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Beer Recipes / Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:10:23 PM »
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!

Beer Recipes / Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« on: March 09, 2014, 04:17:55 PM »
I figured I'd dig this up since I just had a Stone Grapefruit Slam IPA. This beer is very good. According to their site, they use the peel.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:58:39 PM »
your foot is funny shaped. (very nice looking beer)
Missing some toes? (Very nice looking beer)
The rug really ties everything together.
(Very nice looking beer)
That it does, Dude

Beer Recipes / Re: Kona Big Wave Golden Ale Clone
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:55:24 PM »
I found Big Wave Golden Ale at Publix in Destin, FL. First time I have seen this one on the main land.  Maybe they are distributing near you now.

Loving it.

I have seen it a handful of times locally. I still have yet to buy it though haha. I have had their Fire Rock Pale Ale though... it's good.

Hop Growing / Re: Indoor Hops?
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:20:43 PM »
I think that indoors isn't such a good idea.  I have some in a 55 gallon poly drum cut in half.  I made a cage of 6' welded fabric fence with wire going between the two halves at the top.

Last year, I only filled the drums about half way and the plants were very unhappy (they barely grew to the top of the fencing and didn't produce many cones).  This year I filled the pots w/soil.  With the rain & sun we've had here in the bay area, my Magnums are about 3' tall.  I hope to get them trained to go horizontal when they get to the top.

Don't know what I'll do if we get a late frost.

If it's just a night of frost, I think you'll be ok. Plus, since it is early, you'll get more shooters and not lose much time with growth if your main bines die off in a frost. I had solid growth last year in early April on some second year hops. We had a frost in late April. It didn't affect the hops at all. It killed all of the peach buds though. Hops are pretty hardy. What doesn't kill them, makes them stronger.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 09, 2014, 02:28:18 PM »
your foot is funny shaped. (very nice looking beer)
Missing some toes? (Very nice looking beer)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermentation not complete ?
« on: March 09, 2014, 02:26:56 PM »
I think it tastes great. A little bitter of course but aging will take care of that. Recognize the recipe erockrph? Thanks for all the ideas. I was worried about bottle bombs more than anything else

I do :) Glad it worked out for ya!

+1 to Denny's suggestion about the fast ferment test if you're worried about bottle bombs.

Is this like a hybrid? a Barley-Quad-Wine?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:51:42 PM »
Yeah it's tough when you're shipping to a beer supply store to say you're sending flowers or something. I'm sending mine to Northern Brewer... I did last year too. I just told them that I was returning a beaker. I'm planning on that again Monday when I ship thus years.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: fruit (cherries) in primary
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:46:56 PM »
Follow up question- either way, how many days would you guys recommend? Also, not worried about the yeast, it's on the third repitch.

I'd leave them in until at least the secondary fermentation is over. I think the last time I used cherries, it was close to two weeks. I'm not sure if that's too long or not, but the beer was dandy.

All Grain Brewing / Re: small batch, high gravity and efficiency
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:25:27 PM »
Very true. Sometimes I try to be over prepared for a first batch and then up disappointed because my results differ from my expectations/calculations. I am starting to get better at using a first try as more of test batch from which to develop

It is great that you put the effort into being perfect. Trust me, I want mine to be spot on too... Actually... I brewed yesterday and after a rocky start of running out of propane while heating my mash water and brain farting on my strike temp by 10 degrees, which lead to a lot of stirring... I nailed my target OG.

I did my first barleywine a couple weeks ago and target OG was 1.100. My normal efficiency is 73ish %... I rolled the dice with this at 60% efficiency calculated and hit a gravity of 1.104... I was jumping up and down that I was close!

All Grain Brewing / Re: small batch, high gravity and efficiency
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:15:22 PM »
I would do your calculations like you would do normally. If you fall a few points shy, you'll know that you'll need to make an adjustment next time. I give my recipes an opportunity of error of +\- .003. Your potential extract from grain can vary. I also figure that I'm mashing in a cooler, boiling in a keg and fermenting in a plastic jug... It's not a perfect process every time.  :P

All Grain Brewing / Re: small batch, high gravity and efficiency
« on: March 08, 2014, 12:34:22 PM »
I don't see any efficiency drop until I get well over 1.080.

+1... Me either

Hop Growing / Re: Indoor Hops?
« on: March 08, 2014, 12:33:00 PM »
Hops are perennials, so I'm pretty sure that they will need to have a dormant period. Though they might grow indoors all year round, I'm not sure if they'll produce cones.

Second of all... If you do plan on planting outside, I recommend starting them outside. The first year I tried growing hops, I started with 10 rhizomes in pots indoors, they all sprouted but they were very fragile. Only three made it through the first year. Last year I bought 8 rhizomes (8 different varieties). I planted on a nice day in early March and all 8 grew very hardy. We had a handful of freezes afterwards too. Just put a heavy coat of mulch over them. I'm going to have to wait a couple weeks to get the two planted this year because the ground is still frozen.

I drain the kettle through a knee high stocking. It's a finer mesh than the strainer bags, so I catch about all of the debris. Another added bonus is they are cheap... 2 for like 23 cents.

Hop Growing / Re: 2014 Planting?
« on: March 08, 2014, 09:26:38 AM »

After great results from the variety of hops that I planted last year, I decided to order a couple more centennial rhizomes from the Thyme Garden. They don't disappoint. I was not able to get large or rooted centennial rhizomes this year, so I just got a standard cutting. The one on the right is super nice. These guys have a nice product and wonderful customer service.

I tried to prep the planting grounds yesterday since it was 55 out. I got the grass peaked back, but below that, the ground is still frozen solid. I'll store in the fridge until the Ohio permafrost thaws.

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