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  I have a pack of each of these and was wondering if anyone has tried them both and what your preferences are?
  I am thinking of brewing up a Dunkleweissen or Roggenbier.

I wasn't sure where to post this.
I know lots of folks use the vacuum sealr bags for hops.
And I thought was a pretty cool alternantive.
Haven't tried it yet.

Yeast and Fermentation / Repitching yeast from ginger beer?
« on: May 10, 2016, 02:34:34 PM »
I brewed the AHA big brew ginger beer recipe.
It has two ounces of ginger added to the boil.
And two ounces in the fermentor.
If I rack the beer to secondary before adding the ginger, can I resuse the slurry from the primary or it will it make the new beer taste like ginger?

Beer Recipes / Recipe says "cold steep for 2 hours"?
« on: November 14, 2015, 06:26:03 AM »
I want to brew this recipe

In the directions it says this:

Cold steep dark grains in 8 liters of room temp water for 2 hours during setup, mash, and lauter
Mash in the rest of the grain with 27 liters water at 75*C for a target mash temp of 69*C.
Hold for 45 minutes.
Sparge with 20L at 93*C.

I have a few questions

What I have read says when you cold steep it is done for 24 hours, not 2?
I have also read there is no need to cold steep the carafa II since it is already debittered?

If I do cold steep at what point would I add it to the boil? The recipe doesn't say.

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
-60 billion cells

Starter Size (L)   Gravity (   Growth Model and Aeration   
   1      1.036                         C.White shaken
DME Required:   
3.6 oz, 102.7 g
Growth Rate:   
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!

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.

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.

Beer Recipes / Which Finishing Hops ?
« on: June 06, 2015, 08:41:51 AM »
I'm going to brew tomorrow.
It's a fairly simple recipe.

92% pale ale malt
8% Golden Naked Oats
og 1.040
BRY-97 yeast
30 ibus +/-

    I'm planning on bittering with Pilgrim hops because I have a couple ounces and never used them before.
   As far the late additions I was thinking of Mt.Hood and/or Northern Brewer.
I'm thinking these hops aren't as aggressive as some of the others and would result in a nice summer beer. I'm not really looking for a lot of fruity or piney
   I don't really have a style in mind maybe something like  a cream ale? I know it has a lot to do with personal preferences, but as I pretty much suck at making my own recipes I thought I'd ask for some opinions.
The other hops I have are:

Bramling Cross
Mt. Hood
Northern Brewer

Beer Recipes / Is the FG wrong in this recipe?
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:36:28 AM »
I know FG's in recipes are not to be relied on, but this has an OG of 1.052 and an FG 1.022? I'm thinking this should be 1.012?

Beer Recipes / Amber Ale recipe
« on: January 10, 2015, 02:27:52 PM »
I recently got some hops some of which I never used before.
I came up with this recipe using Waldo Lake recipe as a guide.
Did I do OK?
The hops I have are
Amarillo, Cascade, Mt. Hood, Northern Brewer, Nugget, Chinook,Glacier, Bramling Cross, Horizon,WGV (U.K.), Pilgram, Target

I'm open to suggestions on either the gains or hops but, I want to use what I have on hand.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Amber x
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Amber Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 7.74 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.24 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.055 SG
Estimated Color: 18.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 43.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 73.33 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 80.0 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
6 lbs 8.0 oz          Avandard Premium Pale Ale Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain         1        54.7 %       
3 lbs 4.0 oz          Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        27.4 %       
14.0 oz               Carared (Weyermann) (24.0 SRM)           Grain         3        7.4 %         
14.0 oz               Cararye (175.0 SRM)                      Grain         4        7.4 %         
6.0 oz                Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM)               Grain         5        3.2 %         
0.7 oz                Nugget [12.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           6        35.1 IBUs     
0.5 oz                Horizon [11.50 %] - Boil 20.0 min        Hop           7        7.9 IBUs     
1.0 oz                Amarillo [9.70 %] - Boil 0.0 min         Hop           8        0.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               American West Coast (Lallemand #Bry-97)  Yeast         9        -             

