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General Homebrew Discussion / Huge Sale
« on: February 08, 2014, 02:07:04 AM »
For those of you who live in Northeast Ohio, Label Peelers in Kent is having a "Huge Sale." The entire store is 25% off! Time to stock up on grain!

Beer Recipes / 1st Barleywine
« on: February 07, 2014, 08:58:25 PM »
On deck is my first attempt at a Barleywine. Here is the recipe that I just threw together today...

Batch = 5.5
OG = 1.100
90 minute mash @ 148
Mash Water = 8.25 (1.3 qt/lb)
Sparge Water = 3 (185)
Total Water = 11.25
1 gallon of boil off and 1.5 gallons of mash/hop/lauter loss accounted for

***Assuming 60% Efficiency***

38% Two-Row Pale – 9.5 lbs
38% Maris Otter – 9.5 lbs
20% Munich – 5.25 lbs
3% Victory – 12 oz
1% Caramel/Crystal 120L – 4.5 oz

60 minute – 2 oz Nugget
30 minute – 1 oz Centennial and ½ oz Columbus
10 minute – 2 oz Cascade, 1 oz Centennial, and ½ oz Columbus
0 minute – 2 oz Cascade, 1 oz Centennial, and ½ oz Columbus

WLP 001 California Ale (existing cake)

Start the fermentation at 58 degrees and hold for primary fermentation then allow temp to rise to the mid 60’s and hold until finished

Allow to ferment out, transfer off the yeast, and bulk age for a year

Ingredients / El Dorado Hops
« on: February 05, 2014, 12:48:05 AM »
I know these have been discussed in past but it's been awhile and not much at all. I just picked a pound up from the Hops Shack. The owner told described the flavor as "candy." The profile I read says watermelon candy. For those of you who have tried these, is thus accurate? What would you pair them with. Here's a list of what j got on hand....
The C hops, Simcoe, Amarillo, mosaic, Nelson, citra, galaxy, and meridian

Homebrew Competitions / NHC Shipping Map
« on: January 19, 2014, 03:18:43 PM »
Ok... I've searched everywhere. Does anybody have a link to the 2014 NHC shipping map... Or at least the first round judging locations?

Kegging and Bottling / Bottling off a keg
« on: January 07, 2014, 08:19:30 PM »
Being that I'm new to kegging, this might be a silly question...

If you bottle a beer from a keg and cap it immediately, will it stay carbonated indefinitely?

Yeast and Fermentation / WLP 800
« on: January 05, 2014, 06:52:20 PM »
This is the first time using this strain for me. I've noticed with my yeast starter that this strain has been active for a much longer time than the ale yeasts that I normally use (001 and 007 are the most popular). For those of you who have used WLP 800, is this normal for it to be a slow but active yeast?

General Homebrew Discussion / What BJCP Style Category?
« on: January 02, 2014, 04:02:50 PM »
What BJCP style category/subcategory would a breakfast style stout with oats, coffee, and chocolate added to it best fit into?

Events / NHC Lottery Entry?
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:57:27 PM »
Is there a specific time frame established to get your name entered into the Nation Homebrew Competition lottery?

Beer Recipes / Black IPA
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:29:02 AM »
Here's my first stab at a black IPA recipe. My biggest question is the grain bill.... whatcha think?

Batch = 5.5
OG = 1.070
60 minute mash @ 150

90% Two-Row Pale Malt = 13 lb
5% Caramel/Crystal 60L = 13 oz
5% Carafa III = 14 oz

FWH = 1 oz Chinook and 1 oz Simcoe
60 minute = 2 oz Columbus
30 minute = 1 oz Chinook
10 minute = 1 oz Simcoe, 1 oz Galaxy, 1 oz Centennial
0 minute = 1 oz Simcoe, 1 oz Galaxy, 1 oz Centennial
Dry Hop = 2 oz Simcoe, 2 oz Galaxy, 2 oz Centennial

White Labs 007 Dry English Ale

General Homebrew Discussion / Simple Aeration?
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:46:03 PM »
During my time on this forum I've come across several methods of aeration and some pretty elaborate methods. I once used a stirring rod that hooked up to my drill but have since even gotten away from that since I've started to filter my wort through nylon stockings into a bucket about 9 or 10 months ago. I was wondering if anybody else does the following or has any comments or concerns with my method....

As said above, I filter my wort into a fermenting bucket. Then I slowly dump the wort through a funnel and into a carboy. It appears that I have adequate aeration after this pour. I usually have active fermentation in 6-10 hours.

Ingredients / Coffee = Infection?
« on: December 20, 2013, 01:10:29 AM »
I brewed a breakfast stout many months ago. Over tine, it developed an infection. I racked onto 2.5 oz of coffee grain in the secondary. Could this coffee addition caused the infection? If so, could I soak the coffee in a couple ounces of vodka to prevent it from happening again?

Beer Recipes / New Belgium Ranger
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:17:56 AM »
Well, New Belgium finally made it to Ohio today, so I helped myself to several $2.99 bombers of Ranger IPA. This beer is very good so I went to their website. The malt bill consists of pale malt and C-120. This beer is very light in color, so the C120 has to be minimal. Have any of you used dark crystals in an IPA like this?

Ingredients / Avangard Pilsner Malt
« on: December 13, 2013, 07:21:17 PM »
One of my LHBS, South Hills Brewing Supply, just got Avangard malts in. They have the pilsner malt on sale at an introductory of $40 per 55 lb sack. I split a sack with somebody since I am only an on brewing a pilsner or two over the next year. I thought it was a good deal but haven't used this brand. What do you guys think of the quality of Avangard?

Ingredients / To stock up on "high demand" hops or not?
« on: December 01, 2013, 06:07:09 PM »
Around this time last year was when I really started getting serious in creating my own recipes. Also was when I started buying bulk supplies. When I saw when high demand hops (Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra, etc.) I bought two or three pounds of each to throw in the hop freezer. It seemed like they were really hard to come by through May or June, and then they started resurfacing towards a steady supply just about anywhere. Granted I took about four months off from brewing last year, but I'm sitting on three pounds of 2012 Simcoe, two pounds of 2012 Amarillo, and pounds of various other 2012 hops. Now, all of these hops are either shrink wrapped or still in a nitrogen flushed Hop Union bag, so they will get used this year.

I pre-ordered from Label Peelers and have received 1 pound of each Citra, Centennial, and Mosaic 2013 crops. I think this is all of the rush shopping on hops that I am going to do this year. I am going to assume that this nature of resurfacing of hops is consistent from year to year and mark last year down as a lesson learned.

In addition...... Looks like I am going to have to brew some Simcoe heavy IPA's soon  8)

Beer Recipes / Hoppy Pilsner..... Maybe?
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:35:15 PM »
I've only lagered a couple of beers in my brewing experience.... mainly because I prefer ales to lagers. I brewed a Victory Prima Pils clone (Austin Homebrew) last January. It really turned out well, but that was the last time I lagered. I'm thinking about doing another pilsner to take advantage of the cold winter months for fermenting. I'm thinking about going away from the traditional noble hops with this pilsner. Maybe bitter with a touch of Columbus and finish with a combination of Nelson Sauvin and Meridian for a smooth hop flavor. I'm also thinking about dry hopping this deal.... This is where my main question comes into play.... Since this will be fermenting for a couple of months, should I wait to add any dry hops until the last week or so, or do it earlier in fermentation?

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