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Beer Recipes / Re: Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: May 10, 2016, 04:06:50 AM »
I also saw that you started another thread about a similar beer. I've actually redesigned this recipe a bit about a month ago. It is on my line up to get brewed... Hopefully next, but I have a big project building a deck onto my house right now, so it still might be a month or so. Here's the recipe...

Batch = 11
OG = 1.060
60 minute mash @ 150 Target pH of 5.4
Mash Water = 10.5
   Gypsum – 7.4g
   Calcium Chloride – 5.0g
   Epsom Salt – 2.6g
Sparge Water = 6
   Gypsum – 4.2g
   Calcium Chloride – 2.9g
   Epsom Salt – 1.5g
Total Water = 16.5
1 gallon of boil off and 1.5 gallons of mash/hop loss accounted for

85% Pale Two Row – 20 lb 8 oz
10% Munich – 2 lb 10 oz
5% Caramel/Crystal 60L – 1 lb 5 oz

60 minute – 1 oz Warrior
5 minute – 2 deveined and deseeded sliced habanero (bagged and allowed to steep through hop stand)
0 minute – 5 oz Citra (Chill to 175 and whirlpool for 30 minutes)
Dry Hop – 2.5 oz Citra in each keg

WLP 001 Cali Ale

Rack onto 7.5 pounds of cubed mangos (bag in paint strainer bag) for each secondary bucket.

Add habanero to keg to taste. Pull when desired heat is present.



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Beer Recipes / Re: Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: May 10, 2016, 02:30:50 AM »
So I've been kicking around this idea in my head for about a month now, so I figured to put a rough draft down in writing and get some feedback. I'm looking for a noticeable, but not overbearing mango flavor. I also want more of the habanero flavor rather than heat in this beer. Some heats ok, but I don't want to have to give out a t-shirt every time sombody finishes one lol...

I'm thinking about an OG between 1.055 and 1.060. Maybe a grain bill of 80% two row, 15% Munich, and 5% carapils (for body). This very well could be single hopped with Citra. If not, I'll use a neutral bittering hop and finish with Citra.

For the habanero, I'll de-vein and seed probably just one habanero, bag it, and add it to the boil for the last 5 minutes. Then let it steep for a 30 minute hop stand with the 0 minute hops.

After primary fermentation, it'll get racked onto 5 lbs of fresh mangoes. Once the secondary fermentation is complete, I'll taste it for habanero flavor. If I feel there needs to be more, I'll gut a couple more, bag and drop into the secondary until I get the desired taste.

Ready, set, criticize!


how did you sanitize the mangoes ?

Soooo I still haven't brewed this. But I don't sanitize fruit when I add it to beer. I wash it well. Peel, pit, and cut to size, freeze, thaw, if I puree, I puree... Then add it to the secondary. You're pretty safe once primary fermentation is complete.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fast Pitch
« on: May 09, 2016, 04:55:37 PM »
Seems like a legit product and it makes sence from a time savings standpoint. Mix with RO water and let her rip. But you have to factor in shipping on top of the ten bucks too. My LHBS does not stock it.

This is a good point. I'll probably buy a handful of them. Then, of course, some WYeast 1450 since I can't get WYeast locally either.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fast Pitch
« on: May 09, 2016, 03:14:28 PM »
I haven't tried it but the concept is legit.

4L of starter for $10.  That's only 400g of DME, so you're paying for convenience.  It's expensive... but then again so is buying a pressure canner.

I've weighed buying a pressure canner. Not cheap. The convenience is there after the initial time spent. I might have to give this a whirl. The other question is, is there an expiration date issued to this product?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fast Pitch
« on: May 09, 2016, 12:35:46 PM »
I think that i will stay with the DME and water method on the stovetop and cool and pitch.  It's cheap and easy just like the rest of my brewing. Cigar box stir plate works great also...If it's not broke....

Don't get me wrong, I don't have complaints about dme. This is all about time. I have an extremely busy schedule. If I can cut the hour out of making a traditional starter, that's an extra hour spent with the family. I brew a couple dozen batches a year. That's 24 starters. Over a year, that's a day's worth of time.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fast Pitch
« on: May 09, 2016, 12:03:35 PM »
I won 4 cans in a raffle.  I saw zero difference in performance between Fast Pitch and my DME method.   Very quick and easy.

Did you mix it with tap water, bottled water, distilled water?
I'm curious about this too. The obsessive part of my brain says I would need to pre-boil and cool the water, and that I should be concerned about having enough calcium to promote flocculation.

The other part of my brain tells me to shut the h3ll up....

Yeah, because if I have to boil and chill water, what the hell is the point? lol

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fast Pitch
« on: May 09, 2016, 11:09:03 AM »
I won 4 cans in a raffle.  I saw zero difference in performance between Fast Pitch and my DME method.   Very quick and easy.

Did you mix it with tap water, bottled water, distilled water?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fast Pitch
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:57:59 AM »
Yeah. I'd pay $2.50 to save about an hour's worth of time... Add in the cost of the DME too. Mix this with a bottle of water and your yeast and call it a day.

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And no one has even enjoyed a sample yet?

Nope. I have to wait until next week when my brew partner gets back into town. I have tried the home made cabernet sauvignon that Amanda sent to me. It is rather amazing and very well could have twisted my arm to test the waters in wine making.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Fast Pitch
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:20:45 AM »
http://www.northernbrewer.com/fast-pitch-canned-wort-4-pack

I have a hard time believing that this stuff is legit. If it is, can anybody confirm? I like to save time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic fermenters
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:16:18 AM »
Are we cleaning our plastic fermenters with swords? How are we getting these gouges and scratches? Let's correct the source of the problem instead of blaming plastics. If you are getting scratches and gouges in your plastics due to cleaning, you need to rethink your cleaning regimen.

I used a standard bottle brush on my first Better Bottle.  You can see where it was scrubbed, but there are no gouges.

It still functions perfectly well as a fermenter.  I take care to be sure it's well cleaned and sanitized, but nothing much beyond what I would do anyway.

I have enough others that I can keep the old one in reserve.  Years ago I had two batches that got infected.  When I tried to isolate the cause there were enough other batches that went through that fermenter and didn't get infected that I could rule out the fermenter as the problem.

Yeah. I soak mine in Oxiclean for a few days, then hit them with a "red" bottle brush, which is designed for plastics. Occasionally, I'll ball a wash rag up, shove it in the carboy, and shake it all about when I get stubborn debris. Usually a nice long soak does the trick.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic fermenters
« on: May 09, 2016, 09:59:25 AM »
Are we cleaning our plastic fermenters with swords? How are we getting these gouges and scratches? Let's correct the source of the problem instead of blaming plastics. If you are getting scratches and gouges in your plastics due to cleaning, you need to rethink your cleaning regimen.

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Packaging now Amanda. Ship out Monday .



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Well, aren't you a fancy packer... Mine never ends up that pretty. Nice job!

Repurposing another Brewers packaging as sent to me...I'm typically bubble wrap all to hell and back.

Well, this beautiful package job found it's way back to Ohio via AmandaK. I'll be hanging onto it for my next beer shipment. It should be interesting to see how many times this gets shipped back and forth across the country.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic fermenters
« on: May 08, 2016, 08:41:37 AM »
I use only plastic. I've not dealt with infection from the fermenter. In addition, I'd rather have an infected beer than a sliced wrist from a broken glass carboy.

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Ingredients / Re: briess 2 row on sale at amazon
« on: May 08, 2016, 04:19:11 AM »
Briess is the only American pale malt that I can get remotely local. Therefore it's the best base malt I've ever had!  :P

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