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General Homebrew Discussion / Peach Wheat
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:03:23 PM »
I've touched on this in the past, but I need some more information. I brewed a wheat beer with 5 lb of white wheat, 5 lb of 2 row, and 8 oz of honey malt last Thursday. It is still in the primary stage of fermenting. What I need to know is some advise on how much peach to use. I was informed several months ago that you need a lot of peaches due to the low acidity levels. I also have been recommended to add apricots. I really don't want to add apricots, because then it wouldn't be peach.

I have just under 5 pounds of pealed and pitted peaches that I picked from my two peach trees last year, shrink wrapped and froze. I want to use those just because of the novelty that I grew the peaches....lame, I know. I also picked up a 3 pound can of peach puree. I want a solid, recognizable peach flavor, but I don't want to be drinking peach juice. In your opinions, how much of the puree should I add in addition to the 5 pounds of peaches? Thanks!

Beer Recipes / The Gargoyle
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:41:03 AM »
I'm brewing a IIPA that is pretty obnoxious today. I call it "The Gargoyle" I'm using the same grain bill as the Zymurgy Pliny recipe. I switched the hops up a bit and went with this hop schedule...

60 minute - 3 oz Summit
30 minute - 2 oz Simcoe
15 minute - 1 oz Mosaic
0 minute - 2 oz Simcoe & 2 oz Mosaic
Dry Hop - 2 oz Simcoe & 2 oz Mosaic

General Homebrew Discussion / Ball lock vs. Pin lock
« on: July 07, 2013, 12:46:01 PM »
Ok, I'm looking to expand my brewery and start kegging more. I have a 3.9 gallon sanke keg, but it's not ideal. I'm in the market for maybe 4 corny kegs. I'm sure that has been debated and discussed and everybody has a personal preference....But, is there a significant advantage or disadvantage of either a ball lock or a pin lock corny?

General Homebrew Discussion / NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 01, 2013, 03:28:49 PM »
Do the final round scorecards get mailed out?

I would like brew my beer that made it to finals again thus month, but I would like to tweak it in the positive direction.

Beer Recipes / Good Morning Stout
« on: June 19, 2013, 02:58:31 PM »
I'm brewing my first attempt at a breakfast stout tomorrow.....What do you think? (The dark grains are already steeping, other grains are crushed and yeast was started yesterday)

Batch = 5.5 gallons
OG = 1.078

24 hour cold steep (room temperature) in 2 gallons of water (2 quarts per pound)
Chocolate Malt = 2 lb
Roasted Barley = 1.5 lb
Black Patent Malt = .5 lb

60 minute mash @ 155
Batch sparge @ 185

80% Two Row Pale = 12 lb 6 oz
18% Flaked Oats = 3 lb 4 oz
2% Caramel/Crystal 120L = 5.5 oz

60 minute = 1.5 oz Nugget
30 minute = .5 oz Willamette
20 minute = Add the 2 gallons of dark grain tea from cold steep (return to boil to start 20 count)
0 minute = .5 oz Willamette
0 minute = 2.5 oz ground Sumatran coffee
0 minute = 2.5 oz Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate
0 minute = 1.5 oz Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder

White Labs 001 California Ale (Starter)

Rack onto 2.5 oz of ground Kona coffee in the secondary

General Homebrew Discussion / Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:38:17 PM »
I see that Pliny the Elder is once again the top ranked beers voted on by the people. By no means am I saying that this beer isn't the best beer in America...Just wanted to put that out there first. I can't wait until the day that I get to try it. But that's the thing...The only city on the East Coast that you can get it is Philadelphia from what I understand. Everytime that somebody I know goes to the West Coast, I have them on the search for Pliny the Elder. They never find it. This beer is mythical in my part of the country. This beer could very well be the best beer in America. I am not questioning that. I'm questioning if people (who have never tried it) voted for this beer just because it's Pliny the Elder. I voted for my top 20. This beer was not on my list, because I have never tried it. Many of the beers that I voted for are on the list and very high on the list. I just wonder if gets votes, because of its prestige. Maybe like the athlete that is injured for 3/4's of the season, but gets voted to the All-Star game because of who he is.

