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General Homebrew Discussion / pellet vs. leaf hops do I need to adjust?
« on: February 09, 2017, 07:12:27 AM »
If a recipe calls for leaf hops and I use pellet hops do I need to adjust the quantities?
Should I just use Beersmith to match the IBU's?

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop addition times to adjust for IBU's
« on: January 28, 2017, 06:12:24 AM »
Just wondering if anyone else does this, and what are your results?
I usually buy my hops by the ounce. And I don't like having leftovers.
As an example instead of say adding 0.6 oz. at 60 min. I add 1oz. at 40 min. I know taking this to extremes would change the hop flavor.

  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

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