Mash Schedule: My Mash
Total Grain Weight: 11 lbs 14.0 oz
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash Step         Add 19.71 qt of water at 165.2 F        152.0 F       60 min       

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 4.24gal) of 168.0 F water

Created with BeerSmith 2 -

General Homebrew Discussion / Lagering in a keg on it's side?
« on: May 07, 2014, 04:05:54 PM »
I would like to brew a lager.
I have a fridge with a controller to put the fermenter in.
I have three gallon kegs that I can lay sideways in the freezer compartment of my keg fridge.
Any reason that this would be a bad idea?

Beer Recipes / Is this a good recipe?
« on: March 28, 2014, 04:36:24 PM »
I found this recipe on the web.
It looks good to me.
What do you think, is it a solid recipe?
I never used First Gold hops, and I'm not sure if the flaked barley is needed?

Stinger - Standard/Ordinary Bitter
Batch Size: 5.5 gal
Boil Size: 7.06 gal
Boil Time: 90.000 min
Efficiency: 80%
OG: 1.037
FG: 1.009
ABV: 3.6%
Bitterness: 39.5 IBUs (Rager)
Color: 3 SRM (Morey)

                 Name    Type    Amount Mashed Late Yield Color
 Pale Malt (2 Row) UK   Grain  5.500 lb    Yes   No   78%   3 L
                Honey Extract 12.000 oz     No   No   75%   1 L
       Barley, Flaked   Grain  4.000 oz    Yes   No   70%   2 L
     White Wheat Malt   Grain  4.000 oz    Yes   No   86%   2 L
Total grain: 6.812 lb

       Name Alpha   Amount  Use       Time   Form  IBU
    Cascade  7.6% 0.6 oz Boil 90.000 min Pellet 21.0
 First Gold  6.2% 0.5 oz Boil 90.000 min Pellet 14.9
 First Gold  6.2% 0.25 oz Boil 15.000 min Pellet  1.6
    Cascade  7.6% 0.25 oz Boil 15.000 min Pellet  2.0

        Name Type Form   Amount   Stage
 Safale S-04  Ale  Dry 0.388 oz Primary

               Name     Type    Amount      Temp    Target       Time
         Conversion Infusion 1.500 gal 166.530 F 153.000 F 60.000 min
 Final Batch Sparge Infusion 6.280 gal 170.402 F 165.200 F 15.000 min

All Grain Brewing / High Pre-boil gravity
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:31:05 PM »
    I have been figuring my recipes @ 80% mash efficiancy it always within a couple points, close enough for homebrew.  But my last few batches I have been ending up much higher.
  Looking at my notes (such as they are) I noticed it seems to occur on my low gravity beers, 1.045 and less.
   Today I did a beer the preboil was supposed to be 1.031 and I hit 1.041 which was actually higher then my intended post boil gravity. When I figure my efficiancy I get a 99%. I didn't even think that was possible.
I am using the same measuring stick to measure volumes that I have always used, so it's not that.  I was using a hydrometer and I recently got a refractometer. I calibrated the refractometer with distilled water
  The only thing different is that I switched from a false bottom to a hose braid in the mash tun.
The recipe was for 7 gallons preboil
6lbs pale ale malt
1.4 lbs crystal 60L
3.3 oz chocolate malt.
(the weird amounts is because I was using up the leftovers)
4 gallons mash
4 gallons sparge
I'm not sure what to use for mash efficiancy when figuring out a grain bill?

General Homebrew Discussion / Idea for siphoning to keg?
« on: January 09, 2014, 04:28:39 AM »
Any one think this is a bad idea?
Pressurize the keg.
Put a dissconnect on the end of the hose.
Place the other end of the hose in the fermenter.
Attach the dissconect to the out post of the keg, release the pressure release valve to draw a vacuum and start the siphon.

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