Now...if anybody would like to ship me this gem, I would much appreciate it..... Maybe I'll vote it first place next year  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Naturally Carbonating a Keg
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:50:59 PM »
Ok, I'm double posting...only because no one was jumping on this in the "kegging and bottling" section :P

I plan on brewing a 10 gallon batch this weekend. About half of it is for a party in late July, in which I plan to keg. I have an 1/8 keg, which I believe is 3.8 gallons. I want to add priming sugar and naturally carbonate it, because I don't ever plan to hook it up to CO2. The keg will be kicked that night, so we'll be tapping it with a party tap. I usually use about 3.5 oz of priming sugar to bottle 5 gallons of an APA depending on the temperature. I know the keg isn't five gallons, but would I use the same ratio of priming sugar in the keg as I do in the bottles?


Kegging and Bottling / Naturally carbonating a keg
« on: May 25, 2013, 08:57:57 AM »
I plan on brewing a 10 gallon batch this weekend. About half of it is for a party in late July, in which I plan to keg. I have an 1/8 keg, which I believe is 3.8 gallons. I want to add priming sugar and naturally carbonate it, because I don't ever plan to hook it up to CO2. The keg will be kicked that night, so we'll be tapping it with a party tap. I usually use about 3.5 oz of priming sugar to bottle 5 gallons of an APA depending on the temperature. I know the keg isn't five gallons, but would I use the same ratio of priming sugar in the keg as I do in the bottles?


Beer Recipes / Amarillo IPA
« on: May 15, 2013, 07:23:50 AM »
I have almost 3 pounds of Amarillo hops, and I haven't made or drank an all Amarillo beer before. So, I'm going to do one. What do you think about this hop schedule?

60 minute = 1 oz Amarillo
30 minute = 1 oz Amarillo
15 minute = 1 oz Amarillo
0 minute = 3 oz Amarillo
Dry hop = 3 oz Amarillo

This is for a 5 gallon batch. I've calculated about 85 IBUs.....Too much? Add some more? Or just go with it?


Hop Growing / Second Year Hops
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:17:55 PM »
The weather finally turned for the better here in Ohio. The gardens are coming alive and have had a lot of perennial growth the last couple days. I have three second year hops starting to develop shooters. This centennial was the best plant last year and is, by far, the earliest to develop significant new growth. As you can see, there are several larger shooters starting, but there are probably close to 30-40 smaller ones. Being that this is its second year, should I just let it go this year or should I prune some these back when they begin to mature a bit more?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Rye of the Tiger!
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:39:12 PM »
Great Lakes hit a home run with this new release! I was very happy with their Alchemy Hour, but this is absolutely stellar! I had it on tap at a local restaurant yesterday. I bought a 12 pack today. Both tap and bottles are equally great. It pours a very light golden color. As you drink it, it starts out mouthy but dries our rather quickly on the palette. It is pretty piney tasting. I immediately thought Simcoe. I checked out their website to find out that I was correct. It's hopped with a combination of Columbus, Warrior, and Simcoe. When I originally read about the release of this beer, I figured that it would be a 4 pack specialty. Nope! It is sold in six packs at $9 at my local giant eagle! That's a pretty nice price for a beer with 7.5% ABV. I highly recommend this IPA!

Great Lakes has quickly risen up my list of favorite breweries over the past year or two.... At least Cleveland has one thing going for it  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Extreme Efficiency Boost!
« on: March 30, 2013, 05:55:19 PM »
OK, I need everybody's two cents here. I brewed a single hopped Citra pale ale that I created the recipe for. Since I've been brewing all grain since June 2012, I've consistently hit 70% efficiency with my mash to within +/- .002 for my OG. My last brew before this one was a Red IPA with a target OG of 1.070, but I hit 1.078. I wrote this off to the increased sparge water temp. I had been sparging with 170ish degree water and upped it to 185 because of some advice from the forum. So yesterday, I decided to brew the Citra pale ale with the recipe derived from 70% efficiency and use the 185 sparge water...Just to see if this becomes a trend before I switch up my recipe calculations. I also decided to not use the pH stabilizer that I have always used per advice from Denny. The brew went very well....until I took my OG reading and found that I over shot my 1.057 target OG and hit 1.077! So, I want to see what everybody has to say about this. Say I increase my gravity by .005 to .007 by using the higher temp sparge water. Could I have increased the efficiency that much more by dropping the pH stabilizer????

