 2015, 10:04:29 AM »
I participated in a Kickstarter (, because I wanted a stainless insulated MT.

It arrived late last week.  I quite pleased with it with the exception of the false bottom - which isn't bad, I just think the Blichmann false bottom is the best.  So I am going to have my son-in-law who is a pipe fitter make the Blichmann false bottom to work in the new MT.  I need to try it soon!  Here are the pics:

Classifieds / 10 gal Blichmann G2 Brew Kettle
« on: August 10, 2015, 09:54:18 AM »
Upgrade time! I have one "BoilerMaker™ G2 10 gal Brew Pot by Blichmann Engineering" for sale. I have used it for a BK for less than 10 brews. It is in great shape. it comes with all the original peripheral items - even the shipping box! These sell for $355 new. I will sell this one for $200 + actual shipping.

If you are wondering why I am selling it, I just bought a new MT which has made this kettle redundant. PM me if interested.

Equipment and Software / Gravity measuring BS
« on: August 06, 2015, 03:04:46 PM »
I ranted about this a year ago or so, but I want to get it off my chest again because of a new situation.

I brewed a RIS yesterday and was shocked by a wild miss on the OG.  It should have been 1.092 and it came out at 1.077!  I learned part of that lesson.  I need to decrease the efficiency for bigger beers.  BUT,

I have three gravity measuring devices: a refractometer, and four hydrometers, one of which is a full scale model and three are narrow range models.

I used the high range hydrometer to get the 1.077 OG.  A couple of minutes ago I decided to enlist the others.  The refractometer and the broad range hydrometer were within 1 point of each 1.086!

This makes me crazy.  It's like having an elastic yardstick.  I don't swear very often but this tempts me.

All Grain Brewing / Big beer OG Misses
« on: August 05, 2015, 05:29:41 PM »
I need to figure out what is going on.  I hit my numbers consistently with average gravity beers.  But every time I attempt a big beer I miss my numbers - sometimes by a lot. 

Today I brewed a RIS which was supposed to be 1.092 OG.  I took a pre-boil gravity and it showed 10 points lower than predicted so I added all the DME I had (about 13 oz.).  Even with that the OG is sitting at 1.077!

The grain crush was good.  Brun'water predicted a pH of 5.5.  My temperature held steady in the mash at ~155*.  It was an hour mash.  I planned a 90 minute mash but was running short on time so I kept it to an hour. 

I'm at a loss.  Any ideas?

The good news is that even when I miss my OG the beer still tastes good.  :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Temperature of US-05
« on: August 05, 2015, 12:21:59 PM »
I'm thinking of fermenting US-05 in a RIS at 60*.  What do you think?

Wood/Casks / Woodinville Whiskey Co. Barrel
« on: August 02, 2015, 08:26:01 PM »
I'm about to brew a RIS for the holidays.  I'm considering aging it in one of their 8 gallon barrels.  They say they just use them once.  I'm wondering about an appropriate time in the barrel for a noticeable, but not dominant whiskey barrel flavor.

Is a month or two sufficient?  What are your experiences?

Commercial Beer Reviews / 10 Barrel Joe IPA
« on: July 28, 2015, 03:36:40 PM »
Put on a motorcycle trip, stopped in Hoodsport, WA for the night.  Picked up a sixer of "Joe" to go with cigars.  I chose it because it advertises Simcoe, Amarillo & Mosaic hops.  Wonderful hop flavor.  Seriously one of the best IPAs I've had

Going Pro / Tell me what you think
« on: July 22, 2015, 10:18:49 PM »
I've been working with a guy on to develop a logo for the possible brewery I may start when I retire in a few years.  Here is his nearly final effort:

I've incorporated and trademarked the name.  All the cheap stuff...

Ingredients / Summit & Mandarina Bavaria
« on: July 22, 2015, 01:00:47 PM »
I finally got around to brewing a Pale Ale that I wanted to do for some time.  There were in essence two new factors that I wanted to experiment with.

First I wanted to try Summit hops for two reasons.  First they were said to give an onion or garlic flavor when used for bittering.  Someone on this forum stated that he never got that when using them as a 20 minute addition, and second, that they contributed to a tangerine or mandarin orange flavor when used this way.

The second new factor is that I had not tried Mandarina Bavaria hops before, and they too were said to contribute a dominant mandarin orange / tangerine flavor.

The beer turned out good.  My daughter said it was the best beer I have brewed.

No one picked up any onion or garlic flavors, so that is a win.  However, no one picked up any mandarin orange or tangerine flavors!  A bust there.  Obviously I am looking for it, but there is a medium intensity orange aroma to the beer.  I can also taste orange a bit, but again that could be because I know it is there.  Again, no one who tries it blind identifies anything orangey.

Here is the recipe I used:

Tangerine Dream Bar (Hah!)
American Pale Ale (10 A)
OG: 1.049 / FG 1.004
Batch Size: 6.50 gal

9 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)  78.3 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Munich Malt (10.0 SRM)   13.0 %
1 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)       8.7 %

1.00 oz Summit [17.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min  32.0 IBUs

3.00 oz Mandarina Bavaria [8.10 %] - 30 minute hop stand @ 170*
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)
5.00 oz Mandarina Bavaria [8.50 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days

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