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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do you think I need a starter?
« on: August 24, 2015, 04:03:34 PM »
This is what I did seemed to work.
https://youtu.be/bIoeFuNbDbU

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do you think I need a starter?
« on: August 23, 2015, 11:26:28 AM »
Thanks for the input.
I ended pitching without a starter.
My OG ended up at 1.043.
Ever since I started using BeerSmith my gravities have been high.
I could never figure out how to change the mash efficiancy. But I have it figured out now. Brewed a second batch and hit my gravities dead on.
I don't understand why Beer Smith can't just let you enter a mash efficiancy in the mash profile. I had to work backwards changing brew house efficiancy until my predicted mash efficiancy matched what I am actually getting.
I also think the way it figures batch sparge water additions is confusing.
Sometimes it gives me something like add 5 sparge water additions of 1.62 cups.

Always remember that as great as Beersmith is, it's not instructions about how to brew.  It's a tool you use to help you brew the way you want to.

 I get that.
I'm just trying to figure out how to best use the tool. :)


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Do you think I need a starter?
« on: August 23, 2015, 11:02:58 AM »
Thanks for the input.
I ended pitching without a starter.
My OG ended up at 1.043.
Ever since I started using BeerSmith my gravities have been high.
I could never figure out how to change the mash efficiancy. But I have it figured out now. Brewed a second batch and hit my gravities dead on.
I don't understand why Beer Smith can't just let you enter a mash efficiancy in the mash profile. I had to work backwards changing brew house efficiancy until my predicted mash efficiancy matched what I am actually getting.
I also think the way it figures batch sparge water additions is confusing.
Sometimes it gives me something like

◯ Batch sparge with 4 steps (Drain mash tun , 1.52gal, 1.52gal, 1.52gal) of 168.0 F water

◯ Add water to achieve boil volume of 6.98 gal


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Yeast and Fermentation / Do you think I need a starter?
« on: August 20, 2015, 04:24:02 PM »
I'm brewing a 1.035 bitter, 5.5 gallons in fermenter.
I have a smack pack manufacture date 7-18-15.
I have read small beers with fresh yeast one doesn't need to make a starter.
I know this is a small beer but does the yeast considered "fresh"?
Brewers Friend yeast calc. says I need a one liter starter.

Cells Available:   
77 billion cells
Pitch Rate As-Is:   
0.42M cells / mL / °P
Target Pitch Rate Cells:   
137 billion cells
Difference:   
-60 billion cells


Starter Size (L)   Gravity (1.xxx)   Growth Model and Aeration   
   1      1.036                         C.White shaken
DME Required:   
3.6 oz, 102.7 g
Growth Rate:   
1.2
Inoculation Rate: 77.0M cells/mL
Ending Cell Count:   
170 billion cells
Resulting Pitch Rate:   
0.93M cells / mL / °P
Starter meets desired pitching rate!


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All Grain Brewing / Re: color of Susan
« on: August 19, 2015, 04:42:02 AM »
I've done a couple beers with Golden Naked Oats that have a similar color.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Things you wish breweries would figure out
« on: August 17, 2015, 03:29:09 AM »
Five different IPA's in the tap room isn't really a variety.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Brown IPA / Noti Brown?
« on: August 06, 2015, 03:38:29 PM »
 
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In the new guidelines 21B. Specialty IPA: Brown IPA
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That's why I was asking.



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Beer Recipes / Brown IPA / Noti Brown?
« on: August 05, 2015, 03:56:07 PM »
    The club I belong to set up a competition, where they draw a beer style out of a hat and that's what you have to brew. I wound up with "Brown IPA" which has me scratching my head.
    The only brown I have brewed that is any good is Denny's Noti Brown.
In beersmith it hits all the numbers for brown ipa except the color is a few srm's to dark.
    Any opinions on if this would score well as a brown ipa? Or if anyone has a good recipe they would like to share that would be cool.


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Beer Recipes / Re: All Grain Brooklyn Brown Ale Clone?
« on: July 26, 2015, 04:47:13 AM »
This might get you started.
 from the website.
http://brooklynbrewery.com/brooklyn-beers/perennial-brews/brooklyn-brown-ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Malts:  British Two-row Malts, Belgian Aromatic Malts, American Roasted Malts
Additions: Contains wheat
Hops: Willamette, American Fuggle, Cascade
Alcohol by Volume: 5.6%
IBUs: 30
Original Gravity: 15.5° Plato

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I'm thinkning of doing a simple Mild tomorrow.
This is what I have so far.
If I can't get to the store I'll use the S0-4 I have in the fridge.

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
8 lbs                 Avandard Premium Pale Ale Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain         1        94.1 %       
8.0 oz                Brown Malt (65.0 SRM)                    Grain         2        5.9 %         
0.4 oz                Pilgrim [10.50 %] - Boil 45.0 min        Hop           3        16.9 IBUs     
0.5 oz                Whitbread Golding Variety (WGV) [6.00 %] Hop           4        6.9 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               London Ale Yeast (Wyeast Labs #1028) [12 Yeast         5        -             


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Miller Lite vs. O'Doul's
« on: July 12, 2015, 04:10:36 PM »
Hmmm, try moving all of your furniture out of the house then back in, then try the Miller. It might make it better.
Very true.
But the O'douls still had more flavor.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Miller Lite vs. O'Doul's
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:45:12 PM »
Just in case anyone had to make a decision between the two.
Yesterday I was helping my father inlaw move some furniture.
I bummed one of his O'Doul's.
I was hot and thirsty it tasted really good.
Today I had a Miller Lite my daughter left in our fridge.
The O'Douls was better.
 ;)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Help
« on: July 05, 2015, 11:58:45 AM »
The only time people ask for my recipes is when I brew somebody elses. :)
Noti Brown and, Waldo Lake Amber come to mind specifficlly.



 :)

I always give credit where it's due.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Help
« on: July 05, 2015, 03:43:58 AM »
The only time people ask for my recipes is when I brew somebody elses. :)
Noti Brown and, Waldo Lake Amber come to mind specifficlly.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Star san foam
« on: June 23, 2015, 03:53:04 PM »
I always scoop the foam off the top when I fill kegs. I'm sure it's not really necessary but I do it anyway.
And I always wondered if it is bad for the yeast when I collect yeast in jars that have starsan foam / residue ?

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