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All Grain Brewing / Re: What to brew with this grain mixture?
« on: October 11, 2014, 08:34:49 AM »
Make it your winter warmer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Peach, Habanero Kölsch
« on: October 10, 2014, 05:42:06 AM »
I've brewed a peach beer before... never again. It was a peach wheat beer. It didn't turn out that good at all. In fact, it was pretty bad. I used 5 lbs of fresh then frozen peaches and a 3 lb can of Oregon Puree in a 5 gallon batch. I still didn't get much peach flavor at all and the beer was just mudded.

Some people on the forum recommended using apricots instead of peaches. I wish I would have listened to that advice. I'm not sure if I'll ever even try that.

Wow.... I just sounded like Debbie Downer lol

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Ingredients / Re: Does Briess mix crystal malts?
« on: October 09, 2014, 05:36:49 PM »
First off... Who runs out of C40???

It's true.... I ran out of C-40. I'm so ashamed! :)

I wasn't directing that towards you lol... But towards the LHBS!

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Ingredients / Re: Does Briess mix crystal malts?
« on: October 09, 2014, 05:27:32 PM »
First off... Who runs out of C40???

But I'm declaring shenanigans too. C20 has its own flavor profile as does C60... Mixing them isn't going to give you the profile of C40. You'll just get the flavors of C20 and C60 blended together.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How long is a FWH?
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:14:45 AM »
They stay in for the entire length of the boil.... At least mine do.

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Ingredients / Re: RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 03:19:36 PM »
I have been building from grocery store bought RO for the last several batches. It's nice and cheap and gives me a better idea of my starting point.  After reading HoosierBrew's suggestion on another thread, I also bought a cheap TDS meter. Have not brewed since I bought it though. My water softened tap water read somewhere in the 130 range though. Glad I'm using RO!


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So the RO reads what - let others know for comparison.

Yes. What should RO read?

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Ingredients / Re: RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 08:18:48 AM »
RO will have a small amount of minerals. How small depends on the feed water and the filter condition. You could be fine without testing, but if you are like me your curiosity will get the best of you.

I have to ask, did you ever get the spring water tested? That could help you decide. Spring water can be very low to very high in minerals.

I have not. I've not really gotten into water chemistry. That water made better beer than our well water. I was about to get our well water tested until I found this little gem at Walmart. The spring I was getting the water from is 20 minutes down the road and filling 60 gallons at a time is a PITA.

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Ingredients / RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:09:26 AM »
I feel a little silly posting this, but I'm ignorant of this topic. My local Wal-Mart just installed an RO Water dispenser. $1.85 for five gallons... Paying a $1.85 verse fetching spring water to brew is an easy trade off. I understand that RO water is a great starting point to brew. But here's my question... Is all RO water the same? Or should an analysis be conducted on this water?

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Ingredients / Re: what hops to use with apricots
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:30:22 AM »
Meridian has a big apricot/nectarine aroma that would really compliment them well.

Yep

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Ingredients / Re: Medusa Hops
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:33:44 AM »
I'd go the APA route. If you don't want to complicate it, bitter with magnum. I like Columbus to bitter APAs and IPAs personally, so I'd do that. Then I'd add the Medusa at flameout and give it a 45 minute hopstand. If I had more, I'd dry hop too. But with this little amount, I'd want the flavor over aroma. But that's jyst my personal preference.

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Ingredients / Re: Best hops to pair with Galaxy
« on: September 30, 2014, 04:49:14 PM »
Here's my black IPA hop schedule.... It's on tap now for the second time.... One of my best recipes...

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, ½ oz Chinook
0 minute = 1 oz Simcoe, 1 oz Galaxy, 1 oz Centennial, ½ oz Chinook
Dry Hop = 2 oz Simcoe, 2 oz Galaxy, 2 oz Centennial, ½ oz Chinook

Pretty sure I'd drink one or five of those !

+1 Thanks for sharing. I love all those hops.

No problem. The 1/2 oz additions of Chinook in the 10, 0, and DH additions was due to not wanting to seal up an ounce and a half of chinook. It was the bottom of the bag. I didn't have them there for my first brew of this beer. However, I'd round them up to equal amounts if I were to do it again. This batch turned out a bit citrusy, where the first batch was more piney (what I was looking for). My guess is that it was new bags (2013 instead of 2012) of Centennials and Galaxy from the first brew and that's the difference.

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Ingredients / Re: Best hops to pair with Galaxy
« on: September 30, 2014, 04:04:45 PM »
Here's my black IPA hop schedule.... It's on tap now for the second time.... One of my best recipes...

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, ½ oz Chinook
0 minute = 1 oz Simcoe, 1 oz Galaxy, 1 oz Centennial, ½ oz Chinook
Dry Hop = 2 oz Simcoe, 2 oz Galaxy, 2 oz Centennial, ½ oz Chinook

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cold Steeping Dark Grains
« on: September 30, 2014, 03:59:49 PM »
I cold steep my dark grains for stouts and porters. I keep it at 2 qt/lb. Don't forget to account for water absorption in your steeped grains. I've done that a couple times and through my final volumes off.   

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Design your own! It's so much more rewarding. Just don't do anything too complicated. Stick with an American Pale Ale or something. The first recipe that I designed was my first all-grain batch. There was no turning back from there. At that point, it was the best beer I had ever brewed. You get better with every brew. This is your hobby. If you feel that you can design you're own recipe, do so. If not, get a kit... Or I'd suggest using somebody else's established recipe.

Designing Great Beers is still my go to reference. I use the formulas in that book to create my recipes.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fall/winter beer styles
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:56:40 PM »
I love a black ipa for the transitional seasons.... And a good breakfast style stout.

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