I used the same grain mill and settings that I've used since October.
11 lb Two Row
.75 lb 40L Caramel
.5 lb 60L Caramel
60 minute mash @ 150 degrees in a blue cooler
I mashed with 5.5 gallons and batch sparged with 3.5 gallons

Not that overshooting this is a terrible thing if it happens all the time and becomes consistant. This has just never happened before. Needless to say, this is no longer a Citra APA. It is now a Citra IPA. I used 2 oz of Citra in the boil and planned to dry hop with a 1/2 ounce....Well, we're just gonna have to up that dry hop addition to 3 ounces!

Events / Big Tap In
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:15:40 AM »
Anybody going to the Big Tap In in Boardman, OH April 20th?

Hop Growing / Bamboo Stakes?
« on: March 22, 2013, 07:55:15 PM »
Last year (my first year for hops) I used a tomato plant cones to start my hops up to the twine. I had to bridge the gap between the steel cone to the twine with some kite string. So, I got a plant magezine in the mail today and was looking at options to use to be better. I saw a picture of a tomato plant that grew into three bamboo stakes that were in a teepee shape. Basically the reverse of the cone. Would you think that the hops would stick to the bamboo? I'm thinking about using 4' bamboo stakes in this shape (buried about 6-8") up to the twine. I figure that I could cut back the shooters to the 3 strongest and let them grow up the stakes and then all combine onto the twine that is suspended from the roof of the barn. I'm going for a shape that is shown in the picture below. These appear to be 6' stakes, but same sort of concept of shape. I'm just concerned about the hops gripping to them. What do ya think?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Columbus Brewing Company
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:57:38 PM »
I've spent the week in Columbus, OH and went to the Columbus Brewing Co. Restaurant twice during my stay. The first night I did the "Flight of Beers" taster. They only had four of their own beers on tap (5 on the menu): Pale Ale, IPA, BODHI DIPA, and SOhio Stout. I did get a taster of Breckenridge Vanilla Porter to round off the flight. The fifth of their beers that was on the menu was The Creeper, which was an imperial IPA. They said they only had 1 keg of it and were waiting to tap it on St. Patty's Day. I offered to buy the keg, but I just got an awkard stare.

Anyways, I only had the 4 oz of the pale ale. It was a solid APA, but that wasn't what I had come for. It was good, and I would drink it again.

The IPA is very nice. I have had that a handful of times before. I have bought bottles of it at my local giant eagle. It is a hazy pour with an orangish color. It has a very solid "Simarillo" finish. I would recommend this IPA to anybody who enjoys IPA's any day of the week. The menu said 60 IBU's, but it seemed a bit higher to me.

The BODHI DIPA is the reason why I went. I've read the raves about it, so that's what I wanted. I tasted it in the 4 oz taster and really liked it. I bought a growler of it. After drinking it in the hotel room, I started to get turned off by it. It lacked the body that I would want in an IPA. Don't get me wrong, I don't like the malt to clash with the hops, but this was thin. It was blonde in color and had a strong citrusy taste and aroma. I think it was to be 90 IBUs. I was actually let down by this beer considering the hype. I think I would have been let down without any hype. Anyways I finished the growler to go back and get it filled with something else.

The SOhio Stout is an imperial stout. Fantastic! Pours black as night with a nice bronze/mocha head. It is a very thick beer with a nice coffee presence. It advertizes Costa Rican coffee. Whatever it is, it's good. It is over 9% ABV and around 50 IBUs. This beer is fantastic and is what I refilled my growler with. The problem was, the growler is only 64 oz.

The brewery is small, but I would like them to expand their access to bottled beer more thoroughly in Ohio. I have only seen their Christmas Ale (Very good) and IPA on the shelves. I have no problem buying the IPA whenever I run across it, but I would love to run across their other brews as well.

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